UPSC CAPF AC 2021 Exam Highlights, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Preparations

Updated Thu, 24 Dec 2020 10:34 AM IST

CAPF AC 2021 is an exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) every year for the post of Assistant Commandant in Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF).  Assistant Commandant rank is equivalent to the ranks of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and Captain in the Indian Army. This rank is a Group-A gazetted officer rank in the Central Armed Police Forces. The Candidates recruited through this exam, join the below-mentioned forces as Assistant Commandant.

CAPF Exam Highlights 2021

Exam Name

Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandant)

Conducting Body

Union Public Service Commission

Geographical Scope

All India

Exam Frequency

Once in a year

Exam Mode


Exam Stages

Written+Physical+Interview/Personality Test

Exam Language

English and Hindi

Exam Helpdesk


Official website


CAPF Exam Pattern 2021

It comprises 2 Papers both in written format.







2.5 Hours 


General Ability and Intelligence.




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. 


3 Hours 

General Studies, Essay, and Comprehension 



No Negative Marking


Descriptive in nature and tests the language proficiency of the candidate.


  • Second round- Physical Ability Test

  • Third round- Interview/Personality Test


UPSC CAPF Syllabus 2021

Paper-I- It tests the General Ability and Intelligence of the candidate. 

The objective type questions with multiple choices questions (MCQ) in CAPF Paper-I cover the following topics:

  • General Mental Ability

  • General Science

  • Current Affairs of National and International Importance

  • Indian Polity and Economy

  • History of India

  • Indian and World Geography

CAPF Syllabus Paper II

The CAPF Syllabus for paper-II covers General Studies, Essay and Comprehension which has a weightage of 200 marks in total.

CAPF (AC) Syllabus for Paper II is divided into two parts:

Part‐A – Totals marks 80-  comprises essay questions. Candidates have to answer the questions in narrative form, they can answer it either in Hindi or in English.

Some of the topics asked in  UPSC AC Exam essays on analytical ability, knowledge of security and human rights issues, basics of geography, polity, modern Indian history, freedom struggle, economy, etc.

Part‐B – Total marks 120- covering questions related to comprehension, precis writing and other communication or language skills.

Part II must be attempted only in English.

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The topics covered in CAPF AC syllabus in this part are General grammar, Comprehension passages, precis writing, developing counter-arguments and other aspects of language testing.

UPSC CAPF Syllabus 2020 for Assistant Commandant Exam


General Ability

  1. Analogies 

  2. Arrangements

  3. Arithmetical Reasoning

  4. Analysis, Ranking

  5. Arithmetic Number Series

  6.  Coding and Decoding

  7. Decision Making

  8. Figural Classification

  9. Problem Solving

  10. Relationship Concepts

  11. Syllogisms

  12. Spatial Orientation

  13. Space Visualization

  14. Statement Conclusion

  15. Visual Memory


  1. Current Events of National and International Importance

  2. General Mental Ability

  3. General Science

  4.  Indian Polity and Economy

  5.  Indian and World Geography and History of India


General Studies

  1. Current Affairs of National and International

  2. Cultural Heritage

  3. Economy

  4. Eminent Personalities of India

  5. Environment

  6. General Polity

  7. General Science

  8. Indian History 

  9. Indian Geography

  10. Indian National Movement

  11.  Indian Constitution

  12. Science and Technology, etc.

Comprehension and Essay and English Language

  1. Comprehension

  2. Counter Argument

  3. Grammar

  4. Essay Writing 

  5. Language and Communication Skills

  6.  Precis Writing

  7. Report Writing

  8. Vocabulary, etc.


CAPF AC Exam 2021 - Preparation 

Now that you are well versed with the eligibility criteria exam pattern and syllabus of UPSC CAPF for Assistant Commandant post it time to gear up and start your preparation now.
This online course for UPSC CAPF (AC) Exam 2021 offers the candidates aspiring to qualify CAPF (AC) Exam 2021.


What Will You Get:

  • Live Interactive Classes

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  • 10+ Weekly Mock Tests to evaluate Progress

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  • Daily Live Current Affair session on Safalta Class Youtube Channel

  • Special Vocabulary Sessions

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Hours of Study

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Mode of Study

Online Live Classes, with App Support 

Mode of instruction

Bilingual (Hindi & English) 

Subjects Covered 

Maths, General Intelligence, GS (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Polity, Geography, Economics, Current Affairs*) & Descriptive


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