UPSC CAPF 2020 Syllabus & Exam Pattern

UPSC is a national level competitive exam. The full form of UPSC stands for Union Public Service Commission. It is a central level exam responsible for recruitment for various Civil services, Engineering services, CDS, and NDA. The recruitment of the UPSC exam 2020 is conducted into three phases Preliminary, Main Exam, and Interview Round.

The exam pattern contains 2 Paper i.e. Paper I and Paper II exam. Both exams is on online mode examination.

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The examination date of UPSC is postponed due to the pandemic Covid-19 across the nation. The examination will be announced soon after the release of the lockdown. However, the tentative examination date is between November to December 2020.

Official Notice:

  • Vacancies: UPSC 2020 has announced a total of 796 number of vacancies.
  • Selection: The selection of  2020 is based on 3 stages of the exam.
  • Syllabus: The Syllabus of UPSC 2020 is mainly based on General Science, Technical Aptitude, Current Affairs, and General Knowledge.
  • Important Dates: Date of registration: February-March 2020.

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Examination Date:

The examination date of UPSC CAPF 2020 are as follows:

UPSC CAPF Application Dates18th August to 7th September 2020
Last Date to apply online7 September 2020
Withdrawal of Online Application14 September to 20 September 2020
UPSC CAPF Exam Date 202020th December 2020

Exam Pattern:

The exam pattern of UPSC CAPF is based on 3 stages:

  • Written Exam
  • PET & Medical Test
  • Interview
  • Merit List

Here the details of UPSC exam pattern (written exam) are as follows:

PaperPaper NameTimeMarks
Paper IGeneral Ability & Intelligence2 Hours 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon250 Marks
Paper IIGeneral Studies, Essay & Comprehension3 Hours 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm200 Marks
  • Paper I & II will be based on Hindi & English Language.
  • Paper I is Multiple Choice Question (MCQ).
  • Paper II is based on Descriptive format.
  • The aspirants who can clear the Paper I will be qualify for Paper II.

Paper I Syllabus:

The UPSC Syllabus of CAPF is based on Paper I & II. Below the details of Paper I Syllabus are as follows:

General Mental AbilityLogical Reasoning Quantitative Aptitude Numerical ability Data Interpretation This section tests the quantitative aptitude, logical reasoning, numerical ability, and data interpretation of aspirants
General ScienceGeneral Awareness Scientific Temper Comprehension & Appreciation of Scientific Phenomena Information Technology Biotechnology Environmental Science
Current EventsQuestions will be from Current Events of national and international importance in areas of Culture Music Arts Literature Sports Governance Societal and Developmental Issues Industry Business Globalisation
Indian Polity and EconomyQuestions will be asked from: Indian political system Constitution of India Social systems and public administration Economic development in India Regional and international security issues Human rights & its indicators
Indian HistoryQuestions will be asked to test candidates' knowledge of the growth of nationalism in India and the freedom movement. Indian History, Culture and Civilisation Freedom Movement in India Indian Constitution and Administration Elementary knowledge of Five Year Plans of India Panchayati Raj Co-operatives and Community Development Forces shaping the Modern India Renaissance Exploration and Discovery
Indian and World GeographyEarth Latitudes and Longitudes Concept of time International Date Line Movements of Earth and their effects Origin of Earth Rocks and their classification Weathering Earthquakes and Volcanoes Ocean Currents and Tides Atmosphere and its composition Temperature and Atmospheric Pressure Planetary Winds Cyclones and Anti-cyclones Humidity Condensation and Precipitation Types of Climate Major Natural regions of the World Regional Geography of India Mineral and Power resources Imports and Exports of India World Geography

Paper II Syllabus:

Part-A (80 Marks)Essay questions The topics of essay questions could be on Modern Indian History Freedom Struggle Geography Polity Economy Security Human Rights Analytical Ability
Part-B (120 Marks)Comprehensions Précis writing Communications/language skills Developing counter-arguments Simple grammar Other aspects

Physical Efficiency Test & Medical Test

Physical TestFemaleMale
100 Meter race18 Seconds16 Seconds
800 Meter race4 minutes 45 second3 minutes 45 second
Long Jump3.0 Meters (3 chances)3.5 Meters (3 chances)
Shot Put (7.26 Kgs.)-4.5 Meters

Medical test:

The candidates who will be qualify in PET will be join the Medical test:

  • Distance Vision (Corrected): Better Eye 6/6 and Worse Eye 6/9
  • Near Vision: Better Eye N6 and Worse Eye N9
  • Color Vision standard: Color Perception-III (CP-III) by ISIHARA plates


The interview round is based on the qualification of written, PET, and Medical Test. The total number of written marks is 450 and interview marks will be 150. The selected candidates from the interview round will be recruits to the post of BSF, CISF, CRPF, ITBP, & SSB.

Final Selection:

The final selection of UPSC CAPF is based on the merit list. UPSC will prepare the final merit list for the candidates who are qualified in the Written Exam, PET, and Interview list. 

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