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 253
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's 2022

  • The CAPF AC's 2022 exam notification was released by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). This year there are 253 total vacancies are released for Assistant Commandants (ACs) Posts in the Central Armed Police Forces.
  • The examination will be held on August 07, 2022, 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 2022 will have to check all the required details available on our website and the notification released by the official website.

CAPF Notification 2022

The UPSC has released the CAPF Assistant Commandant (AC) recruitment notification for a total of 253 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 April 20, 2022.

 CAPF 2022 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.

The UPSC will hold a Written Examination on 07th August, 2022 for recruitment of Assistant Commandants (Group A) in the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) viz. Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). The Examination will be held in accordance with the Rule for the published by Ministry of Home Affairs in the Gazette of India dated 20th APril, 2022. The date of holding the examination as mentioned and liable to be changed at the discretion of the commission.

S No Security Forces  Vacancies
1 Border Security Force (BSF) 66
2 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) 29
3 Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) 62
4 Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)  14
5 Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) 82
  Total 253


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 2022

Event Date
CAPF ACs Notification 2022 April 20, 2022
Online Application Submission starting date  April 20, 2022
Last date to apply  May 10, 2022
CAPF AC Admit Card July 2022
CAPF AC Exam Date 2022 August 07, 2022
CAPF AC Result  2022 September, 2022

CAPF Application Procedure & FEE

  • Candidates who are interested are required to apply Online using the website
  • The online application process comprises of two stages. 
  • The candidates are required to pay a fee Rs. 200/- (Rupees Two Hundred only) (Excepting SC/ST/Female candidates who are exempted from payment of fee] either by deposint the money in any branch of State Bank of India by cash, or by using any VISA/Master/Rupay/Credit/Debit/UPI Payment or by using netbanking of any Bank.
  • The candidate must have his photograph and signature duly scanned in the .jpg format in such manner that each file should not exceed 300 KB each and must not be less than 20 KB in size for the photograph and signature.  
  • The candidate should have details of one Photo ID viz. Aadhar Card / Voter Card / Pan Card / Passport / Driving License / Any other photo ID Card issued by the State/Central Government. The details of this Photo ID will have to be provided by the candidate while filling up the online Application Form. This Photo ID will be used for all future references and the candidates is advised to carry this ID while appearing for the examination.
  • 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.

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.'' 

Centres of Examination in India:

The Examination will be held at the following centres:

Centres Centres Centres
Agartala Ganntok Panaji (Goa)
Ahemdabad Hyderabad Patna
Aizawl Imphal Portblair
Almora (UttarKhand) Itanagar Prayagraj (Allahabad)
Bengaluru Jaipur Raipur
Bareilly Jammu Ranchi
Bhopal Jorhat Sambalpur
Chandigarh Kochi Shillong
Chennai Kohima Shimla
Cuttack Kolkata Srinagar
Dehradun Lucknow Srinagar (Uttarakhand)
Delhi Madurai Thiruvananthapuram
Dharamshala (H.P.) Mandi (H.P.) Tirupati
Dharwar Mumbai Udaipur
Dispur Nagpur Visakhapatnam


The centres and dates of holding the examination as mentioned are liable to be changed at the discretion of the commission.

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 on 1st August, 2022, i.e. he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1997 and not later than 1st August, 2002.
    • The Upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable.
    • 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 2022 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 2022
    • 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.
UPSC CAPF AC 2022 Registration Closes Today

UPSC CAPF AC 2022 : Union Public Service Commission is closing the online Application for Central Armed Forces (Assistants Commandants) Examination 2022 on its official Website.

The candidates, who are interested and eligible and have not applied yet, they should not delay further & apply now through online official website :

The online applications can be filled up to May 10, 2022 till 6.00 PM . The online applications can be withdrawn from May 17, 2022 to May 23, 2022 till 6.00 PM.

10 May 2022
UPSC CAPF AC 2022 Notification Released

Union Public Service Commission has released the notification on Wednesday for Submission of Application for Central Armed Forces (Assistant Commandants), 2022.

Interested & eligible candidates can apply online for UPSC CAPF AC 2022 on the official website up to May 10, 2022. The online Application will be withdrawn from May 17, 2022 to May 23, 2022 till 6.00 PM.


21 April 2022
CAPF 2021 Question Paper Released

The UPSC has released the CAPF Assistant Commandant 2021 question paper. Candidates can download the question paper for general ability and intelligence, general studies, essay and comprehension. 

The Commission has conducted the UPSC CAPF written exam 2021 on August 8.    

11 August 2021
UPSC CAPF 2021 Admit Card Released

The UPSC has released CAPF admit card 2021. Candidates who have registered for the exam can download CAPF admit card 2021 on the official website. One should use their login details to download CAPF 2021 admit card. 

The Commission will be conducting the written exam on August 8, 2021. The results will be declared in the first week of September. 

15 July 2021
UPSC CAPF 2021 Application Withdrawal To Close Today

The UPSC is likely to close the CAPF Assistant Commandant (AC) application withdrawal process today May 18, 2021. Candidates who have not interested to participate in the exam can withdraw their application through the official website. 

The Commission will conduct the CAPF 2021 written exam on August 8, 2021. The admit cards will be released at least two weeks before the exam date.

18 May 2021
UPSC CAPF 2021 Application Withdrawal Window Opens
UPSC CAPF 2021: Last Day To Apply Online
UPSC CAPF 2021 Registration To Close On May 5
UPSC CAPF 2021 Registration To Close Next Week
CAPF Assistant Commandants 2021 Notification Released
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