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IB ACIO 2023: Application Form, Vacancy, Eligibility, Exam Date


IB ACIO 2023: The Ministry of Home Affairs is responsible for conducting the Intelligence Bureau Assistant Central Intelligence Officers (IB ACIO 2023) exam. The qualified candidates will be hired in ACIO Grade II/Executive position within the IB. Candidates who have graduated from a reputed university with the minimum passing marks required will be considered eligible for the recruitment — subject to other criteria.

For the IB ACIO exam, there are currently 950 vacancies. The online applications from the recruitment exam have been made available from November 25 to December 15, 2023. Candidates missing the deadline will not be considered for the application. Make sure to check the credentials, work experience and other categories while applying for the IB ACIO 2023 exam.

Latest Update:
IB ACIO Tier 1 admit card was released on January 14, 2024.
— IB has invited applications from interested aspirants for 950 empty posts of ACIO. Aspirants can apply from November 25 to December 15, 2023. Check out the notification PDF and link to apply online below.

Intelligence Bureau ACIO 2023

Intelligence Bureau Assistant Central Intelligence Officer is an Assistant Central Intelligence Officer, Grade II/Executive job. Candidates can find complete details on IB ACIO 2023 in this article, including the selection process, important dates, eligibility, exam pattern, etc. However, before getting into the details, let’s have an overview of the exam:

Examination NameIntelligence Bureau Assistant Central Intelligence Officer
Commonly Known asIB ACIO
Exam Conducting BodyMinistry of Home Affairs (MHA)
Post ClassificationAssistant Central Intelligence Officer, Grade II/Executive
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Selection ProcessThree: Tier-I Online Exam; Tier-II Descriptive Paper; and Tier-III Interview
Pay ScaleRs. 44,900-1,42,400 (Level 7)
Official Websitemha.gov.in

Important IB ACIO Exam Dates 2023

The official notification contains all the important dates for Assistant Central Intelligence Officer Grade-II/ Executive Examination 2023. Candidates can check the IB ACIO 2023 exam dates from the table below:

IB ACIO Official NotificationNovember 21, 2023
Online Application Start DateNovember 25, 2023
Online Application Last DateDecember 15, 2023
Last Date to Pay FeeDecember 15, 2023
IB ACIO Tier 1 Admit CardJanuary 14, 2024
IB ACIO Tier 1 Exam DateJanuary 17 and 18, 2024
IB ACIO Tier 1 Answer KeyTo Be Announced
IB ACIO Tier 1 Result DateTo Be Announced
IB ACIO Tier 2 Admit CardTo Be Announced
IB ACIO Tier 2 Exam DateTo Be Announced
IB ACIO Provisional Answer KeyTo Be Announced
IB ACIO Tier 2 ResultTo Be Announced
IB ACIO InterviewTo Be Announced

IB ACIO Vacancy

The officials release vacancies for IB ACIO for various categories. Candidates can check the last year’s category-wise vacancy details for IB ACIO from the table below:

SubjectsNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
General Awareness2020
Quantitative Aptitude2020
Numerical/ Analytical/ Logical Ability and Reasoning2020
English Language2020
General Studies2020

IB ACIO Salary and Job Profile

The in-hand Salary of an Intelligence Bureau Officer depends on the post and city where candidates are posted. The IB ACIO salary has been revised after the 7th Pay Commission. The Grade-II post has been placed at Level 7 of the pay matrix. The officers are entitled to a salary in the range of Rs. 44,900 to Rs. 1,42,000 along with applicable allowances.

Intelligence Bureau ACIO Salary

IB (ACIO), Grade IIRs. 44,900 to Rs. 1,42,000
Allowances entitled in the salary slipHouse rent allowance, dearness allowance, overtime allowance, transport allowance, special pay and deputation, children’s education allowance, composite hill compensatory allowance, reimbursement of medical charges, leave travel concession.
Special Allowances(i) Special Seciruty Allowance @20% of basic pay in addition to other govt allowances
(ii) Cash compensation in lieu of duty performed on holidays subject to a ceiling of 30 days.

Job Profile

Intelligence Bureau ACIO is quite an unpredictable job with All India Service liability. The basic job roles involve the collection of secret information, vigilance on terrorists, dealing with any kind of crisis situation, keeping track of issues, and intelligence collection in border areas.

IB ACIO Eligibility Criteria

Before applying for the post, candidates will have to check if they fulfill the eligibility criteria given below:

  • The candidate must be an Indian citizen.
  • Candidates must have completed their graduation degree in any stream from a recognized university.
  • They must have basic knowledge about computers.
  • The age limit of the candidate should fall between 18-27 years.

Age Relaxation

CategoryAge Relaxation
OBC3 Years
SC/ST5 Years
Departmental Candidates who have rendered 3 years of regular and continuous serviceUp to the age of 40 Years
In the case of widows, divorced women and women judicially separated from their husbands and not remarried. Under General CategoryUp to the age of 35 Years
In the case of widows, divorced women and women judicially separated from their husbands and not remarried. Under SC/ST categoryUp to the age of 40 Years

Visit the official notification to learn more about age relaxation.

IB ACIO Registration 2023

The officials release the application form online on its official website. Candidates can register for IB ACIO 2023 via online mode only. Furthermore, they must ensure their eligibility before proceeding with the registration.

Prerequisites for Intelligence Bureau ACIO Registration

In order to complete the online application process, candidates need to be ready with the following:

  • Valid Mobile Number and Email ID (which is to be kept active until the completion of the recruitment process)
  • Scanned copy of passport size photograph and signature
  • Valid credit/debit card or Net Banking account for online payment of application fee

The registration process must be completely done online. The application process consists of two major parts. Part-I includes the filling up of personal, educational, and other details, whereas Part-II consists of fee payment. Go through the step-by-step process to fill out the application form.

How to Apply Online for IB ACIO?

  • Visit the official website – mha.gov.in.
  • Click on the link appearing on the home page in the “What’s New” section.
  • The candidate will first have to fill in the basic details such as name, mobile number, email ID, etc., to obtain the application/ registration number and password for future login.
  • Log in using the registration number and password. Now start filling up the application form with personal details, educational details, choice of exam city, etc.
  • Upload the photograph and signature in a single file as per the prescribed format and size.
    Note: The scanned copy of the colour passport size photograph and signature must be in the same jpg/jpeg format with a file size not exceeding 50KB.
  • Preview the filled application form and review all the details. Also, check if the uploaded documents are correct and legible.
  • Save the details and click on the fee payment option. Choose either online mode (Debit/Credit/Net Banking) or Offline (Bank Challan) mode to pay the application fee (if applicable).
  • Retain the fee payment receipt and then take the printout of the filled application form for future reference.

Intelligence Bureau ACIO Application Fee

The application fee details are mentioned in the table below:

CategoryApplication Fee
All CandidatesRs.450/-
Male Candidates of UR, EWS, and OBC CategoriesRs.100/-, including the recruitment processing charges.

Note: The fee is non-refundable.

IB ACIO Selection Process

The first stage of the selection process is the IB ACIO Tier-I exam. Tier-I is an objective type exam, and candidates clearing the cut-off will be eligible to appear for the IB ACIO Tier-II exam. The Tier-II exam is descriptive in nature.

StageDetails of the Stage
Tier-I: Online ExamType – Objective
Total Marks – 100
Duration – 60 Minutes
Tier-II: Descriptive PaperType – Subjective/Descriptive
Total Marks – 50
Duration – 60 Minutes
Tier-III: InterviewType – Oral/Mock
Total Marks – 100
Duration – Not Defined

Candidates meeting the Tier-II cut-off will be called for a Personal Interview. Then, the list of shortlisted candidates will be released, and those candidates will go through the Character and Antecedent verification, followed by a medical examination.

IB ACIO Exam Centres

The authority will conduct the IB ACIO Tier-I examination in various centres throughout the country. Candidates have to choose three exam centres for the Tier-I exam. Furthermore, they cannot change the examination centre once it has been allotted to them. The below table gives the list of examination centres:


IB ACIO Exam Pattern

The Intelligence Bureau ACIO exam is conducted in two stages. The Tier-I exam will be of objective type, and the Tier–II will have descriptive type questions. Candidates must follow the IB ACIO Previous year paper to prepare for their exams in a proper manner.

Intelligence Bureau ACIO Tier-I Exam Pattern

SubjectsNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
General Awareness2020
Quantitative Aptitude2020
Numerical/ Analytical/ Logical Ability and Reasoning2020
English Language2020
General Studies2020
  • A composite time of 1 hour is allotted to complete the exam
  • 1/4th of the marks will be deducted from the total for every wrong answer as per the negative marking scheme.

Intelligence Bureau ACIO Tier-II Exam Pattern

PapersMaximum Marks
Essay on one of the given topics30
English comprehension and precis writing20
  • A total of 60 minutes is allotted to complete the Tier-II exam.
  • In order to qualify for the next stage, candidates should at least secure 33% of marks in Intelligence Bureau ACIO Tier-II exam.

IB ACIO Syllabus

Students have to cover four subjects in the Tier-I exam, namely General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical /Analytical Ability, and English Language. For the Tier-II exam, there are English writing and comprehension skills. The IB ACIO syllabus is listed below.

IB ACIO Tier-I Syllabus

General AwarenessCurrent Affairs, History, Geography, Science and Technology
Indian Polity and Constitution, Economy and Finance, Physics
Chemistry, Biology, Static GK
Quantitative AptitudeAverage, LCM and HCF, Percentages, Partnership
Boat & Stream, Pipes and Cistern, Profit loss and Discount
Simple Interest and Compound Interest, Mixture and Allegation,
Problem on Ages, Ratio Proportion, Complementary angles,
Data Interpretation, Time work and wages, Mensuration,
Speed, time, and work, Heights and Distances, Standard Trigonometry and Identities
Logical/Analytical AbilityAlphabet Test, Classification, Analogy
Arithmetic Reasoning, Logical Venn diagram
Distance-Direction test, Matrix, Blood Relation,
Coding decoding, Pattern Completion, Embedded figures.
Figure Formation and Analysis, Cube and Dice, Figure formation and Analysis
Missing Number Series, Papercutting and folding, Counting of figures
Cube and Dice, Mirror Image, Water Image
English LanguageCloze Test, Synonyms and Antonyms, Para Jumble, Spotting Error, Sentence Improvement, Fill in the blanks, Reading, Comprehension, Spelling Error, Sentence Improvement, Preposition, One-word Substitution, Idiom and Phrase, and Active and Passive Voice

IB ACIO Tier-II Syllabus

Intelligence Bureau ACIO Tier-II exam consists of two sections, namely – Essay Writing and English Comprehension and Precis Writing.

Essay Writing

Candidates will have to write essays that may be based on topics such as:

  • Emerging Trends in India
  • Cultural Diversity of India
  • Security Threats, etc.

English Comprehension and Precise Writing

In this section, the candidate’s English Comprehension will be tested.

IB ACIO Admit Card

Candidates can download the IB ACIO admit card online from the official website. The hall ticket is released separately for Tier-I and Tier-II and the interview rounds by the exam conducting body, i.e., the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). First, candidates must log in with their registration ID and password, check the admit card and download it. The important details of the admit card for each tier are given below:

  • The candidates who fulfil the eligibility criteria and have filled out the application form are issued the admit card for Tier-I.
  • Only those candidates who have qualified Prelims are issued the admit card for Tier-II.
  • Candidates who qualify in the Tier-II Mains Examination are issued the admit card for the interview round.

Steps to Download ACIO Call Letter

  • Visit the official website of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • Click on the Admit Card Link provided in the latest section.
  • Enter your registration ID and password in the respective fields.
  • Download the Intelligence Bureau ACIO admit card.
  • Take a printout of your admit card and keep it safe.

The admit card is an important document without which the authorities will not allow you to attend the examination. It contains details like exam date, exam city, centre and timing of examination, along with the registration details of the candidate.

IB ACIO Answer Key

Candidates, who appeared in the Tier-I exam for Assistant Central Intelligence Officer (ACIO) Grade-II/ Executive, can check and download the answer key through the official website- mha.gov.in. Candidates can download the Answer Key Tier-I exam using their credentials, User Id and Password, and a time window will be provided to raise objections to the answer key. Candidates who haven’t taken the IB ACIO Tier-I cannot view the questions and answers and cannot submit objections.

IB ACIO Result

The IB ACIO result for the exam will be declared on the official website. It will display the roll numbers of the qualified candidates. The result will be available in PDF format. The steps to check the result are given below:

  • Go to the official website of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • Click on the result link on the Home page.
  • The result will be displayed in PDF format.
  • Download your result and take a printout of your result document.

IB ACIO Cut-off

The IB ACIO Cut-off Marks are the minimum marks candidates must secure to qualify for the next stage of the exam. The minimum cut-off marks are decided by the officials based on the following factors:

  • Number of candidates who appeared for the exam
  • Number of vacancies
  • The difficulty level of the exam, etc.

The officials will declare the cut-off scores (category-wise) for each stage, and we will update it here once it is released officially. The expected cut-off for Tier-I is provided in the table below:

CategoryTier-I Expected Cutoff
General/UR68 to 72
OBC66 to 70
SC55 to 60
ST55 to 60

IB ACIO 2023: Important Guidelines

Candidates need to be aware of the following points:

  • The eligibility of the candidate will not be verified during the application process. However, at later stages, if the candidate does not meet the eligibility then, he/ she will be disqualified, leading to the cancellation of the candidature.
  • Candidates will have to carry the hard copy of the IB ACIO exam admit card along with a valid ID proof to the exam centre. Make sure that the photo and signature on the admit card are clear and legible.
  • Candidates will have to report to the centres as per the schedule, and no candidate will be allowed to enter the exam hall 30 minutes after its commencement.

FAQs on IB ACIO 2023

Here are the most commonly asked questions about Intelligence Bureau ACIO 2023:

Q: When will the notification for IB ACIO 2023 be released?

A: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) released the notification on November 21, 2023, on their official website, i.e., mha.gov.in.

Q: How many vacancies have been announced for IB ACIO 2023?

A: MHA has released the IB ACIO 2023 vacancies. The total number of vacancies this year is 950.

Q: What is the minimum qualification for the IB ACIO Grade-II/ Executive exam?

A: The minimum educational qualification for the exam is Graduation (Bachelor’s Degree) or equivalent qualification in any discipline from a recognised university.

Q. What is the pay scale of an Intelligence Bureau ACIO?

A: Candidates who are selected as IB ACIO are appointed at Level-7. The salary is Rs.44,900/- to Rs.1,42,400/-.

Q. What type of questions are asked in the Tier-I exam?

A: In the Tier-I exam, objective-type questions are asked.

Q. What type of questions are asked in the Tier-II exam?

A: In the Tier-II exam, descriptive-type questions are asked.

You can also check,

IB ACIO Admit CardIB ACIO Previous Year Papers
Syllabus for IB ACIOIB ACIO Result
Cut-off of IB ACIOSalary of IB ACIO

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