CAPF 2020 Exam Details: Syllabus and Book List


This exam is conducted by UPSC every year for recruitment of officers in various fields of Central Police force. The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) refers to uniform nomenclature of security forces in India under the authority of Ministry of Home Affairs. They are the Assam Rifles (AR), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and National Security Guard (NSG)[2] and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).


a)      Nationality : No person who is not a citizen of India shall, except with the consent of the Central Government signified in writing be appointed or employed under these Rules. 4  Provided that nothing contained in these rules shall debar the appointment, enrolment or employment of a subject of Nepal or Bhutan under these Rules.

b)     Sex : Both Male and Female candidates are eligible for appointment to the post of Assistant Commandants.

c)      Age Limits :

(a) A candidate must have attained the age of 20 years and must not have attained the age of 25 years

(b) The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable.

(i) upto a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe.

(ii) upto a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.

(iii) upto a maximum of five years for Civilian Central Government Servants in accordance with the existing instructions of the Central Government. Ex-Servicemen will also be eligible for this relaxation. However the total relaxation claimed on account of Government Service will be limited to five years.

(iv) upto a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the UT of Jammu & Kashmir and further will be decide by UPSC.

d)     Minimum Educational Qualifications: A candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree of a University incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India.



 (i) Written Examination: The written examination to be conducted by Union Public Service        Commission which comprise two papers.

Paper I : General Ability and Intelligence -                                                               250 Marks The questions in this paper will be of Objective (Multiple Answers) Type in which the questions will be set in English as well as Hindi.

Paper II : General Studies, Essay and Comprehension ‐                                                       200 Marks In this paper candidates will be allowed the option of writing the Essay Component in English or Hindi, but the medium of Precis Writing, Comprehension Components and other communications/ language skills will be English only.

 NOTE- Paper-I will be evaluated first and evaluation of Paper-II will be done only of those candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in Paper-I.

(ii) Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests :

(a) 100 Meters race In 16 seconds for male In 18 seconds for female

(b) 800 Meters race In 3 minutes 45 seconds for male In 4 minutes 45 seconds for female

(c) Long Jump 3.5 Meters (3 chances)  for male 3.0 meters (3 chances) for female

(d) Shot Put (7.26 Kgs.) 4.5 Meters for both — Pregnancy at the time of PET will be a disqualification and pregnant female candidate will be rejected.

(iii) Interview/Personality Test :                                                                                150 marks

 Candidates who are declared qualified in the Medical Standards Tests, will be shortlisted for Interview/Personality Test provisionally will be issued a Detailed Application Form (DAF) in which among other things, they will be required to indicate their preference of Forces.

(iv) Final Selection / Merit : The merit list will be drawn on the basis of marks obtained by the candidates in the Written Examination and Interview/Personality Test.


Paper I :

1. General Mental Ability The questions will be designed to test the logical reasoning, quantitative aptitude including numerical ability, and data interpretation.

2. General Science The questions will be set to test general awareness, scientific temper, comprehension and appreciation of scientific phenomena of everyday observation including new areas of importance like Information Technology, Biotechnology, Environmental Science.

3. Current Events of National and International Importance: The questions will test the candidates’ awareness of current events of national and international importance in the broad areas of culture, music, arts, literature, sports, governance, societal and developmental issues, industry, business, globalisation, and interplay among nations.

4. Indian Polity and Economy: The questions shall aim to test candidates’ knowledge of the Country’s political system and the Constitution of India, social systems and public administration, economic development in India, regional and international security issues and human rights including its indicators.

5. History of India : The questions will broadly cover the subject in its social, economic and political aspects. This shall also include the areas of growth of nationalism and freedom movement.

6. Indian and World Geography: The questions shall cover the physical, social and economic aspects of geography pertaining to India and the World.

Paper II : General Studies, Essay and Comprehension

Part‐A – Essay questions which are to be answered in long narrative form either in Hindi or English totalling 80 Marks. The indicative topics are modern Indian history especially of the freedom struggle, geography, polity and economy, knowledge of security and human rights issues, and analytical ability.

Part‐B – Comprehension, précis writing, other communications/language skills – to be attempted in English only (Marks 120) – The topics are Comprehension passages, précis writing, developing counter arguments, simple grammar and other aspects of language testing.

 Best BOOKS for CAPF Exam Preparation:-

• Indian Polity MLakshmikant

• Economy NCERT 11th and 12th

• History Old NCERT 11th and 12th (for ancient and Medieval)

• Mordern History Spectrum

• Geography Barnwaal

• Current Affairs Pratiyogita Darpan/ The Hindu Editorial

• Science NCERT 9th and 10th

• Miscellaneous Lucent GK

• Quantitative Aptitude RS Agrawal

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