UPSC CAPF 2020

UPSC CAPF 2021 – The Union Public Service Commission has published the CAPF Exam Calendar 2021. The date of Central Armed Police Force written exam is August 8th, 2021. However, the notification for the same is scheduled to be released on April 15th 2021. Aspirants can check the detailed exam calendar PDF given below –

UPSC CAPF Exam Calendar 2021 PDF:- Download PDF Here

UPSC CAPF 2020 –  The Union Public Service Commission has released the Official Notification of UPSC CAPF Exam for 2020 recruitment to conduct the CAPF Assistant Commandant exam from December 20th. Interested candidates can fill the UPSC CAPF Application Form till September 7th 2020.

UPSC, as decided, has released the CAPF exam notification on August 18th 2020. Earlier the notification for CAPF 2020 was expected to release on April 22nd. Candidates can download the UPSC CAPF Notification PDF given below for detailed information.

UPSC CAPF 2020 Notification PDF:-Download PDF Here

UPSC CAPF Exam Date 2020– Through an official notice on June 5th, UPSC has announced a new exam schedule of UPSC CAPF exam after assessing the situation amid Coronavirus pandemic. Aspirants of UPSC CAPF Assistant Commandant exam 2020 can check the New Exam Dates on UPSC CAPF Exam Calendar given below:

UPSC CAPF Exam Calendar 2020 PDF:-Download PDF Here

UPSC CAPF 2019 update – The UPSC CAPF 2019 result released by the Commission on October 18th, 2019. The UPSC CAPF Exam 2019 was scheduled on August 18th, 2019.

UPSC CAPF 2018 update – UPSC on June 3rd, 2020 disclosed scores of non-recommended willing candidates who appeared in the P.T./Interview but not selected for final candidature. The 789 candidates who opted for the discloser can check the UPSC CAPF 2018 Scores PDF below.

UPSC CAPF 2018 Scores:-Download PDF Here

Earlier, UPSC has released UPSC CAPF Assistant Commandant 2018 exam merit order result (reserve list) on May 8th 2020. Candidates can download the UPSC CAPF 2018 Assistant Commandant Merit Result from the PDF link given below

UPSC CAPF AC 2018 Merit Result PDF:-Download PDF Here

This article aims to provide detailed information on the UPSC Central Armed Police Force Examination.

Table of Contents:

Government Exam 2020

UPSC Notification 2020

CAPF stands for Central Armed Police Force. The conducting body of CAPF exam is Union Public Service Commission.  The Central Armed Police Force is a unified name of the seven security forces in India authorized under the Ministry of Home Affairs. Therefore, the recruitment done in UPSC CAPF exam fills in various posts vacant in the seven security forces.

The Central Armed Police Force exam recruits Group A and Group B officers. The CAPF 2020 exam is going to be conducted to recruit the CAPF Assistant Commandants (Group A) Officers.

UPSC, on August 18th 2020, has released the detailed CAPF Application Form for the Central Armed Police Force exam to fill the post of Assistant Commandants in CAPF.

Candidates awaiting the UPSC CAPF Notification 2020 can now fill up the application form online on the official website of UPSC. The last date to submit the CAPF online Application form is September 7th 2020.

Through UPSC CAPF 2020 exam, the commission will recruit 209 Assistant Commandants in Group A in the CAPF. Candidates can know the detailed information on UPSC CAPF Recruitment in the linked article.

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The seven security forces under CAPF is as follows:

  1. CISF- Central Industrial Security Force is a premier multi-skilled security agency that provides security cover to nuclear installations, airports, seaports, space establishments, power plants, sensitive Government buildings and heritage monuments. Through UPSC CAPF exam, CISF will fill in 69 vacancies of CAPF Assistant Commandant Officer. For more details on the UPSC CISF Assistant Commandant exam check the linked articles.
  2. BSF: BSF full form is the Border Security Force. It is a paramilitary force that guards India’s land border during peace-time and prevents transnational crime. Border Guarding Force of India is recruiting 78 Central Armed Police Force AC Group A officer through UPSC CAPF exam.
  3. CRPF: CRPF full form is Central Reserve Police Force. It was known as Crown Representative’s Police. It became CRPF after the enactment of the CRPF Act on 28 December 1949.CRPF is recruiting 13 Assistant Commandant Officer through UPSC CAPF exam.
  4. ITBP: Indo Tibetan Border Police Force personnel are deployed on border guarding duties. The number of vacancies is 27 to fill in Group A vacancies in ITBP through CAPF AC recruitment 2020.
  5. SSB: The full form of SSB is Sashastra Seema Bal. It is Indian Central Armed Police Forces that provide security in border areas, prevent trans-border crimes, unauthorized entry into the territory of India and perform other duties assigned by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. SSB has invited online application through UPSC CAPF exam notification 2020 to recruit 22 CAPF AC officer.
  6. NSG: National Security Guard is a Federal Contingency Deployment Force to deal with anti-terrorist activities in all its manifestations. NSG commandos are an elite force, specially trained and equipped to be used in exceptional circumstances such as any serious act of terrorism.
  7. AR: The full form of AR is Assam Rifles. It is the oldest Central Paramilitary Force in India. The personnel in Assam rifles are recruited mainly to guard the plains of Assam region from the unruly tribes inhabiting in the surrounding hills.

As per the UPSC CAPF notification 2020, a total of 209 CAPF Assistant Commandants (Group A) officers will be recruited in the following security forces in India:

CAPF Assistant Commandants 2020 vacancies
Security Forces Number of Vacancies 
CRPF 13
BSF 78
CISF 69
ITBP 27
SSB 22
Total 209

Online Application for UPSC CAPF Exam:

Candidates who wish to be recruited as CAPF AC – Assistant Commandant Officer have to fill the DAF online for CAPF exam 2020 on the official UPSC website.

Candidates must ensure that the application of UPSC CAPF exam is complete in all respects like details of the applicants, photograph, signature, examination centre, fee, etc.

Before filling in the application form candidates must ensure to fulfil the CAPF eligibility criteria prescribed in the notification released.

Given below are the tentative UPSC CAPF exam dates 2020:

UPSC CAPF Exam Dates 2020
Official Notification August 18th, 2020
Online Application August 18th 2020
Last Date of Online Application September 7th 2020
UPSC CAPF Written Exam Admit Card November 2020
UPSC CAPF Written Exam August 9, 2020 (Postponed)

December 20th 2020 (New Date)

UPSC CAPF Written Exam Result To be notified
UPSC CAPF Admit Card for Physical & Medical Examination To be notified
UPSC CAPF Interview February 2021

UPSC CAPF Exam Calendar 2020 PDF:-Download PDF Here

UPSC CAPF 2019 Dates

For the 2019 CAPF recruitment, a total of 323 vacancies were released. Scroll down to check important dates of UPSC CAPF examination 2019.

UPSC CAPF Assistant Commandant Exam Important Dates
Opening date of Registration 24 April 2019
Closing date of Registration 20 May 2019
Last Date of online application submission  21 May 2019
Download Admit card 31 July 2019 
UPSC CAPF Exam date 18 August 2019 
UPSC CAPF Result date October 18, 2019
DAF- Window activation date 30 October 2019 to 13 November 2019

UPSC CAPF Exam Calendar 2019-20:-Download PDF Here

UPSC Fee Structure- CAPF Exam

Candidates who wish to apply for the UPSC CAPF AC exam can pay by both online and offline mode. Fee once paid is not refundable in any case, neither can be reserved for further examinations.

CAPF Exam Fee structure is given below:

Categories Amount
General/OBC 200
SC/ST and Women of all category Exempted from payment of fees

UPSC CAPF Admit Card 2020

The CAPF Admit Card 2020 is expected to release by November 2020. After the completion of the application process, UPSC will release the exam admit card.

To download Central Armed Police Force Assistant Commandant 2020 Admit Card, candidates have to provide their valid credentials.

Below are the instructions for downloading the UPSC CAPF Admit Card 2020:

  1. Candidates are required to go to the official website of UPSC to download the CAPF Admit card. (https://upsconline.nic.in)
  2. In the login page, they have to select either of the modes: registration Id Or roll number mode.

Candidates have to provide the following details accordingly-

For Registration Id For Roll Number
Registration Id

Date of Birth

Captcha Code

Submit icon

Roll Number

Date Of Birth

Captcha Code

Submit Icon

After providing their valid credentials candidates will successfully download their UPSC CAPF Admit Card 2020.

The UPSC CAPF Admit Card 2019 was made available from 24th July 2019 and the Last date to download the CAPF admit card was 31st July 2019.

Candidates can refer to the 2019 notification for exam pattern, syllabus, online application details, Eligibility criteria of CAPF exam etc.

UPSC CAPF Notification 2019:- Download PDF Here

UPSC Eligibility Criteria- CAPF AC Exam

Candidates applying for the CAPF exam 2020 should ensure that they fulfil all the CAPF eligibility conditions applicable.

The admission of candidates at all the stages is purely provisional subject to satisfying UPSC eligibility criteria for CAPF exam.

Eligibility conditions are verified with reference to original documents only after the candidate has qualified the Interview round.

Candidates have to satisfy the following to qualify the CAPF eligibility criteria:

UPSC Eligibility criteria for CAPF Assistant Commandant Exam 2020
Nationality Any Male or Female who is a citizen of India.
UPSC Age limit for CAPF AC exam Minimum Age is 20 Years;

Maximum Age is 25 years;

UPSC Age limit relaxation for CAPF AC exam SC/ST: 5 years

OBC(reservation applicable): 3 years

Ex-servicemen/Civil Central Government Servants: 5 Years

J&K Domiciled: 5 years

Educational Qualification A Bachelor’s degree from any Government recognised University Or Deemed to be University

However, the above-mentioned eligibility criteria have certain conditions. You can know the detailed UPSC CAPF eligibility criteria for Assistant Commandant exam 2020 in the link given.

CAPF Syllabus and Exam Pattern

Mere qualifying the CAPF eligibility does not mean candidates have qualified the exam.

Candidates applying for UPSC CAPF exam must be thorough with the Assistant Commandant Syllabus and CAPF exam pattern.

CAPF Assistant Commandant exam is scheduled to be conducted on December 20th, 2020.

The written examination to be conducted by UPSC will comprise two Papers in both English and Hindi language.

Paper-I in CAPF exam will have Multiple Choice Questions carrying 250 marks and Paper-II will be subjective type holding weightage of 200 marks.

Post the qualification of paper-I and paper-II candidates will be called for Physical efficiency test.

Candidates declared qualified in PET test will be called for final Interview round carrying 150 Marks.

Given below is the time slot for CAPF Assistant Commandant exam 2020 for the reference of candidates:

Paper-I – from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. noon

Paper-II from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. evening

UPSC CAPF Syllabus and exam pattern is as follows:
Slots Syllabus Marks
Paper-I (10am-12pm) General Ability and Intelligence Objective type; 250 marks
Paper-II (2 pm- 5 pm) General Studies, Essay and Comprehension Subjective type; 200 marks
Physical Efficiency Test Candidates who qualify the above two
Personality test/Interview 150 marks

The commission at its discretion will fix the minimum qualifying marks separately for each paper.

Marks of Paper-II will be evaluated only for those candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in Paper-I of CAPF Assistant Commandant Exam.

Read about the CAPF Syllabus in detail in the linked article.

Candidates can go through the topics-wise syllabus of all the sections covered in the CAPF exam as well as the other government examinations-

  1. Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus
  2. Logical Reasoning Syllabus
  3. Verbal Ability Syllabus

CAPF Preparation and Strategy

Now that you are well aware of UPSC CAPF Syllabus for Assistant Commandant post, here is a breakdown for the Paper-I and Paper-II preparation.

UPSC CAPF preparation tips:

General Ability and Intelligence paper i.e. Paper-I comprise general mental ability, current events, general science, Indian economy and Polity, Indian History and Geography of India and World.

For General Ability besides data interpretation candidates have to be thorough with quantitative aptitude, logical reasoning, and numerical ability.

All the national and international events should be on fingertips for the current events section.

Being thorough with the legislative, executive, judiciary system and political system of India will help you clear the Indian polity and economy section easily.

For Paper-II the essay writing is very important and carry more weightage. Candidates are suggested to increase their language proficiency for essay and comprehension section.

Check out the following links fora better preparation:

  1. Letter Writing Format
  2. Precis Writing Format

The linked article will abreast you with detailed tips and strategies on UPSC CAPF preparation.

Candidates can go through the Competitive Exam Preparation Strategies for assistance in devising a good study plan and doing diligent preparation.

About CAPF Exam

CAPF full form is Central Armed Police Force. CAPF is the unified name of the seven security forces in India under the authority of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The Seven Security Forces are as follows:

  1. CRPF – CRPF full form is Central Reserve Police Force
  2. BSF– BSF stands for Border Security Force
  3. ITBP– is known as Indo-Tibetian Border Police Force
  4. SSB– full form of SSB is Sashastra Seema Bal
  5. CISF- full form of CISF is Central Industrial Security Forces
  6. NSG- NSG full form is National Security Guard
  7. AR- AR stands for Assam Rifles

CAPF is mandated with the responsibility of enabling the Government of India to effectively and efficiently maintain public order, legal rules and regulations, and internal security.

CAPF is also entrusted to preserve integrity, promote social harmony and development on a national level by placing service and loyalty above self.

UPSC is the body that conducts CAPF exam to recruit for various Group A and Group B posts in the above-mentioned security services of the country.

UPSC has released the official notification for CAPF Exam 2020 to recruit 209 Assistant Commandants (Group A) in CAPF.

The Highlight of the UPSC CAPF Exam is Given Below:

Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandant) Exam 2020
Release Of UPSC Notification August 18th 2020
Date of CAPF exam December 20th 2020
Duration of the AC exam One Day; Two slots
Mode of CAPF exam Written; Phase-I and Phase-II; 2 hours each
Last date to download CAPF Admit Card To be notified
DAF Availability To be notified

Aspirants preparing for any Government Exams can check the links given below to understand the examination, their pattern and syllabus even better-

free online quiz for IBPS, SSC and other government exams

Frequently Asked Question – UPSC CAPF – Central Armed Police Force

Q.1. Who can apply for CAPF 2020?

Ans. Candidates possessing a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised university in any discipline can apply for UPSC CAPF 2020 exam. The detailed CAPF Eligibility related to Age limit, qualification and other criteria can be found on the link given.

Q.2. What are the different forces under CAPF?

Ans. Seven Security Forces of India are covered under CAPF, namely, Border Security Force, Central Industrial Security Force, Assam Riffles, Central Reserve Police Force, Indo Tibetian Border Police, Sashastra Seema Bal and National Security Guard. Know about them in detail.

Q.3. Which force is the best in CAPF?

Ans. Central Reserve Police Force – CISF is the best force among all under CAPF. Earlier it was known as Crown Representative’s Police. It became CRPF after the enactment of the CRPF Act on 28 December 1949. Know more about CRPF here.

Q.4.Is there a negative marking scheme in UPSC CAPF examination?

Ans. Yes, the Paper I of CAPF written exam has the negative marking of 1/3 marks that means for each wrong answer, 33% of marks assigned to that will be deducted as a penalty.

Q.5. How many times does UPSC conduct CAPF exam?

Ans. CAPF exam is conducted by UPSC once every year. The CAPF exam process takes more than one year to complete.

Q.6. What is the UPSC CAPF Exam Cycle?

Ans. The official Notification of CAPF is issued by the Union Public Service Commission UPSC in the month of April and the final CAPF result is declared in the next year September month.

Q.7. Is the Assistant Commandant recruited through CAPF examination a Gazetted Officer?

Ans. Yes, the candidates recruited as Assistant Commandant directly through the CAPF exam is a Gazetted Officer. The candidate will be the commanding officer of an armed force unit.

4 Comments

  1. Sir main capf ac ke exam ke liye ncert main kya kya padun aur mathe,reasoning ke liye kis writer ki book padun

  2. sir, do women candidates from general catagory have to pay registartion fees for capf exam and for which all posts are women candidates (w/o maths background) eligible?

    1. CAPF exam eligibility does not put any condition on sex i.e. both male and female are eligible to take UPSC CAPF Assistant Commandant Exam provided they fulfil the conditions given in medical standards. Also, women candidates are exempted from the application fees payment. Check CAPF eligibility in the linked article.

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