How To Prepare For UPSC CAPF AC 2022, Top Tips and Tricks To Crack The Exam!

Updated Tue, 19 Jul 2022 08:47 PM IST


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Want to serve the nation in uniform? Then, be focused to clear the UPSC CAPF exam in the first attempt because every year the number of applicants applying for this national-level exam has been on a rise. The competition is tough and seats are limited. The first step to climbing the ladder is to ace your CAPF written exam. The UPSC CAPF written exam pattern is such that you have to appear for 2 separate papers. The first paper on General Ability and Intelligence is an objective one and carries 250 marks.

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However, the second CAPF paper will be subjective in nature and carries 200 marks with questions from General Studies, Essay and Comprehension. Hence, if you want to ace this CAPF written exam you need to not only focus on both deep learning and understanding of concepts but also practice extensively for an improved paper attempting speed. Today’s blog will highlight some key practices that you can follow while preparing for the UPSC CAPF 2022 exam. These will enable you to score pretty well and within less than 4 months you will feel confident about your preparation for UPSC CAPF 2022.
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How To Prepare For CAPF 

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the official admit card for the CAPF Examination. The candidates who have applied for the examination can now download the admit card from the official website of UPSC. As the exam is fast approaching the candidates must keep themselves Calm and follow the tips mentioned below:

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UPSC CAPF Exam Pattern 2022

CAPF Exam is conducted in three stages written exam, physical ability test and interview. Written test in pen and paper-based. It is conducted in two stages, where candidates are tested on their knowledge and analytical skills, along with their ability to write and frame answers.

UPSC CAPF AC Exam Pattern: Written Test

Below is the CAPF exam pattern for the written exam. It comprises 2 Papers both in written format.
Paper Duration  Questions  Marks  Reason
Paper-I  2.5 Hours 
General Ability and Intelligence.
125 250
Negative marking: 1/3rd marks will be deducted if the wrong answer marked)
Tests the general ability and intelligence of the candidates based on MCQ format. 
Paper-II 3 Hours 
General Studies, Essay, and Comprehension 
Descriptive 200 
No Negative Marking
Descriptive in nature and tests the language proficiency of the candidate.

UPSC CAPF Exam Pattern 2022: Marking Scheme

The CAPF exam’s marking scheme is given in the official notification, as per UPSC the marking scheme is give below:
Paper Marks 
Paper-I  250
Negative marking: 1/3rd marks will be deducted if the wrong answer marked)
Paper-II 200 
No Negative Marking
General Studies, Essay and Comprehension Part-A:- 80 marks
Part-B – Comprehension, précis writing, other communications/language skills – to be attempted in English only (Marks 120)

Preparation Tips - PAPER 1

The preparation tips for the UPSC CAPF Examination are listed below, the tips as devised by the experts are listed below.
  • The best way to prepare for PAPER 1 is by going through the previous year question papers and identifying the areas of key importance. For example, Logical reasoning and quantitative aptitude carries more marks. So, make use of previous year question papers to identify the most commonly repeated topic over years. Also, you are likely to get three direct questions based on the Constitution of India.
  • Increase your scientific knowledge and improve your day to day observations about fields like biotechnology and environment.
  • Start by studying NCERT books then you can go for some additional readings as well. For instance, you can refer to books like Arihant Magbook of modern India and Spectrum brief history of India for preparing topics related to modern history. Remember, the relevance of books is of utmost importance. Therefore, follow the right books while studying. It is advisable that before deciding on the books you are going to follow have a look at the UPSC CAPF syllabus and exam pattern.
  • You can even make notes of important topics so that you can revise them from time to time.
  • Try to work on your time management skills by solving more and more mock tests.
  • During the last days before the exam, focus on topics: freedom movement, independence, political system, social systems and public administration, etc.
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Preparation Tips - PAPER 2

Essays are an important area where you stand a chance of scoring well. You will get 4 essays carrying a total of 80 marks. The best part is that you can attempt these in the language you are comfortable in i.e. English or Hindi. The essays are usually on topics related to:
  1. Modern Indian History
  2. Freedom Struggle
  3. Geography
  4. Polity
  5. Economy
  6. Security
  7. Human Rights
So, develop a deeper insight in these topics. Also, develop the habit of writing with pen on paper.
  • To score the remaining 120 marks, all you need to do is improve your English because it will test you for your English language skills. For this, focus on Improving your vocabulary and grammar by reading newspapers, articles, journals, etc on a regular basis. 
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CAPF Preparation 2022 - Interview/Personality Test

For some people, an interview might not seem like a difficult ordeal. However, this interview will determine whether or not you make it to the final list and get appointed to the CAPF. We have given some CAPF preparation tips 2022 for the interview/personality test below - 

  • Make sure you appear confident (but not overconfident) at the interview.
  • Refrain from having unpleasant body language.
  • Take your time to answer the questions asked by the interviewer.
  • Be communicative - ask your questions, if you have any.

Subject Wise Tips For CAPF

Update your General Knowledge

Candidates must complete more previous year's question papers. This will offer you an overview of the test style, question types, and weightage assigned to topics. It aids you in time management. It has the appearance of actual paper. Set up timers on your watch to take practise tests. So, always solve 10-15 previous question papers to determine where you are weak, focus on themes that you are confident in, and you will succeed without a doubt.

Practice is the Key for UPSC CAPF Exam

There are several exam series and mock tests accessible online, as well as prior year question questions that may be practised on the CareerIndia website. Candidates should obtain the previous year's question papers and try them within the time limit. This will assist them in not just reviewing their coursework, but also in tracking their time management. Remember that applying what you've learned will help you learn more. Practice the questions from the various subjects and maintain revising the various themes that you have covered on a daily basis. A frequent review will help you recall the material and its concepts more readily.\

Best Books for CAPF Preparation 2022

The list of best books is essential for cracking the examination. The candidates must go through the following book list in order to succeed in the examination.

CAPF Preparation 2022 - Best Books for Paper 1




Economic Development & Policies in India – Jain & Ohri, NCERT 11, Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh

Indian Polity

Indian Polity by M Laxmikanth, NCERT for Class 9, 10, 11, 12


Facets of Indian Culture – Spectrum, India's Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra, NCERT for Class 11 & 12


World Atlas, Certificate Physical Geography – G C Leong, NCERT for Classes 6 to 12

International Relations

NCERT for Class 12, Current Affairs

CAPF Preparation Tips 2022 - Best Books for Paper 2



General Studies

Same books as mentioned above


R.S. Agarwal, Wren & Martin

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

There are three stages in the UPSC CAPF Examination - Written Test, Physical Round and the Interview round.

How to prepare Current Affairs for CAPF 2022?

The candidates must prepare continuously for the Current affairs through - Monthly magazines, The Hindu/ The Indian Express and at the exams through our compilation for last 6 months. 

What are the topics covered in CAPF Paper I exam?

. 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.

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