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Eligibilty Criteria

CAPF AC Educational Qualification

There are certain educational qualifications that the applicants must possess to be eligible for CAPF. Those who do not meet the criteria are advised to refrain from applying.

  • As part of UPSC CAPF Eligibility Criteria, candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a government-recognized university. The University should be incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India.
  • 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 are also acceptable.
  • Those candidates, who have appeared in the qualifying examination and have yet not got their results, can also apply for CAPF Exam. But, it must be kept in mind that the admission would be provisional until the candidate produces proof of passing the examination after qualifying for the entrance test of CAPF.
  • Those candidates who possess professional and technical qualifications recognized by Government as equivalent to the professional and technical degree would also be considered eligible to apply for CAPF AC 2022.
  • There may be some exceptions in which UPSC may treat a candidate who doesn’t have any of the above-mentioned qualifications as a qualified candidate, given that they have passed an examination conducted by the other Institutions, whose standard justifies their eligibility.

CAPF AC Age Limits

As of August 1, 2022, the applicant must be older than 20 years and younger than 25 years, in order to fulfill the CAPF Assistant Commandant Eligibility criteria. It must be noted that the upper age limit can be relaxed for certain candidates, depending on the category they belong to. The details are summarised below in the table.

CAPF AC Age Relaxation

Category Upper age limit relaxation
Scheduled Caste (SC) Maximum of 5 years
Scheduled Tribe (ST) Maximum of 5 years
Other Backward Classes (OBC) Maximum of 5 years
Civilian Central Government Servants Maximum of 5 years
Ex-Servicemen Maximum of 5 years
Those domiciled in Jammu & Kashmir during the period from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 1989 Maximum of 5 years

CAPF AC Nationality

The candidate must be an Indian citizen to be eligible for UPSC CAPF. Other than Indian citizens, candidates who satisfy the following citizenship criteria can apply for the exam:

  • Those who hold citizenship from Nepal and Bhutan are also deemed eligible for this exam.
  • Applicants who belong to other nationalities will not be appointed or employed in the Armed Police Forces unless they have been granted the consent of the Central Government in written terms.

CAPF AC: Physical Standards and Medical Fitness

Physical Standards

The minimum requirements that the candidate must meet vary according to gender and are as follows:

Aspect Men Women
Height 165 cm 157 cm
Chest (unexpanded) 81 cm (with 5 cm minimum expansion) Not applicable
Weight 50 kg 46 kg

Medical Standards

  1. Eye Sight

Eye Sight Better Eye (Corrected Vision) Worse Eye (Corrected Vision)
Distant Vision 6/6 6/12
6/9 6/9
Near Vision N6 N9
Limits of Refractive errors permitted -4.00 D (including cylinder) Myopia +4.00 D (including cylinder) Hypermetropia

It must be noted that if an applicant has undergone LASIK surgery correction, then it must have been according to the prescribed criteria as mentioned below:

  • Age – 18 to 35 years
  • Axial-length – 21 to 26 mm.
  • Corneal-thickness 425 micron
  • Pre-LASIK error - 6 D
  • Post-operative - Should be a stable period refractive flap
  • Interval - 06 months (post-operative period mandatory

NOTE: Candidate must have completed 06 months after LASIK surgery while considering for recruitment in CAPFs.

  1. Carrying angle

The Carrying angle should not be more than 15˚ for male applicants and 20˚ for female applicants.

  1. Hearing Power

  • No degree of deafness or persistent ear discharge should be present.
  • Any other condition (congenital or acquired) such as atresia of the meatus, exostosis, or neoplasm which may cause obstruction of ear passage should not be present.
  • Any history of recurrent earache, tinnitus, and vertigo should not be present.
  1. Nose

  • Applicants should not have DNS, atrophic rhinitis, tubercular ulceration or chronic sinusitis.
  1. Neck

  • The candidate should not have enlarged lymph nodes, thyroid, or other swellings of the neck.
  • An inability to extend the neck fully or any evidence of disease of the spine or cervical vertebrae must not be present.
  1. Teeth

  • The candidate must possess a sufficient number of sound teeth for efficient mastication.
  • The candidate should not have severe pyorrhoea.
  1. Venereal Disease

  • The candidate should not have active signs of clinical VD.
  1. Chronic skin diseases

  • The candidate should not have chronic skin diseases like Leprosy, chronic dermatitis, extensive Pityriasis Versicolor, psoriasis, and SLE.
  1. General Standards:

  • No stammering while speaking
  • No indication of chronic diseases like TB, any type of arthritis, high blood pressure, Diabetes, Bronchial Asthma, and heart disease.
  • No perceptible and visible glandular swelling anywhere in the body.
  • The chest should be well-formed, devoid of any abnormality like a flat chest, Pigeon chest, with rickety rosary defects.
  • The heart and lungs should be sound.
  • Limbs, hands, and feet should be well-formed and fully developed.
  • The perfect motion of all joints should be seen.
  • Should not have any old /malunited fracture of bones.
  • Should not have congenital malformation or defects.
  • Should not bear traces of previous acute or chronic disease pointing to an impaired constitution.
  • Should have no disease of the genital urinary tract.
  • No inguinal, scrotal swelling, or any type of Hernia.
  • Both the testicles are in the scrotum and of normal size.
  • No knock knees, flat foot, varicose veins.
  • Good mental and bodily health
  • Should not suffer from TACHYCARDIA (more than 100 pulse rate per minute) or BRADYCARDIA (Less than 50 per minute).
  • Should not suffer from Hernia, hemorrhoids, condylomas prolapse rectum.

CAPF AC: NCC ‘B’ or ‘C’ Certificates

Another desirable qualification is the possession of an NCC ‘B’ or ‘C’ Certificate. However, it must be noted that these qualifications will be considered at the time of the Interview or Personality Test only. They will have no effect at the time of application.

Exam Pattern
  • The written examination comprises 2 papers- Paper 1 and Paper 2.
  • Paper 1 will consist of multiple-choice questions on general ability and intelligence having four alternatives.
  • Paper 2 is of descriptive type and questions are on General Studies, Essay, and Comprehension.
Particulars Paper 1 Paper 2
Number of Questions 200 6
Type of Questions MCQ Descriptive
Duration 2 hours 3 hours
Total Marks 250 marks 200 marks

PET & Medical Standards Tests

After the CAPF result, 2022 is released, the candidates who clear the first round will be eligible for Stage 2 of the CAPF AC exam which will be the physical Endurance and Medical Test.

This will be followed by the third round, which will be an interview and personality test. The final selection of candidates will be made on the basis of the overall performance in all three rounds.

Particulars Male Female
100 Meters Race In 16 seconds In 18 seconds
800 Meters Race In 3 minutes 45 seconds In 4 minutes 45 seconds
Long Jump 3.5 Meters (3 Chances) 3.0 meters (3 chances)
Shot Put (7.26 Kgs.) 4.5 Meters -

Note: Pregnancy at the time of PET will be a disqualification and pregnant female candidates will be rejected.


The objective-type questions with multiple choices in CAPF Paper 1 cover the following topics:

Subjects Topics
General Ability Analogies, Arrangements, Problem Solving, Syllogisms, Spatial Orientation, Space Visualization, Analysis, Ranking, Arithmetical Reasoning, Decision Making, Visual Memory, Arithmetic Number Series, Figural Classification, Coding and Decoding, Relationship Concepts, Statement Conclusion, etc.
Intelligence General Mental Ability, General Science, Current Events of National and International Importance, Indian Polity and Economy, History of India, Indian and World Geography

CAPF AC Syllabus of Paper 2

Only the candidates who clear paper 1 will be eligible for paper 2. The aspirants must know the detailed syllabus of CAPF AC 2022 before they start preparing.

Subjects Topics
English Language and Comprehension and Essay Essay Writing, Comprehension, Precis Writing, Counter Argument, Communications, Report Writing, Language Skills, Grammar, Vocabulary, etc.
General Studies History India, Current Events – National and International, Indian National Movement, Geography – India, About India, Eminent Personalities, Cultural Heritage, Environment, Economy, General Polity, General Science, Indian Constitution, Science, and Technology, etc.

Admission Open 2023