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CISF – AC(Exe) LDCE i.e. Central Industrial Security Force, Assistant Commandant (Executive) is a Limited Departmental Competitive Exam, conducted by UPSC for filling the vacancies of Assistant Commandants (Executive) in Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) for the year 2019.

The CISF provides security cover to 300 industrial units, government infrastructure projects and facilities and establishments located all over India. Many industrial sectors are protected by CISF. Some are given below

  • Atomic power plants,
  • Space installations,
  • Mines,
  • Oil fields and refineries,
  • Major ports,
  • Heavy engineering,
  • Steel plants,
  • Barrages,
  • Fertilliser units,
  • Airports and hydroelectric/thermal power plants

UPSC CISF – AC(Exe) LDCE Exam Dates 2020

Starting Date of Application 04 Dec. 2019
Last Date of Application 24 Dec. 2019
Date of Examination 03 March 2020

**NOTE: The following dates are tentative and may vary with the actual

Eligibility Criteria

The following eligibility criteria is must for someone to apply for the post of CISF Assistant Commandants.

**NOTE: To be eligible, the candidates should have completed “4 years of regular service” in the rank of Sub Inspector (GD)/Inspector (GD) including the period of basic training and should have the clean record of service till the issue of offer of appointment.

Nationality & Gender

Only a citizen of India will be eligible to appear for the exam. Both male and female Indian citizens are eligible for appointment to the post of CISF Assistant Commandants.

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, 1984. However, the upper age limit relaxation for other than general categories are as per government regulations.

Number of attempts

Every candidate appearing at the examination who is otherwise eligible shall be permitted 3 attempts at the examination.

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.

UPSC CISF – AC(Exe) LDCE Physical Fitness Test

This test is simply a qualifying test. Anyone who is not fit enough to pass this test, shall be disqualified.

Male Fe-Male
100 Meter Race In 16 Sec. In 18 Sec.
800 Meter Race In 3 Min. 45 Sec. In 4 Min. 45 Sec.
Long Jump 3.5 Meters (3 Chances) 3.0 Meters (3 Chances)
Shot Put (7.26 Kg) 4.50 Meters

UPSC CISF – AC(Exe) LDCE Exam Pattern

The Examination will be conducted in 2 stages as follows

  • Written Test – (Stage I)
  • Personality Test – (Stage II)

Written Exam

The Pattern/Scheme of the written examination is given as follows:

Papers Subject/ Topic Marks Duration
Paper I Part A: General Ability & Intelligence 150 2hrs 30mins
Part B: Professional Skills 150
Paper II Part A: Essay Writing (English/ Hindi) 100 2hrs
Part B: Precis, Communication Skills, Comprehension (English)

Interview/ Personality Test

The candidates who will qualify the Medical Standards Tests will be called for the Interview/Personality Test to be conducted by the UPSC.

The Interview/Personality Test will carry 200 marks and the candidate will be asked questions both in his/her own field as well as matters of general interest to test his/her awareness and understanding.

UPSC CISF – AC(Exe) LDCE Syllabus

The syllabus for the written exam of CISF – AC(Exe) LDCE is as follows:


This paper is divided into 2 sections:

  • Part A: General Ability & Intelligence and
  • Part B: Professional Skills


This paper will consist Essay, Precis Writing and Reading Comprehension

**NOTE: In the following table, a detailed description of the syllabus is given.

Papers Parts Sections Topics Covered/ Paper Description
PAPER(I) Part(A) General Mental Ability Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, Data interpretation
General Science General Scientific  Awareness about Environment, IT, Biotech
Current Events (National & International) Current Affairs and Events of National & International Importance including music, art, culture, literature sports, governance, industrial development, business development, societal issues and development and globalisation.
General Awareness Indian History, Indian Economy, Indian Polity, Indian and World Geography.
Part(B) CISF related Professional Skills Industrial Security, 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-Alarms, Detection, Intrusion, Access control, fire safety; VIP security; Internal Security & Election Duty
Law 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
Computer Skills & Awareness Computer Security; Basic Computer Operations; Basic Hardware and Software
Service Rules & HR Matters CCA Rules; CISF Acts 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 précis-writing and comprehension and their skills to summarise the précis passage and reply to the short-answered questions on the comprehension passage.

Job Prospects of CISF – AC Executive

Central Industrial Security Force provides security to private and cooperative establishments across the country for a fee with the passage of the CISF (Amendment) Bill, 2008.

CISF Executives under proper government protocol can also be deployed to protect Indian missions abroad and it can also participate in the UN peacekeeping operations.

Some of the well-known sectors, where CISF officials are currently working:

  • Nationalized/ Non-Nationalized Corporate
  • Airport/ Aviation Security
  • Metro-Rail Security
  • Security officials in various Fire-Wings of Corporate
  • Special Security Groups

Salary of a CISF – AC (Executive) Officer

The starting salary of a CISF – AC (Executive) officer:

  • Pay-Scale: ₹ 15,600 – 39,100 /-
  • Grade-Pay: ₹ 5,400 /-
  • Total Salary: ₹ 56,100 /-

Rank wise distribution of pay-scale, grade pay and salary is given in the following table:

Designation/ Ranks Pay Scale Grade Pay Total Salary
Director General (Apex Scale of the Indian Police Service) ₹ 80,000 ₹ 2,25,000
Additional Director General (Higher Administrative Grade of the IPS cadre, also available to BSF cadre) ₹ 67,000 – 79,000 ₹ 1,82,200
Inspector General (IG) ₹ 37,400 – 67,000 ₹ 10,000 ₹ 1,44,200
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) ₹ 37,400 – 67,000 ₹ 8,700 ₹ 1,18,500
Commandant (Comdt) ₹ 15,600 – 39,100 ₹ 7,600 ₹ 78,800
Deputy Commandant (Dy. Comdt) ₹ 15,600 – 39,100 ₹ 6,600 ₹ 67,700
Assistant Commandant (Asst. Comdt) ₹ 15,600 – 39,100 ₹ 5,400 ₹ 56,100

UPSC CISF – AC(Exe) Application Procedure

The application process for applying in the CISF – AC(Exe) LDCE is as same as it is for other UPSC LDCE exams. Candidates have to apply online through UPSC official site.

The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-admit card weeks before the commencement of the examination.

Candidates are requested to keep ready the attested copies of the following documents for submission to the Commission soon after the declaration of the result of the written part of the examination.

  1. Certificate of Age.
  2. Certificate of Educational Qualification.
  3. Certificate in support of a claim to belong to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Classes where applicable.
  4. Certificate in support of a claim for age/fee concession, where applicable.
  5. Certificate in support of being Person with Benchmark Disability (where applicable)

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