UPSC CAPF 2020 Reservation

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Aug 27, 2020

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UPSC CAPF is conducted by Union Public Service Commission to fill the vacant seats of Assistant Commandant in Central Armed Police Force. It comprises of posts of CISF (Central Industrial Security Force), BSF (Border Security Force), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). A total of 270 vacancies are to be filled through UPSC CAPF.

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The candidate must be an Indian national, and fulfill the physical standards defined on height, weight, and eyesight. The UPSC CAPF application fee is not to be paid by the SC/ST and female candidates. The age limit for general category candidates ranges between 20 years to 25 years, as per the CAPF reservation guidelines.

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The candidates who claim CAPF Reservation can avail age relaxation as per their category. The candidates who have qualified and have got the name in the UPSC CAPF Result will be called for the medical test or physical fitness test. The reservation category candidates will be called separately and as per the rank obtained through the reservation scheme for the stages of CAPF Recruitment.

UPSC CAPF Vacancies

There are around 270 vacant posts that are filled through  CAPF. The CAPF vacancy details give the total number of posts in each of the forces namely CISF (Central Industrial Security Force), BSF (Border Security Force), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). Check the vacancy details here for the post of Assistant Commandants (Group A):

Force details Vacancy
BSF 28
SSB 58
Total 270

Age Relaxation for UPSC CAPF

The age relaxation is defined for the candidates of reserved category and ex-servicemen candidates. The age relaxation is provided according to the rules made by the Indian legislature. As per the rules, the CAPF defines the lower age limit for the exam to be 20 years.

The upper age limit defined, says that the candidate must be less than 25 years of age. In order to complete the defined age limit, the lower limit on the date of birth is August 2, 1992and upper age limit is August 1, 2020. The age limit rule is applicable to all and the age is counted from the date of birth to August 1, 2020.

Please check below the relaxation rules for reserved category candidates:

  • Upper age relaxation of 5 years for all the SC/ST candidates.
  • Upper age relaxation of 3 years for all the OBC category candidates.
  • Age relaxation of 5 years for the ex-servicemen candidates and Civilian Central Government Servants.
  • Relaxation on upper age limits of 5 years for the Kashmiri candidates. The candidate must possess the domicile of Kashmir between the period of January 1, 1980 and December 31, 1989.

The following are the exceptions defined on cumulative age benefits:

  1. The SC/ST/OBC/Kashmiri migrants/ Ex-servicemen/ Civilian Central Government Servants will be getting the cumulative age relaxation. 
  2. The Ex-servicemen term is applicable only to the people who are defined under the Ex-servicemen (Re-employment in Civil Services and Posts) Rules, 1979. The amendments in the rule must be read before applying.
  3. The Civilian Central Government Servants are applicable to the Civilians who are working in the Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965.

The rules on age relaxation will be practised sincerely. There are no changes acceptable in the date of birth at any time. In case, it is found that the date of birth information is furnished incorrect, the strict actions will be taken against the candidate. The application is rejected immediately and the candidature is terminated.

The class 10 certificate is only accepted as the Date of Birth proof. Any other document apart from the class 10 certificate is not accepted as proof.

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How to Claim CAPF Reservation

The reservation scheme is defined for the SC/ST/OBC/Ex-servicemen and Civilian Central Government Servants. The claim for UPSC CAPF Reservation is however subjected to some rules as defined by UPSC. Check the rules defined by reservation claims:

  1. A candidate can claim for the reservation only if his/her community is listed in the Category list defined by the Central government.
  2. A candidate who has initially detailed about himself/herself as a general category candidate cannot ask for a change of category later.
  3. A candidate who has got to know later that his/her community is listed in the Category list can request for the change of category and his/her request will be accepted after verification.
  4. A candidate who is claiming reservation must ensure that he/she has all supporting documents for the claim. This applies to all the category candidates.
  5. An applicant who is married is not eligible for joining the post or for applying for the UPSC CAPF exam.
  6. An applicant who has any contract for marriage or has a spouse cannot apply for the Assistant Commandant post.

UPSC CAPF Eligibility

The basic UPSC CAPF Eligibility consists of 5 major dimensions. The candidates who are applying through the general category or through the UPSC CAPF Reservation. Check below the reservation criteria defined by CAPF AC wing:


The age limit for UPSC CAPF is defined separately for the reserved and non- reserved category candidates. The reserved category candidates are getting age relaxation of 5 years under the scheme. The lower age limit is 20 years for non- reserved category candidates. The upper age limit for general category candidates below 25 years. The age relaxations for various categories is given above in the article.

Please note: The date of birth must be the same as in the matriculation certificate. Any changes made to the date of birth cannot be entertained at any stage. The changes, if found at any stage on verification will not be accepted. The candidature of such candidate is cancelled. No affidavits or any legal document will be accepted in this regard.


Only the candidate who is an Indian national can apply for UPSC CAPF. The change to the rule is accepted only if the Central Government is defining in written the candidate is accepted for the post applied for. The rules are the same even for the candidates who are born in the state of Nepal or Bhutan.


The candidates of both the male and female sex can apply for the UPSC CAPF exam. The posts in the UPSC CAPF exam are equally allotted to both the male and female candidates. There is no difference in the interview or the physical standards test.

Educational qualification

The minimum education qualification required to apply for the UPSC AC exam is a graduation degree from a recognized University. The technical and non-technical educational degrees are both acceptable. The candidates who are appearing in the final semester/ term of their graduation can apply for the UPSC CAPF exam.

The admission of such candidates will be provisional even if they qualify the written test, physical test, and interview rounds. The finalization of the post allocation is dependent on the final semester/term result. The candidate must produce the final result sheet along with the UPSC CAPF Application form copy. The printout of the UPSC CAPF application form must be kept in this regard safely.

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Physical standards

The physical standards are defined to keep into account the weight and height measurements. The measurements for different height combinations of the height and weight must be checked thoroughly. These constraints are an important consideration during the CAPF Recruitment. The candidate must keep in mind the following points:

  1. If the body weight is not defined in the chart then the average of the weights would be used to do the calculations.
  2. For calculating average weight beyond the heights tabulated, 0.71 Kg for every one cm of increase or decrease in height may be added or subtracted respectively.

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


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tushar dhumal
What is age relaxation limit for EWS category in UPSC CAPF exam?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Tushar, there is no age relaxation for EWS category as per latest notification from the official website of the authority.
ronit sharma
Can a serving army soldier get age relaxation to apply for CAPF (AC) or SI/ASI exams?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Ronit, age relaxation of 5 years would be provided to serving soldiers. Hence, you can appear in the exam up to 30 years of age.