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Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF)

Updated: Jan 9, 2024

CAPF is a competitive exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission to recruit the candidates in the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). The candidates recruited, join the forces as Assistant Commandant (AC). 

The following forces recruit the candidates through this exam.

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


CAPF exam is held every year and the exam highlights are given below:

Exam Name

Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandant)

Conducting Body

Union Public Service Commission

Geographical Scope

All India

Exam Frequency

Once in a year

Exam Mode


Exam Stages

Written+Physical+Interview/Personality Test

Exam Language

English and Hindi

Exam Helpdesk


Official website




Salient Features

UPSC CAPF 2020 Notification

April 22, 2020

The UPSC will issue the official notification and the CAPF application will start

UPSC CAPF 2020 Application End

May 12, 2020

The online application  will close on this day.

UPSC CAPF Written Exam 2020

August 9, 2020

The CAPF written exam will be conducted in two sessions.

UPSC CAPF Written Exam Result

September 2020 (tentative)

The UPSC will declare the CAPF written exam result.

UPSC CAPF Physical Standard/ Physical Efficiency Test and Medical Standard Test

October 2020 (tentative)

The Physical/Medical exam will be conducted by an Authority designated by UPSC.

UPSC CAPF Physical Test Result

November 2020 (tentative)

The result will be declared to select the candidates for the 

CAPF Personality Test

UPSC Interview/personality test

December 2020 (tentative)

The CAPF interview/personality test will be conducted at the UPSC office premises.

UPSC CAPF Final Result 2020

January  2021 (tentative)

The result will be declared after the Personality Test


UPSC describes the eligibility criteria for the CAPF exam in the official notification.


  • The candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • The candidates who are subject of Nepal and Bhutan are also allowed to apply in the exam.
  • No other candidate can apply for the UPSC CAPF exam.

Age limit :

The lower age limit for the CAPF exam is 20 years and the upper age limit is 25 years. The age is calculated from August 1 of the exam year. For appearing in the UPSC CAPF exam 2020, the candidates must have been born not earlier than August 2, 1995 and not later than August 1, 2000.

The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable.



Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe

five years

Other Backward Classes

three years

Civilian Central Government Servants

five years Ex-Servicemen will also be eligible for this relaxation.

Domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from January 1, 1980 to December 31,


five year

However, the total relaxation claimed on account of Government Service will be limited to five years.

Educational Qualification :

The candidate must hold a Bachelors degree from any recognised university.

The candidates who appear in the final year of their degree course can also apply for the exam but they have to produce the final year mark sheet of the qualifying exam with the detailed application form.

Possession of NCC ‘B’ or ‘C’ Certificates:

The candidates having the NCC ‘B’ or ‘C’ Certificate will be given preference at the time of Interview.  These qualifications will be given consideration at the time of Interview/Personality Test only.

Physical Standards:

The UPSC CAPF notification prescribes the physical and medical standards in a very comprehensive manner. The minimum requirements for the candidate are as follows:




165 cm

157 cm


81 cm (with 5 cm minimum expansion)

(Not applicable)


50 kg

46 kg

Medical Standards:

(a) Eyesight:

Better eye

(corrected vision)

Worse eye

(corrected vision)

Distant vision







Near Vision

N6 (corrected)

N9 (corrected)


After the successful filling up the UPSC CAPF Application form and submitting the exam fees, the admit card will be issued to the candidates  online . The UPSC CAPF exam consists of three stages. All the three stages are given below:

UPSC CAPF Exam Stage I - Written Exam - 450 marks

The stage I is the written examination. The written exam consists of two papers-

Paper Name


Time Duration

Paper-I - General and Mental Ability

250 marks

2 hours

Paper-II - General Studies, Essay and Comprehension

200 marks

3 Hours


450 marks

The paper I will be the objective type question paper and paper II will be the conventional essay type question paper having two parts.

UPSC CAPF Exam Stage II -Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests

The Physical Efficiency and Medical Standard test are only qualifying in nature. The candidates need to meet the standard prescribed in the CAPF notification.

After passing the Stage I, the candidates need to undergo the Physical Efficiency and Medical Standard Test.

Physical Efficiency Tests (PET)



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

Pregnancy at the time of PET will be a disqualification and pregnant female candidate will be rejected.

UPSC CAPF Stage III: Interview/Personality Test - 150 marks

The candidates declared passed in the second stage of the CAPF exam, will be called for the interview/personality test. The interview/ personality test will be conducted on the UPSC premises in New Delhi. After the interview/personality test, the final result will be declared.


Any candidate who has been selected as the Assistant Commandant in any of the forces are restricted to apply again in the exam.


UPSC issued new guidelines for the tie-breaking resolving. The candidates having equal marks in the final aggregate total is called a tie situation and such a situation will be resolved based on the age of the candidate. It means that in the case of tie-breaking, the older candidate will be given preference in the rank.





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