Career as Assistant Commandant


The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) refers to the uniform nomenclature of seven security forces in India under the authority of the Ministry of Home Affairs. They are the Assam Rifles (AR), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), National Security Guard (NSG), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

Recruitment is conducted mainly in three modes

Gazetted Officers: Officers in CAPFs are recruited through the Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination conducted by UPSC.

Subordinate Officers: Sub Inspectors are recruited through competitive examination conducted by the Staff Selection Commission and they are referred as DASOs (Directly Appointed Subordinate Officers).

Constables: Constables are recruited through competitive examination conducted by the Staff Selection Commission.

CAPF Assistant Commandants 

Border Security Force (BSF)

Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)

Central Industrial Security Force(CISF)

Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)

Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)


  Pathway 1
Step: 1 Clear Class XII in any stream (Better subjects are political science, public administration, psychology, sociology, English literature, economics, History)
Step: 2 ·         Any graduation program, better subjects are

Political science, psychology, sociology, Economics, Public Administration & History etc.

·         Reading Newspaper, Read Grade 11 & 12 NCERT Books

·         Listen All India Radio for News & Reviews

Step: 3 Clear UPSC-AC Examination


  • Candidates must have the ability to lead and motivate others; self-discipline and confidence and team working skills.
  • They also possess the ability to give and follow orders; IT skills and excellent communication skills.
  • Applicants should also require the ability to take responsibility and make decisions; good fitness levels; good organizational skills and a willingness to go into combat.


  • CAPF: Salary Structure of Assistant Commandant (AC)

    The following tabular contains the basic salary structure of Assistant Commandant of CAPF:

    Title of Salary Amount
    Basic Pay INR 15,600
    Grade Pay INR 5,400
    Dearness Allowance (DA) INR 26,250
    In hand Salary INR 44,135
    Total INR 51,480

    Salary as per Designation of Assistant commandant CAPF

    Aspirants who are applying for UPSC CAPF always want to get a good idea of how smooth life will become and what they will achieve from their service period. Here is a list which will enlighten your salary as per the designation of officers of CAPF:

    Rank Pay Scale Pay Band
    Director-General INR 2,25,000 Apex Fixed
    Additional Director General INR 1,82,200 to INR 2,24,100 HAG
    Inspector General INR 1,44,000 to INR 2,18,000 Pay Band 4
    Deputy Inspector General INR 1,31,000 – INR 2,15,900 Pay Band 4
    Sr. Commandant INR 1,31,000 – INR 2,15, 900. Pay Band 4
    Commandant INR 78,800 – INR 2,09,200 Pay Band 3
    Deputy Commandant INR 67,700 – INR 2,08,700 Pay Band 3
    Assistant Commandant INR 56,100 – 1,77,500 Pay Band 3

    Salary Perks and Additional Benefits

    With the job of Assistant Commandant in the Central Armed Police Force of UPSC, there comes a lot of perks and benefits. Here we are mentioning some of the perks and additional benefits that officers of each rank receive:

    • Dearness allowance
    • Money for Ration
    • House Rent Allowance(HRA):
    • Medical Allowance(MA)
    • Special Duty Allowance
    • Transport Allowance(TA)
    • Hardship Allowance

    UPSC CAPF Career Progression – Promotions

    The Assistant commandant of UPSC CAPF throughout their journey will receive many opportunities to get promoted. Salary and additional benefits also depend on your promotion. As your post increases the salary will also increase. The promotion also relays on your experiences, years of services and availability of vacancy, and more. For better understanding, the sequence of promotion has been enlisted.

    • AC gets promoted as DC in 0 – 6 years
    • DC gets promoted as Commandant in 6 – 12 years.
    • Commandant gets promoted as Sr. Commandant in 16-20 years
    • Commandant gets promoted as DIG in 20-23 Years.
    • DIG gets promoted as IG in 23-26 years.
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