In CPF Assistant Commandant Personality Test

These are the questions asked by UPSC board in CPF interview/ personality test exam.

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1. What is your name, roll number and date of birth.
2. What is the meaning of your name? (Details about the name asked)
3. What is insurgency problem? Where?
4. What is participatory management?
5. How you can use your knowledge of Computer Science in CPF?
6. What is Wi-Fi? How it works?
7. Blood pressure?
8. What is phishing?
9. What is Firewall?
10. Hindi should be made national language. Favour and Against statements.
11. E security
12. You are with group, insurgents comes, what you will do? How you will handle?
13. You are on border. You know about the attack. You know the enemy. How you will handle?
14. What is scientific research?
15. Are you a good leader?
16. What is food security? Your relation to it?

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CAPF Topper's Interview 1

Swapnil Pawar
UPSC CAPF (Assistant Commandant) 2016, AIR 09

BE Mechanical, COEP Topper
Interview marks - 102/150
Chairman - Mr.  Arvind Saxena sir
Interview date - 10th January 2017 forenoon session
Timing - 10:40 A.M to 11:15 a.m.

I was second one in all Aspirant without blazer. I caught with severe cold. I came to know that I am second in line for interview. this  Itself increased my shivering more than normal. My talking  manner disturbed
with   shivering cold . i demanded a cup of tea to a peon saying that I would not be able to speak a single  word without a cup of tea. With the last sip of tea , a peon came to me to direct me towards interview room.

me:( pushing door with one hand)       may I come in sir?
Chairman: Yes come in.
Me: Good morning sir,( with loud and clear voice said 4 times with one second gap in between)
Chairman: Please sit down.
me: Thank you sir.
Chairman: So swapnil what do you know about IR?
Me: Sorry Sir I do not understand your question( short from IR confused me since I was expecting  a start from biodata)

Chairman: I mean to say India's relations with its neighbours and other countries such as Sri Lanka, Nepal ,Bhutan ,Bangladesh.
me : Sir Sri Lanka is undergoing a transformation from presidential form of Government to prime ministerial form of government. We have some differences and conflicts such as 13th Amendment that is giving autonomy to Northern provinces Indian origin sri Lankan Tamils, fisherman's issue etc( I was blank after this before switching to Nepal).

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Before joining Career Quest I was skeptical to join it. Because I was feeling  following the flock of ship to one classroom in the  market of UPSC. I was further questioned by my conscience - इंटरव्यू के भी कोई क्लास होते हैं क्या ?
I was in fear to lose my original personality in the name of class with fabricated answers . But With each class proceedings i came to realised that I have chosen the right place where I can learn how to answer and why to answer specifically instead of what to answer. 

I believe that this is the right place one can  get your assessment in very precise Manner.
One will never get score below what sir  has allotted you in mock interview.  the precise assessment is very much necessary to improve your performance ... strengthening your strong areas and hiding your weak areas . many  interview coaching has   multi member interview panel.... which I thought weakness of career quest.... but one member panel in the career quest  is itself it's strength .

In total I appeared for two mocks . first mock was blunder .  sir  gave me 74 marks with some dose. this dose   became booster for me.  I still remembers sir's  critique of mine after 1st interview...... "क्यों दूसरे को मौका दे रहे हो तुम्हारी काबिलियत होने के बावजूद? " (Why you are giving  chance to other aspirants though you are much more competent than anyone else?)
these  words further boosted my confidence and keep me away from inferiority complex.

"The thirst and the Quest of my career is quenched by the precise assessment and motivation by sanjeev kabir sir". Thank you for being a part of my success.

सर आपसे मुझे जो मिला है उसकी कीमत मैं आपको चाहकर भी लौटा नहीं सकता . Yours obediently 
Swapnil Pawar, CAPF Rank 9

Chairman: What is Maritime Silk Road?
me: Maritime Silk Road is initiative taken by China so as to increase their Exports.
Chairman: Ok you mean to say that China is developing Maritime Silk Road for their economic development, then why we are concerned about that?
Me : sir with Maritime Silk Road China is constructing a strings of pearls ,  chain of ports surrounding india such as  hambantota in Sri Lanka, Gwadar in Pakistan . so it is directly affecting India's role in Indian ocean as Net security provider to small Nations. it affects  our external security also.

chairman: What is TPCT?( about my college name)
ME: sir TPCT  is Terna Public Charitable Trust which involved in various social and charitable activities. it also runs various schools colleges and hospitals.
Chairman: What is Terna?
me: Sir Terna  is longest river in my district.
Chairman :ok (passing the Baton towards another member)
Member : Why you want to join CRPF?
me: Sir it gives me opportunity to give exposure to my personality to various internal security challenges and law and order problems.

Member : Tell us something about history of CRPF?
Sir Central Reserve Police Force was established before independence as a crown representative police force in 1939 as viceroy's force in a desire to help princely states to calm down political unrest and to maintain law and order. Later on this force is recalibrated as Central Reserve Police Force in 1949 with the mandate of internal security.

Member : What are the specialised child agencies of CRPF?
me: sir there are two specialised child agencies of CRPF first one is rapid action force which was established in 1992 with the objective of controlling civil unrest, Rio control , crowd contol with  minimum response time.
Second one  cobra force commando battalion for resolute action is force established in 2008 with the mandate to fight against left wing extremism.

Member: Who are the social reformers of Maharashtra?
me: sir if I mention about social reformers   of maharashtra ....three names comes to my mind first mahatma Phule ,dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and  shahu maharaj.
Member: What is contribution of Jotiba Govind phule?
Sir mahatma phule has immense  contribution in the society. He worked for social upliftment of the marginalised people along with his wife Savitribai Phule,he established 1st  girls school in Pune.

Member: is there  Any organisation related to Mahatma Phule?
 Me:Yes sir, satyashodhak Samaj is the organisation related to Mahatma Phule, it was established in 1875 to find the truth of the society and to give justice to marginalised people.... It exist  now also.
member: What is contribution of Shahu Maharaj?
me: I was blank

Member: Does he worked in the same direction as like phule?
me: Yes sir Shahu maharaj   also worked for the social upliftment of the marginalised people . he is the first one to give reservation to socially backward classes in 1904.
member : After introduction of BT Cotton , is it that farmers suicide rate in Maharashtra increased?
me: Sir due to BT Cotton ,input cost has increased so there is less or zero profit margin for farmers because of which farmers suicide increased(interrupting)

member: But I have  heard that due to bT cotton, india became topmost cotton producer.
me: sir, there are other factor also due to which farmer suicide  has increased.
member: State two cases in which Central government has intervened in the states jurisdiction.
me: Sir few days before West Bengal chief minister blamed Central Government for deploying Central armed police forces in her state without  her consultation. 
And second case is misuse and abuse of article 356 president rule.

Member: Where it was misused?
me: Sir  it was misused in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
member: What do you know about federalism?
me: Sir India is Federal state with  strong centre. India is indestructible Union of destructible States.

member: What?( with  scaring laugh - amrish Puri style) what India is Indestructible Union of destructible  States,  how?
me:( though I was correct i was  lowest in my confidence at this juncture  due to scary laugh )i asked for time- sir may I take few seconds.
me:(after  4. 5 seconds) sir  India is not like United States of America where state boundaries are  rigid. But under article 3 of our Constitution we can alter the boundaries of states with passing parliament Act.
Member: Swapnil  compare in between between hockey, kabaddi and cricket?( my game - Kabaddi)
me: Hockey is our national game we won 8 gold medal in olympics.Kabaddi is our Desi game which becoming  popular  in recent days and cricket is most popular game of our country ( interrupting).

member: Which game  will you choose in between these three?
me: sir as per my interest I will choose Kabaddi.
member: Ok Swapnil you mean to say that in democracy there is right to choice.
Me: Yes sir,  right to choice must be there in democracy.
member: What you have learnt from Kabaddi?
me: Sir, physical fitness ,flexibility mental alertness, quick decision making,  team coordination sportsmanship are some of qualities which I learnt from Kabaddi.
member: Should NCC be made compulsory?
me: Sir   NCC is not a military program . it's a personality development and educational programme . instead of imposing any idea we should promote that idea to increase its acceptance. in fact NCC was compulsory in period between 1963 to 1967.

member: Ok Swapnil you mean to say that in democracy there is right to choice.
Me: Yes sir
Member: Should we bring self driving Cars to India? Many people who are engaged in this profession as taxi drivers would be  unemployed what is your opinion on this .?
me : Sir technology is good for the development of the nation .the people who will be unemployed can be employed in other sectors. the manufacturing of accessories of self driving Cars will generate further employment opportunities to absorb those who got unemployed by this invention . Google like companies has invested heavily in projects like project moonshot for self driving cars. ( it seems that  interview panel was not much convinced by my answer)

Member : what was this  National Integration meet?
me:  sir National integration meet
It was all India Inter School meet organised by novodaya Vidyalaya Samiti at new delhi under Ministry of HRD .one  cultural performance was invited from each state and I  represented my state  with cultural folk dance called 'Jogwa'.
member: What are the threats to the national integration?
me: Sir there are many threats to National Integration such as regionalism, casteism, linguism ,separatism.

 member:  How we can increase the national integration?
me: sir  Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar said that it is  the most  vital need of the time to  to arouse the feeling and sense of common nationality amongst the masses.   (Statement copied from delhi metro advertisement)we can Increase the feeling of national integrity with  seminars, conferences, spreading and publishing literature on it .we can also implement schemes  such like in navodaya Vidyalaya's Inter School  interstate migration scheme to know each other's culture.
 chairman: Ok thank you  swapnil 

( at the time  of exit from interview room I was pulling door . the voice from Panel member suggested me to push  door  outside  i humbly thanked  them without   turning  back for their suggestion.) After interview i felt i could have answered better than this .......but that moment matters.

CAPF Topper's Interview 2

Prashant Singh got selected in CPF exam conducted by UPSC in 2012-13 as Assistant Commandant. His first choice was CRPF which most of the candidates as their last choice. Prashant got CRPF. He wants to do constructive work for the society through this challenging service of Para Military. 
IAS Planner blog wishes him a great career ahead! Reading his interview will be motivating for the aspirants.

Assistant Commandant, CRPF.
* Exam – CAPF AC EXAM- 2011, Rank -126
* Age -28
* City - LUCKNOW
Schooling (Medium) -English
Graduation /PG including name of colleges-BA/LLB (HONS) from National University of Juridical Sciences Kolkata, LL.M from Amity International University Uttar Pradesh  
Are you a working professional? - No.
Details of other competitive exams that you appeared in- Appearing in Civil Services Examination 2013.
Hobbies, Extra Curricular Activities, Achievements etc.- Reading Newspaper and Magazines, Sports and Fitness, watching Movies.
Do you have any NCC ‘B’ or ‘C’ Certificates? - No

Q. Tell us something about yourself. Who motivated you to enter in the competitive exam field?
I was motivated for competitive examination by my family, especially my Father who has been an IPS officer. He retired from service in 2010.

Q. List of the books you referred for success?
Honestly speaking, I did not strictly prepare for CAPF Exam. I was preparing for Civil Services Exam, and I appeared in this exam and got selected. There are a few books for preparation in the market.

Q. Tips for success in the CPF written exam?
Be honest with your answers, try and be relaxed. They are very professional people and you need to answer to the point to their questions.

Q. How did you prepare for the essay? 
No specific preparation. I regularly read the news paper and wrote down the brief understanding of the editorial.

Q. During the preparation, every aspirant goes through emotional ups and downs. So, how did you manage the motivation, your time during preparation? 
Kept preparing without much thinking about the result. Channelized my energies with help of Yoga, running and exercise.

Q. How many hours do you study per day? How many months/years?
Not fixed. I think that a time frame cannot be set for competitive preparation. You need to focus on the goal and keep working. Sometime success comes early, sometime its delayed. But everyone has to put in the hard work and some point of time in their lives.

Q. To pass Physical Efficiency Tests (PET), what preparation did you do at home? Give some tips to the aspirants.
Regular running for a month along with a check on your body weight is very important. It was not a worry for me because I regularly went for running and exercise, even when I didn’t have to appear for PET. Practice for one month keeping a check on the timings also.

Q. What is your experience of CPF interview at UPSC? 
The interview was good. Went on for 30-35 minutes. They asked questions from my DAF, and some subject based questions. Be very well versed with your DAF.

Q. Which questions UPSC asked? How you answered? Any mistake done?

Interview Held on 26-09-2012. Venue- UPSC- Dholpur House
Tme- Morning- 9am to 1pm Board- Prof. Purushottam Agarwal
Duration – 30 minutes.
1. Please come in Prashant, please have a seat.
2.So u have done NCC? Have you submitted the NCC Certificate?
3.What is your service preference?
4.Your hobby is watching movies? Have you watched Gangs of Wasseypur (both parts)
5.Briefly state the positives and negatives of the movies.
6.Do you feel that muslim community has been depicted in very poor light in the film?
7.What magazines do you read? In English or Hindi?
8.Are you aware of an incident which happened in your school Calcutta branch (La- Martiniere Boys)
9.Why do you wish to join CRPF?
10. Are you aware of the problems being faced by CRPF?
11.How will you be able to address them?
12.What is the issue regarding the deployment of Army in Naxalite area?
13.What is Armed Forces Special Powers Act?
14.What is a disturbed area?
15.Name a place in Lucknow which was the centre of action during the Revolt of 1857.
16.What is your philosophy of leadership, and how would you use it on the ground with your men.
17.Questions on US Presidential Elections, the candidates and their parties.
18.What is Corporate Social Responsibility?  And what percentage is used by Corporate, and whether it should be increased?
19.What is Corporate Governance?
20.Which agency in India ensures the implementation of Corporate Governance?
21.Why don’t common people feel very comfortable in approaching the Courts?
22.What is Minor Mischief?
23.Why LL.M? What is the area of specialisation?
24.Are you preparing for Civil Services also?
25.Why CPF and not Laywer?

Q. Tips for the aspirants for interview preparation. Do you suggest coaching?
Read newspaper  regularly. Yes I will suggest to join Career Quest which I joined for my interview. 

Q. What was your service preference order and why did you pick up the particular order?
CRPF, BSF, SSB, ITBP, CISF. CRPF was first choice because of the diverse nature of policing which it carries out. The others are very work specific and location specific forces.

Q. If you were not selected, what was your career backup plan (plan B) ?
Firstly, once I made it in the written exam, I knew I would make it to the final list. Or I would have attempted again, along with the IAS Exam.  I am a law graduate and could have taken up that as a parallel option.

Q. What you learned during competitive exam preparation?
I have learnt that competitive exam is all about patience, hard work, honesty and a very positive approach. It has taught me to remain balanced, calm and a better human being.

Q. Who supported you to achieve this success?
God, My family, friends and teachers.

Q. Any other thing you want to share with candidates?
Aim very high in life and then make every effort to achieve it. Commit without thinking of quitting. All the Best!


"Joining Career Quest for interview preparation for CPF (AC) Exam-2011, was one of the important decisions of my life. I remember my first day at the institute, when I met sir, and during the first meeting I realised that it was a correct decision to reach Career Quest.  Sir, made me feel relaxed and confident, during the course of my preparation. The way he moulded my confidence in such a short span of time, was tremendous, and it only showed his delivering skills. 
 Eventually, sir made me gain enough confidence which prepared me to face an interview at UPSC. The mock interview sessions were also very useful in gaining fluency. While I left the classes after the course was over, I continued with what sir had advised and went for the interview. And when I came out of the UPSC after interview, I then realised the completeness with which sir had guided me and how all that fructified after a good interview. I thank sir once again for all the support and patience which he showed which resulted in my success. T
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