Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF)
The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) refers to uniform nomenclature of seven security forces in India under the authority of Ministry of Home Affairs.
Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF)
They are the Assam Rifles (AR), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), National Security Guard (NSG), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).
Candidates who would qualify the CAPF Assistant Commandants (Group A) examination will be appointed in the Border Security Force (BSF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police) and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).
With just few days left for the UPSC CAPF (AC) 2019 exam, it is advisable that the candidates should devote this time for practice and revision. Undertake the given previous year papers of UPSC CAPF (Assistant Commandants) and brush up your preparation level. But before that, have a look at the UPSC CAPF (AC) Exam Pattern 2020: For more details please log on to official website of CAPF ( Central Armed Police Forces ).
|Paper||Paper 1(General Ability and Intelligence)||Paper 2(General Studies, Essay and Comprehension)|
|Total Questions||200 (MCQ)||6 (Descriptive)|
|Duration||2 hours||3 hours|
Recruitment is conducted mainly in three modes.
- Gazetted Officers: Officers in CAPFs are recruited through Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination conducted by UPSC. They are appointed as Assistant Commandants and are Gazetted Officers generally referred as DAGOs (Directly Appointed Gazetted Officers). DEGOs (Departmental Entry Gazetted Officers) are who have been promoted through departmental exams conducted internally for Subordinate Officers.
- Subordinate Officers: Sub Inspectors are recruited through competitive examination conducted by Staff Selection Commission and they are referred as DASOs (Directly Appointed Subordinate Officers). DESOs (Departmental Entry Subordinate Officers) are who have been promoted through departmental exams conducted internally for Constables, Head Constables and Assistant Sub Inspectors.
- Constables: Constables are recruited through competitive examination conducted by Staff Selection Commission. Apart from above modes, CAPFs conduct recruitment for specialized posts such as Engineers, Doctors etc. among DAGOs and Wireless operators, Technicians, Nursing Staff etc. among subordinate officers and constables directly under their own authority.
The recruitment of the candidates in the CAPF is done by the Union Public Service Commission as well the staff selection commission and respective service HQs for the various posts according to the qualification of the candidates. For the higher levels posts, IPS officers are deputed.
Women in Central Armed Police Forces
Initially women were not recruited for the Central Armed Police Forces. In 1992 Asha Sinha created history by being the first Woman Commandant of any of the Central Armed Forces in India when she was selected as Commandant, Central Industrial Security Force, for Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited. Earlier the role of Women was allowed but limited to supervisory roles in the Central Armed Police Forces.
The Parliamentary Committees of India for women’s empowerment recommended grater roles for women in the CAPF. On these recommendations the Ministry of Home Affairs (India) declared reservation for women in constabulary in paramilitary forces, and later declared that they can also be inducted as officers in combat roles in all five Central Armed Police Forces.
The Union Home Minister announced that women’s representation in the CRPF and CISF would be made 15 per cent while it would be 5 per cent in the BSF, ITBP and SSB. On 5th January, 2016, it was decided that 33 per cent of posts at the constabulory level would be reserved for women in the CRPF and the CISF to begin with, and 14-15 per cent of posts at the constable level in the BSF, SSB and ITBP in a phased manner, Rijiju said. In 2016, an IPS Officer Archana Ramasundram of 1980 Batch rewrote history when became the first Woman to become the Director General of Police of a Paramilitary Force as DG, Sashastra Seema Bal.
|Paper I||General Ability|
|General Mental Ability||Logical reasoning, quantitative aptitude, numerical ability & data interpretation|
|General Science||General awareness, scientific temper, comprehension & appreciation of scientific phenomena of everyday observation like Information Technology, Biotechnology, Environmental Science|
|Current Events of National & International Importance||Awareness of current events of national & International importance in the broad areas of culture, music, arts, literature, sports, governance, societal & developmental issues, industry, business, globalisation, & interplay among nations|
|Indian Polity & Economy||Knowledge of the Country’s political system & the Constitution of India, social systems & public administration, economic development in India, Regional & International security issues & human rights including its indicators.|
|History of India||Social, economic & political aspects of History, areas of growth of nationalism & freedom movement|
|Indian & World Geography||Physical, social & economic aspects of geography pertaining to India & the World|
|Paper II||General Studies, Essay & Comprehension||Part-A||Essay questions which are to be answered in long narrative form either in Hindi or English. The indicative topics are modern Indian history especially of the freedom struggle, geography, polity & economy, knowledge of security & human rights issues, & analytical ability.|
|Part-B||Comprehension, précis writing, & other communications / language–The topics are Comprehension passages, précis writing, developing counter arguments, simple grammar & other aspects of language testing.|
CAPF Written Test Exam Pattern
Paper I : (Objective) General Ability and Intelligence – 250 marks
Paper II: (Descriptive) General Studies, Essay, and Comprehension – 200 marks
|Paper I (Objective)||General Ability & Intelligence||250 marks|
|Paper II (Descriptive)||General Studies, Essay & Comprehension||200 marks|
Physical Efficiency Test Pattern
|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||–|