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IB ACIO Exam Analysis 2024, 17th January, Shift 4 Overview

IB has successfully conducted all the shifts of the ACIO exam on 17th January and we have collected many data points to arrive at the proper analysis of the difficulty level of the exam. In this article, we present an analysis of the 4th shift. After talking to various candidates regarding their experience with the paper and consulting our expert mentors, we have tried to analyse the final shift of the first day of the IB ACIO Tier 1 Exam held on the 17th of January. We will be reviewing the ideal number of attempts, level of difficulty and analysis of each section.

IB ACIO Exam Analysis 2024 17 January, 4th Shift Difficulty Level

The level of difficulty of this shift of the exam as shared by various candidates was easy to moderate. 

Sharing this analysis we hope that the candidates who have their exams tomorrow will get an idea of how to attempt the paper in the exam and maximise their scores.

Section Level
General Awareness & General Studies Easy-Moderate
Logical/Analytical/Numerical Ability & Reasoning Ability Easy-Moderate
Quantitative Aptitude Moderate
English Language Easy-Moderate
Overall Easy-Moderate

IB ACIO Exam Analysis 2024 17 January, 4th Shift Section-Wise

The exam was divided into 5 sections and here we have tried to provide a look into the difficulty levels of each section and an in-depth analysis of different topics asked in the shift. The difficulty level of each shift has been almost equivalent overall however with minor differences. 

IB ACIO Exam Analysis 2024 General Awareness & General Studies

General Awareness has always been the unpredictable section in the paper and the change of trend has seen a shift towards current affairs. A comprehensive knowledge of the concepts and a regular practice of previous year papers and mock tests can ensure good marks in the section. Here are some of the topics asked in the 4th shift of the 17th January paper.

Question Asked:

  • One question from West flowing river.
  • Statement based questions asked from polity.
  • One statement question asked from Buddhism.
  • Current Affairs were asked from December-January 2024.

IB ACIO Analysis for Logical/Analytical/Numerical Ability & Reasoning Ability

Reasoning is the combined assessment of a candidate’s language as well as analytical skills. Having a regular practice of previously asked questions in various exams helps the candidates build a strong base and a sense of application of the concepts.  This section can be a game changer in terms of boosting a candidate’s score. The 20 questions asked are of different topics and in this shift, the overall level of this section was easy to moderate. 

Topics No. of Questions Level
Missing Number Series 1-2 Easy
Mirror Image 1 Easy
Analogy 3 Easy
Blood Relation 3 Easy
Coding-decoding 2-3 Easy-moderate
Mathematical operations 1 Easy
Seating arrangement 1 Easy
Ranking 1 Easy
Syllogism 2-3 Easy
Misc. 2-3 Easy
Total 20 Easy

IB ACIO Analysis for Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative aptitude has always been the biggest talking point in almost every competitive exam. Preparing this section takes a lot of time and also takes a lot of practice to gain confidence. Sometimes candidates have to make instant decisions about whether to attempt a question right away or save it for later. Time management is the key to handling this section. The table below will show you the analysis of the topics asked in this shift of the IB ACIO 2024 exam in Quantitative Aptitude.

Topics No. of Questions Level
LCM & HCF 1 Easy
Time & speed 1 Easy
Percentage 2-3 Easy-Moderate
Profit & Loss 2-3 Easy
CI/SI 1 Easy
Mensuration 2 moderate
Time & work 1 moderate
Missing Number Series (Matrix type) 1 Easy-moderate
DI 3 Easy
Simplification 1 Easy
Misc. 4-5 Easy-moderate
Total 20 Moderate

IB ACIO Analysis for English Comprehension

English Comprehension checks the ability of a candidate to interlink his/her concepts of Vocabulary, Grammar and Comprehension. Like the rest of the section this one also contains 20 questions however it can be the least time-taking.  As per our interactions with the candidates, the level of this section in the 4th shift of the exam was easy to moderate.

Topics No. of questions Level
Cloze Test 2 Easy
Synonyms 3 Easy
Antonyms 3 Easy
Para jumble 3 Easy-moderate
Math the column 4 Easy-moderate
Idioms & phrases 1 Easy
Error detection 3-4 Easy
Misc. 2-3 Easy to moderate
Total 20 Easy


Is there any negative marking in IB ACIO Tier 1 Exam 2024?

Yes, there is negative marking of 1/4th mark in the IB ACIO Tier 1 exam 2024.

How many shifts are conducted for IB ACIO Exam 2024.

IB ACIO Exam is being conducted in 4 shifts. Here is the schedule of shifts
Shift 1 8:30 am-9:30 am
Shift 2 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Shift 3 2:30 pm-3:30 pm
Shift 4 5:30 pm-6:30 pm

What is the full form of IB ACIO?

The full form of IB ACIO is Intelligence Bureau Assistant Central Intelligence Officer.