• Lectures: 11
  • Quizzes: 3
  • Duration: 10 weeks

Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) Exam is a competitive exam conducted by the UPSC to recruit the candidates in the Central Police Organizations (CPOs) as Assistant Commandant (AC) in the Officers Cadre of the following forces:

  • Border Security Force (BSF)
  • Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
  • Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
  • Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)
  • Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility for UPSC CAPF AC Exam is as mentioned below:-


  • The aspirant must be a citizen of India.
  • The aspirants who are citizens of Nepal and Bhutan are also eligible to apply in the exam.

Age Criteria for CAPF AC Exam

The minimum age limit for the CAPF AC Exam is 20 years and the maximum age limit is 25 years for General Category candidates. Age relaxation of 3 yrs and 5 yrs is applicable for OBC and SC/ST candidates, respectively.

Education Required

As per official UPSC CAPF AC notification, “the aspirant must hold a Bachelors’s degree in any stream from any recognized university.”

The aspirants appearing in the final year of their degree course can also apply for the exam but they have to produce the final year result of the qualifying exam with the detailed application form.

NCC ‘B’ or ‘C’ Certificate Holders:

The aspirants having the NCC ‘B’ or ‘C’ Certificate with good grades will be preferred in the Interview and considerations would be done at the time of UPSC Interview/Personality Test only.

Physical Criteria

The minimum physical requirements for the aspirants are as follows:

Physical Standards Men Women
Height 165 cm 157 cm
Chest(unexpanded) 81 cm (with 5 cm minimum expansion) (Not applicable)
Weight  50 kg 46 kg

Medical Standards

(a) Eyesight:
Better eye

(corrected vision)

Worse eye

(corrected vision)

Distant vision 6/6



Near Vision N6 (corrected) N9 (corrected)

Written Exam – 450 marks

The written exam consists of two papers-

Paper Name Marks Time Duration
Paper-I – General and Mental Ability (125 Qs.) 250 marks
2 Hrs
Paper-II – General Studies, Essay & Comprehension, Grammar 200 marks
3 Hrs
Total 450 marks

The paper I will be the MCQ type and paper II will be the conventional/descriptive essay type.

Physical Efficiency Tests (PET) – Qualifying

Event/Test For Males For Females
100 Meters race In 16 Seconds  In 18 seconds
800 Meters race In 3 minutes 45 seconds In 4 minutes 45 seconds
Long Jump 3.5 Meters (3 chances) 3.0 meters (3 chances)
Shot Put (7.26 Kgs) 4.5 Meters
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