IB ACIO Selection Process 2022: Schedule and Procedure

IB ACIO Selection Process 2022: Schedule and Procedure

ByNeha Uppal  |  Updated on: Jan 17, 2022
IB ACIO Selection Process 2022: Learn everything about the selection process for all three stages for Intelligence Bureau Assistant Central Intelligence Officer IB ACIO.
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IB ACIO 2022 selection process will be released by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on their official website. As per the previous year, a total of 2000 IB ACIO vacancies have been released. Candidates must be well versed in the selection process of IB ACIO in order to make a preparation strategy accordingly. Below we have mentioned everything you need to know about IB ACIO Selection procedure which you need to undergo to land up a job.

Intelligence Bureau (IB) ACIO Selection Process

 Intelligence Bureau ACIO Selection Process 2022 is divided mainly into three phases:

  1. IB ACIO Tier 1 Exam: CBT
  2. IB ACIO Tier 2 Exam: Descriptive Paper
  3. IB ACIO Interview

We have provided you with the IB ACIO selection process for tier 1, tier 2, and tier 3 here in detail.

Phase I: IB ACIO Tier I Exam Selection Process

The candidates have to appear for the Tier I exam which is a written exam of a total of 100 marks. There is a negative marking of ¼ marks for each wrong answer, no marks would be awarded for unattempted questions. There will be a minimum cut-off mark of 33%, those who will clear the Tier I exam will be called for the tier 2 exam.

Get an idea of the MHA IB ACIO Tier I Exam Pattern  below:


Number of Question

Section-Wise Marks

General Awareness



Reasoning/ Logical Ability



Quantitative Aptitude



English Language



General Studies



Phase II: IB ACIO Tier 2 Exam Selection Procedure

Only the candidates who qualify for the IB ACIO Tier-I exam will be able to appear in the Tier-II examination. Details regarding the Tier-II exam are listed below

  • The Tier 2 exam will be descriptive in nature, where candidates will be asked to write an essay (30 marks) and do English Comprehension or Precis Writing ( 20 marks).
  • In this part, questions are asked to test the candidate's English writing skills and analytical capability.

The Tier 2 exam details like Date, Time & Center will be informed to the registered email address provided by the candidates who will successfully pass the Tier I exam. The minimum Cut-off for the IB ACIO Tier 2 Exam is 33% marks. Candidates have to secure at least 33% marks in IB ACIO Tier II Exam. The candidates may refer to the given below table for further information:


Number of Questions

Total Marks


Tier 2

Essay (30 Marks)

English Comprehension or Precis Writing (20 Marks)


60 Mins

Phase III: IB ACIO Interview Selection

Based on Tier 1 and Tier 2 exam performances, candidates will be called for an interview for the final round of selection. The IB ACIO Interview comprises 100 marks. The candidates would be shortlisted for final selection subject to the successful completion of their Character and Antecedent verification followed by medical examination.

Resolution of Tie Cases

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

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

Important Points to Remember

  • On the basis of their performance & normalization of marks in the Tier-I exam, you will be shortlisted for the Tier-II exam at 10 times the number of vacancies, subject to the candidate scoring the minimum cut-off.
  • On the basis of your combined performance in Tier-I and Tier-II, you will be shortlisted for the Tier-III/Interview @ 5 times the number of vacancies subject to the condition that the candidate secures a minimum of 33% marks (17 out of 50) in the Tier-II exam.
  • The cut-off for Tier-I & Tier-II exams in different categories may go higher depending upon the marks obtained by candidates and the number of vacancies.
  • The date, time & center of  IB ACIO Tier-II, Tier-III, and Interview would be informed to the applicants by email given by them during the online application.

IB ACIO Exam Pattern

Candidates can have brief look at the whole IB ACIO Selection Process according to which they can start their preparation accordingly. 

IB ACIO Exam Pattern



Written Examination

Tier-I exam (only online mode): 100 Objective type MCQs, divided into 5 parts containing 20 questions of 1 marks each on:

  1. General awareness,
  2. Quantitative aptitude,
  3. Numerical/analytical/logical ability & reasoning,
  4. English language &
  5. General studies.






1 hour







Tier-2: Descriptive type paper of 50 marks: Essay (30 marks) & English comprehension & précis writing (20 marks).


1 hour







Final Selection will be done on a merit basis through a list prepared on the candidates' performance in all the 3 rounds.

IB ACIO Selection Process FAQs

  • IB ACIO selection process comprise of 3 stages:

    • Tier 1
    • Tier 2 
    • Interview 
  • The final selection for IB ACIO 2022 exam is made on the basis of the candidate's performance in all the 3 rounds i.e Tier-I, Tier-II and Interview process.

  • After qualifying all the stages of IB ACIO Selection Process 2022, you will be recruited as Assistant Central Intelligence Officer in Intelligence Bureau.

  • Tier-I will be a 100 marks paper divided into 5 sections that scrutinize the candidates on the basis of their Aptitude Skills. Time limit for this examination is about 1 hour.

  • Tier-II exam for IB ACIO will be a descriptive test consisting of 2 sections: English Reading and Precise Writing. The time duration for Tier-II exam is 1 hour. 

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