CAPF Preparation

The UPSC CAPF exam for Assistant commandant post is scheduled to be held on 18 August 2019. Candidates who will write the UPSC CAPF exam must make every effort for their CAPF preparation.

This article will walk you through the important topics, best books for CAPF preparation, and some tips to prepare for CAPF exam.

Before moving further, candidates are advised to check all important information about CAPF exam before the final day.

Important dates to remember of UPSC CAPF exam:

CAPF Assistant Commandant Exam Important Dates
Opening date of Registration 24 April 2019
Closing date of Registration 20 May 2019
Last Date of online application submission 21 May 2019
Download CAPF Admit card 31 July 2019 (tentative)
UPSC CAPF Exam date 18 August 2019
UPSC CAPF Result date September 2019 (tentative)

Candidates can check the CAPF eligibility criteria before starting with their CAPF AC preparation.

CAPF Preparation Tips and Strategies

The UPSC Central Armed Police Force exam is just around the corner. Candidates tend to get anxious and lose their focus in such situations.

At this point in time, it is important for the candidates to know the last minute tips and strategies for UPSC CAPF preparation.

UPSC CAPF Exam Preparation Tips

Below mentioned are some subject-wise tips for CAPF exam preparation.

Paper-I General Ability and Intelligence

The topics covered in this section are General Ability and Intelligence, current affairs, general science, History & Geography, Politics and Economy of India.

Candidates can prepare this section by following these points:

General Ability and Intelligence

  • Focus on quantitative aptitude and logical reasoning with extra stress on numerical ability and data interpretation.
  • Rigorously practice topics like profit and loss, time and distance, analogy, graphs, pi-charts, mathematical tables, etc. to gain an edge in this section.

Current Affairs

  • To excel current affairs section, candidates must be up-to-date with day to day happenings in India and across the world.
  • Regularly read newspapers and watch television for daily news update.
  • Keep making notes of the treaties signed between nations, the peace initiatives between nations, the awards won in various fields like music, arts, sports and science, the economic conditions of the nations and changes in policies in different countries.

General Science

  • Concentrate on the latest developments taking place in Science
  • Update your knowledge on application of science in our daily lives.


  • Focus on the different eras in India, years and dates
  • Commit to memory different rulers and their reigns
  • Have thorough understanding of the freedom movement, and the social and economic changes in India.


  • Concentrate on the geographical aspects related to India and the world.include global warming, the latest treaties, climate change, etc..

Politics and Economy

  • Focus on the overall political and economic situation of India.
  • This would cover the political constitution of India, national and international threats, the public works undertaken, the overall economic state of India, the dialogues that are going on, different business policies, role of the Reserve Bank of India. .

Paper-II General Studies, Essay and Competitions

  • An essay topic can be on anything from history, geography, economy and politics of India.
  • keep oneself abreast with the latest happenings in India.
  • Focus on the activities that have taken place in India in the past.
  • Remember the dates, trends of various events and also the statistical data. It will help you in coming up with a factual, complete, informative essay.
  • Refer to grammar books to brush up your English. It will help you in comprehension and language skills
  • Practice precis writing and comprehension on a daily basis.

How to prepare for CAPF Exam?

The Assistant Commandant exam comprises written Test, Physical and Medical Test and then the candidates qualify for the final round of Interview.

But, before all this, candidates must know that their marks for Paper-II will be evaluated only if they are able to obtain minimum qualifying marks in Paper-I of CAPF exam.

Therefore, the candidates have to prepare meticulously for each level of the UPSC CAPF exam.

If the candidate is serious enough, grabs right CAPF preparation strategies and study materials then even self-study is enough to get him through CAPF AC Exam2019.

Candidates must follow certain strategies to prepare for the CAPF recruitment exam 2019.

UPSC CAPF Preparation Strategies

Competitive exams are best prepared with right strategies. Preparing the CAPF exam based on the weightage of each section gives an edge.

  • Set a schedule for your CAPF preparation and make sure you stick to it
  • Socialize with people who are preparing for the same or have already qualified the Assistant Commandant exam. Utilise this time to discuss preparation and clarifying doubts.
  • While studying make notes and your personal study material. These are short and effective and helps for last minute revision. But some topics you will have to do in-depth studies.
  • Listen to the short news and do not waste time in listening to unnecessary news based on discussion unless the topic demands it.
  • Speed up your learning by following some memory techniques.
  • Give tests and practice writing answers frequently. Practice mock papers, identify your mistakes and the area where you lack knowledge. This is an essential part of regular preparations for successful candidates. Also, it helps to increase your speed to solve the exam in time.

Booklist for CAPF exam preparation

Abundance of study material for CAPF exam preparation is available both online and offline. It is important for candidates to select the best books for their UPSC CAPF preparation.

Generally aspirants are suggested to start their CAPF preparation with NCERT books and then move on to referred books.

Frankly, different candidates have different knowledge and expertise in different subjects, therefore, the criteria of best books varies for all.

However, choosing the right books for different stages for CAPF exam is really important. Paper-I comprises only objective type questions with negative marking and Paper-II contains descriptive essay type questions.

Therefore, the candidates should be selective about the CAPF preparation books.

Below mentioned is the list of books suggested by experts as per the stages of CAPF exam

CAPF preparation books for Paper-I
  • Economic Development & Policies in India – Jain & Ohri
  • Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
Indian Polity
  • Indian Polity – M Laxmikanth
  • Facets of Indian Culture – Spectrum
  • NCERT XI (Ancient & Medieval)
  • NCERT XII (Modern Indian History)
  • India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra
  • World Atlas
  • NCERT VI – X (Old Syllabus)
  • NCERT XI, XII (New Syllabus)
  • Certificate Physical Geography – G C Leong
International Relations
  • NCERT XII (Contemporary World Politics)
  • Current Affairs

Paper-II of CAPF exam tests language proficiency and general studies knowledge of the candidates in descriptive format.

The booklist for the same is prescribed below.

CAPF preparation books for Paper-II
General Studies History, Indian Heritage & Culture
  • An Introduction to Indian Art Part 1: Textbook in Fine Arts for Class XI
  • India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra
  • India after Independence by Bipan Chandra
  • Ancient India by R.S Sharma
  • History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra
  • Geography of India by Majid Husain
  • World Geography by Majid Husain
  • World Atlas
  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography – G C Leong
  • Fundamentals of Physical Geography NCERT Class 11
Polity & International Relations
  • Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth
  • Introduction to the Constitution of India by DD Basu
  • India’s Foreign Policy by Rajiv Sikri
  • Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh
Comprehension and Essay English Language
  • R. S. Agarwal
  • Wren and Martin

Apart from the above- mentioned UPSC CAPF preparation books, candidates must upkeep themselves with day to day happening in and around the world.

The essential UPSC CAPF Study Material includes:

  • 2nd ARC Report
  • Latest Budget
  • Economic Survey (latest)
  • Finance Commission Report (latest)
  • Niti Aayog Action Agenda
  • Annual reports by central ministries
  • Current Affairs-
  1. The Hindu
  2. Yojana Magazine
  3. Press Information Bureau

CAPF Syllabus and Exam Pattern

Candidates who wish to write Assistant Commandant exam must be thorough with CAPF syllabus and exam pattern of Assistant Commandant exam.

The written examination of CAPF will comprise two Papers and will be Bilingual i.e. both in English and Hindi language.

UPSC CAPF exam pattern is as follows:

Highlights of CAPF exam pattern
Slots Marks
Paper-I (10am-12pm) Objective type; 250 marks
Paper-II (2 pm- 5 pm) Subjective type; 200 marks
Physical Efficiency Test Candidates who qualify the above two
Personality test/Interview 150 marks

Highlights of Assistant Commandant Syllabus is as follows:

UPSC CAPF Syllabus 2019
Paper-I General Ability Problem Solving, Arithmetical Reasoning, Decision Making, Arithmetic Number Series, Coding and Decoding, Figural Classification, Statement Conclusion, Relationship Concepts, etc.
Intelligence General Mental Ability, General Science, Current Events of National and International Importance, Indian and World Geography, History of India and Indian Polity and Economy,
Paper-II General Studies Indian History, Indian Geography, Indian National Movement, National and International Current Affairs, Eminent Personalities, Cultural Heritage, About India, Environment, General Polity, General Science, Science and Technology, Economy, Indian Constitution, etc.
Comprehension and Essay and English Language Comprehension, Essay Writing, Precis Writing, Report Writing, Counter Argument,, Language and Communication Skills, Grammar, Vocabulary, etc.

To know the CAPF Syllabus and exam pattern in depth, candidates can check in the linked article.

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