New changes in IB ACIO 2020 Notification- Latest Exam Pattern and Syllabus

The Ministry of Home Affairs will soon be conducting the IB ACIO-II examination 2020–21 to recruit 2000 officers. Candidates who are appearing for this exam must check the changes that have been made this year in the exam pattern and syllabus of the IB ACIO Examination. In this article, we will be discussing the revised exam pattern and syllabus of IB ACIO Grade -II Examination 20 20–21. Candidates can download the official notification released by MHA for IB ACIO-II Recruitment 2020-21 by clicking on the link mentioned below:

Download IB ACIO 2020 PDF Official Notification

IB ACIO 2020 Exam: New Changes

This year the selection process is different than in previous years. Earlier the candidates had to go through 2 tiers of exams. Now in the IB ACIO Exam 2020, there will be 3 Tiers. Let us look at the three tiers which the candidates have to go through in order to qualify for the IB ACIO Recruitment 2020

  • Tier- 1: 100 Questions of 100 Marks: 60 Minutes time duration.
  • Tier-2: 50 Marks: 60 Minutes of time duration
  • Interview Round: This is the new tier introduced this year of 50 Marks.

IB ACIO 2020: Revised Exam Pattern

Along with the selection process, the IB ACIO 2020 exam pattern for Tier-1 has also been revised. There is a new section introduced this year by the name of general studies. Earlier candidates had to attempt four sections of hundred marks for which one hour of duration was given. Now the candidates have to attempt five sections of the same marks and same time duration. Let us look at the detailed exam pattern of IB ACIO II.

Tier-1 Exam Pattern

The General Studies Section is the new section that is introduced this year, earlier this section was not in the IB ACIO- Exam schedule. Let us look at the detailed exam pattern of Tier-1 of IB ACIO 2020:

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

Tier-2 Exam Pattern

The tier-2 exam is descriptive in nature and carries 2 questions for 50 marks in total.

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


IB ACIO Grade-II Exam: Syllabus

The syllabus for IB ACIO Grade-II Exam this year Remains the same, except for the new section that is introduced this year: General Studies. Below is the detailed syllabus of Tier-1 Examination of IB ACIO-II 2020:

IB ACIO Syllabus 2020 – Tier 1



General Knowledge

  • Indian History, Polity, Current Events, Geography, Economy, Basics of Computers etc.
  • Current national & International events, banking, sports, awards, recruitments, etc.


  • Analogies, 
  • Similarities and Differences,
  •  Spatial Visualisation, 
  • Spatial Orientation,
  • Problem-Solving, 
  • Analysis, 
  • Judgment, 
  • Decision Making, 
  • Visual Memory, 
  • Discrimination, 
  • Observation, 
  • Relationship Concepts, 
  • Arithmetic Reasoning,
  •  Verbal and Figure,
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning

English Comprehension

  • Grammar Rules, 
  • Antonyms, 
  • Synonyms, 
  • One-Word Substitution, 
  • Idioms & Phrases, 
  • Fill in the Blanks, 
  • Reading Comprehension/Passage,
  •  Cloze Test, 
  • Para-Jumble Sentences, etc.

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Number System, 
  • HCF LCM, 
  • Simplification, 
  • Average, 
  • Time & Work, 
  • Mensuration, 
  • Percentage, 
  • Profit & Loss, 
  • Simple & Compound Interest,
  • Investment, 
  • Problem on Ages, 
  • Time & Speed, 
  • Problem on Trains, 
  • Permutation and Combination, 
  • Series and Sequences, 
  • Bar Graph, 
  • Pictorial Graph, 
  • Pie Chart.

IB ACIO Syllabus 2020 – Tier 2

This Tier-2 will consist of Two sections only of 50 Marks for which the candidates were given 60 Minutes of duration:

  • English Comprehension & Précis Writing
  • Essay Writing: Topics from this section will be based on- Emerging Trends in India, Cultural Diversity of India, Security Threats, etc

Note: The above IB ACIO exam pattern is updated and totally based on the IB ACIO 2020 notification. The updated IB ACIO syllabus will be soon released by officials.