CAPF-AC Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 16th October, 2021

The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Examination (UPSC) for shortlisting aspirants for various police forces such as Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). It is a national level competitive exam conducted once a year.

Exam Highlights
Level of Exam Graduate, National Level
Exam Medium English, Hindi
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam Recruitment of candidates having the potential of becoming future officers in Police Forces.
Conducting Body Union Public Service Examination (UPSC)

CAPF-AC Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. Candidates appearing must be an Indian citizen.

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. A candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree of a University incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or 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 or possess an equivalent qualification.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The age of the candidate to appear in the CAPF-AC Exam should be minimum of 20 years and maximum of 25 years.
    However, there are age relaxations for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. They are given below in the table:
    Category Upper Age Limit
    SC/ST 30 years
    OBC 28 years
    Civilian Central Government Servant/Ex-Servicemen 30 years

  7. Restrictions on Attempts
  8. There are no restrictions on the number of attempts.

CAPF-AC Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application April 15, 2021
Last Date of Application May 5, 2021
Written Exam August 8, 2021
Result October 13, 2021

CAPF-AC Exam Pattern 2021

The CAPF is a national level examination conducted by UPSC once a year for the recruitment of Assistant Commandants (AC). The exam is conducted in offline mode and has three parts; the selection process, written exam, the physical test and the interview round. The written examination has two papers with the first paper being objective and the second paper being descriptive in nature.

Physical Standards

The candidates have to fulfill minimum physical standards as mentioned in the exam notification.

Assistant Commandant ranks equivalent to Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Deputy Superintendant of Police (DSP) and Captain in the Indian Army. The examination is held and selection is done strictly on the basis of the guidelines set by UPSC. Final selection of the candidates is done on the basis of the three exams.

Pattern for Written Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper-I: General Ability and Intelligence
Merit Ranking Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 120 mins 0.33 250
2 Paper-II: General Studies Essay and Comprehension
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 200
Total Marks* 450

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests

Those candidates who meet the prescribed Physical Standards as specified in Appendix-V to these Rules will be put through the Physical Efficiency Test (PET) as mentioned in the Exam notification.

Pattern for Interview/Personality Test

Total marks allotted: 150

Officially called the “Interview round/ personality test“, the objective of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to evaluate the mental caliber of a candidate.

**Note: Only candidates qualifying for the physical ability test will be shortlisted for appearing in the personal interview/test.

CAPF-AC Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Written Exam

1 Paper-I: General Ability and Intelligence

  • General Mental Ability: The questions will be designed to test the logical reasoning, quantitative aptitude including numerical ability, and data interpretation.
  • General Science: The questions will be set to test general awareness, scientific temper, comprehension and appreciation of scientific phenomena of everyday observation including new areas of importance like Information
    Technology, Biotechnology, Environmental Science.
  • Current Events of National and International Importance: The questions will test the candidates’ awareness of current events of national and international importance in the broad areas of culture, music, arts, literature, sports, governance, societal and developmental issues, industry, business, globalisation, and interplay among nations.
  • Indian Politics and Economy: The questions shall aim to test candidates’ knowledge of the Country’s political system and the Constitution of India, social systems and public administration, economic development in India, regional and international security issues and human rights including its indicators.
  • History of India: The questions will broadly cover the subject in its social, economic and political aspects. This shall also include the areas of growth of nationalism and freedom movement.
  • World and Indian Geography: The questions shall cover the physical, social and economic aspects of geography pertaining to India and the World.

2 Paper-II: General Studies Essay and Comprehension

  • Part-A: Essay questions which are to be answered in long narrative form either in Hindi or English.
  • Part-B: Comprehension, précis writing, other communications/language skills. The topics are Comprehension passages, précis writing, developing counter arguments, simple grammar and other aspects of language testing.

Syllabus for Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests

The Test comprises of 100 Meters race, 800 Meters race, Long Jump and Shot Put.

Syllabus for Interview/Personality Test

Only those candidates who qualified physical and medical assessment test will be eligible to appear for personal interview/test.

The Interview/Personality Test would be conducted by a Board of competent and unbiased persons who will have before them a record of the candidates. The candidate will be asked questions both in his/her own field as well as matters of general interest to test his/her awareness and understanding. In broad terms, this will be an assessment of not only his/her mental calibre but also his/her social traits and integrity of character.