Union Public Service Commission will be conducting the CAPF (Central Armed Police Forces) examination for recruitment of Assistant Commandants on July 23, 2017. The exam will be held to recruit a total of 179 posts in the forces comprising of Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

UPSC CAPF 2017 vacancy details

  • BSF 28
  • CRPF 65
  • CISF 23
  • SSB 63

Last year, UPSC conducted the exam for a total of 270 posts, however this year the number of vacancies have gone down.


The Union Public Service Commission conducts a examination for the recruitment of Assistant Commandants (Group A) in the services like :

  • Central Police Forces (CPF)
  • Border Security Force (BSF)
  • Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
  • Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
  • Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)
  • Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)

Central Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination exams are usually conducted during October every year. Prior notifications are out around May.

Age Limits:

The candidate should be 20 years old and must not be over 25 years. There is age relaxation for reserved category as per central govt rules. The age cut-off date is 1st August.

Educational Qualification

  • Degree of a recognized university or an equivalent qualification.
  • Candidates appearing in the degree exam are allowed to appear at the exam but are required to submit proof of passing alongwith the Detailed Application Forms which are to be submitted after qualifying the written test, medical standards test and Physical Efficiency Tests (PET)

Male candidates are eligible for appointments in all the five Police Force (BSF, CRPF, CISF, ITBP, and SSB), whereas the women cadidates are eligible for CRPF and CISF only.



Update: There will be two papers. Paper I will be held from 10 am to 12 pm and Paper II will be held from 2 pm to 5 pm. The last date to fill online applications is upto May 5, 2017 till 6 pm.

There are 2 papers

1) Paper I: General Ability and Intelligence – 250 Marks

The questions in this paper will be of Objective (Multiple Answers) Type in which the questions will be set in English as well as Hindi.

2) Paper II: Essay, Precis writing and comprehension (Conventional Type) of 150 Marks

In this paper candidates will be allowed the option of writing the Essay Component in English or Hindi, but the medium of Precise Writing, Comprehension Components and other communications/ language skills will be English only.

On qualifying these 2 papers, candidates have to pass physical and medical standards test. On successful completion of fitness test, candidates have to appear for Interview popularly known as Personality Test.


Application Procedure

The candidates should follow these steps to apply for UPSC CAPF

  • Visit the official website of UPSC ie. upsconline.nic.in
  • Once the website homepage opens, click on the UPSC exam link.
  • A new page will open displaying two part of registration. Click on part I
  • In Part I registration, candidate will have to fill basic information.
  • In Part-II registration, the candidate needs to fill payment details, exam centre and then upload photo along with signature

Note: The candidates are advised to read the instruction carefully before applying.

Examination Fees

Rs 200 for general category.

Selection Procedure

Candidates will be selected on the basis of their performance in the Written Test, Physical Standards/ Physical Efficiency Tests (PET) ) and Medical Standards Tests and Interview/Personality Test.

(i) Written Examination:
The written examination to be conducted by the UPSC will have two papers.
Paper I will have the objective (multiple answers type0 questions of 250 marks to test candidates general ability and intelligence.
Paper II will have questions on general studies, essay and comprehension carrying 200 marks.
There will be penalty (negative marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the objective type question paper.
There will be minimum qualifying marks separately in each Paper. Paper I will be evaluated first and Paper II will be evaluated only of those candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in Paper I.

ii) Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests:
Candidates who clear the written examination will be called for Physical Standards/ Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests.

iii) Interview/Personality Test:
Those who clear the second hurdle will be call for the interview carrying 150 marks.

Physical Standards / Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests

Candidates who are declared qualified in the written examination will be summoned for Physical Standards/ Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests.

Interview/Personality Test

The candidates who qualified the Medical Standards Tests will be called for Interview/Personality Test. Candidates who are declared medically unfit but allowed to appear before the “Review Medical Board” on their appeal by the Appellate Authority will be called for Interview/Personality Tests provisionally. The Interview/Personality Test will carry 150 Marks.

Candidates who are shortlisted for Interview/Personality Test, including those shortlisted for Interview/Personality Test provisionally will be issued a Detailed Application Form (DAF) in which among other things, they will be required to indicate their preference of Forces.

Final Selection / Merit

The merit list will be drawn on the basis of marks obtained by the candidates in the Written Examination and interview/Personality Test.

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