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This blog post is being made to help you prepare for the CISF SI (Sub-Inspectors) Exam by pointing you to the exam prep materials of CISF SI Exam - Sample Papers & Prep Books

At first let me tell you that although this article is being made on the eve of Limited Departmental Competitive Exam (LDCE) for Sub-Inspectors in CISF - the prep materials (i.e. Syllabus, Sample Papers & Books) can also be used for future examinees i.e. CISF SI Exam 2013/ 2014 as the pattern of the exam/selection process is not going to change soon. 
CISF SI Exam pattern: 

CISF SI Exam Pattern
As mentioned in the notification, CISF Sub-Inspectors written exam consists of a single paper of total 200 marks, which has to be answered in 3 ½ Hours. The table at right gives you a clear idea about the test sections and mark distribution in the CISF SI exam paper.
These test sections are identical to the SSC SI exam for recruitment of Sub-Inspectors  in the four CAPF (Central Armed Police Force) organisations - BSF, CISF, CRPF & ITBP, which you can find in the table below as well as in my previous blog post titled: SSC CAPF SI/ASI Exam Sample Papers, Books, Syllabus & Exam Pattern. If you analyse these two exam pattern/format closely, you will find that only "Part-C Quantitative Aptitude" section of CISF SI Exam is named as "Numerical Ability" in SSC CAPF SI exam, which actually means the same thing. Therefore, you can use the prep materials (i.e. Sample papers & Books) for CAPF to prepare for CISF SI Exam.

SSC CAPF SI exam pattern
This exam format of CISF SI Exam is also similar to Bank Clerical/PO exams - which also has similar four test sections - Test of reasoning, General Awareness, Numerical Aptitude & test of English language. Since the test section and even mark distributions are so similar, you can therefore use the banking exam papers & books to prepare for CISF Exam.

Syllabus for SSC CISF SI Exam : 

No syllabus has been prescribed in the exam notification for CISF SI exam. However, you can use the following syllabus prescribed of Delhi Police SI Exam as a reference syllabus:

Part-1. General Intelligence & Reasoning : It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. This component may include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, space visualization, spatial orientation, problem solving, analysis, judgment, decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning and figural classification, arithmetic number series, non-verbal series, coding and decoding, statement conclusion, syllogistic reasoning etc.

The topics are: Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/Number Analogy, Figural Analogy, Semantic Classification, Symbolic/Number Classification, Figural Classification, Semantic Series, Number Series, Figural Series, Problem Solving, Word Building, Coding & de-coding, Numerical Operations, symbolic Operations, Trends, Space Orientation, Space Visualization, Venn Diagrams, Drawing inferences, Punched hole/pattern-folding & un-folding, Figural Pattern- folding and completion, Indexing Address matching, Date & city matching Classification of centre codes/roll numbers, Small & Capital letters/numbers coding, decoding and classification, Embedded Figures, Critical thinking, Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence etc.

Part-2. General Awareness & Professional knowledge: Questions in this component will be aimed at testing the candidates general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of every day observations and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of any educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighboring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Polity, Indian Constitution, scientific Research etc.

Part-3. Numerical ability: The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. The scope of the test will be computation of whole numbers, decimals, fractions and relationships between numbers, Percentage, Ratio and Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Interest, Profit & Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance, Time & work, Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra and Elementary surds, Graphs of Linear Equations, Triangle and its various kinds of centres, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles, Triangle , Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons, Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base, Trigonometric ratio, Degree and Radian Measures, Standard Identities, Complementary angles, Heights and Distances, Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart.

Part-4. Comprehension and communication skill: Candidates’ ability to understand correct English, his basic comprehension and writing ability, etc. would be tested.

CISF SI Exam Sample/Previous years Papers:
I searched on the net for some sample/previous years papers of CISF SI Exam but could not locate any reliable, authentic papers. However, following two papers of SSC CAPF SI exam can act as eye openers:
From gjtutorial:
Since the above two papers can only act as eye-openers, I would recommend you to use the following books for preparing for CISF SI Exam, if you are serious about it.

Prep Books for CISF SI Exam: 
I found following books good for preparation for CISF SI Exam. These books are for Sub-Inspectors (SI) Exam for CAPF (Central Armed Police Forces) i.e. BSF, CISF, CRPF, ITBP, SSB etc. Hence besides CISF, these books can also be used for SI exam for  other forces i.e. BSF, CRPF, ITBP, SSB etc

The books are available in most of the bookstores, but you can also order them online by clicking the links below, from which offers huge discounts from 10% to 25%, apart from free postage in India if the order exceeds Rs. 200/=. You can choose to pay through Credit Card/Debit Card/Internet Banking. You can also choose to pay through “Cash-on-Delivery” i.e. you pay in cash only when the same is delivered at your doorstep:
Cover Price:Rs. 120; Offer Price:Rs. 108; Discount:Rs. 12 (10%)

SSC Central Police organization Sub-Inspectors (BSF, CISF, CRPF, ITBP, SSB) Examination by Ashok Mehta, Manish Arora, S. L. Gulati Publisher: New Light
Cover Price:Rs. 325; Offer Price:Rs. 244; Discount:Rs. 81 (25%)

SSC CPO Sub-Inspectors & Assistant Sub-Inspectors Special Exam (CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBP AND SAS) Solved Papers From 2003 To 2011 by Kiran Prakashan
Cover Price:Rs. 198; Offer Price:Rs. 158; Discount:Rs. 40 (20%)

In addition, as the exam pattern is identical, following prep books for Delhi Police SI Exam can also be used  to prepare for CISF Exam:

Delhi Police Sub Inspector Exam Guide By RPH Editorial Board
Cover Price:Rs. 295; Offer Price:Rs. 242; Discount: Rs. 53 (18%)
CISF SI Exam Prep Books in Hindi:
Delhi Police Sub Inspector Exam Guide (Hindi) By RPH Editorial Board
Cover Price:Rs. 295; Offer Price:Rs. 242; Discount: Rs. 53 (18%)
Delhi Police Sub Inspector Previous Papers & Test Papers (Hindi)By RPH Editorial Board
Offer Price: Rs.120

Hope with above study materials - the sample papers, books, syllabus and exam pattern analysis you can clear the CISF Sub-Inspectors exam confidently. I would keep on looking for more prep materails for this exam and post them here as and when I find the. So keep visiting this blog.

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