UPSC CAPF is one of the most admired recruitments by lakhs of candidates. Union Public Service Commission recruits candidates for various branches of the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) on yearly basis. 

CAPF Officers report directly to the Ministry of Home Affairs and bring more responsibility towards the Nation. Furthermore, CAPF Officers after the 7th Pay Commission receives handsome salaries and various benefits. In this article, let us take a look at all the factors which make UPSC CAPF worth joining along with the selection procedure for UPSC CAPF AC exam:

  1. Excellent Remuneration and Benefits: The CAPF Officers are getting salary as per the 7th Pay Commission. Emoluments include Basic Pay, Dearness Allowance, and Grade Pay. Several allowances such as Unique Duty Allowance, House Rent Allowance, Clinical Allowance, and Difficulty Allowance adds a great boost to salaries of new joiners. Starting pay is approximately INR 55000 to 60000. Families of CAPF Officers also get benefits of ex-gratia payment in case of death on duty.
  1. Social Status and Respect: CAPF Officers get lots of opportunities to get gallantry medals, and these officers are a part of the National Security team. Families having sons/daughters serving the Nation are seen with great respect.
  1. Career Growth Opportunities: CAPF Officers have a career growth chart laid out. The candidates recruited as Assistant Commandant can reach the level of Additional Director-General and earn a salary of more than 2 lakhs per month.
  1. Discipline: The candidates joining CAPF become disciplined in life and gets motivated. Discipline is the most important factor that separates civilian life from Armed force Personnel.
  1. Service to the Nation: Every Individual is filled with a sense of Patriotism once they join the Armed Forces. Serving the country is above all, and army officers are seen with great respect all over the country.

Selection procedure for CAPF Assistant Commandant Position

Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) recruits for the following Police Forces:

  1. Border Security Force (BSF)
  2. Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
  3. Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
  4. Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)
  5. Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)

CAPF AC Selection Process consists of written tests, Physical Examination tests, and interviews. The process starts in April and carries on till November/December.

CAPF AC Written Test 2021

UPSC conducts the CAPF AC test at the allotted CAPF Exam Centers. The basic CAPF AC Exam follows the below-mentioned pattern:

  1. CAPF AC consists of two papers, i.e., Paper 1 (Objective type) and Paper 2 (Subjective type).
  2. Paper 1 (Objective type) carries 250 marks, and Paper 2 (Subjective type) has 200 effects.
  3. The total duration of Paper 1 is two hours, and Paper 2 is three hours.
  4. Paper 1 (Objective type) has questions in English and Hindi, and Paper 2 (Subjective type) has only questions in English.
  5. Paper 1 (Objective type) includes questions on General Ability and Intelligence.
  6. Paper 2 (Subjective type) includes questions on General Studies, Essays, and Comprehension.

UPSC fixes CAPF AC Cut-off marks, and candidates need to score over the minimum cut-off marks to get a call letter for PET and Interview.

CAPF AC Physical Standards and Medical Test

The candidates who score the qualifying marks are called for Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Test. Physical Efficiency Tests are rigorous tests, and candidates need to be physically fit to qualify for Medical Standards Test. The details of PET are as follows:

Event Standard for Male CandidatesStandard for Female Candidates
100 meters race16 seconds18 seconds
800 meters race3 minutes and 45 seconds4 minutes and 45 seconds
Long Jump3.5 meters3.0 meters
Shot put (7.26 Kg)4.5 metersN.A

Important Points

  1. Pregnant Women are disqualified at the time of PET, and their applications are rejected.
  2. Candidates have the right to appeal against disqualification to the Appellate Authority, designated by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

CAPF AC Interview or Personality Test

The candidates who are fit and can clear the PET are summoned for the final round of the Interview or Personality Test. The candidates can score a maximum of 150 marks in this round.

  1. The interview panel consists of 4 persons, of which one is a Chairperson (a serving member of CAPF) and others are professors/experts with high experience in their related fields.
  2. The interview process has a session of introduction, in the beginning, to build up the confidence of the candidate.
  3. The interview Panel asks the questions based on the Detailed Application Form filled by the candidate.
  4. The candidates need to prepare an answer for current affairs happening at the National and International levels.
  5. The candidates who appeal against being medically unfit to the Appellate Authority can appear before the “Review Medical Board.”

This was all about the CAPF AC recruitment process. Hope it will clear all your doubts and will leave you with a solid reason to join UPSC CAPF.