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CAPF UPSC Central Armed Police Force Exam. Pattern


Central Armed Police Force Assistant Commandant CAPF AC Exam


The CAPF Exam  stands for Central Armed Police Force exam it is conducted only by Union Public Service Commission UPSC  for recruitment of  Assistant Commandants (Group A) in the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) like  Border Security Force (BSF) Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Central Industrial Security Force(CISF) Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). 

The Examination will be held in accordance with the Rules for the published by Ministry of Home Affairs in the Gazette of India The tentative Examination number of vacancies to be filled on the results of the examination is as follows: 

  1. BSF        

  2. CRPF          

  3. CISF         

  4. ITBP          

  5. SSB  

The Selection Procedure/Scheme of the Examination will be as follows: 

  1. Written Examination

  2. Physical and Medical Standards Tests : 

  3. Interview/Personality Test

  4. Final Selection / Merit

Central Armed Police Force CAPF Assistant Commandant


Exam details 




Paper 1

(General intelligence )

2 hours



Paper 2

Part 1General Study+Essay,80 marks

 part 2 Compression(120 marks)

2 hours



Physical /Medical standard 




(i) Written Examination for CAPF AC Exam

: The written examination to be conducted by Union Public Service Commission will be comprise two papers. 

Paper I will be held from 10 a.m. to 12.00 Noon

Paper II will be held from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. 

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 In this paper candidates will be allowed the option of writing the Essay Component in English or Hindi, but the medium of Precis Writing, Comprehension Components and other communications/ language skills will  be English only. 

  • NOTE-I : Candidates should ensure that in Paper II they write the answers only in the medium allowed by the Commission for the different Components as mentioned above.  No credit will be given for answers written in a medium other than the one allowed in the Paper. 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.  

  • NOTE-II: There will be minimum qualifying marks separately in each Paper as may be fixed by the Commission in their discretion. Paper-I will be evaluated first and evaluation of Paper-II will be done only of those candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in Paper-I. 

(ii) Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests for CAPF AC Exam

Candidates who are declared qualified in the written examination will be summoned for PhysicalStandards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests. Those candidates who meet the prescribed Physical Standards, specified in Appendix-VI, will be put through the Physical Efficiency Tests as indicated below : 

Physical Efficiency Tests (PET)for CAPF AC Exam 

Physical Efficiency Tests (PET)






100 meters race

16 seconds

18 seconds


800 meters race

3.5 minutes

4.45 minutes


Long jump

3.5 meters

3 meters


Shot put

4.5 meters




165 cm

157 cm


50 kg

46 kg


81 cm

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

The Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests will be conducted under the supervision of a Nodal Authority to be appointed by the Ministry of Home Affairs. These tests will be conducted at various centres to be notified after the results of the written examination. Appeals will be entertained only against the Medical Standards Tests and will have to be made to the Appellate Authority designated by the Ministry of Home Affairs within a period of 15 days from the date of declaration of the results of these tests.  

Medical standard



Distant vision



Near vision 



Corrected with glass and lasik surgery




Limit of refractive errors permitted

4.00 D (including cylinder) Myopia  

+4.00 D (including cylinder) Hypermetropia 

Colour Perception-III (CP-III) by ISIHARA plates


(A ) LASIK surgery correction is permitted subject to prescribed criteria as below :-   

a)Age -  18-35 years 

b)Axial-length -  21-26 mm. 

c)Corneal-thickness 425 micron 

d)Pre LASIK error -      6 D      

e)Post operative   - Should be stable periodrefractive flap 

f)Interval -06 months (post operative period mandatory 

 (Candidate must have completed 06 months after LASIK surgery while considering for recruitment in CAPFs). 

(b)Carrying angle: 

Carrying angle should not be more than 15˚ for male and 20˚ for female. 


i)Candidate should not have any degree of deafness or persistent ear discharge. 

ii)Candidate should not have any other condition (congenital or acquired) like atresia of the meatus, exostosis, neoplasm which is causing obstruction of ear passage and should not have history of recurrent earache, tinnitus and vertigo. 


 Candidates should not have DNS, atrophic rhinitis, tubercular ulceration, chronic sinusitis. 


Candidate should not have enlarged lymph nodes, thyroid or other swelling of neck, inability to extend the neck fully or any evidence of disease of spine or cervical vertebrae.  


Candidate must possess sufficient number of sound teeth for efficient mastication. Candidate should not have severe pyorrhea. 

(g) Venereal Disease: 

Candidate should not have active signs of clinical VD. 

(h) Chronic skin diseases:

 Candidate should not have chronic skin diseases like Leprosy, chronic dermatitis, extensive Pityriasis Versicolor, psoriasis, SLE etc. 

General Standards

a)Speech should be without impediment i.e. no stammering. 

b)The candidate should not have any indication of chronic disease like TB, any type of arthritis, high blood pressure, Diabetes, Bronchial Asthma, any heart disease. 

c)Candidate should not have perceptible and visible glandular swelling anywhere in the body. 

d)Chest should be well formed, devoid of any abnormality like flat chest, Pigeon chest, with rickety rosary efects. Heart and lungs should be sond. 

e)Limbs, hands and feet should be well formed and fully developed and there shall be perfect motion of all joints. 

f)Should not have any old/mal united fracture of bones. 

g)There should be free and perfect movements of all the joints. 

h)Feet and toes should be well formed 

i)Should not have congenital malformation or defects. 

(Candidate must have completed 06 months after LASIK surgery while considering for recruitment in CAPFs). 

j)Should not bear traces of previous acute or chronic disease pointing to an impaired constitution. 

k)Candidate should have no disease of the genito urinary tract. 

l)Candidate should have no inguinal, scrotal swelling, any type of Hernia. 

m)(Only for male) Both the testicles are in the scrotum and of normal size. 

n)The candidate must not have knock knees, flat foot, varicose veins. 

o)They must be in good mental and bodily health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient performance of the duties. 

P)Candidate should not suffer from TACHYCARDIA (more than 100 pulse rate per minute) or BRADYCARDIA (Less than 50 per minute). 

Q)Candidate should not suffer from Hernia, hemorrhoids, condylomata prolapse rectum. 

R)Tattoo Clause: 

a)Content : Being a secular country, the religious sentiments of our countrymen are to be respected and thus, tattoos depicting religious symbol or figures and the name, as followed in Indian Army are to be permitted. 

b)Location : Tattoos marked on traditional sites of the body like inner aspect of forearm but only left forearm, being non saluting limb or dorsum of the hands are to be allowed. 

c)Size : Size must be less than ¼ of the particular part (Elbow or Hand) of the body. 

(iii) Interview/Personality Test for CAPF AC Exam:  

Candidates who are declared qualified in the Medical Standards Tests, will be called for Interview/Personality Test to be conducted by Union Public Service Commission. 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.  

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 for CAPF AC Exam

The merit list will be drawn on the basis of marks obtained by the candidates in the Written Examination and Interview/Personality Test

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