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Before the Hollowfication Incident (in the anime) we see Kisuke Urahara is called to a room to meet with Head Captain Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto, with the presence of 2 other captains. After this, he is revealed to be the new Squad 12 Captain, so we can infer that this was the Captain's Exam.

Earlier in the series we learned that it is a requirement that all Captains had to master Bankai to become a Captain (with the exception of Kenpachi Zaraki), but I don't see how Kisuke's Bankai can be evaluated in that small room. Also given how they were seated it seemed as if all they would do is talk.

So what exactly happens during a Captain's Exam?

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    This is one of the mysteries in bleach that kubo has never addressed , he has never actually shown the accesion of a captain , although it could be speculated that we could know that a person has mastered bankai by taking a look at his reaitsu levels – paws Jul 4 '17 at 6:48
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There are three different ways to become a Gotei 13 captain

  1. To take the captain proficiency test which requires the ability to perform the bankai. Presumably, most Soul Reapers become captains using this method. At least three existing captains, including the Commander-General, have to witness the test.
  2. To have personal recommendations from at least six captains and approval from at least three of the remaining seven.
  3. To defeat a captain one-on-one with at least 200 witnesses from the captain's division. Kenpachi Zaraki is the only known captain to have achieved his rank using this method

note: This answer is from toddfroggs in yahoo answers and not my answer

  • Welcome to Anime & Manga! It's appreciated that you mentioned a source, but it'd be better if you also provide the link to it, and it'd be great if you put the quoted answer inside quotation block (or append > to the beginning of the sentence). You can still edit your post to improve it :) – Aki Tanaka Nov 22 '17 at 11:55
  • This doesn't answer the question which isn't asking how one becomes a captain but what happens during a Captain's exam citing when Kisuke Urahara went to take his – Memor-X Nov 23 '17 at 21:49

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