UPSC CAPF Exam Pattern 2020 | A to Z Details

upsc capf exam Pattern
upsc capf exam Pattern

Hello aspirants. Today we are back with UPSC CAPF Exam Pattern 2020 where we will discuss each and everything related to the pattern of UPSC CAPF Exam. Many defence aspirants keep on asking about this exam as your dream wearing the uniform can be fulfilled by joining Central Armed Forces as an Officer.

Many aspirants are not aware of this UPSC CAPF exam. Moreover, the job profile, departments, promotional aspects, pay scale, work profile is not known to many aspirants as we do not come across CAPF Assitant Commandant on a daily basis. We come across Defence officers, IAS/IPS Officers, and are aware of their powers and job profile. But this particular exam is untouched by many aspirants due to less awareness.

UPSC CAPF Exam Pattern 2020

UPSC CAPF Exam Pattern is different from other conventional exams like UPSC CDS, AFCAT or even Civil Services Exam. Actually UPSC CAPF Exam Pattern it a combination of UPSC CDS and Civil Services Exam. This exam includes objective type questions, descriptive questions, personality test, physical tests as well as medical tests. So, it becomes very crucial to understand the UPSC CAPF Exam Pattern before starting the preparation.

Difficulty level of the UPSC CAPF AC Exam is above the CDS Exam and far below CSE Exam!

So, understand UPSC CAPF Exam Pattern and prepare a personal strategy based on your strengths and weakness.

What is UPSC CAPF Exam?

Let us see various exams conducted by UPSC for recruitment of Officers in different domains:

Exam Conducted by UPSC Purpose of Exam
NDA Exam Officers in Defence Forces
CDS Exam Officers in Defence Forces
Civil Services Exam Civil Servants (IAS/IPS)
Central Armed Forces (CAPF) Exam Officers (Assitant Commandant) in Paramilitary Forces

After clearing the UPSC CAPF Exam, you can be Assitant Commandant in various Paramilitary Forces of India like:

  • Border Security Forces (BSF)
  • Central Reserve Police Forces (CRPF)
  • Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF)
  • Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)
  • Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)

UPSC CAPF Exam Pattern

UPSC CAPF Exam is conducted in 3 Main stages:

  • Written Examination (Objective + Descriptive)
  • Physical Efficiency Test (PET) and Medical Test
  • Interview/Personality Test

(i) UPSC CAPF Written Exam: The written examination is generally conducted in the month of August which comprises of two papers, i.e. Paper-I and Paper-II.

Paper-I: General Ability and Intelligence – 250 Marks which is an objective type paper (multiple choice) in which the questions will be asked in English as well as Hindi.


Paper-II:  General Studies, Essay and Comprehension – 200 Marks (Descriptive Paper) Precis Writing, Comprehension, and other communications/language skills is available only in English.

(You can write Essay in English or even in Hindi)

UPSC CAPF Paper 1 UPSC CAPF Paper 2
Total questions: 200 (MCQ) Total questions: 6 (Descriptive)
Marks Alloted: 250 Marks Alloted: 200
Time Duration: 2 hours Time Duration: 3 hours

No credit will be given for the Essay Component if there is a contradiction between medium on the Attendance List/Answer Book other than the one in which he/she has written Essay.

UPSC CAPF Written exam Cut Off Ranges from 190-210 Marks for General Candidate (Out of 450 Marks). So, Try to score around 200 Marks to be on a safer side! 

Also Check: UPSC CAPF Syllabus (Chapter Wise Weightage)

UPSC CAPF Physical Efficiency Test (PET) and Medical Test

After clearing the written exam, you have to face  Physical Efficiency Test (PET) and Medical Test.100 Meters race, 800 Meter Race, Long Jump, Shot Put (7.26 Kgs.), etc are some PET Tests. The completion criteria for Men and Women are different. Let’s have a look.

Physical Test For Male Aspirants For Female Aspirants
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 Kg) 4.5 Meters Not for Female Aspirants

UPSC CAPF Personality Test



Candidates who have cleared the Physical Efficiency Test (PET) and Medical Tests, you will be called for Personality Test. It is a 150 Marks test where your personality will be tested. UPSC CAPF interview is conducted at the UPSC office premises in New Delhi. Personal background, Educational Qualification, Important National and International issues and current events need to be studied with detailed analysis and personal views must be developed for scoring well in personality Test.

UPSC CAPF AC Final Merit List

After the Personality Test/Interview, UPSC will declare the final UPSC CAPF Result in the form of Final Merit List. Marks secured in the Written exam (out of 450) and Personal Interview (out of 150) are cumulated to create Final Merit List Out of 600 Marks.

And depending upon your All India Rank, Vacancies and your preferences, various forces will be alloted.


UPSC CAPF Preparation Strategy

UPSC CAPF Written Exam Strategy

We have discussed the UPSC CAPF Exam Pattern in detail. If you still have any doubts related to the pattern of UPSC CAPF AC Exam, let sarkaari service know in the comment section below.

Jai Hind!

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