UPSC CAPF Exam Pattern 2020 - UPSC releases the exam pattern of CAPF 2020 along with its notification. The UPSC CAPF 2020 exam pattern is prescribed by the Union Public Service Commission for the Central Armed Police Forces exam 2020. The UPSC CAPF exam pattern 2020 provides all the important details like marking scheme, the total number of questions, time duration, number of sections and negative marking. Candidates planning to appear in the UPSC CAPF 2020 exam, must check the exam pattern before filling the application form. The exam pattern of UPSC CAPF 2020 contains 2 papers. Paper 1 will be General ability and intelligence and paper 2 will be General studies, essay and comprehension. Paper 1 will be MCQ-based while paper 2 will be descriptive in nature. Candidates qualifying the stage 1 of the UPSC CAPF 2020 will be eligible to appear for the subsequent stages.

CAPF Exam Pattern 2020

UPSC CAPF Exam Pattern 2020 - Structure of Written Exam

According to the UPSC CAPF 2020 exam pattern, paper 1 will be of 250 marks and paper 2 will be of 200 marks. In this following table, candidates can find all the details related to stage 1 of the UPSC CAPF exam 2020 here.

Stage 1 - Exam Structure


Type of paper

Language of Paper

Total Marks


Paper 1: General Ability and Intelligence


English and Hindi


2 hours

Paper 2: General Studies, Essay and Comprehension


Part A can be in any language, Part B will only be in English


3 hours

UPSC CAPF 2020 Exam Pattern - Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests

According to the exam pattern of UPSC CAPF 2020 exam, the second stage of the selection process consists of Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards TestsPhysical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests. Candidates who qualify the written exam (stage 1) are eligible to appear for stage 2 which includes a 100, 800 meters race, long jump and shot put. Candidates qualifying stage 2 will be eligible to appear for Medical Standards Tests.

Stage 2 is conducted in front of a Nodal Authority which is appointed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Those candidates who qualify stage 2 will be eligible to appear for Interview, which is the final stage of the UPSC CAPF selection process.

If any candidate is not satisfied by the medical examination, they can appeal against it within a period of 15 days before the declaration of result.

Physical Efficiency Test (PET)




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

3.0 meters

3 chances

3 chances

Shot Put (7.26 Kgs.)

4.5 Meters

UPSC CAPF Exam Pattern 2020 - Marking Scheme

In the following points, we have shared the marking scheme of the UPSC CAPF 2020. According to the exam pattern of UPSC CAPF 2020, the allotted marks and negative marking goes as follows.

  • There are 2 papers in UPSC CAPF stage 1.

  • Paper 1 which is MCQ (Multiple Choice Question) based consists of 125 questions of 2 marks each making it 250 marks. There is negative marking 0.33 marks (one-third of the total marks allotted to the question).

  • Paper 2 is descriptive in nature and consists of 200 marks. There will be 6 questions in paper 2.

  • The Interview/Personality Test consists of 150 marks.

UPSC CAPF 2020 Syllabus

After knowing about the UPSC CAPF 2020 exam pattern, it's time to get a detailed insight about the syllabus as well. In the following two tables, we have shared all the topics for both the papers. Candidates are advised to take reference from the table below while preparing for the UPSC CAPF exam.

Sections and topics from General Ability and Intelligence syllabus



General Mental Ability

Logical reasoning

Data interpretation

Quantitative aptitude

Numerical ability

General Science

General awareness


Environmental Science

Scientific temper

Information Technology

Comprehension and appreciation of scientific phenomena of everyday observation

Current Events of National and International Importance

Awareness of current events of national and international importance








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

Indian Polity and Economy

Economic development in India regional

International security issues

Human rights

Constitution of India

Social systems and public administration

Country’s political system

History of India

Social, economic and political aspects of History of India

Freedom movement

Growth of nationalism

Indian and World Geography

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

Sections and topics from General Studies, Essay and Comprehension




Part A

Essay writing of long narrative either in Hindi or English.

Modern Indian history especially related to the freedom struggle, polity and economy, geography, knowledge of security and human rights issues, and analytical ability.

Part B

comprehension, précis writing, other communications/language skills.


Candidates will get to choose the language of writing Essay Component in English or Hindi.

But the medium of Precis Writing, Comprehension Components and other communications/ language skills will have to be written in English only.


UPSC CAPF Question Papers 2020

UPSC releases question papers of CAPF written exam on its website. CAPF question papers are released for both paper 1 and 2. Candidates planning to appear for the UPSC CAPF 2020 exam must go through the question papers in order to get an idea about the questions asked in the exam, paper pattern followed by the experts while preparing the papers and increase their time management skills. CAPF question papers, will give candidates an overall idea about the exam and make them aware about the topics and sections. Candidates can download CAPF paper 1 questions paper from the official website and also from the link mentioned above.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CAPF Exam Pattern 2020

Question: Is CAPF exam tough?


The written exam is not that tough. If you have prepared well you can crack it. But the real problem occurs when you are in the medical round, the medical round is tougher.

Question: Is there any negative marking in CAPF?


Yes there is negative marking in the first stage of the selection process (written exam).

Question: What is the syllabus of the CAPF exam?


Click here to check the detailed syllabus of UPSC CAPF 2020.

Question: Which book is the best for the UPSC CAPF Assistant commandant examination?


 Candidates can refer to these books - 

  • How To Prepare For Logical Reasoning - Arun Sharma
  • A Modern Approach To Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning (English) Revised Edition - R S Aggarwal, Brief History of Modern India - Spectrum Publications,
  • Indian Polity 4 Edition - M Laxmikanth. There are many more books we have shared in this article, UPSC CAPF Syllabus, candidates can check it.

Question: How do I prepare for the UPSC CAPF AC 2020?


To prepare well for the UPSC CAPF exam, candidates must first go through the exam pattern and the syllabus and arrange the best books along with the study materials.

Question: What is the CAPF exam pattern?


The CAPF exam pattern consists of a lot of aspects like the marking scheme, stages of the exam, total marks allotted to the sections and the negative marking. Candidates are advised to check the complete above for details on UPSC CAPF exam pattern.

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can we write upsc by open degree

Shubhangi sinha 31st Jan, 2020

Hello Ganesh,

Yes, you are eligible for the civil service exam even after completion of degree from an open University.

The university giving you the degree must be recognised by state or centre government.

Open Universities like NIOS and IGNOU are all recognised by the government of India.

Open degree courses are good as it gives you the plenty of time to focus in your preparation for the exam.

Good luck,

Hope it helps :)


From where I get UPSE best study material?

Manisha Gupta Expert 1st Nov, 2019

Hello Aspirant,

Are you asking for UPSC? You can prefer any of the coaching material given below

ALS IAS Academy  Delhi

Chanakya IAS Academy Delhi

Elite Academy  Mumbai

Rau's IAS Study Circle Delhi, Jaipur, Bangalore etc.

Here are some preparation tips you can follow for the exam preparation:

Go through the previous question papers : Go through with previous year papers as it will give you an idea about the exam.

Make your own notes : It is always advisable to make notes of the related topics as you go through the books and other study material. A well drafted note solves two purposes.

Strategy for General Studies: General studies paper is equally important for Prelims and Mains examination.

History : It is a huge section & Also emphasis is given to Ancient India. A cursory glance over the medieval history is also necessary.

Geography: In this there are physical geography and maps related questions. So get yourself well-acquainted with maps with the help of a good Atlas.

General Science : It covers a major chunk of this paper and a standard guidebook can make you well-versed on the topics of general science.

Current affairs : Going through a standard newspaper daily can keep you updated on the current affairs topics.

Good Luck!

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