UPSC CAPF Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2021

UPSC CAPF Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2021: Check Subject Wise CAPF AC Syllabus & Paper pattern!

UPSC CAPF Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2021: UPSC CAPF AC Syllabus 2021:  The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the official notification for 159 posts of Assistant Commandant (AC) on its official website on 15th April 2021. The UPSC CAPF AC syllabus is divided into 2 variants which are paper 1 and Paper 2. Objective-type questions are asked with multiple choices in CAPF Paper 1 exam on General Ability and Intelligence. Whereas the entire syllabus of Paper 2 is a descriptive test. Go through the article to know more about the UPSC CAPF Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2021.

UPSC CAPF Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2021: Overview

Here are the key points of the UPSC CAPF Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2021:
Examination Name UPSC CAPF AC Exam 2021
Organisation Name Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Selection Three rounds
First Round
  • Paper-I based on General Ability and Intelligence (Objective)
  • Paper-II based on General Studies, Essay and Comprehension (descriptive)
Negative Marking Only for Paper-I of first-round; (0.33) marks deducts for each wrong answer
Second round Physical Ability Test
Third round Interview/Personality Test
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UPSC CAPF Selection Process 2020-21

  • Written Examination
  • Physical test
  • Interview

UPSC CAPF Exam Pattern

Paper Name Time Duration Marks
Paper- I  General and Mental Ability 2 hours 250 marks
Paper-II  General Studies, Essay, and Comprehension 3 Hours 200 marks
Total 450 marks
  • Paper I & II will be in bilingual language-Hindi & English, excluding English paper
  • Paper I is of 2 hours duration and Paper II is of 3 Hours duration
  • Paper- I will consist of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) with negative marking of 1/3rd marks for each wrong answer
  • Paper-II is of descriptive format
  • Paper-I is a qualifying stage; Paper-II will only be checked of those candidates who clear the Paper I
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UPSC CAPF Syllabus 2021

Let’s now have a look at the detailed Syllabus of Paper-1 and Paper-2 of the UPSC CAPF 2021 Exam:

UPSC CAPF Syllabus Paper 1: General Ability & Intelligence

General Mental Ability

  • Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Numerical ability
  • Data Interpretation
  • This section tests the quantitative aptitude, logical reasoning, numerical ability and data interpretation of aspirants

General Science

  • General Awareness
  • Scientific Temper
  • Comprehension & Appreciation of Scientific Phenomena
  • Information Technology
  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental Science

Current Affairs

Questions will be from Current Events of national and international importance in areas of:
  • Culture
  • Music
  • Arts
  • Literature
  • Sports
  • Governance
  • Societal and Developmental Issues
  • Industry
  • Business
  • Globalisation

Indian Polity

Questions will be asked from:
  • Indian political system
  • Constitution of India
  • Social systems and public administration
  • Economic development in India
  • Regional and international security issues
  • 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.
  • Indian History, Culture and Civilisation
  • Freedom Movement in India
  • Indian Constitution and Administration
  • Elementary knowledge of Five Year Plans of India
  • Panchayati Raj
  • Co-operatives and Community Development
  • Forces shaping Modern India
  • Renaissance
  • Exploration and Discovery

Indian & World Geography

  • Earth
  • Latitudes and Longitudes
  • Concept of time
  • International Date Line
  • Movements of Earth and their effects
  • Origin of Earth
  • Rocks and their classification
  • Weathering
  • Earthquakes and Volcanoes
  • Ocean Currents and Tides
  • The atmosphere and its composition
  • Temperature and Atmospheric Pressure
  • Planetary Winds
  • Cyclones and Anti-cyclones
  • Humidity
  • Condensation and Precipitation
  • Types of Climate
  • Major Natural Regions of the World
  • Regional Geography of India
  • Mineral and Power resources
  • Imports and Exports of India
  • World Geography

UPSC CAPF Syllabus Paper 2: General Studies, Essay, and Comprehension

Part A (80 Marks): Essay

The topics of essay questions could be on:
  • Modern Indian History
  • Freedom Struggle
  • Geography
  • Polity
  • Economy
  • Security
  • Human Rights
  • Analytical Ability

Part B (120 Marks)

  • Comprehensions
  • Précis writing
  • Communications/language skills
  • Developing counter arguments
  • Simple grammar
  • Other aspects

Exam Pattern for Stage-II

After qualifying Stage-I, candidates will be called for physical efficiency and medical standard tests. The test includes race, jump, and shot put. The candidates can refer to the table given below to know about it.
Event Males Females
100 Meters race 16 Seconds 18 seconds
800 Meters race 3 minutes 45 seconds 4 minutes 45 seconds
Long Jump(only 3 chances) 3.5 Meters 3.0 meters
Shot Put (7.26 Kgs) 4.5 Meters

Physical Standard Test (PST)

Candidates who pass the written exam will be invited to take the Physical Efficiency Test (PET) or the Physical and Medical Standards Test. The UPSC CAPF PET entails the following:
Sex  Height specifications  Chest girth (Fully expanded) Expansion Weight Specifications 
Male 165 cms. 81 cms. 5 cms. 50 kg
Female 157 cms. Not Applicable Not Applicable 46 kg

Physical Efficiency Test (PET)

Physical Efficiency Test Male candidates  Female Candidates 
100 Metre race 16 Seconds 18 Seconds
800 Metre race 3 minutes 45 second 4 minutes 45 second
Long Jump 3.5 Meters 3 chances) 3.0 Meters 3 chances)
Shot Put (7.26 Kgs.) 4.5 Meters

Medical Standard Requirements

After the Physical Efficiency round, comes the medical test which is required for the candidates to clear. The details for Medical Test are given below in detail:
UPSC CAPF Medical Standard Specifications  Specification for Better eye (corrected vision) Specification for Worse eye (corrected vision)
Specification for Near Vision N6 (corrected) N9 (corrected)
Specification for Distant vision 6/6 OR 6/9 6/12 OR 6/9

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    Q. How many parts are there in Paper II of CAPF syllabus?
    Ans: The CAPF Syllabus Paper II is divided into two parts. Part A carrying 80 marks requires the candidate to write 4 essays either in English or Hindi, while Part B that carry 120 marks tests candidates on language skills, Comprehension and précis writing.
    Q. When will the CAPF (AC) 2021 exam be conducted?
    Ans: As per the new UPSC exam calendar 2021, the CAPF (AC) will be conducted on August 8. The CAPF(AC) notification was released on April 15 for 159 vacancies.
    How do you calculate CAPF marks?
    How to Calculate CAPF AC Written Exam marks?
    1. Paper-I will have a weightage of 250 marks with 200 objective type questions based on the General Ability & Intelligence Subject.
    2. Paper-II will have a weightage of 200 marks in which 6 descriptive questions will be asked on General Studies, Essay, and Comprehension.
    Q. What is the syllabus of CAPF?
    Ans: CAPF AC 2021 Syllabus of Paper-II Essay Writing, Comprehension, Precis Writing, Counter Argument, Communications, Report Writing, Language Skills, Grammar, Vocabulary, etc.