The other vacancies that the UPSC CAPF exam intends to fill are the Indo Tibetan Border Police or ITBP, the Central Industrial Security Force or CISF, and the Sashastra Seema Bal or SSB.

The exam consists of three components – written, physical efficiency test, and then a personal interview round. The written exam tests candidates for their knowledge of general ability and intelligence, essay, comprehension, and general studies.

The merit list is drawn centred on the marks obtained by aspirants in the written exam as well as in the personal interview. Successful candidates are hired for the post of Assistant Commandant.

About CAPF Exam

CAPF or the Central Armed Police Force. CAPF is the collective name of the seven security troops in India under the administration of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The Seven Security Forces are as follows:

CRPF – Central Reserve Police Force is abbreviated as

CISF- Central Industrial Security Forces is abbreviated as CISF

AR- Assam Rifles is abbreviated as AR

SSB– Sashastra Seema Bal is abbreviated as SSB

NSG- National Security Guard is abbreviated as NSG

BSF– Border Security Force is abbreviated as BSF

ITBP– Indo-Tibetian Border Police Force is abbreviated as ITBP

Some Insights

CAPF’s mission is to assist the Indian government in maintaining public order, legal laws and regulations, and internal security in an effective and efficient manner.

The administration is also responsible for maintaining integrity, promoting social harmony, and national growth by prioritising service and loyalty over self-interest.

The UPSC is the organisation that administers the CAPF exam to recruit for various Group A and Group B positions in the country’s security forces.

Also Read: Syllabus for UPSC CAPF and UPSC CSE Prelims: Know the Similarities and Differences

Eligibility for UPSC CAPF Exam

Candidates who wish to apply for the exam in the year 2021 must be between 20 to 25 years of age (for General candidates). Relaxation of age for five years is provided to candidates from the SC/ST categories.

You must have Indian citizenship along with a Bachelor’s degree from a renowned university. Final year students are also eligible for provisional admission.

Registration Process

The UPSC has declared a total of 209 vacancies to be filled in by the exam. The exam date is scheduled for December 20. You can apply online for the exam through the UPSC website against an application fee of INR 200.

Women and others belonging to the reserved category are pardoned from paying the application fee. You must keep scanned copies of your photograph and signature handy during the application process.

Admit Card 2021

By July 2021, the Admit Card 2021 will be available (20 days before the exam date). UPSC will make the e-admit card for the exam in 2021 available on its official website when the application procedure is over.

Candidates must enter their authentic credentials in order to download the Central Armed Police Force Assistant Commandant 2021 Admit Card.

CAPF Exam Cut Off – 2018 and 2019

The cut off is the minimum marks that you are required to obtain to qualify for the subsequent rounds and final selection in the exam. The cut off marks are declared by UPSC only after announcing the final result.

So, the estimated cut off is usually guessed by experts established on the basis of last year and the level of difficulty of the present exam. The more difficult the paper is, the higher is the expected cut-off.

Another determinant is the number of candidates who apply for the exam versus the number of vacancies available.

Number of Seats and Selected Candidates

The exam cut off 2018 for selection in the written test was 166 out of 450 for General candidates. There were a total of 466 vacancies declared in 2018, and the cut-off score for General categories for final selection was 282.

Based on the difficulty level of the written exam, the UPSC cut off 2019 was estimated between 165 to 175 for paper two for the unreserved candidates.

Also Read: CAPF Sachin Kumar Wiki: Biography of a BHU Student who Topped the UPSC CAPF Exam 2019

CAPF Exam Cutoffs

Here is the list of all the categories and cutoffs of 2018 and 2017


Category  Paper 1  Paper 2 Final Cutoff
OBC 93.66 163 281
SC 78.51 142 255
ST 76.45 136 251
General 95.04 166 282
Ex-S 25.48 58 169


Category  Paper 1  Paper 2 Final Cutoff
General 123.65 206 316
OBC 123.65 206 316
SC 111.55 189 295
ST 109.54 189 299
Ex-S 38.31 84 183

UPSC CAPF Cut Off 2020 Expected

The cut-off marks for paper one, of the written examination, will be based on 250 marks, while paper two will be based upon 200 marks. The minimum score required to qualify for both paper one and two is 15 percent of the total score, or 450.

The cut-off score is released in two parts. In part one, the cut off for written exam is declared, and in part two the cut off for both written and interview is released. You need to satisfy the cut off marks for your name to appear on the merit list.

The final cut off, which will be a combination of the scores of written exam and personal interview, will be based on 600 marks. You will get to know the cut off marks after UPSC declares the final result in 2021.

Expected Cut-off

As mentioned before, the expected cut off will depend upon the difficulty of the questions. The total number of vacancies available this year is 209 and this too will contribute to determining the final cut off score.

The cut off for paper one General category can be expected to lie between 104 to 116, while for paper two it can be somewhere between 165 to 180. The number of applicants that the board will see this year will also direct the cut-off score.

Number of Vacancies

Thus, while the qualifying marks for 2020 examination are declared before the examination, the expected cut off will depend upon the usual determinants. It is rarely seen that the number of vacancies has exceeded the number of applicants.

Moreover, the number of vacancies has an important role to play, as the cut off score reduces with an increased hiring capacity.

Also Read: UPSC CAPF 2021 Syllabus: CAPF Exam is The Gateway to a Secure Career

UPSC CAPF Cut Off 2021 Expected

Here before looking into the table of the expected cut off, let’s have a peek at the factors that will determine the 2021 cutoff.


#The number of students that take the UPSC CAPF exam will determine the cutoff marks.

#It will also be determined by the number of CAPF AC openings.

#The cutoff for a test is also influenced by the reservations that apply to different groups.

#The exam cutoff score is determined by the level of difficulty of the UPSC CAPF Question Paper.

#The higher the cutoff, the easier the paper; the lower the cutoff, the tougher the paper.

Expected Cutoff 2021

Category Paper 1 Paper 2 Final Cutoff
General 97-100 170 – 175 285 – 290
OBC 95-98 165 – 170 280 – 285
SC 80 – 90 145 – 150 260 – 265
ST 78 – 83 140 – 145 250 – 255
Ex-S 26 – 40 62 – 70 173 – 178

Types of Cutoffs

The cutoff for the Central Armed Police Forces is issued in two stages: the written exam cut off and the final cutoff. To learn more about the various CAPF cutoffs, read the following points.

The minimum percent of marks required to pass the CAPF written test is known as the CAPF written exam cutoff. The UPSC has announced the minimum required qualifying cutoff along with the CAPF 2021 notification.

Qualifying Cutoff

Category CAPF Paper 1 and 2 CAPF Paper 2
General/OBC/ SC/ ST 15% (450 marks) 25%
Ex-Servicemen 15% (450 marks) 10%

Final UPSC CAPF cutoff 2021 – The final UPSC CAPF cutoff is the sum of the CAPF written test and interview scores. The ultimate Central Armed Police Forces cutoff is determined from a total of 600 points.

Also Read: UPSC AC CAPF Exam Pattern: What are the Subjects Included in the Syllabus?

UPSC CAPF Exam Dates

The CAPF AC 2021 Exam is divided into four phases. Exam dates for CAPF 2021 can be found here. The following table summarises significant events related to the exam:

Official Notification April 15, 2021
Start of application April 15, 2021
Last date of application May 05, 2021
Release of admit card July 14, 2021
CAPF AC 2021 Written Test August 08, 2021 (1 Day)
Test result September 2021 (tentative)

Vacancies of 2021: UPSC CAPF

The UPSC CAPF notification 2021, was released by UPSC and a total of 209 CAPF Assistant Commandants (Group A) officers will be selected in 2020 from the security armed forces which are given below.

Security Forces Number of vacancies
BSF 35
SSB 01
Total 159

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