UPSC notification for CAPF (Assitant Commandant) Examination, 2018


What Is Central Armed Police Force (CAPF)?

The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) refers to uniform nomenclature of five security forces in India under the authority of Ministry of Home Affairs. They are the Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

What is Assistant Commandant Rank?

Assistant Commandant (AC), equivalent to Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) / Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP)/Captain in Indian Army is a Group-A Gazetted Officer rank in the Central Armed Police Forces of India.

ACs in Central Armed Police Forces are appointed directly through UPSC selection process and are called Directly Appointed Gazetted Officers (DAGO). These officers can reach up to the rank of ADG in their own organisations without having conferred to the Indian Police Service.

Apart from performing various decision making and supervisory functions, similar to any other Group ‘A’ service, the executive officers of the CAPF perform several other managerial functions peculiar to the service, besides leading the troops in the field. Their role and performance, therefore, assumes a great significance due to the special features of an emergency force which is pressed in aid to civil power to perform multiple roles in extremely difficult situations.


Both Male and Female candidates are eligible for appointment to the post of Assistant

Age Criteria-
(a) A candidate must have attained the age of 20 years and must not have attained the age of 25 years on 1st August, 2018, i.e. he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1993 and not later than 1st August, 1998.
(b) The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable.
(i) upto a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe.
(ii) upto a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.
(iii) upto a maximum of five years for Civilian Central Government Servants in accordance with the existing instructions of the Central Government. Ex-Servicemen will also be eligible for this relaxation. However the total relaxation claimed on account of Government Service will be limited to five years.
(iv) upto a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 1st January, 1980 to the 31st day of December 1989

Note- Clauses are briefly explained in the notification.

How to apply?

The Central Armed Police Force (Assitant Commandant) Examination is conducted once in a year by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Candidates are required to apply online only by using the website Brief instructions for filling up the online Application Form have been given in Appendix-II. Detailed instructions are available on the above mentioned website.

Central Armed Police Forces (ACs) Examination, 2018

Date of Notification25/04/2018
Date of Commencement of ExaminationDecember 8, 2018
Duration of ExaminationOne Day
Last Date for Receipt of Applications21/05/2018 - 6:00pm
Date of Upload25/04/2018

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