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26TH June

IB ACIO Grade II Final Result Declared

Intelligence Bureau has released the result for Assistant Central Intelligence Officer (ACIO) on the basis of Tier 1, Tier II followed by Interview. Candidates can click on the below link to check their roll no. who are selected for appointment to the post of ACIO-II/Exe in IB:

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18th May 2018

IB ACIO Interview Call Letter 2018 Released: Download Here

The Intelligence Bureau has now activated the link for downloading the admit card for the interview round of ACIO Tier-II. The department will organize the ACIO Tier-II Interview from 28th May to 19th JuneDirect Link to Download

15 May 2018

The result of ACIO-II/ Exe Tier-II exam of IB

On the basis of combined performance in Tier-I exam (objective type) held on 15.10.17 & Tier-II exam (subjective type) held on 25.2.18 for the post of ACIO-II/Exe in IB, the candidates with following roll numbers have been shortlisted for interviews scheduled to be conducted w.e.f. 28.5.18. Interview call letters would be sent at the registered email ID of the candidates.
3. The candidates are also required to bring the duly filled forms/documents at the time of interview as mentioned in the interview call letter.

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About Exam

The Ministry of Home Affairs has released Intelligence Bureau IB ACIO recruitment vacancies. IB or Intelligence Bureau is a central investigation organization of India. It plays a crucial role in dealing with crimes happening all over the country. Working in IB gives a special feeling of prestige and admiration to anyone. Any person who is adventurous and enthusiastic would find working for IB as a very interesting profile. Applicants interested in working for Intelligence Bureau of India must stay updated through the IB ACIO Recruitment Notifications. Clear and crisp details about the profile of IB ACIO are mentioned below. Also, before going ahead with the application, candidates must read the application process mentioned below carefully. All aspiring ACIO’s must note that they would be working directly for the central government. Chances of clearing exam and becoming an IB ACIO is really tough if you are not prepared with the correct syllabus and pattern for the exam, since many candidates apply for the same post. A slight difference in your exam result might affect your selection. To increase your selection practice as many mock tests available online as well as offline. Also, follow youtube channel(s) which display information pertaining to IB ACIO examination.

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Study Plan

IB DCIO Exam 2018 Preparation Tips

Candidates who will apply for Intelligence Bureau Recruitment 2018 can note down the following preparation tips and use it during exam preparation. These preparation tips will save your time and also plays an important role in making the best timetable. This will produce good results.

  • Applicants should know IB ACIO 2018 Syllabus & Exam Pattern.
  • Analyse the exam pattern and try to prepare an effective schedule.
  • Prepare according to the preparation schedule.
  • After completion of preparation revise the topics.
  • Prepare a study notes for quick revision of important topics.

Application Process


a) Applications should be submitted online through MHA’s website www.mha.nic.in. Applications will NOT be accepted through any other mode.
b) The application portal will be open till form filling last date. After form filling last date any application will not be accepted.
c) Wrong information in any column may lead to the application getting rejected altogether.
d) The online application is divided into two parts. Part-I relates to the personal, academic and other particulars of the candidate and Part-II relates to the payment of exam fee, wherever applicable.
e) The candidates are required to upload their photograph and signature at the time of online registration (in a single file, the size of which should not be more than 50 KB). Instructions for uploading the single file containing photograph and signature are available on the online application portal.
f) Candidates may ensure that the signature uploaded by them are visible since they (candidates) would be required to append signature on admit cards and attendance sheets during subsequent stages of examination and any variation in signature could render them unfit for the examination.
g) Candidates are advised to submit only one application. Submission of multiple applications may result in cancellation of applications altogether.
h) Before submitting the online application, the candidates must preview the application to ensure that they have provided correct information, particularly the email id and uploaded correct photograph and signature. It must also be ensured that the photograph and signature are visible and not hazy/blurred, otherwise the photograph and signature should be uploaded again or the page should be reloaded or refreshed. The online application should be submitted only after ensuring that the information/photograph/signature is correct.

i) The candidates are required to take the print out of the Registration Slip and note down their registration number and Roll Number (as and when allotted) separately for future reference.

j) Candidates are required to possess an e-mail ID valid for 06 (Six) months which is to be entered in the application form at the time of online registration.
k) The registration number, admit card/call letter for Tier-I exam, Tier II exam and interview and other information related to the recruitment would be sent to the said email ID provided by the candidates.
l) Candidates are advised to ensure that e-mail addresses ending with @nic.in are directed to their inbox and not to spam folder or any other folder. They may also check the spam folder for mails sent from the helpdesk e-mail i.e. helpdesk.bharti@nic.in from time to time.
m)The candidates should possess a facility to take printout of the Challan Form, if required and Registration Slip.
n) The candidate must also furnish one mobile number for receiving SMS alerts related to the exam.
o) This office will not be responsible for bouncing of any e-mail or malfunctioning of the mobile phone number given by the candidate.
p) Candidates are also advised in their own interest to keep checking their email (inbox as well as spam folder) from time to time for updates related to the recruitment process.
q) Candidates are NOT required to submit hard copy of their application forms.
r) Candidates are requested to make sufficient number of passport size coloured photographs (identical to the one uploaded) and carry identity proof in original such as Voter Card, Driving License, Aadhar Card, PAN Card, Identity Card issued by University/ College etc. to the examination centre, failing which they shall not be allowed to appear for the examination. The photographs would be required at subsequent stages of recruitment process and pasting/providing a photograph different from the one uploaded my result in cancellation of candidature.


₹ 100/- (Rupees One Hundred only). Only male candidates belonging to General and OBC category are required to pay the fee. All SC/ST and female candidates are exempted from payment of examination fee.


The examination fee can be paid offline or online.


In this option, the applicant will be required to take a printout of Challan form and deposit the fee in cash in any branch of State Bank of India after a gap of one working day. A counterfoil of this Challan would be given back to the candidate by the bank, indicating the transaction ID, which may be retained by the candidates.

ONLINE PAYMENT: The applicants having Internet Banking, ATMCum-Debit Card and Credit Card of State Bank of India or any other bank can pay the fees through ‘SBI Collect’ option. The candidates would be required to provide their registration number during the process of online payment.


Note: Fee paid by modes other than Cash deposit, Internet Banking or ATM-cum-Debit/Credit cards will NOT be accepted under any circumstances and the applications of such candidates will be rejected outright and payment made shall stand forfeited.Fee paid by modes other than Cash deposit, Internet Banking or ATM-cum-Debit/Credit cards will NOT be accepted under any circumstances and the applications of such candidates will be rejected outright and payment made shall stand forfeited.


Yet to announced.

Selection Process


a) Only those candidates would be called for Tier-II exam who come up to a certain standard in Tier-I. For Tier-II examination, there will be a minimum cut off marks of 33%.
b) The date, time and centre of Tier-II would be intimated to the successful candidates through the application portal as well as Email ID provided at the time of online registration.
c) On the basis of their combined performance in Tier-I and Tier-II, the candidates would be short listed for the interview.
d) The date, time and centre of interview would be intimated to the successful candidates through the application portal as well as Email ID provided at the time of online registration.
e) Tier-II exam and interviews would be conducted at a centre by clubbing the candidates of nearby centres.
f) Based on the combined performance in Tier-I, Tier-II and interview, the candidates would be short listed for final selection subject to successful completion of their  Character and Antecedent verification followed by medical examination.

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility of the candidates in terms of age, educational qualification, caste/category etc. will be determined on the closing date. The candidate must be Graduate or equivalent from a recognized university on or before the closing date, i.e., the final result must be out on or before the closing date, and he/she must have been declared successful in it.

Age Limit

18-27 years

  • Upper age limit is relaxable by 5 years for SC/ST and by 3 years for OBC candidates.
  • Upper age limit is relaxable for departmental candidates’ upto 40 years of age who have rendered 3 years of regular and continuous service.
  • The age limit is relaxable up to age of 35 years for general candidates and up to 40 years for SC/ST in case of widows, divorced women and women judicially
    separated from their husbands and not remarried.
  • The age limit is relaxable for ex-servicemen as well as for candidates who were domiciled in J&K from 1.1.1980 to 31.12.1989 as well as the children and dependents of victims of communal riots of 2002 in Gujarat as per the Govt instructions in this regard issued from time to time.

Educational Qualification

Educational Qualification for IB ACIO

Essential Qualification: Graduation or equivalent from a recognized University.

Desirable: Applicant must have Knowledge of computers.


Detailed Intelligence Bureau ACIO Syllabus 2018

Aspirants can check complete subject wise Syllabus for IB ACIO and start your exam preparation to score qualifying marks in the exam.

IB ACIO General Awareness Syllabus: Current Events, Economic Scene, Sports, Countries and Capitals, National & Internation affairs, States & Capitals, Scientific Research, History, Culture, Daily News, Famous Personalities, Geography, General Polity including Indian Constitution, Countries & Currencies, Art & Culture, Sports & Games and Current GK.

IB DCIO Syllabus 2018 – Quantitative Aptitude: Simplifications, Geometry, Permutations & Combinations, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Probability, Partnerships, Number System, Profit & Loss, Compound Interest, Ratios & Proportions, Percentages, LCM & HCF, Allegations & Mixtures, Mensuration, Problems on Ages, Averages, Simple Interest, Boats & Streams, 

IB ACIO 2018 Syllabus – Analytical Ability: Problem Solving, Number Series, Seating Arrangements, Blood Relations, Data Interpretation, Calendars, Analogy, Problems on Cubes, Clocks, Statements & Assumptions, Decision Making, Syllogism, Statements & Arguments, Statements & Conclusions, Coding & Decoding,

Intelligence Bureau Syllabus 2018 – English Language: Vocabulary, One-word Substitutes, Active voice & Passive voice, Parts of Speech, Grammar, Error Detection,  Reading Comprehension, Direct & Indirect Speech, Para Completion, Error Correction, Idioms & Phrases, Passages, Synonyms, Fill in the blanks, Antonyms, Usage of Articles and Sentence Arrangements.

Exam Pattern

IB ACIO New Exam Pattern 2018

There are three phases of the IB ACIO selection procedure:

  1. Preliminary Exam (Tier I)
  2. Mains Exam (Tier II)
  3. Interview

Tier/Mode of examination

Description of examination

Total Marks

Time (minutes)

Written Exam


Objective type MCQs, divided into 4 parts containing 25 questions of 1 marks each on:

a) General Awareness

b) Quantitative aptitude

c) Logical/analytical ability

d) English language.




Descriptive type:

a) Essay on one of the given topics (30 marks), &

b) English comprehension & précis writing (20 marks).



Only those candidates would be called for Tier-II exam who come up to a certain standard in Tier-I. For Tier-II examination, there will be a minimum cut off marks of 33%

The Candidate who have qualified in Preliminary Exam (Tier I) and Mains Exam (Tier II).

On the basis of their combined performance in Tier-I and Tier-II, the candidates would be shortlisted for the interview.

Job Profile

IB Junior Intelligence Officer Job Profile

After a candidate qualifies the exam, he/she has to undergo a training period. This is mandatory as whatever they learn during this period is what will help them develop a distinctive set of skills. This gives them an added benefit in facing all the upcoming tasks and to fulfill their duties with full devotion.

Initially, the candidate has to undergo physical training with a routine that comprises of a lot of running and exercising. This is mainly done to make the candidates fit and healthy. The time period for training is 2 months. The second phase of training is mostly theoretical where seniors deliver lectures in classes to prepare the recruits mentally also. This period also continues for 2 months.

Job Posting
After the initial training, the recruits are assigned jobs where they get to know themselves better, as they get to work in an environment, where they are going to face very tough circumstances. This prepares the recruits for the worst-case scenario. Every officer is allotted a particular district/state and is sent to that particular place. This allotment is completely random. Some recruits may get border areas, mainland while others might be posted to cities, towns or villages.

On the job training
Each place has its own issues like terrorism, security, naxalism, narcotics, goons, etc. Every recruit is expected to create his/her work profile of the place he/she is posted to and to analyze the ongoing or any other possible threats that can prove to be harmful for that particular place and to work on them. Each recruit will be working under the guidance of a mentor who will lead them thoroughly on how to work under such conditions.

Work Profile
The recruits who cross all these stages stay with IB organization for the rest of their career. The actual training begins here. The recruits undergo unconventional and proper training in espionage, infiltration, advanced intelligence collection. The skills that the recruits develop at this stage are far progressive.

Spontaneity and Risk Handling
Being an IB officer, risk is always going to follow the recruit wherever he/she may go. They need to act spontaneously to the situation and handle it wisely or the situation may pose a threat to their well-being. The recruits need to have social skills, must be alert at all times of the operation. They must know how to manage or overcome any possible danger that can be hazardous to the society or themselves.


Frequently Asked Questions

Ques. How to apply for the post?
The detailed advertisement and link for applying online is available on the website of MHA, viz., www.mha.nic.in under “What’s New” section or under the tab ‘Vacancies’. Please read the detailed advertisement and apply accordingly.
Ques. If the print out of the registration slip could not be taken at the time of registration, can it be taken out at a later date?
Yes. The print out of the registration slip can be taken at a later date.

Ques. Whether the registration number can be viewed again if the same has not been noted down at the time of submission of application.
Yes: The same can be retrieved from the website from the link mentioned in point 2 above by providing requisite information like name, date of birth, etc.
Ques. Whether educational and experience certificates are required to be attached along with registration slip?
No. Educational and experience certificates are not required to be attached along with registration slips. These certificates will be verified at the time of interview in case you get qualified for the interview after the written test.
Ques. Is there any reservation for physically handicapped category?
There is no reservation for physically handicapped (HH, OH, VH) persons.
Ques. Can a candidate who is awaiting final result apply for the post?
A candidate must be Graduate as closing date otherwise he/she is not eligible.
Ques. Whether NOC has to be obtained for applying by the applicants from PSUs / Govt. Departments?
Candidates from PSUs / Govt. Departments are required to obtain NOC for submitting their applications. NOC will be verified at the time of interview for qualified candidates.
Ques. Whether the change of center for written examination is allowed after the submission of application.
Ques.Whether OBC certificate in the state government performa allowed?
No, OBC certificate should be in the format prescribed for employment under government of India and the same is given in the
appendix II in the “Eligibility Criteria and Other Details” on the website.
Ques. What to do if photograph and signature are not getting uploaded?
Please check the size of photograph and signature combined (max 50 KB) and format of the files must be JPG or JPEG.
Ques. Can the photograph and signature be uploaded at the downloading admit card?
No, the photograph and signature are to be uploaded at the time of registration only.
Ques. What is the subject of Tier-I & II? Please give some selective book.
Tier-I will consist of multiple choice objective type questions while Tier II will be subjective type. No specific book is recommended.
Ques. What is the syllabus like reasoning, Math, GK etc.?
Tier-I will focus on General Awareness/ General Knowledge, Reasoning, Comprehension and Mathematical ability and Tier-II will be designed to check the knowledge of English comprehension & writing skill.
Ques. What is the eyesight for the job? Can a colour blind candidate apply for the job?
As per the medical standard prescribed for the post, the candidate should possess normal colour vision and should be fit as per our medical standard.
Ques. Can an ex-serviceman get any age relaxation?
Yes, as per rules.
Ques. A candidate who passed out from distance education, can they apply for this job?
Degree/Diploma etc. obtained through Open Universities/Distance education mode will not be accepted for the purpose of Educational Qualification unless it is recognized by Distance Education Council in terms of Ministry of Human Resource Development Notification No. 44, dated 01.03.1995 published in the Gazette of India dated 08.04.1995 for the relevant period when the candidate acquired the relevant qualification.
Ques. What is the validity for the challan?
The challan would be valid till two days after the closing date.
Ques. Where do we have to submit the hard copy of our certificates?
Not required. To be submitted at the time of interview, if called for.
Ques. What if the photograph & signature are not appearing/visible in the registration slip even after uploading the same?
Please refresh/reload the web page on your browser.
Ques. What if a candidate uploaded wrong photograph/signature while registering themselves?
The candidates are advised to bring original identity certificate along with attested copy of the same to the examination hall. He/She may also bring his/her photograph to the examination hall and should give an undertaking that he/she has uploaded wrong photograph/signature while registering online.
Ques. Is there any negative marking?
There is negative marking in Tier-I; for every incorrect answer ¼ mark would be deducted. There is no negative marking in Tier-II.
Ques. Is there any age relaxation for State Govt. employees?
There is no age relaxation for State Govt. employees.

Ques. How to upload photo and signature?
Paste your recent passport size photograph on a plain paper. Append your signature under the photograph. Scan this sheet of paper; crop to select the photograph and signature together and ensure that the size of entire file is less than 50 KB. Save this file with a valid name and JPEG or JPG extension/format on the computer being used to apply online. At the time of uploading photograph and signature, upload this file.

Ques. How to pay the fees?
Only Male candidates of General and OBC candidates are required to pay the fee. Fees can be paid online as well as offline. For offline payment, one has to generate the challan form and pay the fees in any branch of SBI after two working days. For online payment, after completing step-I, please wait for 24-36 hours for data validation and then pay the fees online by logging in using your username/userid and password. Online fees can’t be paid immediately after completing the applications. Status of fee paid can be checked after 1 working day (in case of online payment) and 2 working days (in case of offline payment).
Ques. What if a candidate has furnished incorrect information in the online application?
• In case wrong date of birth or category or name has been entered and application finally submitted, it is advised to apply afresh and appear for the written examination with the admit card bearing correct details.
• If not applied afresh, in case the change is related to date of birth or category, the eligibility of the candidate would be checked vis-a-vis corrections intimated at the time of interview and if he/she is found ineligible to appear for the written exam at that point of time, he/she would not be permitted for interview.
• In case there is minor correction like address, name misspelled, etc there is no need to apply again. In case the candidate is shortlisted for interview, he/she can give an intimation for relevant correction at that time.

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