UPSC: CAPF (AC) Exam – Scheme & Syllabus

The Central Armed Police Forces come under the Ministry of Home Affairs. Though it may seem that the CAPF is a branch of the Indian Army, it is not. The CAPF is headed by the Indian Police Services or IPS. Therefore, this exam is conducted by the UPSC. There are 5 branches of the CAPF viz. BSF (Border Security Force), CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force), CISF (Central Industrial Security Force), ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police) and SSB (Sashastra Seema Bal). Getting recruited as an Assistant Commandant in the CAPF gives you an opportunity to serve the nation and protect its borders.

Syllabi of the Written Papers: –

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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, globalisation, and interplay among nations.

  1. 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.

  1. History of India:

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

  1. Indian and World Geography:

The questions shall cover the physical, social and economic aspects of geography pertaining to India

and the World.

Paper II: General Studies, Essay and Comprehension

Part-A –

Essay questions which are to be answered in long narrative form either in Hindi or English

totalling 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.

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