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UPSC CAPF (AC) Exam Pattern & Syllabus 2024

Selection Procedure/Scheme and Syllabus of the Examination

Selection Procedure/ Scheme: -
The Selection Procedure/ Scheme of the Examination will be as follows:

Written Examination:



No of Marks




General Ability and Intelligence



2 hours

10 a.m. to 12.00 Noon


General Studies, Essay and Comprehension


3 hours

2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

NOTE-I: Candidates should ensure that in Paper II they write the answers only in the medium allowed by the Commission for the different Components as mentioned above. No credit will be given for answers written in a medium other than the one allowed in the Paper. Candidates will be required to indicate the medium of Essay Component in the Attendance Lists and on the Answer Book. No credit will be given for the Essay Component if the candidate indicates a medium on the Attendance List and on the Answer Book other than the one in which he/she has written the Essay.

NOTE-II: There will be minimum qualifying marks separately in each Paper as may be fixed by the Commission in their discretion. Paper-I will be evaluated first and evaluation of Paper-II will be done only of those candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in Paper-I.

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(ii) Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests:
Candidates who are declared qualified in the written examination will be summoned for Physical, Standards/ Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests. Those candidates who meet the prescribed Physical Standards as specified in Appendix-VI, will be put through the Physical Efficiency Tests as indicated below:

Physical Efficiency Tests (PET)




100 Meters race

16 seconds

18 seconds

800 Meters race

3 minutes 45 seconds

4 minutes 45 seconds

Long Jup

3.5 Meters (3 chances)

3.0 meters (3 chances)

Shot Put (7.26 Kgs.)

4.5 Meters (3 chances)

On reporting of female candidates for PST (Physical Standard Test)/ PET (Physical Efficiency Test), a self declaration indicating about her pregnancy status shall be submitted. In case, if she declares that she is not pregnant then she may be allowed to participate in the PST/PET. In case of false declaration, all the risk for undergoing PST/PET will be of her own. If the female candidate declares that she is pregnant before PST/PET, then a confirmatory pregnancy test to be done and in case she is found to be pregnant, irrespective of duration of pregnancy, she may be declared temporarily unfit and her appointment shall be held in abeyance until the confinement is over. The vacancy against which a woman candidate was selected should be kept reserved for her. She will be re-examined for PST/PET six weeks after the date of confinement was over, subject to the production of the medical certificate of fitness from a registered medical practitioner. If she is found fit in PST/PET & DME, she may be appointed to the post kept reserved for and allow the benefit of seniority in accordance with the instructions of the Government, as amended from time to time. In case female candidates are found negative for pregnancy, she may be allowed to participate in the PST/PET. 
Medical Standards Tests, to check the standards specified in Appendix-V, will be conducted only in respect of candidates who are declared qualified in the Physical Efficiency Test. The Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests will be conducted under the supervision of a Nodal Authority to be appointed by the Ministry of Home Affairs. These tests will be conducted at various centres to be notified after the results of the written examination.
Appeals will be entertained only against the Medical Standards Tests and will have to be made to the Appellate Authority designated by the Ministry of Home Affairs within 24 Hours after declaration of the results DME.

(iii) Interview/Personality Test: Candidates who are declared qualified in the Medical
Standards Tests, will be called for Interview/Personality Test to be conducted by Union Public Service Commission. Candidates who are declared medically unfit but allowed to appear before the “Review Medical Board” on their appeal by the Appellate Authority will be called for Interview/Personality Tests provisionally. The Interview/Personality Test will carry 150 Marks. Candidates who are short-listed for Interview/Personality Test, including those shortlisted for Interview/Personality Test provisionally will be issued a Detailed Application Form (DAF) in which among other things, they will be required to indicate their preference of Forces.
(iv) Final Selection / Merit: The merit list will be drawn on the basis of marks obtained by the candidates in the Written Examination and Interview/Personality Test.

(B) Syllabus 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.
  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, globalisation, 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 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 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.

Published date : 25 Apr 2024 11:32AM

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