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Intelligence Bureau Exam: Eligibility, Exam Pattern and Syllabus

Intelligence Bureau (IB) conducts exam to hire personnels for various posts in the department. The idea of the eligibility, exam pattern and syllabus is an advantage for the candidates. Know these in detail.

Sep 10, 2019 12:43 IST
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Intelligence Bureau (IB) exams are conducted to recruit various personnels for the department. The Intelligence Bureau (IB) is an important set-up that takes care of the security of the nation. The candidates who are interested to join the services of IB need to know that the job is challenging and it will require them to be versatile so that they can perform their duties well.

There are certain posts in IB that are on offer. The main posts that IB offers are that of Assistant Central Intelligence Officer (ACIO) and Grade-II/Executive in the Intelligence Bureau. The eligibility, exam pattern and syllabus of these posts are a bit different with many things in common. Lets discuss things in detail.

Eligibility for Intelligence Bureau (IB) Exams

The candidates who are thinking of applying to any of the posts in IB need to know the eligibility of the posts first. The eligibility of these posts are given as below:

Eligibility Criteria for IB ACIO:

(a) Educational Qualification:

Essential: The candidates must be a Graduate from a recognised University with minimum 50 per cent marks in aggregate.

Desirable: The candidates should have the knowledge of computers.

(b) Age: The minimum age of the candidates must be 18 years and the maximum age of the candidates should be 27 years.

The candidates can claim age relaxation as per the govt rules. However, the age relaxation that is granted is as follows:

SC/ST: 5 years

OBC: 3 years

Departmental Candidates: 13 years (with more than 3 years of service)

Women (widows, divorced women & women judicially separated from their husbands & not remarried): 8 years (for General), 13 Years (SC/ST)

Meritorious Sports persons: 5 years

Eligibility Criteria for IB Security Assistant:

(a) Educational Qualification:

Essential: The candidates must have passed class tenth exam from a recognised board. The candidates must have a command over a local language or dialect. The candidates must be able to read, write and speak in that dialect.

Desirable: The candidates should have field experience in Intelligence work.

(b) Age: The minimum age of the candidates must be 18 years and the maximum age of the candidates should be 27 years.

The candidates can claim age relaxation as per the govt rules. However, the age relaxation that is granted is as follows:

SC/ST: 5 years

OBC: 3 years

Departmental Candidates: 13 years (with more than 3 years of service)

Women (widows, divorced women & women judicially separated from their husbands & not remarried): 8 years (for General), 13 Years (SC/ST)

Meritorious Sports persons: 5 years

Exam Pattern for Intelligence Bureau (IB) Exams

The candidates who are planning to appear for the Intelligence Bureau exams need to know the exam pattern of the same. The exam pattern tells them what are the stages of the exam. It is necessary for the candidates to know it so that they can prepare accordingly.

Exam Pattern of IB ACIO

The candidates who are to appear for the IB ACIO exam has to go through two tier of the exams. Tier I will be of 100 marks and Tier II will be of 50 marks. After that, there will be an interview of 100 marks. Tier II is qualifying in nature. There is negative marking in the Tier I exam. Here is the exam pattern of Tier I:

 Section

No. Of Questions

Marks

Time

General Awareness

25

25

 1 Hour

Quantitative Aptitude

25

25

Logical/Analytical Ability

25

25

English Language

25

25

Total

100

100

The candidates who qualify the Tier I exam are called for the Tier II exam. Tier II is qualifying in nature. The exam will be of 50 marks and the duration of the exam will be 1 hour. Here is the exam pattern of Tier II:

Section

Marks

Time

Essay Writing

30

1 Hour

English Comprehension & Précis Writing

20

Total

50

The candidates who clear both the stages of the exams are called for interview.

 Exam Pattern of Security Assistant

The candidates who are to appear for the Security Assistant exam has also to go through two tier of the exams. Tier I will be of 100 marks and Tier II will be of 50 marks. After that, there will be an interview of 50 marks. Tier II is qualifying in nature. There is negative marking in the Tier I exam. Here is the exam pattern of Tier I:

 Section

No. Of Questions

Marks

Time

General Awareness

40

40

 2 Hours

Quantitative Aptitude

20

20

Logical/Analytical Ability

20

20

English Language

20

20

Total

100

100

The candidates who qualify the Tier I exam are called for the Tier II exam. Tier II is qualifying in nature. The exam will be of 50 marks and the duration of the exam will be 1 hour. Here is the exam pattern of Tier II:

Section

Marks

Time

Translation of a passage of 500 words from local language to English and vice-versa

40

1 Hour

Spoken Ability (to be tested during interview)

10

Total

50

The candidates who clear both the stages of the exams are called for interview.

Syllabus of Intelligence Bureau (IB) Exams

After getting an idea of the eligibility and the exam pattern, the candidates should know the syllabus of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) Exams. The syllabus helps them in knowing what they need to study. Mainly, the questions are asked from Maths, Reasoning, General Awareness and English Language. The candidates should have a command of the syllabus so that they can score better in the exam. Here is the syllabus of the exams.

Subjects

Topics

Maths

Arithmetic (Number Theory), Number Systems, Square and Cube Roots, Fractions and Decimals, H.C.F. and L.C.M., Simplification, Ratio and Proportion, Average, Logarithms, Ages, Boats and Streams, Clocks and Calendars, Mixture and Allegation, Pipes and

Cisterns, Problems on Trains, Unitary Method,Time and Distance, Time and Work, Work and Wages, Simple and Compound Interest, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Partnership, Discounts, Mensuration

Reasoning

Analytical Reasoning, Direction and Distance Test, Linear Arrangement Test, Complex Arrangement Test, Analogy, Odd Man Out, Coding Decoding, Series Test, Blood Relationships, Symbols and Notations, Alphabet Test, Data Interpretation and Sufficiency,

Syllogism, Problems Based on Symmetry, Problems Based on Visual Ability

General Awareness

Famous Personalities, Books And Authors, Inventions And Discoveries, Countries and Currencies, Various Forms of Dances,  Sanctuaries, World Organisations, Prizes And Awards, Famous Places, General Studies, Solar System, Environment and Ecology, Pollution, Geography, History, Polity, Economics, Sports, Miscellaneous

English Language

Synonyms and Antonyms, Spelling Test, Idioms and Phrases, One Word Substitution, Sentence Completion, Sentence Improvement, Sentence Reconstruction, Jumble Words and Sentences, Cloze Test, Common Errors, English Comprehension

Now, the candidates have the idea of the eligibility, exam pattern and syllabus of the exam. They can start their preparation in an organised manner. Having the knowledge of the syllabus will keep on guiding the candidates in what way and in what manner they should study.

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