The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) holds a Written Examination every year for recruitment of Assistant Commandants (Group A) in the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) such as Border Security Force(BSF), Central Reserve Police Force(CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force(CISF), Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

Eligibility Required to apply for UPSC CAPF Assistant Commandants (AC) posts are as below:
– Age Limit: A candidate’s age must be between 20 years to 25 years at the time of applying.
– Educational Qualifications: Candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree of a University incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 or possess an equivalent qualification.

UPSC Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination Selection Process: The Selection Procedure/Scheme of the Exam consists of written exam followed by Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests.

UPSC CAPF (AC) Written Exam Pattern: The written examination to be conducted by Union Public Service Commission will comprise of two papers which will be held on same day.

Part Sections Max. MarksTime Alloted
(Objective type)
General Ability and Intelligence250 2 Hours
(Descriptive type)
General Studies, Essay and
200 3 Hours

NOTE: – The questions in Paper- I will be of Objective (Multiple Answers) Type in which the questions will be set in English as well as Hindi language.
– In Paper-II candidates will be allowed the option of writing the Essay Component in English or Hindi (80 marks), but the medium of Precis Writing, Comprehension Components and other communications/language skills will be English only (120 marks).
– There are minimum qualifying marks separately in each Paper as may be fixed by the Commission in their discretion. Paper-I will be evaluated first and evaluation of Paper-II will be done only of those candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in Paper-I.

Interview/Personality Test: Candidates who are declared qualified in the Written as well as Medical Standards Tests, will be called for Interview/Personality Test to be conducted by Union Public Service Commission. The Interview/ Personality Test will carry 150 Marks.

Some of the books which can help candidates to prepare for UPSC CAPF Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Written Exam are suggested as below.

1) UPSC CAPF Books in English:

2) UPSC CAPF Books in Hindi:

These books consists of all the related topics at one place. You can buy any of these books.

Syllabus for UPSC CAPF (AC) Examination :

Paper I : General Ability and Intelligence

The objective type questions with multiple choices in this paper will broadly cover the following areas:
1. General Mental Ability:
The questions will be designed to test the logical reasoning, quantitative aptitude including numerical ability, and data interpretation.
2. General Science:
The questions will be set to test general awareness, scientific temper, comprehension and appreciation of scientific phenomena of everyday observation including new areas of importance like Information Technology, Biotechnology, Environmental Science.
3. Current Events of National and International Importance:
The questions 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, globalisation, and interplay among nations.
4. Indian Polity and Economy:
The questions 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.
5. History of India :
The 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.
6. Indian and World Geography:
The questions shall cover the physical, social and economic aspects of geography pertaining to India and the World.

Paper II : General Studies, Essay and Comprehension

Part-A – Essay questions which are to be answered in long narrative form either in Hindi or English totaling 80 Marks. 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 – to be attempted in English only (Marks 120) – The topics are Comprehension passages, précis writing, developing counter arguments, simple grammar and other aspects of language testing.

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