UPSC CAPF 2020 Eligibility

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May 30, 2020

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UPSC CAPF Eligibility involves the criteria of academic qualification, age and physical standards of the candidates. The candidate who has obtained a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline recognized by the government are eligible to apply for CAPF 2020.

The candidate must have acquired a minimum age of 20 years. The upper age limit of the candidate must be 25 years. However, the upper age limit can be relaxed for candidates belonging to various reserved categories.

The candidate who wishes to apply for CAPF 2020 must be an Indian national. Both female and male candidates can apply for the CAPF exam. There are different medical standards set by UPSC to apply for the desired post through UPSC CAPF 2020.

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The candidates who have already been once selected on the basis of CAPF exam earlier cannot apply for the exam.

Qualification for UPSC CAPF 2020

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 recognised 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 the entrance test of CAPF.
  • Those candidates who possess professional and technical qualifications recognised by Government as equivalent to professional and technical degree would also be considered eligible to apply for CAPF AC.
  • 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.

Age Limit for CAPF 2020

As of August 1, 2020, the applicant must be older than 20 years and younger than 25 years, in order to fulfil 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:

Age Limit Relaxation for UPSC CAPF
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

Nationality Considerations for UPSC CAPF 2020

The candidate must be an Indian citizen to be eligible for UPSC CAPF. Those who hold citizenship of 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. This must be signified in writing to be considered.

Physical Standards and Medical Fitness for UPSC CAPF 2020

To be eligible for CAPF 2020, the applicants must meet the particular Physical and Medical Standards as specified by the competent authority. This can be found on the official website of CAPF and candidates must take a look before applying. The details are provided below: -

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

The following medical standards must be satisfied in order to be eligible for UPSC CAPF AC:

  1. EyeSight
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 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 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, 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
  • 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
  • Candidate must possess a sufficient number of sound teeth for efficient mastication.
  • Candidate should not have severe pyorrhoea.
  1. Venereal Disease
  • Candidate should not have active signs of clinical VD.
  1. Chronic skin diseases
  • 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.
  • Chest should be well-formed, devoid of any abnormality like flat chest, Pigeon chest, with rickety rosary defects.
  • 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, haemorrhoids, condylomas prolapse rectum.

CAPF 2020 NCC ‘B’ or ‘C’ Certificates

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

CAPF 2020 Non-Eligible Candidates

It may so happen that a candidate has been selected on the basis of an earlier entrance exam for CAPF. Then, such a candidate will not be eligible to appear at a subsequent examination for the same post in the Central Armed Police Forces.

All candidates who are employed in Government Service, whether in permanent or in temporary capacity or as work charged employees other than casual or daily rated employees or those serving under Public Enterprises must note that they will be required to submit an undertaking. This undertaking must state that they have informed in writing to their Head of Office / Department that they have applied for the examination.

In case it is informed from their employer that they withhold permission to the candidates applying for the examination, their application will be liable to be rejected. The decision of UPSC regarding acceptance of application and eligibility of the candidate will be final.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


sonu kumar
Sir meri dob 1993 la h me sc hu to kya me Sweden kr sakta hu
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Sonu, age limit for SC candidates is 30 years. Thus, you are eligible for this exam.
dikshant singh kundu
I’ve turned 25 in December 2019 am I eligible to give CAPF exam of 2020?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Dikshant, if you belong to general category, then, you cannot apply for this exam. As age relaxation of 5 years is provided to candidates belonging to reserved categories, thus, if you belong to SC/ST/OBC category, then, you can apply.
shivam bhadoriya
I Am Preparing For Assistant Commandant For 2020 So Please Give Me some Guidance For Assistant Commandant.