UPSC Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Written Examination for recruitment of Assistant Commandants (Group A) in the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) viz. Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).  The Examination will be held in accordance with the Rules for the Examination published by Ministry of Home Affairs in the Gazette of India dated 28th July, 2012.

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(I) Nationality : No person who is not a citizen of India shall, except with the consent of the Central Government signified in writing be appointed or employed under these Rules.
Provided that nothing contained in these rules shall debar the appointment, enrolment or employment of a subject of Nepal  or Bhutan  under these Rules.
(II) Sex : Both Male and Female candidates are eligible for appointment to the post of
Assistant Commandants in CRPF, CISF and SSB.  However, for appointment to the
post of Assistant Commandants in BSF and ITBP only Male candidates are
(III) Age Limits :
(a) A candidate must have attained the age of 20 years and must not have attained the age of 25 years on 1st August, 2012, i.e. he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1987 and not later than 1st August, 1992.
(b) The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable.
(i) upto a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe.
(ii) upto a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other
Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such
(iii) upto a maximum of five years for Civilian Central Government Servants in
accordance with the existing instructions of the Central Government.  Ex Servicemen
will also be eligible for this relaxation. However the total relaxation claimed on account of Government Service will be limited to five years.
(iv) upto a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled
in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 1st January, 1980  to the
31st day of December, 1989.

(A) Selection Procedure/Scheme: The
Selection Procedure/Scheme of the Exam. will be as follows:
(i) Written Examination: The written examination to be conducted by Union Public
Service Commission will be held on 11th November, 2012 and will comprise two
papers. Paper I will be held from 10 a.m. to 12.00 Noon and Paper II will be held from
2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
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.
(ii) Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests :
Candidates who are declared qualified in the written examination will be summoned
for Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests.  Those
candidates who meet the prescribed Physical Standards.

Syllabi of the Written Papers:
Paper I : General Ability and Intelligence
The objective type questions with multiple choices in this paper will broadly cover the
following areas:
1. General Mental Ability: The questions will be designed to test the logical reasoning, quantitative aptitude including numerical ability, and data interpretation.
2. General Science: The questions will be set to test general awareness, scientific temper, comprehension and appreciation of scientific phenomena of everyday observation
including new areas of importance like Information Technology, Biotechnology,
Environmental Science.
3. Current Events of National and International Importance: The questions will test the candidates’ awareness of current events of national and international importance in the broad areas of culture, music, arts, literature, sports, governance, societal and developmental issues, industry, business, globalization, and interplay among nations.
4. Indian Polity and Economy:The questions shall aim to test candidates’ knowledge of the Country’s political system and the Constitution of India, social systems and public administration, economic development in India, regional and international security issues and human rights including its indicators.
5. History of India :The questions will broadly cover the subject in its social, economic and political aspects.  This shall also include the areas of growth of nationalism and freedom movement.
6. Indian and World Geography: The questions shall cover the physical, social and economic aspects of geography pertaining to India  and the World.

Paper II  : General Studies, Essay and Comprehension
Part-A – Essay questions which are to be answered in long narrative form either in
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, precis writing, other communications/language skills – to be
attempted in English only (Marks 120) – The topics are Comprehension passages,
precis writing, developing counter arguments, simple grammar and other aspects of
language testing.