CAPF

Introduction

The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) in India is under the authority of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Primary role is to defend the national interest against internal threats. CAPF comprises of Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), National Security Guard (NSG) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

Organisation and Leadership

The primary motto of CAPF is to guard the borders with BSF, ITBP, SSB; Security of sensitive areas or organisation is taken care of by CISF; assisting police to tackle Law & Order, Counter-Terrorist Operations, Counter Naxal Operations by CRPF and NSG. At the same time CAPFs are involved in assisting Police in Law & Order situations and Army too in Counter-Terrorist Operations. BSF & CRPF have assisted the army during aggression in the past. They work with both Army & Police from time-to-time.

Recruitment, Ranks and Structure

UPSC conducts recruitment of candidates to the CAPFs at the Staff Selection Commission or the respective service HQs depending on the vacant positions that need to be filled. There are three options of recruitment:

Gazetted Officers

Officers in CAPFs are recruited through the Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination conducted by UPSC. They are appointed as Assistant Commandants and are Gazetted Officers generally referred to as DAGOs (Directly Appointed Gazetted Officers) in CRPF, AC (Direct Entry) in BSF. DEGOs (Departmental Entry Gazetted Officers) are those officers who have been promoted through departmental exams conducted internally for Subordinate Officers.

Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)

The Central Reserve Police Force is the largest of the Central Armed Police Forces. The CRPF includes:

The Rapid Action Force (RAF), and
The Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA)

Border Security Force (BSF)
Role of BSF is to guard our borders touching with Pakistan and Bangladesh and the Line of Control.

Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
Considered as one of the largest industrial security forces in the world, they provide security to PSUs and infrastructures such as airports across the country. They also help in providing security during elections and during movement of important dignitaries.

Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police is deployed on the Indo-China border from Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to Diphu Pass in Arunachal Pradesh.

Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)
Sashastra Seema Bal guards our borders with Nepal and Bhutan.

Assam Rifles (AR)
The Assam Rifles can trace their lineage under the British in 1835 called Cachar Levy. Over a period the Assam Rifles have undergone a number of identity changes and finally being named as Assam Rifles in 1917. They perform roles varying from the provision of internal security to counter insurgency and border security operations; aiding the civil administration during emergency period, and providing communication support, medical help and education in far flung areas which are toughly accessible. During war they are used as a backup force.

Course Outline

How to Get into CAPF as Assistant Commandant?

You have to clear the following stages to be in CAPF:

Stage I – Written Examination
Stage II – Physical Efficiency Test
Stage III – Interview Personality Test
Stage IV – Merit

Stage I – Written Examination
Written Examination is conducted by UPSC.

Syllabus/Papers

Paper I – General Ability and Intelligence (200 Marks)

1. General Mental Ability
2. General Science
3. Current Events of National and International Importance
4. Indian Polity and Economy
5. History of Indian and World Geography

Paper II – General Studies, Essay and Comprehension (100 Marks)

Part A. Essay questions long narrative either in Hindi or English.
Part B. Comprehension, précis writing, other communications/language.

Stage II – Physical Efficiency Test
It will consist of 100 Mtr Race (16 Sec Male/18Sec Female), 800 Mtr Race (3 Minutes Male/4 Minutes Female), Long Jump (3.50Meters Male/3 Meter Female), High Jump (1.05 Meter Male/ .90 Meter Female), Shot Put (4.5 Meter Male).

Stage III – Interview (Personality Test) – 200 Marks

Stage IV – Merit
It is advised that you must do well in Written Test, PET and Interview so that you get at least more than 50% marks to be sure in merit.

Qualification

Eligibility (CAPF / CPO)

Graduate in any stream.

Age Limit:

The candidate must have attained the age of 19 years on 1st July of the year of examination and must not have attained 25 years of age on that date.

Relaxation in upper age limit for SC/ST Candidates by 5 years and for OBC by 3 Year.

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