CAPF to merge with UPSC Civil Services Exam

CAPF to merge with UPSC Civil Services Exam

CAPF to merge with UPSC Civil Services Exam: The Centre is planning a new scheme for UPSC Centre Armed Police Forces, (CAPF) exam. According to the officials reports, the Central Govt is planning to change the scheme of the UPSC exam for the recruitment of assistant Commandant post through CAPF Exam.

 An official privy, states that the Central Govt is thinking about merging the CAPF exam with the civil services examination which recruits IPS and IAS officers. The source of this information has come out in the backdrop of the Union Government granting the OGAS (Organised Group A Service) to CAPFs (Central Armed Police Forces) last year that include ITBP, BSF, CPRF, CISF and SSB. The organised service tag has its own benefits. 

The deliberations are aimed to change the syllabus and scheme of Centre Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandant) exam. CAPF is conducted by the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) since 2003 for the recruiting officers to lead the Paramilitary forces deployed in the border guarding domain of the country and also in the internal security of the nation. 

The officials said that this step of the Union Government might forge a better synergy amidst all the allied services like the IPS, IAS  and the IFoS.  Till now the final confirmation is pending and a final decision is yet to be taken.

CAPF officials committee and senior home ministry raised the issue of changing the pattern, syllabus and scheme of this exam in December last year.CAPF officials committee has also suggested the addition of new subjects like: 

  • Challenges of internal security
  • Values
  • Ethics.

CAPF services will be in a separate section in the UPSC civil services exam notification once the decision to merge the test will be taken, 

The CAPFs annual exam is conducted in three stages- a written test, a physical efficiency test and an interview.

CAPF exam is for the  recruitment of around 300-400 women and men each year in the age group of 20-25 years. It is for  Border Security Force, Central Reserve Police Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police force, Central Industrial Security Force, and Sashastra Seema Bal.

The CAPF officials have gone to the court seeking it to intervene to ensure them the full benefit of the OGAS announced last year and curtailing the tenure of the IPS officers in their services up to a certain rank and number.


  1. Will they extend the age limit for capf from 25 to 32 if this rule come into place?

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