Indian Standards Codes (IS Codes)

Indian Standards Code (IS Codes)

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), the National Standards Body of India is involved in the development of technical standards (popularly known as Indian Standards), product quality and management system certifications and consumer affairs. It resolves to be the leader in all matters concerning Standardization, Certification and Quality.

Complete List of IS Codes and their Description

Collection of IS Codes

IS 1
1968 Specification for the national flag of India (cotton khadi)

IS 2 
1960 Rules for rounding off numerical values

IS 5
1994 Colours for ready mixed paints and enamels

IS 12
1988 Guide for Drafting and Presentation of Indian Standard

IS 35
1975 Specification for zinc oxide for paints

IS 67

IS 195
1991 Fireclay Mortar for Laying Fireclay Refractory Bricks - Specification

IS 269
1989 Specification for 33 grade ordinary Portland cement

IS 277
2003 Galvanized Steel Sheets, (Plain and Corrugated) - Specification

IS 278
1978 Specification for Galvanized Steel Barbed Wire for Fencing

IS 287
1993 Permissible Moisture Content for Timber Used for Different Purposes - Recommendations

IS 303
1989 Specification for plywood for general purposes

IS 399
1963 Classification of Commercial Timbers and Their Zonal Distribution

IS 401
2001 Preservation of Timber - Code of Practice

IS 427
1965 Specification for distemper, dry, colour as required

IS 428 
2000 Washable Distemper - Specification

IS 455
1989 Specification for Portland slag cement

IS 457
1957 Code of practice for general construction of plain and reinforced concrete for dams and other massive structures

IS 459 
1992 Indian Standard Corrugated and semi-corrugated asbestos cement sheets - Specification

IS 383
This standard covers the requirements for aggregates, crushed or uncrushed, derived from natural source, such as river terraces and river-beds, glacial deposits, rocks, boulders and gravels, for use in the production of concrete for normal structural purposes including mass concrete works.

IS 432
This standard covers the requirements of mild steel and medium tensile steel plain bars in round and square sections for use as reinforcement in concrete.

IS 456
This standard deals with the general structural use of plain and reinforced concrete.

IS 458 1988
This standard covers the requirements for reinforced and unreinforced precast cement concrete pipes, of both pressure and non-pressure varieties used for water mains, sewers, culverts and irrigation. The requirements for collars are also covered by this standard.
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IS 516
1959 Method of test for`strength of concrete

IS 524
1983 Specification for Varnish, Finishing, Exterior, Air-drying

IS 525
1968 Specification for Varnish, Finishing, Exterior and General Purposes

IS 650
1991 Specification for standard sand for testing of cement

IS 654
1992 Specification for clay roofing tiles, mangalore pattern

IS 655
1963 Specification for Metal Air Ducts

IS 656
1988 Specification for logs for plywood

IS 659
1964 Safety code for air conditioning

IS 707
1976 Glossary of terms applicable to timber technology and utilization

IS 712
1984 Specification for building limes

IS 732
1989 Code of Practice for Electrical Wiring Installations

IS 771
Part 1 : 1979 Specification for glazed fire-clay sanitary appliances: Part 1 General
Part 2 : 1985 Specification for glazed fire-clay sanitary appliances: Part 2 Specific
require ments of kitchen and laboratory sinks
Part 3 : Sec 1 : 1979 Specification for glazed fire clay sanitary appliances : Part 3
Specific requirements of urinals, Section 1 Slab urinals
Part 3 : Sec 2 : 1985 Specification for glazed fire-clay sanitary appliances: Part 3
Specific requirements of urinals: Section 2 Stall urinals
Part 4 : 1979 Specification for glazed fire-clay sanitary appliances: Part 4 Specific
requirements of postmortom slabs
Part V : 1979 Specification for Glazed Fire-clay Sanitary Appliances - Part V :
Specific Requirements of Shower Trays
Part VI : 1979 Specification for Glazed Fire-clay Sanitary Appliances - Part VI :
Specific Requirements of Bed Pan Sinks
Part 7 : 1981 Specification for glazed fire-clay sanitary appliances: Part 7 Specific
requirements of slop sinks

IS 772
1973 Specification for general requirements for enamelled cast iron sanitary

IS 783
1985 Code of practice for laying of concrete pipes

IS 784

IS 786
1967 Conversion Factors and Conversion Tables

IS 787
1956 Guide for inter conversion of values from one system of units to another

IS 774 1984 R1995
This standard covers requirements for manually-operated high-level and low-level flushing cisterns of capacities, 5 litres and 10 litres, both single-flush and dual-flush types and 6/3 litres capacity dual-flush cisterns, for water-closets, squatting pans and urinals, together with flush pipe details.

IS 800 2007
This code applies to general construction in steel. Specific provisions for bridges, chimneys, cranes, tanks, transmission line towers, storage structures, tubular structures and structures using cold formed light gauge sections, etc, are covered in separate codes.
The earlier revision of this standard was done in year 1984 and the latest revision of 2007 was released on 22 February 2008.

IS 875
This standard gives wind forces and their effects (static and dynamic) that should be taken into account when designing buildings, structures and components thereof.

IS 1343
This code deals with the general structural use of prestressed concrete. It covers both work carried out on site and the manufacture of precast prestressed concrete units.

IS 1642 1989 R 1994
This standard lays down the essential requirements of fire safety of buildings with respect to details of construction.

IS 1661 1972 R 1996
This standard covers application of cement and cement-lime plaster finishes to walls, columns, ceilings and similar surfaces on backgrounds normally met with such as brick, stone or concrete (plain or reinforced). Lime plasters, mud plasters and other special plasters are not covered by this code.

IS 1786 2008
This standard covers the requirements of deformed steel bars and wires for use as reinforcement in concrete, in the following three strength grades:
a) Fe 415,
b) Fe 500, and
c) Fe 550.
Note - The figures following the symbol Fe indicates the specified minimum 0.2 percent proof stress or yield stress in N/mm2.

IS 1893 (Part1) 2002
This standard contains provisions that are general in nature and applicable to all structures.  Also, it contains provisions that are specific to buildings only.  It covers general principles and design criteria, combinations, design spectrum, main attributes of buildings, dynamic analysis, apart from seismic zoning map and seismic coefficients of important towns, map showing epicenters, map showing tectonic features and lithological map of India.

IS 1948 1961 R 1996

IS 2185
Concrete Masonry Units - Specification - Part 1 : Hollow and Solid Concrete Blocks (Third Revision)

IS 2572 1963 R 1997
Code of practice for construction of hollow concrete block masonry

IS 2911
This standard (Part 4) covers the load test on all types of piles and provides guidelines for determination of safe load based on the following types of loadings.
a) Vertical load test (compression),
b) Lateral load test, and
c) Pull-out test.

IS 3370
Code of practice for concrete structures for the storage of liquids

IS 4031
This standard covers the procedure for determining the quantity of water required to produce a cement paste of standard consistency.

IS 4130 1991 R 1996

IS 4326 1993 R 2003
This standard provides guidance in selection of materials, special features of design and construction for earthquake resistant buildings including masonry construction, timber construction, prefabricated construction etc.  In this standard, it is intended to cover the specified features of design and construction for earthquake resistance of buildings of conventional types.  The general principles to be observed in the construction of such earthquake resistant buildings as specified in this standard are Lightness, Continuity of Construction, avoiding/reinforcing Projecting and suspended parts, Building configuration, strength in various directions, stable foundations, Ductility of structure, Connection to non-structural parts and fire safety of structures.

IS 4995
Criteria for design of reinforced concrete bins for storage of granular and powdery materials

IS 5525 1969 R 1999

IS 8640 1977 R 1995

IS 9013
This standard lays down the method for making, curing and testing in compression, specimens of concrete stored under conditions intended to accelerate the development of strength.
The following two methods of accelerated curing have been covered in this standard:
a) Warm-water method, and
b) Boiling-water method.

IS 10262
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IS 13920 1993 R 1998
This standard covers the requirements for designing and detailing of monolithic reinforced concrete buildings so as to give them adequate toughness and ductility to resist severe earthquake shocks without collapse.
Provisions of this code shall be adopted in all reinforced concrete structures which satisfy one of the following four conditions.
a) The structure is located in seismic zone IV or V;
b) The structure is located in seismic zone III and has the importance factor (I) greater than 1.0;
c) The structure is located in seismic zone III and is an industrial structure; and
d) The structure is located in seismic zone III and is more than 5 storey high.