How To Prepare For UPSC CAPF Interview

By Malavikka

The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) is a wing of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. CAPF diverges into departments such as Assam Rifles, Border Security Force, Central Industrial Security Force, Central Reserve Police Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, National Security Guard and Sashastra Seema Bal.

Lakhs of candidates appear for the UPSC CAPF exam every year to join the police force. Out of that, only few thousands clear the exam and few hundreds qualify for the interview round. This year, the interview is scheduled on May 7, 2018. Click here to read the official schedule.


Here are some of the important interview questions and how to answer them.

Understand The Purpose Of The Interview

Basically, a police recruitment interview is held to evaluate your aptitude, personality, knowledge and decision-making skills. So, you must centre your preparations around those aspects.

Have Interesting Things To Say About Yourself

Have Interesting Things To Say About Yourself

Although "tell me about yourself" is one of the common and firstly asked questions in every interview, the way you answer it talks about your personality. First of all, focus on your diction. After your first sentence, pause and look at the reaction of the interviewer.

Then, proceed with more details. It is important to respond to their reactions instead of going on and on about yourself, so that you can read from their faces if you are making points that interest them or not. Apart from the generic introduction, talk about your interest in the field and how you built it; this will make your introduction relevant.

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Expect Job Role Related Questions

Some of the expected job-related questions are:

  • Why did you choose CAPF?
  • What is your order of preference in the CAPF?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
  • Would you extend your work hours or forego public holidays for duty?

To be able to answer these questions, you must first thoroughly know about the lifestyle and roles of a CAPF employee. Even though you know about the responsibilities and are here because you actually cracked the exam, the version from insiders in the industry could give you more insight and additional information. So talk to them to be able to answer those questions efficiently.

Prepare For Decision-making Situational Questions

Some of the possible decision-making questions are:

  • What will you do in the absence of a senior when there is an emergency situation?
  • How will you handle being alone in a war field?
  • What is your priority - life or duty?

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Keep Current Affairs On Your Fingertips

As a police personnel, it is important for you to be more informed than anyone else. And questions from current affairs is a prime way of testing how updated you are. Apart from testing what you know, your opinions related to the affairs will also be weighed. Some of the opinion-related questions can be:

  • What is your stand on the Indo-Pak relations?
  • What are the judicial reforms that are necessary in India?
  • How are Indo-US relations?
  • What is the most important problem that our country faces?

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Your Inputs For Improving Brand Image

Even government organisations are actually brands that represent good or bad governance. In that aspect, your contribution towards creating a good brand image will be assessed while making the decision to hire you. Some of the questions pertaining to this are:

The image of the police amongst the public is bad. What are the measures that can be taken to address it and create a positive image?

  • What do you think can be done to reach out to the public in a friendly manner?
  • What are the changes that can be made in the defence industry?

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