IB Salary and Work Profile of Intelligence Officers (ACIO)


IB Work Profile and Salary Structure of Intelligence Officers (ACIO) 

Ministry of home affairs has recently released the recruitment notification for Intelligence Bureau Assistant Central Intelligence Officer Grade -II. This is a good opportunity for the aspirants who want to serve the country. However, all the appearing candidates want to know about IB Salary and Work Profile. Read this article to know all about IB Salary and work profile including the career growth. 

Intelligence Bureau is most reputed intelligence agency in our country. Therefore it is natural that many of the questions will arise in your mind before applying for the job. Here is the detailed information about the IB Salary and Work Profile including promotions.

Salary Structure of IB Intelligence Officers (ACIO)

The Job is known for its lavish salary structure. The pay scale is 9300- 34,800 that varies based the on the area of posting. Besides this, the selected candidates will get special security allowances.
  • Gross salary in Metro Cities – 68,256
  • Gross salary in Rural Areas – 61,064

MHA Intelligence Bureau ACIO Pay Scale : 

Every year, huge number of candidates apply for Ministry of Home Affairs Intelligence Bureau Assistant Central Intelligence Officer posts. It is a dream for many candidates to be selected for these posts.
A written test is conducted to determine candidates eligible graduate candidates for these posts. Those who qualify the written test and interview gets selected for these posts. For those aspirants who are preparing for this exam, here is IB ACIO Salary structure with Pay Scale / pay band details.

Intelligence Bureau ACIO Salary Pay Scale

Those who are selected for Intelligence Bureau Assistant Central Intelligence Officer posts are posted in pay band of 9300-34800 with GP 4200. This pay scale is under revision in 7th CPC. Newly appointed candidates gets salary as described below.

Approx. IB ACIO Gross Salary including allowances given in 7th CPC & GP 4200: Rs. 54000-58000.

Salary of  IB ACIO as per 7th Pay Commission:

  • Basic Pay band - 9300-34800 (PB-2)
  • Grade Pay - 4200
  • Entry pay in 7th Pay commission under GP 4200: Rs. 35400.
  • Current Dearness Allowance (DA) - 4 %
  • House Rent Allowance (HRA) - as per city type (24% for metro city)
  • SSA: 20%.

IB ACIO Gross Salary Details:

  • Salary of IB ACIO in 6th Pay Commission - Rs 9300 to Rs 34800 with Grade Pay Rs 4200 - Approx. 35000-45000 including allowances.
  • Salary of IB ACIO after 7th Pay Commission in GP 4200 in Metro city: Rs. 54000-58000
  • Salary of IB ACIO after 7th Pay Commission & up-gradation to GP 4600 in Metro city: Rs. 63000-67000

Deductions: 4-7K

IB ACIO Cash in hand Salary - Gross Salary - Deductions. Along with above, various types of allowances given to these officers along with timely promotion and other benefits. Dearness allowance changes from every 6 months. So salary increases after every six month for any government employee. Central Government increases DA regularly. So you will find here salary details. 

Job Posting of IB Intelligence Officers (ACIO)

  • IB ACIO is a very unpredicted job, one can be posted in any state including border regions.
  • It is one of the very risky jobs. Hence, female candidates are not posted on the border and Naxalist region.

Training of IB Intelligence Officers (ACIO)

Every batch of ACIO, which happens once in 2 years, has 750 Joinees. But, the training center at Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh can accommodate only 120 trainees at a time. So, these 750 people are divided into 6 batches and are sent to training one-by-one. The Training comprises of three stages:
  • Phase 1 Training – Shivpuri, MP – 60 Days
  • Phase 2 Training – Delhi – 60 Days
  • Phase 3 – On The Job Training – 60 Days

Work Profile of IB Intelligence Officers (ACIO)

It is security agency so your job is related to the security subject at national and central level. Usually, the newly recruited candidates are posted on border areas for the limited duration of time. Special Preference is given to female candidates. The actual job will start after 3 years.

Usually, the work allotted to an officer includes-

  1. The collection of secret information.
  2. Vigilance on Terrorist.
  3. Being ready to deal any kind of crisis situation.
  4. Keep the track of all the issues of threatening activities in Border Areas.
  5. Intelligence collection in Border Areas.

Promotions of IB Intelligence Officers (ACIO)

After the training, the ACIO initially start working. They are posted in most of the Districts in India are peaceful. However, this initial posting will be as ACIO – II. After three years, 300 people out of the initial 750 get Promoted to ACIO-I.


  • ACIO-II to ACIO-I : 3-4 Years (By Age 28)
  • ACIO-I to DCIO : 10 Years (By Age 38-40)
Most of the normal ones retire as DCIOs. But, those who work a bit more, who are more competent, and who have a better career profile, would get further promotions.

  1. DCIO to Assistant Director.
  2. Assistant Director to Joint Deputy Director. 
Few get the chance to serve at the superintendent level, but it is not possible in all cases. After years of job, one can get promoted to a higher post. Many of them get elected to serve RAW. Moreover, one can get recruited as the RAW agent only after years of experience.

Job Merits of ACIO in IB

  • Interesting unpredictable job profile.
  • Has a lot of Respect and Social Status.
  • Every district has its own challenges. So, profile varies with every transfer you get.

Job Demerits of ACIO in IB

  • Promotions are less and slower.
  • The risk is always there. If you act foolishly, and go to a Naxal zone and announce you are an Officer, you may end up being dead.
  • You can be posted anywhere. Family Stability and Metro Postings will be less. But most of the work happens in the District HQ, so it is a Tier 2 City/Town.
All we can sum up, the Job is an adventurous job for those who like to serve the country for security. Those aspirants who are preparing for written test, should know how much is the salary and pay scale of Intelligence officers. This IB ACIO Salary includes various admissible central government allowances given. Give your feedback & comments & feel free to ask any doubts, our experts will answer you.

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