IB ACIO 2021: Intelligence Bureau Assistant Central Intelligence Officer is a highly decorated post under the Ministry of Home Affairs. IB is in charge of the internal intelligence of the country. The recruitment is done through a national-level examination that is conducted once a year. Intelligence Bureau ACIO Tier II Exam was conducted on July 25, 2021. IB ACIO Result is expected to be released soon and candidates qualifying Tier II will be called for a personal interview, which is the final step of selection process.
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IB ACIO 2021: An Overview
Before getting into the details of the exam, let’s have an overview of the exam:
|Examination Name||IB ACIO( Intelligence Bureau Assistant Central Intelligence Officer)|
|Exam Conducting Body||Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)|
|Post Classification||Grade II, Group C (Non – gazetted, non – ministerial)|
|Recruitment Stages||3 ( Objective test, written comprehension, personal interview)|
|Vacancies 2021||1400 posts|
|Salary structure||INR 9,300 – INR 34,800 (varies depending on the area of posting) along with other allowances.|
|Categories for reservation||SC, ST OBC and Ex-servicemen|
IB ACIO Exam Dates
The official notification published on 18th December 2020 contains all important dates for Assistant Central Intelligence Officer Grade-II/ Executive Examination 2021. IB ACIO Tier-2 exam date was held on 25th July 2021 and the result of the same has not been released yet.
|IB ACIO Official Notification||18th December 2020|
|Online Application Starting Date||19th December 2020|
|Online Application Closing Date||9th January 2021|
|Last Date to Pay Fee (Online)||9th January 2021|
|Last Date to Pay Fee (Offline)||12th January 2021|
|IB ACIO Tier 1 Admit Card Release||15th February 2021|
|IB ACIO Tier 1 Exam Date||18th, 19th and 20th February 2021|
|IB ACIO Tier 1 Answer Key Release||24th February 2021|
|IB ACIO Tier 1 Result Date||1st April 2021|
|IB ACIO Tier 2 Admit Card Release||15th July 2021|
|IB ACIO Tier 2 Exam Date||25th July 2021|
|IB ACIO Interview Date||To be notified soon|
IB ACIO Vacancy
The notification announced that 2000 vacancies have been released for different categories. Categorywise vacancy details are provided in the table below:
Intelligence Bureau ACIO 2021 Vacancy
|Category||Number of Posts|
IB ACIO Salary & 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. ACIO II 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 II||Rs. 44,900 to Rs. 1,42,000|
|Allowances entitled in the salary slip||House rent allowance, dearness allowance, overtime allowance, transport allowance, special pay and deputation, children 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.
Intelligence Bureau ACIO is a very 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 fulfil the eligibility criteria given below:
- 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.
- Age limit of the candidate should fall between 18-27 years.
|SC/ ST||5 Years|
|Departmental Candidates who have rendered 3 years of regular and continuous service||Up 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 category||Up 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 category||Up to the age of 40 Years|
How To Apply Online for IB ACIO Exam?
In order to complete the apply online process, candidates need to be ready with the following:
Prerequisites to Apply Online for Intelligence Bureau ACIO
- 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 the application form.
Steps to Apply Online for Intelligence Bureau ACIO Exam
1st Step: Visit the official MHA’s website – mha.gov.in/
2nd Step: Click on the link appearing on the home page in “What’s New” section.
3rd Step: 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.
4th Step: 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.
5th Step: 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.
6th Step: Preview the filled application form and recheck all the details. Also, check if the uploaded documents are correct and legible.
7th Step: 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)
8th Step: Retain the fee payment receipt and then take the print out of the filled application form for future reference.
Intelligence Bureau ACIO Application Fee
The application fee details are mentioned in the table below:
|General/ OBC – (Male Candidates Only)||Rs. 100/-|
|Female Candidates||No Fee|
|SC/ ST||No Fee|
|Recruitment processing charges||Rs. 500/-|
**Note that the fee paid is non-refundable.
IB ACIO 2021 Selection Process
The first stage of the selection process is the IB ACIO Tier I exam. The Tier I is an objective type exam and candidates clearing the cutoff will be eligible to appear for the IB ACIO Tier-II exam. The Tier II exam is descriptive in nature.
|Stage||Details of the Stage|
|Stage 1 (written test)||Type – Objective|
Total marks – 100
Duration – 60 minutes
|Stage 2 (comprehension and précis writing)||Type – Subjective/ Descriptive|
Total marks – 50
Duration – 60 minutes
|Stage 3 (personal interview)||Type – Oral / Mock|
Total marks – 100
Duration – Not Defined
Candidates meeting the Tier II cutoff 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 medical examination.
IB ACIO Exam Pattern
The written exam is conducted in two stages. The Tier – I exam will be of objective type and the Tier – II will be of Descriptive type.
Intelligence Bureau ACIO Exam Pattern For Tier – I Examination
|Subjects||Number of Questions||Maximum Marks|
– 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 Exam Pattern For Tier – II Examination
|Essay on one of the given topics||30|
|English comprehension & précis writing||20|
– 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 2021 Syllabus
Students have to cover four subjects in the Tier I exam, namely General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical /Analytical Ability, and English Language. For Tier-II exam, there is English writing and comprehension skills. The IB ACIO Syllabus is listed below.
IB ACIO Tier I Syllabus
|General Awareness||Current Affairs, History, Geography, Science & Technology|
Indian Polity & Constitution, Economy & Finance, Physics
Chemistry, Biology, Static GK
|Quantitative Aptitude||Average, LCM & HCF, Percentages, Partnership|
Boat & Stream, Pipes & Cistern, Profit loss & Discount
Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Mixture & Allegation
Problem on Ages, Ratio Proportion, Complementary angles
Data Interpretation, Time work & wages, Mensuration
Speed, time, and work
Heights and Distances, Standard Trigonometry Identities
|Logical/Analytical Ability||Alphabet Test, Classification, Analogy|
Arithmetic Reasoning, Logical Venn diagram
Distance direction test, Matrix, Blood Relation,
Coding decoding, Pattern Completion, Embedded figures.
Figure Formation & Analysis, Cube & Dice, Figure formation & Analysis
Missing Number Series, Papercutting & folding, Counting of figures
Cube & Dice, Mirror Image, Water Image
|English Language||Cloze Test, Synonyms & Antonyms, Para Jumble|
Spotting Error, Sentence Improvement
Fill in the blanks, Reading Comprehension
Spelling Error, Sentence Improvement
Preposition, One-word Substitution
Idiom & Phrase, Active & Passive Voice
IB ACIO Tier II Syllabus
Intelligence Bureau ACIO Tier-II exam consists of two sections namely – Essay Writing and English Comprehension & Précis 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 & Précise Writing
In this section, the candidate’s English Comprehension will be tested.
IB ACIO Admit Card
Candidates can download IB ACIO Admit Card online from the official website. The hall ticket is released separately for tier 1, tier 2 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 fulfill the eligibilty criteria and have filled the application form are issued the admit card for Tier 1.
- Only those candidates who have qualified the prelims examination are issued the admit card for Tier 2.
- Candidates who qualify in the Tier 2 Mains Examination are issued the admit card for the interview round.
Steps to Download Intelligence Bureau ACIO Admit Card
- 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 safely.
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 Exam Centres
The Tier 1 examination was conducted in about 33 examination centres. Most of the students will be allotted the nearest centre as per their convenience. Candidates cannot change the examination centre once it has been allotted to them. The below table gives the list of examination centres:
IB ACIO Answer Key 2021
Candidates, who appeared in the Tier 1 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 Answer Key Tier 1 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 1 cannot view questions & answers and can not submit objections.
IB ACIO 2021 Result
IB ACIO Result for the Tier 2 exam has not been declared yet. The result 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 in the Home page.
- The result will be displayed in PDF format.
- Download your result and take a printout of your result document.
IB ACIO 2021 Cutoff
The IB ACIO Cutoff Marks are the minimum marks candidates must secure to qualify for the next stage of the exam. The minimum cutoff marks is decided by the officials based on various factors like the number of candidates who appeared for the exam, number of vacancies, difficulty level of the exam, etc. The officials will declare the cutoff scores (category wise) for each stage and we will update it here once it is released officially. The expected cutoff for Tier 1 in the table given below:
Intelligence Bureau ACIO Tier 1 Expected Cutoff 2021
|Category||Tier 1 Expected Cut Off|
|General/UR||68 to 72|
|OBC||66 to 70|
|SC||55 to 60|
|ST||55 to 60|
IB ACIO 2021: 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 candidates do 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 center. Make sure that the photo and signature on the admit card are clear and legible.
- Candidates will have to report to the centers as per the schedule and no candidate will be allowed to enter the exam hall 30 minutes after its commencement.
FAQs on IB ACIO 2021
Here are the most commonly asked questions about Intelligence Bureau ACIO 2021:
| Q: What is the exam dates of IB ACIO 2021? |
A: The IB ACIO Tier 1 of the exam was conducted on February 18, 19 and 20, 2021 and Tier 2 was conducted on July 25, 2021.
| Q: How many vacancies have been announced for IB Recruitment 2021? |
A: There are a total of 2000 vacancies for IB-ACIO for 2021.
| Q: What is the minimum qualification of 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 recognized 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-Rs 1,42,400.
| Q. What type of questions are asked in the Tier I exam? |
A: In Tier-I exam objective type questions are asked.
| Q. What type of questions are asked in Tier-II exam? |
A: In the Tier-II exam, descriptive type questions are asked.
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