Central Armed Police Forces (ACs) Examination
Central Armed Police Forces (ACs) Examination

CAPF Exam 2024: Notification Out, Exam Date, Exam Pattern, Result, Syllabus & Cutoff

CAPF Exam 2024 Notification is released by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Candidates can apply for CAPF AC Examination on the official website of UPSC. The last date to apply is May 14, 2024.
UPSC CAPF AC Exam 2024

UPSC CAPF AC Exam 2024

UPSC CAPF 2024 Notification is out on the official website of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Candidates aspiring for the CAPF Assistant Commandants (ACs) Examination can apply on the official website of UPSC, upsc.gov.in. The last date to apply for the exam is May 14, 2024.

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has also released the CAPF AC exam dates for the year 2024 in its official calendar. The CAPF AC exam 2024, as per the official calendar, is scheduled to be conducted on August 4, 2024. The CAPF notification was released on April 24, 2024. Students who fulfil the eligibility criteria can apply for the exam.

Also Read: CAPF Eligibility Criteria 2024

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the CAPF exam every year to recruit aspiring candidates for the position of Assistant Commandant in armed police forces such as 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).  Candidates preparing for the exam must be aware of the CAPF Exam Pattern 2024 & Syllabus.

Read More: CAPF Syllabus 2024

CAPF AC Exam 2024: Highlights

The table below highlights the important aspect of the CAPF exam 2024:



Exam Name

Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandant)

Conducting Body

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Exam Frequency

Once a year

Application Mode


Application Fees

  • General/OBC - INR 200
  • SC/ST/ Women - Exempted

Mode of  Exam


Number of Phases

Written Test

Physical Test


Exam Language

English and Hindi

CAPF AC Exam Dates 2024



Application Form Starts

April 24, 2024

Application Form Ends

May 14, 2024 (till 6 pm)

Application Form Correction Window

May 15, 2024 to May 21, 2024

Admit Card

July 2024

Exam Date

August 4, 2024


Last week of August 2024

CAPF Notification 2024

The CAPF notification for the year 2024 was released on April 24, 2024. The notification contains details regarding the eligibility criteria, exam pattern, syllabus, and vacancy. This year, the recruitment process will be conducted to fill up 506 CAPF vacancies. Aspirants preparing for the CAPF exam must read the notification carefully to get acquainted with changes made in the exam, if any.

CAPF Eligibility Criteria 2024

Candidates who want to become Assistant Commandants in the Central Armed Forces, such as the BSF, CRPF, CISF, SSB, and ITBP, must meet the prescribed eligibility requirements, as mandated by the commission. The detailed eligibility criteria is outlined below:


The applicant for the UPSC CAPF exam must be an Indian national. In addition to Indian citizens, applicants who meet the following citizenship requirements may also apply for the exam:

  • Bhutanese and Nepalese citizens are also eligible for this exam.
  • The Armed Police Forces will not appoint or hire applicants of other nationalities unless the Central Government of India has given its written approval first.

Age Limit

Candidates for the CAPF exam must be at least 20 years old and under 25 years old as of the date specified in the notification for that particular year. But students who fall into specific categories will have the upper age limit relaxed. The relaxation of the upper age limit is listed below:

  • Candidates from Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes are eligible for age relaxation of up to five years.
  • Candidates from Other Backward Classes are only eligible for a three-year reservation period.
  • According to current Central Government directives, civil central government employees will receive a relaxation for a maximum of five years. Ex-servicemen will also be subject to this relaxation. Additionally, total relaxation is only available for five years of government service.

Educational Qualifications

Candidates who are preparing for the exam must meet the educational requirements for the CAPF exam. The following are included in the CAPF education requirements:

  • All applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in a relevant field.
  • The bachelor's degree needs to have come from a recognized university or institution.
  • The CAPF Exam is open to applicants who took the qualifying exam but have not yet received their results. However, it should be noted that admission will only be provisional until the applicant can provide documentation of passing the exam after passing the CAPF entrance exam.
  • The CAPF AC exam 2024 is also open to candidates with professional and technical qualifications the government considers equivalent to a professional and technical degree.

CAPF Exam Pattern 2024

Candidates preparing for the CAPF exam must check the exam pattern. It gives information about the duration of the exam, total marks allotted to the exam, and the marking scheme. Below is the table highlighting the CAPF exam pattern 2024:



Exam Name

Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF)

Exam Phases

Total 3 Phases: 

Written Test (Paper 1 & Paper II)

Physical Standards/Physical Ability Test/Medical Test

Interview/Personality Test

Marks Allotted

Paper I - 250 Marks

Paper II - 200 Marks

Interview/Personality Test - 150 Marks

Duration of the written exam

Paper I - 2 hrs

Paper II - 3 hrs

Note: Both exam will be conducted on same day

CAPF Paper I Marking Scheme



Paper I

General Ability & Intelligence

Number of Questions


Marks Allotted to each question


Negative Marking

Yes, 0.66 marks deduct for each incorrect answer

CAPF Paper II Marking scheme



Paper II

General Studies, Essay & Comprehension

Nature of the Paper


Total Marks


Number of Parts

2 (Part A & Part B)

Marks allotted to each part

Part A: 80 Marks

Part B: 120 Marks

Negative Marking


CAPF Syllabus 2024

The CAPF exam syllabus for both Paper I and Paper II is outlined in the official notification released by UPSC. Students can devise a CAPF preparation plan based on the syllabus. Aspirants preparing for the exam must cover all the topics outlined in the syllabus in order to perform well. The detailed syllabus for Paper I and Paper II is given below:

CAPF Paper I Syllabus



General Mental Ability 

Logical Reasoning

Quantitative Ability

Data Interpretation

General Science

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. 

Current Events of National & International Importance

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 & Economy

Country’s political system and the Constitution of India

Social Systems and Public Administration

Economic Development in India

Regional and International Security Issues

Human rights including its Indicators.

Indian History

Questions will be asked with regard to social, economic & political aspects. It will include the rise of nationalism and the freedom movement

Indian & World Geography

Physical, social and economic aspects of geography pertaining to India and the World. 

CAPF Paper II Syllabus



Part A

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 passages

Précis writing

Developing counter arguments 

Simple grammar and other aspects of language testing

CAPF Vacancy 2024

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) releases CAPF vacancies along with the official notification. The commission has the authority to alter the announced vacancies at any time during the CAPF selection process. A separate list of CAPF vacancies for the BSF, CRPF, CISF, ITBP, and SSB will be listed in the notification. Candidates can check the CAPF 2024 vacancies tabulated below:















Read More: CAPF Vacancy 2024

CAPF Application Form 2024

UPSC has released the CAPF application form 2024 on April 24, 2024 along with the notification. The last date to apply for the exam is May 14, 2024. It is recommended candidates fill out the application form well in advance to avoid delay at the last minute. The CAPF admit card will be released at least 15 days prior to the exam. 

How to Apply for the CAPF Exam 2024?

  • Visit the UPSC official website.
  • Go to the home page and click on the Apply Online link.
  • The application form will open in a new tab.
  • Fill out correct information in the application form.
  • Upload a photo and a signature scanned image in accordance with the specifications.
  • Submit the application fee
  • Pay the application fee
  • Don't forget to print the application form out for future reference.

CAPF Salary 2024

Candidates preparing for the CAPF exam always have this question in mind: What is CAPF salary? The reason being salary is one of the motivating factors for candidates who start preparing for the exam. The pay scale for CAPF AC is shown in the table below. It explains the different components of the CAPF salary.



Basic Pay

INR 15,600

Grade Pay

INR 5,400

Dearness Allowance (DA)

INR 26,250

In hand Salary

INR 44,135


INR 51,480

Read More: CAPF Salary 2024

CAPF Result 2024

UPSC announces CAPF results after each phase of the selection process. The CAPF selection process includes the written examination, physical/medical test, and the interview round. 

CAPF Written Exam Result: The written exam result is released after the successful conclusion of the exam. The CAPF result PDF is released on the official website containing the roll number and names of the candidates.

CAPF PET/PST Result: Once the candidate is selected in the written exam, he/she will be called for the physical/medical examination. The result for the same is announced by UPSC on its official website. It contains the names of candidates who meet the required physical/medical conditions.

CAPF Final Result: The final round is the interview round in the CAPF selection process. The result is announced in the form of a PDF containing the names of recommended candidates. UPSC also announces the CAPF cutoff scores in the form of marks obtained by the last recommended candidate.

Read More: CAPF Result 2024

CAPF Cutoff 2024

The cutoff for the CAPF exam is released after the selection process is completed. It indicates the marks obtained by the last recommended candidate. The CAPF previous years’ cutoff is tabulated below:


Marks secured by the last recommended candidate [Final Stage] (Out of 600) 











































Read More: CAPF Cutoff 2024

CAPF Preparation & Books

Candidates can only clear the Assistant Commandant exam by comprehensive CAPF preparation. The preparation requires correct knowledge of exam pattern, syllabus, and books. Aspirants must ensure they study the right books and solve lots of CAPF previous years’ to ace the exam. Some of the preparation tips are listed below:

  • Download the official notification and read the syllabus
  • Cover each topic outlined in the syllabus.
  • Do writing practice regularly for CAPF Paper II
  • Read newspaper articles to improve your vocabulary, comprehension skills and overall writing ability.
  • Solve CAPF mock test papers to assess your level of preparation and strategize your study plan accordingly.

Read More: CAPF Preparation 2024

CAPF Selection Process

The CAPF selection process consists of three phases: (i) Written Examination, (ii) Physical/Medical Examination, (iii) Interview Round. Only if candidates pass the first phase will they be called for the subsequent ones.

Candidates selected in the written examination are also required to fill up the CAPF DAF Form. Candidates must register on the UPSC website and upload the required scanned copies of their documentation in order to complete the DAF. If a candidate is chosen for the interview or personality test, UPSC also requests that they complete the DAF once more. Candidates must fill out this form with their information and choose their preferred armed police force.


The CAPF exam 2024 is scheduled for August 04, 2024. Aspiring candidates must start their preparation keeping in mind the syllabus and other requirements. It is important candidates meet all the eligibility requirements along with the physical and medical standards to pass through all the phases of the selection process. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who conducts the CAPF Examination 2024?

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is responsible for conducting the CAPF examination 2024.

When will UPSC CAPF AC exam 2024 take place?

The CAPF AC exam 2024 is scheduled to be conducted on August 4, 2024.

When will the UPSC CAPF AC exam application form be released?

The commission has released the CAPF AC exam application forms on April 24, 2024. Aspirants who fulfil the CAPF AC eligibility 2024 can fill out the application form.

What is CAPF starting in-hand salary?

The CAPF starting in-hand salary is approximately Rs 44,000. The salary is decided on the basis of the 7th pay commission.

How many CAPF vacancies are released for 2024?

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released CAPF vacancy 2024 in its official notification. There are total of 506 vacancies for CAPF (AC) 2024.

When will CAPF result be announced?

CAPF Result 2024 will be announced tentatively in the last week of August 2024 on the official website of UPSC. 

What is CAPF exam date 2024?

As per the official calendar released by UPSC, CAPF exam 2024 is scheduled to be conducted on August 4, 2024. 

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