BSF recruitment for Sub Inspectors (Works) is based on a written test with various stages of other tests. We are providing complete details of Syllabus with Pattern and Topics asked in the Written Test.

The complete information for BSF Sub Inspector Recruitment for SI Works, Diploma in Civil Engineering is provided below.

BSF Sub Inspector Exam Syllabus and Selection Procedure:

The selection procedure for BSF Sub Inspector Recruitment will be as under:

(i) First Phase of the BSF Examination

(A) Written Examination

Questions: 100

Marks: 100

Type: Objective type test on OMR based answer sheets

The Written Examination will be conducted at the selection Centres. There will be two composite paper of the following parts

(I) First Paper (Objective Type with multiple choice)

Time: 01 Hour 30 Minutes. 100 Questions. 100 Marks

a) General Intelligence & Reasoning: 25 Questions, 25 Marks

b) General awareness: 25 Questions, 25 Marks

c) General Engineering (Civil): 50 Questions, 50 Marks

BSF Sub Inspector Exam Syllabus and Standard for Paper-I:

The Written examination of Paper-I shall be conducted from the following subject:

(a) General Intelligence & Reasoning:

The Syllabus for General Intelligence would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. The test may include questions on analogies, similarities, differences, space visualization, problem solving, analysis, judgement, decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning, verbal and figure classification, arithmetical number series etc. The test will also include questions designed to test the candidate‘s abilities to deal with abstract ideas and symbols and their relationships, arithmetical computations and other analytical functions.

(b) General Awareness:

Questions will be aimed at testing the candidate's general awareness of the environment around him/her and its application to society. Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday 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 neighbouring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Polity and Scientific Research, etc. These questions will be such that they do not require a special study of any discipline.

(c) General Engineering (Civil):

Building Materials, Estimating, Costing and valuation, Surveying, Soil Mec Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Environmental Engineering.

(II) Second Paper (Conventional Type)

Time: 02 Hour. 10 Questions. 100 Marks

Note: 12 Questions will be given out of which 10 questions will be attempted

a) General Engineering (Civil)

BSF Sub Inspector Exam Syllabus and Standard for Paper-II:

The Written examination of Paper-II shall be conducted from the following subject:

Building Materials:

Physical and Chemical properties, classification, standard tests, uses and manufacture/quarrying of materials e.g. building stones, silicate based materials, cement (Portland), asbestos products, timber and wood based products, laminates, bituminous materials, paints, varnishes.

Estimating, Costing and Valuation:

estimate, glossary of technical terms, analysis of rates, methods and unit of measurement, Items of work earthwork, Brick work (Modular & Traditional bricks), RCC work, Shuttering, Timber work, Painting, Flooring, Plastering. Boundary wall, Brick building, Water Tank, Septic tank, Bar bending schedule, Centre line method, Mid- section formula, Trapezodial formula, Simpson‘s rule. Cost estimate of Septic tank, flexible pavements, Tube well, isolates and combined footings, Steel Truss, Piles and pile-caps. Valuation - Value and cost, scrap value, salvage value, assessed value, sinking fund, depreciation and obsolescence, methods of valuation.


Principles of surveying, measurement of distance, chain surveying, working of prismatic compass, compass traversing, bearings, local attraction, plane table surveying, theodolite traversing, adjustment of theodolite, Levelling, Definition of terms used in levelling, contouring, curvature and refraction corrections, temporary and permanent adjustments of dumpy level, methods of contouring, uses of contour map, tachometric survey, curve setting, earth work calculation, advanced surveying equipment.

Soil Mechanics:

Origin of soil, phase diagram, Definitions-void ratio, porosity, degree of saturation, water content, specific gravity of soil grains, unit weights, density index and interrelationship of different parameters, Grain size distribution curves and their uses. Index properties of soils, Atterberg‘s limits, ISI soil classification and plasticity chart. Permeability of soil, coefficient of permeability, determination of coefficient of permeability, Unconfined and confined aquifers, effective stress, quick sand, consolidation of soils, Principles of consolidation, degree of consolidation, pre-consolidation pressure, normally consolidated soil, e-log p curve, computation of ultimate settlement. Shear strength of soils, direct shear test, Vane shear test, Triaxial test. Soil compaction, Laboratory compaction test, Maximum dry density and optimum moisture content, earth pressure theories, active and passive earth pressures, Bearing capacity of soils, plate load test, standard penetration test.


Fluid properties, hydrostatics, measurements of flow, Bemoulli‘s theorem and its application, flow through pipes, flow in open channels, weirs, flumes, spillways, pumps and turbines.

Irrigation Engineering:

Definition, necessity, benefits, 211 effects of irrigation, types and methods of irrigation, Hydrology - Measurement of rainfall, run off coefficient, rain gauge, losses from precipitation evaporation, infiltration, etc. Water requirement of crops, duty, delta and base period, Kharif and Rabi Crops, Command area, Time factor, Crop ratio, Overlap allowance, Irrigation efficiencies. Different type of canals, types of canal irrigation, loss of water in canals. Canal lining - types and advantages. Shallow and deep to wells, yield from a well. Weir and barrage, Failure of weirs and permeable foundation, Slit and Scour, Kennedy‘s theory of critical velocity. Lacey‘s theory of uniform flow. Definition of flood, causes and effects, methods of flood control, water logging, preventive measure. Land reclamation, Characteristics of affecting fertility of soils, purposes, methods, description of land and reclamation processes. Major irrigation projects in India.

Transportation Engineering:

Highway Engineering - cross sectional elements, geometric design, types of pavements, pavement materials aggregates and bitumen, different tests, Design of flexible and rigid pavements Water Bound Macadam (WBM) and Wet Mix Macadam (WMM), Gravel Road, Bituminous construction, Rigid pavement joint, pavement maintenance, Highway drainage, Railway Engineering- Components of permanent way sleepers, ballast, fixtures and fastening, track geometry, points and crossings, track junction, stations and yards. Traffic Engineering - Different traffic survey, speed-flow-density and their interrelationships, intersections and interchanges, traffic signals, traffic operation, traffic signs and markings, road safety.

Environmental Engineering:

Quality of water, source of water supply, purification of water, distribution of water, need of sanitation, sewerage systems, circular sewer, oval sewer, sewer appurtenances, sewage treatments. Surface water drainage. Solid waste management - types, effects, engineered management system. Air pollution - pollutants, causes, effects, control. Noise pollution - cause, health effects, control.

(c) The minimum qualifying marks of Written Examination in each paper

General/OBC Category Candidate: 50%

SC/ST Category Candidate: 45%

Second Phase of the Examination

Successful candidates in the Written Examination will appear before the selection board of Second Phase Examination (i.e Documentation, Physical Standard Test, Physical Efficiency Test, Practical test, Interview & Medical Examination)

(b) Physical Standards Test (PST):

Physical Standard Test will be carried out by the selection board to assess their height, weight and chest according to the Physical Standard.

NOTE -I: Ex-Servicemen are not required to undergo PST.

NOT E-II: Candidates declared disqualified in Physical Standards, i.e height and chest, may prefer an appeal immediately at the venue of the PST itself, if they so desire, to the Board of Officer/Presiding Officer. The appellate authority will re-measure the Physical Standards of such candidate and the decision arrived at by him will be final and no further appeal or representation in this regard will be entertained.

(c) Physical Efficiency Test (PET) will not carry any marks but will be of qualifying in nature! Those candidates found fit in Physical Standard Test (PST) will be put through for Physical Efficiency Test (PET)

NOTE I: Ex-Servicemen are not required to undergo PET.

NOTE II: Pregnancy at the time of PET for female candidate will be disqualification and pregnant female candidate will be rejected. No appeal/representation will be entertained against such rejection.

Practical Test

Candidates declared qualified in Documentation, PST & PET will be eligible to appear for Practical Test which is qualifying in nature.


The candidates declared qualified in Practical Test will be put through personal Interview. This test will carry 50 marks. Qualifying marks of Interview:

General/OBC Category Candidate: 50

SC/ST Category Candidate: 45

Medical Examination

Candidates who qualify all the above stages i.e. Written Examination, Documentation, PST, PET, Practical Test & Interview will undergo detailed Medical Examination, which will be carried out by detailed Medical Officer to assess their fitness. If found Unfit in the Medical Examination, they may prefer an appeal for Review Medical Examination within the prescribed time limit of 15 days. The provision for appeal for Review Medical Examination is only against an error of judgment of the Medical Examination Board. On acceptance of the appeal Review Medical Examination will be conducted and the decision of Review Medical Board will be final and no appeal/representation against the decision of the Review Medical Board will be entertained.

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