UPSC CAPF AC Important Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Syllabus, Exam Pattern Vacancies, Preparations

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UPSC has announced Central Armed Police Forces (AC) to be held on 20th Dec'20 (Sunday). CAPF (AC) is one of the most sought-after paramilitary exams in India. After clearing the exam, candidates get a job in CAPF (AC). Understanding the exam pattern and syllabus of CAPF (AC) is the first step for candidates to succeed in the exam.

About UPSC CAPF Exam 2020

CAPF Exam 2020 Important Dates

CAPF AC Exam Eligibility Criteria

Age limit for CAPF Exam 2020

Educational Qualification required for CAPF 2020

CAPF AC  Vacancies 2020

About UPSC CAPF Exam 2020 

CAPF  stands for Central Armed Police Force.  Under the authority of the Ministry of Home Affairs CAPF is the unified name of the 7 security forces in India. The name of the seven Security Forces are given below:

  1. CRPF - Central Reserve Police Force

  2. BSF-   Border Security Force

  3. ITBP-  Indo-Tibetian Border Police Force

  4. SSB-   Sashastra Seema Bal

  5. CISF-   Central Industrial Security Forces

  6. NSG-     National Security Guard

  7. AR-    Assam Rifles 

The responsibility of CAPF is to enable the Government of India to efficiently and effectively maintain public order, maintaining legal rules and regulations, and internal security.

The recruitments  are conducted mainly in three modes

  1.  Gazetted Officers: Central Armed Police Forces recruits the  CAPF (Assistant Commandants) through the CAPF (AC) examination conducted by UPSC. 

  2.  Subordinate Officers: The Staff Selection Commission recruits the Sub- Inspectors through competitive Examination and are referred to as DASOs (Directly Appointed Subordinate Officers).  

  3. Constables: The Staff Selection Commission recruits Constables through competitive examination conducted by  SSC.


CAPF Exam 2020 Important Dates
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

December 20th 2020 

UPSC CAPF (AC) Written Exam Result

To be notified

UPSC CAPF  (AC) Admit Card for the Physical & Medical Examination.

To be notified

UPSC CAPF (AC) Interview

February 2021 tentatively 



CAPF AC Exam Eligibility Criteria

The CAPF (AC) notification by UPSC mentions a set of eligibility criteria that must be fulfilled by the candidate.

Source: Safalta

Any candidate who does not meet the set eligibility criteria their candidature stands to be void.
After the candidate has qualified the interview round the Eligibility conditions mentioned are verified concerning original documents Candidates have to satisfy the following to qualify the CAPF eligibility criteria:


  • The candidate must be a citizen of India.

  • The candidates who are subject of Nepal and Bhutan are also allowed to apply in the exam.

  • No other candidate can apply for the UPSC CAPF exam.

Age limit for CAPF Exam 2020

The lower age limit for the CAPF exam is 20 years and the upper age limit is less than 25 years. The age shall be calculated from August 1 of the exam year. For appearing in the UPSC CAPF exam 2020, the candidates’ date of birth should not be earlier than August 2, 1995, and not later than August 1, 2000.

The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable.



Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe

5 years

Other Backward Classes


Civilian Central Government Servants

3 years Ex-Servicemen will also be eligible for this relaxation.

Domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from January 1, 1980, to December 31,


5 years


 The total relaxation claimed on account of Government Service will be limited to five years.

Educational Qualification required for CAPF 2020

As given in the official CAPF notification, "the candidate must hold a Bachelor's degree from any recognised university" 

The candidates who are appearing in the final year of their degree course can also apply for the exam but they have to produce the final year mark sheet of the qualifying exam with the detailed application form.

Possession of NCC ‘B’ or ‘C’ Certificates:

The candidates having the NCC ‘B’ or ‘C’ Certificate will be given preference at the time of Interview. These qualifications will be considered at the time of Interview/Personality Test only.

Physical Standards


CAPF AC  Vacancies 2020

CAPF Assistant Commandants 2020 vacancies

Security Forces

Number of Vacancies 














CAPF Exam Pattern 2020

It comprises 2 Papers both in written format.







2.5 Hours 


General Ability and Intelligence.




Negative marking: 1/3rd marks will be deducted if the wrong answer marked)

Tests the general ability and intelligence of the candidates based on MCQ format. 


3 Hours 

General Studies, Essay, and Comprehension 



No Negative Marking


Descriptive in nature and tests the language proficiency of the candidate.


  • Second round- Physical Ability Test

  • Third round- Interview/Personality Test


UPSC CAPF Syllabus 2020 

Paper-I- It tests the General Ability and Intelligence of the candidate. 

The objective type questions with multiple choices questions (MCQ) in CAPF Paper-I cover the following topics:

  • General Mental Ability

  • General Science

  • Current Affairs of National and International Importance

  • Indian Polity and Economy

  • History of India

  • Indian and World Geography

CAPF Syllabus Paper II

The CAPF Syllabus for paper-II covers General Studies, Essay and Comprehension which has a weightage of 200 marks in total.

CAPF (AC) Syllabus for Paper II is divided into two parts:

Part‐A – Totals marks 80-  comprises essay questions. Candidates have to answer the questions in narrative form, they can answer it either in Hindi or in English.

Some of the topics asked in  UPSC AC Exam essays on analytical ability, knowledge of security and human rights issues, basics of geography, polity, modern Indian history, freedom struggle, economy, etc.

Part‐B – Total marks 120- covering questions related to comprehension, precis writing and other communication or language skills.

Part II must be attempted only in English. The topics covered in CAPF AC syllabus in this part are General grammar, Comprehension passages, precis writing, developing counter-arguments and other aspects of language testing.

UPSC CAPF Syllabus 2020 for Assistant Commandant Exam


General Ability

  1. Analogies 

  2. Arrangements

  3. Arithmetical Reasoning

  4. Analysis, Ranking

  5. Arithmetic Number Series

  6.  Coding and Decoding

  7. Decision Making

  8. Figural Classification

  9. Problem Solving

  10. Relationship Concepts

  11. Syllogisms

  12. Spatial Orientation

  13. Space Visualization

  14. Statement Conclusion

  15. Visual Memory


  1. Current Events of National and International Importance

  2. General Mental Ability

  3. General Science

  4.  Indian Polity and Economy

  5.  Indian and World Geography and History of India


General Studies

  1. Current Affairs of National and International

  2. Cultural Heritage

  3. Economy

  4. Eminent Personalities of India

  5. Environment

  6. General Polity

  7. General Science

  8. Indian History 

  9. Indian Geography

  10. Indian National Movement

  11.  Indian Constitution

  12. Science and Technology, etc.

Comprehension and Essay and English Language

  1. Comprehension

  2. Counter Argument

  3. Grammar

  4. Essay Writing 

  5. Language and Communication Skills

  6.  Precis Writing

  7. Report Writing

  8. Vocabulary, etc.


CAPF Exam Highlights 2020 

Exam Name

Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandant)

Conducting Body

Union Public Service Commission

Geographical Scope

All India

Exam Frequency

Once in a year

Exam Mode


Exam Stages

Written+Physical+Interview/Personality Test

Exam Language

English and Hindi

Exam Helpdesk


Official website


CAPF AC Exam - Preparation 

Now that you are well versed with the eligibility criteria exam pattern and syllabus of UPSC CAPF for Assistant Commandant post it time to gear up and start your preparation now.
This online course for UPSC CAPF (AC) Exam 2020 offers the candidates aspiring to qualify CAPF (AC) Exam 2020.


What Will You Get:

  • Live Interactive Classes

  • Classes accessible through Desktop and Mobile

  • Access to recorded classes so that you never miss out

  • 10+ Weekly Mock Tests to evaluate Progress

  • 100+ Downloadable PDF Classroom Notes to boost your preparation

  • Special Q&A Sessions

  • Daily Live Current Affair session on Safalta Class Youtube Channel

  • Special Vocabulary Sessions

  • Dedicated Community Group for regular updates

  • Personalized Counselling session

  • App Support


Read anywhere anytime with the live online classes with a benefit of recorded classes as well.


Regular Live Online Practice Batch

Hours of Study

210+ Hours (160+ hours of Live Study + 40+ hours of Live Current Affair + 10+ Hrs of Vocab (Live + Recorded))

Mode of Study

Online Live Classes, with App Support 

Mode of instruction

Bilingual (Hindi & English) 

Subjects Covered 

Maths, General Intelligence, GS (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Polity, Geography, Economics, Current Affairs*) & Descriptive


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