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UPSC CAPF 2019 Exam Pattern: Check Syllabus and Instructions

Updated On - January 28th 2019 by DEEKSHA

UPSC CAPF 2019 will be conducted in offline mode on August 18, 2019. Conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) once a year. The exam is for recruitment of candidates in Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). The exam is popularly referred as UPSC CAPF.

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  • The exam comprises 2 papers. Paper 1 is a written test which will be based on multiple choice questions on general ability and intelligence and paper 2 is descriptive nature.
  • Paper 1 comprises 125 questions to be completed within 2 hours and Paper 2 shall be descriptive in nature to be completed within 3 hours’ time.
  • All candidates who clear both the papers of UPSC CAPF 2019 will be eligible for the second round which will be a physical ability test.
  • followed by the third round, which will be personal interview round. The final selection will be made on the basis of all the three rounds in UPSC CAPF.

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), a constitutional body conducts UPSC CAPF for making a merit based selection and recommendation of candidates. It is through UPSC CAPF that assistant commandants such as BSF, CISF, CRPF, ITBP and SSB are hired.

UPSC CAPF 2019 Exam Pattern Highlights

Exam Pattern Highlights
Name of the examUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC) Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF)
Abbreviated asUPSC CAPF
Conducted byUnion Public Service Commission
SelectionThree Rounds
First RoundWritten (Paper 1 is based on General Ability and Intelligence and Paper 2 based on General Studies, Essay and Comprehension)
Second RoundPhysical ability test
Third RoundInterview/ Personality Test

UPSC CAPF 2019 Exam Dates

The exam will be conducted in offline mode and the results for each stage of the selection process shall be out on different dates. Candidates must check the schedule given below to acquaint themselves with events related to UPSC CAPF 2019:  

Official notificationsApril 24, 2019
Last date to fill applicationMay 20, 2019
UPSC CAPF 2019August 18, 2019
Result declarationLast week of August, 2019

UPSC CAPF 2019 Exam pattern in detail

UPSC CAPF is a written examination in the first round. The written examination comprises 2 papers, Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 will consist of multiple choice questions on general ability and intelligence having four alternatives. Paper 2 is of descriptive type and questions are on General Studies, Essay and Comprehension.

Candidates who clear the first round will be eligible for the part 2 of UPSC CAPF exam which will be a Physical Endurance and Medical Test. This will be followed by the third round, which will be interview and personality test. The final selection of candidates will be made on the basis of the overall performance in all the three rounds. Marks of all the rounds will be considered for making the merit list.

(i) Written Test: The written exam to be conducted by Union Public Service Commission will be held on August 18, 2019 and will comprise two papers. More details is given below:

Paper 1Paper 2
Total questions: 200 (MCQ)Total questions: 6 (Descriptive)
Total Marks: 250Total Marks: 200
Duration: 2 hoursDuration: 3 hours

(ii) Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests:

Applicants who are qualified in the written test will be called Physical Standards/ Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests. Those candidates who meet the prescribed Physical Standards, specified in will be put through the Physical Efficiency Tests as indicated below :

100 Meters raceIn 16 secondsIn 18 seconds
800 Meters raceIn 3 minutes 45 secondsIn 4 minutes 45 seconds
Long Jump3.5 Meters (3 Chances)3.0 meters (3 chances)
Shot Put (7.26 Kgs.)4.5 Meters-

Note: Pregnancy at the time of PET will be a disqualification and pregnant female candidate will be rejected.

(iii) Interview/Personality Test: Shortlisted candidates on the basis of their performance in the Physical Efficiency Tests will be called for Interview/Personality Test. The Interview/Personality Test will carry 150 Marks. Candidates who are shortlisted for Interview/Personality Test, including those shortlisted for Interview/Personality Test provisionally will be issued a Detailed Application Form (DAF) in which among other things, they will be required to indicate their preference of Forces.

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UPSC CAPF 2019 Marking Scheme

Paper 1 of UPSC CAPF is of multiple choice questions, carrying 125 questions, the total marks of which is 250. Negative marking is applicable in paper 1 only. The detailed marking scheme has been explained below in bulleted form:

  • For each wrong answer, 1/3rd marks will be deducted.
  • If there are two answers for a single question, it will be considered as wrong answer and 1/3 will be deducted even if any one of the answers is correct.
  • If no question is answered, no deduction is made.
  • In paper 2, which is a descriptive paper, there are 6 questions, the total marks of which is 200. No negative marking is applicable.
  • The third round, which is the interview round, carries 150 marks.

UPSC CAPF 2019 Exam syllabus

Paper 1General AbilityAnalogies, Arrangements, Problem Solving, Syllogisms, Spatial Orientation, Space Visualization, Analysis, Ranking, Arithmetical Reasoning, Decision Making, Visual Memory, Arithmetic Number Series, Figural Classification, Coding and Decoding, Relationship Concepts, Statement Conclusion etc.
IntelligenceGeneral Mental Ability, General Science, Current Events of National and International Importance, Indian Polity and Economy, History of India, Indian and World Geography
Paper 2English Language and Comprehension and EssayEssay Writing, Comprehension, Precis Writing, Counter Argument, Communications, Report Writing, Language Skills, Grammar, Vocabulary, etc.
General StudiesHistory India, Current Events – National and International, Indian National Movement, Geography – India, About India, Eminent Personalities, Cultural Heritage, Environment, Economy, General Polity, General Science, Indian Constitution, Science and Technology etc.

Recommended Books for UPSC CAPF 2019

Book NameAuthor/Publisher
CPF Assistant Commandants (AC) ExaminationRamesh Publishing House
CPF Assistant Commandant AC ExamArihant Books
UPSC CPF Assistant Commandant Exam Practice WorkbookKiran Prakashan
UPSC CPF AC ExaminationLucent Publication
Sachchidananda BooksUPSC Portal

Important Instructions related to UPSC CAPF 2019

The important instructions UPSC CAPF as mentioned on the official website, are given below:

  • Check your e-admit card carefully. For any discrepancies, contact UPSC immediately.
  • Mention your registration ID, name, roll number, and name and year of the exam in all communication with UPSC.
  • Carry the e-admit card for each round of the exam and it should be preserved till the declaration of result.
  • Candidates should enter the examination hall 20 minutes before the scheduled time.
  • No candidates will be permitted to enter the examination hall if they report 10 minutes after the scheduled time of the examination.
  • Candidates should sit in the examination center allotted to them. If they appear for the test in another center, their answer scripts will not be evaluated.
  • Read the 'Rules for the Examination' published in the Employment News and on the UPSC website carefully and follow it strictly.
  • The aspirants’ candidature to UPSE CAPF is provisional.
  • Mobile Phones, Calculators or any electronic gadgets are not allowed inside the examination halls.
  • Bring black ball point pen for Paper-1 and Paper 2 to the Examination Hall.
  • Answers marked by other pens would not be evaluated.
  • No valuables and costly items are allowed inside the examination hall.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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