CISF Syllabus & Exam Pattern

UPSC conducts the CAPF exam every year to recruit several aspirants for the post of Assistant Commandants in Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF).

This article will explain in detail the CISF syllabus specific information related to the UPSC CAPF.

The CISF syllabus and exam pattern are set by the Union Public Service Commission in accordance with the Ministry of Home Affairs.

CISF Syllabus & Booklist PDF- Download PDF Here

The Union Public Service Commission has not yet announced the notification for CAPF 2022 for the recruitments in CISF. As per the official exam calendar, the next recruitment notification for the CISF exam is expected to be out in April 2022.

The last notification released by the commission was UPSC CAPF 2022 exam in August to conduct the recruitment of CISF Assistant Commandant. Check the detailed notification on CAPF recruitment page.

Candidates willing to appear for CISF AC recruitment exam must keep updated with the latest syllabus and exam pattern. For more details on the CISF exam, aspirants can check the linked article.

CISF Exam Pattern: Assistant Commandant

Before preparing for any competitive exam, every candidate should have a proper idea of the exam pattern. Preparing as per the CISF syllabus and exam pattern will help the candidates to score better ranks.

The CISF Exam Pattern consists of 3 rounds:

  1. Round -I: Written-test
  2. Round -II: Physical efficiency test
  3. Round -III: Personality Test/ Interview

CISF Exam Pattern (Round- I)

According to the exam pattern, the round-I i.e., written-test of CISF exam consists of two papers:

  • Paper-I: Objective type
  • Paper-II: Descriptive type

The highlights of the exam pattern for round-I are given below:

CISF Exam (round-I) Subjects Marks
Paper-I (objective type) General ability and intelligence 250 marks
Paper-II(Descriptive type) General Studies, Essay & Comprehension 200 marks

The total number of questions in Paper-I is 200 and the duration of the paper is 2 hours. Further details are given below:

Paper-II Marks Duration
Essay 80 3 hours
Comprehension & Precise writing 120

CISF Exam Pattern: Round-II

Round -II of CISF Exam is the physical efficiency test and the medical efficiency test.

Highlights of physical efficiency test are given below:

Physical Efficiency Test (PET) Male Female
100 metres race In 16 seconds In 18 seconds
800 meters race In 3 minutes 45 seconds In 4 minutes 45 seconds
Long jump 3.5 metres (3 chances) 3.0 metres (3 chances)
Shot put (7.26 kgs) 4.5 metres _

Candidates should meet some of the prescribed physical standards to be eligible for physical efficiency test.

The physical standards include:

(a) height



(d)hearing ability.

The Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests will be supervised by a Nodal Authority to be appointed by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

For more details refer to the images below.

CISF Exam Pattern-Physical Standards-1
CISF Exam Pattern-Physical standards(2)
CISF Exam Pattern-Physical Standards-3

Personality Test/ Interview

Candidates who qualify the physical efficiency test, as well as the medical standards, are called for an Interview/Personality Test which will carry 150 Marks. Candidates who are short-listed for Interview/Personality Test, including those shortlisted for Interview/Personality Test provisionally will be issued a Detailed Application Form (DAF) in which they will be required to indicate their preference of Forces.
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CISF Syllabus

CAPF exam for 2022 recruitment is expected to be conducted in August 2022. Therefore, aspirants should start preparing for the exam now itself to score better ranks. Due to the vast CISF Syllabus, candidates often find it difficult and proper distribution of the syllabus and revision time will help in scoring better marks.

According to the syllabus of 2022, the CISF exam consists of two papers:

  • Paper-I: General Ability and intelligence and Professional skill (Multiple type questions)
  • Paper-II: Essay, Precis writing and comprehension ( Descriptive type)

The detailed topics of CISF syllabus are listed in the table below:

CISF Exam Papers Topics

(General Ability and Intelligence)

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

Part A- Essay

Candidates need to write an essay on the topics related to modern Indian history i.e., freedom struggle, geography, polity and economy, knowledge of security and human rights issues, and analytical ability. The medium of essay can be English or Hindi.
Part B- Comprehension & Precise Writing This part includes comprehension passages, précis writing, developing counter arguments, simple grammar and language testing. The medium of writing for comprehension & precise writing is English.

The candidates who qualify the written test are called for round-II i.e., physical efficiency test and the medical efficiency test as per the eligibility criteria.

For more details, aspirants can check the CAPF Syllabus
Candidates can check important topics for Reasoning section:

Data Interpretation  Clocks Calendars
Reasoning Puzzles Statement & Conclusion Seating Arrangements

For more such topics check the Logical Reasoning page.
Candidates are advised to go through the 3 sutras to prepare for reasoning ability to know important strategise with which they can start the CISF preparation.
For the preparation of General awareness and current affairs section, some important topics that candidates can go through for CISF preparation are listed below:

Candidates can also check the links below for GA/GK preparation for important general awareness topics that might be asked in the general awareness part of the exam.

CISF Booklist

Due to the vast syllabus and competitive nature of CAPF Exam, aspirants willing to join the CISF department should soon start with the preparation.

The first step should be going through the mentioned syllabus and exam pattern on a regular basis.

Candidates can also refer to the CISF Previous Year Question Papers to get an idea of the level of questions asked.

Some of the books that can be referred for previous year question papers are mentioned below:

CAPF books Publisher Name of the author
Solved Papers CAPF Assistant Commandant Examination Arihant Publishers Arihant Experts
CAPF Assistant Commandants Previous Years Question Papers Ramesh Publishing House RPH Editorial board
UPSC Central Armed Police Force Assistant Commandant Exam Solved Papers Kiran Prakashan, Pratiyogita Kiran, KICX Kiran Prakashan

Candidates can go through the links provided below for assistance in the preparation of the English section:

Also, check a few important topics that are not directly asked but form a significant part of comprehensions, essays and precis writing. It is useful to upkeep with these.

  1. List of One Word Substitutions
  2. List of Homophones/Homonyms
  3. List of Synonyms and Antonyms
  4. Idioms And Phrases
  5. List of Prefix & Suffix

For more such important English topics visit the General English for Competitive exams page.

Similarly, for assistance in the preparation of Quantitative Aptitude part of CISF Syllabus candidates can visit the given links.

The List of important topics covered in the Quantitative Aptitude syllabus can be found in the linked page. Candidates can check the link to find topics such as these:

Simplification and Approximation Problems on Train
Problems on Age Alligations and mixtures
Problem on Time and Work Questions on Number Series

Candidates must choose the right book for CISF preparation. The preference and selection criteria for the books may vary among the different candidates. However, the list of some important books are given below:

Subjects CAPF Books
General Aptitude
  1. Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT- Sarvesh K. Verma
  2. Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT- Arun Sharma
  3. Quantitative Aptitude- R.S. Aggarwal
General Reasoning
  1. A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning- R.S. Aggarwal
  2. A New Approach to Reasoning: Verbal, Non-Verbal & Analytical- B.S. Sijwalli, Indu Sijwalli
  3. General Mental Ability Logical Reasoning & Analytical Ability- Upscportal
General Knowledge
  1. General Knowledge – Manohar Pandey
  2. General Knowledge- Dr.Binay Karn and others
  3. Objective General Knowledge- Sanjiv Kumar
General English
  1. High School English Grammar and Composition- Wren & Martin
  2. Objective English for Competitive Exams-Hari Mohan Prashad, Uma Sinha
  3. Objective General English-S.P.Bakshi

The best way to prepare for General Science is to go through the NCERT Notes For UPSC, wherein you will get the detailed basic concepts.

CISF AC (EXE) LDCE: Syllabus & Exam Pattern

Apart from the CAPF examination, UPSC also conducts in-house recruitment known as Limited Departmental Competitive Examination to fill the vacancies of Assistant Commandant (Executive). The number of vacancies depends upon the required criteria and changes annually.

The exam pattern for CISF AC (EXE) LDCE is similar to the CAPF exam pattern. The exam consists of 3 rounds:

  1. Round – I: Written Exam
  2. Round -II: Physical Efficiency Test (PET) and Medical Standard Test
  3. Round -III: Personal Ability Test / Personal Interview

The syllabus for PET and Personal Ability Test is similar to the CAPF syllabus.

CISF AC (EXE) LDCE Syllabus:-Download PDF Here

Government Exam 2022

As scheduled in the official notification, the UPSC conducted the CISF AC (EXE) LDCE 2020 examination on March 1st 2020. The commission has also released the CISF AC LDCE Question Paper on March 3rd, 2020.

Candidates willing to appear for the next recruitment of CISF Assistant Commandant EXE LDCE post can go through the CISF AC LDCE Question papers for their preparation.

Candidates can download the CISF AC Question Papers (LDCE) from the links given below:

English – CISF AC [EXE] LDCE Question Paper 2020 PDF:-Download PDF Here

General Ability – CISF AC [EXE] LDCE Question Paper 2020 PDF:-Download PDF Here

Refer to the related links below to know more about CAPF exams-


Frequently Asked Question – CISF Syllabus


Q.1. What all topics are covered in UPSC CISF Syllabus?

Ans. Candidates have to prepare Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, General Knowledge and English for CISF examination.

Q.2. How many stages are there in CISF Exam?

Ans. CISF Recruitment process has four stages: Paper I and Paper II (both written exams), PET/Medical Exam and Interview round.

Q.3. Is the exam pattern for UPSC CISF Assistant commandant and CISF AC EXE LDCE same?

Ans. Yes, the exam pattern of both the UPSC CISF AC exam and the Limited Departmental Competitive exam for Assistant commandant executive in CISF is same. The exam pattern for both the exams is set by the UPSC itself.

Q.4.What is DAF & Why is it given to candidates appearing for the Exam?

Ans. DAF is the detailed application form. DAf is given to the candidates who are shortlisted for the interview or personality test in the CISF recruitment exam. In this form, candidates are required to give the preference of Force they want to join.

Q.5. What are the good books for Aptitude and reasoning preparation for CISF exam?

Ans. Quantitative Aptitude and Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S Agarwal are the books that you can count on for your preparation. Know more important books for various subjects in the article.


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