How to Start Preparing for UPSC CAPF Exam at Home?

UPSC CAPF Exam is performed every year to hire candidates in different armed squads across the nation. The prospects who are selected through this exam, enter the forces as Assistant Commandants (AC). The CAPF Exam Pattern comprises a written test consisting of two papers for a total of 450 marks. The second stage of the CAPF Exam Pattern is the Physical Endurance and Medical Test of the candidates who successfully pass the written tests.

The following armed forces recruit through the CAPF exam – Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). 

Not everyone prefers preparing for the CAPF exam with the help of offline coaching centers. Some aspirants choose to stay at home and prepare for their dream job. However, they still need a roadmap for that. In this blog, we will provide some information on preparing for the UPSC CAPF exam at home. 

Eligibility Criteria

  1. The candidate must be an Indian citizen. Candidates who are subjects in Nepal and Bhutan are also permitted to apply for the exam. No other candidate than these is allowed to appear for the exam.
  2. The candidate applying must have ascertained the minimum age of 20 years and should not be more than 25 years. Although there are relaxations in age for categories like OBC, SC/ST, etc.
  3. The candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree in any course from a recognized university. The candidates who are still in the final years of their respective programs can also apply given that they deliver the final year mark sheet of the qualifying exam with the detailed application form. 

Apart from these requirements, there are other conditions that must be satisfied by the candidates. These are –

  1. The male candidate should have a minimum height of 165 cm. Women should be 157 cm minimum.
  2. Men should weigh a minimum of 50 kg whereas women should be at least 46 kg.

Exam Pattern

The UPSC CAPF exam is a three-stage exam with merely one written exam. As per the UPSC CAPF exam pattern, the CAPF exam is carried out in three phases. These include –

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

Stage 1 Written Exam

The written exam includes two papers. 

The first paper is General and Mental Ability carrying 250 marks. This is a two-hour-long objective exam.

The second paper is General Studies, Essay and Comprehension carrying 200 marks. This is a three-hour-long subjective exam.

Stage 2 Physical Efficiency Tests (PET)

The Physical Efficiency and Medical Standard test are to be qualified by the candidates in nature. The candidates have to fulfill the physical and medical standards specified in the CAPF notice. After passing the first stage of the written exam, the candidates have to qualify for the Physical Efficiency and Medical Standard Test.

Women who are pregnant are disqualified and rejected at this stage.

Stage 3 Interview/Personality Test 

The candidates who clear the first two stages are called for the interview/personality test. The interview is conducted on the UPSC grounds in New Delhi. After the interview/personality test, the candidates who have been selected are declared.

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