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 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   No

CAPF AC's 2019

The CAPF AC's 2019 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 August 18, 2019, 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 2019 

The UPSC will release the CAPF Assistant Commandant (AC) recruitment notification for around 400 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 May 20, 2019. 

The CAPF AC official notification for 2018 is here for reference. Access the CAPF notification for more information related to service allocation and others. 

 CAPF 2019 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) 60
2 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) 179
3 Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) 84
4 Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)  46
5 Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) 29
  Total 398

CAPF Important Dates 2019 

Event Date
CAPF AC Notification  April 24, 2019 
Online applications starting date  April 24, 2019 
Last date to apply  May 20, 2019
Admit card  July 28, 2019
CAPF AC exam date  August 18, 2019 
CAPF AC result  September 2019 

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 2019 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 2019
    • 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 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. All female candidates and candidates belonging to SC/ST categories are exempted from 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 Dehradun Jorhat Raipur
Ahmedabad Delhi Kochi Ranchi
Aizawl Dharwad Kolkata Sambalpur
Allahabad Dispur Lucknow Shillong
Bengaluru Gangtok Madurai Shimla
Bareilly Hyderabad Mumbai Srinagar
Bhopal Imphal Nagpur Thiruvananthapuram
Chandigarh Itanagar Panaji (Goa) Tirupati
Chennai Jaipur Patna Udaipur
Cuttack Jammu Port Blair Visakhapatnam
UPSC CAPF Assistant Commandants (AC) Written Results 2018 Announced

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has declared the Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) exam results 2018. Candidates who have appeared for the written examination on August 12, 2018, can visit the official website of UPSC to check their result. 

The qualified candidates in the CAPF written examination have to attend the Physical Standards Test/Physical Efficiency Test (PET) and Medical Standards Tests (MST). The call letter for the physical and medical tests will reach the candidates by February 12, 2019. 

Click here to check the UPSC CAPF Assistant Commandants result 2018

The Sashtra Seema Bal (SSB) (a Nodal Authority nominated by Ministry of Home Affairs) will soon intimate the candidates about the date, time & venue of the physical and medical tests, to be conducted by them. The qualified candidates have to register themselves before filling up the Detailed Application Form (DAF) online along with uploading of the scanned copies. The DAF form will be available between January 14 and 28, 2019, till 6 PM. 

10 January 2019
CAPF AC's 2019 Exam Module

Central Armed Police Forces Examination Recruitment for Assistant Commandant takes place after a selection procedure that includes Written Examination, Physical Standards/Physically Efficiency Test and Medical Standard Tests, Interview/Personality Test and Final Selection/Merit.

The written examination of CAPF AC's is going to be conducted by UPSC on August 18, 2019, and will comprise two papers, i.e. Paper-I and Paper-II. The questions will be set in English & Hindi.

The final merit list will be drawn on the basis of marks obtained by the candidates in the Written Examination and Interview/Personality Test. Click here to the module of CAPF AC's 2019 Exam.

3 September 2018
CAPF (AC's) Exam 2019

The UPSC has released the dates of CAPF (AC's) Exam 2019 (Tentative). According to the UPSC calendar, the CAPF (AC's) exam will take place on August 18, 2019. Click here to know more.

21 August 2018

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