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UPSC CAPF 2017 Exam Pattern

UPSC CAPF 2017 is a pen and paper based test conducted by UPSC. It will be conducted on July 23, 2017 at variuous centers across India. There are two sessions of this exam scheduled on the same day namely Paper I and Paper II.

Paper I is objective type in nature. Candidates have to solve a total of 125 questions in 2 hours. The total weightage of Paper I is 250 marks. Candidates are asked questions to test their aptitude skills in the first session of UPSC CAPF Exam.

Paper II is the next session in which the candidates are tested on their writing skills. It is a subjective type paper. Candidates have to answer 8 questions in 3 hours. There is a given word limit for each question in Paper II. The total weightage of Paper II of UPSC CAPF 2017 is 200 marks.

UPSC CAPF Exam Pattern

The written examination for CAPF is scheduled on July 23, 2017. UPSC CAPF 2017 comprises two papers i.e. Paper I and Paper II.

Paper I is of General Ability and Intelligence. The paper is objective based carrying multiple choice questions. The UPSC CAPF Question Paper of Paper I is bilingual i.e. is made available in both English and Hindi languages. Maximum marks of Paper I are 250 marks and it is conducted from 10 am to 12 noon.

Paper II has subjective questions based on General Studies, Essay and Comprehension. In paper II, candidates have the option of writing the Essay in English or Hindi language, but the medium of Précis Writing, Comprehension and other language skills is only English. Maximum marks of Paper II are 200 marks. Candidates have to answer 8 questions in 3 hours.

Marking Scheme for Paper I

Paper I of UPSC AC is MCQ based paper that consists of objective type questions. There is also the provision of Negative Marking for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the objective type question paper. A candidate must keep in mind the following points related to the Marking Scheme of Paper I of UPSC CAPF:

  • There are four options to every question
  • For each wrong answer, given by the candidate, one-third (0.33) of the marks are deducted as penalty
  • If a candidate gives more than one answer, it is treated as a wrong answer, even if one of the given two answers happen to be correct. There Negative marking is applied to such an answer
  • If a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given by the candidate then there is no negative marking for that question

CAPF Pattern of Medical Standards Test

The candidates who qualify the UPSC CAPF Written Examination are summoned for UPSC CAPF Physical standards/ physical efficiency tests and medical standards tests. UPSC CAPF Medical Standards Test is conducted to check the medical standards specified by UPSC for the position of a CAPF.

The Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standard Tests are conducted under the supervision of a Nodal Authority that is appointed by the Ministry of Home Affairs. A candidate is put through the CAPF Physical Efficiency Tests as indicated below:

EventTime (Male)Time (Female)
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:  All the female candidates must note that pregnancy at the time of CAPF Physical Efficiency Test Results in disqualification and a pregnant female candidate is rejected.

CAPF Syllabus

The syllabus for CAPF exam is the main key to crack the UPSC CAPF exam. The candidates must prepare according to the CAPF Syllabus for both Paper I and Paper II. The candidates are evaluated for the written examination and then shortlisted for the physical standard test and PET. The detailed CAPF Syllabus for the written exam is tabulated below:

Paper I

In Paper I of UPSC CAPF Written Test, questions are asked related to General ability and intelligence. The detailed CAPF Syllabus for the Paper I of the written exam is tabulated below:

General Mental AbilityThe questions are designed to test the logical reasoning, quantitative aptitude including numerical ability, and data interpretation.
General ScienceThe questions are set to test general awareness, scientific temper, comprehension and appreciation of scientific phenomena of everyday observation including new areas of importance like Information Technology, Biotechnology, Environmental Science
Current Events of National and International ImportanceThe questions test the candidates’ awareness of current events of national and international importance in the broad areas of culture, music, arts, literature, sports, governance, societal and developmental issues, industry, business, globalization, and interplay among nations.
Indian Polity and EconomyThe questions aim to test candidates’ knowledge of the Country’s political system and the Constitution of India, social systems and public administration, economic development in India, regional and international security issues and human rights including its indicators.
History of IndiaThe questions broadly cover the subject in its social, economic and political aspects. This also includes the areas of growth of nationalism and freedom movement.
Indian and World GeographyThe questions cover the physical, social and economic aspects of geography pertaining to India and the World.

    Paper II

    In Paper II of UPSC CAPF Written test, questions are based on General Studies, Essay and Comprehension. The table below mentions the detailed CAPF Syllabus for Paper II:

    Part AEssay questions which are to be answered in long narrative form either in Hindi or English. The indicative topics are modern Indian history especially of the freedom struggle, geography, polity and economy, knowledge of security and human rights issues, and analytical ability.80
    Part BComprehension, précis writing, other communication/ language skills, to be attempted in English only. The topics are Comprehension passages, précis writing, developing counter arguments, simple grammar and other aspects of language testing.120

    Instructions for Conventional Type Test

    Following set of instructions must be followed by a candidate for Conventional Type Test:

    • A candidate must write the answers in his/her own handwriting by ink pen.
    • The candidate must write his/her UPSC CAPF Roll Number, and not his/her name, only in the provided space provided on every answer book used by him/her
    • A candidate must check the answer sheet before writing answers in it. In case there are any missing pages, the candidate is advised to get it changed by the invigilator
    • No candidate is allowed to tear out any pages from the UPSC CAPF Answer Book.
    • If any candidate uses more than one answer sheet then the total number of sheets used by him/her must be indicated on the cover of first UPSC CAPF Answer Book
    • A candidate is advised not to leave any blank, unused spaces between answers
    • Answers in excess of prescribed number are ignored
    • The candidate must attempt questions strictly in accordance with the directions given in each question paper. If questions are attempted in excess of the prescribed number then, only the questions attempted first up to the prescribed number are valued and the remaining answers are ignored
    • Questions relating to précis are to be attempted only on précis sheets to be supplied on demand by the invigilators.
    • Précis sheet, whether used or not, are to be placed inside the answer books and fastened along with the additional answer book

    Answer Sheet of UPSC CAPF Exam

    • Any kind of omission, mistake or discrepancy while filling the OMR answer sheet, especially in UPSC CAPF Roll Number and Test Booklet Series Code, renders to the rejection of UPSC CAPF Answer Sheet
    • One must not write his/her name or anything other than the specific items of information asked for, on the Answer Sheet or anywhere else
    • Answer sheet must not be folded or mutilated
    • Answer Sheets are evaluated on computerized machines, so, candidates must handle the answer sheet with great care
    • A candidate must only black ball pen to darken the circles and to fill other information on OMR sheet
    • For objective type questions, one do not need to write essay type answers but have to mark one option out of the given four
    • If a candidate selects more than one response, then that response is considered wrong

    How to fill UPSC CAPF Answer Sheet

    It is very important for a candidate to remember following instructions while filling up the UPSC CAPF Answer Sheet:

    • Check that it is numbered at the bottom. If there is no number on the sheet then get it replaced by a new one.
    • Write the name of your center and subject in Hihndi or English with black ball pen
    • Write the test Booklet Series that is indicated by alphabets A, B, C or D at the top right hand corner of the Booklet
    • One must write UPSC CAPF Roll Number similar to the one in admit card for UPSC CAPF.


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