This blog post is made as a sequel to my earlier blog article titled: CPF (AC) Exam 2012 Notification, Eligibility & Forms
which tells you about how to apply for the exam along with eligibilities and where to find those forms.
The focus of this blog post is on giving you the study materials for CPF (AC) Exam – the sample question papers & books along with syllabus and exam pattern.
First let us know the pattern of CPF written Exam.
UPSC CPF Exam pattern:
The selection process of UPSC CPF exam consists of three stages:
1.0 Written test of 450 marks.
2.0 Physical Efficiency Tests (PETs).
3.0 Interview of 150 marks.
CPF Exam Written test pattern:
There are two papers in the UPSC CPF Written Exam:
Paper I: General Ability and Intelligence: 250 marks, 125 questions (2 hours).
Paper II: General Studies, Essay and Comprehension - 200 Marks (3 hours)
There is negative mark in Paper-I: 1/3rd mark for each wrong answer.
You can find more details on CPF exam pattern from following table:
What is CPF PET?
Subsequent to the CPF Written test, on being shortlisted for the interview, you at first have to clear the CPF PET (Physical Efficiency Tests). You have to clear the minimum physical standard as you have to serve the best police organisations in India.
This is in addition to the minimum physical eligibility during application stage as given in the notification.
Subsequent to qualifying the CPF PET, you would be called for UPSC CPF Interview for 150 marks. The merit list is based on thus a total of 600 marks (Written: 450 + Interview: 150).
UPSC CPF Exam Syllabus:
UPSC CPF Exam Sample/Previous Years Exam Papers:
You must be searching to download some CPF Exam sample/model/previous years papers to begin your preparation. I did the search for you and you can download the last three Previous years years CPF exam papers as given below.
For Paper-II on descriptive English, you can take help of Competition Master
website. This website also has very useful content for Paper-I.
UPSC CPF Exam Prep Books:
I found following books good for preparation of for CPF Exam. These books are available in most of the bookstores, but you can also order them online by clicking the links below, from Flipkart.com which offers huge discounts upto 30% apart from free shipping/postage in India if the order exceeds Rs. 200/=. You can choose to pay through Credit Card/Debit Card/Internet Banking. You can also choose to pay through “Cash-on-Delivery” i.e. you pay in cash only when the same is delivered at your doorstep:
UPSC CPF Exam Prep Books in English:
Hope above study materials for UPSC CPF Exam helps you in clearing the exam with ease. As you could find out in my previous blog post, greatest hurdle in cracking the CPF exam is the written test, where most screening is done. Once if you are invited for CPF Interview, you have almost 50% chance to becoming an Assistant Commandant in Central Police Forces!