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What is CAPF Exam ?

The recruitment for the Assitant Commandant (AC) in CAPF is conducted on yearly basis by the Union Public Service Commission to recruit candidates in several forces under Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). Following are the special forces that will recruit candidates through the CAPF exam:

  • Border Security Force (BSF)
  • Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
  • Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
  • Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

CAPF AC Highlights

CAPF Full FormCentral Armed Police Forces 
PostAssistant Commandant
Conducting BodyUnion Public Service Commission
Exam FrequencyOnce a year
Job LocationThroughout India
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Application FeesGeneral/OBC – INR 200SC/ST/ Women – Exempted
Exam ModeOffline
Selection ProcessWritten Test Physical Test/Medical Test Interview/Personality Test Final Selection
LanguageEnglish and Hindi

CAPF Exam 2022 Latest Updates

CAPF AC 2022 exam is yet to be conducted. However, the dates have been declared by the UPSC. The CAPF AC recruitment notification 2022 will be released on 20th April 2022 whereas the exam will be conducted on 7th August 2022, according to the UPSC calendar. 

Latest Updates:

  • 20th April 2022: Release of UPSC CAPF AC notification PDF 2022.
  • 05th January 2022: CAPF AC final result 2020 out.
  • 13th October 2021: CAPF AC result 2021 out now.

CAPF AC Exam Date 2022

The CAPF AC exam date 2022 is now available officially. The CAPF AC apply online link will be released along with the official UPSC CAPF notification 2022. Below we have mentioned all the important CAPF exam dates as mentioned in the UPSC calendar:

Exam EventsImportant Dates (2022)
CAPF AC Notification 2022 Release Date20th April 2022
Start date of CAPF 2022 online registration20th April 2022
Last date to apply online10th May 2022
CAPF Application WithdrawlTo be announced
Release of CAPF Admit CardTo be announced
CAPF Exam Date 202207th August 2022
CAPF Result Date 2022To be announced

CAPF AC Vacancy 2022

CAPF AC Vacancy 2022 will be released along with the CAPF Recruitment Notification 2022. Till then, the previous year CAPF AC vacancy details have been shared along with the notification PDF. A total of 159 CAPF Assistant Commandant vacancies for (Group A) profile in the Central Armed Police Forces were released under the official UPSC CAPF notification.

Below, you can have a look at the CAPF AC vacancy details department-wise listed for your reference. 

DepartmentNumber of Vacancies
BSF (Border Security Force)35
CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force)36
CISF (Central Industrial Security Force)67
ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police)20
SSB (Sashastra Seema Bal)1

CAPF AC Eligibility Criteria

CAPF eligibility for Assitant Commandant is decided by UPSC and has specific criteria which candidates must adhere to. Both male and female candidates can fill up the application form for the CAPF AC exam. However, you must check their CAPF eligibility before doing so as not fulfilling it may lead to disqualification. Therefore, in order to apply for the Assistant Commandant exam, the candidates must fulfil the below mentioned CAPF AC eligibility criteria:

  • Nationality: The candidate applying for the exam must be a citizen of India.
  • Age Limit: The age of the candidate must not be less than 20 years and must not be more than 25 years.
  • Educational Qualification: The candidate must be a graduate in any discipline from a recognized university.

CAPF AC Selection Process 

Before applying for the CAPF exam 2022, candidates should first get themselves acquainted with the CAPF AC selection process. Knowing these stages will help the candidates prepare well in advance for the different steps you must follow to crack this exam. Knowing what to expect after each stage and what it entails will help candidates in creating a better preparation strategy for the Assistant Commandant Exam.  The selection process for CAPF Assistant Commandant comprises of following stages:

Stage I: Written Exam

Stage II: Physical Efficiency Test

Stage III: Interview/ Personality Test

Stage IV: Final Selection/ Merit List

CAPF Syllabus 2022: Highlights

We have provided you with the major highlights of the CAPF syllabus 2022 below in the table. 

CAPF Syllabus 2022 Details
Name of the ExamCentral Armed Police Forces (CAPF) Assistant Commandants (AC) Exam 2022
Selection ProcessWritten ExaminationPhysical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards TestsInterview/Personality Test 
Number of papers in CAPF examTwo papersPaper 1: General Ability and Intelligence 
Paper 2: General Studies, Essay and Comprehensive 
Type of questionsPaper 1: Objective
Paper 2: Descriptive
Negative Marking0.33 marks deducted for each wrong answer only in Paper 1
Medium of paperEnglish and Hindi
Duration of examPaper 1: 2 hours
Paper 2: 3 hours
Number of questionsPaper 1: 200
Paper 2: 6
Maximum marksPaper 1: 250
Paper 2: 200

CAPF AC Syllabus for Paper 1

CAPF AC Paper 1 syllabus is divided into 6 different subjects as mentioned below:

  • General Mental Ability
  • General Science
  • Current Events of National & International Importance
  • Indian Polity & Economy
  • Indian History
  • Indian & World Geography

Candidates can check out the subject-wise syllabus for the CAPF exam to cover each topic systematically and score better in the exam. CAPF AC Paper 1 is conducted for a total of 250 marks.

Paper – 1General Mental AbilityLogical reasoningQuantitative ability including numerical ability and interpretation of data.
General ScienceGeneral AwarenessScientific temperUnderstanding and appreciation of everyday observation scientific phenomena including new areas such as information technology, biotechnology, environmental science.
Current Events of National & International ImportanceCurrent events of national and international importance in the broad fields of culture, music, arts, literature, sports, governance, issues of societal and development, industry, business, globalization and interplay between nations
Indian Polity & EconomyIndia’s political system and constitution, social systems, and public administration, India’s economic development, security issue, human rights, including its indicators
Indian HistoryIt includes the areas of nationalism growth and movement for freedom.
Indian & World GeographyIt will cover India and the world’s physical, social, and economic aspects of geography.

CAPF AC Syllabus for Paper 2

The UPSC AE CAPF Paper 2 syllabus is of the descriptive type that has to be answered as prescribed by the Commission. It holds a weightage of 200 marks which covers Essay, Comprehension Precis, and language skills. You must note that Paper 2 will be evaluated only for those candidates who will obtain the cut-off marks in Paper 1.  

Paper TopicSyllabus
Paper 1EssayIt covers topics of modern Indian history, in particular, freedom struggle, geography, politics and economy, knowledge of issues of security and human rights, and analytical ability. 
Comprehension, précis writing & language skillsThe topics are Reading Comprehension, précis writing, developing counter arguments, simple grammar, and other aspects of language testing.

CAPF PET for Assistant Commandant

The candidates who will obtain the cut off marks in the UPSC CAPF Paper and Paper 2 will be eligible to appear for the CAPF Assistant Commandant Physical Efficiency Test (PET). The PET for CAPF will comprise of the following: 

  • All the given tests for CAPF PET are necessary and are of qualifying nature.
  • After clearing the Physical Tests, the selected candidates are shortlisted for Medical Review.
100 Meters Race16 Seconds18 Seconds
800 Meters Race3 Min 45 Sec4 Min 45 Sec
Long Jump3.5 Meters (3 Chances)3.0 Meters (3 Chances)
Shot Put (7.26 Kgs)4.5 MetersNA

CAPF Salary Structure (in-Hand & Grade Pay)

The salary of the CAPF Assistant Commandant will vary according to the posts and CAPF job profile. Therefore, it is important to know the CAPF Work Profile before submitting the application form for the exam. There are four parts of the CAPF salary structure. These are:-

  • Basic Pay
  • Dearness Allowance
  • Grade Pay
  • In hand salary

The details of the CAPF salary structure are explained in the table below;-

Salary NameTotal Amount in Rs.
Basic Pay ₹ 15,600/-
Dearness Allowance (DA)₹ 26,250/-
Grade Pay₹ 5,400/-
In hand salary₹ 44,135/-
 ₹ 51,480/-

The CAPF Salary Slip will contain the In-hand salary after showing all the applicable deductions from the CAPF Basic Pay and other amounts. 

CAPF Salary After 7th Pay Commission

The salary structure for CAPF (AC) according to the 7th Pay commission is shown below. The following table will show the pay scale (grade pay) for different posts.  This will aid the candidates in acquiring knowledge about the salary received by the candidates at different posts. Look into the pay scale and the pay band of the following posts. After the process of CAPF AC recruitment, you will be earning the following amounts, subject to revision by the Government policies.

RankPay-Scale (In Rupees)Pay Band
Director-General₹ 2,25000/-Fixed
Assistant Commandant₹ 56,100 – 1,77,500/-Pay Band 3
Commandant₹ 78,800 – 2,09,200/-Pay Band 3
Deputy Commandant₹ 67,700 – 2,08,700/-Pay Band 3
Senior Commandant₹ 1,23,000 – 2,15,900/-Pay Band 4
Inspector General₹ 1,44,000 – 2,18,000/-Pay Band 4
Additional Director General₹ 1,82,000 – 2,24,100/-Pay Band 4
Deputy Inspector General₹ 1,31,000 – 2,16,600/-Pay Band 4

CAPF Salary Allowances and Additional Benefits

As you get qualified in the different exams of the CAPF, you will first be appointed in the post of Assistant Commandant. The Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) also arranges for various lucrative benefits and perquisites over and above the attractive CAPF Salaries 2022. There are various allowances for the CAPF Assistant Commandant. The different types of allowances that you can expect in carrying out the CAPF Job responsibilities are shown in the list below;-

  • House Rent Allowance (HRA)
  • Dearness Allowance (DA)
  • Medical Allowance (MA)
  • Special Duty Allowance (SDA)
  • Hardship Allowance (HA)
  • Transport Allowance (TA)
  • Money for Ration

All these benefits will encourage you to perform enthusiastically in discharging the CAPF Job responsibilities as per the CAPF Job Profile 2022. 

Besides, you will also receive multiple growth opportunities and promotions for different ranks of the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force.


Q.1- In which post can an Assistant Commandant be promoted to?

An AC can be promoted to the ranks of Captain, Lieutenant, or Flight Lieutenant for Army, Navy, and Air-Force, respectively.

Q.2-What is the CAPF exam pattern?

CAPF exam consists of both objective type and descriptive type questions. CAPF paper 1 is of objective type and consists of various topics from different subjects and the second paper is of descriptive type. CAPF exam is of 200 and 250 marks respectively with 2 hours to solve paper 1 and 3 hours time allotment for paper 2. CAPF exam consists of the following 4 stages-

  • Paper 1 (objective type questions)
  • Paper 2 (descriptive)
  • PET (Physical Efficiency Test)
  • Interview
Q.3-Is there a negative marking in the CAPF exam pattern?

There is a negative marking of 1.5 marks in each section for every wrong answer of the CAPF exam pattern. So, for that be careful while attempting questions in the exam.

Q.4-What is the CAPF marking scheme?

According to the CAPF marking scheme, for every wrong answer ⅓ of the marks assigned to the question will be deducted. The unattempted questions will not be given any mark. For every correct answer, you will get 1.25 and 33.33 marks on paper 1 and paper 2 respectively.

Q.5-What is the syllabus for CAPF Paper 1?

The CAPF AC Syllabus for paper 1 is divided into 6 different sections which are:

  • General Mental Ability
  • General Science
  • Current Events
  • Indian Polity and Economy
  • Indian History
  • Indian and World Geography
Q.6-Who decides the CAPF Cut Off marks?

The official of UPSC decides the CAPF Cut Off marks.

Q.7-How to determine the best target for CAPF exam?

Going through the previous year cut off marks for the CAPF exam will help you determine the best target.

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