UPSC CAPF Study Plan

UPSC CAPF study plan

Exam Pattern :
No Of Questions
Maximum Marks
General Ability and Intelligence
General Studies, Essay and Comprehension
Physical Exam



600 Marks

Negative Marking – 1/3 of the Marks

Official Exam Syllabus :

Paper :1 – General Ability and Intelligence
The objective type questions with multiple choices in this paper will broadly cover the following
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

Total – 200 Marks
Part-A – Essay – Write in Hindi or English

Total 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, Precise writing & Grammar Section

Total Marks – 120

The topics are Comprehension passages, précis writing, developing counter arguments, simple grammar and other aspects of language testing.

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Approach For General Mental Ability :

This Consists Of Reasoning & Mathematics

  1. Missing Number(Series)
  2. Letter Series
  3. Coding
  1. Speed
  2. Circle
  3. Geometry
  4. Number System
  5. Logical Maths
  6. D.I
  7. Percentage
10 9
  1. Sitting arrangement
  2. Age


  1. Syllogism
  2. Venn Diagrams(Relationship)
  3. Statement, Assumption, Conclusion etc.
2 3
  1. Clock, calendar
  2. Find Distance
1 2
Image based



  1. Paper-cutting, folding, punching
  2. Image Pattern
  3. Missing Number(Image Based)
  4. Hidden/Embedded Figures
  5. Venn Diagram
  6. No. Of Triangles/Square/Rectangle
  7. Transparent Image
5 5
TotalTotal20 22
Tips For General Mental Ability :
  1. Make This Part Stronger : Candidates who are really want to crack this exam have to make this part their strongest among all.  This is because, UPSC just check your basic general logical knowledge in this part. We must attempt and solve maximum Questions of this Part carefully.
  2. Take Your Time : The Maximum Questions are from G.S Part, So take your time in this section to solve all the questions correctly.
  3. Prepare The Basics : In this part, questions always arise from the basic reasoning and Maths. So Prepare This part with a basic book.
  4. Important Topics You Must Practice : Venn diagram, UPSC previous year questions of Maths and reasoning, Assumption- Conclusion, Figure Pattern, Statement- Conclusion, Logical Maths Questions.
  5. Recommended Books :

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Approach For General Science :
  1. Magnetism
  2. Electricity
  3. Light
  4. Sound
  5. Work And Energy
  6. Gravitation
  7. Force And Laws Of Motion
  8. Motion
  9. Light
  10. Chemical Effects Of Electric current
  11. Sound
  12. Friction
  13. Force And Pressure
  14. Light
  15. Electric Current and its Effects
  16. Motion and Time
  17. Heat





  1. Acids,Bases and Salts
  2. Physical and Chemical Changes
  3. Synthetic Fibers And Plastics
  4. Materials Metals And Non-Metals
  5. Coal And petroleum
  6. Combustion And Flame
  7. Matter In Our Surroundings
  8. Is Matter Around Us Pure
  9. Atoms And Molecules
  10. Structure Of The Atom
  11. Chemical Reactions and Equations
  12. Metals and Non-metals
  13. Carbon and its Compounds
  14. Periodic Classification of Elements
  1. Nutrition in Plants
  2. Nutrition in Animals
  3. Respiration in Organisms
  4. Transportation in Animals and Plants
  5. Reproduction in Plants
  6. Microorganisms Friend And foe
  7. Cell Structure And Functions
  8. Reproduction In Animals
  9. Reaching The age Of Adolescence
  10. The Fundamental Unit Of life
  11. Tissues
  12. Diversity In Living Organisms
  13. Why Do We Fall ill
  14. Life Processes
  15. Control and Coordination
  16. Reproduction
  17. Evolution
  18. Human eye
  19. Biotechnology Principle and Processes
  20. Biotechnology and its Applications
Tips For General Science :
  1. Harder Section : This Part Is Set To be the harder part Comparison to the others. Because UPSC Checks the depth of candidate knowledge in the science. So the questions asked in this part are always a good moderate level. So Answer these questions carefully.
  2. Understand the Question : Sometimes UPSC asked language or indirect question from this part. so be cautious while reading these question and then answer them carefully.
  3. Prepare The Basics : In this part, Questions may also arise from the basic General Science. So Prepare This part with a NCERT Science books.
  4. Important Topics You Must Practice :

Physics : Work & Energy, Force and Pressure, Laws of gravitation, Newton’s Laws, Important Laws, Electric Current, Sound, Friction, Basic Physics Facts

Chemistry : Acids, basic & Salts, Physical & Chemical Change, Metal & Non-Metals, Allo-tropes, Isobars, Elements, Basic Chemistry Facts.

Biology : Cell Structure & Functions, Transportation In Animals & Plants, Control & Coordination, Human Eye, Tissues, Biotechnology, Basic Biology Facts,  Examples Of Various Fish, Plants & Scientific Names.

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Approach For Current Affairs/Basic G.K  :
Current Affairs
  1. Yearly Current Affairs
  2. International Relations
  3. Awards/Prizes
  4. Popular India Topics(2016-17)
  5. Popular World Topics(2016-17)
  6. City Hosted Games, Fair..etc
  7. Conference
  8. Sports
  9. Human Rights
  10. Govt. Schemes
 15 6
Basic G.K
  1. Important Persons
  2. Important Books & Author
  3. ‘Term’ Statesmen
 7 1
Total 22 7


  1. Revise! Revise! Revise! : This part is will decide how a candidate prepare for the exam whole year. This section comprises with whole year Current Affairs.
  2. Make Your Current Affairs Notes Monthly : Prepare Notes and Revise whole year Current Affairs Monthly wise From Here.
  3. Important Topics : Events In 2016-17(Awards, Prize, Books & Authors, Human Rights, Important Conference, Games, International Relations, Govt Schemes, Important Persons, Sports, Major Events).
  4. Recommended Books & Magazines :

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Approach For Indian Polity & Economics :
Indian Polity
  1. Articles, Schedules, Amendments
  2. History Of Constitution
  3. Polity Terms, Theory, Features & Meaning
  4. President, P.M, Chief Justice, CAG, Governor, C.M & Other Important Person’s Powers In Democracy.
  5. Basics Of Polity
  6. World Constitution Knowledge(Rare)
 16 18
  1. Economics Based On India and World
  2. Que Based On Economic Survey
  3. Economics Current Affairs
  4. Foreign Direct Investment(FDI)
  5. Industry
 2 4
TotalTotal 18 22

Approach For  Indian Polity

  1. Only One Solution : We recommends Only One thing that is M. Laxmikant which you can download below↓.
  2. Focus On : Directly We Recommends focus on Important Articles Related to Fundamental Rights, Fundamental Duties, Powers Of Governor, President, Prime Minister, C.M, Chief Justice Of India, Supreme Court, High Court, Emergency and History Of Constitution Making.
  3. Recommended Books :

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Approach For Economics :

  1. Focus On : Basics of Economics, Foreign Direct Investment(FDI), Surveys Related To Indian Economy, Famous terms and who coined them ?, Industry In India.
  2. Making Short Notes : We recommends to make short notes of Indian economy of topics given in first point.
  3. Less Weight-age :  This section is asked very less in Upsc Capf exam and the questions asked in the economics are mainly basics of the Economy. So go for the basics and make notes from Ramesh singh.
  4. Recommended Books :

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Approach For History :
  1. Harappa Civilization
  2. Jainism-Buddism
  3. Architecture
  4. Vedas
  5. Literature
 1 2
  1. Important Systems Introduced By Mughals & Medieval Kings.
  2. Famous Novels & Literature
  3. Architecture
  4. Wars/Debates
 – 1
  1. Gandhi Era
  2. Important Movements In Details
  3. Important Systems Introduced By British.
  4. Famous Novels & Literature
  5. Architecture
  6. Wars/Debates
  7. Founders & About them
 17 17
Total 18 20


  1. Very Important Part : History is the most important part of this examination because it will create the difference between a topper and a common candidate. So, Prepare for this part very effectively and make your doubt clear mainly in Modern History.
  2. Basics For Ancient & Medieval  History : Go for Basics In ancient and medieval History, So Make Short Notes Or Either Recommend One Liner General Knowledge By Kiran Publications.
  3. High Weight-age Part : In the last 3 Years of UPSC Capf Exam, this part is asked of about 20 questions and mainly asked from modern history.
  4. Focus On : Harappa Civilization, Vedas, Literature, Jainism-Buddhism, Books In Ancient History, Systems Introduced By Mughals, Books, literature and Music In Medieval History, Wars, Famous Novels Of Medieval and Modern History, Important Movements In Details Like(Salt Satyagrah, Champaran, Home Rule Movement, Non Cooperation Movement, Quit India Movement), Indian National Congress, Founders and Dynasty.
  5. Recommended Books :

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Approach For Geography :
Physical Geography
  1. Climate/Climate Codes
  2. Layers/Atmosphere
  3. Temperature Zones
  4. Geological System
  5. Solar System
  6. Belt/Plates
  7. Natural Calimity
  8. Ports, Zones
  9. Time Zone
  10. Rivers, Lakes & Straits
  11. Famous Conservation..etc
 11 12
Indian Geography
  1. Water resources/India Drainage System
  2. Production Of Minerals
  3. Forests
  4. Rivers, Lakes & Straits
  5. Industries In India
  6. Industrial Corridor, Highways, Railways, Crops Area Wise
  7. Cities Near Tropic Of Cancer, Capricorn, Equator


 3 5
World Geography
  1. Cities/Capital Near Tropic Of Cancer, Capricorn, Equator
  2. Industries In World
  3. Industrial Corridors
  4. Forests
  5. Rivers, Cities Near Rivers or Coast
 – 3
Total Questions 14 21


  1. Read & Revise Proper Notes : This is the only method which helps you to do best in geography.
  2. Important Topics : Time Zones, Layers Of Atmosphere, Sea Salinity, Earth Inner Part, Rivers, Straits, Lakes, Important boundaries, Forests, Soils, Crops, Industry, Capitals & City Near coast, Area, Equator, Tropic Of Capricorn, Tropic of Cancer, Minerals, Solar System, Natural Calamity etc
  3. Basic To Upper Level : Aspirants have to start with the basics and then read/revise the upper parts of geography.
  4. Recommended Books :

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Approach For Defence(Important Section) :
  1. Operations & Defence Excercises
  2. Indian Army Regiments
  3. Indian Various Forces
  4. Bodyguard Of P.M, President..etc
  5. Important Persons(Defence)
  6. Person In News(Defence)
  7. About Capfs
7 17
Total Questions7 17


  1. Make Short Notes : Aspirants have to make short notes on their behalf because this is important part for weightage but also its cover topics are less.
  2. Focus On : Operations & Military Exercises Of India and Other Countries, Indian Army Regiments, Various Institute and centers of Indian Armed forces and defence forces, Person in News with details in defence.
  3. We Recommends Our Printed Notes On Defence In Printed Notes Section.
Part – 8. Approach To Write An Essay  & Paper – 2

Questions In MindCapf essay topics, Capf essay book, Capf report writing, Capf precis writing.

  1. Read Toppers Essay Pattern to learn how can an essay becomes Effective ?

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2. Essay should be Effective and cover up in given word limit On time because you will be given only 3 hours for it where you have to do 4 essays, 2 Arguments, 2 Reports, 1 Precise Writing, 1 Passage and Grammar section.

3. Topics of Essay will be related to 2016-17 Latest topics or major problem, crisis or any appreciation scheme or project of govt of India.

4. For Arguments, Report and precise writing, You have to prepare by writing Daily 1 to 1:30 Hours.

5. For Grammar section, We Recommend this Grammar Book. That Is Enough!

6. Focus On : Proverb, Active & Passive Form, Direct & Indirect Speech, Tense, Question Tags, Change the sentence, Plural Form & Make Sentence.

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Cut-Offs Of CAPF AC  :

Paper – I Cut-Offs

Total – 250 Marks

2012 97 97 84 84 –
2013 107 106 90 91 –
2014 115 114 101 101 –
2015 111 110 95 95 38
2016 114 113 97 97 38

Paper I+II Cut-Offs

Total – 450 Marks

2012 157 154 149 146 –
2013 171 165 151 143 –
2014 190 190 180 174 –
2015 172 170 153 149 68
2016 188 187 167 166 80

* For 2009 & 2010, Paper – I+II – Total 400 Marks

2011 – 2017 – Total 450 Marks

* Subject to a minimum of 25% (50 marks ) in Paper-II
** Subject to minimum of 20% (40 marks) in Paper-II

Exs – Ex serviceman

Final Marks (Out Of 600)

2012 278 270 249 237 –
2013 279 283 253 253 –
2014 294 296 253 262 –
2015 275 270 251 245 204
2016 294 293 266 261 163
Last 21 Things To Do Before UPSC CAPF Exam :
  1. Start Your Revision Before 1 Month Of the Exam
  2. Revise the Most Important Topics Again & Again till exam.
  3. Give Weekly Test Series at Home From Here.
  4. Concentrate On Paper-2 by giving 1 hour Daily.
  5. Make Yourself More Better to write an essay.
  6. Revise Minimum 3 Times Of Important Yearly Current Affairs before exam week.
  7. Clear Your Doubts In Polity & Basic Economics.
  8. Do Work On General Mental Ability.
  9. Attempt M.Laxmikant Polity Objective Types Questions to improve Polity.
  10. Read Modern History Mentioned Topics In Details(Very Important)
  11. Read Newspaper Daily to Make your tongue used to with English from Here.
  12. Make Yourself prepare for interview and make your mind open to store a good variety of ideas to be asked in this exam.
  13. Try To Prepare ideally, start with the subject which is your favorite.
  14. Don’t Waste your Time In unnecessary Topics and subjects.
  15. Please Concentrate on Cut off marks, You have to attempt minimum 60-65 Questions Correctly out of 125.
  16. Focus the Negative Marking, Don’t give a guess in the exam.
  17. Give Importance to defence part which is coming more in these years.
  18. In the Last 1 Month Of Exam, Make the peace environment.
  19. Don’t leave any part in paper-2, Attempt Each & Every Question.
  20. General Science is sometimes a threat because it comes sometimes very deep or technical so go for the basics.
  21. Last but not the least, If you really want to get this Gazette Post, Never Give Up.

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