Intelligence Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs conducts the exam for the recruitment of officers for the post of ACIO (Assistant Central Intelligence Officer). This year IB has invited online application for the post of 750 ACIOs. It is one of the sought after exams of India and as such you can fair well assume that a lot of aspirants would apply for the same. And this calls for both smart and hard work.
I have already explained the scope of the syllabus in our post ACIO Intelligence Bureau (IB) Paper , so now let’s get to discuss the “how to” questions.
Here are some tips for IB ACIO exam which will help you get better results:
ACIO paper isn’t much different from the SSC or other government service exams as far as the quantitative and the analytical reasoning and English questions are concerned. As to how the paper is set, that is a bit different. Unlike the SSC (CGL) paper, the paper is not divided into segments. There is a consolidated 100 questions comprising of all the segments: Reasoning, Quant, English and GK. Thorough practice is the key to solving these questions in a fast and accurate manner. Let’s break it up:
The analytical & reasoning section: you can expect 20-25% questions from this section. Coding-Decoding, alphabet series, relations and sitting or standing arrangement based questions form the biggest chunk. You can practice from R.S Aggarwal’s book.
Example of question asked:
- A walks 5km north to the point B then turns left walks for another 20m to reach C then turns South and walks for 3 km. which Direction is he facing?
- How is A related to B if: “A is the sister-in-law of C who is the daughter-in-law of B who is the wife of D”.
- Find the odd one out : i) March ii)January iii) July iv) June
The quantitative aptitude questions are similar to that asked in the SSC CGL paper. The difficulty level is more or less the same. You can expect roughly 25-30% questions from this section. You might be asked direct questions
E.g. find the value of x^3 +y^3 if x+y= 5;
That said; do not assume that all questions will be in the same line. The questions are usually not lengthy but tricky. So keep the formulas on your fingertips. Practice a lot of these kinds of questions so that it gives you an edge while solving. You might want to follow Quicker Maths by M. Tyra. It is a very good book; all the useful formulas are given in the chapters along with the smart ways of approaching a particular kind of question.
English is also of SSC CGL standard. 20-25% questions are from this section. Learn the synonyms and antonyms, phrasal verbs and idioms. One or two questions of each type can be asked. The passage is a short one so does not take a long time to read but that said you should not ignore the preparation. Even if it is a small passage it would be easier for you if you practice the type of passage that is asked in the SSC CGL English section. ICSE English Language of class Xth level is a good way to practice for this section.
The rest of the questions are from the GK section. I have already given an elaborate breakup of the syllabus for the GK section. Now the question you may ask is “how to cover all the topics?” Well sadly there is no short-cut that I can give here. You will have to go through all the topics. Divide your time and start the preparation.
Starting from History section might be of help as that is the part from where most questions have been asked. But if it helps you to start with any other topic of your choice you should start with that. For Indian History follow NCERT class X XI and XII books. NCERT books on Contemporary world history are comprehensive and are easy to go through.
As for the Economics questions, ACIO usually do not ask civils like questions. They are mostly concerned with the figures. E.g. what is the estimated size of Indian economy for 2012-11 (GDP in US Dollars)? Or who is the current CEO of Microsoft? So for such questions its better if you follow business news and do not ignore the economy news section of the daily newspaper. You can also try the business magazines.
Polity I have already explained the scope of syllabus in the other section. For those who have been preparing for the Civil services paper this should not pose a threat. The questions are related to the constitution of India. So those of you who have Laxmikant shouldn’t worry. And for those who do not should not feel threatened. The questions are basic in nature. Study from Lucent’s GK.
For Geography it is good if you can do map based study. NCERT Text books and Lucent’s GK should suffice. Break up your study into world and Indian geography and study.
For Science and tech questions refer to the NCERT books and the current affairs in that area.