UPSC CAPF Eligibility 2019

The CAPF eligibility rules and conditions are set by the Union Public Service Commission.

The full form of CAPF is Central Armed Police Force. The CAPF examination is conducted to recruit Assistant Commandant (Group A) Officers in seven Police Organization of India.

This year the written examination of CAPF Assistant Commandant post is scheduled to held on 18 August 2019 to fill in a total of 323 Assistant Commandant vacancies.

Candidates can check the detailed information on CAPF Exams over here.

Important Dates related to UPSC CAPF exam 2019:

UPSC CAPF official notification released

24 April 2019

Last date to fill CAPF Application Form

20 May 2019

Last date to download CAPF admit card

31 July 2019

Date of UPSC CAPF exam

18 August 2019

Aspirants of Assistant Commandant post, UPSC CAPF Exam must be well aware of UPSC CAPF eligibility conditions before registering for the examination.

This article will upkeep you with the important Central Armed Police Forces eligibility criteria, scroll down.

CAPF Eligibility Criteria – Assistant Commandant Exam

Candidates applying for the CAPF exam 2019 should ensure that they fulfil all the CAPF exam 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.

The UPSC CAPF eligibility criteria include the following:

  • Nationality
  • CAPF Educational Qualification
  • CAPF Age Limit and relaxation
  • Physical and Medical Standard Test

CAPF UPSC eligibility- Nationality

To be eligible for CAPF exam 2019 a candidate must be a citizen of Indian National. Those who belong to the nationality of Bhutan and Nepal are also deemed eligible for UPSC CAPF exam.

Applicants who hold the nationality of any other country does not satisfy the Central Armed Police Force eligibility condition. Such candidates can take the CAPF exam only if they have been given the consent of the Central Government that must be expressed in writing to be considered.

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 provide they fulfil the conditions given in medical standards.

UPSC CAPF eligibility- Age Limit

The official Notification of UPSC CAPF AC exam states that No applicant must be younger than 20 years and older than 25 years of age, as on 1st August 2019.

Simply, candidates who are born not earlier than 2 August 1994 and not later than 1 August 1999 satisfies UPSC CAPF eligibility condition.

Candidates belonging to certain reserved category enjoys certain relaxation on the above mentioned CAPF age limit. Let’s take a look at it:

  • For candidate belonging to SC/ST category maximum up to 5 years is relaxed;
  • Up to a maximum of 3 years is relaxed in case of candidates belonging to OBC category provided they are eligible to avail the reservation applicable to such candidates.
  • Maximum of 5 years for Ex-Servicemen and Civilian Central Government Servants in accordance with the existing instructions of the Central Government.
  • For candidates who are ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir are allowed a maximum of 5 years of age limit relaxation provided they have lived in the state during the period from 1st January 1980 to the 31st December 1989.

UPSC CAPF Age Limit and relaxation:

CAPF eligibility in terms of Age Limit and Relaxation


Max Age


32 years, No relaxation


32 years Plus 3 years i.e. 35 years


32 Years plus 5 Years i.e. 37 Years

J&K Domiciled

32 Years Plus 5 Years i.e. 37 Years

Ex-Servicemen Commissioned officer

32 Years plus 5 years i.e. 37 years

Civilian Central Government servants

32 Years plus 5 years i.e.37 years

Note- Candidates belonging to SC/ST and OBC categories who are also covered under any clause such as Civilian Central Government Servants/Ex-Servicemen and persons

domiciled in the State of J&K, will be eligible for the total age-relaxation in both the categories.

Merely fulfilling the nationality and age limit would not suffice the candidature for CAPF exam. Candidates also have to meet the minimum educational qualification to qualify the UPSC CAPF eligibility.

Assistant Commandant eligibility- Educational Qualification

Candidates who wish to take UPSC CAPF exam must fulfil the following academic qualification to pass Assistant Commandant eligibility criteria.

Candidates are suggested to check the detailed CAPF Syllabus in the linked article.

Candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline to qualify the minimum qualification criteria in CAPF exam eligibility.

Broadly the Assistant Commandant eligibility under academics qualification goes as under:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from any University recognized by the Government or incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India.
  • Other educational institutions declared to be deemed as a University under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission-UGC Act, 1956 or established by an Act of Parliament are also acceptable.
  • Candidates, who have appeared in the Graduation examination and are waiting for their results, can also apply for UPSC CAPF Exam. But, the admission to CAPF exam would be provisional until the proof of passing the examination after qualifying the CAPF exam is not produced.
  • Candidates who possess professional/ technical qualifications recognised by Government as equivalent to a professional and technical degree would also qualify the academic qualification criteria in Assistant commandant eligibility.
  • There are some exceptions in which a candidate who does not have any of the above-mentioned qualifications are provisionally qualified by UPSC, provided they have passed an examination conducted by the other Institutions, whose standard justifies the UPSC CAPF eligibility.

For UPSC CAPF Preparation tips and strategies you can check the article linked here.

Candidates also have to pass the Physical and medical standard test besides the above- mentioned criteria to qualify CAPF eligibility.

Physical Standard Test and Medical Test

For admission to UPSC CAPF Assistant Commandants Exam 2019, candidates must meet below mentioned Physical and Medical Standards.

Physical Standard Test and Medical Test
Physical Standard Test and Medical Test
Physical Standard Test and Medical Test
Physical Standard Test and Medical Test

Restrictions on CAPF Assistant Commandant eligibility

There are certain conditions as to which a candidate is not allowed to take UPSC CAPF Assistant Commandant exam 2019.

  • A candidate who has already been selected for Central Armed Police Force of an earlier CAPF exam will not be eligible to appear at a subsequent exam for the same post in the CAPF.
  • A candidate who is employed in any Government Service whether in temporary or permanent capacity or as work charged employees other than daily or casual rated employees or those who are serving under any Public Enterprises must submit an undertaking.

The undertaking produced must state that they have informed in writing to their Head of Department/office that they have applied for UPSC CAPF exam.

In case of any failure or if the employer of the candidate withhold the permission to appear for the exam then, the decision of UPSC regarding application aceptance and candidates CAPF eligibility will be final.

Candidates can check in-depth information on CAPF recruitment over here.

UPSC CAPF Assistant Commandant eligibility highlights

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

CAPF eligibility for Assistant Commandant Exam 2019


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

Physical and Medical Test

Varies as per the gender of the candidate

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