CAPF - AC Exam

Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Exam

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 the 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.

CAPF Exam Highlights 

Exam Central Armed Police Forces Examination
Conducted By  Union Public Service Commission 
Name of the Post  Assistant Commandant
Number of Vacancies  Approximately 400
Frequency Once a year
Age Limit  20-25 years 
Educational Qualification  Graduation
Application mode  Online
Application fee INR 200
Gender Male and female are eligible 
Selection Procedure  Written, physical test and interview 
Number of Applications  Approximately 3 lakh
E-Admit card 3 weeks before the exam
Withdrawal of Application   Yes

CAPF AC 2018 Reserve List 

The UPSC has announced the CAPF AC 2018 reserve list. The Commission has recommended a total of 50 candidates, which include 22 General, 24 OBC and 04 SC candidates. However, 11 candidates are provisional. 

Download CAPF AC 2018 reserve list

CAPF AC's 2020

The CAPF AC's 2020 exam notification will release by the Union Public Service Commission. This year there are 398 total vacancies are released for Assistant Commandants (ACs) Posts in the Central Armed Police Forces.

The examination will be held on December 20, 2020, in accordance with the rules for the examination published by the Ministry of Home Affairs in the Gazette of India.

Their admission at all the stages of the examination will be purely provisional subject to satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions.

All the aspirants who want to apply online for CAPF AC's Recruitment 2019 will have to check all the required details available on our website and the notification released by the official website.

CAPF Notification 2020

The UPSC has released the CAPF Assistant Commandant (AC) recruitment notification for a total of 323 vacancies. Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria set by the Commission can apply online for the Assistant Commandant posts. Interested aspirants can apply online for CAPF AC until September 7, 2020. 

The CAPF Assistant Commandant (AC) official notification 2019 is here for reference. Access the CAPF notification for more information related to service allocation and others. 

 CAPF 2020 Number Of Vacancies

The UPSC releases the CAPF notification to shortlist the candidates for recruitment of Assistant Commandants (Group A). Check the tentative number of vacancies for CAPF AC exam. 

S No Security Forces  Vacancies
1 Border Security Force (BSF) 100
2 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) 108
3 Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) 28
4 Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)  21
5 Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) 66
  Total 323

CAPF Important Dates 2020

Event Date
CAPF AC Notification  August 18, 2020
Online applications starting date  August 18, 2020
Last date to apply  September 7, 2020
Admit card  November 2020
CAPF AC exam date  December 20, 2020
CAPF AC result  January 2021

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Nationality:

    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.

  2. 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
  3. 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 2020 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 2020
    • 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.
CAPF (AC) 2020 To Be Held On December 20

The UPSC has announced that the new exam dates for Central Armed Police Forces (ACs) Examination, 2020. The written test will be conducted on December 20, 2020.

The sources suggest that the CAPF (AC) Examination 2020 notification will be released on August 18. The online applications will be accepted until September 7, 2020. 

Earlier, the Commission held a special meeting on June 5 and released the revised exam calendar 2020. The new exam dates were also announced for Civil Services (Prelims) 2020 and other exams. The recruitment exams were postponed due to the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic. 

6 June 2020
CAPF AC 2018 Reserve List Released

The UPSC has released the reserve list of CAPF AC 2018 exam. Candidates who have appeared for the exam are advised to visit the official site to check the reserve list. 

The Commission has recommended a total of 50 candidates, which include 22 General, 24 OBC and 04 SC candidates. However, 11 candidates are provisional. 

Download CAPF AC 2018 reserve list

The official site reads, "The result of the Central Armed Police Forces (ACs) Examination, 2018 was declared vide Press Note dated 02 August, 2019 recommending 416 candidates in order of merit for appointment." 

12 May 2020
CAPF 2018 Selected Candidates Await For Joining Letter

Candidates who have passed with flying colours in CAPF 2018 examination await for joining letter eight months after the final result. The shortlisted candidates have raised their concern on social media, Twitter. 

The Commission has released the CAPF notice for a total of 398 vacancies, out of which 179 were in CRPF, 84 in CISF, 46 in ITBP, 29 in SSB and 60 in BSF. The total number of vacancies was increased to 466.

According to the complaints raised by candidates, except for the Sashashtra Seema Bal (SSB), the candidates of other branches have not been issued their joining letter yet.

The CAPF 2018 exam held on August 12, 2018, the interview was held between June 24 and July 24, 2019. The final result was announced on August 2, 2019.

22 April 2020
UPSC CAPF 2020 Notification Postponed

The UPSC has postponed the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) 2020 examination. Aspirants who are aspiring for the examination should note that the UPSC CAPF exam notice was postponed due to Coronavirus (COVID 2019) outbreak in the country. 

According to the official notice, "CAPF (AC) Exam 2020 scheduled to be notified on April 22, 2020, stands deferred till further notice." 

Candidates should note that the Commission will soon release the new dates for CAPF 2020. Earlier, the Commission has also deferred the notifications of NDA & NA (I), IES/ISS and CMSE. The exam of CAPF schedule on August 9, 2020.

22 April 2020
Government Plans To Merge CAPF With Civil Services

The Government is drafting the plans to change the scheme of CAPF exam. It is also planning to merge the CAPF Officer recruitment with the Civil Services Examination (CSE). The Government had granted the Organised Group A Service (OGAS) categorisation to Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) that include CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBP and SSB. 

The Government is busy with a high-level discussion regarding the change of the scheme and syllabus of the Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandant) exam. The recruitment test is being conducted by the UPSC since 2003 for recruiting officers.  

It is to be noted that the government has not taken any decision yet regarding merge. The Civil Services 2020 exam notification was released on February 12. The exam will be held on May 31. The CAPF 2020 notification will be released on April 22. 

20 February 2020
UPSC CAPF 2019 Result Announced
UPSC CAPF 2019: Raise Objections Against Paper Until August 26
UPSC CAPF AC Exam 2018 Final Result Announced
UPSC Releases CAPF (AC's) Admit Card 2019 
Interview Schedule Released UPSC CAPF AC Exam 2018
Application Window For CAPF AC 2019 To Close On May 20
Online Registration Started For CAPF Assistant Commandants 2019
UPSC CAPF Assistant Commandants (AC) Written Results 2018 Announced
CAPF AC's 2019 Exam Module
CAPF (AC's) Exam 2019
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