CSIR- NIIST Exam Syllabus 2021 & Exam Pattern

CSIR- NIIST Exam Syllabus 2021, Exam Pattern

CSIR-NIIST Exam Syllabus: According to the notification, the Selection Committee will shortlist candidates based on their qualifications that suit the requirements

The shortlisted candidates will be invited for an open competitive written examination and typing test.

First, there will be the typing test and those who qualify in the test will be allowed to sit in the written test

The last date for applying online for the posts is 11-10-2021. The company is expected to hold the written test sometime in October or early November. And it will upload the call letters on its website and advise the candidates through SMS and e-mails.

NIIST said the skill test, written examination and interview will be held in Thiruvananthpuram.

Important Dates

Last date to apply11-10-2021
Examination DateTentatively in November 2021

NIIST Exam Pattern/Structure

NIIST wants to restrict the number of applicants to a reasonable level. There are only 07 vacancies for the post of Junior Secretariat Assistant and 01 posts for the Assistant Security. It means the screening will be strict. So, while applying for the post try to include all your qualifications and experience, which can be supported by documentary evidence. This will help you avoid rejection in the screening.

It is important for you to prepare well to pass the exam. And there is reasonably sufficient time to prepare. Knowing the syllabus beforehand is an advantage. Now, let us examine the exam syllabus:

CSIR-NIIST Exam Syllabus

CSIR-NIIST Exam Syllabus

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CSIR-NIIST Exam Syllabus 2021

There will be two papers for the test; Paper-I and Paper-II. It is mandatory that you score the minimum prescribed cutoff marks for Paper-I. Because, the committee will evaluate Paper-II of only those candidates who score the minimum threshold marks,(which will be decided by the selection committee).

The papers will have subjects such as Mental Ability Test (Paper-I) and General Awareness and English language (Paper-II)

The Mental Ability Test will cover the following topics:

  1. General Intelligence
  2. Quantitative Aptitude
  3. Reasoning
  4. Problem Solving
  5. Situational Judgment

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CSIR-NIIST Exam Syllabus : Mental Ability

Paper- I

The standard of the exam is 12th class. This covers the following areas:

Mental Ability Test Syllabus
Alphabet and Number TestAnalogy (Verbal)
Calendar, Time, and ClockAnalogy (Non-Verbal)
Embedded FigureMathematical Operations
Ranking and ArrangementsSeries (Verbal)
Water and Mirror ImagesSeries (Non – Verbal)
Coding-DecodingBlood Relations
ClassificationDirection Sense
Figure Partition and Dot SituationMissing Character
Venn DiagramsWord Problems

CSIR-NIIST Exam Syllabus : General Awareness


Since the syllabus for the exam is reported to be 12th class, the following topics are expected to be covered:

Inventions & DiscoveriesList of Highest Mountains in India
Neighbouring Countries of IndiaList of Longest Rivers in the World
Unemployment in IndiaList of Phobias/Fear
Indian Financial SystemList of Sports Term
Types of Bank in IndiaList of Companies Taglines
Types of Bank AccountsList of Insurance Companies in India
Functions of BanksImportant Principles of Insurance
CountriesList of Airports in India
Capital & CurrencyList of World Largest Libraries
Governors in IndiaList of Longest Bridges in India
Members of ParliamentList of Languages of the World
Members of Rajya SabhaList of Famous Books And Authors
Members of Lok SabhaList of Arjuna Award Winners
Prasad SchemeMillets in India
ICC Cricket World Cup WinnersUMANG
List of IPL WinnersAarogya Setu
List of Indian Navy Chief AdmiralsPM CARES Fund

CSIR-NIIST Exam Syllabus : English Language


The English Language test for the 12th Class covers the following topics:

Reading Comprehension

  • Conceptual understanding, decoding, Analyzing, inferring, interpreting, appreciating, literary, conventions and vocabulary, summarizing and using appropriate format/s

Writing Skills

  • Reasoning, appropriacy of style and tone, using appropriate format and fluency, inference, analysis, evaluation and creativity

Literature & Long Reading Text

  • Recalling, reasoning, appreciating literary convention, inference, analysis, creativity with fluency

CSIR-NIIST Exam Pattern

Exam features:

Mode of ExaminationOMR based or computer-based online
Objective Type Multiple Choice Examination
LanguageThe questions will be bilingual, i.e., English and Hindi except for the questions in the English Language
Standard of ExaminationClass XII
Total No. of Question200
Total Time allotted2.30 hours


Time allotted: 90 minutes

SubjectNo. of questionsMarksRemarks
Mental Ability100200
(2 marks per answer)
No Negative marks)


Time allotted: 60 Minutes

SubjectNo. of questionsMarksRemarks
General Awareness50150
(3 marks per answer)
One negative mark for every wrong answer.
English Language50150
(3 marks per answer)
One negative mark for every wrong answer.

CSIR-NIIST Exam Syllabus: Evaluation of Performance

Your Paper-II will be evaluated only if you score minimum threshold marks for Paper-I

Examination Centre

The Typing Test, Written Examination and Interview will be conducted in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

Final Selection

  • After the initial screening, the shortlisted candidates will be called for Typing Test and Written Examination
  • The candidates, who qualify in the typing test will appear for the written examination.
  • The final selection will be based on the pcandidate’s performance in the written test and proficiency in typing

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Hope the information in respect of the CSIR-NIIST Exam Syllabus will help you prepare and score well in the written test.

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