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About Exam

Central Industrial Security Force Assistant Commandant Executive Limited Departmental Competitive Exam (CISF AC(EXE) LDCE) is one of the competitive exams conducted by UPSC for filling the vacancies of Assistant Commandants (Executive) in Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)  

Exam Pattern

Scheme of Written Examination:

The examination shall be conducted according to the following plan;

(i) Written Examination:

The written examination to be conducted by UPSC will comprise two papers as follows:

Paper-I: General Ability and Intelligence and Professional - 300 Marks (150 Questions and 2 Hrs 30 Mins Duration)

The questions in this paper will be of objective (multiple answers) type in which the questions will be set in English as well as Hindi. The paper will comprise two parts as follows:

Paper-A: General Ability and Intelligence (75 Questions) - 150 Marks Paper-B: Professional Skills (75 Questions) - 150 Marks

Paper-II: Essay, Precis, Writing, and Comprehension - 100 Marks (2 Hrs Duration) The candidates will be allowed the option of writing the Essay Component in English or Hindi for this paper, but the medium of Precis Writing, Comprehension Components, and other communications/language skills will be English only.

  • In Paper II, candidates should have to ensure that they should have to write the answers only in the medium allowed by the Commission for the different Components as mentioned.
  • Other than the allowed medium, no credit will be given for answers written other than the selected language. So, candidates will be required to indicate the medium of Essay Component in the Attendance Lists and on the Answer Book.
  • No credit will be given for the Essay Component if the candidate indicates a medium on the Attendance List and on the Answer Book other than the one in which he/she has written the Essay.
  • In each paper, there will be minimum qualifying marks separately as fixed by the Commission in their discretion.
  • The CISF will conduct Physical Efficiency Test first and thereafter the Medical Efficiency Test of only those candidates will be conducted who are declared qualified in the Physical Efficiency Test.
  • The candidates who qualify in the Medical Examination and Physical Efficiency Test shall be required to appear for Personality Test/Interview to be conducted by the Commission.



Physical Criteria 1.

The candidates who meet the prescribed Physical Standards will be put through Physical Efficiency Test (PET) as mentioned below: 

  Males Females
100 Meters Race In 16 Seconds In 18 Seconds
800 Meters Race In 3 Minutes 45 Seconds In 4 Minutes 45 Seconds
Long Jump 3.5 Meters (3 Chances) 3.0 Meters (3 Chances)
Shot Put (7.26 Kgs) 4.50 Meters -


  • These Tests will be only of qualifying nature and will not carry any marks. Failure even in one of these tests will amount to disqualification
  • Pregnant female candidates at the time of PET will be a disqualified and such candidates will be rejected
  • Provided that candidates belonging to the SC/ST may be summoned for the Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency and Medical Standard Tests by applying relaxed standards if the Commission is of the opinion that sufficient number of candidates from these categories are not likely to be summoned for the Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests on the basis of the general standard in written examination in order to fill up the vacancies reserved for them
  • The Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standard Tests will be conducted under the supervision of CISF. These tests will be conducted at various centres to be notified after the results of the written examination 

2. Physical and Medical Standards Tests:

(i) Physical Standards: The minimum requirements for all the candidates (for all categories) are as follows: 

  Men Women
Height 165 Cms (Gen & SC) 157 Cms (Gen & SC)
  162.5 Cms (ST) 154 Cms (ST)
Chest (unexpanded) 81 Cms (With minimum 5 Cms expansion) Not Applicable
Weight Corresponding to height Corresponding to height
Medical Shape-1 Shape-1
(ii) Medical Standards:
(a) EyeSight
(b) Carrying Angle
(c) Ear
(d) Nose
(e) Neck
(f) Teeth
(g) Venereal Diseases
(h) Chronic Skin Diseases

3. General Standards

like speech should be without impediment i.e. no stammering; the candidate should not have any indication of chronic disease like TB, any type of arthritis, high blood pressure, Diabetes, Bronchial Asthma, any heart disease; the candidate should not have perceptible and visible glandular swelling anywhere in the body etc.

Nationality: Only a citizen of India will be eligible. Sex: Both Male and Female candidates are eligible for appointment to the post of Assistant Commandants

Sex: Both Male and Female candidates are eligible for appointment to the post of Assistant Commandants.

Educational Qualification: The educational qualification for appearing in this competitive examination will be a graduate from a recognized University.

Possession of NCC ‘B’ or ‘C’ Certificate will be a desirable qualification. These desirable qualifications will be given consideration at the time of interview/Personality Test only.

The candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfil all the eligibility conditions for admission to the examination.


Candidates must meet the prescribed Physical and Medical standards for admission to the Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for selection of Assistant Commandant (Executive). To know more click here.

Age Limit :

The candidates must not have attained the age of 35 years on August 1, 2019, i.e. he/she must have been born not earlier than August 2, 1983. However, the upper age limit prescribed above shall be relaxable up to a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe.

Number of attempts:

Every candidate appearing at the examination who is otherwise eligible shall be permitted three attempts at the examination.


Paper-I : General Ability and Intelligence and Professional Skill

PART-A : General Ability and Intelligence : The objective type questions with multiple choices in

this paper will broadly cover the following areas:

1. General Mental Ability

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

2. 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.

3. 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, globalisation and
 interplay among nations

4. General Awareness :

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

PART-B : Professional Skill

 The 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:

1. CISF related professional skills

• Industrial Security;
• Industrial Safety and Fire fighting;
• 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.


• Cr.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.

3. Computer Skills and Awareness

• Computer Security
• Basic computer operations
• Basic hardware and software

4. Service Rules and HR matters

• CCA Rules
• CISF Act and Rules
• HR Functions related to CISF

Paper-II : Essay, Precis 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 precis-writing and
comprehension and their skills to summarise the precis passage and reply to the answered
questions on the comprehension passage