CISF Assistant Commandant:  Notifications, Syllabus & Preparation Tips


CISF is considered as one of the reputed security forces under the Central Armed Police Forces. The candidates aspiring to join the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) as an Assistant Commandant must qualify the CAPF exam conducted specifically by UPSC in accordance with the Ministry of Home Affairs.


CISF Notifications

UPSC has released the notifications for the CAPF exam dates for the post of CISF AC. As per the latest 2019 notification, the exam will be conducted on the 18th of August 2019. To know more about the upcoming examinations, candidates can visit the official UPSC website.


CAPF Syllabus:

Since the commission has already released the exam dates, aspirations should start preparing for the exam at the earliest.

Due to the vast 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 2019, the exam pattern for CISF AC 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)



(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 globalization.
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.


CISF Exam Preparation

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 must choose the right book for CAPF 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



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