Intelligence Bureau (IB) Recruitment 2021 - Notifications, Exam Pattern and Online Application Procedure

We have a good news for the Central Government job seekers and the aspirants looking for jobs in Intelligence Bureau(IB). The Ministry of Home Affairs of India (MHA) has released Intelligence Bureau Recruitment 2021 notification for the post of Assistant Central Intelligence Officer (ACIO) for the prestigious Intelligence Bureau of India (IB). 

Here, we will be providing you with all the relevant information about the important dates, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, online application procedure, selection procedure, admit card etc.

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Intelligence Bureau (IB) Recruitment Notification

All Important Notifications

Organisation Name

Intelligence Bureau

Exam Conducting Body

Ministry of Home Affairs

Post Name

ACIO, ASO and other posts

Total Vacancy

2000 (expected)

Job Location

All India

Application Mode




Exam Fee

100rs (for General and OBC Category Male Candidate)

No Fee (for SC/ST Category and All Female Candidate)

Selection Process

Written exam and interview

Official Website 

Important Dates for Intelligence Bureau (IB) Recruitment 2021

Start Date

19th December 2020

Last Date

1st January 2021

Last Date for fee Payment

Not Declared

Exam Date

Not Declared

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Eligibility Criteria for IB Recruitment 2021

Candidates who want to apply for IB Recruitment 2021 need to fulfil the following conditions:

Educational Qualification

10th class pass or equivalent.

Age Limit

  • 18 to 27 (General)
  • 18 to 30 (OBC)
  • 18 to 32 (SC/ST)
  • 18 to 35 (OBC Widows/Divorced women)
  • 18 to 37 (SC/ST Widows/Divorced women)
  • Departmental Candidate minimum of 40 years of age should apply for IB Recruitment 2021.

Selection Procedure

There are mainly 3 stages in the IB recruitment selection process:

  • Tier 1 – Objective exam
  • Tier 2 – Descriptive exam
  • Tier 3 – Personal interview

Exam Pattern



  • General Awareness/ Knowledge: Current Affairs, Current News (National and International), Economy, World Events, Political news, Indian History, Events of National Importance, Weather, Climate Etc.
  • Mathematical Ability: Numbers, HCF and LCM, Average, Time and Work, Mixtures and Allegations, Ratios, Profit and Loss, Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Trains and Boats, Mensuration, Statistical problems, probability, Statistics
  • Reasoning: Figure matching (Verbal and Non-Verbal), Odd Man Out, Pattern Matching, Blood Relations, Analytical Problems, Observation, Missing Letters, Statements and Conclusions
  • English Comprehension: Questions in this section are asked to check the knowledge of candidates in English.

Paper-II (Descriptive)

This paper is designed to tests the writing and analytical skills of the candidates in the English Language. Candidates can prepare current issues on the national and international level for essay writing.

IB Recruitment 2021 - Payscale

Candidates who will be selected will be paid between 5,200 - Rs 20,200 (plus Grade Pay of 2,000rs).

How to Download IB Recruitment 2021 Admit Card

After the submission of the application form, admit cards will be issued to the candidates one week before the date of examination. Candidates can download their hall tickets in the followings steps:

Step 1: First, visit the official website

Step 2: Click on the notification tab. Then select released IB admit card link from the recent notification tab.

Step 3: Enter your IB admit card login details.

Step 4: Download the IB Admit Card and take a print out of the IB hall ticket.

Online Application Procedure – How to Apply?

Following are the steps to fill the online application form for the IB ACIO 2021 Recruitment exam:

Step 1: Visit the official website of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) or National Career Service (NCS) for IB.

Step 2: Now on the homepage, click on ‘what’s new’ section.

Step 3: Click on the link to register as a new candidate. Enter all the personal details and click on the submit button.

Step 4: Now, login with your registration number and password to start filling the application form.

Step 5: Fill all the personal, educational and work-related details correctly.

Step 6: Upload your latest passport size photo and your signature.

Step 7: Click on the submit button (before submitting the form check all the details carefully, once submitted it could not be changed).

Step 8: After the submission of the form, proceed for payment of Application fees.

Step 9: Make the payment through online mode and submit the application form.

Step 10: Lastly, don’t forget to take a print-out of the application form for future references.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is IB full form?

IB stands for Intelligence Bureau.

Q. Does IB recruit every year?

Yes, the IB ACIO Exam is conducted once in a year.

Q. How can I join the Intelligence Bureau?

Candidate must be 10th passed from a recognised board. Candidate should know the local language. Candidate must have field experience in intelligence work.

Q. What is the salary of the Intelligence Bureau?

The salary of IB ACIO ranges from 9300-34,800 depending upon the area of posting.

Q. Do IB officers carry guns?

No, they don’t carry guns.

Q. What is the work of the Intelligence Bureau?

The Intelligence Bureau is an internal security and intelligence organisation tasked with intelligence collection and dissemination and acts as a security advisor to the state and the federal government.

Q. Can I join IB after class 12?

No, after class 12, you cannot join IB.

Q. Can you retake IB exams?

Yes, you can retake the IB exam.

Q. Where is Intelligence Bureau headquarters?

Intelligence Bureau headquarter is located in New Delhi.

Q. Which books are best for IB exams?

Quantitative Aptitude Test by N.K. Singh, Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive examination by R.S. Aggarwal etc.

Q. Who is more powerful IB or CBI?

The Director of IB is higher in position than the CBI Director.

Q. What is the motto of IB?

The motto of IB is Always Alert.

Q. How can I join IB after 10th?

After 10th standard, you have to choose the Diploma Programme of IB if you want to join IB.

Q. Is IB exam tough?

IB exams are more tricky, but one can expect some direct questions.

Q. How do I prepare for the IB exam?

1. Plan an organised schedule.

2. Practice a lot.

3. Time management is essential

4. Practice mock test.

5. Don’t overdo yourself. Take time out for yourself and enjoy the experience.