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Central Police Forces (CPF) (Assistant Commandants)

This post of Assistant Commandant is an integral part of Central Police Forces (CPF). Understanding the importance and the need for qualified and skilled individuals for these vacancies the Union Public Service Commission conducts UPSC CPF Exam. Also known as the Central Police Assistant Commandant Entrance test this exam is a national level civil service test conducted throughout the country.Union Public Service Commission conducts Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination for recruitment of Assistant Commandants (Group A) in the

  • Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF)
  • Border Security Force (BSF)
  • Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
  • Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
  • Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)
  • Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

Eligibility for Central Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination

Age: Individuals aged between 20 and 25 years of age as on 01st August of the year of admission are eligible to apply.
(Certain categories of persons including departmental candidates are eligible for age relaxation).

Educational qualification:

Degree from recognized university with equivalent qualification. Aspirants appearing for their final year graduation exam are allowed to appear for UPSC CPF but are required to submit proof of passing along with the Detailed Application Form which is to be submitted after qualifying the written test, medical standards test and Physical Efficiency Tests (PET).
Both males and females are eligible for CISF and CRPF. For SSB, BSF and ITBP only male candidates are eligible.

Physical Standard

The Minimum requirements for the candidate are as follows:-


Height:- 165 cm

Chest (unexpanded):- 81 cm (with 5 cm minimum expansion)

Weight: - 50 kg


Height: - 157 cm

Weight: - 46 kg

Apply online on website http://www.upsconline.nic.in

Before start filling up of Online Application, a candidate must have his/her photograph and signature duly scanned in the .jpg format in such a manner that each file should not exceed 40 KB and must not be less than 3 KB in size for the photograph and 1 KB for the signature.

Candidates will be required to complete the Online Application Form con- taining two stages viz. Part-I and Part-II as per the instructions available in the above mentioned site through drop down menus.

The candidates are required to pay a fee of Rs. 200/- (Rupees Two Hundred only) [excepting SC/ST/Female candidates who are exempted from pay- ment of fee] either by depositing the money in any branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility of State Bank of India/State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/State Bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/ State Bank of Patiala/State Bank of Travancore or by using any Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card.

Duration of Exam - 1 DAY

UPSC CPF Syllabus

General Mental Ability

  • Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Attitude
  • Numerical Ability
  • Data Interpretation
  • General Science
  • General Awareness
  • Scientific Temper
  • Comprehension and appreciation of scientific phenomena of everyday observation including new areas of importance like Information Technology, Biotechnology, Environmental Science

Current Events of National and International Importance:- Current affairs of national and international importance in culture, music, arts, sports, governance, industry, development, business, globalisation and developmental issues.

Indian Politics and Economy

  • India's Political System
  • Constitution of India
  • Social System and Public Administration
  • Economic Development in India
  • Regional and International Issues

History of India

  • Indian Independence Movement and British Government
  • Religions (Islam,Jainism, Maratha, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism)
  • Religious organizations and related personalities
  • Mughal Empire

India and World Geography: This section will contain questions about physical, social and economic aspects of geography pertaining to India and the world.

Part II: General Studies and Comprehension

Part-A Essay questions are long answer which are to be answered in either Hindi or English totaling 80 Marks. The indicative topics are modern Indian history especially of the freedom struggle, geography, polity and economy, Knowledge of security and human rights issues, and analytical ability.

Part-B Comprehension, précis writing, other communications/language skills – to be attempted in English only (Marks 120) The topics are Comprehension Passages, précis writing, developing counter arguments, simple grammar and Other aspects of language testing.

Paper Pattern

Paper I : General Ability and Intelligence - 250 Marks

The questions in this paper will be of Objective (Multiple Answers) Type in which the questions will be set in English as well as Hindi.

Paper II : General Studies, Essay and Comprehension - 200 Marks

In this paper candidates will be allowed the option of writing the Essay Component in English or Hindi, but the medium of Precis Writing, Comprehension Components and other communications/language skills will be English only.

PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL STANDARDS TEST - To be conducted only of candidates who qualify the written examination.

Interview for Personality Test

Physical Efficiency Tests (PET)


  • 100 Meters race - in 16 seconds
  • 800 Meters race - In 3 minutes 45 seconds
  • Long Jump - 3.5 Meters (3 chances)
  • Shot Put (7.26 Kgs.) 4.5 Meters


  • 100 Meters race - in 18 seconds
  • 800 Meters race - in 4 minutes 45 seconds
  • Long Jump - 3.0 meters (3 chances)
  • Shot Put (7.26 Kgs.) 4.5 Meters