Central Reserve Police Force

Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Recruitment for Assistant Commandant is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Aspirants looking forward to applying for the position of Assistant Commandant can find all the required details in the given article.

A standard exam is conducted for different forces to get recruitment for Assistant Commandants, through one National level exam conducted by UPSC. The hiring of Assistant Commandants in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is done annually for Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF).

On April 26th, 2023, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) made available the application form and notification for the UPSC CAPF Exam 2023 on its official website. The exam itself is scheduled for August 6th, 2023. Candidates who were waiting for the UPSC CAPF Notification 2023 have been able to fill out the application form online via the official UPSC website. The deadline for submitting the CAPF online application form is May 16th, 2023.

For more details regarding CAPF examination, visit UPSC CAPF.

The table below gives details about the UPSC CAPF recruitment:

CAPF Exam Details
Name of the Exam Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandant) Exam
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission
Post Assistant Commandant
Job Location Anywhere in India
Frequency of CAPF Exam Annually
Preparing for the CRPF Recruitment? Check the links given below and complement your CRPF exam preparation:

CRPF Recruitment

UPSC conducts the recruitment for Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). This exam is responsible for the recruitment of Assistant Commandant and is held annually. The official notification for the recruitment of Assistant Commandants is released, and then the application begins for the recruitment.

The number of vacancies, posts, important dates, etc. are mentioned in the official notification released by UPSC. The number of jobs and positions depend on the need of the Force and UPSC reserves the right to change the provisional details at any point of time.

The data below mentions the details about the number of vacancies released by UPSC for CRPF Assistant Commandant recruitment for the last five years:

CRPF Vacancy for 2023 55
CRPF Vacancy for 2022 29
CRPF Vacancy for 2021 36
CRPF Vacancy for 2020 13
CRPF Vacancy for 2019 108
CRPF Vacancy for 2018 179
CRPF Vacancy for 2017 65

These vacancies differ yearly, and UPSC declares the vacancies for all the forces as per CAPF’s needs and requirements.

Like, recruitment in CRPF through CAPF, there are various other Defence exams conducted annually or biannually, interested candidates can check the page linked above for detailed information.

CRPF Salary

One primary reason aspirants lookout for the job of Assistant Commandants is for the wages provided by Central Armed Police Force. There has been an increase in the salary of CRPF Assistant Commandant after 7th pay commission.

The details about an Assistant Commandant’s salary in CRPF has been mentioned below:

CRPF Post CRPF Salary
Assistant Commandant Rs. 40000/- to Rs. 60000 (approx)

Aspirants of other government exams can check the salary being offered to selected candidates for various exams-

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CRPF Selection Process
The CAPF recruitment for Assistant Commandants in CRPF is conducted in a well-planned manner. The exam is done through various stages. The three steps of CRPF Exam being:

  1. CRPF Written Exam (Objective and Subjective)
  2. Physical Efficiency Test and Medical Standards Test
  3. Interview or Personality Test
CRPF Exam Pattern Duration of Exam Marks
Written Test

Paper I: General Ability and Intelligence (Objective)

Paper-II: General Studies, Essay and Comprehension (Subjective)

2 hours

3 hours

250 marks

200 marks

Personality Test 150 marks

Candidates can check the following links to prepare for Paper I –

  1. Members of Parliament
  2. Governors in India
  3. Countries, Capital & Currency
  4. Indian Financial System
  5. Neighbouring Countries of India
  6. G20 Summits List
  7. Inventions & Discoveries

For more such articles visit Static GK page on the link provided above.

The selection in CAPF is based on the merit of candidates and is declared by calculating marks of written test and Interview. There is one-third negative marking for wrong answers in the objective exam.

The CRPF admit card for the CAPF exam is published three weeks before the date of examination. The candidates who have applied for the post can download the admit cards from the official website of UPSC. For more details on CAPF Admit card, refer to the linked article.

CRPF Syllabus

The UPSC CAPF Syllabus for Assistant Commandant is quite vast and involves Indian history, Geography, current events in India and Internationally, etc. The detailed syllabus for CRPF Assistant Commandant job is given below in brief:

CRPF Exam Pattern CRPF Syllabus
Written Paper I:

General Ability and Intelligence (Objective)

Written Paper II:

General Studies, Essay and Comprehension (Subjective)

Part A

General Science (including environmental Science)

Indian Politics

Indian Economy

Indian History (including growth and freedom movements)

Geographical Aspects

General Mental Ability (reasoning, quantitative aptitude, data interpretation)

National and International Current Affairs

Long narrative Essay questions

Part B Comprehension and language skills

For detailed syllabus of CRPF Assistant Commandant exam, aspirants can visit CAPF Syllabus.

For the preparation of Paper-II part A and part B, candidates can go through the given links for assistance-

Also, check a few important topics that are not directly asked but form a significant part of comprehensions, essays and precis writing. It is useful to upkeep with these.

  1. List of One Word Substitutions
  2. List of Homophones/Homonyms
  3. List of Synonyms and Antonyms
  4. Idioms And Phrases
  5. List of Prefix & Suffix

Check out the Verbal ability page to get more articles to prepare for the English section.

An equally vital part of the recruitment process is the Physical Efficiency Test (PET) and Medical Standards Test. This stage of the CAPF exam is equally important to be qualified in order to be eligible for the entire recruitment process.

The Physical Efficiency Test for CAPF recruitment includes:

Physical Efficiency for CRPF Male Candidates Female Candidates
100 meters race In 16 seconds In 18 seconds
800 meters race In 3 minutes 45 seconds In 4 minutes 45 seconds
Shot Put 4.5 meters
Long Jump 3 meter (3 chances) 3 meter (3 chances)
Online Quiz 2023

CRPF Exam Dates

UPSC has released official notification of CAPF 2023 to recruit candidates in CRPF. The exam dates defined by UPSC are declared in the official notification. The important dates for the UPSC CAPF recruitment 2023, as mentioned below:

UPSC CAPF (CRPF) 2023 Exam Dates
Events Dates
Notification 2023 26th April 2023
Starting date of Applying Online 26th April 2023
Closing date of Registration 16th May 2023
Admit Card 2023 Expected in 2nd or 3rd week of July 2023
Exam Date 2023 06th August 2023
Result date To Be Notified
DAF- Window activation date To Be Notified
Final Result 2023 To Be Notified

Similarly CRPF Exam dates for 2022 are given below:

UPSC CAPF Exam 2022 Important Dates
Official Notification April 20th 2022
Last Date to Apply May 10th 2022
Admit Card Release July 2022
CAPF written exam August 7th 2022
Physical Efficiency Test To be notified

The important dates for UPSC CAPF recruitment 2021 for CRPF are given below:

UPSC CAPF (CRPF) Exam Dates 2021
Official Notification April 15th, 2021
Online Application April 15th, 2021
Last Date of Online Application May 5th, 2021
Written Exam Admit Card July 2021
Written Exam August 8th, 2021
Written Exam Result 13th October 2021
Written Exam Result (with name) 18th October 2021
DAF Opening date 21st October 2021
DAF Closing date 3rd November 2021 till 6 PM

The exam dates defined by UPSC are declared in the official notification. The dates for the exam are mentioned in the announcement. The important dates for the UPSC CAPF recruitment 2020, as mentioned below:

UPSC CAPF Exam 2020 Important Dates
Official Notification August 18th, 2020
Last Date to Apply September 7th 2020
Admit Card Release November 23rd 2020
CAPF written exam December 20th 2020 (New Date)
Physical Efficiency Test To be notified

The important dates for UPSC CAPF recruitment for the year 2019 are discussed below:

UPSC CAPF Exam 2019 Important Dates
Official Notification April 24, 2019
Last Date to Apply May 20, 2019
UPSC CAPF Written Exam August 18, 2019
Admit card July 24, 2019
Personality Test May/June 2020

The final result for CRPF Assistant Commandant is released once all the phases of the exam are held. The merit for candidates is declared, and they are allocated different Forces.

For more details about the UPSC CAPF recruitment, visit the linked page.

Limited Departmental Competitive Exam :

Recruitment for the post of Assistant Commandant is conducted for new applicants and also for the currently serving employees. The exam for the serving employees is done through the Limited Departmental Competitive Exam (LDCE).

The latest recruitment notification for the serving employees was released in the year 2017, but the exam is scheduled for the year 2019. The details about the exam are as follows:

CRPF LDC Exam vacancy General-21



Assistant Commandant Salary 2019 Rs. 56100/-
Number of attempts 03

The exam is conducted in four stages:

  1. Written Exam
  2. Physical Standard Test (PST)
  3. Interview
  4. Medical Test

The eligibility criteria for the LDCE are as follows:

  1. The upper age limit should not exceed 35 years. Age relaxation of 5 years for SC/ST candidates.
  2. Candidate should have served the force for a minimum of four years
  3. The candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree from any University under the Act of State and Central Government.

The exam pattern for CRPF LDC exam is given mentioned below:

CAPF LDC Exam Pattern Marks Duration
Written Exam

Paper I (Intelligence Test and General Knowledge)

Paper-II (Professional Skills)

Paper-III (Essay, comprehension, Precis)

100 marks

100 marks

100 marks

2 hours

2 hours

2 hours

Physical Standard Test
Interview 100 marks

The final stage in this recruitment process is also the declaration of the merit-based list for the candidates. Then the candidates are allotted the force as per their merit.

CRPF Constable Recruitment 2023: Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has released a CRPF constable recruitment 2023 Notification pdf for filling 9212 new vacancies. The CRPF Constable (Technical & Tradesmen) vacancies are released for both male and female candidates. The selection will be done through a Written Test, PET & PST, Trade Test, Document Verification, and Detailed Medical Examination. The apply online process for CRPF Constable (Technical & Tradesmen) Recruitment 2023 has been extended till 02nd May 2023. 

Events Important Dates
CISF Recruitment notification 15th March 2023
Apply Online Date 27th March 2023
Last Date to Apply Online 02nd May 2023
Last Date to Pay Fees (Offline) 02nd May 2023
CISF Constable admit card 20th to 25th June 2023
CISF Constable exam date 1st to 13th July 2023
Result declaration date August 2023

CRPF Eligibility Criteria

The candidates applying for UPSC CAPF Assistant Commandant need to fulfil the eligibility criteria stated by the Commission in the official notification released. Only a candidate satisfying the eligibility criteria can apply for the exam.

The following criteria need to be fulfilled for applying for the CRPF Assistant Commandant exam:

  1. Nationality- The candidate must be a citizen of India, except with the consent of the Central Government. A candidate who is subject of either Nepal or Bhutan can also apply for the exam
  2. Age Limit: A candidate must have attained the age of 20 years. And should not be more than 25 years of age. Age relaxation of 5 years for SC/ST candidates and up to three years for OBC candidates
  3. Sex: Both male and female aspirants can apply
  4. Educational Qualification: Candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree from any University stated under the Act of State or Central Government. A candidate from Deemed to be University can also apply for the exam.

Along with the above-mentioned eligibility criteria, the candidate must also fulfil the Physical and medical standard eligibility. This is an essential part of the eligibility criteria, as any candidate who does not match the below-given standards may not be able to apply for the CAPF exam.

CRPF Physical Standard Men Women
Height 165 cm 157 cm
Chest 81 cm (minimum of 5 cm expansion)
Weight 50 kg 46 kg

The medical standards for the UPSC CAPF exam are as follows:

  1. EyeSight- 6/6 or 6/9 for better vision and 6/12 or 6/9 for worse vision
  2. Chronic disease- Candidate should not have any chronic skin disease
  3. Venerable Disease- Candidate should have no signs of any venerable disease
  4. Speech- The speech should be perfect, and the candidate must not stammer
  5. Tattoo Clause- Religious tattoo is allowed and no symbol on the saluting arm allowed

For any more details about the eligibility criteria for the CRPF exam, candidates can visit CRPF eligibility criteria.

How to apply- CRPF Assistant Commandant Recruitment

Aspirants can check the eligibility criteria and then can apply for the UPSC CAPF exam. The conducting body charges a minimal fee for the recruitment process and candidate can apply for the post, following the given details:

  1. Visit the official site (https://www.upsc.gov.in/) for applying for the exam
  2. Candidates can only fill in one application form, and multiple forms will not be accepted.
  3. The list of exam centres is given in the official notification and candidates should carefully select the exam centre as no changes can be made once the form is submitted.
  4. The last step for applying is the payment of application fees. However, the fee differs for different people. Candidates belonging to general or OBC category need to pay Rs.200/- for the form. SC/ST/ female candidates are exempted from paying the application fees.

The UPSC CAPF exam conducted for the recruitment of Assistant Commandants is an annual process. One common exam is conducted for Central Armed Police Force, and once the entire recruitment process is complete, the candidates are divided into different security forces based on their merits.

The exam is conducted for the following Forces:

  1. Border Security Force (BSF)
  2. Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)
  3. Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
  4. Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
  5. Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)

Candidates can look for any detail about the Assistant Commandant exam for any force in the linked articles.

The Central Reserve Police Force came into existence in 1939. They are responsible for maintaining law and order in the country during elections, preserve National integrity and promoting social harmony. CRPF is also the body fighting the Naxals in areas of Bihar and West Bengal.

CRPF Assistant Commandant Preparation:

Preparing for the UPSC CAPF exam is a full-fledged procedure as it includes detailed study of subjects including history, geography, current events across the globe, English, etc. The following books can be considered for preparing for the CRPF exam:

India’s Ancient Past by R.S. Sharma
Our Constitution by Subhash Kashyap
NCERT Class XI- Political Science
NCERT Class XI -Economics
Compulsory English by A.P. Bharadwaj

For current news about Indian and International events, candidates must go thoroughly through the newspaper. For any further details about CAPF Preparation, visit the linked page.

Candidates can go through preparation strategies for competitive exams to do diligent preparation for the examination.

Aspirants of other government exams can go through the following links for assistance-

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