CPF Assistant Commandant – STRATEGY & PATTERN

Paper I : General Ability and Intelligence 

This paper contains objective type questions with multiple choices. This paper broadly covers following areas:

1. General Mental Ability

The questions will be designed to test the logical reasoning, quantitative aptitude including numerical ability, and data interpretation.

2. General Science

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.

3. Current Events of National and International Importance

The questions will test your awareness of current events of national and international importance in the broad areas of culture, music, arts, literature, sports, governance, societal and developmental issues, industry, business, globalisation, and interplay among nations.

4. Indian Polity and Economy

The questions aim to test your knowledge of India’s political system and the Constitution of India, social systems and public administration, economic development in India, regional and international security issues and human rights including its indicators.

5. History of India

The questions will broadly cover the subject in its social, economic and political aspects. This will also include the areas of growth of nationalism and freedom movement.

6. Indian and World Geography

The questions will cover the physical, social and economic aspects of geography pertaining to India and the World.

Paper II : General Studies, Essay and Comprehension

This paper contains two parts – A and B. The exam is of 200 marks and the duration of the paper is 3 hours.


Essay questions which are to be answered in long narrative form either in Hindi or English totalling 80 marks. The indicative topics are modern Indian history especially of the freedom struggle, geography, polity and economy, knowledge of security and human rights issues, and analytical ability.


Comprehension, précis writing, other communications and language skills. The paper is to be attempted in English only (marks 120). The topics are Comprehension passages, précis writing, developing counter arguments, simple grammer and other aspects of language testing.

Break-up of Paper

Topic Questions Marks
Essay Question in 800 words One 80
Precis Writing Two 30
Comprehension Passaged Two 40
Counter Argument Two 10
Report Writing One 20
Other Grammar Questions 20
Total Marks 200