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UPSC CAPF 2020 Selection Process

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Oct 21, 2020

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UPSC CAPF Selection Process consists of three broad stages – the Written Exam, the Medical Test, and the Interview / Personality Test. Candidates must crack each step of the selection process in order to be recruited as Assistant Commandant. 

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Candidates have to initially appear for the CAPF Exam conducted in offline mode in two sessions. The Paper I (objective) and Paper-II (subjective) is scheduled on August 18, 2020. The total duration of the exam is 5 hours. The candidates who clear this stage qualify for the next stage of the UPSC CAPF Selection Process.

The candidates have to then satisfy the medical standards set by the commission during the medical test. Candidates have to satisfy the parameters set for 100m race, 800m race, long jump, and shot put (7.26 kg). Female candidates don’t have to satisfy any parameters for shot put.

The qualified candidates are then called for the personality test (interview) where they are interview by a panel of 3-4 judges with high professional and technical knowledge. The candidates who fill the DAF (Detailed Application Form) and download the e-summon letter in time are allowed to come for the interview.

UPSC CAPF Written Test

The first step of the CAPF Recruitment is the written entrance exam conducted on the allotted CAPF Exam Centres. It is scheduled on August 18, 2020. The basic UPSC CAPF Exam pattern is given below:

  • There are two papers i.e. Paper I (objective type) and Paper-II (subjective type)
  • Weightage of Paper I is 250 marks while for Paper II is 200 marks
  • Duration of the Paper I is two hours while for Paper II is 3 hours
  • Paper I is in both English and Hindi while Paper II has questions in English only
  • Paper I includes questions on General Ability and Intelligence
  • Paper-II includes questions on General studies, essay and comprehension.

Candidates must ensure that while writing the answers in Paper II, they adhere to the language allowed for the question. Any answer written in another medium will not be considered. The UPSC CAPF Cut off for each paper will be different and fixed by UPSC. Candidates must secure the qualifying marks in Paper 1, in order for their Paper 2 answers to be evaluated.

UPSC CAPF Medical Test

The next round of the UPSC CAPF selection process is the medical examination of the candidate. A candidate must qualify the CAPF written examination with the minimum qualifying marks mentioned in the UPSC CAPF Cut off to be eligible for this step. Such candidates who have successfully qualified the CAPF will be called for Physical Standards or Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Test. The candidates who qualify the PET will be eligible for the Medical Standards Test while the others will be rejected.

The details of the Physical Efficiency Test (PET) are given below:

Event Parameter for Males Parameter for Females
100 Meters race In 16 seconds In 18 seconds
800 Meters race In 3 minutes 45 seconds In 4 minutes 45 seconds
Long Jump 3.5 Meters (3 chances) 3.0 meters (3 chances)
Shot Put (7.26 Kgs) 4.5 Meters Not applicable

It must be noted that pregnancy, in case of female candidates, at the time of PET will be grounds for disqualification. The appeals against the Medical Standards Tests will only be entertained. Candidates must make the appeals to the Appellate Authority, designated by the Ministry of Home Affairs. This must be done within a period of 15 days after the results of these tests have been announced.

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UPSC CAPF Personality Test

Candidates who are deemed fit and who qualify the Medical Standards Test will be summoned for the final round of Interview or Personality Test. This stage of the UPSC CAPF Selection Process will be worth 150 marks.

It is important to note that those candidates who are declared medically unfit but are allowed to appear before the “Review Medical Board” on their appeal by the Appellate Authority will be also be called for the final round. But, this invitation to participate in the Interview or Personality Test will be provisional.

Candidates must download the e-summon letter released on the official website for candidates shortlisted for the interview. Enter the seven-digit roll number and captcha code to download the letter. There is a panel of 4 people where one is a chairperson (a serving member of CAPF) and others are professors/experts with a high experience in their related fields.

There is a session of introduction, in the beginning, to build up the confidence of the candidate. Then, there are questions based on the answers filled in DAF (Detailed Application Form). Candidates are asked questions on current affairs both national and regional levels.

UPSC CAPF Detailed Application Form (DAF)

The candidates who manage to qualify the Medical Standards Test will be considered eligible for the Interview round and Personality Test. All such candidates will be provided with a Detailed Application Form (DAF). Several details will have to be specified in the form, including their preference of Forces.

The DAF must be filled and submitted online on the official website correctly. The candidate will need to attach several documents as part of this application form. The start date for filling the DAF is September 14, 2020. The candidates must fill the form and submit within the stipulated time frame. The DAF is made available to the candidates by September 14, 2020 and filling ends on September 30, 2020.

Pre-requisites for filling DAF

Before getting started with the form filling for DAF, candidates should ensure that certain things are in order. There are some documents and pieces of information that will be needed during the form filling process. It is important to keep them ready at the start.

The complete list of pre-requisites needed for DAF filling is given below:

  • Scanned copy of the candidate’s age certificate
  • Scanned copy of the certificates showing the candidate’s educational qualification
  • Scanned copy of the category certificate (if applicable)
  • Scanned copy of the Undertaking duly signed by the candidate seeking relaxation under non-creamy layer OBC category
  • Scanned copy of duly filled in and signed proforma given as Annexure to Detailed Application Form by the candidate seeking relaxation as OBC candidate.
  • Scanned copy of the certificate in support of claim of age concession (if applicable)
  • Scanned copy of Discharge Certificate if claiming to be an Ex-Serviceman.

The documents mentioned above must be scanned in their original copies in 200 dpi greyscale. They must then be converted into a single pdf file up to 2 MB. The PDF file must not be password protected and should be uploaded as part of DAF.

Candidates will be required to produce the original certificates along with self-attested copies at the time of the interview or within the last day of the interview. Failure to provide these documents as per stated specifications will lead to cancellation of candidature.

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Important Information for DAF

Some guidelines must be kept in mind while filling the Detailed Application Form for CAPF AC, as mentioned below:

  • Candidates must provide accurate and true information in the form.
  • Any discrepancy while cross-checking will lead to cancellation of candidature.
  • In column 10 of the DAF, candidates must mention their preference of Force. This must be done after due consideration as no changes will be allowed after submission.
  • The category certificate must be in the prescribed format as per the accepted format which can be found on the UPSC website.
  • The date of birth provided in the form must be according to the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate.
  • A candidate who has passed the Higher Secondary Examination or an equivalent Examination may upload a scanned copy of the Higher Secondary Examination certificate or an equivalent certificate.
  • The certificate uploaded regarding educational qualifications must have been issued by the University or other examination bodies.
  • If a candidate is claiming age relaxation as a domicile of Jammu and Kashmir, they must upload a scanned copy of a certificate from the District Magistrate in J&K (within whose jurisdiction they had resided) to the effect that they were domiciled in J&K during January 1, 1981 to December 31, 1990.
  • Ex-Servicemen, including Commissioned Officers and ECOs / SSCOs, claiming age concession will have to upload a scanned copy of the certificate as prescribed by UPSC.

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


nirmal y
I am in final year can I apply I don't have degree certificate now

Hi Nirmal,

Yes, you can still apply provided that you produce the final result at the time of filling up of the Detailed Application Form.

lokesh sen
Qualifi cation kya he

Hi Lokesh,

To check the eligibility criteria, kindly visit – UPSC CAPF Eligibility