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What is CAPF - AC Exam?

The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) refers to the uniform nomenclature of seven security forces in India under the authority of the Ministry of Home Affairs. They are the Assam Rifles (AR), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), National Security Guard (NSG), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).
Recruitment is conducted mainly in three modes:
Gazetted Officers: Officers in CAPFs are recruited through Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination conducted by UPSC.
Subordinate Officers: Sub Inspectors are recruited through competitive examination conducted by the Staff Selection Commission and they are referred as DASOs (Directly Appointed Subordinate Officers).
Constables: Constables are recruited through competitive examination conducted by the Staff Selection Commission.

Important Dates

The UPSC has released the tentative dates of CAPF (AC's) Exam 2019. The exact dates will be updated subsequently. According to the UPSC calendar, the CAPF (AC's) will take place on August 18, 2019.
S.N. Name of Examination Date of Notification Last Date For Receipt Of Applications Date of Exam Duration
1 CAPF (AC's) 2019 April 24, 2019 May 20, 2019 August 18, 2019 1 Day
CAPF AC's 2019 TimeTable module is shown below :
The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admission Certificate before the three weeks of commencement of the examination and the e-Admission Certificate will be available on the UPSC official website for downloading by candidates. No paper e-Admission Certificate will be sent by post.
The written examination to be conducted by UPSC will be held on August 18, 2019, and will comprise two papers. The detailed module is mentioned below:
Date & Day Time Subject
18-08-2019 (Sunday) 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Paper – I
General Ability and Intelligence - 250 Marks
18-08-2019 (Sunday) 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM Paper – II
General Studies, Essay, and Comprehension - 200 Marks
The dates of notification, commencement, and duration of examinations may be changed if there is a need to be changed.
Take a look at the below to know more about the important dates and academic exam timetable details:
Title Date
Date of Notification 24-04-2019
Last Date for Receipt of Applications (6:00 PM) 20-05-2019
Date of Commencement of Examination 18-08-2019
Date of Upload 24-04-2019
No person who is not a citizen of India shall, except with the consent of the Central Government signified in writing be appointed or employed under these Rules.
Provided that nothing contained in these rules shall debar the appointment, enrolment or employment of a subject of Nepal or Bhutan under these Rules.
Both Male and Female candidates are eligible for appointment to the post of Assistant Commandants.
Educational Qualification:
Here are the certain educational qualifications that the applicants must possess to be eligible for CAPF:
As part of UPSC CAPF Eligibility Criteria, candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a government recognised university. The University should be incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India.
Other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 are also acceptable.
Those candidates, who have appeared in the qualifying examination and have yet not got their results, can also apply for CAPF Exam. But, it must be kept in mind that the admission would be provisional until the candidate produces proof of passing the examination after qualifying the entrance test of CAPF.
Age Limit :
The candidate must have acquired a minimum age of 20 years. The upper age limit of the candidate must be 25 years. However, the upper age limit up to a maximum of five years can be relaxed for candidates belonging to SC/ST category.
Up to a maximum of three years for the candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes can be relaxed.
The candidate who wishes to apply for CAPF 2019 must be an Indian national. Both female and male candidates can apply for the CAPF exam. There are different medical standards set by UPSC to apply for the desired post through UPSC CAPF 2019.
The candidates who have already been once selected on the basis of the CAPF exam earlier cannot apply for the exam.
Roles and Responsibilities :
Assistant Commandant (AC) lead a company of around 150 armed personnel, which is deployed for conducting elections and maintaining normalcy, apart from the original mandates of border guarding and guarding the industrial corridors (CISF). Though CRPF is one such force which is directly involved in law and order maintenance and assisting the local administration in maintaining the local order.
The Assistant Commandant has to perform functions like planning and conduct of operations, ensuring on the job training to keep the Company in the constant state of operational preparedness for the requirement in any situation, organizing independent intelligence network for operational efficiency, ensuring efficacy and serviceability of armaments in the Company.
The notification of this examination is going to release on April 24, 2019. The examination will be conducted on August 18, 2019. Eligible and successful candidates are admitted after an interview conducted by the UPSC for those having qualified the written examination.
Verification of eligibility conditions with reference to original documents is taken up only after the candidate has qualified for Interview/Personality Test.
Candidates are required to apply online by using the official website of UPSC, i.e. www.upsconline.nic.in, brief instructions for filling up the online application form are available on the official website.
Online application form containing two stages viz. Part-I and Part-II. So, candidates are advised to complete the form as per the instructions available on the official website.
The candidates are required to pay a fee of Rs. 200/- [excepting SC/ST/Female/PH candidates who are exempted from payment of fee] either by depositing the money in any branch of SBI by cash or by using the net banking facility of the State Bank of India or by using any Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/Debit Card.
Before starting filling up online application, a candidate must have his/her photograph and signature duly scanned in the .jpg format in such a manner that each file should not exceed 40 KB and must not be less than 3 KB each in size for the photograph and 1 KB for the signature.
*No request for withdrawal from a candidate will be received under any circumstances after he/she has submitted his/her online application form.
Last date for Application:
  • The online applications from April 24, 2019, to May 20, 2019, up to 6:00 PM.
  • The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admit Card three weeks before the commencement of the examination.
  • The e-Admit Card will be made available in the UPSC website [www.upsc.gov.in] for downloading by candidates.
  • No Admit Card will be sent by post. So, all the applicants are required to provide valid E-Mail Id.
Guidance of Candidates
If the candidates have the doubt regarding any guidance/information/clarification in their applications, candidature etc. candidates can directly contact UPSC’s facilitation counter near Gate ‘C’ of its campus in person or over telephone No. 011 - 23385271 / 011 - 23381125 / 011 - 23098543 on working days between 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Central Armed Police Forces Examination Recruitment for Assistant Commandant takes place after a selection procedure that includes:
Scheme of Exam:
The examination shall be conducted according to the following plan;
  • (i) Written Examination:
    The written examination is going to be conducted by the UPSC on August 18, 2019, and will comprise two papers, i.e. Paper-I and Paper-II and the structure as follows:
    • Paper-I: General Ability and Intelligence - 250 Marks
      The questions in this paper will be of objective (multiple answers) type in which the questions will be set in English as well as Hindi.
    • Paper-II: General Studies, Essay and Comprehension - 200 Marks
      The candidates will be allowed the option of writing the Essay Component in English or Hindi for this paper, but the medium of Precis Writing, Comprehension Components, and other communications/language skills will be English only.
      Note: In Paper II, candidates should have to ensure that they should have to write the answers only in the medium allowed by the Commission for the different Components as mentioned.
      Other than the allowed medium, no credit will be given for answers written other than the selected language. So, candidates will be required to indicate the medium of Essay Component in the Attendance Lists and on the Answer Book.
      No credit will be given for the Essay Component if the candidate indicates a medium on the Attendance List and on the Answer Book other than the one in which he/she has written the Essay.
      In each paper, there will be minimum qualifying marks separately as fixed by the Commission in their discretion. Firstly, Paper-I will be evaluated and the evaluation of Paper-II will be done only for those candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in Paper-I.
  • (ii) Physical Standards/Physically Efficiency Test and Medical Standard Tests:
    For those candidates who meet the prescribed Physical Standards will be put through the Physical Efficiency Tests as mentioned below:
    Type Of Test Males - Total Time Limit & Distance To Qualify Females - Total Time Limit & Distance To Qualify
    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 Meters
    Shot Put (7.26 Kgs) 4.5 Meters -
    At the time of PET, Pregnant female candidates will be a disqualified and the candidates will be rejected.
  • (iii) Interview/Personality Test:
    The candidates who are declared qualified in the Medical Standards Tests will be called for Interview/Personality Test to be conducted by UPSC.
    The candidates who are declared medically unfit but allowed to appear before the “Review Medical Board” on their appeal by the Appellate Authority will be called for Interview/Personality Tests provisionally. The Interview/Personality Test will carry 150 Marks.
    The candidates who are short-listed for Interview/Personality Test, including those shortlisted for Interview/Personality Test provisionally will be issued a Detailed Application Form (DAF) in which among other things, they will be required to indicate their preference of Forces.
  • (iv) Final Selection/Merit:
    The merit list will be drawn on the basis of marks obtained by the candidates in the Written Examination and Interview/Personality Test.
    *Mobile Phone/other articles banned:
    • Mobile phones or any other communication devices are not allowed inside the premises where the examination is being conducted. Any infringement of these instructions shall entail disciplinary action including ban from future examinations.
    • Candidates are advised in their own interest not to bring any of the banned items including mobile phones or any valuable/costly items to the venue of the examination, as the arrangement for safe-keeping cannot be assured. A commission will not be responsible for any loss in this regard.
UPSC Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination Syllabus 2018 pdf available to download. Applicants for UPSC Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination Recruitment 2019 Written examination can get the exam syllabi and exam pattern here. Click on the attached file below to download the entire syllabus for the academic year.

Examination Centers

S.N. District S.N. District S.N. District
1Agartala 15Gangtok29Panaji (Goa) 
3Aizwal17Imphal31Port Blair

Note: The centres and dates of holding the examination as mentioned are liable to be changed at the discretion of the commission.