IB ACIO Syllabus 2021: Tier 1 and Tier 2 Syllabus Pdf Download

Exam Date

Jul 25, 2021

Result Date

Aug 1, 2021

Apr 7, 2021


The IB ACIO Exam is conducted in three rounds/ tiers, namely: Tier 1, Tier 2, and a personal interview round. Each of these tiers has a different IB ACIO syllabus and exam pattern. Given below are the detailed syllabus for each of the tiers.

IB ACIO 2021 Syllabus For Tier I 

According to the IB ACIO 2021 Exam Pattern, the Tier I exam consists of four sections, they are English Comprehension, General Awareness/ Knowledge, Logical Reasoning, and Numerical Ability. The details of each section are given below. 

IB ACIO 2021 English Comprehension Syllabus

The questions in this section are asked to analyze the overall knowledge of English possessed by the candidate. Some of the main topics in this section are:

  • Spellings Correction
  • Adjectives
  • Improvement
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Verbs
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Synonyms/ Antonyms
  • Grammar
  • One Word Substitution
  • Verbal Comprehension Passage
  • Detecting Mis-spelt words
  • Passage
  • Clauses
  • Spot the error
  • Vocabulary
  • Sentence Structure

IB ACIO 2021 General Awareness/Knowledge Syllabus

In this section, the candidates are tested on the knowledge based on the current affairs of the world. Some of the more specific topics have been listed below.

  • Current Affairs
  • Current News – National and International
  • World Events
  • Political news
  • Events of National Importance
  • Indian History
  • Economy
  • Weather
  • Climate

IB ACIO 2021 Logical Reasoning Syllabus

This section is to test the logical reasoning ability of candidates based on the following topics.

  • Figure matching (Verbal and Non-Verbal)
  • Pattern Matching
  • Odd Man Out
  • Analytical Problems
  • Blood Relations
  • Missing Letters
  • Observation
  • Statements and Conclusions

IB ACIO 2021 Analytical Ability Syllabus

This section is to test the analytical reasoning ability of candidates based on the following topics.

  • Blood Relation Test
  • Series Completion
  • Analogy
  • Character Puzzles
  • Classification
  • Series
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Pattern Completion
  • Chart Logic
  • Image Analysis
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Logical Sequence of Words
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Direction Sense Test

IB ACIO 2021 Numerical Ability Syllabus

The numerical ability section of the tier 1 exam. This tests candidates on their basic numerical ability on the following topics. 

  • Numbers
  • HCF and LCM
  • Simple Interest
  • Compound Interest
  • Time and Work
  • Average
  • Trains and Boats
  • Mensuration
  • Ratios
  • Mixtures and Allegations
  • Profit and Loss
  • Probability
  • Statistical problems

IB ACIO Exam Syllabus - Tier II

Once the candidates have qualified the IB ACIO Tier 1 exam, they are now qualified to take up the IB ACIO Tier 2. This is a descriptive exam, hence it consists of comprehension, precis and essay writing. Each of which have been given in detail below. 

Descriptive Test

The Descriptive test consists of English Language Writing Skills. In this section, it is expected that students may be asked to write an Essay, Letter of any given theme or topic for not more than 400 words. 

  • Checks your Analytical capability, Knowledge and Writing skill for English
  • It is a subjective paper to be finished in 30 min (Precise, Comprehension & Essay Writing)

Essay Topics

Most of the essay topics are based on current affairs of the world or India or can be miscellaneous as well, some of the specific topics may include:

  • Emergency Trends in India
  • Security Threats in India
  • Cultural Diversity Of India
  • Security Threats of India
  • Cultural Diversity of the Country 
  • Emergency Trends 
  • Miscellaneous
  • Candidates must practice the basics of grammar and composition, precis writing to enhance their vocab.

IB ACIO 2021  Syllabus PDF

Candidates can download the detailed PDF for the IB ACIO 2021 syllabus here. This will help them prepare for the exam and make them confident about the same.

Direct Link to download IB ACIO Syllabus 2021. 

IB ACIO 2021 Preparation Books

The candidate should check out the IB ACIO 2021 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 Preparation Books
Name of Book Author Publisher
IB ACIO 2021 Guide R. Gupta Ramesh Publishing House
IB 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

IB ACIO 2021 Tier I- Exam Pattern 

IB ACIO Tier one has 4 different subjects that the candidates are tested on. The exam pattern for this has been given in the table below. 

IB ACIO 2021 Tier I Exam Pattern
Subjects  Total Marks Time
General Awareness  100 1 hour
Quantitative Aptitude
Logical/ Analytical/ Numeric Ability and Reasoning 
English Language 
General Studies 

IB ACIO 2021 Tier-II Exam Pattern

The IB ACIO Tier 2 exam pattern is different from the Tier 1 exam pattern.

IB ACIO 2021 Tier-II Exam Pattern
Papers  Maximum Marks Time
Essay  30 1 hour
English Comprehension and Precis Writing 20

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What type of questions are asked in Tier 1 of IB ACIO 2020 Exam?

Ans: The Tier 1 of IB ACIO Exam is of objective type. 

  • Is there any negative marking in Tier 1 of IB ACIO Exam?
Ans: Yes, a total 0.25 marks are deducted per wrong question marked. 

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