About UPSC CAPF Examination
The Union Public Service Commission will hold a Written Examination every year for recruitment of Assistant Commandants (Group A) in the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) viz. Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force(CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).
The tentative Examination date and number of vacancies to be filled on the results of the examination is announced every year in the notification. Also the number of vacancies alters every year based on the opening. Reservation will be given effect to as per policy of the Govt. 10% of the vacancies are earmarked for exservicemen.
Posting Name : Assistant Commandants (Group A)
Nationality : Indian
Sex : Both Male and Female candidates are eligible for appointment to the post of Assistant Commandants.
Age Limits :
(a) A candidate must have attained the age of 20 years and must not have attained the age of 25 years.
(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.
Educational Qualification : The candidate who has obtained a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline recognized by the government are eligible to apply for CAPF 2020.
Application mode : Online only by using the website https://www. upsconline.nic.in.
Selection process :
(i) Written Examination:
The written examination will comprise two papers. Paper I will be held from 10 a.m. to 12.00 Noon and Paper II will be held from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Paper I : General Ability and Intelligence – 250 Marks
The questions in this paper will be of Objective (Multiple Answers) Type in which the questions will be set in English as well as Hindi.
There will be penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Paper.
Paper II : General Studies, Essay and Comprehension – 200 Marks
In this paper candidates have to write the Essay Component in English or Hindi, but the medium of Precis Writing, Comprehension Components and other communications/ language skills will be English only.
NOTE : There will be 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.
(ii) Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests :
Candidates who are qualified in the written examination will be summoned for Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests.
Physical Efficiency Tests (PET)
|100 Meters race||In 16 seconds||In 18 seconds|
|800 Meters race||In 3 minutes 35 seconds||In 4 minutes 45 seconds|
|Long jump||3.5 Meters (3 chances)||3.0 Meters (3 chances)|
|Short put (7.26 Kgs)||4.5 Meters||–|
Pregnancy at the time of PET will be a disqualification and pregnant female candidate will be rejected.
Those candidates who are declared qualified in the Physical Efficiency Test will be summoned for Medical Standards Tests. These tests will be conducted at various centres to be notified after the results of the written examination.
(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 Union Public Service Commission.
Candidates who are short-listed for 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.
(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.
Structure of personality test : The Interview/Personality Test will carry 150 Marks.
Syllabus for Examination :
Paper I : General Ability and Intelligence
The objective type questions with multiple choices in this paper will broadly cover the following areas:
- General Mental Ability
The questions will be designed to test the logical reasoning, quantitative aptitude including numerical ability, and data interpretation.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.