About UPSC CAPF 2020

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) for the recruitment of Assistant Commandants (ACs) in Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). In order to appear for  UPSC CAPF, candidates must be 20 to 25 years and must have completed graduation or have given their final year exam. The online application form of CAPF 2020 will be released along with the notification on April 22, 2020.  Candidates will be able to fill UPSC CAPF application form till May 12, 2020. UPSC CAPF exam will be conducted into 3 stages – Written exam and PST/PET and Medical examination and Interview. UPSC CAPF 2020 written exam will be conducted on August 9, 2020.

UPSC CAPF 2020 Highlights

Full Exam Name Union Public Service Commission Central Armed Police Forces Exam
Short Exam Name UPSC CAPF
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission
Frequency of Conduct Once a year
Mode of Application Online
Application Fee (General) 200 Rs [Offline] +1 More
Mode of Counselling UPSC CAPF Paper 2 offline
UPSC CAPF Paper 1 - Duration 2 Hours +1 More

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UPSC CAPF 2020 Important Dates

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UPSC CAPF (Session 2020)

Upcoming Dates and Events

22 Apr, 2020

Advertisement | Mode: Online

22 Apr, 2020 - 12 May, 2020

Application | Mode: Online

UPSC CAPF Paper 1 (Session 2020)

Upcoming Dates and Events

10 Jul, 2020 (Tentative)

Admit Card | Mode: Online

09 Aug, 2020

Exam | Mode: Offline

UPSC CAPF 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Aspirants have to fulfill UPSC CAPF eligibility criteria to appear in exam.

Eligibility Criteria


Age Limit

Minimum: 20 years

Maximum: 25 years

Educational Qualification

Bachelor’s degree from recognised University



UPSC CAPF Upper Age Relaxation for Reserved Categories



Domicile of State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 1st January 1980 to the 31st day of December 1989

5 years


3 years

Civilian Central Government Servants/Ex-Servicemen

5 years

Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe

5 years

UPSC CAPF 2020 Application Process

Mode of Application : Online

Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card | Other

CAPF 2020 application form will be filled in the 2 parts – Part 1 and Part 2. The application fees can be paid offline and online through Visa/RuPay/Credit/Master/Debit Card, Net banking and through Bank challan. The male candidates belonging to OBC and General category have to pay Rs. 200 for the application form while ST/SC and female candidates are exempted from fee payment.

Steps to fill CAPF application Form 

Part 1 – Registration

In part 1 of CAPF application form 2020 candidates will have to fill the basic details including name, educational qualification,  father’s name, etc. In this stage, the registration ID and password is generated which helps candidates to login while filling part 2 of the registration form, admit card etc.

Part 2 – Registration

To proceed to CAPF part 2 registration, candidates will have to login with the ID and password generated and select the mode of payment, exam centres and upload the scanned signature and photograph. Check below the dimension and specification of signature and photograph.

Specification of Photograph and Signature


File Size

File Format


1KB to 40 KB



3 KB to 40 KB


Detailed Application Form (DAF) of UPSC CAPF

As per CAPF notification, candidates who qualify Medical examination will have to fill the detailed application form to appear in Personality Test/Interview. To fill the detailed application form, candidates will have to login through the login ID/roll number, password and enter the captcha code. It is always advised to fill the DAF carefully and select the preferred Forces for the recruitment.

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
OBC, General Online, Offline Male ₹ 200

UPSC CAPF 2020 Syllabus

General ability and intelligence-

General ability and intelligence: Unit 01
General mental ability
General ability and intelligence: Unit 02
General science
General ability and intelligence: Unit 03
Current events of national and international importance
General ability and intelligence: Unit 04
Indian polity and economy
General ability and intelligence: Unit 05
History of India
General ability and intelligence: Unit 06
Indian and world geography

General studies, essay and comprehension+

General studies, essay and comprehension: Unit 01
Modern Indian history
General studies, essay and comprehension: Unit 02
General studies, essay and comprehension: Unit 03
Polity and economy
General studies, essay and comprehension: Unit 04
Knowledge of security and human rights issues
General studies, essay and comprehension: Unit 05
Analytical ability
General studies, essay and comprehension: Unit 06
General studies, essay and comprehension: Unit 07
Precis writing
General studies, essay and comprehension: Unit 08
Oher communications/language skills

UPSC CAPF 2020 Exam Pattern

UPSC CAPF Paper 1 Exam Pattern

The paper 1 of UPSC CAPF will have General Ability and Intelligence test to check the candidates' awareness on the topics like current events of National and International Importance, History of India, Economy Indian Polity, World Geography etc. Paper 1 comprises of objective type questions carrying 250 marks. the mode of question paper will be in English or Hindi. Candidates will be given 120 minutes to answer the questions. The paper 1 exam will be held in the morning shift from 10 a.m. to 12.00 noon. As per marking scheme, there will be negative marking in this section. For each incorrect answer, 1/3 mark is deducted from total marks.

Structure of written exam - Paper 1



Total marks

Paper I : General Ability and Intelligence

2 hours


UPSC CAPF Paper 2 Exam Pattern

The paper 2 of UPSC CAPF comprises of General Studies, Essay and Comprehension and will be subjective in nature. Candidates will have to answer questions like essay writing, report writing, comprehension and passage etc. The total marks allotted to paper 2 will be 250 and the exam will be conducted for 3 hours. Paper 2 will be held in the afternoon between 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. There is no scheme of negative mark for this section.

Structure of Paper 2



Total marks

Paper II: General Studies, Essay and Comprehension

3 hours


Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will release the admit card of written exam, PST/PET and Interview/ Personality test separately. The admit card of PST/PET and medical standard will be released for the candidates who will qualify the written exam. In order to download the admit card candidates will have to enter their roll number/registration ID, date of birth and security code. CAPF admit card will have details such as candidate’s name, date of birth, father’s name, exam date and time and venue of examination centre mentioned in the admit card.

UPSC CAPF 2020 Exam Centers

UPSC CAPF Paper 1 Exam Centers

State City
Tripura Agartala
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Mizoram Aizawl
Uttar Pradesh Allahabad
Karnataka Bengaluru
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Odisha Cuttack
Uttarakhand Dehradun
Delhi Delhi
Sikkim Gangtok
Telangana Hyderabad
Manipur Imphal
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
Rajasthan Jaipur
Jammu and Kashmir Jammu
Assam Jorhat
Kerala Kochi
Nagaland Kohima
West Bengal Kolkata
Maharashtra Mumbai
Goa Panaji
Bihar Patna
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Port Blair
Chhattisgarh Raipur
Jharkhand Ranchi
Meghalaya Shillong
Himachal Pradesh Shimla
Andhra Pradesh Tirupati

Documents Required at Exam

UPSC CAPF Paper 1 Documents Required at Exam

  • Any other card issued by State or Central Government

UPSC CAPF 2020 Answer Key

UPSC CAPF Paper 1 Answer Key

The answer key of UPSC CAPF will be released by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Through the answer key, candidates will be able to check the correct answers against their marked answers and calculate the estimated score. If a candidate finds any discrepancies in the answer key, he/she can challenge answers provided in the answer key and ask the commission to recheck the answers. 

The result of CAPF will be released separately for written exam, PST/PET and medical standards and Personality test/Interview. The result will be available in pdf format with the roll numbers of the candidates who qualify the exam. Qualified candidates will be eligible to appear in PST/PET and Medical examination where the commission will release the list of qualified candidates. The commission will also release the final list of candidates after adding the marks of Interview/Personality Test and Written Examination.

UPSC will release the cutoff in two 2 stages for CAPF 2020 – Written and final cut off. Candidates will have to secure above or equal to minimum qualifying marks released by the commission to be eligible for the next round of selection process. CAPF cutoff 2020 will be released after the commencement of the exam. Candidates who secure the cutoff of written exam will be eligible to appear for personality test/interview. 

General Information

Questions related to UPSC CAPF

Showing 2 out of 2 Questions

can we write upsc by open degree

Shubhangi sinha 31st Jan, 2020

Hello Ganesh,

Yes, you are eligible for the civil service exam even after completion of degree from an open University.

The university giving you the degree must be recognised by state or centre government.

Open Universities like NIOS and IGNOU are all recognised by the government of India.

Open degree courses are good as it gives you the plenty of time to focus in your preparation for the exam.

Good luck,

Hope it helps :)


From where I get UPSE best study material?

Manisha Gupta Expert 1st Nov, 2019

Hello Aspirant,

Are you asking for UPSC? You can prefer any of the coaching material given below

ALS IAS Academy  Delhi

Chanakya IAS Academy Delhi

Elite Academy  Mumbai

Rau's IAS Study Circle Delhi, Jaipur, Bangalore etc.

Here are some preparation tips you can follow for the exam preparation:

Go through the previous question papers : Go through with previous year papers as it will give you an idea about the exam.

Make your own notes : It is always advisable to make notes of the related topics as you go through the books and other study material. A well drafted note solves two purposes.

Strategy for General Studies: General studies paper is equally important for Prelims and Mains examination.

History : It is a huge section & Also emphasis is given to Ancient India. A cursory glance over the medieval history is also necessary.

Geography: In this there are physical geography and maps related questions. So get yourself well-acquainted with maps with the help of a good Atlas.

General Science : It covers a major chunk of this paper and a standard guidebook can make you well-versed on the topics of general science.

Current affairs : Going through a standard newspaper daily can keep you updated on the current affairs topics.

Good Luck!

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