CRPF 2021: Eligibility Criteria, Syllabus, Pattern, Preparation


The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) came into reality as Crown Representative’s Police on 27th July 1939. It became the Central Reserve Police Force on enactment of the CRPF Act on 28th December 1949. It has completed 76 years of glorious history.

The mission of the CRPF shall be to enable the government to maintain Rule of Law, Public Order, and Internal Security effectively and efficiently to preserve National Integrity & Promote Social Harmony and Development by upholding the supremacy of the Constitution.

The CRPF Force has grown into a big organization with 235 Bans, (including 203 executive Bans, 5 Mahila Bns, 10 RAF Bns, 10 Cobra Bns, 5 Signal Bns and 1 Special Duty Group, 1 Parliament Duty Group), 42 Group Centers, 20 Training Institutions, 3 CWS, 7 AWS, 3 SWS, 4 Composite Hospitals of 100 bed and 17 Composite Hospitals of 50 bed.

Duties Performed by the CRPF are

  • Crowd control
  • Riot control
  • Counter Militancy / Insurgency operations.
  • Dealing with Left Wing Extremism
  • Overall coordination of large-scale security arrangement especially with regard to elections in disturbed areas.
  • Protection of VIPs and vital installations.
  • Checking environmental degradation and protection of local Flora and Fauna
  • Fighting aggression during Wartime
  • Participating in UN Peace Keeping Mission
  • Rescue and Relief operations at the time of Natural Calamities.

Role During Elections of CRPF

  • Central Reserve Police Force is the agency, the government heavily banks upon to ensure free and fair elections: be it the Parliamentary or the Assembly Elections around the country. CRPF continues to discharge this onerous responsibility with a great sense of pride and commitment.
  • Coordinates with Ministry of Home Affairs, Election Commission of India, Railway Board, and other CAPFs/ SAPs/ BWHGs/I RBns.
  • Co-ordinates with poll going States by constituting “State Level Co-ordination Group”.
  • Coordinates movement and deployment of troops deputed for election duties by setting up a dedicated 24×7 control room at Force and at poll going state.
  • Security profiling of the state going to poll.
  • Planning deployment of troops according to the sensitivity of the area/ booth in consultation with State authority.
  • Generating/ issuing unique ID to all forces so that the local authorities of poll-going states shall comfortably deploy the troops in close quarters so that the troop’s commander can have proper command and control.
  • Pre-induction training to the troops deployed for election duties in which the troops are trained according to the security profiling of the state.

Recruitment Procedure for Several Posts in CRPF is as follows:

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Assistant Commandant | Sub Inspector | Constable | Assistant Sub- Inspector | Head Constable | Followers


Exam Pattern of CPRF

The written exam consists of two papers totalling 300 marks

  • Paper I: General Awareness, General Intelligence, and Reasoning, Numerical Ability (200marks).
  • Paper-II: Essay in Hindi or English, Precise writing (English), and comprehension of given passage in English (100 marks).

Physical Efficiency Test

  • Race to be completed in 16 seconds (Men) and 18 seconds (Women)
  • Race to be completed in 3 min (Men) and 4 min. (Women)
  • Long Jump: 3.50m for men and 3 m for Women.
  • High Jump: 1.05m for men and 0.90m for women.
  • Short Putt (7.26 kg): 4.50m. for men only

The applicant will be given three chances to qualify the minimum requirement in the long jump, high jump, and short putt. Failure in any one of these events leads to disqualification.

Medical Officers

The post of Medical Officers are filled up by direct recruitment, failing which, by transfer on commission or transfer of suitable persons holding equivalent or analogous posts under the Central or State Governments or Public Sector Undertaking or Autonomous bodies, or transfer on deputation or re-employment of Medical Officers of Army Medical Corps, possessing the qualifications prescribed for direct recruits.

Age limit

  • Between 23 and 30 years (relaxable for government servants and released Army Medical Corps Officers up to five years in accordance with the instructions or orders issued by the government).

Educational Qualification

  • Recognized Medical qualifications included in the First Schedule or the Second Schedule to the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 (102 of 1956) and enrolment in any State Medical Register maintained under that act.

Physical Standard

  • Height: 157 Cms. relaxable by 2 cms for Gorkhas, Garwalis, Kumaonees, Dogras, Marathas and 3 Cms in respect of Adivasis and female candidates.
  • Chest: 77 Cms. unexpanded and 82 Cms expanded.
  • Weight: Proportionate to the height and age

Sub Inspector

Physical Efficiency Test (PET), Written Test and Interview

The applicants who on screening are found medically fit are allowed to appear in Physical Efficiency Test. The exam consists of:

Physical Efficiency Test

  • 1 mile run in 6.5 minutes
  • 12 feet long jump in three chances.

Written Test

  • Paper 1: General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness and Numerical Ability
  • Paper 2: Language comprehension and communication writing skills.


General Intelligence & Reasoning:

  • Analytical Aptitude And Ability
  • Analogies
  • Similarities And Differences
  • Spatial Visualization
  • Spatial Orientation
  • Visual Memory
  • Discrimination
  • Observation
  • Relationship Concepts
  • Arithmetical Reasoning And Figural Classification
  • Arithmetic Number Series
  • Non-Verbal Series
  • Coding And Decoding

General Knowledge and General Awareness:

  • Knowledge of current events
  • India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining to sports
  • History
  • Culture
  • Geography
  • Economic Scene
  • General Polity
  • Indian Constitution
  • Scientific Research

Elementary Mathematics:

  • Number Systems
  • Computation of Whole Numbers
  • Decimals and Fractions and relationship between Numbers
  • Fundamental arithmetical operations
  • Percentages
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Averages
  • Interest
  • Profit and Loss
  • Discount
  • Mensuration
  • Time and Distance
  • Ratio and Time
  • Time and Work

Arithmetic Ability

  • Number Systems.
  • Whole Numbers.
  • Decimals
  • Fractions
  • Arithmetical operations.
  • Percentages
  • Profit and Loss.
  • Interests
  • Discounts
  • Averages
  • Ratio and Proportion.
  • Time and Work.
  • Ratio and Time.
  • Time and Distance.
  • Mixtures & Allegations.
  • Mensuration
  • Data Interpretation etc.

English and Hindi

  • Grammar
  • Tenses
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension Passage.
  • Usage of Words.
  • Antonyms
  • Error Detection.
  • Fill in the Blanks.
  • Synonyms
  • Translation of Sentences.
  • Phrases etc.

General Studies/Elementary Science

  • Current Events – National & International.
  • Economy
  • History
  • Culture
  • Environment
  • Geography
  • General Polity.
  • Sports
  • Indian Constitution.
  • Famous Personalities.
  • Science & Technology etc.
  • General Science up to 10th Standard.
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology etc.

Constable (General Duty)


  • The educational qualification for the Constable/GD in CISF is 10th class pass from recognized board/university.
  • The candidates who produce certificate other than the recognized State/Central Board have to submit Certified True Copy of Govt. of India Notification declaring such qualification equivalent to Matric/10th Class pass for service under the Govt. of India.
  • In case of failure to submit the same, their candidature may be rejected.

Physical Standards Test (PST)

  • Height for Males: 170 cms.
  • Height for Females: 157 cms.
  • Chest : For males only – Unexpanded : 80 cms & Expanded : Min expansion 5 cms
  • Weight: For males and Females: Proportionate to height and age as per medical standards


Relaxation in height, weight, and Chest are available for candidates falling in the categories of Garhwalis, Kumaonis, Dogras, Marathas and candidates belonging to the States of Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, North Eastern States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim & Tripura and candidates hailing from Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA) comprising of the three Subdivisions of Darjeeling District namely Darjeeling, Kalimpong, and Kurseong


The Written examination will consist of only one objective type paper containing 100 questions and carrying 100 marks, with the following composition

  • General Intelligence and Reasoning
  • General Knowledge and General Awareness
  • Elementary Mathematics
  • English/ Hindi

All questions will be of Objective Multiple Choice Types. Questions will be set bilingually in Hindi and English/ Trilingually in English and Hindi/Kashmiri (Urdu Script for J&K), Marathi (Maharashtra), Gujarati (Gujarat), Malayalam (Kerala), Kannada (Karnataka), Telegu (Andhra Pradesh),Tamil (Tamil Nadu), Oriya (Odisha), Bengali (West Bengal and Tripura), Punjabi (Gurmukhi script for Punjab), Assamese (Assam & Arunachal Pradesh), Manipuri (Manipur) and Mizo (Mizoram).

How to Prepare for CPRF

Every Aspirant stuck on this stage, but don’t worry I will provide you detail information that will help you to prepare well and clear out your examination. Preparing for any examination does not start in one day, its take time.

  • Be deterministic regarding your goal to crack the examination
  • Focus on the current affairs
  • Solve as many mocks test as you can
  • Refer previous paper, and solve it by doing so you will get a good idea about what types of question are there
  • Use open source (Internet for the latest update)
  • Make you’re own strategic to study, take your own time to understand each and every topic
  • Keep brushing on each topic that you have learnt earlier, that you will not forget during the examination
  • To study General knowledge, don’t only rely on the above syllabus read as much as you can.
  • Start with basics of NCERT class 9th-12th ( Old and new) all subjects this will give you very strong knowledge base, keep updated with current affairs both national and state
  • Pay attention to state history, geography, economic activity, policy, biodiversity etc.

Books for BFS

  • Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning books by R.S Agarwal.
  • Objective General English by S.P Bakshi
  • NCERT Books
  • For Current Affairs refer Pratiyogita Darpan magazine
  • Phrasal Verbs Dictionary (English) 2nd Edition by Cambridge Dictionary
  • All Competitive Exams Idioms & Phrases (English) 2nd Edition by Roshan Tolani

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