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How to prepare for UPSC Assistant Commandants Exam?

UPSC Assistant Commandants Exam Preparation Plan

UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) has created a great opportunity to those who would like to begin their career as a police officer by releasing a notification to fill in the vacancies of the assistant commandant posts in the central armed forces. So let us check out the recruitment process, preparation and other issues to get the job of assistant commandant that offers great career, reputation in the society and also handsome salary.

UPSC Assistant Commandants Selection process:

There are three phases in the selection process like written test, physical test-medical test and finally interview/personality test. Those who have qualified in the written test are eligible for the physical test and those who qualify the physical test need to attend the interview/personality test in the last phase. The final selection is based on the merit one has achieved in these three tests.

UPSC Assistant Commandants Written exam pattern:

There are two papers in this section as Paper-I and Paper-II for which the examination is conducted on the same day as in the morning and afternoon. The Paper-I is set in an objective method and the Paper-II is conducted in the descriptive manner. The questions are asked in both English and Hindi. The Paper-I is conducted for 250 marks covering questions on general ability and intelligence. The Paper-II is conducted for 200 marks covering the topics of general studies, essay and comprehension. In each paper one should get the minimum marks as specified. If one is qualified in Paper-I then only the Paper-II shall be evaluated. There is also negative marking where there is a deduction of 1/3rd marks for wrong answers.

Preparation for the examination Plan:

Paper-I: In this paper, questions from topics like general ability and intelligence, general sciences, current events, Indian political and economy, Indian history, India-world geography are covered.

General ability and intelligence test:

This section is framed to test the analyzing ability of the candidate appearing for the examination. In this questions shall come from logical reasoning, quantitative aptitude, numerical ability and data interpretation. So, one should have a hold on topics like series, analogy, classifications, directions, blood relations, alphabetical orders, time and distance, profit and loss, pi charts, graphs, tables etc. To get good marks in this section it is better to mug-up the English alphabetical order from beginning to end and also from the end to the beginning. One should also know tables, squares, cube values very well and be able to calculate addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in their mind itself without any paper work.

General science:

The questions in this section test the knowledge of the candidates on the everyday science one shall experience in their day to day life. One should also focus on the latest developments mainly IT, Biotechnology and environment topics. Questions are asked on the basic level covering science, information technology, biotechnology, environment and such other topics.

Current events:

To get good marks in this section one should follow the latest developments happening in both national and international level on various issues from the last month of July. One should also read thoroughly regarding people who won awards in fields like arts, music, literature and sports. Similarly, main agreements done between different nations should also be read. Mainly one should also update themselves with the agreements made by India with different nations on commercial and social affairs. In the same way the main events that occurred across the world should also be remembered.

Indian Political and Economy:

In this section questions to test the knowledge of candidates on Indian politics and economy of the country. So in this manner one should focus on Indian political structure, constitution, formation of the Indian constitution, amendments in constitution, parliament, high court, supreme court, administration structure, president, powers of governor, security issues, police laws, human rights, recent economical changes, role of reserve bank of India, decision making of reserve bank, foreign investments, economists and their reforms etc.

Indian History:

Questions in this section test the candidate’s knowledge on changes like historical, political, social and economic that took place in the country over the years. In this scenario one should be thorough on Indus civilization, kings who ruled the country, emperors, ancient political, social and economic conditions, Indian independence movement, British rule etc.

India-world geography:

In this section questions to test the knowledge of candidates on Indian and world geography shall be asked. So, one should be thorough on rivers, seas, different climatic conditions, forests, minerals, mountains, peaks, universe etc.


This paper is set as Part-A and B as two sections.


In this section, one should write an essay on the given topic for which 80 marks are allotted. There is a chance for topics like Indian independence movement, geography, political and economy issues. Mainly one should prepare on the laws securing the country, society and human rights. To become expert in this section one should choose a topic every day and write an essay on that for practice. One should observe what has been asked in the question and come up with relevant information rather than writing off everything one knows about the topic. Mentioning expert’s quotations and statistics covering the topic helps in scoring better. If there are any latest developments on the given topic then mentioning about that makes the essay complete. However, Telugu medium students should allot additional time for the essay preparation. They should get a grip on English words and sentence formation. This essay can be written either in English or Hindi.


120 marks were allotted for this paper. In this paper questions on comprehension, precise writing, and grammar and so on to test English ability have to be answered. For this it is enough to read and practice any Standard English grammar book. One should also daily practice precise writing and comprehension along with reading synonyms, antonyms, articles, prepositions, verbs, tenses and so on. This section has to be answered only in English.

Physical efficiency test:

To those who have qualified in the written test need to attend the physical efficiency test. In this there are two events like physical standard test and physical efficiency test. In this physical standard test the candidate’s physique is tested according to the defined physical standards.  Only those who have qualified in this are allowed to take part in the physical efficiency test. In this test there are different events like ………


100 mts running
16 seconds
18 seconds
800 mts running
3 min 45 secs
4 min 45 secs
Long jump (three chances)
3.5 mts
3 mts
Shot put (7.26 kgs)
45 mts

Those who have qualified in the physical efficiency test should then undergo the medical examination. To those who have qualified in the medical examination also shall be called for the interview. 150 marks are allotted for the interview.

Preparation for physical efficiency tests:

When compared to the state level sub inspector (SI) examination this commandant physical efficiency test is easy. So many candidates are of the opinion that they can start practice after writing the examination. But it is important to practice for the physical test from now onwards along with the examination preparation. Every day one should run 100 mts and 800 mts thrice in a day. After one month one should test the time in how much they are able to run the distance. Those who are practicing for the first time should not think about achieving the target in the allotted time. By doing this they may become tired and face physical problems in the body. Long jump and short put events should also be practiced from now onwards. The targets are easy and by practicing regularly setting easy targets initially and gradually reaching the specified target by the board within a month is not at all difficult.  For long jump one should practice on flat sand.

UPSC Assistant Commandants Interview preparation:

Psychological stability is tested in the interview. One should also have basic knowledge on the subjects related to BSF, CISF, CRPF and ITBP. One should have thorough knowledge on the service opted by them. There is a chance to ask questions on police department and security forces so one should enhance their knowledge on this subject. Truthfulness and clarity in answers without hesitation helps in scoring more marks in the interview.  

UPSC Assistant Commandants Exam 2014 Reference Books:

NCERT 8, 9 & 10th standard maths, science and social books
NCERT 11 & 12th standard history, economy and geography books
R S Agarwal arithmetic, reasoning books ( chand publications)
Manorama year book
Wren and Martin high school English grammar book
Word power made easy ( Norman Louis)
General awareness Pratiyogita Darpan

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