Assistant Commandant - How to become an Assistant Commandant

Assistant Commandant – it is more coveted uniformed job, directly related to the service of the nation. Assistant Commandant serves as officers in various paramilitary forces like, Border Security Force, Central Industrial Security Force, Central Reserve Police Force, Indo-Tibet Border Police and Special Security Bureau acronyms as BSF/CRPF/ITBP/SSB respectively. All these forces were incepted to do a particular task in particular area, but with changing time these forces are trained to work in every condition and in any kind of demographic area.

To be a part of these forces is really a feeling of proud in itself. But the aspirants should keep in mind that to be a part of these forces means to be able to bear every kind of hardship as these force are made to move on a minute's notice from one area to another. One has to be really brave and strong person to join these forces as Assistant Commandant.

To be a Commandant means carrying extra responsibility and motivating his men to be ready for any kind of adversity 24 hours a day and 365 days of the year. Irrespective of all these hard ships there is no dearth of aspirants who wants to join these forces every year and all this is not for acquiring comfort at home, in fact it is for the respect and honour of wearing Indian Paramilitary forces uniform.

That is why there is a lot of competition to join these forces and only those who are the most competent among the eligible are selected after rigorous written, psychological and physical tests. Only the best among the most eligible are selected and trained so that they can safe guard the country from its inner conflicts and cross border battles. As this job is considered, a tough career and to discharge one's duties one has to be very dedicated towards his work, responsible, brave, hardworking and full of courage.

To be an Assistant Commandant one has to undergo a selection process of written and physical exams to ensure the best few among the many aspirants.


Assistant Commandant Eligibility

1. Educational Qualification for Assistant Commandant

To be eligible for becoming an Assistant Commandant one should hold a Bachelor’s degree in any stream. Those appearing in the final year exam of their degree course are also eligible to apply, subject to their qualifying in the exam.

Possession of NCC 'B' or 'C' certificate or outstanding sports or athletic certificate is an added qualification.

2. Age

  • 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 years

3. Physical Standards:

For Male-

  • Height - 165 cms
  • Chest - 81 cms unexpanded (with 5 cms minimum expansion)
  • Weight            - Proportionate to height
  • Eye sight - Refer to the official notification for specific details.

For Female-

  • Height - 157 cms
  • Weight - Proportionate to height but not less than 46 kgs
  • Eye sight - Refer to the official notification for specific detail


Assistant Commandant Required Skills

  • 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 organisational skills and a willingness to go into combat.


How to become an Assistant Commandant?

To become an Assistant Commandant one has to follow the below given steps:

Step 1

As a first step the aspirant has to procure the “Application Form” along with required information from the employment newspaper generally published in the month of April. Send the filled Application form to the regional centres as mentioned.

Step 2

Aspirants have to take the Written Exam (Central Police Force Exam - CPFE). Carrying 300 marks, in the following subjects:

Part I

Intelligence test and general knowledge
(GK, Intelligence & Reasoning and Numerical ability) 

200 marks

Part II   

Essay writing, precise writing and Comprehension of a given passage.

100 marks

Note: Essay in Hindi or English while Precise writing and Comprehension of a given passage etc. in English only.

All the candidates who qualify in the written test would be called for physical efficiency tests (PET), which would be qualifying in nature.

Step 3

Physical Efficiency Tests: Physical efficiency tests comprise of the following items.


Time (Male)/Range

Time (Female)/Range

100 Meters Race

16 seconds

18 seconds

800 Meters Race

3 minutes

4 minutes

Long Jump

3.50 meters

3 meters

High Jump

1.05 meters

.90 meters

Shot Put (7.26 Kgs.)

4.50 meters


Failure even in one item of this test amounts to disqualification. In items, (iii), (iv) & (v), three chances are given to candidates while item (v) is not applicable to Female candidates.

The candidates who qualify the P.E.T. are called for interview and medical examination.

Step 4

Part III

Interview (Personality test) carrying 200 marks.

Step 5

Required number of candidates would be appointed from the final merit list to the various organizations (BSF, CRPF, and ITBP) as per the availability of posts and keeping in view the preferences given by the candidates.


Assistant Commandant Job Prospects

Job prospects for the Assistant commandant vary according to the force they have joined like in ITBP the hierarchy of the post is as given below:

Assistant Commandant gets promotion to the rank of:

  • Deputy Commandant after 6 years of service
  • Second-in-Command after 11 years in service
  • Commandant after 15 years of the service

The promotional prospects are bright and officers can reach up to the level of Deputy Inspector General and Inspector General.


Assistant Commandant Salary

An Assistant Commandant gets the pay scale of Rs. 15,600 to Rs. 39,100. The Government of India has fixed salary grades for its employees at various posts. The pay scales however, keep on changing with new pay commission.

Note: The above scales only provide an idea of the pay scales. Different branches of the service have different scales of pay. Even personnel of same branches may have different pay according to their area of posting and responsibility they are holding at a particular time.

In addition to the salary, Assistant Commandant receives various types of allowances such as Dearness Allowance, City compensatory Allowance, Leave Travel Allowance, Medical and Subsidized Housing.

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