UPSC CAPF AC exam 2022 Frequently asked questions, FAQ | Abhipedia



Q. How many times the CAPF exam is conducted in a year?

A. UPSC conducts the CAPF exam once every year. But the exam process is long and usually takes more than one year to complete.

Q. Is the assistant commandant a gazetted officer?

A. Yes, the Assistant Commandant is the gazetted officer recruited directly through the CAPF exam. He/She is the commanding officer of an armed force unit.

Q. How many attempts are there for UPSC CAPF?

A. The number of attempts is not mentioned in the official UPSC CAPF notification. Only the upper age limit is fixed. It implies that the candidates can appear any number of times till he/she attains 25 years of age.

Q. Is there any negative marking in UPSC CAPF exam?

A. Yes, the CAPF written exam paper 1 has the negative marking of One by three. It means for each wrong answer, 33% of marks assigned to that will be deducted as a penalty.

Q. What is the exam cycle of the UPSC CAPF exam?

A. The UPSC issues the CAPF notification in April month and the final result is declared in September of the next year.

Q. Is there any descriptive paper in the UPSC CAPF Exam?

A. Yes, in the CAPF written exam, there are two papers. The paper 2 is descriptive in nature.

Q. Can females apply in the CAPF exam?

A. Yes, the females can also apply in the CAPF exam and are treated at par with the male counterpart. There are relaxed criteria for qualifying the physical/medical exam.

Q. Who conducts the Physical/Medical test in the UPSC CAPF exam?

A. The UPSC designate an authority to conduct the physical and medical exam. The result of that authority is final in the matters of the physical and medical exam.

Q. How many candidates apply in the UPSC CAPF exam?

A. Around 3 lakh candidates apply for the UPSC CAPF exam each year. But only 50% appear in the written exam. Around one lakh candidates appear in the written exam and only around three thousand candidates qualify for the Physical/Medical exam.


A.DAF means the Detailed Application form. The DAF is mandatory to be filled for the UPSC CAPF exam. It requires all the academic and professional details of the candidate.

Q. What is the Age limit for CAPF?

The age limit for the general category candidates is 25 years. But there is age relaxation provided to the reserved category candidates.

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