IB ACIO Exam 2021: Important topics based on previous year

Intelligence Bureau has released the exam dates for the IB ACIO tier -1 examination 2021. The exams are scheduled to be held in 3 dates which are 18th, 19th and 20th February 2021. The selection is based on the 3 stages, which include tier1, tier2, and interview. The candidates who will qualify for tier 1 exams will be eligible for the tier 2 examination, and after qualifying tier 2 examination, the candidates will be called for an interview round. As only few days are remaining for the exam, we hope that your preparations are going well, and today we are going to provide you the important topics based on previous year. So, read the full article to know the important topics of IB ACIO exam 2021, which are based on previous year.


IB ACIO exam pattern tier 1

Tier 1 exam will have 5 sections for which the candidates will be given 60 minutes to attempt the questions, and it will be of 100 marks in total.

The exam pattern for the tier 1 exam is:

Section No. of Questions Marks Time Duration
General Awareness 20 20 60 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 20 20
Logical/Analytical/Numerical Ability 20 20
English Language 20 20
General Studies 20 20
Total 100 100

There will be a negative marking of ¼ marks for every wrong answers.

IB ACIO exam pattern tier 2

As tier 2 exam will be descriptive in nature and it will carry 2 questions for 50 marks in total.

The exam pattern for tier 2 exam is:

Section Marks Time
Essay Writing 30 60 Minutes
English Comprehension & Précis Writing 20
Total 50

IB ACIO interview

The third stage is of interview round and it will be of 100 marks and the candidates appearing in interviews may be subject to psychometric/Aptitude tests which will be a part of the interview.



IB ACIO important topics based on previous year papers

As we all know that the forms of IB ACIO are declared after 3 years, the competition will be very tough, so the IB ACIO preparation strategy should be prepared very carefully, and to help our students we are here with the important topics from the last year exams.

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Quantitative Aptitude

After analyzing the last year’s trend of this section, the questions which were asked in 2012, 2013 are only from the arithmetic section. The questions which were asked were similar to the questions asked in SSC CGL, although the question asked in IB ACIO in the quant section might be more tricky or lengthy than the SCC CGL, the candidate will not find any difficulty in solving these questions if the basics are clear. Some important topics are mentioned below:

  1. Percentage
  2. Number system ( AP,GP,HP,LCM,HCF etc)
  3. Ratio and Proportion
  4. Time
  5. Speed and Distance
  6. Average
  7. Ages
  8. Time and work
  9. Simplification
  10. Profit and Loss
  11. Simple Interest & Compound Interest
  12. Mensuration (only basics of geometry)

Reasoning Ability

Important topics from the reasoning section are :

  1. Similarities and Differences
  2. Analogies
  3. Problem Solving
  4. Decision Making
  5. Verbal and Figure Reasoning
  6. Series
  7. Missing numbers
  8. Counting Figures

You may also check IB ACIO Preparation 2021: How To prepare For IB ACIO Section Wise?

General Awareness and General Studies:

For preparing this section the topics which are important based on previous year papers are :

Current Affairs




Security issues, Geopolitical issues, and social issues

Issues which are related to the war, scams

English Language

For preparing this section, one should have a good command of the vocabulary section

And after vocabulary, the other important topic is grammar

On the basis of last year’s trends these two were mainly focused, so prepare well in this section, as this can be a scoring section.

Other topics that need to be covered:

Reading comprehension

Cloze test

Para Jumbles

Sentence Jumbles

Active & Passive voice

Direct & Indirect speech

These were the list of topics that are important from the exam point of view based on the analysis of previous year questions. To prepare well in the examination, clear the concepts thoroughly, and after clearing the concepts practice the sectional test and free quizzes that are available on our Adda247 app.

Solve the previous year questions, this will help you in analyzing the pattern and difficulty level of the questions.

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