[Study-plan] Central Police Forces Exam (Assistant Commandant) Booklist Strategy, cutoffs

[Study-plan] Central Police Forces Exam (Assistant Commandant) Booklist Strategy, cutoffs

  1. Grab the weapons (Booklist)
  2. 1: History & Culture
  3. Ancient
  4. Medieval
  5. Modern History
  6. Culture
  7. 2: Science
  8. Physics
  9. Chemistry
  10. Biology
  11. 3: Geography
  12. Physical Geography
  13. Universe
  14. Earth: Basics
  15. Rocks/Geology related
  16. Atmosphere and Climate related
  17. Ocean related
  18. Disaster related
  19. Indian Geography
  20. World, Human and Economic Geography
  21. Agriculture
  22. 4: Environment and Biodiversity (EnB)
  23. 5: Polity
  24. 6: Economy
  25. 7: Yearbook
  26. 7: International relations/events/diplomacy
  27. 8: Defense
  28. 9: Misc GK
  29. Maths/Aptitude for CAPF exam
  30. CAPF: Maths
  31. CAPF Maths: ignore these topics
  32. CAPF: Data Interpretation
  33. CAPF reasoning
  34. #1: Chart based
  35. #2: coding n series
  36. #3 Analogy, odd man
  37. syllogism
  38. Assumption reasoning
  39. Paper II (Essay and Comprehension)
  40. How to prepare the Essay?
  41. Hindi Medium Aspirants of CPF Exam
  42. Conclusion / summary / final tips
  43. Appendix1: Download Links
  44. NCERT and NIOS (Essential/Core)
  45. History
  46. Science
  47. EnB
  48. Economy
  49. Geography
  50. India yearbook
  51. NCERT and NIOS (Peripheral)
  52. Appendix2: CAPF notification, cutoffs, previous papers
  53. CAPF 2013 Notification
  54. Cutoffs
  55. Interview experience of Previous Toppers

In terms of General studies Questions, the CAPF and CDS exams run almost parallel. differences are:

Separate paper on maths Maths/Aptitude included within same GS paper
English paper contains MCQ only, no essay writing / descriptive stuff. Essay Comprehension paper, worth 2 hours and 200 marks.

Grab the weapons (Booklist)

  • As such, there is no single “comprehensive” book for the CAPF exam. All I see is some Jholachhaap publishers’ copypasting chapters from other books meant for Bank PO + add some GK material + give last 3 years’ question papers = market it as SSC/CPF/GPSC guidebook.
  • Such readymade books contain “all-in-one” GS+Aptitude material. So a newcomer thinks he got the jackpot.
  • But In such books, the history, science portion, they directly give you 25-30 MCQs without explaining any theory.
  • Similarly in aptitude portion, they merely list 3-4 formulas, show you 3-4 solved sums with 20 MCQs.
  • Many sincere but naive candidates believe that if they prepare such  books, they’re going to crack the SSC/CPF/IBPS/ State PSC exam. Sorry it doesn’t work like that. Please donot underestimate the level of competition.

so, First gather following:

  1. NCERT and NIOS textbooks (even here, you’ve to do very limited study of specific chapters, as explained in this article. free download links @bottom)
  2. Indian Polity by M.Laxmkanth (religiously mugup this book for ~10 marks in the exam.)
  3. General Studies Manual (for filling up the gaps/topics left in NCERTs + for practice of mock questions) you don’t need to buy latest edition, because static topics (history, geography, science) remain one and same in all edition. So grab second hand/used copy for a cheaper price or borrow it from a friend. Any publication will work: Unique, TMH, Spectrum etc.

First we’ll see how to approach static topics (history, geography, science, EnB, economy and polity.) then we’ll see how to approach the current affairs (for IR and Misc.GK). I’m copy pasting the content from my article on CDS strategy because GS/GK/GA syllabus-points are running parallel.

1: History & Culture

Update Feb-24-2014:

for History/culture portion, use the Tamilnadu (TN) State education board books. They’re better than NCERTs. (Free download @bottom).
–end of update
Historycan be sub-classified into following:

Ancient Harappa, Asoka etc.
Medieval Delhi sultanate, Mughals etc.
Modern British raj and freedom struggle.
Culture Music, painting, dance, religion, architecture, books etc. in above 3 periods.
World history rarely anything asked from it. So ignore world history.
  • In old times, UPSC used to ask trivial GK question from kings, war timelines etc. =waste of time in preparation.
  • But nowadays, questions usually centered around culture or just ‘true/false/find correct statement; cause-effect-reasons’ type questions.
  • I suggest you look at last 2-3 years papers by yourself (given in the appendix) and see it yourself.


In Ancient period, the MCQs mostly come from 2 topics:

  1. Harappa
  2. Jainism-Buddism (includes Asoka etc.)- Although this can be classified under culture.

I’ve already uploaded the NCERTs according to topics (and not according to standards/classes), so just download from appendix and start reading. If you already have downloaded NCERTs from any other source, then prepare in following sequence:

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