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Central Police Force Exam Pattern

The entrance for Central Police Force comprises of a Written Exam, Physical and Medical Standard Test, Physical Efficency Test followed by Personality Test. The details follow:

Written Examination




Maximum Marks


General Ability and Intelligence

2 hours



Essay, Precis Writing and Comprehension

2 hours




General (but important) instructions about written examination

  • Paper I will consist of Objective (multiple choice answer) Type questions only and the questions will be set in English as well as Hindi.
  • Paper II: Candidates will be allowed the option of writing the Essay Component in English or Hindi, but the medium of Precis Writing and Comprehension Components will be English only.
    • Candidates should ensure that in Paper II they write the answers only in the medium allowed by the Commission for the different Components as mentioned above.
    • No credit will be given for answers written in a medium other than the one allowed in the Paper.
    • Candidates will be required to indicate the medium of Essay Component in the Attendance Lists and on the Answer Book.
  • Commission have discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.
    • Paper I will be evaluated first and evaluation of Paper II will be done only of those candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in Paper I.

For more detailed exam instructions for Conventional and Objective type papers go through Exam Instructions

For Syllabus of the papers check the CPF Subject list.

Physical Standard , Physical Efficency and Medical Standard Tests

Physical Standard Test

  • Candidates who are declared qualified in the written examination will be summoned for Physical Standards Test. The candidates should meet the following requirements:

Physical Standard




165 cms.

157 cms.

Chest (unexpanded)

81 cms (with 5 cms min. expansion)



50 kgs.

According to heights but not less than 46 kgs

Physical Efficiency Test

  • Those candidates who meet the prescribed Physical Standards, will be put through the Physical Efficiency Tests as indicated below :

Type of Test



100 meter race

In 16 seconds

In 18 seconds

800 meter race

In 3 minutes

In 4 minutes

Long Jump

3.5 meters (3 chances)

3 meters (3 chances)

High Jump

1.05 meters (3 chances)

0.9 meters (3 chances)

Shot Put (7.26 kgs)

4.5 meters


Medical Standard Test

  • Those candidates who qualify in Physical Efficiency Tests, will be summoned for the Medicam Standard Tests. Candidates should meet the following requirements:
  • Eye Sight:
    • Distant Vision (Corrected): Better eye, Worse eye – 6/6, 6/12 or 6/9, 6/9
    • Near Vision (Corrected): Better eye, Worse eye – J.I, J.II
    • The candidate should possess good colour vision. The candidates will be tested for colour vision by Ishahara’s test as well as Edrich-Green Lantern Test.
  • The candidates must not have Knock-knees, Flat Foot, Varicose Veins or squint in eyes.
  • They must be in good mental and bodily health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient performance of the duties.
  • In order to prevent disappointment, candidates are advised to have themselves examined by a Civil Surgeon before applying for the examination to ensure that they meet the prescribed Physical and Medical Standards.


  • The Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests will be conducted under the supervision of a Nodal Authority to be nominated by the Ministry of Home Affairs. These tests will be conducted at various centres to be notified after the results of the written examination.
  • Appeals will be entertained only against the Medical Standards Tests and will have to be made to the Appellate Authority designated by the Ministry of Home Affairs within a period of 15 days from the date of declaration of the results of these tests.

Personality Test (Interview)

  • Candidates who are declared qualified in the Medical Standards Tests, will be called for Interview/Personality Test to be conducted by Union Public Service Commission.
  • Candidates who are declared temporarily medically unfit and those who are decalred medically unfit but allowed to appear before the "Review Medical Board" on their appeal by the Appellate Authority will be called for Interview/Personality Tests provisionally.
  • The Interview/Personality Test will carry 200 Marks.
  • Candidates who are short-listed for Interview/Personality Test, will be issued a Detailed Application Form (DAF) in which among other things, they will be required to indicate their preference of services. As female candidates are eligible for appointment to CRPF and CISF only, they will be required to indicate their preference for CRPF and CISF only.
  • The final merit list will be drawn on the basis of marks obtained by the candidates in the Written Examination and Interview/Personality Test.