UPSC CAPF Assistant Commandant CPF AC

The CAPF AC's 2020 exam notification has been released by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). This year there are 209 total vacancies are released for Assistant Commandants (ACs) Posts in the Central Armed Police Forces.  Interested and eligible candidates can apply online now for the UPSC CAPF (AC) Recruitment 2020 through the official website

UPSC holds the CAPF Exam every year for the recruitment of Assistant Commandants in forces. CAPF is the unified name of the seven security forces in India under the authority of the Ministry of Home Affairs. The Seven Security Forces are as follows:

  1. Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF),
  2. Border Security Force (BSF),
  3. Central Industrial Security Force (CISF),
  4. National Security Guard (NSG),
  5. Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB),
  6. Indo‐Tibetan Border Police (ITBP),
  7. Assam Rifles (AR).

The post of Assistant Commandants (AC) is a Group A Post.

Important Dates for UPSC CAPF 2020 Exam:

  • Starting Date for Apply Online: 18/08/2020
  • Last Date for Apply Online: 07/09/2020 (Up to 06:00 PM Only)
  • Last Date Fee Payment: 07/09/2020
  • Exam Date: 20/12/2020
  • Admit Card Available: December 2020

Application Fee:

  • General / OBC: 200/-
  • SC / ST: 0/- (Nil)
  • All Category Female: 0/- (Exempted)

CAPF Assistant Commandants 2020 vacancies:

Vacancy Details: 

Total Post: 209 


Total Post











The number of vacancies mentioned above is liable to alteration. Reservation will be given effect to as per the policy of the Govt. 10% of the vacancies are earmarked for ex-servicemen. 

Eligibility Criteria for UPSC CAPF (AC) 2020: 

(I) Nationality: 

No person who is not a citizen of India shall, except with the consent of the Central Government signified in writing be appointed or employed under these Rules. Provided that nothing contained in these rules shall debar the appointment, enrolment or employment of a subject of Nepal or Bhutan under these Rules. 

(II) Sex: Both Male and Female candidates are eligible for appointment to the post of Assistant Commandants. 

(III) Educational Qualifications: 

A candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree of a University incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India.

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 given consideration at the time of Interview/Personality Test only.

(IV) Age Limit:

The candidates must have been born not earlier than August 2, 1995, and not later than August 1, 2000. The minimum and maximum age limit as on 1st August 2020 should be: 

Minimum: 20 Years

Maximum: 25 Years

Age Relaxation:

The upper age limit is relaxed for reserved category candidates, Government servants, and Ex-Servicemen. Have a look:


Age Relaxation


5 Years


3 Years

Civilian Central Government Servants & Ex-Servicemen

5 Years

Domiciled in Jammu & Kashmir during January 1, 1980, to December 31, 1989

5 Years

Selection Process for UPSC CAPF (AC) 2020:

  • Written Examination
  • Physical Efficiency Test / Medical Standard Tes
  • Interview/ Personality Test:
  • Final Selection/ Merit: 

(I) Written Exam:

UPSC CAPF 2020 Exam Pattern:

The subjects, the time allotted and the maximum marks of the UPSC CAPF written examination will be as follows:


Type of Paper





Paper I

(General Ability & Intelligence)


10:00 am to 12:00 Noon

250 Marks

125 questions 

2 hours


(General Studies, Essay & Comprehension)


2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

200 Marks

6 questions

3 hours

  • Both Papers will be set bilingually - Hindi & English, except English Paper.
  • The Time Duration for Paper I is 2 hours and for 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 descriptive format.
  • Paper-I will be checked first and Paper-II will be checked of those candidates who qualify Paper I by obtaining minimum qualifying marks
  • In objective MCQ paper, there will be negative marking of 1/3rd marks for each wrong answer
  • Only for Paper-I of first-round; (0.33) mark deducts for each wrong answer

(II) Physical Efficiency Test:

Applicants who are qualified in the written test will be called Physical Standards/ Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests. Those candidates who meet the prescribed Physical Standards, specified in will be put through the Physical Efficiency Tests as indicated below:





165 CM

157 CM


81-86 CM


100 Meters Race

16 Second

18 Second

800 Meters Race

3 Min 45 Second

4 Min 45 Second

Long Jump

3.5 Meter (3 chances)

3 Meter (3 chances)

Shot Put 7.26 Kg

4.5 Meter


  • Pregnancy at the time of PET will lead to the disqualification of candidates. Medical Standard Test will be conducted of those candidates who qualify for the physical test.

Medical Standards:

  • Distance Vision (Corrected): Better Eye 6/6 & Worse Eye 6/9
  • Near Vision: Better Eye N6 & Worse Eye N9
  • Colour vision standard will be Colour Perception-III (CP-III) by ISHIHARA plates

(III) Interview/ Personality Test: Candidates who are declared qualified in the Medical Standards Tests, will be called for Interview/Personality Test to be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. 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. Candidates who are short-listed for the 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. Interview/  Personality Test will carry 150 Marks.

(IV) 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.

UPSC CAPF Syllabus 2020 for Assistant Commandant Exam:


General Mental ability and General Science

General Ability

Analogies, Arrangements, Syllogisms, Spatial Orientation, Problem Solving, Space Visualization, Arithmetical Reasoning, Decision Making, Analysis, Ranking, Visual Memory, Arithmetic Number Series, Coding and Decoding, Figural Classification, Statement Conclusion, Relationship Concepts, etc.


General Mental Ability, Current Events of National and International Importance, General Science, Indian Polity and Economy, Indian and World Geography and History of India

General Science

The questions from this section will be designed to test the general awareness, scientific temper, comprehension, and appreciation of scientific phenomena of everyday observation including new areas of importance like Information Technology, Biotechnology, and Environmental Science.

The candidates need to read the newspaper’s Science and Technology columns regularly to answer the questions of this section.

Current Events of National and International Importance

Current affairs is a critical section for all the competitive exams. The questions from current affairs will test the candidates’ awareness of current events of national and international importance in the broad areas of culture, music, arts, literature, sports, governance, societal and developmental issues, industry, business, globalization, and interplay among nations.

Indian Polity and Economy

Indian Polity and the Constitution of India are common topics for all UPSC exams. The depth of the question varies from exam to exam. The candidates are suggested to read the Constitution of India in its entirety first and then only read the other reference books. Indian Economy and its constituents are the other common topics for UPSC exams.

The questions from this section shall aim to test candidates’ knowledge of the country’s political system and the Constitution of India, social systems and public administration, economic development in India, regional and international security issues, and human rights including its indicators.

History of India

This is common to all and the important thing is that it can’t change. Only some additions can be done with the help of research and discoveries. The History of India, which includes Ancient History, Medieval History, and Modern History, is the cornerstone for preparing any competitive exam. Indian Freedom struggle is the most important topic among them all.

The UPSC questions will broadly cover the subject in its social, economic, and political aspects. This shall also include the areas of growth of nationalism and freedom movement.

Indian and World Geography

Geography is the basis of the general knowledge topics and if the candidate understands the geography topics, it provides him with an edge over his competitors. The geography questions shall cover the physical, social and economic aspects of geography pertaining to India and the World.


General Studies, Essay, and Comprehension

Part - A - Essay

The candidates need to write 4 essays in either English or Hindi. The indicative topics are:

  • Modern Indian history especially of the freedom struggle
  • Geography
  • Polity and economy
  • Knowledge of security and human rights issues and analytical ability

Part - B- Comprehension, précis writing, other communications/language skills

Comprehension, Precis Writing, Report Writing, Counter Argument, Language and Communication Skills, Grammar, Vocabulary, etc.

UPSC CAPF 2020 Exam Centres - Written Exams

The candidates need to include the exam center in their preparation plan so that they can accommodate the traveling time to the exam center on the day of the exam. The UPSC CAPF exam is a pan-India exam and the candidates need to select their nearest CAPF exam center for the written exam.




























Panaji (Goa)


Port Blair

Prayagraj (Allahabad)












UPSC CAPF AC Salary Structure:

The candidates who have applied for the Union Public Service Commission CAPF AC will receive the salary in the following structure. The salary has been divided into the basic pay, DA, In-hand salary, and the grade pay. To know more, refer to the table to know the breakdown of the salary.




Basic Pay

Rs. 15,600/-


Grade Pay

Rs. 5,400/-


Dearness Allowance (DA)

Rs. 26,250/-


In hand Salary

Rs. 44,135/-



Rs. 51,480/-

CAPF AC Post-Wise Salary:

Aspirants have seen the perks & benefits, and the salary structure once they would be selected. We can take a look at the post-wise salary along with the Pay Band. Check the table given below to know detailed information on the salary of each post under the CAPF AC recruitment.


Pay Scale

Pay Band


INR 2,25,000/-

Apex Fixed

Additional Director-General

INR 1,82,000/- - INR 2,24,100/-

Pay Band - 4

Inspector General

INR 1,44,000/- - INR 2,18,000/-

Pay Band - 4

Deputy Inspector General

INR 1,31,000/- - INR 2,16,600/-

Pay Band - 4

Sr. Commandant

INR 1,23,000/- - INR 2,15,900/-

Pay Band - 4


INR 78,800/- - INR 2,09,200/-

Pay Band - 3

Deputy Commandant

INR 67,700/- - INR 2,08,700/-

Pay Band - 3

Assistant Commandant

INR 56,100/- - INR 1,77,500/-

Pay Band - 3

Allowances for CAPF AC:

With the job of Assistant Commandant in the Central Armed Police Force of UPSC, there comes a lot of perks and benefits. Go through the list mentioned below to know more about it.

  • Dearness allowance
  • Money for Ration
  • House Rent Allowance(HRA):
  • Medical Allowance(MA)
  • Special Duty Allowance
  • Transport Allowance(TA)
  • Hardship Allowance

UPSC CAPF Career Promotions:

The Assistant commandant of UPSC CAPF throughout their journey will receive many opportunities to get promoted. Salary and additional benefits also depend on your promotion. As your post increases the salary will also increase. The promotion also relays on your experiences, years of services and availability of vacancy, and more. For better understanding, the sequence of promotion has been enlisted.

  • AC gets promoted as DC in 0 - 6 years
  • DC gets promoted as 21/C in 6 - 12 years.
  • 21/C gets promoted as Commandant in 16-20 years
  • Commandant gets promoted as DIG in 20-23 Years.
  • DIG gets promoted as DIG in 23-26 years.