The Union Public Service Commission has released the notification advertisement about UPSC DCIO recruitment 2021-2022. This exam offers excellent career opportunities for candidates to get admission in the Navy sector.

In this article, we will cover all aspects of the UPSC DCIO. Read this article, to understand the UPSC Deputy Central Intelligence Officer syllabus, notification 2021, recruitment, exam pattern, and many more.

Union Public Service Commission

Notification UPSC notification for various posts
Notification Date Sep 11, 2021
Last Date of Submission Oct 1, 2021
City New Delhi
State Delhi
Country India
Organization Union Public Service Commission
Education Qual Graduate, Post Graduate and Other Qualifications
Functional Administration, Other Functional Area

Vacancy Details of Various Exams

Regional Director 1 Post
Deputy Central Intelligence Officer 10 Posts
Assistant Professor 8 Posts
Senior Scientific Officer Grade-II 3 Posts
Junior Research Officer 3 Posts
Assistant Engineer 3 Posts

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UPSC conducts different examinations throughout the year for the recruitment purpose of various organizations. UPSC DCIO is one such examination conducted by this organization. DCIO stands for Direct Commission Intelligence Officer. This program offers an opportunity for candidates to work with the Intelligence Bureau under the Ministry of Home affairs. Deputy Central Intelligence officers are mainly concerned with the operation and maintenance of cybersecurity and fall equipment.

Their duty is to supervise and maintain the communication network and are also responsible to supervise the research and development works related to electronics and telecommunication. Moreover they also responsible to look into the operations of audio, video, CCTV and does we can say that duties Central intelligence officer is the main backbone of the effective functioning of the communication network equipment

UPSC DCIO Recruitment 2021

The Union Public Service Commission has released the vacancy for the DCIO. Those who have done An engineering or master of Science degree are eligible to apply for DCIO in the intelligence bureau.

For this candidate has to qualify for the written test held by the Union Public Service Commission and after that, they have to appear for an interview which is held by the concerned authority. After they have completed the interview they are selected for the post and sent forward for training.

Here are important dates related to this examination:

# Online Application: 11- September-2021

# Last Date of Submission: 1-October-2021

# Vacancy: 10 Posts

Vacancy Details 2021

As per the UPSC DCIO notification of 2021, UPSC announced that a total of 10 vacancies need to be filled this year. Among which some are reserved for respective categories and others are unreserved. Here is the table for more information.

Total Vacancy 10
SC 1
ST 1
Un-Reserved 6

Eligibility Criteria for UPSC DCIO

Candidates have to fulfil the following eligibility criteria to apply for the UPSC DCIO examination. The Union Public Service Commission prescribes various criteria for the candidates to fulfil among which are education qualifications, age limit, nationality, etc.

Educational Qualification

#1. Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (B.E. or B. Tech.) or B.Sc. (Engg.) awarded by a recognized University in the fields:

# Electronics

# Electronics and Communication

# Electronics and Telecommunication

# Computer Science

# Computer Engineering

# Computer Technology

# Computer Science and Engineering

# Information Technology

# Software Engineering

#2. Associate Membership of Institute of Engineers (AMIE) in:

# Electronics and Communications Engineering

#3. Graduate Ship awarded by Associate Membership of Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineers (AMIETE) in:

# Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering

# Master of Science in Physics with Electronics

# Telecommunication or Master of Computer Applications (MCA) after three years Bachelor of Science in Physics

# Master of Science (Information Technology)

# Master of Science (Computer Science)

# Master of Science(Software) from a recognized University.

Note: Qualifications are relaxable if the candidate is well qualified by the Union Public Service Commission.

Age Limit

Candidates must be not below 20 years or more than 35 years. Upper age relaxation for various categories as implemented as per Government notifications.

How to Apply for the Exam?

# Visit the official website of UPSC i.e.

# Click on the Recruitment tab or Career tab.

# After this, register yourself for the examination by providing your personal details such as name, phone number, DOB, email address, etc.

# The registration number and the password will be sent to the provided email and phone number.

# Using them log in and fill the application form in detail but carefully.

# Before finally submitting your application form, revise it well.

# After that pay the application fees and your final submission is done.

# You can take out the printout for future reference.

Application Fees

Candidates belonging to General, OBC, and EWS have to pay Rs. 600/. While candidates belonging to SC/ST are exempted from paying any fees.

Required Skills

To apply for DCIO candidates must have the following skills:

# Technical knowledge to handle communication equipment

# Understanding of Computer programming such as Java, Python, C++, etc for cyber security

# They should have basic aptitude skills

# Communication is one of the major job roles of the UPSC Deputy Central Intelligence Officers. Therefore good communication skills are very important for them.

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Selection Process of DCIO

The selection process of the DCIO exam is conducted in two phases:

# Written Test (Preliminary and Mains)

# Group Discussion

# Physical Efficiency Test

# Interview

A candidate has to clear all of the above phases and when they clear the final cutoff they get recruited for the post. After this, they have to undergo a training period of at least one year in which they work under a senior. This helps them to understand their work and increase their exposure. Also held them to adapt to the new working environment.

After the one year of the training period, they get the status of a permanent employee.

UPSC DCIO Exam Pattern

The DCIO examination is held on a computer that is known as the Computer Based Test. Here are the few rules and regulations of the exam:

# Questions will be in English medium.

# Objective type of questions.

# Total time of 2 hours.

# Maximum marks are 90.

# For each correct answer 1 mark is awarded.

# For each wrong answer ⅓ mark is deducted.


Category Total Mark Duration Negative Mark
Objective Type 300 02 Hours 1/3 Marks reduced for the wrong answer.

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Syllabus of UPSC DCIO Exam 2021

Here is the detailed syllabus for the UPSC Deputy Central Intelligence Officer.

General Awareness





Current Affairs


Quantitative Aptitude

Computation of Whole Numbers

Use of Tables and Graphs


Number Systems

Fundamental Arithmetical Operations




Differential Geometry


Essential Mathematics


The relationship between Numbers

Ratio and Time

Operations Research & Linear Programming

Differential Equations

Ratio and Proportion



Real Analysis

Profit and Loss

Computation of Whole Numbers


Time and Distance

Analytical Geometry


Time and Work



General English


Fill in the blanks

Verbal Comprehension passage etc

Spot the error





Idioms and phrases



One word substitutions


Synonyms/ Homonyms

Detecting Mis-spelt words

Reasoning Ability


Chart Logic

Character Puzzles

Image Analysis


Blood Relation Test

Analytical Reasoning

Seating Arrangement

Logical Sequence of Words

Series Completion

Pattern Completion

Data Sufficiency

Direction Sense Test


Technical Syllabus of UPSC DCIO

UPSC DCIO Syllabus

Analog Communications

Aptitude Data interpretation

Artificial Intelligence

Basic Questions on Maintenance

Communication Skills

Computer Networks and Cyber Security

Computer Organization and Operating Systems

Current events regarding Science and Technology

Data & image interpretation

Digital Communications

Digital Electronics

Digital Signal Processing

Electronic Devices and Circuits

Fundamentals of Basic Electronics

Fundamentals of information security


Internet of Things

Microprocessors and Microcontrollers

Microwave Engineering

Radar Systems

Satellite Communications

Scientific temper relating to a basic understanding of Science including everyday observation & Experience

Signals and Systems

Wireless Communications and Networks

Exam Centre

Exam Centre Centre Code
Ahmedabad 01
Bhopal 04
Chennai 12
Delhi 08
Dispur (Guwahati) 09
Jaipur 11
Jammu 34
Kochi 24
Kolkata 06
Lucknow 26
Mumbai 05
Nagpur 13
Port Blair 37
Ranchi 41
Visakhapatnam 51

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Job Profile

The Deputy Central Intelligence Officer works under the Intelligence bureau and directly under the ministry of home affairs. Their main job is concerned with cybersecurity and cyber forensics equipment and tools. Though there are many others to:

# They are mainly responsible for maintaining the communication network.

# Supervise the research and development work of electronics and telecommunication networks.

# They also supervise the works related to audio, video, and CCTV equipment.


There is no such pyramid structure in UPSC DCIO for promotion as in other posts. Though this doesn’t mean you will not be promoted but means that you won’t get a promotion on a year’s basis. You will get a promotion on the basis of performance. Therefore if you are really into electronics and related equipment you are going to climb the stairs fast.


UPSC Deputy Central Intelligence Officers get their salary on the basis of 7th-grade pay commission. In total, they get around Rs 67,000 to 85,000 per month in hand.

This salary increases as per your promotion. Salary is an important aspect of any job and hence this job can help you to maintain a perfect lifestyle. UPSC DCIO is a reputable job with a lucrative salary.

Along with the salary employees also get some additional benefits such as:

Travel Allowance

Dearness Allowance

Housing Allowances

Kit Maintenance Allowances

Educational support to children

Medical Charges

Family health cover

Casual Leave of 20 Days

Air and Rail Travel Concession

Low-Interest Loans

Preparation Tips and Strategies

# Start your preparation prior to one year to six months.

# Read and analyse the detailed syllabus before starting with your preparation.

# Make subtopics and checklists from the syllabus.

# Divide your time accordingly by giving more time to weaker subjects than stronger ones.

# Make a detailed timetable that will act as a roadmap for you.

# Try to read different books on different subjects to get a clear idea.

# You can make short and crisp notes for revision.

# You can clear your doubts and create a strong base with video lectures. You can always find someone at UPSC Pathshala or other YouTube channels.

# Start solving questions to make a strong base of quantitative aptitude.

# Try to solve different mock tests from different websites for better evaluation.

# Solve previous year question papers for a better understanding of the exam pattern and know your weak areas.


To conclude we can say that UPSC DCIO is one of the reputable jobs of the union public service commission. To apply for the job you need to fulfil basic eligibility i.e. hold a degree in a relevant field and stay within the upper and lower age limits. Also, you should possess the required skills for better performance and ease of functionality.

If you are really into electronics and related tools, technologies you should definitely give this exam a try. Because this exam offers an attractive salary, performance-based growth opportunity and a good work environment. These are some deemed important factors and things you need to know about the UPSC DCIO exam.

For more such details related to other exams and preparation materials visit UPSC Pathshala. This website is a one-stop solution for all of your doubts. Moreover, it offers customized courses at reasonable prices, high-quality video lectures, and many more.


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