Central Armed Police Forces (ACs) Examination
Central Armed Police Forces (ACs) Examination

CAPF Exam Pattern 2024: Check CAPF Paper I & Paper II Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme

UPSC conducts the CAPF exam to recruit candidates as Assistant Commandants for Central Armed Police Forces. The CAPF exam pattern for the same can be found in the UPSC official notification.
UPSC CAPF Exam Pattern 2024

UPSC CAPF Exam Pattern 2024

UPSC CAPF Exam Pattern 2024: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) notifies the UPSC CAPF exam pattern in the official notification. The CAPF official notification 2024 has released on April 24, 2024. Since the past few years, there have been no new changes to the CAPF exam pattern. Any new changes in the exam pattern will be notified in the upcoming notification. Also Read: CAPF Exam 2024

The CAPF exam pattern enables candidates to understand the weightage of topics and the exam's marking scheme. The exam pattern allows candidates to strategize their CAPF preparation based on their strengths and weaknesses in specific topics.

CAPF previous year question papers are the best resource for candidates preparing for the exam. Candidates must practice CAPF mock test papers and previous year's papers in order to understand the exam structure and develop the preparation strategy that works best for them. Also Read: CAPF Syllabus 2024

CAPF Exam Pattern 2024

According to the CAPF exam pattern outlined in last year official notification, the exam is conducted in three phases:

  • Written Examination
  • Physical Standard/Physical Efficiency Tests (PET) and Medical Standards Test
  • Interview/Personality Test

CAPF Exam Pattern 2024: Highlight



Exam Name

Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF)

Exam Phases

Total 3 Phases: 

Written Test (Paper 1 & Paper II)

Physical Standards/Physical Ability Test/Medical Test

Interview/Personality Test

Marks Allotted

Paper I - 250 Marks

Paper II - 200 Marks

Interview/Personality Test - 150 Marks

Duration of the written exam

Paper I - 2 hrs

Paper II - 3 hrs

Note: Both exams will be conducted on the same day

CAPF Exam Pattern for Written Exam

The first stage of the CAPF selection process is the written exam conducted by UPSC. The written exam includes two papers which are conducted on the same day. The two papers are (i) General Ability & Intelligence and (ii) General Studies, Essay & Comprehension. The exam pattern for CAPF written exam is tabulated below:

Subject Paper

Paper Type



General Ability and Intelligence



2 hrs

General Studies, Essay and Comprehension



3 hrs


  • The questions in this paper will be of the Objective type, and they will be set in both English and Hindi.
  • There is the option of writing the Essay Component in English or Hindi in this paper, but the medium of Precis Writing, Comprehension Components and other communications/language skills will be in English only.
  • Minimum qualifying marks will be set separately for each Paper at the discretion of the Commission. Paper-I will be evaluated first, and Paper-II will be evaluated only for those candidates who receive the minimum qualifying marks in Paper-I.

CAPF Paper I Marking Scheme

  • The Paper I of the UPSC CAPF AC exam is General Ability & Intelligence. 
  • The paper will have 125 questions from different topics. 
  • Each question will carry 2 marks. 
  • There will be a negative marking as well. For every wrong 0.66 marks will be deducted. However, if the candidate has left the question unattempted, there will be no negative marking in such a case.

CAPF Paper II Marking scheme

  • The Paper II of the UPSC CAPF exam is General Studies, Essay & Comprehension
  • Paper II is divided into two parts: Part A & Part B
  • The question paper is descriptive in nature.
  • There will be 80 marks for Part A, while 120 marks for Part B


Candidates who pass the written exam are invited to take the Physical Efficiency Test (PET) for the CAPF exam. Candidates will be tested for CAPF eligibility criteria prior to the physical efficiency test. The Physical Standard Test (PST) will be administered to determine whether or not the candidate will take the Physical Efficiency Test (PET).

CAPF Physical Standard Criteria





165 cm

157 cm

Chest (Unexpanded)

81 cm (with 5 cm minimum expansion)

Not Applicable


50 Kg

46 Kg





100 Meters race

In 16 seconds

In 18 seconds

800 Meters race

In 3 minutes 45 seconds

In 4 minutes 45 seconds

Long Jump

3.5 Meters (3 chances)

3.0 meters (3 chances)

Shot Put (7.26 Kgs.)

4.5 Meters


Note: Only candidates who have passed the Physical Efficiency Test will be subjected to Medical Standards Tests to ensure that they meet the standards outlined in the CAPF notification.

CAPF Guidelines for Women

Authorities have established specific guidelines for women who wish to take the CAPF examination. In terms of physical and medical standards, the eligibility criteria for women participating in the CAPF selection process differ. There are no separate eligibility requirements for married and unmarried candidates. However, certain guidelines for pregnant women are mentioned in the official notification, which are as follows:

  • A woman candidate who is found to be pregnant of 12 weeks or more as a result of a test is declared temporarily unfit, and her appointment is put on hold until the confinement is over.
  • The commission would reserve the vacancy for a pregnant woman who was selected.
  • Physical Efficiency Tests should be conducted six weeks after confinement, subject to a medical certificate of fitness from a registered physician.
  • In accordance with the Government's instructions, as amended from time to time, she may be appointed to the post reserved for her and be given the benefit of seniority.

CAPF Interview/Personality Test

  • The Union Public Service Commission will conduct interviews and personality tests for candidates who pass the Medical Standards Tests.
  • Interviews/Personality Tests will be conducted on a provisional basis for medically unfit candidates allowed to appear before the Review Medical Board following an appeal by the Appellate Authority.
  • If short-listed for an Interview/Personality Test, including provisionally short-listed candidates, they will be required to complete a Detailed Application Form (DAF), which includes an indication of their Forces preference.
  • The interview/personality test will be worth 150 marks.


The UPSC CAPF exam pattern has been released by UPSC in the official notification. The CAPF marking scheme, as well as the topics that will be covered in the CAPF syllabus, is included in the notification.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the exam pattern for CAPF?

CAPF exam consists of two papers - Paper 1 (General Ability and Intelligence) and Paper 2 (General Studies, Essay, and Comprehension). Paper 1 is an objective-type exam, while Paper 2 is a descriptive-type exam.

How many questions are there in Paper 1 of the CAPF exam?

Paper 1 of the CAPF exam consists of 125 questions, each carrying 2 marks. The total marks for Paper 1 are 250.

What is the duration of the CAPF exam?

The duration of Paper 1 of the CAPF exam is 2 hours, while the duration of the Paper 2 is 3 hours.

Is there negative marking in the CAPF exam?

Yes, there is a negative marking in Paper 1 of the CAPF exam. For every incorrect answer, 1/3rd of the marks allotted to that question will be subtracted. There is no negative marking in CAPF Paper 2.

What is the syllabus for Paper 1 of the CAPF exam?

The syllabus for Paper 1 of the CAPF exam includes General Mental Ability, General Science, Current Events of National and International Importance, Indian Polity and Economy, History of India, and Indian and World Geography.

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