It is the responsibility of the Deputy Central Intelligence Officer to regulate and retain the communication system. They are accountable for overseeing the analysis and growth work associated with electronics and telecommunication. As well they have to see into the procedures of video, audio, and CCTV devices. Read on to learn more about UPSC DCIO Exam Pattern.

UPSC DCIO Exam Pattern

The UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) holds the A and B grade examinations of the government for the hiring of aspirants in the reputable department. The Union Public Service Commission has declared the opening for the Deputy Central Intelligence Officer which is DCIO. The examination is about to be held in 2021.

Important Details

These are the specific things that were announced in the official notification for the selection of the aspirants for the Interview. The UPSC DCIO exam pattern is mentioned below. The selection of the aspirants for the Interview will be done depending on:

Eligibility criteria 
The higher educational Qualifications
Knowledge about the field
Experience and skills
Examination result
Recruitment test

Written Exam

If the written exam is conducted differently, the procedure and structure of that exam will be a computer-based test (CBT) that aspirants need to take. Mentioned below are some rules & regulations that the aspirants are required to follow:

The candidates need to answer the question in English language both the written and interview
Objective form questions will be there. And the applicants will only be given with duration of 2hrs
The number of questions in the examination is 90
Total marks 90
For the correct answer, you will be given 1 marks
For every wrong answer, you will lose marks of ⅓ of the total mark

DGCI Examination

Above mentioned details are crucial for the examination of the Deputy Central Intelligence Officer online. The Deputy Central Intelligence Officer is an Online Examination.

Make yourself ready for the exam as it’s going to be an online paper and if you have any issue sitting in front of a desktop, you should practice a few mock tests to get a better idea. Get adequate Specs for that.

By any chance, if something goes wrong with your system which is out of your hands then reach your instructor as soon as possible, instead of wasting time trying yourself. You won’t be given an extra single minute for this matter.

Exam Structure of IB DCIO




Paper I

100 Questions

General Intelligence, Arithmetic Ability, and General English

Paper II

50 Questions

Analytical capability and Knowledge of English writing skills

Also Read: UPSC DCIO Technical Syllabus 2021: Acknowledge the Eligibility, Syllabus, and Recruitment

UPSC DCIO Exam Syllabus

The UPSC DCIO Exam Syllabus has been declared by the Ministry of Home Affairs (Intelligence Bureau) on its website which is authentic. Here aspirants can receive admit cards, updates, and additional crucial details related to the IB Deputy Central Intelligence Officer examination syllabus. Take all the recent updates like the examination dates, interview schedule, session, syllabus, and other components there in the official link.

Syllabus of Deputy Central Intelligence Officer Examination

The crucial dates associated with the Deputy Central Intelligence Officer, the Intelligence Bureau (Ministry of Home Affairs) syllabus 2021 and as well as for the position of Deputy Central Intelligence Officer and further hiring procedure for this year. Given below are some details about the Deputy Central Intelligence Officer post:

The Organization Name Intelligence Bureau (Ministry of Home Affairs)  (IB)
Position Name Deputy Central Intelligence Officer
Selection Procedure Prelims, Mains Exam and Interview
Work Location Across India
Official Website

IB Deputy Central Intelligence Officer Syllabus

Deputy Central Intelligence Officer Syllabus 2021
Subjects Topics
General Intelligence

Biology, Current Affairs, Economics, History, Physics and Politics

Arithmetic Ability

Number Systems, Fundamental Arithmetical, Operations, Percentages, Computation of Whole Numbers, Use of Tables and Graphs, Decimals, Menstruation, The relationship between Numbers, Ratio and Time, Operations Research & Linear Programming, Averages, Differential Geometry, Dynamics, Essential Mathematics, Calculus, Real Analysis, Profit and Loss, Computation of Whole Numbers, Algebra, Time and Distance, Differential Equations, Ratio and Proportion, Statistics, Interest, Time and Work, Discount, Fractions, Analytical Geometry and Statics

General English

Spellings, Verbs, One word substitutions, Clauses, Improvement, Fill in the blanks, Verbal Comprehension passage etc, Spot the error, Adjectives, Synonyms/ Homonyms, Detecting Mis-spelt words, Spellings, Idioms and Phrases, Vocabulary and Passage

Analytical Capability

Blood Relation Test, Analytical Reasoning, Series Completion, Pattern Completion, Analogy, Chart Logic, Character Puzzles, Image Analysis, Classification, Data, Sufficiency, Direction Sense Test

Series, Seating Arrangement and Logical Sequence of Words

Also Read: Subject and Topic Wise Time Table for UPSC Preparation: Let’s Know the Ways to Crack the Exam

UPSC DCIO Notification

The UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) has invited forms to hire the different positions comprising Deputy Central Intelligence Officer, Senior Scientific Officer Grade-II, Assistant Professor, Assistant Engineer/Assistant Surveyor of Works/Engineering Assistant (Civil) and Junior Research Officer.

Aspirants with specific academic qualifications as given in the UPSC DCIO notification, after fulfilling the criteria one can appear in the online mode for the application. The online form procedure has been commenced at The aspirants who are willing to appear for the examination can get the online form from the official website. The final date of submission for the online form is on September 30, 2021.

Number of Openings

This recruitment procedure has been performed to hire 28 openings in various branches. This is a big chance for the aspirants who are keen to appear for the Union Public Service Commission examination to get the position. The aspirants can proceed through this article to learn the selection norms, eligibility, experience, and other crucial information.

Vacancy Details for Different UPSC Positions 2021


Number of Post

Regional Director

1 Post

Deputy Central Intelligence Officer (Technical)(DCIO/Tech)

10 Posts

Assistant Professor

8 Posts

Senior Scientific Officer Grade-II

3 Posts

Junior Research Officer

3 Posts

Assistant Engineer/Assistant Surveyor of Works/Engineering Assistant (Civil)

3 Posts

Vital Dates

Given below are the important dates that the candidates need to keep in mind before they miss the chance:

Final Date for submission of application form

September 30, 2021

Final date for submission of printing of completely submitted online application form

October 1, 2021

Age Criteria for the UPSC Post

Mentioned below are the age criteria for the Union Public Service Commission Positions:


Age Limit

Regional Director

50 years

Deputy Central Intelligence Officer (Technical)(DCIO/Tech)

35 years

Senior Scientific Officer Grade-II

35 years

Junior Research Officer, Assistant Engineer/Assistant Surveyor of Works/Engineering Assistant (Civil)

30 years

Also Read: UPSC IB DCIO Eligibility: Check Out Notification, Pattern, Registration, Booklist & More

Eligibility Criteria for The Deputy Central Intelligence Officer

In order to Qualify examination, the aspirants who retain an Engineering or Master of Science degree can apply for the Deputy Central Intelligence Officer position in the Intelligence Bureau. Such aspirants must need to clear the written exam held by the Union Public Service Commission.

After clearing this exam, one needs to appear for the PI (personal interview) which is conducted by the apprehensive authority. Once the aspirants clear the interview examination they will successfully be appointed for the position of Deputy Central Intelligence Officer.

Who is Qualified to Apply for DCIO?

Aspirants who acquire any of the degrees mentioned down from a known college or university are capable of appearing for an examination for the position of Deputy Central Intelligence Officer.

Degree from A Recognised University 

B.E or B.Tech degree in Electronics Engineering/Electronics and Communication Engineering/Electronics and Tele-communication Engineering/Aeronautical Engineering/Chemical Engineering/Mechanical Engineering/Computer Science and Engineering/Information Technology

Master’s degree in Computer Applications

http://M.Sc degree in Space Engineering and Rocketry /Bio-Technology/Chemistry

M.Sc degree in Physics with Wireless/Electronics/Optics /Nuclear Physics as one of the subject

Main Components in the Procedure

# Get an Engineering degree or Master’s degree in any specific subject

# Appear for the examination of the UPSC Deputy Central Intelligence Officer

# After clearing the examination you can be the part of Deputy Central Intelligence Officer in IG (Intelligence Bureau).

Skills Needed for the Deputy Central Intelligence Officer

The Deputy Central Intelligence Officer must have sufficient technical understanding and knowledge to deal with the communication device. They must retain the skill to develop computer programmes to assure the safety of cyber. Good mastery skills and information skills are necessary for them to oversee the assigned functional task.

UPSC DCIO Recruitment

UPSC DCIO recruitment is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. Aspirants need to appear for the following sessions, they are the Prelims exam of Writing, Group Discussion or Personal Interview.

All the examination appearing aspirants can follow for the Prelims Written exam initially, after that all the aspirants who have cleared in the written examination will be invited for the following round of the Intelligence Bureau Deputy Central Intelligence Officer selection procedure 2021 that is the Group Discussion or Personal Interview.

Stages of Examination
Preliminary written exam
Mains written exam
Personal interview

Also Read: UPSC IB DCIO Recruitment 2021-22: Check Out the Updated Information about the Examination


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