UPSC CAPF Syllabus 2020 – UPSC will release the CAPF 2020 syllabus along with its notification The syllabus of UPSC CAPF 2020 will contain all important sections, topics and subtopics related to the CAPF exam on which the question paper will be based. UPSC Central Armed Police Forces syllabus consists of topics that aspirants need to cover to qualify the exam. According to UPSC CAPF syllabus 2020, the General Ability and Intelligence section consist of - logical reasoning, quantitative aptitude, general science, current events, history of India, economy, Indian polity and world geography. While the CAPF question papers of General Studies will test aspirants basic writing skills, simple grammar, comprehension, and other aspects of language testing etc. Candidates planning to appear for the UPSC CAPF 2020 exam must check the UPSC CAPF 2020 syllabus and plan their preparation strategy based on it. Read the complete article to know more about the detailed syllabus of UPSC CAPF 2020.

CAPF Syllabus 2020

UPSC CAPF Syllabus 2020 - General Ability and Intelligence

According to the syllabus of UPSC CAPF 2020, the first step is the written exam which consists of two papers - Paper 1 and 2. Paper 1 is the General Ability and Intelligence which carries 250 Marks. The questions in paper 1 are of Objective (Multiple Answers) Type and the question is bilingual - English and Hindi. In the following table, candidates can check the subject and the topics on which the questions of paper 1 will be based.

CAPF 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

UPSC CAPF 2020 Syllabus - General Studies, Essay and Comprehension

According to the syllabus of UPSC CAPF 2020, General Studies, Essay and Comprehension will have two parts - Part A and Part B. Part A is essay writing of long narrative either in Hindi or English. Here aspirants will be asked to write an essay on topics like modern Indian history especially related to the freedom struggle, polity and economy, geography, knowledge of security and human rights issues, and analytical ability. While Part B will include comprehension, précis writing, other communications/language skills. In part B, candidates will get to choose the language of writing Essay Component in either English or in Hindi, but while writing Precise Writing, Comprehension Components and other communications/ language skills, it would have to be written in English only.

UPSC CAPF Exam Pattern 2020

Apart from knowing the UPSC CAPF 2020 syllabus, candidates must also know the exam pattern of the same. In the following table, we have shared the exam pattern of UPSC CAPF, candidates are advised to refer to it.

Exam pattern of UPSC CAPF 2020

Stage of Exam





Mode of Papers

First Stage

General Ability and Intelligence

Paper 1

250 Marks

Objective (Multiple Answers) Type

English and Hindi

General Studies, Essay and Comprehension

Paper 2

200 Marks

Descriptive Type

Part A in any language, Part B in English

Third Stage

Interview/Personality Test


150 Marks



Best Books for UPSC CAPF 2020

After understanding the UPSC CAPF 2020 syllabus and exam pattern in-depth it is now time to check the list of best books. Candidates must arrange the best books and study materials to speed their preparations for the UPSC CAPF Exam 2020. In the following table, we have shared a list of the best books for UPSC CAPF, which aspirants can refer to.

Candidates are advised to refer to the following books while preparing for the UPSC CAPF 2020 written examination.

Name of books


General Studies Paper


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

Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations

R S Aggarwal

Modern Approach To Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Revised Edition

R S Aggarwal

151 Essays

S C Gupta

Central Police Forces Solved Papers up to 2012

Arihant Publication

Indian Economy

Ramesh Singh

UPSC CAPF Question Papers 2020

In order to crack the UPSC CAPF exam, it is mandatory to practice and prepare well and what better than the previous year question papers to help you in your CAPF preparations? The previous year question papers will help candidates in getting an overall idea of the paper pattern, marks distribution scheme, level of question and will also help them hone their time management skills. Candidates can either download the question papers of UPSC CAPF from the official website or from the link mentioned above.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CAPF Syllabus 2020

Question: How many times the CAPF exam is conducted in a year?


UPSC CAPF exam is conducted once a year.

Question: How many attempts are there for UPSC CAPF?


There is not a certain number of attempts, although a candidate can appear for the UPSC CAPF until they attain the age of 25 year

Question: How many stages are there in UPSC CAPF?


There are three stages in the UPSC CAPF. First is - Written Exam consisting of two papers. Second is Physical Standard/Physical Efficiency Test and Medical Standards Tests and the third stages are Interview rounds also known as Personality Test.

Question: How many papers are there in UPSC CAPF?


There are two papers in UPSC CAPF. Both these papers are in the first stage of the exam.

Question: Is there negative marking in UPSC CAPF?


Yes there is negative marking in the UPSC CAPF exam. If a candidate gives the wrong answer to the question, one-third marks of the total marks allotted to that specific question will be deducted as negative marking.

Question: Is there any descriptive paper in the UPSC CAPF exam?


Yes the Paper 2 in the first stage of the UPSC CAPF is descriptive paper.

Question: What is the UPSC CAPF DAF?


DAF stands for Detailed Application Form, this form is filled by candidates who are eligible to appear in the Interview round/Personality test.

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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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