FCI Manager Syllabus 2019 & FCI Exam Pattern: Subjects & Topics

By Mansi Anand|Updated : October 1st, 2019

FCI Manager Syllabus 2019 and Exam Pattern: The official notification of the FCI Manager 2019 Exam has been out with a total of 330 vacancies. The Preliminary Exam is said to be tentatively held in the month of November/December. Candidates are very much excited for the vacancies/ posts listed under this exam after seeing the salary, perks and other benefits it is offering to the employees.

However, there is a lot of curiosity among students regarding the syllabus and exam pattern of the exam. Lots of doubts have also been raised regarding this. Therefore, here, we are sharing the Exam Pattern and Syllabus for FCI Manager Exam 2019.

FCI Manager Exam Pattern 2019

FCI Manager Exam 2019 will be conducted in 2 phases or 3 phases respective of the post you are applying for. In this article, we have shared with you the exam pattern of FCI Manager Prelims (Phase I) Exam 2019.

FCI Manager Prelims Exam Pattern 2019

FCI Manager Prelims Exam will comprise of 3 sections, with a total of 100 marks and a total allotted time of 60 minutes. The online test of Phase-I shall be common irrespective of the post. The test structure for Phase I Online test is as follow:-

S. No.

Name of Test

No. of questions

Total Marks

Time Division


English Language



20 minutes


Numerical Ability



20 minutes


Reasoning Ability



20 minutes




1 Hour

Here are some important points which one must keep in mind for the Prelims exam of FCI Manager 2019:

NOTE: - In the Phase-I of the online test, the test will be Objective type (Multiple Choice Questions). Each question will carry equal 01 (one) mark. For each wrong answer, there will be a negative marking of one-fourth (1/4) of the mark assigned to that question. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by
the candidate; there will be no negative marking for that question. The marks obtained in Phase-I will not
be reckoned in final merit ranking.

  • There will be negative marking for wrong answers in the Objective tests. 1/4th of the mark assigned for the question will be deducted for each wrong answer
  • Nothing is mentioned about the minimum qualifying marks for an individual subject as well as for aggregate (overall) in the notification released.
  • Also, there is no provision given in the notification for sectional cutoff in the prelims exam of FCI Manager 2019.
  • The disciples would have the option to attempt the online exam of FCI Manager in Hindi or the English language (except for the English section).
  • The Phase I test will be of qualifying nature, .i.e., the marks obtained in Phase-I will not be reckoned in final merit ranking.

FCI Manager Syllabus 2019 for Prelims

You can check the section-wise detailed syllabus of the FCI Manager Prelims Exam 2019 below.

English Language Syllabus for FCI Manager Prelims 2019

You can go through the important or expected topics of the English section along with their importance (in terms of the number of questions which can be asked from each of these topics) which you may come across in other FCI Prelims Exam, from the table below.

Name of the Topic

Expected Number of Questions

Reading Comprehension

5 - 10 Questions

Cloze Test

5-10 Questions

Spotting Errors

5-10 Questions

Sentence Improvement

5-7 Questions

Para Jumbles

4-5 Questions

Fill in the Blanks

5-7 Questions


5-7 Questions

  • The Reading Comprehension in the prelims exam will most likely be story based, including questions from Vocabulary. The level of the topic is expected to range between easy to moderate. However, the students are advised to practice Economy and Social issues based comprehensions as well in order to be prepared for the unexpected surprises of FCI.

  • The question from Cloze Test, again, is expected to be story based. Regular practice of new as well as old pattern-based questions will help students easily score in this topic.

  • The questions from Spotting Errors will mostly be based on grammatical mistakes. A thorough study of the basic grammar rules (and exceptions), followed by regular practice is crucial to solving the questions of this topic. The questions from this topic may be asked in a number of ways.

  • In order to solve the questions on Sentence Improvement, understanding the rules of grammar and sentence structuring is important.

  • Questions from Para Jumbles will most likely be based on the old pattern, where you need to form a coherent passage by determining the correct sequence of sentences from the jumbled one's given in the question.

  • Fill in the blanks questions are expected to be double filler-based. A decent vocabulary and proper practice of the topic are important to score better.

  • Questions of Vocabulary may either be Synonym/ Antonym or Idiom & Phrase-based. So prepare them accordingly.

Practice Questions of English Section here!

Numerical Ability Syllabus for FCI Manager Prelims Exam 2019

Questions in the Numerical Ability Section can be asked from the following topics:

Name of the Topic

Expected Number of Questions

Number Series

5 Questions

Simplification/ Approximation

5-10 Questions

Quadratic Equations

4-5 Questions

Data Interpretation

5-10 Questions

Miscellaneous Arithmetic Question

10-15 Questions

  • Questions of Number Series are expected to be asked from common patterns like the combination of arithmetic operations, squares, double step based, etc. So, identify the commonly used patterns of number series and practice them regularly to solve these questions in less time.

  • Simplification/ Approximation questions usually require the application of basic BODMAS rules. So, practice questions based on them regularly.

  • Based on the trend followed in the previous bank exams, you can expect Quadratic equation questions as well in some of the slots of FCI Manager Prelims 2019. Practice formula as well as factorization based questions of quadratic equations properly.

  • Data Interpretation is a very important topic of FCI Manager Prelims Exam. Questions from this topic are mostly based on common operations like addition/ subtraction /multiplication/ division, ratio, average etc. Students are advised to have a thorough practice of Tabular/Line/Bar graphs for the prelims exam of FCI Manager. Make sure that you check the graphs properly and interpret the correct values before solving the questions of this topic.

  • The Miscellaneous Arithmetic questions will be asked from topics like Problem on ages, Profit & Loss, Time & Work, Partnership, Speed Time & Distance, Pipes & Cisterns, Mensuration, Boats & Streams, Probability, Mixtures, Simple & Compound Interest etc. Understand the basic concepts and formulas used for solving these questions and practice them on a regular basis.

Practice Questions of Numerical Ability here!

Reasoning Ability Syllabus for FCI Manager Prelims 2019

Questions in the Reasoning Ability section can be asked from the following topics:

Name of the Topic

Expected Number of Questions

Puzzles & Seating Arrangement

10-15 Questions


4-5 Questions


4-5 Questions

Alphanumeric & Numeric Series

5-10 Questions

Coding - Decoding

4-5 Questions

Miscellaneous Problems

5-7 Questions

  • Puzzles and Seating Arrangement questions often scare a lot of students. However, once the correct approach to solve the questions is clear, solving them becomes quite easy. So, focus on the tips which one should take care of while solving these questions. Another important factor to score better in this topic is the regular practice.

  • Questions of Inequality are quite easy to attempt and direct inequality based questions are expected to be asked in the prelims exam of FCI Manager.

  • Understand all the cases of Syllogism properly in order to solve these questions with ease.

  • There is no particular formula for solving Series Based questions of the reasoning section. Practice the alphanumeric and numeric based series questions thoroughly to score full marks in this topic.

  • Sentence Coding based questions is expected to be asked in the prelims exam of FCI Manager 2019. So, prepare it accordingly.

  • Miscellaneous questions of reasoning section include topics like Blood Relations, Direction Sense, Order & Ranking etc. One must have a proper understanding of the approach to be adopted while solving these questions.

Practice questions of Reasoning Ability here!

You must attempt free mock of FCI Manager Prelims exam from the link given below. Know your preparation level now!

Attempt free Mock Test of FCI Manager Prelims 2019 here!

All the best for your exam,

Team BYJU'S Exam Prep!


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