[Studyplan] Assistant Central Intelligence Officer (ACIO): Topicwise booklist, Strategy

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update: August-07-2013: this is an old article written for 2012’s exam. New article for 2013’s Exam has been published separately on following link:
Please click ME
. Again repeating: article given below is outdated (then why don’t I delete it?) Because ACIO-2012 toppers/buddies use this page’s commenting system as their hangout-place. If I delete this article the comments will also be deleted. That’s why I’m not deleting this outdated article.

  1. Readymade guidebooks for ACIO exam
  2. How to approach the Objective paper of ACIO exam?
  3. Difference between GK and GS
  4. The books
  5. Topicwise Preparation for ACIO Exam
  6. General Knowledge
  7. Aptitude and English
  8. English Grammar and Vocabulary
  9. Aptitude
  10. Essay
  11. Structure of the Exam

Many a times, sincere candidates fail in Government job exams because

  1. Relying on readymade guidebooks by “jholachhap publication”.
  2. They underestimate the level of competition and hence their preparation is not upto the mark. [although personally they may be believing that they’ve studied hard.]

Know that whether it is IAS exam or Bank clerk’s exam, competition is always tough and life is always cruel [thanks to our population]. Hence, The only way to make life easier, is studying harder and harder.

Readymade guidebooks for ACIO exam

As I keep saying: DONOT USE any readymade book such as “ACIO/APFC/CPF guidebook by XYZ bogus publisher. ”
Reasons:

  • They merely copy paste few chapters from here and there, donot provide you comprehensive information / theory on any topic.
  • Secondly, many candidates simultaneously prepare for SSC, LIC, CPF, IBPS and similar exams, so they’re really good both in GK as well as aptitude. You prepare from some ‘jholaachhap” book then you loose in the competition.

How to approach the Objective paper of ACIO exam?

I’m grateful to the good friend CSL180 for providing the inputs on previous papers of ACIO exam.
From the previous trend, it seems ACIO is more about GK than GS.

Difference between GK and GS

General KnowledgeGeneral Studies
Kaun banega crorepati kinda things. Mere knowledge of facts. “Who, Where and When” type of questions.encompassing much more than GK, deals with important things of life- science, Constitution, History – why this and why that – so you need not only the knowledge of facts but understanding of events.
Who invented Telescope?How does Telescope work?
  • In, CPF (assistant commandant) or UPSC (IAS/IPS etc.)- the questions are less related to GK and more related to GS.
  • Usually the Class I and II officers’ recruitment exams have more GS than GK but for god knows why, ACIO paper almost entirely made up of GK questions only.
  • For example “NABARD was setup under which five year plan?”,
  • “OPEC was established in which year?
  • May be because ACIO exam isn’t conducted by UPSC and the Old professors who setup the ACIO papers, haven’t grown out of the 90s era yet.
  • Anyhow, the moral of the story is, you shouldn’t prepare for ACIO exam, the same way you prepare for UPSC, CPF or APFC. This one requires similar books but different approach.

The books

 

GK 2013I DONOT recommend Manorama Yearbook for GK, because

  • It is way too thick and contains way too trivial GK such as life Expectance and literacy rate of XYZ country.
  • The huge size of that book (around 1000 pages) alone creates frustration in the mind ki “itnaa saaara complete kab hoga?” [When will I finish this all?]

Therefore instead of Manorama, I recommend another book
GK 2013 by Manohar Pandey, Arihant Publication

The book is dirt cheap only Rs.25 (and on flipkart, they sell it only for Rs.19.) and has around 100 pages- listing all important GK facts.
[Besides the small size of that book creates positive vibrations in the study room, hahaha]

Topicwise Preparation for ACIO Exam

The NCERT can be freely (and legally) downloaded using this link Click ME.
The NCERTs contain GK information scattered throughout their chapters, Besides they’ve colorful photos and text, so they’re interesting to read.

General Knowledge

What is asked in previous papers?Recommended Book
HistoryXyz temple was built by which king?
Xyz war was fought by which two sides?
  1. NCERT Social Science Class 7 to 10
  2. NCERT History Class 11,12
  3. GK 2013 by Manohar Pandey (Arihant Publication)
GeographyNothing from Physical Geography (Theory, atmosphere etc)
Only “xyz place is famous for what?”
“xyz thing is located at where?”
That type of GK questions from Geography- both India and World.
  1. NCERT Social Science Class 7 to 10
  2. NCERT Geography Class 11, 12
  3. GK 2013 by Manohar Pandey (Arihant Publication)
ScienceWho invented this and that?
  1. NCERT Science Class 7 to 10
  2. Manohar Pandey
PolityOnly GK For example “which article of Constitution contains provision for Constitutional amendments?
  1. GK 2013 by Manohar Pandey (Arihant Publication)
  2. (Optional) Indian Polity M.Laxmikanth
CultureLocation of Temples and fairs.
  1. Manohar + NCERTs
Stupid Current Affairs
  • Sports (including Cricket!).
  • Books and authors.
  • Awards (film, social service etc)
  • Defence (Missile, tanks etc.)

(ya, UPSC stopped asking such stupid things in Civil service exam but ACIO paper setter uncle-ji hasn’t learned the lesson yet, may the almighty give them some wisdom.)

  1. this website: competitionmaster.com
EconomyTrivial questions like when was RBI established and when was NABARD established etc.
I would expect similar GK from Current affairs based Economy.
Current affairs material already suggested above.
+ Manohar Pandey

Aptitude and English

The trivial GK is limitless, but brain’s memory has limits, so how do you improve your score?
Obviously, you’ve to score huge in English Grammar and Aptitude.
There are aspirants in this “competition business” for 2-3 years, trying for Bank, LIC, CPF, SSC and similar jobs, and they’ve impeccable command over English grammar/Reading comprehension and aptitude.
So if you make any excuse ki “meraa English thik nahi hai” or “meraa maths kamjor hai”, then you’re digging your own grave. Toppers donot fall from sky, they’re among you, but they’re just studying harder and not wasting time in giving such excuses or doing cut off speculation. So, If your maths/english is not good, then study hard and improve it. Know that every master was once an amateur.

English Grammar and Vocabulary

Sentence correction, Sentence arrangement, Reading comprehension, synonym, antonym, fill in the blanks etc.etc.etc.
Study approach and booklist is same, as given in earlier APFC exam article: Click ME.

Aptitude

Since you’ve applied for ACIO exam, I assume that your end goal is Government job of some kind.
So even if you fail in ACIO, you’d continue pursuing similar competitive exams such as IBPS, SSC, LIC, CPF etc.Therefore, I would suggest the aptitude books that can be used for all such exams.

 

qqantamcat
verbal non verbl
  1. Quantam CAT by Sarvesh Kumar Verma (Arihant Publication)

For ACIO exam, prepare upto level 1 exercises only from each each chapter.
[Later on if you want to prepare for IBPS or SSC, then use the same book but prepare upto level 2 exercises from each chapter.]

  1. Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S.Agarwal (S.Chand Publication)

Ideally you should do all the sums from all the chapters, Including the Non-Verbal portion i.e. figure based questions.
But, If you dont have enough time, then try 10 sums from each topic and then move to next topic.

  1. My articles and videos on Aptitude, they can be accessed using following link: mrunal.org/aptitude

And most importantly, no one can master aptitude by reading the solved sums alone. You’ve calculate them by your hand.

Sidenote:

  1. If you’re running out of time, you may use IBPS Manual by Disha Publication
    instead of the book #1 and Book #2 given above. But that’s like firefighting and such shortcuts are luck dependent, hence should not be used in normal case.

Essay

The ACIO 2012’s notification specifically mentions that

ACIO-II/Exe contains two papers namely
Paper I (Objective type) and
Paper II (Descriptive type on English language only).
The total duration for both the Papers is 1 hour and 40 minutes.

This book has around 100 essays on various themes and topics, so you get enough fodder material for writing essays on conventional topics.
Apart from that daily newspaper reading: Either The Hindu or Indian Express.
How to read newspapers? Already explained in earlier article: Click ME.





So far 1,821 Comments posted

  1. aaarzooo

    Thanks to all aspirants for their valuable remarks, Congrates you all got selected, Meet u at Shivpuri :) … special thanks to Mrunal from the core of heart :)

    1. Balram

      Hey i have also been selected but nothing has been intimated by IB till now as when the training will start..if u get any info plz let us know…
      29/4/2014

  2. bond

    Got selected in the ACIO 2013..waiting for the joining letter.Also I have got no one to visit my place and verify anything.
    anyone with the same issue?
    and I read some guys getting 21st april as the joining date! is this for the 2013 batch or the previous 2012?

    1. Balram

      It can’t be true bro..verification by police and medical do take a lot of time..dnt know how..if u get any info do share with all of us..i will share if i get it first..many of the comments below are years old so do mention the date alongwith the comment
      29/4/2014

      1. ashu

        hey,
        I also got selected in ACIO 2013 and like you guys there is till now no intimation from IB regarding verification or medical. I think the people who are getting joining on 21st april are fron ACIO 2012. I tried contacting them on their email and facebook ids but no one has responded till now.I think the joining would take time. I have left my IBPS PO joining for IB and so eagerly waiting for it.
        3-5-2014

        1. nagarjuna

          hello guys
          I got selected in ACIO 2013 and eagerly waiting for appointment letter and i didnt get any info regarding verification and medical test and when will be the joining date.Hope u all share any info on this issue.

          1. nagarjuna

            hello guys got selected as acio in 2013…my police verification got completed and they informed me that they will send me a medical test form in which details of medical test will be given…

          2. ashu

            @nagarjuna : Please let me know when was this verification conducted and for how long can we expect joining? Also at what no. is ur name in the result list after the interview, can take some hint from it regarding my verification.

          3. vikram

            Hii nagarjuna..congrats for d completion of ur verification…
            plz share d process..nlet us knw wich state u belong 2..
            Thanks in advance

          4. balram sharma

            Congrats bro @ nagarjuna..can u plz tell us how did they approach u..by calling u at ur contact no.or directly came at ur place..rply asap bro

        2. ANIL

          hey buddy don’t worry , it vl come even i’m waiting for dat… police verification done for me and just looking for joining day ………..dis is anil for hyderabad. congrats wait for letter dat vl vary in u life buddy, take care byeeeeeeeeeeeee.

          1. Arpit Shukla

            Hi guys I have also been selected for ACIO-EXE 2013, IB people verified me…but nothing in writing…I am currently working with an MNC and have already resigned as there is 2 months notice period…now I am worried what if they delay appointment…Please connect with me at [email protected] so that we can share no. and other information

      2. irappa

        Congratulation sir,
        I have studying ACIO exam preparation give advise for this exam how to prepare it.
        What jobprofile on this post.
        Thanking & regarding

        1. ktb

          Even I got selected for the said post from west Bengal.. .. but till now have not received any correspondence.. kindly tell me which state you belond to and what are the verification procedure. ..

          1. nagarjuna

            police will directly reach your home for verification..if you are not available they will call u

  3. siddharth Shahane

    hi guys I also got selected for acio in ib …bt didn’t having verification or medical. ..is there any problem for high wait in medical. .?

  4. Balram

    It can’t be true bro..verification by police and medical do take a lot of time..dnt know how..if u get any info do share with all of us..i will share if i get it first..many of the comments below are years old so do mention the date alongwith the comment
    29/4/2014

  5. Balram

    Hey i have also been selected but nothing has been intimated by IB till now as when the training will start..if u get any info plz let us know…
    29/4/2014

  6. rahul

    hi sir can u pls let me know whether there is any waitin list for acio 2012 exam… if so pls lemme know when can we expect sir… it will be very helpful…thank q

  7. Ashfaque Ahmad khan

    Hey all, I am from kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.

    I am selected in 2013 ACIO, but I haven’t received any correspondence from IB, no appointment letter or joining date, can anyone tell me what is the procedure to contact IB officials for the verification and appointment. Thanks a ton in advance. Please help me…..

  8. Ashfaque Ahmad khan

    Hey guys, I am from kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.

    I am selected in the 2013 batch but still haven’t got no correspondence from IB department, if anyone could please help me contacting IB officials then it would be utmost humane of him. Please help…
    ..

    1. ashfaque Ahmad khan

      Thanks a ton to GOD.

      FINALLY GUYS IVE BEEN VERIFIED BY AN OFFICER OF IB . He said it would take around a month for joining.

      Best of luck to rest of the guys.

      GOD BLESS YOU ALL !!

  9. any information about of acio wt/tech 2013 joining

    if having any information than comment any candidate got joining letter or not

    1. roshni

      Candidates who have selected in acio2/tech 2013 could u plz add your name nd mail id so that we can connected to each other inform about joining letter – 18/6/14

    2. roshni

      Candidates who have selected in acio2/tech 2013 could u plz add your name and mail id so that we can connected to each other inform about joining letter – 18/6/14

      1. ANIL

        Hello madam congrats for u’r ib result. Dis is anil from hyderabad even i selected and verification is done for me just looking for joining day.

      2. Rashmi ranjan

        first congrat to u .& I m also waiting joining for acio wt /tech 2013 .plz add & comm to each other & all of us to those for waiting acio tech/wt joining

    3. roshni

      Candidates who have selected in acio2/tech. 2013 could u plz add your name and mail id so that we can connected to each other inform about joining letter – 18/6/14

      1. govind

        Hi …everyone…pls find d joining details of acio wt/tech …training start from 21 july and letters will be dispatched in last week of june…as per ib heldesk…..i think dis information wil proove to be very gud news for all of us…..but as we know we cant trust ib anymore they never give accurate details..as we r waiting for joining for more dan last 1 year

          1. Rashmi ranjan

            I’m from bihar & u from. My interview take at kolkata & ur interview at what place ?? .

  10. Teja

    hi frnds.,
    i’ve cleared acio 2013 and m done with all the verification processes at colleges n at home personally n by calls too..
    m from HYD..even my few frnds r done with the same…and on 2nd of this month(july 2014) they got the joining dates..on 7th of july…asked them to report in shivpuri along with the medical certificates they got…

    1. Teja

      i havent receivd any further joining info but the IB people who visited me told that it might b before september…
      but nothing is pakka n official…has any 1 contactd the SIB office…i’ve tried but no proper response…

  11. Amit kumar

    hello mrunal sir my name is amit today i enrolled for ib exam for acio ii but dont know how or where to start perpation for exams .. can you please suggest me books for exams which i cud use for prepption….

  12. xman200

    Hi,
    Mera joining hain 17th june se.saab ho gaya hain ,ab baas shopping karna hain ,white shirts and trousers and oxford model of black shoes ke liye…Kya koi mujhe bata sakta hain ki white shirt and trousers are compulsory ya nahi hone se bhi chalega..aur kya formal silwana hain??

    Thanks,

  13. bbc

    yes there is 5 year bond, but the money is required when you leave the job before 5 year, not at the time of joining. amount of bond in 60,000 RS.

  14. Master

    White Trousers itne compulsory nahin hain keval ek do din kaam aate hain…White shirts jaroori hain….

  15. bbc

    white shirts, trouser is compulsory but u can purchase it in training center also, remind it that’s quality is very poor. formal silwane ki koi jarorat nahi daily use ke formal ke 3-5 pair kafi hai.

  16. ABC

    60000 or 3 month salary which ever is higher. and i’m quite sure 3month salary will be higher. also something rate of interest is also mentioned which i dont understand exactly.

  17. rajeev

    iam still waiting for the letter. i dnt know hw long it is going to take.
    is there any chance to get letters for sep 2 batch?

  18. sanjay

    i also not get the call letter and my verification was complete in January end but still waiting what about you and where u from????????

  19. sanjay

    i also not get the call letter and my verification was complete in January end but still waiting what about you and where u from????????
    plz contact who not get the letter and keep in touch

  20. sanjay

    kya ye log category wise bula rahe hai?????
    is there any one sc candidate who got call letter for 2nd sep or before

  21. sonu

    i n one of my frnd still not got the letter…. hope that those who do not got it yet will keep in tch wid each other…

  22. RAJ

    hey i too not got the training letter yet..my vrification was also completed in march end…plz be in touch guys..
    thankks…

  23. rajeev

    mine completed in apriland they again verified few weeks back in the month of july iam from andhra pradesh
    what about u buddy?

  24. upender

    my verfication has taken place in the first week of this month . but yet to receive the joing letter

  25. kbn

    hallo frds i got d letr 4 sep 2 batch…….dont worry guyz all u people will get letter this batch or next batch

  26. aaarzooo

    Have you got joining letter Sanjay? my verification completed in Sept 2013, abhi 28 jan 2014 tak letter nhi aya hai, kya feb 2014 ke baad bhi letter a skta hai acio 2012 ka?

  27. argento

    TGuys waiting for calling letter expecting for the fifth batch. . Anyone has info about the fifth batch pls update.

  28. argento

    Guys m waiting for calling letter expecting for the fifth batch. . Anyone has info about the fifth batch pls update.

  29. manju

    Arvind@ my interview was last interview of that day so they didn’t question me much.they asked about which all languages I know because I have stayed in many parts of country.about my father’s job,why I am interested in joining ib,about computer programs I studied in grad. Nd few question on my post graduation subject.but you can expect more on current affairs etc.

  30. aaarzooo

    I want to say all waiting candidates of ACIO 2012, please write date too when publish your comment….it will help us a lot…please keep in touch, thank you 27 jan 2014.

  31. aaarzooo

    argento, i ask the IB person who verified me in sept 2013, he told me to wait for few more days….it seems that there must be more batch which wiill be start soon

  32. hsinam

    generally they issue joining letter around 3 to 1 week before the joining. hv to wait till 20th march for sixth batch..[ 2nd march 2014 ]

  33. aaarzooo

    Hsinam, do you know more aspirants waiting for ACIO 2012? Is any positive sign from IB department that they are going to call sixth batch this month?

  34. argento

    Hi arzoo I talked to the office and he told me that dispatchment for sixth batch will start from 15 march and the joining date will be 21april. Thats wat they told me last week. Lets hope n see if our name will be there in sixth batch. 5march

  35. hsinam

    bro argento, thanks..lets see what happened to all of us..i hope this would be last batch.. :-) should we book our tkt in advance? he he he

  36. aaarzooo

    Argento… Thank you for positive news … Sounds pretty … Thanks a lot dear … getting information from IB personnel in delhi is not easy and you did it … :)

  37. argento

    Hi arzoo. . I have received my letter joining date is 21 april. I went to collect from the head quarter today. 20 march.

  38. Kejriwar

    Congrats Sir. Sir were you selected in the first list itself or they contacted you later on? And do you know if there will be more batches and how big is each batch ?

  39. SK

    can u tell me contact no person and address ..i mean where to contact and who to contact regarding joining letter

  40. argento

    Hi.. kej…
    M in the first list ie result declared on 24 dec 2012. M not sure about the strength of each batch. I guess technical candidates who clear in 2013 examination are also awaiting their joining letter.

  41. govind

    I think joining of acio wt/tech will come after acio 2012 sixth batch which is scheduled on 21st april

  42. argento

    Hi sk.. u can ask from the reception in babu dham sadar patel. If ur verification is done then I guess you’ll get it soon.

  43. aaarzooo

    I hv done my medical, Hospital Provided me only a slip, hospital staff told me that they themselves send my medical report to mha, and they not provided it to me, i hv only a medical slip of fitness, is this enough to produce at shivpuri?? all of you getting only receiving slip for medical or complete report , pls tell me, do you too get only slip or complete medical sealed report ???

  44. kd

    Hey guys!! I have cleared ACIO 2013 wrtn exam and interview too..mera medical , verification , joining kb tk hoga..

  45. Amit Singh

    Hi argento

    Good to see you joining the premier organization. Best wishes!! Just wanted to know if heavy weight and spectacles aren’t really a problem during medical test?? Thnx

  46. ashu

    hi shruti,
    Have you guys got joining for ACIO 2012 or 2013 and how do you get this letter, by mail or by post. I have not witnessed any verification as of now.

  47. Dr. Sanjay

    Guys, can anyone call ib office and ask when the 2013 batches will start? I’m wondering if I should quit my job or not.

  48. Dr. Sanjay

    Guys, can anyone call ib office and ask when the 2013 batches will start? I’m wondering if I should quit my job or not..

  49. Dr. Sanjay

    Guys, can anyone call ib office and ask when the 2013 batches will start? I’m wondering if I should quit my job or not.. Working in Microsoft. I have to give 3 month notice before I leave.

  50. Dr. Sanjay Kalyan

    Can anyone call ib office and ask when the 2013 batches will start? I’m wondering if I should quit my job or not.. Working in Microsoft. I have to give 3 month notice before I leave.

  51. Anusha

    Hi Every One …

    I have selected for ACIO II (EDP) . My Verification is started in the month of April 2014 , I hope every thing went well Is there any way to check our status of verification or joining date . I have not got joining date yet. If any one from ACIO(EDP)(2012 notification and results announced in the first week of March 2014) , please help me when I Could expect joining date, I have to inform two months before in the present company.
    If any one belongs to same batach please update here.
    If any one get joining date please update us.

    Thanks in Advance

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