CAPF Exam pattern 2019
Updated on Sep 6, 2018 - 5:57 p.m. IST by Supriya Kumari

CAPF Exam Pattern 2019 - The exam pattern of CAPF has been prescribed by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). CAPF exam pattern 2019 provides details like marking scheme, the total number of questions, time duration and the number of sections. CAPF 2019 exam pattern has 3 stages – stage 1 written exam, stage 2 Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests and stage 3 Interview/ Personality test.


Stage 1 written exam comprises of 2 papers - paper 1 is General ability and intelligence and paper 2 General studies, essay and comprehension. CAPF exam pattern 2019 will also help candidates making a strategy for preparation. Candidates should acquaint themselves with CAPF exam pattern to prepare well and qualify the exam with good scores. Read below for detailed exam pattern of CAPF 2019.


CAPF Exam Pattern 2019 - Highlights

Stages of Exam

Written, PST/PET and Medical examination and Interview/ Personality test

Mode of exam

Pen and paper based

Type of questions

Objective type questions

Total marks of written exam


Negative marking


Language of paper

English & Hindi


CAPF Exam Pattern 2019 – Written exam 

The written exam of CAPF comprises of 2 paper - paper 1 General Ability and Intelligence and paper 2 General Studies, Essay and Comprehension.


CAPF Exam Pattern 2019 – Paper 1

The paper 1 of CAPF is General Ability and Intelligence test to check the candidates' awareness on the topics like current events of National and International Importance, History of India, Economy Indian Polity, World Geography etc. It has objective type questions carrying 250 marks. Candidates can answer the questions either in English or Hindi. The time allotted to answer the questions is 120 minutes. The paper 1 exam is held in the morning shift from 10 a.m. to 12.00 noon. There is negative marking in this section. For each incorrect answer, 1/3 mark is deducted from total marks.


CAPF Exam Pattern 2019 – Paper 2

The paper 2 General Studies, Essay and Comprehension of CAPF exam is subjective in nature. Candidates have to answer the questions like essay writing, report writing, comprehension and passage etc. it carries 250 marks conducted for 3 hours. The paper 2 is generally held in the afternoon between 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. there is no negative mark for this section.


Structure of Written Exam


Total Marks


Paper I : General Ability and Intelligence


2 hours

Paper II : General Studies, Essay and Comprehension


3 hours

CAPF Exam Patten 2019 - Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests


In the second stage of the selection process, candidates who declared qualified in written exam are eligible to appear for Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests. Physical standards test includes 100, 800 meters race, long jump and shot put. Candidates qualifying PST will be eligible to appear for Medical Standards Tests.

Nodal Authority appointed by the Ministry of Home Affairs conducts the Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests. Candidates who are declared qualified by the Nodal Authority will be eligible to appear for Interview.

If a candidate has any appeals regarding medical examination, he/she can appeal against it within a period of 15 days before the declaration of the result.


Structure of Physical Standards Test





Duration/ Chances


100 Meters race

16 seconds

18 seconds

800 Meters race

3 minutes 45 seconds

4 minutes 45 seconds

Long Jump

3.5 Meters (3 chances)

3.0 meters (3 chances)

Shot Put (7.26 Kgs.)

4.5 Meters


CAPF Exam Pattern 2019 - Interview/Personality Test

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Interview/Personality Test for candidates who are medically fit. As per CAPF exam pattern CAPF interview carries 150 marks.


CAPF Syllabus 2019

Candidates can check the syllabus of CAPF 2019 below.

CAPF Syllabus of General Ability and Intelligence



General Mental Ability

Logical reasoning

Quantitative aptitude

General Science

Information Technology


Environmental Science

Current Events of National and International Importance

Current events of national and international importance in the broad areas of culture







Developmental issues, industry, business, globalisation, and interplay among nations

Indian Polity and Economy

Country’s political system

Constitution of India

Social systems and public administration

Economic development in India regiona

International security issues

Human rights

History of India

Social, economic and political aspects of History of India

Growth of nationalism

Freedom movement

Indian and World Geography

Physical, social and economic aspects of geography pertaining to India and the world

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