CAPF 2024 combined examination for central armed police forces

CAPF 2024 combined examination for central armed police forces

CAPF 2024 Combined Examination for Central Armed Police Forces (ACs) Examination 2024 is a combined recruitment process for Assistant Commandants. UPSC organizes this exam every year for the recruitment of security personnel in various defence sectors.

CAPF 2024 Schedule

Application opens April 2024

Application closes May 2024

Date of Exam First Week of August (SUNDAY)

What is CAPF
CAPF is the Central Armed Police Force

UPSC organizes the exam for the recruitment of Assistant Commandants every year in forces -:

Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF),
Border Security Force (BSF),
Central Industrial Security Force (CISF),
Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)
Indo‐Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).
The post of Assistant Commandant (AC) is a Group A Post.

Required Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree from a Recognised University or must possess an equivalent qualification.

Physical Standards

Following are the physical standards and medical fitness a candidate must have and should be free from any disease or disability that hinders their military duties. The minimum physical standards are:

Height165 cm157 cm
Chest81 cmNot applicable
Weight50 kg46 kg


Medical Standards

Distance Vision (Corrected): Good Eyesight 6/6 & Worse Eye 6/9

Near Vision: Better Eye N6 & Worse Eye N9

The colour vision standard will be Colour Perception-III (CP-III) by ISHIHARA plates

Desirable Qualification

Possession of an NCC ‘B’ or ‘C’ Certificate gives you an advantage that will be considered at the time of the Interview or Personality Test.

Selection Process


The selection process for recruitment of candidates in the armed forces such as SSB, ITBP, CISF, DRPF & BSF involves a four-phased successive process:

1. Written Exam:

It involves two papers – Paper I and Paper II. Candidates need to qualify at this stage by obtaining UPSC CAPF Cut-Off Marks to get shortlisted for the Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests.

2. Physical Efficiency Tests & Medical Standards Tests: The Physical and Medical Standards tests are different for males and females. The tests are mentioned below. Candidates need to qualify at this stage to appear for the Interview round.

3. Interview or Personality Test: Candidates who will qualify for the Physical and medical tests will be called for the Interview round which is 150 marks.

4. The Merit List: The merit is prepared on the basis of marks obtained by candidates in the Written Exam and in the Interview/Personality Test.

Exam Pattern

Paper I

(General Ability & Intelligence)

10:00 am to 12:00 Noon250 Marks
Paper II

(General Studies, Essay & Comprehension)

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm200 Marks


Language-: The Papers are bilingual – Hindi & English, except English Paper

The Time Duration

Paper I is 2 hours and Paper II is 3 Hours

In Paper I, questions will be asked in Objective Multiple Choice (MCQ) types

In Paper II, questions will be asked in a descriptive format

per-I will be checked first and Paper II will be checked of those candidates who qualify for Paper I by obtaining minimum qualifying marks

For the Objective MCQ paper, there will be a negative marking of 1/3rd marks for each wrong answer

Physical Efficiency Test (PET)

100 Meter race16 Seconds18 Seconds
800 Meter race3 minutes 45 second4 minutes 45 second
Long Jump3.5 Meters (3 chances)3.0 Meters (3 chances)
Shot Put (7.26 Kgs.)4.5 Meters


Note- In case of Pregnancy at the time of PET will lead to the disqualification of candidates.

Medical Standard Tests will be conducted for those candidates who qualify for the physical test.

UPSC CAPF Syllabus

Paper I

General Ability and Intelligence

General Mental Ability

Logical Reasoning

Quantitative Aptitude

Numerical ability

Data Interpretation

General Science

General Awareness

Scientific Temper

Comprehension & Appreciation of Scientific Phenomena

Information Technology


Environmental Science

Current Events – National and International Importance

Current affairs of national and international importance

Culture & Music

Arts & Literature



Societal & Developmental Issues




Indian Polity and Economy

Indian History

Indian and World Geography

Paper II

General Studies, Essay and Comprehension

Part-A – Essay questions (80 Marks)

Indian history/freedom struggle/geography/polity/ economy/knowledge of security/ human rights issues/ analytical ability

Part-B – Comprehension, precise writing & Others (Marks 120)

Comprehension passages, precise writing, counterarguments, English Grammar and language testing



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