[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


Name Swachhand Chavan
Age 27
Exam Central 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 in Civil Service Interview 2011Civil Service Mains 2012
Details of coaching for any competitive exam (if any) Jnana Prabodini , Pune
Hobbies Playing 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.
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65 Comments on “[Interview] Central Police Forces Exam Topper Swachhand Chavan (AIR 99/CPF 2011)”

  1. 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. hi
      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??

    2. 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..

  2. 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. 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. 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

  3. 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

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

    1. hi
      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??

  5. 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. 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.

  6. 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…….

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

    1. 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????

  10. 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.

  11. 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…

  12. 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……………………………………………………… ………..

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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 :)

  18. 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

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