CAPF Preparation

Union Public Service Commission released the UPSC CAPF 2023 Notification and application form for UPSC CAPF Exam 2023 on its official website on 26th April 2023. The UPSC CAPF exam is scheduled to be conducted on 06th August 2023. Candidates who aspires to write the UPSC CAPF exam must make every effort for their CAPF preparation.

Aspiring candidates can check the detailed CAPF Notification on the linked page.

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

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

The online application window has been opened from 26th April 2023 onwards. The last date to apply online for UPSC CAPF 2023 Exam is 16th May 2023.

Important dates to remember of UPSC CAPF exam 2023:

UPSC CAPF Exam Dates 2023
Official Notification 26th April 2023
Online Application 26th April 2023 to 16th May 2023
UPSC CAPF Written Exam Admit Card To be notified
UPSC CAPF Written Exam 06th August 2023
UPSC CAPF Written Exam Result To be notified
UPSC CAPF Admit Card for Physical & Medical Examination To be notified
UPSC CAPF Interview To be notified

Candidates awaiting the UPSC CAPF Admit Card can keep a track of the given link for the latest updates.

Aspirants of other Government Exams can check the linked page for the latest information related to upcoming exams.

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.

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UPSC CAPF Exam Preparation Tips

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

Candidates can check out 3 sutras to prepare for reasoning ability which will definitely help to deal with obstacles in the preparation.

To prepare well for reasoning sections go through the Logical Reasoning page to find more topics on basic concepts with detailed explanations and sample questions.

Given below are a few topics on general intelligence and reasoning, questions based on which are asked almost every year. Candidates can check the links to prepare effectively for this section.

Coding/Decoding Alphanumeric series Directions
Blood Relations Order & Ranking Seating Arrangements

Similarly, some important topics for Quantitative aptitude preparation for the CAPF exam are given below. Candidates can go to the given links to gain clarity on basic concepts and the scope of questions asked in the exam.

Questions on Quadratic Equations Problems on Train
Problems on Age Problems on Data Interpretation
Problem on Time and Work Questions on Number Series

Find more such topics based on basic concepts with sample questions on the Quantitative Aptitude page.

For the preparation of the QA for CAPF examination, it is important to know shortcut tricks and methods to attempt questions speedily and with maximum accuracy, hence, check the given links for assistance in preparation.

  1. Shortcut tricks for Square, Cubes Roots and Multiplication
  2. Maths Tricks and shortcuts

Current Affairs

  • To excel in the current affairs section, candidates must be up-to-date with day to day happenings in India and across the world. Candidates can go through a few related topics given below:
FIFA World Cup Winners List Australian Open Winners List
G20 Summits List Inventions & Discoveries
  • Regularly read newspapers and watch television for a daily news update. Aspirants can check Daily News Analysis on the given link to cover the latest news and updates in detail and conveniently.
  • 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.

A few topics that applicants can go through for their CAPF preparation are given below:

Also, refer to other such topics on the Static GK page for assistance in the preparation of the GK/GA section of the CAPF Exam.

General Science

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

To prepare for General Science, the best material that candidates can refer to is the NCERT Notes. Candidates will get firm conceptual knowledge of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology by going through the NCERT Notes.


  • Focus on the different eras in India, years, and dates.
  • Commit to memory different rulers and their reigns.
  • Have a 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.

Some of the relevant topics that can assist candidates in their preparation of CAPF exam.

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, the role of the Reserve Bank of India.

Paper-II General Studies, Essay and Comprehension

  • 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
  • Practise precis writing and comprehension on a daily basis.

Candidates can refer the following links for assistance in the preparation of English and comprehension part of the CAPF examination.

English Root Words List of Most Asked English Vocabulary List of Synonyms & Antonyms
Letter Writing Format Precis Writing Format List of One Word Substitutions

For further assistance with such concepts based articles and topic-wise study material for the English Language section, candidates can visit the General English for Competitive Exams page linked here.

Government Exam 2023

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.

Check 10 common mistakes committed by candidates during the examination, so that you can avoid these while taking the CAPF exam.

If the candidate is serious enough, instils the right CAPF preparation strategies and study materials then even self-study is enough to get him through CAPF AC Exam 2023.

Candidates must follow certain strategies to prepare for the CAPF recruitment exam 2023.

UPSC CAPF Preparation Strategies

Competitive exams are best prepared with the 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. However, for some topics you will have to do in-depth studies.
  • Listen to the short news and do not waste time 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. Practise 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 on time.

Candidates can go through preparation strategies for competitive exams to do diligent preparation for the examination.

Booklist for CAPF Exam Preparation

Abundant 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 Central Armed Police Force 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 vary 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.

Checking the government exam previous year’s questions will help the candidates with a good score.

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 a 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 happenings in and around the world.

For better exam preparation, candidates can take the government exam mock tests for practice.

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 2023
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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Central Industrial Security Force Central Reserve Police Force
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Also, aspirants preparing for other government exams can check the given links for reference:

List of Current Affairs Articles for UPSC

Frequently Asked Question – UPSC CAPF Preparation


Q.1. How many stages are there in the UPSC CAPF selection process?

Ans. Candidates willing to appear for CAPF examination have to clear four stages of CAPF recruitment, which are, Paper I Objective type is written exam, Paper-II subjective type, PET test and Interview.

Q.2. What are the contents of the English Section of CAPF Syllabus?

Ans. Candidates are required to prepare Comprehension, Essay Writing, Precis Writing, Report Writing, Counter Argument, Language and Communication Skills, Grammar, Vocabulary, etc. in the English section of CAPF Syllabus.

Q.3. How to prepare Current Affairs for CAPF 2023?

Ans. To prepare Current Affairs for the CAPF exam candidates should read Yojana Magazines, The Hindu newspaper and Press Information Bureau articles.

Q.4.What are the topics covered in CAPF Paper I exam?

Ans. Paper I of CAPF exam comprises questions on General Ability and Intelligence. It covers quantitative aptitude, reasonings, data interpretation, general science, history, geography, politics and the economy of India.

Q.5. How many marks does each stage of CAPF exam hold?

Ans. The paper I is of 250 marks, Paper-II holds 200 marks, PET test is for candidates who qualify Paper I and Paper II and interview of CAPF exam carries 150 marks.

Q.6. What are the important History books for CAPF preparation?

Ans. Candidates can prepare History for CAPF by studying the following books Facets of Indian Culture – Spectrum
NCERT XI & XII and India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra.


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