CISF November 2, 2021


CISF Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2021: The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) invites applications every year for the recruitment of Male & Female Indian candidates for various posts including Head Constable posts. All eligible candidates who are attempting the Head Constable exam must have a good grip on the CISF Syllabus and Exam Pattern. The candidates who are well focused on the syllabus and exam pattern can prepare well & score more. They will also have greater chances of getting shortlisted for the post of Head Constable.

Working as a Head Constable under CISF is considered to be a highly prestigious job. Apart from this, the officials selected as CISF HC will receive a pay matrix of  Level-4 and so, the competition level for this post is very high. Candidates who are appearing for the CISF HC exam should be aware of CISF Syllabus and Exam Pattern as it is the prerequisite for scoring more in the exam. In this article, we will provide you with the detailed CISF selection procedure – the CISF Syllabus and Exam Pattern. Read on to find out.

CISF Syllabus And Exam Pattern 2021

Before getting into the details of the CISF Syllabus and Exam Pattern, let’s have an overview of the CISF exam:

Organization Name Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
Post Name Assistant Commandant (EXE), Sub-Inspector, Constable/ Tradesman & Head Constable
Number of Vacancies Not yet announced
Application Mode Online
Start Date Not yet announced
Last Date Not yet announced
Category CISF Syllabus and Exam Pattern

CISF Syllabus And Exam Pattern 2021: Assistant Commandant (EXE)

The UPSC conducts the CISF Assistant Commandant (EXE). The selection procedure will have the written test and consists of two papers:

Paper 1 – General Ability and intelligence and Professional skill
Paper 2 – Essay, Precis writing and comprehension

Paper 1 will be of objective type and Paper 2 will be of descriptive type. Check the exam pattern below:

CISF Exam (Witten Test) Subject Marks Duration
Paper 1 (Objective type) General ability and intelligence 250 Marks 2 Hours
Paper 2 (Descriptive type) General Studies, Essay & Comprehension 200 Marks 3 Hours

In Paper 2, the Essay writing will carry 80 marks and the comprehension part will include 120 marks. The duration of this descriptive type exam will be for 3 hours.

The syllabus for the written exam Paper 1 and 2 are as follows:

Syllabus for Paper 1 – General ability and intelligence

  1. General mental ability: quantitative aptitude, numerical ability, logical reasoning and data interpretation.
  2. General Science: includes general questions from the areas of Information Technology, Environmental science and Biotechnology.
  3. General Awareness: History of India, Indian geography, world geography, Indian politics and Economy.
  4. Current events of national and international importance including the areas of sports, literature, culture, music, arts, governance, industry, business and globalisation.

Syllabus for Paper 2 – Essay and Comprehension

  1. Essay – Candidates need to write an essay on the topics related to modern Indian history and analytical ability. The medium of essay can be English or Hindi.
  2. This part includes comprehension passages, précise writing, developing counter arguments, simple grammar, language testing etc. The medium of writing for comprehension & precise writing is English.

The candidates who qualify in the written test will be called for PST and then the shortlisted candidates will be called for an Interview.

CISF Syllabus And Exam Pattern 2021: Sub-Inspector

The selection process of CISF is conducted by SSC and involves the following stages:

  1. Physical Standard Test
  2. Written Test
  3. Skill Test
  4. Medical Examination

The Exam Pattern of Written exam in SSC for Sub-Inspector exam is as under:

Subject Question Marks
General Intelligence and Reasoning 50 50
General Awareness & Professional knowledge 50 50
Numerical Ability 50 50
Comprehension and Communication Skill 50 50

The questions are objective type and the total duration of the course is 3 hours 30 minutes. The candidate who qualifies for this written test will be called for the skill test followed by a medical examination.

Check the syllabus of the written test for CISF Sub-Inspector below:

General Intelligence and Reasoning

  1. Coding-Decoding
  2. Cubes and Dice
  3. Arithmetical Reasoning
  4. Data Interpretation
  5. Statements & Conclusions etc.

General Awareness & Professional knowledge

  1. Inventions and Discoveries
  2. Rivers, Lakes, and Seas
  3. Indian Economy
  4. Countries and Capitals
  5. Indian History

Numerical Ability

  1. Time & Work
  2. Least Common Multiple (LCM) & Highest Common Factor (HCF)
  3. Allegations & Mixtures
  4. Ratios & Proportions
  5. Profit & Loss etc.

English Comprehension and Communication Skill

  1. Direct & Indirect Speech
  2. Fill in the blanks
  3. One word Substitutes
  4. Idioms & Phrases
  5. Active voice & Passive voice etc.

CISF Syllabus And Exam Pattern 2021: Constable/ Tradesman

The selection process of CISF Constable/ Tradesman involves the following stages:

  1. Height Bar Test
  2. Physical Efficiency Test
  3. Physical Standard Test
  4. Documentation
  5. Trade Test
  6. Written Test

The HBT, PET, PST stages are qualifying in nature. After the completion of these stages, candidates must go through the document verification process. The document verification will be followed by Trade Test. Check the syllabus of the trade test below:

  1. Cook – Cookin of Chapati, Rice, Vegetable, Dal, Samber, Idli, Fish, etc.
  2. Cobbler/ Bootmaker – Polishing of shoes, Handling of tools, Cutting of leather repair & stitching of Shoes.
  3. Barber – Handling of tools, Hair Cutting and Shaving
  4. Washer-Man – Washing of clothes, Ironing of Khaki Cotton Uniform, woollen and Terry cotton Uniforms.
  5. Carpenter – Handling of tools, Cutting of wood, Fitting, polishing and finishing of material.
  6. Sweeper – Sweeping, Cleaning of toilets, bathrooms and more.
  7. Painter – Knowledge of colours, paints and shades, Painting of signboards and drawing.
  8. Mason – Preparation of Mashala, Mason/Construction work, Plastering work, Laying down floor tiles and plastering floor.
  9. Plumber – To lay the pipeline, Repair of water pipeline, Fitting of Taps, Geyser, Flush and Wash Basin.
  10. Mali – Plantations and making grafts, Maintenance of plants, Knowledge of seeds and their sowing season, Fertilizers in Seeti Deseeti and indigenous manures.
  11. Electrician – Knowledge of AC/ DC current, New Electric Fitting, Rectification of Electric fault.

The Trade Test will be followed by the written test, check the Exam Pattern below:

Section Marks Duration
General Awareness/ General Knowledge 25 Marks 30 Mins
Knowledge of Elementary Mathematics 25 Marks 30 Mins
Analytical Aptitude 25 Marks 30 Mins
Ability to observe and distinguish patterns and to test the basics of the candidate in Hindi/ English 25 Marks 30 Mins
Total 100 Maks 120 Mins

Check the syllabus of General Awareness, Knowledge of Elementary Mathematics, Analytical Aptitude, Ability to observe and distinguish patterns and to test the basics of the candidate in Hindi/ English as under:

CISF Tradesman Syllabus For General Awareness

  1. Economic Scene,
  2. General Polity including Indian Constitution, and
  3. Scientific Research etc.

CISF Tradesman Syllabus For Elementary Mathematics

  1. Percentages,
  2. Ratio and Proportion,
  3. Averages etc.

CISF Tradesman Syllabus For General Intelligence & Reasoning

  1. Non -Verbal Series,
  2. Space Visualization,
  3. Visual Memory etc.

CISF Tradesman Syllabus For General English

  1. Sentence Structure,
  2. Synonyms, Antonyms and their Correct Usage,
  3. Comprehension Reading, etc.

CISF Syllabus And Exam Pattern 2021: CISF Head Constable Selection Procedure

The selection procedure of CISF Head Constable includes the following stages:

  1. Physical Standard Test
  2. Written Test
  3. Skill Test
  4. Medical Exam

CISF Syllabus And Exam Pattern 2021

Now, let us look into the detailed CISF Exam Pattern and Syllabus for Head Constable.

The candidates must attend the Physical Standard Test and those candidates who are qualified in the physical standard test will be eligible for further rounds of the selection procedure.

CISF Head Constable Selection Process: Physical Standard Test (PET)

The requirements in male candidates for Physical Standard Test (PST) are tabulated below:

Category Height Measurement Chest Measurement
Non-Scheduled Tribes 165 cms U – 77 cms, E – 82 cms
Scheduled Tribes 162.5 cms U – 76 cms, E – 81 cms
Age Relaxation 162.5 cms U – 77cms, E – 82cms

The requirements for female candidates are tabulated below:

Category Female Height Measurement
Non-Scheduled Tribes 155 cms
Scheduled Tribes 150 cms
Age Relaxation 150 cms


  • Chest measurement is not applicable for female candidates.
  • Ex-Servicemen candidates shall be eligible for total relaxation in the case of the Physical Standards Test or PST.

CISF Head Constable Selection Process: CISF Exam Pattern For Written Test

Candidates who are qualified in Physical Standard Test are eligible to appear for CISF Written Test. The CISF HC exam pattern for Written Test is tabulated below:

Section Subject Marks
A General Intelligence 25
B General Studies/Elementary Science 25
C Arithmetic Ability 25
D General English/ Hindi 25


  • a. It contains 4 sections.
  • b. Each section carries 25 marks.
  • c. Each right question carries 1 mark.
  • d. Total duration of the exam is 120 minutes.
  • e. The online test will be for 100 question and 100 marks.

CISF Head Constable Selection Process: CISF Skill Test & Medical Examination

Skill Test: Candidates who are qualified in the above two rounds are eligible for this round. For Skill Test, candidates must have a typing speed of 35 words per minute (WPM). Candidates can type either in English or in Hindi.

Medical Test: Candidates who are qualified in the skill test stage will be called for Medical Examination. The medical test will be according to the medical standards and the details will be notified later by the officials.

CISF Syllabus 2021: CISF Head Constable Syllabus For Written Test

The CISF Head Constable Syllabus for each section is as under:

CISF HC Syllabus For General Intelligence

  • a. Analogies
  • b. Problem-Solving
  • c. Spatial Orientation
  • d. Directions
  • e. Similarities and Differences
  • f. Number Series
  • g. Discrimination
  • h. Alphabet Series.
  • i. Spatial Visualization.
  • j. Observation.
  • k. Visual Memory.
  • l. Diagram Series.
  • m. Figural Classification.
  • n. Relationship Concepts.
  • o. Arithmetical Reasoning.
  • p. Arithmetic number series.
  • q. Non-Verbal Series.
  • r. Coding & Decoding, etc.

CISF HC Syllabus For General Studies/Elementary

  • a. General Science.
  • b. Indian Polity.
  • c. History – India & World.
  • d. Indian Constitution.
  • e. Indian Economy.
  • f. Current Events – National & International
  • g. Cultural Heritage of India.
  • h. Science & Technology.
  • i. Socio-Economic Events
  • j. Geography – India

CISF HC Syllabus For Arithmetic Ability

  • a. Averages
  • b. Percentages
  • c. HCF & LCM
  • d. Time & Ratio
  • e. Simple & Compound Interest
  • f. Mixtures & Allegations
  • g. Decimal & Fractions
  • h. Time & Distance
  • i. Time & Work
  • j. Profit & Loss
  • k. Data Interpretation
  • l. Ratio & Proportions
  • m. Number System
  • n. Problems on Ages
  • o. Simplification

CISF HC Syllabus For General English/ Hindi

  • a. Error Detection
  • b. Noun Forms
  • c. Grammar
  • d. Verbs & Adverbs.
  • e. Vocabulary
  • f. One Word Substitution
  • g. Tenses
  • h. Fill in the blanks
  • i. Synonyms & Antonyms
  • j. Comprehension Passage