Central Armed Police Forces refer to the armed human resources posted in seven security bodies in India. The Ministry of Home Affairs regulates the functioning and maintenance of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). 

The seven security bodies are namely, Assam Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force, BSF, CISF, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, SSB, and NSG. 

However, the CAPF examination is to recruit officers in the above security bodies. The CAPF exam is in three modes that are:-

– Gazetted Officers: In this case, the exam is by the UPSC council to fill in the postings in the Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandants).

– Subordinate Officers: Under this, selection of the officers is through the examination, by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC). The officers who are selected through this are also known as DASO (Directly Assistant Subordinate Officers).

– Constables: For the recruitment of constables and other lower-level positions, the exam is by the SSC itself.

We have prepared this article for those aspirants who are looking forward to joining the CAPF. The purpose is to provide them enough guidance to get insight into the mechanism of the CAPF. 

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CAPF Exam Pattern

The CAPF exam for the recruitment of the Assistant Commandants is in three phases. It comprises the written exam, PET, and Personality Test.

The written exam has two papers namely, Paper I & II. Both papers have a different marking scheme. Paper-I is the General Ability and Intelligence for 250 marks. Paper-II is the General Studies, Essay, and Comprehension which is for 200 marks. 

The candidates who fulfill the stated physical standards appear for the 2nd round of PET or the Physical Efficiency Test. Moreover, the pregnant ladies and other un candidates will be disqualified/rejected on spot. PET also includes the Medical Standards Test to assess the medical history of the applicant. 

The applicants will have to go for the Personality Test/Interview round by the UPSC council.

Note- The candidates who are proven as medically unfit but allowed to appear before the Review Medical Board will have to appear for the Interview on a provisional basis. 

The Interview round carries 150 marks in total. Moreover, all the interviewees have to fill a DAF to mention their interests, qualifications, preferences, etc. It is the DAF, on the basis of which the Interview round. 

The selection of the candidates will be on the basis of the combined score of the Written Exam and the Interview Round.  

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CAPF Eligibility Criteria


The appearing candidate should be a citizen of India. If not, then the consent of the Central government has to appear for the CAPF exam. 

However, the above guidelines do not apply to the subject matters of Nepal and Bhutan. 

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Age Limit

The candidate should be a minimum of 20 years and not more than 25 years to sit for the CAPF exam. However, there are certain age limit relaxations given to the SC/ST category.

Both males and females can appear for the CAPF examination.

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 Educational Qualifications

The candidate should fulfill the following conditions:-

– The applicant should have completed his/her Bachelor’s from any recognized government institution, or

– from any private institution deemed as University under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act 1956.

– The candidates who are appearing for the final qualifying exams can also apply for the CAPF exam. However, proof of completion should be provided on a later date. 

The CAPF exam for AC will be on 9th August 2020. 12th May 2020 was the last day to register for the same. 

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