[Interview] Central Police Forces Exam Topper Swachhand Chavan (AIR 99/CPF 2011)

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  1. Details
  2. Essential books for CPF Exam
  3. Decision Making question
  4. Mood swing
  5. Essay strategy
  6. Comment of Civil Service (Mains) Exam
  7. Interview
  8. Medical Checkup
  9. NCC certificate
  10. Service Preference
  11. Training of the officers
  12. Career Backup
  13. Message to Aspirants
  14. Bogus Marketing propoganda


NameSwachhand Chavan
ExamCentral Police Forces (Asst.Commandant)-2011
  1. Electronics Engineering from Ramdeobaba Engineering College
  2. MBA in Power Management
Schooling (Medium)ENGLISH
Are you a working professional? (yes/no)NO
Details of other competitive exams you appeared inCivil Service Interview 2011Civil Service Mains 2012
Details of coaching for any competitive exam (if any)Jnana Prabodini , Pune
HobbiesPlaying Cricket, Watching Comedy Shows And Mimicry.

Q. Tell us something about yourself. When and why did you enter in the competitive exam field?

Chavan (AIR 99/CAPF 2011)
  • I was fascinated by uniform services since childhood. Inspired by my father Mr U.S.Chavan retd bureaucrat, my uncles Mr Mohan Rathod (IPS) And Mr G.T.Chavan (IFoS). Watching them as a child, I learnt that  competitive exams get the best out of an individual. The zeal to excel at national level, to be better amongst the best motivates me and fuels my efforts.
  • I took the decision of going for civil services when i was 10 years old. I’ve been a good student in academics with 84% marks in 10th and 12th. 66 % in graduation and 82 % in MBA.
  • But I’m also a person more interested in out of the classroom ventures. I’ve always liked empirical mode of study than mere theoratical Aspects of it. I
  •  felt that Competitive exams can give stronger and sustained wings to my ambitions. I chose my career option accordingly.

Essential books for CPF Exam

Q. Provide the List of Essential books/ tips for success in the CPF written exam?

  1. Basic science textbooks of school class 8th – 10th . Ncert history, geography, newspaper
  2. Indian express and any monthly current affair magzine.
  3. Practice for basic logical reasoning and math.
  4. Polity laxmikant.
  5. for paper 2 essay . No books used just common understanding of the issue based on study for paper 1.

Decision Making question

Q. How to approach the Decision Making/Situation reaction test type MCQs in CPF exam?

  • Decision making question expect candidates to take a comprehensive view of situation.
  • Answer must be rational, practical and effective. It may not be all of them at the same time but the best option in the given situation must be given the priority.

Mood swing

Q. How did you maintain the study-mood, motivation and tempo throughout this journey? On an average, how many hours do you study per day?

  • I devoted 4-12 hrs of study. It increases as exam approaches.
  • I take time off to watch national geographic , history, discovery along with comedy shows to laugh off the stress.
  • I used to chat with friends who arent preparing for civil services which took me Out of the zone temporarily. Special thanks to Sumedh, Ruchita, Sanjog.

Essay strategy

Q. How did you prepare for the essay? What Essay did you write in the CPF-2011 exam and what keypoints did you include in it?

I didn’t prepare for essay separately. I attempt essay based on paper 1 study. I wrote topic no 1 regarding internet vs culture . I assesed the pros and cons of technology with respect to its progressive and regressive effect on society. Changing society as an outcome of technology and vice versa.

Q. You have also appeared in Civil Service (Mains) exam, so what essay did you write in CSM-2012, what keypoints did you include in it?

  • I wrote topic no 2 on PPP model. I explained the ppp concept and need for it.
  • I evaluated the merits and demerits of the model from indian context in current socio-economic and international perspective followed by a summery cum conclusion.

Comment of Civil Service (Mains) Exam

Q. Since you’ve appeared in CSM-2012, What’s your take/opinion/review on the GS and optional subject paper?

  • GS paper was by far the most lenghty. It equired us to think fast and write faster.
  • Newspaper readers benefitted.
  • Coaching class notes muggers had a nightmare although many might put up a brave face to swallow the embarassment.
  • Optionals couldn’t have been more application based. UPSC is converging towards a Mains pattern change.


Q. Where was the CPF interview conducted? Please Provide the list of questions asked? And any tips for future aspirants.

  • CPF interview is held in upsc at dholpur house, new delhi. I had it on 10th sep 2012.
  • Panel of hon. P.M.Mishra sir. Time- 18 minutes. I was 2nd candidate in morning session.
  • I was asked questions mostly on my biodata, why cpf , why was tiger in news? , naxalism, Cricket, T20 , internal security, NCC.
  • My advice would be to study every detail of biodata. Be honest. Everyone of us is scared on the fateful day but its all about not showing it and trying to be calm and listening to questions carefully.

Q. How was interview: normal, stress, mixed?

It was normal. Panel was extremely comforting.

Q. If you’ve received the marksheet, please share it.

No marks or marksheet yet.

Medical Checkup

Q. To pass Physical Efficiency Tests (PET), what preparation did you do at home? How hard is the fitness test? Can a candidate with let’s say “average body and fitness”, clear it?

I’m an avid foody. An aspirant puts up weight faster. I was 90 kg so i reduced 23 kg in 3 months. I followed salad n low fat diet. I was studying for mains . Jogging 5 km daily n dieting. It helped me get fitter and enhanced my focus. I felt better about myself and confident.  Sufficient practice for 1 month can get an avg built person through.

Q. Where is the Physical efficiency test conducted? i.e. @Delhi or at some state HQ of CRPF?

I was alloted Bhilai (Chattisgarh) as i it was near to my exam center Nagpur.

NCC certificate

Q. Do you have any NCC ‘B’ or ‘C’ Certificates? If a candidate doesn’t have such certificates, what are his chances to get selected?

NCC B or C grade is a preferred qualification. I don’t have it. One can still be in the top ranks even without it.

Service Preference

Q. What was your service preference order (CRPF>CISF>SSB etc) and why did you pick up the particular order?

CISF , CRPF , BSF , ITBP , SSB. My choice is purely based on instincts and little feedback from friends. My advice to aspirants will be to enlist preferences as per own personality by studying the job profile of all services individually and relatively aswell.

Training of the officers

Q. When will the training start and how long is the training period?

Currently 2010 batch is undergoing training. We are expecting a call by the end  of 2013. Training spans around 1 year.

Career Backup

Q. If you were not selected, what was your career backup plan?

I wouldve worked in clean energy sector preferably out of India.

Q. Behind every topper are many people who stood by him/her during those uncertain times when he was merely an ‘aspirant’. Would you like to tell the world, who were those people in your case?

  • My Parents: Mr U.S Chavan and Mrs. Kamal Chavan, My Mother Always Wanted Me To Be A Uniform Services. She got me one when I was 6 yr old.
  • My elder Sister Dr Apeksha Chavan.
  • They Always Believed In Me And Motivated Me.
  • My Aunt Mrs Vimal Chavan Took Care Of My Diet When I Was In Pune For Studies.
  • My Friends Sumedh Munshi (Currently Pursuing MBA At Lese, Spain), Sanjog Binkar (Ranji Trophy Player, Indian Railways), Alok Raut (Maruti , Gurgaon).
  • Ruchita Kale (M.A English Litt)  Dr Sagar Doifode , Tushar Nikhare (RBI Officer),
  • Aditi Walunj ,Pradnya Gholap (My Friends , Philosophers And Guides)
  • My Cousins Varun Rathod ,Tejas Chavan .

Message to Aspirants

Q. Through this journey, what wisdom did you gain about competition and life? What is your message to the aspirants?




Bogus Marketing propoganda

Q. The unwritten and most sacred rule of conducting topper’s interview=Last question must be related to marketing. So, I’ve to ask you: Did you use Mrunal.org for your preparation? And you can even reply “No”. I’ll publish your answer as it is. (Unlike certain Competitive magazines who distort the answers after taking the Toppers’ interview, hehehe.)

  • I used mrunal.org for current and economics. One should go through it atleast once.
  • I’ve has been using it since 2011. It helped me in CAPF , Civil Services (mains-prelims) and also in RBI  Grade “B” Officers’ mains. It’s one of its kind.

Mrunal recommends

  1. (free) NCERT, NIOS, TN-Books
  2. Environment by ShankarIAS
  3. Indian Polity M.Laxmikanth (Hindi | English)
  4. Art & Culture by Nitin Singhania (Hindi | English)
  5. Spectrum: Modern History (Hindi | English)
  6. Bipin Chandra: Post Independence
  7. Fast-track to Arithmetic Rajesh Verma
  8. MK Pandey’s Analytical Reasoning
  9. Disha’s Topicwise Paperset (Hindi | English)
  10. School Atlas
  11. Mains: Language papers
  1. (free) NCERT, NIOS, TN-Books 4 History,Geo,Sci
  2. Indian Polity M.Laxmikanth (Hindi | English)
  3. Spectrum: Modern History (Hindi | English)
  4. Maths: Quantam CAT Sarvesh Kumar
  5. Objective General English SP Bakshi
  6. Word Power made Easy -Norman Lowe
  7. Topic wise Solved Paperset by Disha

So far 64 Comments posted

  1. Vibin

    Uniform [IPS]services !!!! I’m just craving and striving to don one 🙂

  2. viki

    mrunal sir i am acio in ib. i left (ac)2010 batch . i think it was bad decision . i regret for it . wht is ur opinoin.

    1. Mrunal

      Everything happens for a good reason.
      Don’t worry some better opportunity will come by, no point in crying over spilled milk.

    2. prasoon

      i am a cs aspirant and have appeared for mains this time. i hv been selected as acio in ib. cud u plz throw sm light on the job profile and routinrs involved?..will it b a goid option to go for the job??

    3. malishka

      Is there any height relaxation for students from hilly areas …as i am a female and have 153 cm ,4 cm short from the prescribed standard…pls sir could you clarify..

  3. Vinay

    Great! Helpful to aspirants of CAPF.

  4. Poonam

    Sir i m from Maharashtra.i have my exam of sales tax department on 25th this month.sir i have a query,i wil be thankful to u,if u could help me.why is NH 7 renamed as NH 44,even after NH 44(in northeast) already exist?

      1. Poonam

        Yeah i got that now.Thanks.

  5. Shiva Ram

    @Viki: Why do you think being an ACIO is bad compared to AC?? Any specific reasons?

    1. Mrunal

      Assistant Commandant (AC) is a gazetted officer group A.
      ACIO is Group–C (Non-Gazetted/Non-Ministerial).

      Therefore AC gets higher salary, status, power, fringe benefits

      1. Prajapati omprakash

        I want a jobs I have no idea ….
        Have you any idea for job me and I am B.com graduate from Gujrat University I got a Ncc ,c , certificate no2 gujrat air wing

  6. unknown

    Mrunal sir, is periscope page in the hindu of any importance for mains?

  7. dharmendra singh

    Hi Mrunal,
    I am CAPF’11 rank 25 and have regularly followed ur blogs since CS pre’2011 (wrote CS main 2011, didn’t appear in CS ,2012). I will be writing CS 2013 by quitting my job (currently I am Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellow – pmrdfs.tiss.edu, worked for Tata Steel from 2009 to 2012 ) as it gives me flat 1 year. I’ll be grateful for your help.
    Dharmendra Singh

  8. anitha

    sir please provide 2012 upsc mains zoology question papers.THANK YOU

  9. asheesh

    Hello sir, i also want share some information based on my experience.

    1. prasoon

      i am a cs aspirant and have appeared for mains this time. i hv been selected as acio in ib. cud u plz throw sm light on the job profile and routinrs involved?..will it b a goid option to go for the job??

      1. prasoon

        ….pls ignore typing mistakes.

  10. praveen

    sir,i have finished my engg(mech) n currently preparing for karnataka state psc as well as upsc n other central govt competitive exams.though i m good in sports(district level 800 m silver medalist) i m 163 cm in height which ll fall short of d prescribed height of 165 cm for upsc asst commandant post so sir is there any chances of me clearing physical tests or a direct no

    1. Manoj Singh

      sorry u can’t. they are very strict in measurement esp. in height. I was called for PET twice 2009 and 2010 cpf exam. thats why I m 100% sure. becoz one of my friend due to 163cm height causes unable to get through the physical test.

  11. kaushlendra

    may i know your exact score as given on UPSC website recently on 3 dec 2012.

  12. maneet pal singh

    sir how many marks u got out of 600…and sir i i have the c grade certificate in athletics…is this going to help me..?? nd sir in interview they also check very high communication skills…….

  13. kapil

    when the result will come of exam held in nov 2012 so that
    in which month pet took place
    and if a person has to join coaching
    which one is better in ncr delhi?
    plz mail me

  14. prasoon

    hi @viki and @asheesh
    i am a cs aspirant and have written mains this time. i have also been selected as acio in ib. will it be a good option if i go for this job….since u r in the knowledge of vagaries of this job. plz reply…and mrunal sir plz help.

  15. kiranpal singh

    What is the time duration to write paper 1st & 2nd for AC Exam.

  16. kiranpal singh

    What is the time duration to write paper 1st & 2nd for AC Exam?

  17. Ashis panda

    Dear mrunal sir, i ve got AIR-113 in capf 2012. But i m considering it as a setback rather than oppertunity as i m a serious CS aspirant and i m writing mains dis yr also. So can u please tell me when to expect d joining letter from CRPF,so that i cn have a easy planning of my cs preparation. Pls reply


      Ashish can you answer your question now???is it possible to attend the December 2014 civilservice main exam after the capf 2013 result is out???????i mean the joining date for 2013 capf will be after December or before it????

  18. shubham

    sir, i ve got AIR-72 in capf 2012.
    it was just a matter of luck, that i got thru..
    i m writing mains 2013, but i m eagerly waiting for a job.
    can u plz help me clearing my doubts over the joining date for capf 2012, and also the furthur hurdles that may come in between my further CS(UPSC) attempts if a joined capf in 2014.
    this was my first attempt in both.

  19. suraj

    Hi friends ..i m aspirants of cpf 2014..exam .plz giv ur suggestion about preepratio..is coaching s better option..or self study…nd if coaching..thn which one is good..in delhi mukhargee nagar…plz rply ..i m in dilema…

  20. suraj

    Hi friends ..i m aspirants of cpf 2014..exam .plz giv ur suggestion about preepratio..is coaching s better option..or self study…nd if coaching..thn which one is good..in delhi mukhargee nagar…plz rply ..i m in dilema……………………………………………………… ………..

  21. Satyajeet kumar

    Sir I’m only 153 cm and so I want to ask you whether i should go for CAPF exam or not?
    Please reply.
    Thanking you in anticipation!

    1. Mrunal

      sorry answer is No. because min.height reqired for CAPF (male)=165cm; female 157cm.

  22. Kuldeep singh

    HI Mrunal sir.
    My name is shortlisted in Recruitment of Sub-Inspectors in Delhi Police, CAPFs, Assistant Sub-inspectors in CISF Examination, 2013 for interview and i have no idea what i should study or what they can ask me in interview. I am sure that you can help me in this so please help me out. if there is alot to say then you can contact me on 09915798151 This number.
    Thanks Sir.

  23. ram

    Thanking you in anticipation!

  24. yashwant singh

    sir my brother sumit ….and die-hart serious about CAPF exam this time only 136 vacancy is there so can u give me info about last three years candidate marks for first rank…t


    hi sir,i want to know what was the toppers marks in capf 2013

  26. NAREN

    I have cleared cpf-2013 exam..I will be having my PET around 25th of this month..I am overweight by 10 kgs..Am I eligible to appear for the physical tests?? Will i be given some grace time to reduce weight in case if i clear PET and Medical tests

  27. MUKESH pal

    Hello sir. What is the expected date of joining of crpf and itbp batch of capf2013


    those who are appearing in CAPF -2014 which is to be held on 13 july 2014, when wil they join in there respective academies if they are through the entire process
    pls reply asap 🙂

  29. Eashita Jaggi

    I have applied for CAPF-2014. Ma’am could you please tell me whether the height of female lesser than 157 cm will enable a person to enter or not? or is there any chance to clear the fitness programme. Is it necessary for females to show the minimum height of 157 cm. Please reply ma’am.

    Thanks & Regards


    How many contribution of NCC and National Level Sports Certificate in CPAF

  31. win anand

    i am now in class 10th and want to join police force…..so i just want an advice that….what physical qualification are needed to join in police force….and what should i do next ….?

  32. harish

    hi mrunal sir
    I am preparing for CAPF AC. Is this necessary to give interview in English? pls clear my doubt.

  33. annu

    Capf exam dene k baad total kitna time lagta hai…training mei jane k liye..pls tell me.what is ecxect time gap between interview nd training for capf ac….provide information as soon as possible…

  34. Akhil

    sir, i m btech( ME) 4th yr student i wana join central police forces my height is 184 cm weigh only 58 kgs i m underweight shud i go for upsc cpf 2015

  35. M Arven Kumar

    Sir…dis s ma first civil service xam! I dint attended any exams yet still including gate..am doin ma Engg final year… Am I eligible 2 write the CAPF AC exam without writing any exams before??? Plzzz clarify me,Sir!

  36. Garvita

    Hello sir,
    I want to ask that my height is 146cms, am I eligible for Intelligence Bureau ACIO ??
    Please reply asap….

  37. Abhimanyu

    hello friends….i got 190 rank in cpf-2011, got 114 marks in interview. I got my second preference , SSB. I worked there thinking of continuing civils preperation, but during training you will be kept busy for almost 14-16 hrs per day. Apart from that you have to do regular class assignments and maintaining of class registers etc… After that you will be so exhausted that will go directly to bed. So during training it becomes difficult to even read news paper and make notes. Apart from that the SSB as since lat yr has made the commando training(3 and half months) compulsary in succession with basic training(around 12 months). Earlier it it to be done before 35yrs of age. So almost 1.5 yrs of continuous training. After that there is Army attachment for 6 months. part from that you can be detained in any course by your commandant. So in first 4 yrs, one is under training mode. I m not saying that the job is not good, but if somone is 25-26 yrs at the time of joining and think that he has enpough time to prepare for civils…he has to think pragmatically and discussed with persons service in forces. If you want to join …join with single mind…
    That was the dilemmma with me ..so i finally decided to resign and paid a bond of 1.5 lac.
    Now preparing for 2015 civils. I m sharing this so that you take a wise decision and plan accordinglr. If you require any further i formation plz free to ask…my mail..[email protected]

    1. prashant

      hallo sir, mere hand mein angle se related thora sa problem hai. i rejected from cpo si medical. is there any hope to get selection in medical of A C. please reply sir

  38. roshan

    hello sir ,
    I have problem of both ear drum r break is there any problem create for medical or physical test for capf ? even I listen better.

  39. shailesh umashankar kaushal

    sir ….I am prepaire to capf exam …..sir I asked me u have one question …………sir How many benefit NCC “C” certificate in cpf exam plz explain me sir……..

  40. lalboi

    is there height relaxation for st candidates in capf(ac)?

  41. prashant kumar

    sir mere haath mein angle se related thora problem hai , i was also rejected from cpo SI medical. S0 is there any hope in AC medcial to get selection. please inform me, I got 115 marks(obc), is there any chance please reply me sir

  42. rahul

    @abhimanyu, bro if I am selected in capf 2015 (result out in Feb 2016), when will the training start for ssb ?? I was thinking of putting it as 2nd option after cisf…I am a sincere candidate for civil services….please inform me about the start of training and whether I can take extension for that ??

  43. Pradeep

    I want guidline on paper-2 of CPF pl

  44. Praveen gadugin

    What will be the time gap bw final results and training date…i HV given my interview recently..will it clash with civils

  45. Rohit dhyani

    Hello i am from northeastern state and my height is163 cm i want to avail height relaxation as mentioned in anxure G it state that people from northeastern states can avail 5% of height relaxation what is the procedure please enlight me

  46. Vishal

    Dear mrunal sir,
    I belong to northeastern state an i want to know is there any height relaxation for us???

  47. anantha

    what is the preferance order by first to last in paramilitary(cisf,ssb,crpf,bsf,itbp,assam riffiles,nia,ssf)?

  48. alok

    Dear Mrunal sir,
    i am currently working in Steel Authority of India limited.
    i have qualified the written examination of CAPF (AC) 2016. but i want to continue my preprations for Civil Services 2017.
    will it be a good Decision to leave SAIL and join the paramilitary . will i get ample amount of time there to continue my preprations?

  49. gautam kumar

    Thank you abhimanyu bhaiya for your immense help.

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