IB ACIO 2019

Exam Date : September 29, 2019 To February 25, 2020
Result Date : May 16, 2020

Do you know that the in the 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 was in control of internal and external intelligence of the country. But then it was split into the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW).

What is IB ACIO Exam?

IB ACIO 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 the IB. It is a very popular exam among the aspirants of security and intelligence jobs.

IB ACIO 2019

Number of Posts: IB ACIO 2019 vacancy is expected around 1400 posts are to going to fill for the II-Grade Assistant Intelligence Officer.

Recruitment: 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 the selected candidates will get special security allowances.

Reservation: The reservation is available for the few categories like SC/ST/OBC and Ex-serviceman.

The exam is conducted once in a year and there are three tiers in this exam. Tier 1 consist of a written MCQ test, Tier 2 has an Essay writing and Comprehension test and the Tier 3 consist of Interview.

IB ACIO Job Posting:  IB ACIO is a very unpredictable job and one can be posted in any state including border regions. It 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 centre 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 the another as batch-wise.

Training stages: In this, the training is classified into there stages and describes as follows.    

  • Training stage 1: SHIVPUR, Madhya Pradesh 60 days of training.

  • Training stage 2: Delhi Training 60 days.

  • Training stage 3: On the job training 60 days.

The various details associated with the exam are:

IB ACIO Exam Details
IB Recruitment 2019 - Security Assistant/ Executive
Vacancy Around 1200
Name of Post ACIO-II/Exe
Classification General Central Service, (Group ‘C’) Non-Gazetted, Non-Ministerial
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/
Application Fee INR 100 for General & OBC Category males
SC/ST, Ex-Servicemen & Female candidates are exempted from paying the fee
Selection Process Tier I -Written Test
Tier II - Essay writing and Comprehension test
Tier III - Interview or Personality Test
Last Date to Apply 2nd September 2018
Website MHA's website (www.mha.gov.in)

Exam Dates

The exam notification was released in August last year, the Tier 1 exam was conducted in September last year and Tier2 was conducted in February this year. The final result was declared in May this year. The other IB ACIO 2019 Important Dates are:

IB ACIO Exam Date
Important Events Dates
Application form Start Date 12th August 2018 
Last Date of Application form 2nd September 2018 
Last date of Application fee payment 2nd September 2018 
IB ACIO 2018 Release of Admit card 29th September 2018 
Tire 1 Exam  29th September 2018 
Tire 2 Exam 25th February 2019 
Results 16th May 2019 


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

Educational Qualification: The candidates who are appearing for the IB ACIO 2019 exam should have completed their graduation from a recognized university or equivalent and the candidates should have some basic computer knowledge.

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

IB ACIO 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 & by 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.


The IB ACIO 2019 Exam Syllabus consists of four sections. General Awareness, Quantitative aptitude, Analytical/Logical ability and English language are the four sections. The 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, judgement, 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.


Registration for IB ACIO will start from August 12, 2019 (tentatively) and will last till September 2, 2019 (tentatively). The 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?

The application process consists of the following steps:

  • The 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 2019 notification.
  • Fill the details in the application form Part I.
  • After filling Part I, proceed to part II which consist 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 application form for future reference.

Application Form

The IB ACIO 2019 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 application fee payment portion.

The 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:

  • Males belonging to General/OBC category have to pay Rs. 100.
  • Females and candidate belonging to SC/ST Category need not pay anything.

Documents required to apply for IB ACIO 

Scanned copies of the following documents are required to be uploaded onto the official website of the MHA:

  • 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.

Exam Pattern

The 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 tier 3 exam.

Tier 1 Exam Pattern

Tier 1 Exam pattern is as follows. There will be four sections with 25 questions each namely: General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical/ Analytical Ability and English Language.

IB ACIO 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 Tier 2 Exam, the candidate is required to score a minimum of 33 marks out of 100.

Tier 2 Exam Pattern

Tier 2 will have essay writing and English comprehension. The total time allotted for this stage is 1 hour.

IB ACIO 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". Candidate is required to score a minimum of 33 marks out of 100.

Tier 3 Exam

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.

Admit Card

IB ACIO 2019 Admit card will be releasing on September 29, 2019. The admit card will be 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. 

The Admit card is available on the IB ACIO official website and can be downloaded up to 10 days before commencement of IB ACIO exam. The 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 centre, photo & signature, postal address etc.

How to download the IB ACIO Admit Card?

The steps to download the 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.

Exam Centres

There are 33 exam centre IB ACIO Exam 2019 across the country. The candidate has to choose a single location based on his/ her convenience and preference. The various IB ACIO Exam centres are:

IB ACIO Exam Centres 2019 

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

Documents Required at the Exam Centre

The candidates must carry the following documents to the exam centre:

  • Admit card
  • Photo ID


The IB ACIO 2019 Exam Results of Tier 1 exam will be declared soon. 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 Result?

The IB ACIO result can be downloaded in the following way:

  • Candidates have to click on the official website of IB ACIO www.mha.gov.in to view their result.
  • 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.


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 paper and 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

Selection Process

The candidates have to first appear for the Tier 1 exam which will consist of MCQs and is divided into four sections. After clearing the cutoff for Tier 1, candidates will be proceeding to the Tier 2 test where the candidate has to give two tests in an hour consisting of an essay and a comprehension passage. The combined performance of Tier 1 and 2 exams will decide the candidate's eligibility for Interview. After clearing the interview, merit list will be generated. 

If the individual has his/her name in the merit list, he/she will be proceeding for the training for IB ACIO.

How to Prepare for IB ACIO Exam?

In the IB ACIO 2019 Tier 1 Exam, the 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 the key mantras to clear this exam.

For Tier 2, the candidate should have a good general knowledge and should be aware of the 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, the candidate should have a good reading habit for solving comprehension passage questions.

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

Reference Books

The 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 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

Previous Papers

The candidates can get a fair amount of idea about the syllabus after solving the previous year papers. Moreover, the candidate can analyze his/her weak spots in the syllabus and time required to solve the entire paper. Thus IB ACIO Exam previous year papers will help him/her in planning his/her preparation.

Mock and Sample Papers

Regularly practicing the mock and sample tests will help the candidate to gain speed and finally help him/her finishing the actual exam on time.

Coaching Centres

Since it's a very popular exam among the public, especially among the aspirants of security and intelligence services in India, there are various coaching centres available all over the country. Few of them are mentioned as follows:

IB ACIO Exam Coaching Centers in Delhi NCR:

IB ACIO Coaching Centre in Delhi NCR
Name of the Centre Location
Plutus Academy C-59, Sector 2 Noida
IB World Academy Vasant Vihar, Gurgaon
Probe Academy Saket, New Delhi

IB ACIO 2018 Exam Coaching Centers in Hyderabad:

IB ACIO Coaching Centre in Hyderabad
Name Of Centre Location
Hyderabad Study Circle Domalguda
Ambedkar Study Circle SR Nagar
Vikas Academy Basheerbagh

IB ACIO 2018  Exam Coaching Centers in Bengaluru:

IB ACIO Coaching Centre in Bengaluru
Name of Centre Location
Greenwood High International School Sarjapur
Oakridge International School HSR Layout
Saims Tuition Kundalahalli

IB ACIO 2018  Exam Coaching Centers in Chandigarh:

IB ACIO Coaching Centre in Chandigarh
Name of Centre Location
Career Launcher Sector 35, Chandigarh
Bullseye Sector 8, Chandigarh
Surya Law Academy Sector 34, Chandigarh

Important Guidelines

  • Candidates should keep in mind that eligibility is not verified during the application process but at later stages of the admission process. So, the candidate should check eligibility carefully and apply only if he/she fulfils it.
  • Candidates appearing for IB ACIO 2019 examination must carry the IB ACIO 2019 Admit Card and original valid photo-identity proof to the exam centre.
  • Candidates are advised to take a clearly legible, preferably colour printout of the admit card on an A4 size paper. The Admit card is valid only if the candidate's photograph and signature images are legitimate and are according to the instructions.
  • No candidate will be allowed to enter the IB ACIO 2019 examination hall 30 minutes after the commencement of the exam.
  • Candidates will be permitted to appear for the examination only after their IB ACIO 2019 credentials are verified by the centre officials.


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

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

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

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

Q. What are the documents required at the time of interview?

Ans. The candidate should report at the Interview venue with the following documents:

a) Matric/Higher Secondary School certificate or equivalent showing name and date of birth.
b) Higher Secondary (12th) certificate or equivalent
c) Degree or Provisional degree of graduation from a recognized university
d) 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)

Q. What is the salary of IB ACIO?

Ans. The 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.

Latest News

The result of IB ACIO 2018 exam is expected to be declared in the last week of June.

Contact 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. 011-23093353Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Mon-Sat)

Discussion Forum

Sir, what is the age limit for IB ACIO exam?

Sir, what is the age limit for IB ACIO exam?

Asked By: Alisha,

Is there any exam centre in north India for IB ACIO exam

Is there any exam centre in north India for IB ACIO exam?

Asked By: Neeraj Saha,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Neeraj,

IB ACIO exam centres in North India are Nagpur, Mumbai, Vijayawada, Hyderabad.

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Good Luck.