The Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) exam is conducted by Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) every year. Do you know the CAPF assistant commandant syllabus? Have no idea about it? Want to solve CAPF Assistant Commandant previous year papers? Do you want to know what is CAPF assistant commandant salary and facilities? Then you are in the right place.  Read the article till the end to know it all.

CAPF Exam Pattern

The CAPF exam is taken in three stages.

  1. Written examination,
  2. Physical standards/ physical efficiency tests and medical standards tests (PET),
  3. Interview/ personality test.

For the written examination, there are two papers.

  • Paper-I: General ability and intelligence
  • Paper-II: General studies, essay, and comprehension

In Paper-I for every wrong ⅓ of the marks will be reduced. If the question is not attempted no marks will be deduced.

For Paper-II there is no negative marking. Only candidates who qualify in the written exam will be advanced in the further stage that is PET.

The scheme for the written examination is:

Paper Exam Type Questions Marks Duration
Paper-1: General Ability and Intelligence Multiple Choice Questions 200 250 2 Hours
Paper-II: General Studies, Essay and Comprehension Descriptive 6 200 3 Hours

CAPF Exam Pattern for PET

The exam pattern for Physical Efficiency Tests (PET) is:

Physical  Efficiency Tests (PET) Male Female
100 Meters race In 16 seconds In 18 seconds  
800 Meters race  In 3 minutes 45 seconds In 4 minutes 45 seconds
Long Jump 3.5 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 candidates will be rejected.

After the candidate is passed in PET and Medical test, he or she will be advanced for the Interview/Personality Test which has a weightage of 150 marks.

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UPSC CAPF Assistant Commandant Syllabus

The syllabus for UPSC CAPF can be divided into two parts as per the two Papers.

The syllabus for Paper one is:

Paper I: General Ability and Intelligence

The objective type questions with multiple choices in this paper will broadly cover the following areas:

1. General Mental Ability

The questions will be designed to test the logical reasoning, quantitative aptitude including numerical ability, and data interpretation.

2. General Science

The questions will be 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.

3. Current Events of National and International Importance

The questions will 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.

4. Indian Polity and Economy

The questions shall 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.

5. History of India

The questions will broadly cover the subject in its social, economic, and political aspects. This shall also include the areas of growth of nationalism and freedom movement.

6. Indian and World Geography

The questions shall cover the physical, social and economic aspects of the geography of India and the World.

Paper II: General Studies, Essay and Comprehension

This paper is divided into two parts.

Part-A – Essay questions which are to be answered in long narrative form either in Hindi or English

totaling 80 Marks. 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.

Part-B – Comprehension, précis writing, other communications/language skills – to be attempted in

English only (Marks 120) – The topics are Comprehension passages, précis writing, developing counter

arguments, simple grammar, and other aspects of language testing.

CAPF Assistant Commandant Previous Year Papers

Here are some of the previous year papers for the Written Exam.

For the year 2019

For the year 2018

For the year 2017

CAPF Assistant Commandant Salary and Facilities

The salary of an Assistant Commandant is in the range of INR 56,100 – 1,77,500 and will increase as per promotion in Rank.

Apart from this, there are many benefits such as Traveling allowance (TA), Housing Rent Allowance (HRA), Medical Allowance etc.

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UPSC CAPF 2020 is set to be on 20 December. CAPF exam takes place in two stages.

For Physical Efficiency tests (PET) pregnancy will be a disqualification and pregnant female candidates will be rejected.

Now that you know all about the CAPF exam, how are you planning your preparations? Let us know in the comment section below.


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