CISF 2018: Application, Eligibility Criteria, Syllabus, Pattern, Preparation

Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)

Central Industrial Security Force organizes CISF Recruitment Exam for hire to posts of Head Constable (HC)/Tradesman. CISF is a certified association working under the Central Government of India. The CISF was recognized in 1969. The CISF is a part of Central Armed Police Forces. It the leading Industrial Security Force in the world providing security to various industries. At present CISF provides security to nearly three hundred industrial units in India. Some of the Industrial Sectors protected by CISF are Atomic Power Plants, Fertilizer Units, Space Installations, Major Ports, Heavy Engineering, Airports; Industries controlled by Central PSU’s, Indian Currency Note Presses, etc.

Vacancies available are

  • Washer man
  • Sweeper
  • Painter
  • Mali
  • Cook
  • Boot Maker
  • Barber
Eligibility Criteria of CISF


  • Candidate must be citizen of India

Age Limit

  • The Aspirants interested in applying for the above mentioned positions should not be less than 18 years of age and should not be more than 23 years of age as on 1st of August, 2017.
  • Upper age limit will be relax able according to the rules for reserved category.

Education Qualification

  • Applicants should have passed Matriculation or its equivalent examination from a known Board of Education.
Application Fees
  • INR 50/- is the application fee and it should be paid through Postal Order in the name of Assistant Commandant / DDO, CISF relevant zones and payable at the post offices GPO Patna / Mumbai / New Delhi / Chennai / Kolkata.
Exam Pattern of CISF

There will be three rounds of examinations based on the performances of the candidates on the following:

  1. Written Exam
  2. Physical Efficiency Test
  3. Physical Standard Test and
  4. Medical Examination
  • General Intelligence
  • General Studies/Elementary Science
  • Arithmetic Ability
  • General English/ Hindi

Physical Standard Test

  • Height: Males- 170 cms; Females- 157 cms
  • Chest: Males- 80 cms; Expanded: Minimum expansion of 5 cms
  • Weight: Males and Females: proportionate to height
Physical Efficiency Test

For Male Candidates:

  • Long Jump: 11 Feet
  • High Jump: 3 and ½ Feet
  • For Female Candidates:
  • Long Jump: 9 Feet
  • High Jump: 3 Feet

The Physical Standard Test and Physical Efficiency Test shall be compulsory to qualify for all the applicants but it does not carry any marks in the exam. Lastly, the candidates will be required to pass the medical examination in order to get finally selected in the concerned recruitment exam.

Syllabus of CISF

Part-A: General Ability and Intelligence

  1. General Mental Ability

The questions will be designed to test the logical reasoning, quantitative aptitude including numerical ability and data interpretation.

  • Number Systems
  • Computation of Whole Numbers
  • Decimals and Fractions
  • relationship between Numbers
  • Fundamental arithmetical operations
  • Percentages
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Averages
  • Interest
  • Profit and Loss
  • Discount
  • Mensuration
  • Time and Distance
  • Ratio and Time
  • Time and Work, etc.
  1. General Science

The questions will be set to test general awareness, scientific temper, comprehension and appreciation of scientific phenomena of everyday observation including new areas of importance like Information Technology, Biotechnology and Environmental Science.

  1. Current Events of National and International Importance

The questions will test the candidates’ awareness of current events of national and international importance in the broad areas of culture, music, arts, literature, sports, governance, societal and developmental issues, industry, business, globalization and interplay among nations.

  1. General Awareness

The questions shall aim to test candidates’ general awareness and would inter-alia include question to test basic knowledge of history of India, Indian and World Geography as well as Indian Polity and Economy.

  • knowledge of current events
  • about the history of the India
  • Geography and economy of India.
  • neighboring countries
  • History
  • Culture
  • Economic Scene
  • General Polity
  • Indian Constitution
  • Scientific Research etc.
Part-B: Professional Skill

This test will be designed to test professional skills of the candidates in relation to operational and administrative requirement of the Central Industrial Security Force and will broadly cover the following areas:

Professional skills related to CISF

  • Industrial Securit
  • Industrial Safety and firefighting
  • Disaster Management
  • Aviation Security
  • Crime and Intelligence-Espionage, Sabotage, Subversion
  • Perimeter Security
  • Security of vital installations-DAE, Metro Rail, Space
  • Use of Technical Gadgets-Alarm, detection, intrusion, Access control, fire safety
  • Bomb disposal
  • VIP Security
  • Internal Security and Election duties.


  • PC (Search, Seizure and unlawful assembly)
  • IPC (Theft, mischief, breach of trust, corruption etc.)
  • Evidence Act (Search, seizure & collection of evidence)
  • Labour Laws (Industrial Disputes Act, Workmen Compensation Act, EPF Act.)
  • Other Criminal Offences.
  • Human Rights.
Computer Skills and Awareness
  • Computer Security
  • Basic computer operations
  • Basic hardware and software

Service Rules and HR matters

  • CCA Rules
  • CISF Act and Rules

Paper II: Essay, Précis Writing and Comprehension

This paper shall test candidates’ ability to bring to fore his/her ideas on the given essay topic, arrange them in a coherent, orderly, concise, understandable and lucid manner in effective and grammatically correct language free from spelling errors.

Further, this shall test candidates’ ability to understand the given passages for précis-writing and comprehension and their skills to summarize the précis passage and reply to the short-answered questions on the comprehension passage.

General Intelligence & Reasoning:
  • Analogies
  • similarities and differences
  • spatial visualization
  • spatial orientation
  • visual memory
  • discrimination
  • observation
  • relationship concepts
  • arithmetical reasoning
  • figural classification
  • arithmetic number series
  • non-verbal series
  • Coding and decoding, etc.
Books for CISF
  • UPSC Central Police Forces Assistant Commandant (BSF/CRPF/ITBP/CISF/SSB) By Upkar Prakashan-Editorial Board
  • CISF ASI (Steno)/Head Const. Guide By RPH Editorial Board
  • CISF Constable (Fire) Exam Guide By RPH Editorial Board
  • Quantitative aptitude and Reasoning books by R.S Agarwal.
  • Objective General English by S.P Bakshi
  • NCERT Books
  • For Current affairs refer Pratiyogita Darpan magazine
  • Phrasal Verbs Dictionary (English) 2nd Edition by Cambridge Dictionary
  • For All Competitive Exams Idioms & Phrases (English) 2nd Edition by Roshan Tolani
  • CISF Constable (Driver & Driver-cum-Pump Operators) Exam Guide By RPH Editorial Board
  • CISF Constable Recruitment Exam By Expert Compilation
  • Ssc Assistant Sub Inspector Exam CISF By Gupta
  • SSC Central Police Organization Sub-Inspectors (BSF, CISF, CRPF, ITBP, SSB) By Ashok Mehta
  • SSC Constable (GD) ITBPF/CISF/CRPF/BSF/SSB Rifleman By Rph Editorial Board
  • Ssc Constable (Gd) (Bsf, CISF, crpf, ssb & Itbpf) By Kiran Prakashan
  • CISF Constable Recruitment Test By Jain-
  • A Comprehensive Guide for Delhi Police S. I. & CAPFS S. I. /CISF (A. S. I) Examination by Sachchidanand Jha
  • Central Police organization (CPO) BSF/SSB/CRPF/CISF/ITBPF/Delhi Police Sub-Inspector and Assistant Sub-Inspector (CISF) Recruitment Examination Study Guide by Arihant Experts
How to prepare for CISF
  • Be deterministic regarding your goal to crack the examination
  • Focus on the current affairs
  • Solve as many mocks test as you can
  • Refer pervious paper, and solve it by doing so you will get good idea about what types of question are there
  • Use open source(Internet for the latest update)
  • Make your own strategic to study, take your own time to understand each and every topic
  • Keep brushing on each topic that you have learnt earlier, that you will not forget during examination
  • To study General knowledge, don’t only rely on the above syllabus read as much as you can.
  • Start with basics of NCERT class 9th-12th ( Old and new) all subjects this will give you very strong knowledge base, keep updated with current affairs both national and state
  • Pay attention to state history, geography, economic activity, policy, biodiversity etc.
How to prepare for CISF


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