How to Prepare Science for CAPF AC 2021?

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Apr 5, 2021

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CAPF AC consists of a three-stage selection process such as a Written Exam, Medical and Physical Efficiency Test and a Personality test. The written test of CAPF AC contains 2 papers. Catch up on latest government news and updates

The Paper-I or General ability and Intelligence (GAI) is 250 marks and it must be completed within 2 hours. It contains 125 questions and for each attempt, the candidate will be deducted marks of the question. Get news on UPSC CAPF exam

In CAPF AC Paper-I, General Science is an important section. Each year several questions near about 24 questions on average come from this section. Before choosing a career, read How is CAPF different from the Indian Armed Forces?

General Science includes biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, current affairs, technology. In the following article, the important chapters of each subject have been explained.

CAPF AC 2021: Weightage of Science in GAI

First, we will be looking into 5 previous years questions analysis so that we could understand how much importance and time we should give to Science and Environmental issues.

Name of Years Science Environment
2020 28 3
2019 26 2
2018 21 1
2017 15 8
2016 22 3
2015 18 7

After looking at this chart, any CAPF candidate would guess that on average 19% of the total questions of GAI paper comes from Science and 4% of total questions is from Environmental science.

Therefore, we can easily say that scoring good in the Science section is important. Almost in total 27-33 questions are predictable.

Read Exam Analysis of UPSC CAPF AC Exam 2020 (December 20, 2020) in detail here.

CAPF AC General Science Books

The questions will be set to test general awareness, scientific temper, comprehension, and appreciation of scientific phenomena of everyday observation including new areas of importance like Information Technology, Biotechnology, Environmental Science.

Here is a list of books for General Science which cover the syllabus of CAPF AC 2021 exam:

NCERT Books:

  • NCERT Science Books - Class VI to X standards.
  • NCERT Biology Textbook for Class – XI
  • NCERT Biology Textbook Class XII

Other Sources:

  • NIOS study materials.
  • Lucent's General Science - Lucent
  • Newspapers: the Hindu, the IndianExpress, Times of India etc.
  • Magazines: Drishti Magazine

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Preparation Strategy for CAPF AC General Science

Overall, we can suspect 60-70 marks from science. So, the statistic says that 25- 30 % marks a candidate can get from only reading pretty impressive science.

Therefore, preparing well and maintaining strategies is important for General Science of CAPF 2021 Paper-I. Here are some tips one can follow:

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Important Chapters of Physics

Here we are going t mentions some of the most important physics topics which must be covered if you are preparing for CAPF Paper-I: Magnet, electricity, light, sound, work and energy, gravitation, Force And Laws Of Motion, Motion, Chemical Effects Of Electriccurrent, Sound, Friction, Force and Pressure, Electronic Current and its effects, Motion and Time, Heat, etc.

At the beginning of your preparation, you should start them with the NCERT books mentioned above in the article so that you can recall your knowledge as well as you can learn the basics very quickly and smoothly.

Important Chapters of Chemistry

As for the Chemistry, the most notable which should be covered first are: Acids, Bases and Salts, Physical and Chemical Changes, Synthetic Fibres And Plastics, Materials Metals And Non-Metals, Coal And petroleum, Combustion And Flame, Matter In Our Surroundings, Is Matter Around Us Pure, Atoms And Molecules, Structure Of The Atom, Chemical Reactions and Equations, Acids, Bases and Salts, Metals and Non-metals, Carbon and its Compounds, Periodic Classification of Elements, etc.

UPSC, the conducting board of CAPF AC, tends to ask questions more theoretical based. Therefore, one needs to gain a very good conceptual understanding of Science, especially chemistry. They often go into very minute details like chemical formulas, reactions, etc. Still, don’t waste much time. You just need basic science concepts, principles and their day-to-day application clear.

Important Chapters of Biology

Here is a list of important topics from which UPSC asks questions almost every year: Nutrition in Plants, Nutrition in Animals, Respiration in Organisms, Transportation in Animals and Plants, Reproduction in plants, Microorganisms Friend And foe, Cell Structure And Functions, Reproduction In Animals, Reaching The Age Of Adolescence, The Fundamental Unit Of Life, Tissues, Diversity In Living Organisms, Why Do We Fall ill, Life Processes, Control and Coordination, reproduction, evolution, the human eye, Biotechnology Principle and Processes, Biotechnology and its Applications, etc.

Biology is an important part of science. Current affairs on cells, diseases, neuro, biotechnology is really worth time spending. Finish up biology in 2 - 3 months while continuing other sections.

Preparation from Current affairs and Other sources

Current affairs is surely an important part of science. From current affairs each year almost 15-20 questions can be expected among which 4-5 questions can be from science. So, while following up on current affairs, environmental changes, climate change, environmental distractions, new diseases like COVID-19, etc. has an immense amount of chances to occur.

Previous years of questions and analysis

While preparing, collect the previous years of questions and sample question papers also. Then, one can analyse them separately to know what type of questions are more has a higher level of frequency.

This is important how many questions and at what time you can solve them. Paper 1 is an offline exam, so 10-15 minutes have to be saved to bubble the answers.

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