There can be nothing more noble and life-altering than serving your own country. More and more students are choosing this profession every day to protect and uphold the country’s safety with sincerity and passion. It isn’t the recognition or the reflexive deference that drive them to do so. It is the part they play in serving humanity and defending the land we call our own that inspires them.However, such an important position comes loaded with immense responsibilities. This is why the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts a thorough filtering to recruit the candidates for Central Armed Security Forces (CAPF).

Understanding the CAPF


The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) is a conglomeration of five security forces that come under the authority of Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of India. These include:

The Assistant Commandant (AC) is a Group A Gazetted Officer position in the CAPF. And the CAPF (AC) exam is a screening conducted by the UPSC to select candidates for this esteemed rank.

The percentage of intake of ACs is distributed as follows:

  • 50% of the vacancies are filled through direct recruitment, which is regulated by the CAPF (AC) exam.
  • 33% of the positions are filled by promoting Inspectors to the AC levels.
  • The rest 17% of the vacancies are fulfilled by the Inspectors and Sub-Inspectors who have successfully cleared the Limited Departmental Competitive Examination (LDCE).

Those who aim to crack the CAPF first needs to ensure that they are eligible to sit for the examination.

Eligibility Criteria

The following criteria stand firm:

  • Candidates need to be between 20 and 25 years of age.
  • They should possess a degree from a recognized university.

Both men and women are eligible for the test. Men fulfilling the above criteria are eligible for all the five forces of the CAPF. But women can only apply for CRPF and CISF.

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