The below table highlights the Job profile of an ACIO employee recruited under the IB department:
The collection mechanisms of the IB vary depending on the region, but the IB operates both at the state level and the national level. You may be working at one of the following
At National Level
The bulk of the intelligence collection is carried out by `Grade II' employees of the IB and if you are an ACIO, you will be in that grade.
The `Class I' officers mostly carry out coordination and higher-level management of the IB.
At State Level:
At the state level, you will be a part of the State Special Bureau and will be reporting to a Central Intelligence Officer (the intelligence advisor to the Governor).
The IB maintains a large number of field units and headquarters (which are under the control of Joint or Deputy Directors).
It is through these offices and the intricate process of the deputation that a very `organic' linkage between the state police agencies and the IB is maintained.
In addition to these at the national level, the IB has several units (in some cases Subsidiary Intelligence Bureaus) to keep track of issues like terrorism, counter-intelligence, VIP security and threat assessment, and sensitive areas (i.e. J&K, North-East Region (NER), etc.).
You have to work under every department in IB once you get in. This provides you to enhance your skills. Even the people from the technical background are been given field assignments.
As an Assistant in Intelligence Bureau, you will have a proper work schedule. Daily you will be going in the morning and coming back to your home in the evening, with no extra work hours and working in shifts.
As an Assistant in Intelligence Bureau, you will have the following career path
Section Officers( in 7-8 years)
Apart from the above-listed job responsibilities, there are certain points worth noting:
Training: The candidate has to undergo physical training with a routine that comprises a lot of running and exercising. This is mainly done to make the candidates fit and healthy. The time period for training is two months. The second phase of training is mostly theoretical where seniors deliver lectures in classes to prepare the recruits mentally also. This period also continues for the next two months.
Job Posting: After the initial training, the recruit is assigned responsibilities where they get to know themselves better, as they get to work in an environment, where they are going to face very tough circumstances. This prepares the recruits for the worst-case scenario. Every officer is allotted a particular district/state and is sent to that particular place. The allotment is random. Some recruits may get border areas, mainland while others might be posted to cities, towns, or villages.
On-the-job training: Each place has its own issues like terrorism, security, Naxalism, narcotics, goons, etc. Every recruit is expected to create his/her work profile of the place he/she is posted to and to analyze the ongoing or any other possible threats that can prove to be harmful to that particular place and to work on them. Each recruit will be working under the guidance of a mentor who will lead them thoroughly on how to work under such conditions.
Spontaneity and Risk Handling: Being an ACIO, the risk is always going to follow the recruit wherever he/she may go. They need to act spontaneously to the situation and handle it wisely or the situation may pose a threat to their well-being. The recruits need to have social skills, must be alert at all times of the operation. They must know how to manage or overcome any possible danger that can be hazardous to society or themselves. As per safety issues, your physical safety is their prime concern and even if you are posted in a tense area in North-East or Kashmir a team is always there for your physical safety. IB officer is not on any front; their job is to collect input from their sources, which can be done even sitting in the office. While being in such a job you need to forget about privacy. Whatever the rules and protocols are there, one should follow properly and the way it is instructed. Needless to say, you will also be in their eyes and monitor. This is done to avoid defections and breaches.