Forensic Aptitude and Caliber Test (FACT) and FACT Plus are All-India Tests that aim to test
the comprehensive aptitude and skills of Post Graduate subjects in Forensic Science. FACT is a
screening test being introduced in 2018 as a test of forensic science caliber for students
obtaining their degrees from various universities. The FACT qualification of a candidate
reflects the relative knowledge and certifies minimum level of understanding of forensic
The FACT (Basic examination for post-graduate candidates) will test the candidates in pure
sciences to understand their command over basic concepts. FACT Plus (Advanced level of
examination for post-graduate candidate who have cleared NET/GATE/GPAT) will test the
aptitude of the candidates towards forensic science related matters.
FACT qualification is intended to be used as a qualifying criterion for recruitment by FSLs and
other such agencies. The test will be conducted for two levels i.e. FACT for assessing the skill
level of the candidates to analyze the crime exhibits referred in the FSLs and interpret the
results with basic training to assist in simple cases and FACT Plus for testing the candidates as
specialized personnel to handle precision instruments and infer precise results. The eligibility
for recruitment for FACT qualified candidates will be subject to fulfilling the criteria laid down
by the recruiting organization.
Date and Scheme of The Test
The FACT and FACT Plus will be held tentatively on Sunday, 20 March, 2022 as under:
FACT- Morning – 10:30AM-12:30 PM- 2hrs
FACT (Plus)- Morning- 10:30AM-12:30 PM- 2hrs
Sections in FACT
SECTION A: Questions for testing aptitude in forensic science- 50
SECTION B: (attempt any one of these four subjects)- 70
- Forensic Physical Sciences
- Cyber Forensics
- Forensic Biological Sciences
- Forensic Chemical Sciences
Total– 120 QUESTIONS
Structure of FACT 2022
FACT will consist of objective type questions and will be conducted as an online test. The test
will be of 2-hour duration and shall consist of two Parts: Section A and Section B. The
questions will be so designed as to measure the forensic aptitude and skills required to handle
scientific tests of crime material exhibits from crime scenes and interpretations of test results at
Scene of Crime and/or forensic laboratories to deduce their evidential values.
Section A shall be compulsory to all candidates for testing the aptitude in Forensic Science.
Section B shall consist of four specialized forensic science subjects viz., Forensic Physical
Sciences (Ballistics, Document and Physics), Forensic Biological Sciences (Serology and
DNA), Forensic Chemical Sciences (Toxicology, Chemistry, Narcotics and Explosives) and
Cyber Forensics (Mobile Forensic, Audio-Video, etc.). A candidate has to attempt any one
of these four specialized Forensic Science subjects.
The test consists of only multiple-choice questions and will be a mix of questions of low,
moderate and high level of difficulty. Four possible options (A), (B), (C) and (D) will be given
for each question of which only one option will be correct. There will be no negative marking.
The marking scheme will be included as part of the Instructions to the online test.