IS 3466:1988

In this competitive scenario, it isn't easy to survive in the market without a standard quality and certified product. BIS license may also be required to sell products in the Indian market.

To get BIS certification and produce a standard quality product, the manufacturer must ensure that their product must follow the specified Indian standard.
Let's take a closer look at IS 3466: 1988 for masonry cement.

IS 3466: 1988 covers masonry cement. This standard specifies the manufacturing process and the chemical and physical requirements of masonry cement to be used for all general purposes where mortars for masonry are required. Masonry cement is specially blended cement that is mixed with sand and water in specific proportions to create a strong binding mortar.

Masonry cement shall be produced by intergrinding a mixture of Portland cement clinker with pozzolanic materials such as fly ash and calcined clay pozzolana; or non-pozzolanic materials such as limestone, dolomitic limestone, conglomerates, dolomite, granulated slag, and waste materials such as carbonated sludge, mine tailings, etc., and gypsum and air-entraining plasticizer in appropriate proportion so that the finished product complies with requirements of the standard.

When tested according to the methods specified, masonry cement shall meet the physical requirements specified in the standard. The manufacturer must ensure that the cement meets the requirements of this standard. A laboratory shall be adequately maintained, in which the various tests shall be carried out according to the methods specified in the standard.


The following test shall be carried out for masonry cement.

  • Fineness
  • Setting time
  • Air content
  • Water retention
  • Soundness
  • Compressive strength
  • Staining

Packing of masonry cement shall be done as per IS 3466:1988. Labeling and marking shall be done in accordance with IS 3466:1988. The BIS Standard Mark (ISI Mark) shall be printed on each bag or drum of masonry cement or on the label applied to it, provided that the material in each bag or package to which the mark is thus applied meets the specification. The Manufacturer must obtain a BIS license from the Bureau of Indian Standards to use a standard mark (ISI Mark). The BIS grants a license based on a successful assessment of manufacturing infrastructure, quality control, testing capabilities, and production process.

isi mark


For Detailed Information about the Procedure for BIS ISI Certification, Visit :

  1. Procedure for Domestic Manufacturer
  2. Procedure for Foreign Manufacturer


If a product falls under the scope of the BIS Conformity Assessment Scheme, All the manufacturers, importers, and foreign entities must obtain BIS ISI Certification. The Bureau may cancel the License if the product fails to meet certification requirements.

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