How To Prepare For Intelligence Bureau (IB) Security Assistant Recruitment Exam

India's internal intelligence agency, Intelligence Bureau (IB) has released a recruitment notification for the post of Security Assistant (Executive). The notification was released for a total of 1054 vacancies. The online applications are invited from the candidates who meet all the prerequisites. The last date to apply for IB Security Assistant is November 10, 2018.

The Security Assistant (Executive) post is classified under the General Central Service (Group 'C') Non-Gazetted, Non-Ministerial category. Though the essential qualification is matriculation or pass in class 10, field experience in intelligence work is desirable. Apart from this, candidates having knowledge of any one of the local language/dialect is required.


When more than five lakh applications are expected for this national-level recruitment examination, candidates should opt for a unique strategy to excel in the exam. Here are the preparation tips to ace the IB Security Assistant exam!

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IB Security Assistant Exam Pattern

The selection of the candidates will be based on three tiers. The Tier-I is an objective type divided into four parts containing questions of one mark each. The four parts are - general awareness (40 questions), quantitative aptitude (20 questions), logical/analytical ability (20 questions) and English language (20 questions). The duration of the exam is two hours.

IB Tier – II (Descriptive Type)

Candidates who qualify in the Tier-I are only shortlisted for the Tier-II examination at ten times the number of vacancies. The Tier-II consists of two parts - (a) translation of a passage of 500 words from local language/dialect to English and vice versa (b) spoken ability. All candidates appearing in Tier-II exam would be provisionally admitted in Tier-III exam, which is an interview/personality test.

Be Familiar With The Local Language

Be Familiar With The Local Language

Candidates applying for the vacancies of a particular Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau (SIB)/centre of examination are required to possess knowledge of any one of the local languages/dialects. Aspirants should be able to read, write and speak in that language/dialect, which is the most important criteria for getting selected.

IB Security Assistant General Awareness

Everyone will agree that general awareness is the most important section after observing the Tier-I exam pattern. There is no boundary for the general awareness and questions that are expected from all the parts such as science, history, politics and geography. Aspirants should give special importance to current affairs because most of the questions will be based on contemporary issues.

In order to score well in the current affairs, preparing a list of all the national and international events will help. Try to relate the current affairs with the subject knowledge. For general knowledge, pick a book of any choice and start reading the same. However, subject specialisation is not required for this examination.

IB Security Assistant English Language

This section will test the candidates on language proficiency such as grammar, prepositions and vocabulary. One should be familiar with the grammar rules. Candidates should put their best foot forward in learning the new synonyms and antonyms every day. There might be a reading comprehension in the Tier-I examination, hence candidates should not miss this because it is a scoring area. Reading the editorials in a newspaper make aspirants familiar with general awareness along with the reading comprehension.

IB Security Assistant Logical/Analytical Ability

Candidates should hone their logical thinking along with analytical skills to score well in this section. We advise aspirants to be familiar with the key concepts such as blood relations, syllogisms, directions, data sufficiency, alphabet series, coding-decoding, seating arrangement and analogy.

There might be some questions with regards to arithmetical reasoning questions. Make use of the simplifications to score well in this concept. Try to complete the easy questions first such as statement and conclusion.

IB Security Assistant Quantitative Aptitude

A lot of practice along with critical thinking skills is required to score well in this section. We advise aspirants to be strong in the simplifications and basic concepts such as LCM, percentages, averages, ratios, simple interest and compound interest. There might be questions on time and work, time and distance, interest and discount, pipes and cisterns, profit and loss and decimals and fractions.

Practise is the most important phase to ace in this section. Hence, we advise aspirants to start solving the questions while preparing for the concepts. Taking the mock tests regularly is also suggested. Try to study based on the weightage topics.

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