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UPSC CAPF Exam Pattern 2017

CAPF Exam Pattern-  Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) designs and releases CAPF Exam Pattern. The pattern is similar to the previous year exam pattern of CAPF. The exam is held in offline mode. The exam consists of 3 levels which are a Written Exam, Medical Test and Interview/ Personality Test.

The following article will help candidates understand important elements related to exam pattern of CAPF viz. nature of questions, marking scheme, section-wise marks distribution, the total number of questions, etc. Listed below are some quick facts about CAPF Exam Pattern: UPSC CAPF, CAPF Syllabus, CAPF Exam Paper, CAPF Exam Pattern, CAPF Exam Pattern and Syllabus, CAPF Exam Pattern 2017

  • CAPF is conducted annually by UPSC. This year, the exam is scheduled for July 23, 2017.
  • There are two sessions of this exam scheduled on the same day namely Paper 1 and Paper 2.
  • Paper 1 is objective type in nature while Paper 2 is subjective type.
  • Both the papers are bilingual in nature i.e. they are made available in both Hindi and English Language.
  • Negative marking is also applicable in CAPF Paper 1.
  • The duration of Paper 1 is 2 hours while 3 hours is allotted to complete Paper 2.
  • Paper 1 consists of 125 objective type questions. Paper 2 carries 8 subjective type questions.

CAPF Exam Pattern Highlights

CAPF Exam Pattern acts as a blueprint of the scheme of written examination. It helps an aspirant with the overall exam structure viz. number of sections, section wise weightage, marking scheme, duration of exam etc. The following infographic will acquaint one with the general structure of CAPF Exam-

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CAPF Exam Pattern for Assistant Commandant

UPSC has framed the exam pattern for CAPF in an organized form. The papers are conducted in offline mode i.e. it is a written exam. Given below is the CAPF Exam Pattern for Paper 1-

  • Mode of Examination- Paper 1 is an offline mode test and is based on General Ability and Intelligence.
  • Nature of Examination- CAPF is objective based carrying multiple choice questions and qualifying in nature. Each question will carry 4 options, out of which, only 1 would be correct.
  • Number of Questions- The total number of questions are 125.
  • Marking Scheme- Each question carries 2 marks. The total marks of paper 1 is 250 marks. For each wrong marked answer, 1/3 of the mark will be deducted as penalty. No mark would be deducted on left over questions.
  • Duration of paper 1 is 2 hours.
  • Medium of Examination- The questions are asked in both Hindi and English language.
  • Exam Slot- CAPF Paper 1 is conducted from 10 am to 12 noon.

CAPF Exam Pattern for Paper 2 is given below-

  • Mode of Examination- Paper 2 is subjective based on General Studies, Essay and Comprehension.
  • Medium of Examination- In CAPF Paper 2, candidates have the option of writing Essay in English or Hindi language, but the medium of Précis Writing, Comprehension and other language skills is only English.
  • Duration & Number of Questions- There is a total of 8 questions which have to be answered in a duration of 3 hours.
  • Marking Scheme- Maximum marks of Paper 2 are 200 marks.

CAPF Pattern of Medical Standards Test

Candidates who qualify the UPSC CAPF Written Examination are summoned for UPSC CAPF Physical standards/ physical efficiency tests and medical standards tests. 

  • Medical Standards Test is conducted to check the medical standards specified by UPSC for the position of an Assistant Commandant.
  • 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 will be rejected.

UPSC CAPF Interview

Candidates who are shortlisted from the written exam round and medical test, are then eligible to appear for Interview Round. Listed below are the highlights of the interview round:

  • The UPSC will declare a qualified list of candidates on UPSC Official Website i.e. This list is prepared on the basis of a candidate’s performance in the written examination.
  • Candidates who are shortlisted are required to appear before a Services Selection Board (SSB) for Intelligence and Personality Test.

Since the examination is about armed forces of the country, questions related to it are inevitable. Popular interview questions include candidates being asked:

  • To differentiate between paramilitary, military and CAPF
  • To mention problems of CAPF and ways to tackle them     
  • To specify hierarchy of all forces
  • To rank CRPF, CISF, BSF, ITBP and SSB according to preference

Such questions are put to check the willingness of a candidate towards CAPF.

Read Here How to Prepare for CAPF Interview?

UPSC CAPF Syllabus

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 given below:


In Paper 1 of UPSC CAPF Written Test, questions are asked related to General ability and intelligence. The detailed CAPF Syllabus for the Paper 1 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.


In Paper 2 of UPSC CAPF Written test, questions are based on General Studies, Essay and Comprehension. The table below mentions the detailed CAPF Syllabus for Paper 2:

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

UPSC CAPF Exam Answer Sheet

  • Any kind of omission, mistake or discrepancy while filling the OMR answer sheet, especially in Roll Number and Test Booklet Series Code, renders to the rejection of UPSC CAPF Answer Sheet
  • One must not write their 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 does 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 Hindi 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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