The Intelligence Bureau (IB), is considered to be one of the oldest Intelligence agencies around the world. It was about intelligence targeting, but recently it is focused on internal security. Officially, the IB is under the Ministry of Home Affairs, but in practice the Director IB is a Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) member and Steering Committee has the authority to brief the Prime Minister in case of necessity, but intelligence inputs have to go through regular channels in the MHA to the JIC. The IB operates at state and national level.

The IB exam for ACIO is conducted every year by the Ministry of Home Affairs (Assistant Central Intelligence Officer). Large numbers of candidates attend the exam, but very few obtain success and so apparently a good preparation of exam is certainly required. Eligible candidates applying for this ACIO exam need to comprehend the exam syllabus.


Age Limit: – 18 to 27 years of age as on the last date of receipt of application.

Upper age: limit relaxation for SC/ST is 5 years and 3 years for OBC candidates.

Essential Qualification: – Graduation or equivalent qualification from a recognized university.

Desirable Qualification:- Computers knowledge.

The complete syllabus requires you to prepare for the IB exam so that you are able to crack it. IB requires technical skills and here is the IB exam pattern for ACIO.

Paper I is about Reasoning, General Awareness, Mathematical Ability and Comprehension for 100 minutes.

Paper II is about Analytical Ability and English writing skill

Part I

Comprehension: This is where basic understanding of the English language of the candidates are judged. It includes current affairs, business, science, politics, research, banking, reasoning, economy, differences and similarities, problem solving, space visualization, judgment, analysis, discriminating analysis, relationship concepts, visual memory, decision-making, non-verbal series, number series and complete basic math.

Part II

Descriptive Exam: This is the descriptive part of English language that includes Essay, Precis writing, office/Business correspondence and comprehension. This is to check analytical ability and English writing skill.

2016 IB ACIO Exam Paper Pattern:-

IB Assistant Central Intelligence Officer (ACIO) Grade-II Exam Paper Pattern:-

Paper I (Objective type)

Paper-II (Descriptive type on English language only).

Time duration for both Papers given is 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Selection process:

Examinees are selected based on the written exam and interview.

Application Fees:

RS. 50 For General / OBC candidates

No fee for Women and SC/ ST candidates.

The fee is to be paid in cash by filling the State Bank of India Chalan.

The Intelligence Bureau Exam Admit will be uploaded before the date of examination. Candidates can download the same. The exam authority publishes the result of the Intelligence bureau exam on the main web page and it is also available on the website.

About IB Cutoff Marks Expected:

  • General: 70 marks objective and 30 marks descriptive
  • OBC: 55 marks objective and 25 marks descriptive
  • SC/ST: 45 marks objective and 20 marks descriptive

Source by Dhivya Rateesh Nair


  1. IB ACIO Exam Pattern & Syllabus - Government Recruitment Study Guide - Government Recruitments Help - Preparation Strategy : GovernmentRecruitments.Com

    […] Source link […]


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here