CAPF Exam : Essential and Easy Information


CAPF Exam is a national-level exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for the recruitment of Assistant Commandants. This exam is also called as Central Armed Police Forces Assistant Commandant Exam as they recruit Assistant Commandants.


The Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) refers to the nomenclature of the seven security forces in India, which comes under the Ministry of Home Affairs( MHA). The seven security forces are mentioned below :

  1. The Assam Rifles (AR)
  2. Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
  3. Border Security Force (BSF)
  4. Central Industrial Security Force CISF)
  5. National Security Guard (NSG)
  6. Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)
  7. Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)


The recruitment is done in three modes, given as follows :

Post Exam
Gazetted Officer The Central Armed Police Force (Assistant Commandants)
Subordinate Officer(Also referred as DASOs- Directly Appointed Subordinate Officers) Staff Selection Commission
Constables Staff Selection Commission


Highlights of CAPF Exam

Exam The Central Armed Police Forces Examination
Organizing body Union Public Service Commission
Name of the post Assistant Commandant
Number of Vacancies Approx. 400
Frequency Once a year
Number of applications Approx. 3 lakh
Official website




UPSC generally releases the date of the Central Armed Police Forces Examinations notification in the month of August. Aspirants willing to appear for this exam can apply online by visiting the official website of UPSC.


Event Month
CAPF AC Notification August
CAPF AC Admit Card November
CAPF AC Exam December
CAPF AC Result January

Eligibility Criteria: CAPF Exam



Nationality No person who is not a citizen of India shall, except the consent of the Central Government signified in writing be appointed or employed under the Rules. Provided that nothing contained in rules shall debar the appointment or employment of a subject of Nepal or Bhutan under the Rules.
Both males and females are eligible to apply for this exam
Educational Qualification Candidate must hold a Bachelor or equivalent degree from a recognized University
Appearing candidates are also eligible for this exam.
Age Minimum age -20 years

Maximum age -25 years

Relaxation for reserved categories :

SC/ST: 5 years

OBC    : 3 years

Physical Standards


Candidates should meet the minimum standard.
Men Women
Height 165 cms 157 cms
Chest 81 cms ( with 5 cms minimum expansion)
Weight 50 Kgs Not less than 46Kgs
Medical Standard Eyesight
Better Eye( Corrected Vision) Worse Eye (Corrected Vision)
Distant Vision 6/6 or 6/9  6/12 or 6/9
Near Vision J1 (Corrected J2 (Corrected)
Type of corrections permitted Spectacles -4.00D (including cylinder)
Limits of Refractive errors permitted Non-pathological myopia +4.00 D (including cylinder)
Note: Candidate should not have Knock-knees, Flat foot, Varicose veins, or Squint in eyes.


CAPF AC Officer: Roles & Responsibility

  • Need to guard the borders as well the industrial corridors.
  • Involved in maintaining the law and order as well as assisting the local administration in doing so.
  • Deployed in conducting elections and responsible for maintaining normalcy in the local areas.



The exam pattern of the Central Armed Police Force for the recruitment of the Assistant Commandants are as follow :

CAPF Exam: Written Exam

Paper Maximum Marks Duration Language
Paper 1: General Ability & Intelligence 250 2 Hours English & Hindi
Paper 2: General Studies, Essay & Comprehension 200 2 Hours Essay – English & Hindi.

Rest in English

Total 450

CAPF Exam: Physical Standards/ Physical Efficiency Test and Medical Test

Type of Test Males: Time Limit Female: Time Limit
100 Meters Race In 16 Sec In 18 Sec
800 Meters Race In 3 Minutes 45 Sec In 4 Minutes 45 Sec
Long Jump 3.5 Meters 3 Meters
Shot Put (7.26 Kgs) 4.5 Meters

CAPF Exam: Interview/Personality Test

The candidate who qualifies for the Medical Standard Tests are called for the Interview or Personality Test ( 150 Marks)



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