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 Assistant Commandants 

  1. Border Security Force (BSF)
  2. Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
  3. Central Industrial Security Force(CISF)
  4. Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)
  5. Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) 

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 250
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 Final Result 2019 

The UPSC has released the CAPF final result 2019. Candidates who have appeared for all the phases of the selection process can check their CAPF AC result 2019 on the official website. The CAPF final result 2019 was available in pdf format. 

Download CAPF AC Final Result 2019

CAPF AC's 2020

  • The CAPF AC's 2020 exam notification was released by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). This year there are 209 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 2020 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 209 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 2020 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) 78
2 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) 13
3 Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) 69
4 Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)  27
5 Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) 22
  Total 209


Aspirants should note that the number of vacancies mentioned above is liable to alteration. The reservation will be given as per policy of the Govt. 10% of the vacancies are earmarked for ex-servicemen. 

In case the vacancies reserved for Ex-servicemen remain unfilled due to nonavailability of eligible or qualified candidates, the same shall be filled by candidates from non ex-servicemen category. 

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  February 5, 2021

CAPF Application Procedure 

  • Interested candidates who satisfy the eligibility conditions set by the Commission can apply online for the Assistant Commandant post through the website 
  • The online application process comprises of two stages. 
  • Candidates are advised to scan their photograph and signature prior to filling up the application form. 
  • The photograph and signature should be in the .jpg format. The file should not exceed 40 KB and must not be less than 3 KB in size for the photograph and 1 KB for the signature.  
  • Aspirants should avoid multiple applications. 
  • Candidates are suggested to apply online well in time without waiting for the last date for submission of Online Applications. 
  • There is no option for the withdrawal of online application for CAPF. 
  • In order to apply online, candidates can use this link – CAPF AC Application Process.

 CAP Application Fee 

All the eligible candidates should pay the application fee prescribed by the UPSC. The application fee is INR 200, which can be deposited in any Branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility of State Bank of India or by using Visa/Master/RuPay/Credit/Debit Card. Some candidates belonging to reserved categories such as SC/ST are exempted from paying the application fee. One should note that all the female candidates are also exempted from the application fee.   

CAPF Examination centre

The written examination for the CAPF Assistant Commandant will be held at the below-listed examination centres. The allotment of the test centres will be based on the ''first-apply-first-allot.'' 

Agartala Dharwad Kolkata  Sambalpur
Ahmedabad Dispur Lucknow Shillong
Aizawl Gangtok Madurai Shimla
Bengaluru Hyderabad Mumbai Srinagar
Bareilly Imphal Nagpur Thiruvananthapuram
Bhopal Itanagar Panaji (Goa) Tirupati
Chandigarh Jaipur Patna Udaipur
Chennai Jammu Port Blair   Visakhapatnam
Cuttack Jorhat Prayagraj (Allahabad)  
Dehradun Kochi Raipur  
Delhi Kohima Ranchi  

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 2020 DAF Application Form Released

The UPSC has released the Detailed Application Form (DAF) for candidates who have qualified in the written exam. Candidates should enter all the mandatory fields to complete the CAPF DAF application form.

The CAPF AC DAF form will be available from February 12 to 25, 2021. Earlier, the written exam result was declared on February 8, 2021. The final result will be released in the last week of April. 

12 February 2021
CAPF 2020 Written Result Declared

The UPSC has released the CAPF 2020 written exam result. Candidates who have appeared for the written examination can check their result on the official website - 

The qualified candidates will be called for Physical Standards Test/ Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests. A total of 1287 candidates qualified in the written exam. 

ITBP, the nodal authority nominated by MHA, will communicate with candidates regarding the PST/PET and Medical Standards Tests. The application forms will be available between February 12 and 25, 2021 till 6 pm. 

9 February 2021
CAPF AC Final Result 2019 Declared

The UPSC has released the CAPF Assistant Commandant (AC) final result 2019. Candidates who have appeared for the interview round from November 2 to 27, 2020, can visit the official website to check their result. 

A total of 264 candidates have been shortlisted for the appointment. A total of 68 candidates are provisional. The Commission will soon communicate with candidates individually regarding an appointment.   

5 February 2021
UPSC CAPF Assistant Commandant Admit Card Released

The UPSC has released the CAPF Assistant Commandant admit card 2020. One should enter their login credentials to download CAPF admit card 2020 from the official website - 

The UPSC CAPF AC 2020 admit card consists of all the information regarding the personal along with venue details. One can download the CAPF admit card till the exam date, i.e., December 20. 

25 November 2020
UPSC CAPF 2019-20 Interview Schedule Released

The UPSC has released the CAPF 2019-20 interview schedule for the remaining shortlisted candidates. The CAPF exam interview 2019-20 will be conducted from November 16 to 20 and 22 to 25, 2020. The personality rounds will be held in two shifts forenoon and afternoon.

Candidates can download the UPSC CAPF call letters from the official site. The CAPF interview will be held at the UPSC headquarters at Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi-110069. The Commission will reimburse the airfare of candidates appearing for the UPSC CAPF interview 2019-20 because the train services are not fully functional yet.

21 October 2020
UPSC To Reimburse Air Fare For Candidates Appearing CAPF 2019 Interview
CAPF AC 2019 Interview Schedule Released
More Than 1 Lakh Vacancies In CAPF: Cabinet Minister
CAPF 2020: Last Day To Apply Online
UPSC CAPF 2020 Notification Released For 209 Vacancies
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