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December 22, 2011

ISRO Assistant Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Sample Papers & Books

As the ISRO Assistant exam draws near (to be held on 26.02.2012), all the aspirants for this ISRO job must be searching for the exam prep materials - the exam pattern, sample papers & prep books. This blog post is being made specifically for this purpose- to help you prepare for ISRO Assistant Exam.

To present these materials to you, I had hard time finding them on the net as most of the links leads to either ISRO exams for Technical Assistants or the exam for Scientist/Engineers. However, I could fish out the previous three years actual exam papers of ISRO Assistants exam from which we can find the pattern of exam & the syllabus as well.

ISRO Assistant Exam Pattern & Syllabus:
The written exam for the ISRO Assistant consists of two papers – Paper I & Paper 2, both containing 100 marks. You can find the pattern of ISRO Assistant exam, based on last three years (held on 20th May, 2006; 20th July, 2008 & 10th January, 2010) below, which gives you the number of question and mark per questions for each test section. There is no prescribed syllabus by ISRO for this ISRO Assistant exam, but you can find what can be the type of questions from the previous years exam papers in the next section.

The Paper 1 contains test sections on General English & General Studies. The descriptive General English consists of only two questions, weighing 10 marks each in which one essay & one letter is to be written. The General Studies sections consists of questions on “Test of reasoning”. The Paper 1 of ISRO Assistant exam is of duration 2 hours (10 AM to 12 Noon). You can find the pattern/format of Paper 1 in the table at right.


The Paper 2 contains test sections on Arithmetic, GK & Computer Literacy. As you can find, the questions are not very difficult. The paper 2 is of duration 2-1/2 hours (1:30 PM to 4 PM). You can find the pattern/format of Paper 2 in the table at right.

Mind you, this pattern of ISRO Assistant exam is based on the exam held in 2006,2008 & 2010 and you may see some difference in the pattern of exam to be held in 2012.

Download Previous Years ISRO Assistant Exam papers:
You can download from the links below last three years ISRO exam Papers in pdf format directly :

Click here to download ISRO Assistant exam 2010 Paper-1
Click here to download ISRO Assistant exam 2010 Paper-2

Click here to download ISRO Assistant exam 2008 Paper-1
Click here to download ISRO Assistant exam 2008 Paper-2

Click here to download ISRO Assistant exam 2006 Paper-1
Click here to download ISRO Assistant exam 2006 Paper-2

Since these server resources may be changed, I have uploaded these previous years ISRO exam Papers in Box. You can download the same through this link.

In addition to above actual Previous Years ISRO Assistant Exam papers, I would also like to point you to these sample papers for SBI Clerks exam. Why? Because the bank clerk exams have the same test sections as the ISRO Assistant Exam - down to even the computer literacy and descriptive English paper. Even the qualification eligibility is same for both the exams - graduation.


Prep Books for ISRO Assistant Exam papers:
As told before, exam prep materials for ISRO Assistant Exam is very scarce - almost non existent. Although I tried hard to find books specific for ISRO Assistant Exam, I could not locate any.

In absence of any specific exam guide book, I would like to point you to the following prep books, actually meant for Bank Clerk exam, but which I am sure would be useful to you as the test sections are similar. You can also buy the books test section-wise according to your specific area of need,.


These books are available in most of the bookstores, but you can also order them online by clicking the links below, from Flipkart.com which offers huge discounts upto 50%, apart from free shipping/postage in India if the order exceeds Rs. 100/=. 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:

List Price: Rs.325, Offer Price: Rs.163, Discount: Rs. 162 (50%)
List Price: Rs.220, Offer Price: Rs.132, Discount: Rs. 88 (40%)

Prep Books for specific test-sections of  ISRO Assistant Exam:
Encyclopedia Of General Knowledge & General Awareness By R. P. Verma
List Price: Rs.260/=; Offer Price: Rs.208/=; Discount: Rs. 52/= (20%)
A Modern Approach To Logical Reasoning by R. S. Aggarwal Publisher: S. Chand
Price: Rs. 125/=; Offer Prce: Rs. 98/=;Discount: Rs. 27/= (22%)
List Price: Rs.340/=; Offer Price: Rs.323/=; Discount: Rs. 17 (5%)
List Price: Rs.110/=; Offer Price: Rs.88/=; Discount: Rs. 22/= (20%)
Objective Computer Awareness Publisher: Arihant
Price: Rs. 95

I hope with above prep materials for ISRO Assistant Exam you would be able to crack the exam easily. I would be on the look out for more study materials and post the same as and when I find them. So keep visiting me!

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