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Intelligence Bureau (IB) Syllabus,ACIO Exam Pattern

IB Recruitment and Syllabus, Intelligence Bureau (IB) is the Government body which function under the Ministry Of Home Affairs (MHA). IB has published the notification for recruitment of number of Assistants and Executives or ACIO for which there will be a Written test.

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After the written test candidates are called for Interview and final selection depends on the marks of Written Test with Interviews.

Pattern of Intelligence Bureau (IB) ACIO Written test

The Written Test of IB consist of two parts :

1. Objective Written test with multiple Answers called Paper I : This Paper consist of General topics like Current Affairs, GS, English, Maths or Quant, Reasoning.

2. The Descriptive or Subjective Called Paper II, basically to test the English Language knowledge of candidates with topics such as Essay, Precise writing, grammar etc.

There is also time limit to complete both the paper I and paper II within One Hour and Forty Minutes.

Study Plan and Preparation of IB Exam 

Intelligence Bureau (IB) exam has the same pattern like other SSC exam. Level of question are also as like SSC exam. A steady reading and practice for Both paper will be helpful. I suggest the candidates to follow certain do’s and don’t for this Exam.


1. This exam has Negative Marking, although this is good for such candidates who are seriously preparing hard for the exam. There is no place for guessing.

2. They ask direct question so don’t go to the depth of the question. It will consume your time

3. Straight forward question asked in the exam like Delhi Commonwealth games was held in the Year ?


1. Never guess in the exam, There is negative marking

2. More than 5 lacs candidates appear in the exam, so competition is very tough. Believe in good concept and straight forward approach

Pattern of Question paper of Previous 10 years

IB Exam For ACIO have almost steady pattern. There are not much changes in the syllabus and pattern of exam in last 10 years.

English paper Pattern

Passage and comprehension, Sentence correction, Sentence arrangement, Reading , synonym, antonym etc. Try to read it from the good books and practice as much as you can. A good score in this paper can boost your ranking.

Prepare the English from the various books like English from Spectrum Publication Easy English or Compulsory English For Civil And Judicial Services by A P Bardwaj

Read English news paper daily.If you don’t like even also read it and write the difficult word of each day in diary. Maker it a practice and you will be successful. Practice as much as passage you can.

Math & Reasoning

For Aptitude and reasoning question are asked in the similar way as like the bank, IBPS or SSC exam. Practice for various question bank of IBPS as much as you can. practice is the only pattern for success of IB ACIO exam.

There are certain good books available in the Market for practicing the ACIO Reasoning and maths paper…Certain Books Are

IBPS-CWE Bank PO: Probationary Officer/Management Trainee Exam Practice Workbook (2011 Solved Paper + 15 Practice Sets)

Comprehensive Guide to IBPS – CWE Bank PO Exam: Probationary Officer / Management Trainee

 Success Master IBPS Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Bank PO: CWE for Probationary Officers / Management Trainees in 19 Public Sector Banks

General Awareness and GS

This is the most scoring paper of IB ACIO exam. General Knowledge paper has the typical straight question and mussing is the only solution. Question are asked in various topics like Indian polity, Current affairs, History, Geography.

Suggested Book for GK are GK 2013 By Arihant Publication or any other Year Books for Current Affairs like Manorama Year Book 


  1. is there any sectional cut off??

  2. Sir, please tell me electronics syllabus of ACIO

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