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The Union Public Service Commission conducts many government examinations throughout the year. One such examination is the CAPF exam. Under this broad category, there comes a number of exams. Recently, CAPF has opened up accepting applications for CAPF-AC posts. CAPF-AC stands for Central Armed Police Force- Assistant Commandant. This exam is conducted to shortlist and select candidates for 5 different forces. The procedure, eligibility, syllabus, and selection process are the same for these 5 forces. In this blog post, we will learn the latest updates and notifications by the government till now for the UPSC CAPF-AC exam. 

Particulars  Details 
Name CAPF ( Central Armed Police Force)
Conducting Body UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) 
Post CAPF-AC ( Central Armed Police Force- Assistant Commandant) 
Date of Application April 26, 2023 ( Tentative)
Exam Date August 6, 2023 (Tentative)
Age 20-25
Qualification Graduate
Fees 200 Approximately
Selection Procedure Written test physical examination interview

About CAPF-AC Exam 

Earlier known as Central Paramilitary Forces, CAPF is a collective term for the central forces of the country. These forces play an important role in the internal security and border security of the country. A collection of a total of seven forces, (BSF AR, ITBP, CISF, CRPF, NSG) are responsible for the security of people all over India. To improve the international impact of these forces, in 2011 the name of this force was changed. The government dropped the word “ paramilitary” from the force. 

To keep up with the need for the forces, UPSC conducts the recruitment exams for these forces collectively. However, the exams are according to the position of the candidate in the force. 

Modes of selection of the officers-

  • Gazetted Officers- Through CAPF-AC exam by UPSC.
  • Subordinate Officers- Exam by SSC (Staff-selection committee). Commonly referred to as DASOs( Directly Appointed Subordinate Officers).
  • Constables: Exam conducted by SSC. 

Vacancies of CAPF-AC Exam 

A total of approximately 159 vacancies at CAPF are there for the 2023 exam. The detailed bifurcation of these posts is as below:

Post Number of Vacancies
Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBF) 20
Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) 67
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) 36
Border Security Force (BSF) 35
Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) 01
Total 159

Eligibility of CAPF-AC Exam 2023

There are some parameters that you need to fulfil to be eligible for this exam. 

Particulars  Details 
Age 20-25 as on August 1, 2023
Education Graduate
Nationality  Indian
Physical Aspects (Parameter)
Height  165 cm (Male), 157 cm (Female)
Weight 50 Kg (Male), 46 Kg (Female)
Chest 81 cm (Male)

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Exam Pattern of  CAPF-AC Exam

The candidates selected for the armed forces generally go through a lot of steps and exams. This exam pattern is generally the same every year. These steps are:

Written Exam

The first step for the selection in CAPF is the Written exam. This exam is conducted in offline mode. The exam is divided into two parts and the duration of the exam is 5Hrs. The subjects of both parts are different. The details of the exam pattern are:


Particulars Details
Subjects General Ability and Intelligence
Duration 2 Hrs.
No. of Questions 125
Marks 2 marks for each question (125*2=250)
Type of Questions MCQs
Language English and Hindi
Negative Marking ⅓ for every wrong answer


Particulars Details
Subjects General Studies, Essay, and Comprehension
Duration 3 Hrs
No. of Questions 7
Marks 200
Type of Questions Subjective Type
Language English
Negative Marking No

Physical Test

Another important step for the shortlisting of any candidate, the physical test is important. There are different physical requirements for females and males. These are the requirements:

Tests Female Male
100 m Race 18 seconds 16 seconds
800 m Race 4 min 45 seconds 3 min 45 seconds
Shot Put 4.5 m Not specified
Long Jump 3 m 3.5 m


The final step for the selection of the candidate, interview or you can say personality round is important. The interview is only conducted to know the preference of the candidate of which force he/she wants to join. Through this round, the authorities can also check the candidate’s knowledge and personality. After the exam, the date for the interview will be announced. 

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Syllabus of CAPF-AC Exam 

As mentioned above, the candidate needs to appear for writing in two Parts-A and B. The subjects of these parts are different, thus the syllabus is very vast. 

Part A

Subjects Topics
Current Affairs Current National and International Events, Social and Development Issues, Literature, Arts, Sports, Music, Culture, Globalization
General Mental Ability Logical Reasoning, Numerical Ability, Data Interpretation, Quantitative Aptitude
General Science General Awareness, Environmental Science, Information Technology
Indian Polity and Economy Security Issues, Current Political Situation, Indian Constitution, Economic Development, Public Administration
Indian History National Movement, Freedom Movement, Social Aspects of History
Indian Geography Physical and Economic Aspects of India

Part B

Sub-Parts Topics
I Essay Questions on different topics from Geography, Indian History (Especially Modern History)  and Economy.
II Grammer, Comprehension Passages, Language Testing, Arguments etc.

Application Process: CAPF Exam 

The application process is pretty simple and one can easily apply for this post at the comfort of his/her home online. 

These are the steps that you should follow:

Step 1 To apply for CAPF exams, you need to visit When you visit this website, you can see multiple notifications on the home page.

Step 2 Just click on the notification that directs you to the application page of UPSC-CAPF. The application process is in two stages- PART A and B. 

Step 3 You will then see an application form. Make sure that you fill in all the information correctly. Avoid making any mistakes at this stage as this can create an issue in the future. 

Step 4 Upload all the scanned documents like photographs, and educational certificates in the required format and size. 

Step 5 Once you have submitted the documents, check your application form once again to avoid any errors.

Step 6 Pay the application fee of INR 200. (Note: Application fees are exempted in case you are Female/SC/ST.)

(Note: You have the option to withdraw your application in the period of 1 week in case you change your mind )

How To Get An Admit Card For CAPF Exam -2023?

The admit card for the 2023 UPSC CAPF Exam-2023, will be available on their website around July 2md week. However, to help you in future, these are some steps:

Step 1:  Go to the official website and go to the notifications section.

Step 2 : Click on the UPSC CAPF-AC exam admit card link.

Step 3: Log in with the details that you have set during the application process.

Step 4: You will now see you admit card. Download it and have a hard copy too for future use.

CAPF AC Result 2023

The result of the CAPF examination will be available on the official website. Interested candidates can apply for the CAPF examination. By entering the roll number and date of birth candidates can view the result page. Thus, a candidate can view the result of the examination

Best Books for CAPF AC 2023

Subject Books 
Economics – Paper 1 Economic Development & Policies in India – Jain & Ohri,Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh, and class 11 NCERT
Indian Polity– Paper 1 Indian Polity – M Laxmikanth, and NCERT from class 9th-12th
History– Paper 1 India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra,Facets of Indian Culture – Spectrum, and NCERT class 11-12th
Geography– Paper 1 Certificate Physical Geography – G C Leong, World Atlas, and NCERT class 6th- class 12th
International Relations– Paper 1 Current affairs, and NCERT class 12 (contemporary world politics)
History, Indian Heritage & Culture- Paper 2  India’s Struggle for Independence- Bipan Chandra,Ancient India – R.S Sharma,History of Medieval India – Satish Chandra
Geography- Paper 2  Geography of India- Majid Husain,Certificate Physical and Human Geography – G C Leong, and world atlas
Polity & International Relations– Paper 2 Introduction to the Constitution of India by DD Basu, Indian Polity – M. Laxmikanth
Economy– Paper 2  Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh
English Language ( Comprehension and Essay)- Paper 2 R. S. Agarwal, Wren and Martin 


Is it difficult to clear UPSC CAPF? 

Clearing UPSC CAPF is generally very difficult. It is because the candidate goes through a lot of steps like a written exam, a physical test and then an interview. There are very few chances of clearing this exam by a candidate.

Do I have to clear the interview to clear UPSC CAPF?

Yes, everyone has to clear the interview round. This is the final stage for the shortlisting of candidates. The main purpose of this round is to check the personality of the candidate. 

What are the different posts in the UPSC CAPF- AC exam?

There are many different posts that you may get under CAPF-AC like: 
Border Security Force (BSF)
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
Indo-Tibetan Border Police( IDBP)
Shasatra Seema Bal (SSB)

How many CAPF Armed Forces are there in India?

There are around seven CAPF forces in India. These are:
Border Security Force (BSF)
Assam Rifles
Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBF)
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)
National Security Guard (NSG)

Is it important to clear the physical exam for CAPF posts?

As these are Armed forces, it is mandatory to clear all the physical and medical exams. When you have cleared these physical tests, then only you get selected for the posts. 

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