[Interview] Central Police Forces Topper Ashok Singh (AIR 11/CAPF 2012)

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  1. Details
  2. Education
  3. Introduction
  4. MCQ Paper
  5. Essay/Descriptive paper
  6. Physical Test
  7. Interview
  8. Service Preference
  9. Career Backup
  10. Wisdom
  11. Marketing Propaganda


Name Ashok Singh
Rank in CAPF-2012 11
Roll No. 025004
Age 26
No. of previous attempts in CAPF nil
Home town/city Renukut
Work-experience if any Approx 18 months in Voltas Ltd as a sales and planning engineer ( electrical division )
Details of other competitive exams, including success/failures Gave IAS exam in 2010 , 2011 and 2012

Cleared prelims in all 3 attempts.

Details of coaching for any competitive exam (if taken) D.B Kumar IAS academy ( Hyderabad )
Hobbies, Extra Curricular Activities, Achievements Love sports ( cricket , table tennis , swimming , badminton etc ) , fitness freak
Do you have NCC certificate? no


% in class 10 68
% in class 12 67
Schooling (Medium) English
Graduation course and % B.tech ( 65 )
Name of college and year of passing out ICFAI
Any professional courses
Hobbies Love all kind of sports


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

From childhood only I had passion about civil services. I wanted to serve the nation.

I did my b.tech from ICFAI tech Hyderabad in EEE {electrical and electronics}. Further I worked in Voltas ltd as sales and planning engineer. I left my job in 2009 to prepare for the UPSC examination because I felt the civil services was a more diverse and challenging option. I always wanted to do something for our people, and the challenges posed by public service and directing policies positively, as a member of the bureaucracy, drew me to the profession.


MCQ Paper

Q. List of Essential books and tips for success in the CAPF written exam?

All aspirants have to concentrate on basics (including basic concepts covered in 6th to 10th class books) and current affairs.

  1. NCERT  is must (6th to 8th, history, civics, geography, science)
  2. polity : laxmikant
  3. history : bipin chandra
  4. geography : savinder singh , grover and majid ( my optional are geography ) . focus esp. on Indian geography ( cartography )
  5. economics : focus on basic concepts and economic survey ( try out compact versions for last time revision )
  6. current affairs : PD is good . u can follow any monthly magazine ( but I ll suggest u to follow any 1 magazine only ) .
  7. the Hindu newspaper is must.

Essay/Descriptive paper

Q. How did you prepare the Essay, grammar, précis and report writing?

Good writing is the result of much practice and hard work. . If you’re willing to work, you can improve your writing. Keep in mind that regular practice will make you a better writer. As you sharpen your skills, you will gain confidence and enjoy writing more than you did before..For writing a good essay or précis on should one should be prepared of high level of concentration, deep attention and extensive retention of the context in his brain

Also for essay a rough work needs to be done in which all the points should be written by the candidates.  In this rough work he should systematically pen down all the points in a sequential order such as (introduction, details of essay, effect on society and our own personal views). Also ones essay should not be rigid (he should be open to all angles pertaining to that particular topic)

Q. In CAPF-2012 Exam, following essays were asked. Which essay did you write in and what keypoints did you include in it?

  • Emergence of regional parties and its effect on the federal structure of India.
  • Population stabilization—India’s critical need.
  • Migration from neighboring countries to India and its socio-economic impact.
  • The role of technology in coping with challenges to internal security.


I started this topic from various major migration that has been taking places in India from centuries

Right from sakas , kushanas , mughals , delhi sultanate etc ( but I didn’t lay much focus on them ).

Then I shifted my focus towards 19th century (more current and relevant migration which has larger impact in modern India).

I mentioned Europeans ( British , French , Portuguese etc ) , indo – pak migration during partition , Buddhist migration in shimla belt due to Tibet revolution , indo – Bangladesh migration during India – ban war , indo – SL migration due to LTTE war ,

Further due to economic hard ship in Bangladesh huge refugee have shifted in west Bengal and Assam ( recent kokrajhar incident)

IMPACT : poverty , political instability , population explosion , hunger , lack of basic amenities , lack of social security etc.

Q. In CAPF-2012, they asked counter-arguments for following, in 75 words. Please provide your answer.

argument your counter argument
(i) FDI in retail in India is a bane for a small trader. FDI is a boon , it provides technology , gives funds (for young entrepreneurs ) , gives high returns , gives permanent job , brings professionalism , imparts education to small traders etc
(ii)  Control of social media is an anti-democratic proposition.

Physical Test

Q. To pass Physical Efficiency Tests (PET), what preparation did you do at home? Where was your PET held? How was your experience, share some tips.

I practiced at home for about an hour daily. It is not that hard to clear PET but one has to follow the rules of the game. While practicing remember one thing, try all the events at one time, I mean don’t take rest in between the events as it is the same on real time.


Q. What specific preparation did you do for the interview? Who was the chairman? Provide the list of questions asked in CAPF Interview. (and if possible, the answers as well). How was the overall interview experience? And any tips for future aspirants.

In Interview they will know your Mental Ability. You have to know the basic knowledge of BSF, CISF, SSB, CRPF, ITBP. Should know thoroughly about what service you chose. There is a chance for asking question related to Police Department and Defense field. So get the basic knowledge about these areas. If you are honest and giving answers perfectly it is easy to score good marks in Interview. My interview was on 16th July and I was the first candidate ( morning session )

chairman was Mr. A.P.singh sir

The first  question  was posed after my name ( Ashok )

Chairman : What does ashok chakra signifies in Indian flag and about significance of all colors of Indian flag ?

The National flag of India has three equal horizontal bands – the top panel is India saffron (Kesari), the bottom panel is green and white middle band bearing at its centre the design of Ashoka Chakra in navy blue color with 24 equally spaced spokes

The saffron color denotes courage and sacrifice. White color denotes truth, peace and purity. Green color symbolizes prosperity, vibrance and life. The Ashok Chakra (wheel) represents the progress and perpetuity.

M1 : What do u know about shahid afridi ? why was he was recently in news ?

Shahid is a Pakistani cricketer. He has played more than 350 Internationals, He is known for his aggressive batting style, and holds the record for the fastest ODI century

Recently he had won man of match award against west indies for his outstanding performance taking 7 wickets and scoring a half century .(14th July 2013 )

Also he became 1st player to take 350 ODI wickets and score more than 7000 ODI runs.

M1 : Why do u want to join CAPF ?

As long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a police officer.

As I grew older, I realized that a police officer was nothing like I thought.   I started to understand the role of the police.   Not as a symbol of power, but one of peace.   I started to understand that society needed an enforcement measure to uphold the laws that have been set.   I found that police presence was the best tool to deter crime, creating a safe environment for everyone.

Being in police force gives me a chance to make a difference in people’s lives . it also helps in Contributing  positively to society .

     M2 : What is telengana issue ? what are specific problems of telengana ? give

     examples and few facts too ?

Telangana is a new proposed state to be formed out of the state of Andhra Pradesh in India.  The proposed new state corresponds to the Telugu-speaking portions of the erstwhile princely state of Hyderabad

Problems :

  1. Lack of funds :  45% of the state income comes from Telangana region. When it comes to utilization of funds, the share of Telangana is only 28%.
  2. BACKWARNESS : 70% of districts in Telangana are backward while in Andhra it is 35% and in Rayalaseema it is 25%.
  3. Agriculture :In Telangana regions, only few areas cultivate one crop a year and very rarely two crops a year while most of the land doesn’t even cultivate single crop. In both the Godavari districts, Krishna and Guntur district, two crops a year is common and there are times where even 3 crops a year are cultivated. The only reason is water.
  4. Jobs : G.O number 610 is the longest non implicated G.O in the history of AP. The G.O speaks about the share of Telangana employees in Government jobs in Telangana region.

M2 : What are various child labor law ?

Sorry sir, I have very little idea about this topic .

M2 : Ok leave it , tell me ways to curb child labor ?

There shall be total ban on the employment of children up to the age of 14 years

There shall be no forced labor

The violators have to be dealt with effectively and in a speedy manner

There is also a need for rehabilitation of such children in the society . the child should be provided with free  Education , Food,Meals,Clothes, and Compensation.

Regular Monitoring should be done

M2 : What is diff bw naxalism and maoism ?

Naxal originated in india where as Maoism in china.

Naxals are inspired by marx and lenin where as maoist by mao – zedong

Naxalism originated as a rebellion against marginalization of the poor forest dwellers and gradually against the lack of development and poverty at the local level and  Maoists were the loyal believers of the Chairman Mao’s philosophy that ‘Power flows from the barrel of the gun.’

Naxal may or may not be armed but maoist are mostly armed.

Some type of democratic set up is seen in naxals ( election ) , but in maoist its absent

M2 : What are KYC norms ?

Collection and analysis of basic identity information by  financial institutions and other regulated companies ( banks ). These are address proof , age proof etc .

M3 : What is ozone layer and its significance ?

The ozone layer is a layer in Earth’s atmosphere which absorbs most of the Sun’s UV radiation . thus it protects us from harmful UV rays .

M3 : Where does it lies?


M3 : You are an engineer ? tell me why the level of engineering is so low in India ?

Sir , in India most of the engineering colleges are not truly equipped with modern amenities such as proper testing labs ( such as VLSI etc ) . in such cases students don’t get proper exposer which they need the most . also most of the colleges are not AICTE approved ..

they interrupted me

M3 : What is AICTE ?

It is an  statutory body and is  responsible for proper planning and coordinated development of the technical education and management system in India.

M4 : What is preamble ?

Sir , it’s an introductory statement about constitution of India … again they interrupted me ..

M4: Tell me text of preamble ?

Sir , I am not able to recall the entire text , but I can tell you the zist of preamble . I do remember few important words used in it.

M4: asked me to recall those words .


M4 :  You know the meaning of all these words ?

Yes sir.

M4 : What is RPF ?

The Indian Railway Protection Force (RPF) is a part of Central Armed Police Force charged with protecting the Indian Railways

M4 : What is GRP ?

Government Railway Police. it is also charged with protecting the Indian Railways

M4 : Then what is diff bw the two ?

RPF comes under central government where as GRP under state.

M4 :  Any more diff ?

Sorry sir, I have no idea.

M4 : Ok , your last question . tell us something unique about your home district / city ?

My native district is sonebhadra (UP). It is the only district in India which shared its border with 5 states.

M4 :  Smiles and says , I know this fact , tell us something unique ?

Salkhan fossil park is a geological heritage of sonebhadra district . the ages of these fossils as estimated by geologist is around 1400 million years.The fossil is spread over an area of 25 hectares and is larger than the yellow stone national park of USA

M4 :  Tell me what’s famous about yellow stone park ?

Old faithful geyser. This geyser blows out water at a specific intervals.

Chairman : ok , u may leave now !

Q. How was interview: normal, stress, mixed? Did they ask any uncomfortable questions, if yes how did you answer it?

Interview was very normal. The board members were very helpful and coardial.

Service Preference

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


My friends and family suggested to opt for this order.

But I was open to any services as all the forces are equally important and prestigious

Career Backup

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

I had no backup. Civil services was by dream and I was confident of making it in final merit list.


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




Marketing Propaganda

Q. You are well aware of the golden-unwritten rule of conducting toppers’ interview= The last question must be about self-marketing. So, Did you use Mrunal.org for your preparation and if yes, how did it help you?  And you can even reply “No”. I’ll publish your answer as it is
Mrunal was very helpful for me. Especially for CAPF much information is not available on internet, so in that way mrunal helped me a lot in analyzing this exam. Analysis of this CAPF exam is done best by Mrunal.

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265 Comments on “[Interview] Central Police Forces Topper Ashok Singh (AIR 11/CAPF 2012)”

  1. i really respect you sir, your are the only master of mine, i gave this exam recently but not received result till now, kindly provide me better suggestions regarding this in facing ssb.

    1. Dear gaurav ,
      Can u plz elaborate and tell me what is ssb ?
      As far as results r concirned ..i ll suggest u to not wait for the results and start preparing for interview … work on your resume (DAF) , current affairs and your graduation subjects ..
      Al d best

  2. hello sir,
    First i would like to congratulate you for your achievement.
    i need some clarification regarding height requirements for cpf, its given min as 165cm but i want to know would they tolerate 2-3cms less height than requirement.

    1. Dear bharat , 0.5 to 1 cm or so can be tolerated ( in some circumstaces )…. but 2 to 3 cm is impossible …

  3. Hello Mr.Ashok Singh,You are clarifying lot of doubts regarding CAPF,I really thank you for that.I want you to elaborate in detail about long jump scenario in CAPF Physical test(are they strict about foul line?) and medical examination for knocked knees.Others friends too can answer and help.Thanks in advance for all.

    1. Hello mr. Karthik ,
      Strictness regarding physical test depends on the officers who r conducting the tests …
      My centre ( gorakhpur ) had very co ardial and freindly officers … they were very lenient ..
      Same applies for medical tests as well … depends on medical dictor..

      And as far as knock knee is concerned , i ll suggest u to go for few exercises which can solve this knick knee problem ..

      1. Long jump is considrred to be the toughest part ..so have practice for atleast 15 days in advance … practice your jump timing well ! Practice for 4 mtrs jump .

        1. Thank You very much for your time and effort in answering me sir.

  4. Congrats for ur success sir..will u please tell me what is the expected cut off for capf ac 2013-14 written exam…thank u

    1. Thanks pragati …
      according to me cutt off shud be around 92 – 94
      Last year it was 97 .

  5. Sir : what is best preference order in capf ?

  6. sir my glass power is -3.25D.Is i am eligible for capf , in the notification 2012 they wrote +/- 4D.plz reply

  7. @ sourav ; yes u r eligible .

    1. ashok sir, this +/- 4D means power of one eye, isn’t it ?… or does it mean the sum of powers of both eyes…??

  8. @robin : it depends on person to person , tough to answer this question.

  9. Yes .. its for one eye .. i.e +- 4

    1. thank you very much sir….

      1. sir, i cleared capf 2013 written paper… i hav some doubts about the PET …. sir, how do they check out KNOCK KNEE condition??
        i consider mine is a boundary line case… my knees doesnt touch when i stand straight or if i stand in attention position.. but knees touches when standing in a V position with only heels touching.. can u plz clarify my condition??

  10. @kannan : u r perfectly fine , medicals r very lenient , yet if u have slighest of doubts do visit a orthopedic doctor ,

    There are few exercises which r very simple to cure knock knee problem.

    1. thanks a lot ashok sir….!!

  11. ashok sir ….i have got through cpf 2013 written …and now gettin too many questns in my mind …m sorry to make you feel interviewed again :-)..but will start with the simplest one ….what is the actual work profile ???

    1. ashok sir..can you give an idea of the scores of last candidate beng selected for cisf ad crpf as per the fnal selection for the last year ..???

      1. For cisf it was 305 – 310

  12. As a officer u will have to deal with maintaining law and order , cunducting election , taking care of vital installation , naxalite problem etc

    1. Ashok sir have you joined the training hows it going??

  13. ashok sir wats the summary sheet??…pls reply

  14. @manu : not yet , it will commense in august .

  15. @manu : summary sheet is just the complete gist or summary of your DAF …
    Interview will be asked in that basis.

  16. Hallo ashok singh, nimish n sk, heartiest congratulations n best of luck 4 ur future endeavours.
    I qualified capf 2013 written. I just wana know dat hw authority allot centre 4 pet. My address which I mention in upsc form(intial one) of varanasi. Presently m in nasik maharastra n wish I could get centre 4 pet near by 2 nasik.yet not filled d daf, so please suggest me what 2 do 4 getting centre near 2 nasik.only change of postal address in daf in enough or anything else?
    Please suggest.
    Thanks in advance

    1. @amit : i guess u will get pet centre which is closest to your exam centre .

      My centre was allahabad and i got gorakhpur as my centre.

  17. please help me i didn’t find any DAF form in upsc website and should we send those attested certificates to upsc?? please clarify. thanks in advance

    1. upsc will rectify the problem if in case the desired files r not uploading … its not a matter of concern ..
      u can also carry all the documents during PET and interview too …

  18. Hello ashok sir,
    In the instructions of DAF, they have mentioned about enclosing the certificate of age and educational qualification, but there is no provision in the DAF to upload. Kindly clarify as to how to attach and send them along with DAF. And does attested/certified means self attestation or attested by a gazetted officer.
    Kindly clarify sir,
    thank you.

    1. yes the same doubt please clarify guys

    2. upsc will rectify the problem if in case the desired files r not uploading … its not a matter of concern ..
      u can also carry all the documents during PET and interview too …

      and all the documents should be attested ( its better to get it done by gazetted ) or any competent govt. official .

      1. Thanks for ur reply sir.

  19. hello ashok sir…ive qualified in the cpaf 2013 xam… i wanted to ask dt frm the chart in the notification pdf f capf 2013..it is said that between 23-27 yearz and 173 cms..one shud hv 71kg..myn is 78 kg..will that be a problem..is dre relaxation in weight fr a particular hieght?

  20. hello ashok sir…ive qualified in the cpaf 2013 xam… i wanted to ask dt frm the chart in the notification pdf f capf 2013..it is said that between 23-27 yearz and 173 cms..one shud hv 71kg..myn is 78 kg..will that be a problem..is dre relaxation in weight fr a particular hieght??

    1. yes .. u r overweight by 7 kg … thats not allowed .. 1 or 2 kg overweight is fine , but not 7 kg ..
      so try to reduce it at d earliest .

  21. Sir i have cleared written for capf but injured my leg so can i appear for pet later on or not .what to do it is my last attempt .

    1. No ..there is no provision to appear later for PET..u can cal upsc for further clarification

  22. sir to get OBC reservation do i need the form as provided by UPSC or the one issued by district authority is also applicable in DAF… plz do reply

  23. I don’t talk the English kya me interview per Hindi me bol Santa hu

  24. The format is same everywhere …
    So u can take from your district authority , just ensure it is not more than 6 month old .

    1. thank you sir and can u please answer just one more question…My Dad’s salary is more than 6 lakh but he did not join service as 1st grade officer neither he attained 1st grade below 40 years of age… so do i come in creamy layer or not??

  25. @namo : if your dads salary is more than 4.5 lac for 3 consequitive yrs ..then u r not entitled to avail benefits of a obc candidates.

        1. Its been proposed ..but not applied as of yet

          1. Kindly to your notice…its been notified and now the income limit is 6lakhs…also UPSC has mentioned in this year’s notification.

      1. if your father is a cenrtal government employee then salary criteria does not apply on you…as you father didnt join as class 1 officer,neither he got promoted to class 1 office before 40 years of age…you fall under non- creamy layer

        1. income criteria is not applicable to government servants. their status of creamy layer depends upon position they hold.
          if joined government service as class 1 officer or enter same class before attaining age of 40, deemed as CREAMY LAYER. otherwise you can enjoy non-creamy layer status.

  26. If your Father is in service,indicate the post held by him

    (If retired,indicate the post held by him at the time of
    his retirement)*

    sir please tel me what to do with this??

  27. @ manu : u just have to mention the post of your father ..whats d doubt in that ??

    1. i was doubtful abt private or government service …

  28. hi @ ashok sir my query is weather to send DAF (printed copy) to upsc or not?? as per the guidelines given they have mentioned to submit it before CRPF authorities at the time PET ,but for Civil services mains they asked for copy of DAF to be sent to commission …..confused please help

    THANK U!!

    1. U have to summit it during PET .

  29. sir i have taken the print outs of DAF and summary sheet. Do we need to post it along with attested copies of age and education to the concerned authorities or just carry it along during the pet time ? pls relpy sir.

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