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IB ACIO Grade-II/Executive exam success tips


Online applications are invited from Indian nationals for direct recruitment to the post of Assistant Central Intelligence Officer Grade-II/Executive in Intelligence Bureau by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. There are a total of 1430 posts, 951 reserved for General, 184 for OBC, 109 for SC, 56 for ST candidates. Apart from this, 130 posts are exclusively reserved for Ex-Servicemen.
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To be eligible for this exam one should be a graduate from a recognised university. Knowledge of computers is desirable. The age limit is 18 – 27 years for General candidates and other categories get age relaxation according to their reservation.

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About Intelligence Bureau
Intelligence Bureau is the India’s principal internal news agency which garners the internal intelligence to execute counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism tasks. It is believed to be a reputed and oldest intelligence agency in the world. It collects the sensitive information which hinders the smooth functioning of governance in the country.

IB was formed on 23 December 1887 at Simla by the British Secretary of State for British Indian Army. The then objective was to monitor Russian troops deployments in Afghanistan which was feared of Russian invasion on British India through North-West corridor. It was recast as the Central Intelligence Bureau in 1947. Initially it worked as India’s internal and external agency but later due to its failure to predict Sino-Indian War of 1962 and Pakistan War in 1965, it led to creation of Research and Analysis Wing. In 1968 IB was bifurcated and external intelligence activities handed over to RAW.

IB performs the functions like intercepting letters, spying emails, wire-tapping the unknown or dubious telephone calls, VIP security, threat assessment in sensitive areas and etc. Apart from this IB is the clearance organization for amateur radio license and is responsible for monitoring all aspects of governance throughout the country. Intelligence Bureau has offices at both national and state level. The collection of the intelligence is carried out by Grade II employees in the field units. It keeps track of issues like terrorism, counter-intelligence, VIP security and threat assessment and sensitive areas i.e. J&K and North East Region etc. Grade II officers are directly recruited and officers from state police forces are also deputed. But Class I officers are mostly deputed from military agencies and science & technology streams. Sometimes they outsource the personnel to meet specific needs

To join as an ACIO one should have good analytical skills along with great knowledge on social and economic conditions of the country. Having good vigilance, thorough knowledge of data analysis, attentiveness and keen observation of governance of the country are the qualities that a candidate should possess.

Pay Scale
Present pay scale is Rs.9300-34800 plus admissible Central Government allowances. 7th CPC recommended for Rs.4600 grade pay (Present Rs.4200). According to this the gross salary may increase to 55000-60000 from present Rs.36000.

Career prospectus and development
One can build up his career from ACIO to Director, Intelligence Bureau. This all requires dedication and determination. Proactive nature could help to garner the necessary ingredients to develop the career. As this is an all India job, candidates should be ready to work in any part of the country.

Ranking of Officers (Equivalent to)
Director, Intelligence Bureau (senior most IPS officer)

Education News

Special Director (Director General of Police)
Education News
Additional Director (Additional Director General of Police)
Education News
Joint Director (Inspector General of Police)
Education News
Deputy Director (Deputy Inspector General of Police)
Education News
Joint Deputy Director (Senior Superintendent of Police)
Education News
Assistant Director (Superintendent of Police)
Education News
Deputy Central Intelligence Officer (Additional Superintendent of Police)
Education News
Assistant Central Intelligence Officer-I (Deputy Superintendent of Police)
Education News
Assistant Central Intelligence Officer-II (Inspector of Police)
Education News
Junior Intelligence Officer-I (Sub-Inspector of police) (Direct Recruitment)
Education News
Junior Intelligence Officer-II (Head Constable) (Deputed from state police agencies)
Education News
Security Assistants (Constable) (Deputed from state police agencies)

Tips for written test
Scheme of exam
Earlier, the exam was conducted in two levels. One is written test (150 marks) and the second is personal interview. The written test consisted of two papers i.e. Paper-1 and Paper-2. Both the papers were conducted at same session of the examination where separate time is allotted to each paper. Paper-1 contained 100 multiple choice questions for 100 marks and Paper 2 was for 50 marks and descriptive in nature. In objective paper, 20 questions appeared from Logical/Numerical Ability and 10 questions from general English. Remaining 70 questions appeared from General Knowledge/ Studies from various subjects including world history, geography and economy. In descriptive paper 4 essays had been given to the candidates where one essay must be attended in 400 words.

Now the exam pattern is changed completely. It is divided into three levels. Tier-1 is objective and contains 100 multiple choice questions for 100 marks. Tier-2 has 50 marks and descriptive in nature. Tier-I (Paper-I) is again divided into 4 sections viz., General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical/ Analytical Ability and English Language. Each section consists of 25 questions for 25 marks. Tier-II (Paper-II) has two types of questions. One is essay writing and another is precise writing. Candidates need to write an essay and precise writing in English language on any one of the given topics. And finally personal interview (level-3) is conducted on later dates for 100 marks.

Subject-wise Distribution of Questions in Previous Exams

Name of the Subject

2012

2013

2014

Quantitative /Numerical Aptitude

10

13

14

Reasoning Ability

11

7

2

World History

5

11

6

World Geography/ Subject

3

5

2

World Economy/Economy Subject

1

4

1

Indian History

9

13

8

Indian Geography

6

-

4

Indian Economy

5

8

4

Indian Polity

6

6

13

Biology (Botany & Zoology)

3

3

4

Physics and Chemistry

9

5

3

Science & Technology

2

-

4

Current Affairs

13

9

4

General Knowledge

16

2

21

Computer Knowledge

1

3

-

English Language

-

11

10

Total

100

100

100


Note: Previous papers help in understanding questions nature and make it easy to prepare in short time.

Subject-wise study tips
General Awareness: Polity, Indian & world history, Geography, Indian Economy and current affairs are the important topics to focus. Level of difficulty is high.
World history is one of the easy scoring areas. In this, modern history is most important (after 1700). Colonization of Asia, Africa, and America, Power struggle in Europe, World War (I & II) are important topics. Spend less time on Ancient and Medieval world history.
In Economy most of the questions can be answered with basic knowledge about economic concepts, economic survey and budget. Questions are mainly fact based like numbers and names, so better to read that information two to three times. For economic concepts definitions are enough.
Geography is a vast subject. NCERT and Lucent General knowledge books are enough for this section.
For Science, read Lucent General knowledge, if time permits read NCERT books too.
Indian history is one of the scoring areas. Focus only on Ancient and Modern history and read medieval if time permits. NCERT and Lucent General knowledge books are enough. Indian polity is another scoring area. Lucent General knowledge is good but if time permits go for ‘Indian polity by Laxmikanth’. Many questions are fact based, so it is important to practice multiple choice questions.
For current affairs, it is better to prepare four months before current affairs. It will help in interview also.

Quantitative Aptitude: Permutations & Combinations, Number system, Profit & Loss, Time, Distance & Speed, Average and Percentage is some of the important topics. Basic knowledge about mathematics (up to 10th class) is enough. Level of difficulty is medium.

Chapter-wise Break up of Aptitude Questions

Chapter/Topic

2014

2013

2012

Percentage

2

1

1

Number System

2

2

1

Square Roots

1

-

-

Logarithms

1

-

-

Time & Distance

1

1

1

Time & Work

1

-

-

Profit & Loss

1

-

-

Height and Distance

-

-

1

LCM & HCF

-

-

1

Permutation & Combinations

1

3

1

Probability

2

1

1

Arithmetic Progression

-

1

-

Mensuration

2

-

1

Calendar

-

2

1

Ages

-

1

-

Alligation or Mixture

-

1

1

Total

14

13

10


Logical/ Analytical Ability: Direction, Blood relation, sitting arrangement, coding & decoding are some of the important topics. Basic knowledge is enough and question difficulty level is medium.

Chapter-wise Break up of Reasoning Questions

Chapter/Topic

2014

2013

2012

Direction Sense Test

-

1

2

Sitting Arrangement

-

1

1

Blood Relation

-

1

2

Number series

-

2

1

Coding Decoding

-

2

2

Venn Diagrams

1

-

-

Ranking Test

1

-

1

Puzzles

-

-

2

Total

2

7

11


English Language: Basic grammar, antonyms & synonyms, sentence correction, Idioms and vocabulary are some important topics. Difficult level of questions from English is easy to medium. Learning technique is enough to do sentence correction, vocabulary questions can answer through ‘method of elimination’ and understanding question is important in Idioms/ Phrases. More focus on learning techniques of sentence correction, idioms and vocabulary will be helpful.

Chapter-wise Break up of English Questions

Chapter/Topic

2014

2013

Synonyms

2

1

Sentence Correction/Completion / Meaning

1

4

Idioms/Phrases

2

3

Vocabulary/Pronunciation

1

-

Parts of Speech

3

-

Fill in the blanks

1

2

Antonyms

-

1

Total

10

11


Note: In 2012 exam, no questions appeared from English subject.

Cut off Prediction
There is no official list so far regarding cut off marks for written exam and interview. For general candidate, it may be around 70-75 and for OBC 70. For SC, ST, it is around 60-65. Ex-Servicemen benefit from the less cut off marks.

Descriptive exam tips
In this paper, 30 marks are allocated to essay, whereas precise writing has only 20 marks. One has to write one essay out of four. In most of the previous exams, essay questions appeared on social issues, science & technology, security threat to India, India’s economic position etc.

Essay Structure and presentation is more important. How you wrote is more important than what you write. Content is also important and mentioning the recent incidents related to the topic will give the extra impression. Instead of preparing on topics it is better to focus on ‘How to write an essay’ and improve writing skills. Writing in a given time period is important so it is better to practice minimum 8 to 12 essays before the exam. And questions are always coming from unexpected corners, so readymade answers can’t work.
Note: More practice gives better results in the essay and precise writing.

List of some important topics: Cultural diversity in India, terrorism, scientific development, left-wing extremism, national security, communalism and social problems, right to freedom of expression, rural development, democracy in India, black money are some of the important topics.

Interview tips
The Interview is key stage, because it contains 100 marks. They focus more on behaviour than the knowledge. Body language, dressing, confidence in answers (even when saying 'I don't know'), smile on face, eye contact, greeting the officers are important than theoretical knowledge.

Reference Books
General Awareness:
Arihant Publications General Studies, NCERT books, Lucent General knowledge and 'GK today' web portal etc.
Quantitative Aptitude: RS Agarwal’s Quantitative aptitude & logical ability (S Chand Publications) Quicker Maths etc.
Reasoning Ability: RS Agarwal’s Quantitative aptitude & logical ability (S Chand Publications)
English Language: Objective General English by O.P Bakshi
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