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UPSC CAPF 2018 Exam Pattern

Last Updated - June 17, 2017

UPSC CAPF 2018 will be conducted in the month of June-July 2018. 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.

  • The exam will be conducted in offline mode only.
  • UPSC CAPF 2018 comprises 2 papers.
  • It is a written examination, in which paper 1 is of multiple choice questions on general ability and intelligence and paper 2 is descriptive nature.
  • First paper, i.e. Paper 1 comprises 125 questions to be completed within 2 hours.
  • Paper 2 shall be descriptive in nature to be completed within 3 hours’ time.
  • All candidates who clear both the papers of UPSC CAPF 2018 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 2018 Exam Dates

UPSC CAPF 2018 is expected to be conducted in the month of June or July for the year 2018. 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 2018:  

EventTentative Date
Official notificationsMarch 2018
Filling up of application formsApril 2018
Last date to fill applicationMay 2018
Issue of Admit cardJune 2018
UPSC CAPF 2018June-July 2018
Result declarationSeptember 2018
Personal interviewNovember 2018

UPSC CAPF 2018 Exam Pattern Highlights

Name of the examUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC) Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF)
Abbreviated asUPSC CAPF
Conducted byUnion Public Service Commission
Number of timesOnce in a year
SelectionThree Rounds
First RoundWritten (Paper 1 and Paper 2)
Second RoundPhysical ability test
Third RoundPersonal Interview
Exam ModeWritten
Number of Papers in Written Test2
Paper 1General Ability and Intelligence
Paper 2General Studies, English Language & Comprehension and Essay

UPSC CAPF 2018 Exam pattern in detail

Conducted once in a year, usually in the months of June-July, 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, English Language and Comprehension and Essay.

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.

UPSC CAPF exam number of rounds3
Medium of examEnglish or Hindi
Round 1Written Test
Number of Papers in Written Test2, Paper 1, Paper 2
Paper 1Multiple Choice Questions
Total questions125
Total Marks250
Duration2 hours
Paper 2Descriptive
Total Marks200
Total Questions7
Duration3 hours
Round 2Physical Endurance and Medical Test
Round 3Interview and Personality Test
Total Marks in Interview150

UPSC CAPF 2018 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 7 questions, the total marks of which is 200. No negative marking is applicable.
  • The third round, which is the interview round, carries 150 marks.

The table below shows the distribution of marks in both the papers of UPSC CAPF 2018:

Paper 1Multiple Choice Questions
Total questions125
Total Marks250
Duration2 hours
Paper 2General Studies, English Language and Comprehension and Essay
Total Marks200
Total Questions7
Duration3 hours
Total Marks in Interview150
Total Marks in UPSC CAPF250+200+150=600

UPSC CAPF 2018 Exam syllabus

PapersSubjectSyllabus
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.

Book NameAuthor/Publisher
 CPF Assistant Commandants (AC) Examination Ramesh Publishing House
 CPF Assistant Commandant AC Exam Arihant Books
 UPSC CPF Assistant Commandant Exam Practice Workbook Kiran Prakashan
 UPSC CPF AC Examination Lucent Publication
 Sachchidananda Books UPSC Portal

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.

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