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If you are a graduate and have a dream for the Indian army then Assistant Commandant is one of the most prestigious exams conducted by UPSC  a year for recruitment in the army. Assistant Commandant has emerged as a good career choice over the years due to the prestige of serving motherland, stability, and after service benefits.

UPSC CAPF 2020 Exam Highlights

CAPF exam is a yearly affair 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 Offline
Exam Stages Written+Physical+Interview/Personality Test
Exam Language English and Hindi
Exam Helpdesk 011-23098543
Official website


UPSC CAPF Eligibility Criteria

UPSC describes the eligibility criteria for the CAPF exam in the official notification. The eligibility conditions for UPSC CAPF are explained below:


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

Age limit for CAPF Exam

The lower age limit for the CAPF exam is 20 years and the upper age limit is less than 25 years. The age is calculated from August 1 of the exam year. 

The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable.

Category Relaxation
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 years

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

Educational Qualification for CAPF

As given in the official CAPF notification, "the candidate must hold a Bachelors degree from any recognized 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 the Interview/Personality Test only.

Physical Standards

The UPSC CAPF notification prescribes the physical and medical standards in a very comprehensive manner. The important points related to the CAPF physical standards are given below. The minimum requirements for the candidate 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


UPSC CAPF Selection Process

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

UPSC CAPF Exam Stage I - Written Exam - 450 marks

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

Paper Name Time Duration  Marks
Paper- I - General and Mental Ability 2 hours 250 marks
Paper-II - General Studies, Essay and Comprehension 3 Hours 200 marks
  Total 450 marks


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

Physical Efficiency Tests (PET)

Event Males  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  


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


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