UPSC CAPF Syllabus 2023 and Exam Pattern for AC (Assistant Commandant)

UPSC CAPF Syllabus 2023: Union Public Service Commission has announced that CAPF AC 2023 exam will be conducted on 06th August 2023 for Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP),  and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). UPSC CAPF exam pattern is mainly divided into stages like written test, medical test, and PET. The Written Test consists of two papers. The final selection will be done based on candidates’ performance in all the stages. The candidates who have been waiting for this recruitment can buckle themselves and begin their preparation with the updated UPSC CAPF exam pattern and syllabus.

UPSC CAPF Syllabus 2023

Some of the basic information related to the exam pattern of the UPSC CSPF exam is tabulated below. The candidate has to go through the following stages to get selected for Assistant Commandant vacancies:

  1. Written Examination
  2. Physical Test
  3. Interview
UPSC CAPF Syllabus 2023
ExaminationCentral Armed Police Force Assistant Commandant Exam (UPSC CAPF AC Exam)
OrganisationUnion Public Service Commission
SelectionThree rounds
First Round
  1. Paper-I based on General Ability and Intelligence (Objective)
  2. Paper-II based on General Studies, Essay and Comprehension (descriptive)
Negative MarkingOnly for Paper-I of first-round; (0.33) marks deducts for each wrong answer
Second roundPhysical Ability Test
Third roundInterview/Personality Test

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UPSC CAPF Exam Pattern 2023

The UPSC CAPF 2023 written exam is the first stage for the selection of candidates for the next round. The exam is conducted to shortlist candidates for the Physical & Medical Standards Test. The exam is held based on the exam pattern which is notified by the UPSC in the official notification.

  1. Paper I & II will be in bilingual language-Hindi & English, excluding English paper
  2. Paper I is of 2 hours duration and Paper II is of 3 Hours duration
  3. Paper- I will consist of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) with a negative marking of 1/3rd marks for each wrong answer
  4. Paper-II is in descriptive format
  5. Paper-I is a qualifying stage; Paper-II will only be checked for those candidates who clear the Paper I
UPSC CAPF Exam Pattern 2023
Paper NameTime DurationMarks
Paper- I General and Mental Ability2 hours250 marks
Paper-II General Studies, Essay and Comprehension3 Hours200 marks
Total450 marks
UPSC CAPF Exam Pattern 2023
Name of Paper
  1. General Ability
  2. Intelligence
  1. General Studies
  2. Essay
  3. Comprehensive
Total Marks250200
Duration of exam2 hours3 hours
Number of Questions1257
Marks for each correct answer250
Negative Marking1/3
Type of PaperObjectiveDescriptive format

UPSC CAPF Syllabus 2023 for Paper 1

UPSC CAPF exam has two papers. The UPSC CAPF Paper-I include General Ability & Intelligence, and Paper-II includes General Studies, Essay & Comprehension. Where total marks for both papers are maximum of 550. In this section, questions will be asked on the below-mentioned topics. Let’s now have a look at the detailed Syllabus of Paper-1 and Paper-2 of the UPSC CAPF 2023 Exam:

Paper 1: General Ability & Intelligence

UPSC CAPF Paper 1 consists of questions from General Mental Ability, General Science, Current Affairs, Indian Polity, Indian History, India & World Geography. Check section-wise UPSC CAPF Syllabus 2023 from here and prepare accordingly for the examination.

General Mental Ability

The UPSC CAPF Paper-I will have a written test that covered the following important General Ability topics and subjects that include General Mental Ability.

  1. Logical Reasoning
  2. Quantitative Aptitude
  3. Numerical ability
  4. Data Interpretation

General Science

  1. General Awareness
  2. Scientific Temper
  3. Comprehension & Appreciation of Scientific Phenomena
  4. Information Technology
  5. Biotechnology
  6. Environmental Science

Current Affairs

Questions will be from Current Affairs of national and international importance in areas of:

  1. Culture
  2. Music
  3. Arts
  4. Literature
  5. Sports
  6. Governance
  7. Societal and Developmental Issues
  8. Industry
  9. Business
  10. Globalisation

Indian Polity

Questions will be asked from:

  1. Indian political system
  2. Constitution of India
  3. Social systems and public administration
  4. Economic development in India
  5. Regional and international security issues
  6. Human rights & its indicators

Indian History

Questions will be asked to test candidates’ knowledge of the growth of nationalism in India and the freedom movement.

  1. Indian History, Culture and Civilisation
  2. Freedom Movement in India
  3. Indian Constitution and Administration
  4. Elementary knowledge of Five Year Plans of India
  5. Panchayati Raj
  6. Co-operatives and Community Development
  7. Forces shaping Modern India
  8. Renaissance
  9. Exploration and Discovery

India & World Geography

  1. Earth
  2. Latitudes and Longitudes
  3. Concept of time
  4. International Date Line
  5. Movements of Earth and their effects
  6. Origin of Earth
  7. Rocks and their classification
  8. Weathering
  9. Earthquakes and Volcanoes
  10. Ocean Currents and Tides
  11. The atmosphere and its composition
  12. Temperature and Atmospheric Pressure
  13. Planetary Winds
  14. Cyclones and Anti-cyclones
  15. Humidity
  16. Condensation and Precipitation
  17. Types of Climate
  18. Major Natural Regions of the World
  19. Regional Geography of India
  20. Mineral and Power resources
  21. Imports and Exports of India
  22. World Geography

UPSC CAPF Syllabus 2023 for Paper II

This paper has General Studies, Essay, and Comprehensions as descriptive question-answer. In Paper II 2nd part is Essay writing and Comprehension, for Essay writing in this part candidates have two options of writing the Essay component in English or Hindi. But in addition, the other part is Comprehension has to be written in English medium only. The question will have asked related to English language and Grammar skills.

Part A (80 Marks): Essay

The topics of essay questions could be on:

  1. Modern Indian History
  2. Freedom Struggle
  3. Geography
  4. Polity
  5. Economy
  6. Security
  7. Human Rights
  8. Analytical Ability

Part B (120 Marks)

  1. Comprehensions
  2. Précis writing
  3. Communications/language skills
  4. Developing counter arguments
  5. Simple grammar
  6. Other aspects

UPSC CAPF Physical Efficiency Test (PET)

After clearing the online exam which is conducted in written type, the candidate who clears that exam will be called for the Physical Efficiency Test for further evaluation. The candidates who meet the specified Physical Standard by UPSC CAPF will be evaluated through the Physical Efficiency Tests as given below:

100 Meter Race16 Seconds18 Seconds
800 Meter Race3 Minutes 45 Seconds4 Minutes 45 Seconds
Long Jump3.5 Meters (3 Chances)3.0 Meters (3 Chances)
Shot Put (7.26 Kgs.)4.5 Meters

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