How to prepare for UPSC CAPF without any coaching?

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Jun 4, 2020

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Now UPSC CAPF AC is getting closer with the course of time and the aspirants tend to get anxious and lose their focus in such situations. Moreover, when you determined to study by yourself, you need to focus on many things.

First, break the strategy into three sections: Previous years questions papers for better understanding the question pattern, choosing the proper books and strategic preparation for the exam:

Collecting the Previous years of Question papers

First, you should collect the previous years of question papers and sample question papers so that you could understand the mode of questions and the exam pattern better. Here are some links for downloading 5 years of question papers.

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Compact Booklist

Understanding the concept of each topic and each section is the basic aim and then go for advanced study. In the following tabula, there is a compact list of books for each section suitable for beginners to advanced candidates:

Books for CAPF General Ability and Intelligence

Name of Sections Books
Economics Economic Development & Policies in India – Jain & Ohri
Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
Indian Polity Indian Polity – M Laxmikanth
History Facets of Indian Culture – Spectrum
NCERT XI (Ancient & Medieval)
NCERT XII (Modern Indian History)
India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra
Geography World Atlas
NCERT VI – X (Old Syllabus)
NCERT XI, XII (New Syllabus)
Certificate Physical Geography – G C Leong
International Relations NCERT XII (Contemporary World Politics)
Current Affairs

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Books for CAPF Paper-II: General Studies and Comprehension & Essays

History and Heritage of India An Introduction to Indian Art Part 1: Textbook in Fine Arts for Class XI
India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra
India after Independence by Bipan Chandra
Ancient India by R.S Sharma
History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra
Geography Geography of India by Majid Husain
World Geography by Majid Husain
World Atlas
Certificate Physical and Human Geography – G C Leong
Fundamentals of Physical Geography NCERT Class 11
Polity & International Relations Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth
Introduction to the Constitution of India by DD Basu
India’s Foreign Policy by Rajiv Sikri
Economy Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh
English Language R. S. Agarwal
Wren and Martin

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How to prepare for CAPF Exam?

Strategy is a must for all kinds of candidates no matter you have the help of a coach or not. Below mentioned are some subject-wise tips for both papers of CAPF Exam preparation.

UPSC CAPF Paper-I General Ability and Intelligence

This paper includes general ability, current affairs, general science, History & Geography, Politics and Economy of India. Each section is equally important and is discussed below:

  • General Ability

    • Practice quantitative aptitude and logical reasoning with extra stress on numerical ability and data interpretation.
    • Exercise Maths on profit and loss, time and distance, analogy, graphs, pi-charts, mathematical tables, etc. to obtain a good score on this section.
  • Current Affairs

    • Students preparing without coaching should have a habit of daily newspaper reading and making notes of newspaper reading.
    • Current Affairs like All India Radio (AIR) news analysis, Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV debate also should be under consideration with newspapers like The Hindu, Indian Express, the Times of India, and other apps and magazines as well.
    • Keep on making notes of the treaties, the peace initiatives between nations, the awards in various fields like literature, music, arts, sports and science, the economic conditions of the nations, movements, riots, crisis and changes in policies in different countries.

UPSC CAPF Pattern & Syllabus

  • General Science

    • Collect the proper syllabus of Physics, Biology and Chemistry along with other topics of Science.
    • Concentrate on the latest developments taking place in Science both in India and the world.
    • Don’t go in-depth of any topic, only have the conceptual knowledge. As you finish up the NCERT books, go for the advance books though they are optional.
  • History

    • Keep a good focus of different eras in India, years and dates.
    • Originate your own method of memorizing and linking the dates of different rulers and their reigns
    • Modern History can get a bit complicated. So, follow the flow of history to know the chronology of the events and memorize it better.
    • Possess a good understanding of the freedom movement, and the social and economic changes in India.
  • Geography

    • While studying geography, align it with general science and economy.
    • Concentrate on the geographical aspects related to India and the world.
    • Lay stress on the resent events of geographical disaster, global warming, the latest treaties, climate change, etc.
  • Politics and International relations

    • Focus on the overall political and International relations situation of India.
    • This would cover the political constitution of India, national and international threats, the public works undertaken, the dialogues that are going on, different business policies, role of the Reserve Bank of India etc.
    • Also, keep making notes on the current affairs related to the polity and Internation relationships.
  • Economy

    • Keep on making notes on of the current affair related to economical growth, downfalls etc.
    • Relate you economic study with polity and geography for better understanding.

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UPSC CAPF Paper-II General Studies, Essay and Competitions

  • Practice varieties topics of essay related to history, geography, economy, contemporary issues, and polity of India.
  • Remember the dates of events, trends of various events and also the statistical data.
  • Brush up English grammar.
  • Practice comprehension and language skills.

Preparing for so many sections can be difficult. You can use different notebooks for each section. Use sticky notes which contain important information and you can stick them in your table or study chart board for better memorization. Your notes must be compact and use highlighters so that your eyes get attracted and study will be a lot more fun. You can finish the entire syllabus and be confident about your preparation. We hope our tips and strategies will definitely help you to plan your growth or preparation better.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.