IB ACIO 2021: Recruitment, Notification, Exam Date, Vacancy, Full Form, Last Date

Exam Date

Jul 25, 2021

Result Date

Aug 1, 2021

Jul 15, 2021


Do you know that in Intelligence Bureau (IB), an Assistant Central Intelligence Officer (ACIO) serves the core part? Live the life of a spy and serve the country well. IB is in control of the internal and external intelligence of the country. But then it was split into the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW). The Ministry of Home Affairs is the responsible authority to conduct this exam every year. the post of ACIO offers a high salary, and other allowances are also provided by the government of India.

Information regarding the net and gross salary of IB ACIO apart from additional details regarding IB ACIO registration, application form, admit card details are provided below.

Latest Updates:

  • Jul 15, 2021: The admit card for IB ACIO Tier-2 2021 is released today. Candidates who have qualified Tier-1 exam can download the same online by logging in. Visit IB ACIO Admit Card for more information.
  • Jul 13, 2021: The exam date for IB ACIO 2021 Tier-2 has been announced. The exam will be held on Jul 25, 2021. The admit card for the same will be released any time soon.


What is the IB ACIO 2021 Exam?

The full form of IB ACIO is Intelligence Bureau Assistant Central Intelligence Officers Examination. IB ACIO 2021 Exam is conducted for the post of ACIO (Assistant Central Intelligence Officer) and in IB (Intelligence Bureau). The exam is conducted by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). ACIO is a Grade – II, Group – C (Non-gazetted, Non-ministerial), executive post in IB. It is a very popular exam among the aspirants of security and intelligence jobs. It is a national level examination held once a year. The application process is conducted online mode. The IB ACIO 2021 recruitment process consists of three stages. Stage-1 will have a written test. Stage-2 will be essay writing and comprehension test. Stage-3 will be a personal interview.

IB ACIO exam

IB ACIO 2021 vacancy is expected around 1400 posts which are going to fill for the II-Grade Assistant Intelligence Officer. The job is known for its rich salary structure and its pay band is INR 9300 to INR 34,800 which varies based on the posting area and selected candidates will get special security allowances. Reservation is available for few categories like SC/ST/OBC and Ex-servicemen.

IB ACIO Exam is conducted once in a year and there are two tiers in this exam. Tier 1 consists of a written MCQ test, Tier 2 has an Essay writing and Comprehension test, and the final round of selection are done with an interview process.

IB ACIO Job Posting: IB ACIO is a very unpredictable job and one can be posted in any state including border regions. It is a very risky job. Hence, on the border areas and in areas with Naxals, female candidates are not posted.

IB ACIO Training: Every batch of ACIO has 750 Joinees. The training center at Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh has a capacity of only 120 trainees at a time. Therefore, these 750 trainees are split into 6 batches and are sent to training one after another as batch-wise.

Training stages: The IB ACIO Training process consists of three stages that are as follows:

  • Training stage 1: SHIVPURI, Madhya Pradesh 60 days of training.
  • Training stage 2: Delhi Training 60 days.
  • Training stage 3: On the job training 60 days.

Various details associated with the IB ACIO 2021 exam are:

IB ACIO 2021 Exam Details
IB Recruitment 2021-Security Assistant/Executive
Vacancy Around 1200 (expected for 2021)
Name of Post ACIO-II/Exe
Classification General Central Service, (Group ‘C’) Non-Gazetted, Non-Ministerial
IB ACIO Pay Scale Rs. 9300-34800 plus Grade Pay Rs. 4200 (PB-2) Plus admissible Central Govt allowances.[Under revision as per the recommendations of 7th C.P.C.]
Mode of Application Online
Application Link https://www.recruitmentonline.in/mha13/
IB ACIO 2021 Application Fee INR 100/- for General & OBC Category males
SC/ST, Ex-Servicemen & Female candidates are exempted from paying the fee
Recruitment Process Tier I -Written Test
Tier II - Essay writing and Comprehension test
Tier III - Interview or Personality Test
Last Date to Apply Jan 9, 2021
IB ACIO 2021 Website MHA's website (www.mha.gov.in)

IB ACIO 2021 Exam Date

IB ACIO 2021 notification was released on December 18, 2020. Check the exam date and other important dates for IB ACIO exam given below:

IB ACIO 2021 Exam Dates
Important Events Dates
Application form Start Date Dec 19, 2020
MHA IB ACIO Application Form Last Date Jan 9, 2021
Last date of Application fee payment Jan 12, 2021
IB ACIO 2021 Release of Admit Card - Tier 1 Feb 8, 2021
Tier 1 Exam Feb 18, 2021 - Feb 22, 2021
Tier 1 Result Apr 1, 2021
IB ACIO 2021 Release of Admit Card - Tier 2 Jul 15, 2021
Tier 2 Exam Jul 25, 2021
Tier 2 Result Aug 1, 2021 (Tentative)

IB ACIO 2021 Recruitment Process

  • Step 1: Candidates have to appear for Tier-I Exam. There is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in Tier-I of the exam. No marks will be given for the unattempted questions. Check the IB ACIO exam pattern for more information on the marking scheme.
  • Step 2: Only those candidates who have completed the selection criteria for the Tier-I exam will be selected for the Tier-II exam.
  • Step 3: The candidate will be informed about the date, time and exam centre for the Tier-II exam by the application portal and also through E-mail ID provided by the candidate at the time of online registration.
  • Step 4: Based on the Tier-I and Tier-II combined performance, the candidates will be shortlisted for the interview.
  • Step 5: The details of date, time and centre for the interview round will be given to the candidate through the application portal as well as Email ID.
  • Step 6: The final selection will include Character and Antecedent verification and medical examination.

IB ACIO 2021 Eligibility

The candidate's application might be rejected at any time during the process of admission if the candidate is found to be ineligible for the examination. Before appearing for any exam, candidates need to be well versed with eligibility criteria scenario, such that any important events related with eligibility criteria should not be missed out at any circumstances. Applicants must go through the IB ACIO 2021 Eligibility Criteria before filling the application form.

Eligibility condition involves Age, education, and knowledge of local languages as criteria. Candidates should satisfy the following eligibility conditions:

Educational Qualification: Candidates who are appearing for IB ACIO 2021 exam, should have completed their graduation from a recognized university or equivalent and candidates should have some basic computer knowledge.

Age limit: Candidate's age should be in between 18-27 years.

The following table can be referred to understand IB ACIO 2021 Eligibility in a simpler way.

IB ACIO 2021 Eligibility
Qualification/ Eligibility Conditions
Education Graduation from a recognized university or equivalent.
Desirable Basic Knowledge of Computers
Age limit 18-27 Years

Age Relaxation: 5 years for SC/ST & 3 years for OBC candidates. Upper age limit is relaxable for departmental candidates up to 40 years of age who have rendered 3 years of regular & continuous service. This relaxation is applicable only to the Central Govt. Civilian employees.

IB ACIO 2021 Exam Syllabus

Having knowledge about the examination syllabus would help the candidates score good marks in a high competitive level examination. IB ACIO 2021 exam syllabus consists of four sections. General Awareness, Quantitative aptitude, Analytical/Logical ability, and English language are the four sections. Syllabus for each section is as follows:

  • General Awareness: This portion has a very vast syllabus that includes History, Physics, Biology, Current Affairs, Politics, and Economics.
  • Quantitative aptitude: It includes all the topics that are there up to 10 class syllabus of Mathematics in CBSE.
  • Logical/Analytical Reasoning: It includes Analogies, similarities, and differences, spatial orientation, discrimination, problem-solving, analysis, judgment, decision making, visual memory, observation, spatial visualization, relationship concepts, arithmetic reasoning, verbal and figure and Non-Verbal Reasoning.
  • English Language: It includes Grammar Rules, antonyms, synonyms, one-word substitution, idioms & phrases, fill in the blanks, Reading Comprehension/Passage, Cloze Test, Para-Jumble Sentences, etc.

IB ACIO 2021 Registration

Registration for IB ACIO 2021 started from Dec 19, 2020 and will last till Jan 9, 2021. Students are asked to fill the form way ahead of time since the conducting body can reschedule the dates at any time.

How to apply for IB ACIO Exam 2021?

The application process consists of the following steps:

  • Candidate should visit the Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) site i.e www.mha.nic.in. The candidate has to click on the IB ACIO 2021 notification.
  • Fill the details in the application form Part I.
  • After filling Part I, proceed to part II which consists of Fee payment.
  • After payment of fees, the candidate should upload scanned images of his/her photograph and signature
  • Click on submit button and take a print out of the IB ACIO 2021 application form for future reference.

IB ACIO 2021 Application Form

IB ACIO 2021 application form consists of two parts. Part I consist of details that are to be filled in the application form, which includes all personal and academic details. Part II includes the IB ACIO 2021 application fee payment portion.

Payment can be done in two modes, online and offline. In online mode Debit card/Credit card/Internet banking is allowed, whereas in offline payment the candidate can pay through Bank Challan. The application fee is different for each category as shown below:

Examination Fees INR 100
Recruitment Processing Charges INR 500
Category/Exam Fees
Males Candidates of General, EWS, and OBC Categories Examination Fee + Recruitment Processing Charges
All SC/ST Candidates, All Female Candidates and All Ex-SM Candidates Recruitment Processing Charges Only

Documents required to apply for IB ACIO 2021

Scanned copies of the following documents are required to be uploaded onto the official website of the MHA while filling the IB ACIO 2021 Application Form:

  • A recent photograph of the candidate
  • Signature

Note: These two things are required to be uploaded in a single file, the size of which should be less than 50 KB.

IB ACIO 2021 Exam Pattern

This exam is conducted in 3 stages: Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3. Tier 1 is for 100 marks, Tier 2 is for 50 marks and Tier 3 is conducted for 100 marks. Candidates who are able to qualify the Tier 1 exam are only entitled to give the tier 2 exam. Similarly, the candidates who qualify the tier 2 exam will proceed for the tier 3 exam.

IB ACIO 2021 Tier 1 Exam Pattern

There will be four sections with 25 questions each namely: General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical/ Analytical Ability, and English Language.

The following table gives details about the IB ACIO 2021 Tier 1 Exam Pattern. Candidates can go through this to have an idea about the examination paper.

IB ACIO 2021 Tier 1 Exam pattern
Sections in the Exam No. Of Questions Marks Total Time
General Awareness 25 25 60 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 25 25
Logical/Analytical Ability 25 25
English Language 25 25
Total 100 100

For every wrong answer, ¼ marks will be deducted from each section's total.

In order to qualify for the Tier 2 Exam, the candidate is required to score a minimum of 33 marks out of 100.

IB ACIO 2021 Tier 2 Exam Pattern

Tier 2 will have essay writing and English comprehension. The total time allotted for this stage is 1 hour. The IB ACIO 2021 Tier 2 Exam Pattern is given below in the table.

IB ACIO 2021 Tier 2 Exam Pattern
Sections in the Exam Marks Total Time
Essay Writing (on any topic) 30 60 Minutes
English Comprehension & Précis Writing 20
Total Marks 50

For Tier 2 Exam, the obtained marks will be converted "out of 100 marks". A candidate is required to score a minimum of 33 marks out of 100.

IB ACIO 2021 Tier 3 Exam

IB ACIO 2021 Tier 3 Exam will be an interview round. On the basis of combined performance in Tier 1 and 2 exams, the candidate will be evaluated for his/her eligibility in the Tier 3 exam (Interview). The date, place, and venue for the interview will be communicated to the qualifying candidates.

IB ACIO 2021 Admit Card

IB ACIO 2021 tier-2 admit card is released on Jul 15, 2021. Admit card is available on the official website, and will not be sent through the post. To download the admit card visit the official website and check the link "Careers". Candidates can download the admit card after entering the registered id and password.

Once, the admit card is available on IB ACIO official website, it can be downloaded up to 10 days before the commencement of the IB ACIO 2021 exam. Admit card contains all the information about the exam & candidates such as the name of the candidate, roll number, application number, exam date & time, exam center, photo & signature, postal address, etc.

How to download the IB ACIO 2021 Admit Card?

Steps to download the IB ACIO 2021 Admit Card are given as follows:

  • Step 1: Go to www.mha.gov.in
  • Step 2: Choose the correct link for Admit Card.
  • Step 3: Enter your Roll Number, Application ID number, and Date of Birth.
  • Step 4: Click on the submit button.
  • Step 5: After that, download the Admit card and get it printed.

IB ACIO 2021 Exam Centres

There are 33 exam centers IB ACIO 2021 Exam across the country. The candidate has to choose a single location based on his/her convenience and preference. Various IB ACIO 2021 Exam centers are:

Agartala Vijayawada
Varanasi Trivandrum
Siliguri Shimla
Shillong Ranchi
Raipur Patna
Nagpur Mumbai
Meerut Lucknow
Leh Kolkata
Kohima Jammu
Jaipur Itanagar
Imphal Hyderabad
Guwahati Delhi
Dehradun Chennai
Chandigarh Bhubaneshwar
Bhopal Bangalore
Amritsar Aizawl

Once opted, candidate cannot change the exam center. However, if the seats get completely filled at a particular center, the nearby center will be given to the candidate.

Documents Required at the Exam Centre

Candidates must carry the following documents to the IB ACIO 2021 exam center:

  • Admit Card
  • Photo ID

IB ACIO 2021 Results

The IB ACIO 2021 exam results of the Tier 1 exam have been declared on Apr 1, 2021. All the results, whether tier 1 or tier 2 or the final result, will be updated on the official website of MHA.

Resolution of tie cases: In the event of a tie in combined scores of candidates in the Tier-I and Tier-II, such cases will be resolved by applying following criteria, one after another, till the tie is resolved:

  • Total marks in Tier-I and Tier-II
  • Marks in Tier-I
  • Marks in Tier-II
  • Date of birth, with older candidates, placed higher.
  • Alphabetical order of names (starting with the first name)

How to download the IB ACIO 2021 Result?

IB ACIO 2021 result can be downloaded in the below mentioned ways:

  • Candidates have to click on the official website of IB ACIO www.mha.gov.in to view their results.
  • Once candidates click on the specified link the merit list in a pdf format will be displayed.
  • Candidates have to look for their Name or Registration number from the merit list.
  • If the candidates find their name in the merit list then the candidates will be called for the further selection process.

IB ACIO Cut off

The candidate has to clear minimum marks in order to be eligible for the next stage exam. This minimum marks or cutoff depends upon a number of factors like the number of candidates appearing for the exam, the difficulty level of the paper, and the number of seats available.

The cutoff varies from one category to another. The cutoff for both the stages of all the categories is given as follows:

Tier 1

IB ACIO Tier 1 cutoff
IB ACIO 2018 Tier I Cut off
Category Cut off Marks (Out of 100)
General (Unreserved) 70
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 55
Scheduled Caste (SC) 45
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 45

Tier 2

IB ACIO Tier 2 Cutoff
IB ACIO 2018 Tier II Cut off
Category Cut off Marks (Out of 50)
Unreserved (UR) 35
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 30
Scheduled Caste (SC) 25
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 25

How to Prepare for IB ACIO 2021 Exam?

In the IB ACIO 2021 Tier 1 Exam, a candidate has to solve 100 questions in 60 minutes, which is a challenging task looking at the difficulty of the questions asked. Thus regular practice and proper time management are key mantras to clear this exam.

For the IB ACO 2021 Tier 2, candidates should have a good general knowledge and should be aware of current happenings both inside and outside the country in order to write an essay. Also as the test is now conducted on a computer, a decent typing speed is required in order to finish the essay in time. Moreover, a candidate should have a good reading habit for solving comprehension passage questions.

For the IB ACIO 2021 Interview, the candidate should focus on personality development. Good communication skills are the key to success in this part.

IB ACIO 2021 Salary Details

IB ACIO exam is conducted for recruiting candidates for the post of Assistant Central Intelligence Officer. An IB ACIO has decent pay ranging from INR 9300 to INR 34,800. it is this lucrative pay that attracts huge competition.
There are expectedly1400 posts available for IB ACIO 2021. Gross salary of IB ACIO varies from the figures mentioned above, all details related to net IB ACIO salary, the pay scale, deductions are discussed below.

IB ACIO 2021 Reference Books

Candidate should check out the syllabus, and according to that, he/she should select the best-suited book for him/her. Following books are highly recommended for this exam:

IB ACIO 2021 Exam Reference Books
Name of Book Author Publisher
IB ACIO Guide R. Gupta Ramesh Publishing House
ACIO Practice workbook Kiran Prakashan Kiran Publications
IB ACIO Intelligence Bureau Assistant Central Intelligence Officers Written Examination Unique Research Academy Unique Publishers
IB ACIO Intelligence Bureau Assistant Central Intelligence Officers - Paper I and II GKP GK Publications
Intelligence Bureau Assistant Central Intelligence Officer Grade II - Recruitment Exam Arihant Experts Arihant Publications
IB ACIO Intelligence Bureau Assistant Central Intelligence Officers - Grade II/Executive - Paper I and II GKP GK Publications

Helpdesk Details

Feel free to contact the below in case of any queries.

IB ACIO Helpdesk Details
Helpdesk Details
For Online Registration Related Issues
Phone No. +91 8800023535 Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Mon-Sat)
Email helpdesk.bharti.nic.in
For Payment Related Issues
Phone No. 011-23093353; Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Mon-Sat)


I am already a Govt. employee, Do I need to obtain NOC from my department in order to appear for this exam?

Yes, NOC from respective departments or services is required if the applicant is from any other Govt. department/ PSU.

Do I need to send the hard copy of the application to the authorities?

No, application process is completely online and candidate is not required to send any document to the authorities.

What are the documents required at the time of interview?

Candidate should report at the Interview venue with following documents: a) Matric/Higher Secondary School Certificate or equivalent showing name and date of birth.b) Higher Secondary (12th) certificate or equivalentc) Degree or Provisional degree of graduation from a recognized universityd) OBC certificate (if applicable)e) SC/ST certificate (if applicable)f) NOC from the present employer (if applicable)g) Sufficient number of photographs (identical to the one uploaded)

What is the salary of IB ACIO?

IB ACIO receives a basic salary in the range of Rs. 9300 -34800 plus Grade Pay Rs. 4200 (PB-2) Plus admissible Central Govt allowances. These allowances depend upon the job location.

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