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 AC's 2022

  • The CAPF AC's 2022 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 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 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 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. 

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 2022

Event Date
CAPF AC Notification  April 20, 2022
Online applications starting date  April 20, 2022
Last date to apply  May 10, 2022
Admit card  July 2022
CAPF AC exam date  August 07, 2022
CAPF AC result  September, 2022

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 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.
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

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has activated the application withdrawal window of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) 2021 exam. Candidates who have changed their mind not to participate in the exam can withdraw their candidature on or before May 18, 2021.

The Commission will be conducting the CAPF 2021 exam on August 8. The admit cards will be available at least 10 days before the exam date. 

12 May 2021
UPSC CAPF 2021: Last Day To Apply Online

The UPSC is likely to close the CAPF AC application form today, i.e., May 5, 2021. Candidates who haven’t filled the UPSC CAPF AC application form 2021 can apply through the official website -

The Commission has released the UPSC CAPF notification on April 15 for 159 vacancies. The UPSC CAPF withdrawal window will be available between May 12 and 18, 2021.

5 May 2021
UPSC CAPF 2021 Registration To Close On May 5
UPSC CAPF 2021 Registration To Close Next Week
CAPF Assistant Commandants 2021 Notification Released
CAPF 2020 DAF Application Form Released
CAPF 2020 Written Result Declared
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