IB ACIO Prelims Exam Analysis: 15 October 2017

The prelims exam of IB ACIO for the recruitment for 1430 post took place in a single shift today. With the help of our students and aspirants, we manage to gather enough information about the exam. According to the information collected from the sources, we get to know that the exam was not as easy as expected. The General Awareness section was a tough call. Students were expected to attempt 100 questions in 60 minutes and they felt the shortage of time.


 Ideal Attempts

 Subject No. of Questions Level Ideal Attempts
Reasoning and General Intelligence   25 Moderate-Difficult 19-23
Quantitative Aptitude 25 Moderate 18-24
General Awareness 25 Moderate 20-22
English Language 25 Moderate-Difficult 13-15
Overall 100 Moderate-Difficult 63-67


Reasoning and General Intelligence


The questions were moderate to difficult. Order and ranking which is considered an easy topic was not that easy in this exam. The exam had various types of questions. Some of them were easy and some were difficult. The ideal attempt for this section is 19 to 23 questions
Topic Number of Questions Level
Ordering/Ranking 1 Difficult
Analogy 2 Easy
Statements and Conclusions 4 Moderate-Difficult
Arithmetic Operations 5 Moderate
Number/Alphabetical Series 4 Moderate to Difficult
Coding – Decoding 2 Easy
Clock & Calendar 2 Easy
Blood relation 1 Easy
Distance & Direction 1 Moderate
Pattern Completion 1 Easy
Logical Venn Diagram 1 Easy
Syllogism 1 Moderate
Counting of figures 2Difficult


Quantitative Aptitude

This section was time consuming. Questions of number series, speed time and distance, interest required aspirants to just use the tricks to solve. Questions were lengthy and tricky and some students were panicked to see this section. It was not expected that this was would consume a lot of time and energy of the students. Time and work question was based on the Garrison Concept which was easy.
Topics Number of Questions Level
Number Series 3 Difficult
Speed Time and Distance  12 Difficult
Compound Interest & Simple Interest 1 Moderate to Difficult
Average 4  Easy and Lengthy
Sum of Series 1  Easy
Percentages 1  Easy
Time & Work 1  Easy
Ratio & Proportion 1 Easy
Permutation & Combination 1 Easy


General Awareness

This section covered the current affairs of last six months and had moderate to few difficult questions. Computer questions were difficult as they were beyond the basics of computer concepts. Polity, Ecology and Economics questions were conceptual. Students who had already read these subjects at Graduation level did not face difficulty but those who did not have clear concepts were trapped.
TopicsNumber of QuestionsLevel
Current Affairs 6Moderate
Physics1Easy- Moderate
Medival History3 Moderate
Computer2 Difficult
Indian Polity5 Moderate
Economy 6 Conceptual
Ecology2Moderate


English Language

Except synonyms/antonyms the section was easy to moderate. Idioms, one word substitution and fillups were easy to do. Grammar was not difficult. Overall this section gave a sigh of relief to the aspirants who were burdened by the difficult questions of other sections
Topic Number of Questions Level
One Word Substitution 2 Easy
Idiom Phrases 4 Easy
Antonym/Synonym 6 Difficult
Fill in the blanks 5  Easy
Grammar 8 Easy
All the best for the results!!!!!

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