Border Security Force

Border Security Force (BSF), Assistant Commandants recruitment, is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission(UPSC). The exam is held at the National level and is one of the most prestigious and sought after posts in BSF.

The selection process for Assistant Commandant in BSF is through a common exam for Central Armed Police Forces(CAPF). UPSC conducts the Assistant Commandant exam annually, and the commission decides the number of vacancies as per the needs and requirements.

The notification for CAPF 2021 is released on April 15th 2021, to conducted recruitment exam for BSF on August 8th 2021.  Further details can be checked on the CAPF Recruitment page.

The table below gives details about the UPSC CAPF recruitment:

Name of Organization Border Security Force
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission
Post Assistant Commandant
Number of Vacancies 35 (for the year 2021)
Job Location Anywhere in India

Candidates willing to appear for other Government exams can go through the link for information on upcoming exams.

BSF Recruitment

CAPF recruitment for the post of Assistant Commandant is conducted annually. The recruitment depends on the number of vacancies declared by the Commission each year.

The candidate also needs to qualify the physical standards to qualify the exam for Assistant Commandant.

The past few years have noticed an increase in the number of vacancies that UPSC has released for BSF Assistant Commandant.

The table below shows the details of BSF vacancies released by UPSC CAPF for the post of BSF Assistant Commandant:

BSF vacancy for 2021 35
BSF vacancy for 2020 78
BSF vacancy for 2019 100
BSF vacancy for 2018 60
BSF vacancy for 2017 28

These vacancies depend on the need of the Commission and vary each year. The candidates can apply for the post of Assistant Commandant on the official website.

The important dates for the UPSC CAPF exam are mentioned in the official notification. The dates for 2021 recruitment process are discussed below:

BSF AC Exam Dates
Notification April 15th 2021
Last Date to Apply May 5th 2021
Admit Card July 2021
BSF written exam August 8th 2021
Personality Test To be notified

Like, recruitment in BSF through CAPF, there are various other Defence exams conducted annually or biannually, interested candidates can check the page linked above for detailed information.


The salary provided by UPSC for an Assistant Commandant is one primary reason why aspirants prefer this job.

The salary for a BSF Assistant Commandant after 7th pay commission is:

UPSC CAPF Post Grade Pay BSF Salary
BSF Assistant Commandant 5400 Rs. 52000 (approx)

Aspirants of other government exams can check the salary being offered to selected candidates for various exams-

The UPSC CAPF recruitment for Assistant Commandant through direct admission is conducted through a series of steps.

The process of recruitment comprises three phases:

  1. Written Test
  2. Physical Efficiency Test and Medical Standards Test
  3. Personality Test
BSF AC Exam Pattern Marks Duration
Written Test

Paper-I: General Ability or Intelligence

Paper-II: General Studies, Essay and Comprehension



2 Hours

3 Hours

Personality Test 150

The merit for BSF exam is calculated based on marks scored in the written test and personality test.

UPSC releases admit card for the written paper two to three weeks before the exam. Visit the linked article for more information about USPC CAPF Admit Card.

The syllabus for the written test is vastly divided. Marks from the written test and the Personality test are calculated for the final merit list to select candidates. The Physical Efficiency Test is equally essential for qualifying the exam.

BSF result is dependent on qualifying both written and physical/medical standards test.

Given below is a brief detail about the syllabus of BSF Assistant Commandant written paper.

Written Test BSF Assistant Commandant Syllabus for BSF Exam
Paper I General Mental Ability

General Science

Current National and International Events

Indian Polity and Economy

Indian History

Indian and World Geography


Part A

Part B

Long and Narrative essay questions (80 marks)

Comprehension, Precis writing and communication skills (120 marks)

Visit UPSC CAPF Syllabus for detailed syllabus of the written exam.

The Physical Efficiency Test or PET is one of the essential parts of the selection process. A candidate must qualify the requirements for this Exam. The requirements differ for male and female candidates.

Physical Test for BSF Exam Male Female
100 metres race In 16 seconds In 18 seconds
800 meters race In 3 minutes 45 seconds In 4 minutes 45 Seconds
Long Jump 3.5 metres (3 chances) 3 metres (3 chances)
Shot Put 4.5 metres

UPSC CAPF conducts the exam for Assistant Commandants each year, and the important dates regarding the same are available in the notification released by UPSC for that year.

The important dates for the CAPF exam for the year  2020, 2019 and 2018  are given below:

CAPF Exam Events  2020 2019 2018
Official Notification August 18th 2020 April 24, 2019 April 25, 2018
Last Date to Apply September 7th 2020 May 20, 2019 May 21, 2018
UPSC CAPF AC Written Exam December 20th 2020 August 19, 2019 September 18, 2018
Physical Efficiency Test To be notified January 2020 January 2019

The final BSF result for the post-Assistant Commandant is released once all the four stages of the recruitment process are done. The final selection is made on the basis of merit calculated based on the above tests. For more details on CAPF Recruitment 2022, aspirants can check the linked page.

BSF Limited Departmental Competitive Exam:

Another important thing for the aspirants is that the BSF recruitment for the post of Assistant Commandants is through an internal examination for serving employees, conducted each year.

The Limited Departmental Competitive Exam is held for the position of Assistant Commandant for the serving employees. The most recent recruitment notification was released in the year 2017-18, but the exam is scheduled in 2019-20.

Category BSF Vacancy
General 66
SC 12
ST 09

The pay scale for candidates selected through both the recruitment process is the same. The following are the criteria required for the LDC exam:

  1. The upper age limit should not be more than 35 years
  2. The candidate should have completed four years of regular service
  3. A total of 3 chances are given to candidates to apply for LDCE.
  4. Medical standards, physical standards and education qualifications are the same for both the drives.

The recruitment process involves four stages:

  1. Written Test
  2. Physical Efficiency Test
  3. Interview or Personality Test
  4. Medical Exam

The merit for the final selection is calculated based on the marks scored in the written test and personality test.

BSF Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for BSF Assistant Commandant is in the official notification, and each candidate needs to satisfy the given eligibility criteria to apply for the examination.

The BSF eligibility criteria include:

  1. Nationality: Candidate must be a citizen of India or a subject of Nepal or Bhutan
  2. Male and female, both candidates can apply
  3. Age: Candidate must be between 20 to 25 years of age. However, age relaxations for the candidates belonging to SC, ST and Persons with Disability.
Category BSF Age Relaxation
SC Up to 5 years
ST Up to 5 years
OBC Up to 3 years

4.Educational Qualification: Candidate must have a bachelor’s degree from any Institute defined by the Act of State or Central Government. Or the candidate must have a bachelor’s degree from a Deemed to be University.

The eligibility criteria also involve the physical standards of the candidate. Any candidate willing to join the Force needs to meet the below given physical standards:

CAPF AC physical standards Male candidates Female candidates
Height 165 cm 157 cm
Chest 81 cm Not applicable
Weight 50 kg 46 kg

Along with the physical standards, the candidate also needs to qualify the medical standards.

Given below is a brief description of the medical standards required:

CAPF AC Medical Standards BSF Recruitment Requirements
EyeSight Distant vision: 6/6 or 6/12

Near Vision: N6 or N9

Ear Candidate should not have any degree of deafness
Nose Candidate should not have any chronic breathing issues
Neck Candidate should not have swelling of the neck or vertebrae issues
Venereal Disease or Skin disease Candidate should have no signs of any Vulnerable disease or any skin disease

For further details about the eligibility criteria, visit UPSC CAPF Eligibility Criteria.

  • How to apply for UPSC CAPF- BSF Assistant Commandant:
  1. Candidates can apply on the official site of UPSC.
  2. Each candidate can fill only one application form and need to fill the details carefully.
  3. Candidate must select the exam centre carefully, and once the application fee is paid, the process is complete.
Category Application Fee
General/ OBC Rs. 200/-
SC/ST/Female Exempted

The exam conducted by UPSC for the post of Assistant Commandant is performed through one common exam that comes under the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF). This exam recruits Assistant Commandants for:

  1. Border Security Force
  2. Indo Tibetan Border Force (ITBP)
  3. Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
  4. Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)
  5. Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)

Aspirants can check the service-specific details at the linked articles.

The Border Security Force (BSF) is India’s first line of Defence and was established in the year 1965 and is a border guarding force. The Indo- Pakistan border and the Indo-Bangladesh border are handled by these forces. BSF has been performing Internal Security Duty in Manipur fighting insurgency in those areas.

Study Material for BSF Exam:

BSF Recruitment for Assistant Commandant for the year 2020 is in process and candidates can study for the exam from the list of books given below:

Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Agarwal
Class XI & XII NCERT books for Geography
Class XI & XII NCERT books for Economics
CAPFs Assistant Commandant Examination 2019 Study Package by Arihant
History of Modern India by Bipin Chandra
Class XI-Ancient History (NCERT)

Apart from this, for current affairs regarding Indian and International events, candidates must go through the newspaper thoroughly. It can provide complete detail about the current news across the world. For further information about CAPF Preparation, visit the link.

Aspirants of other government exams can check the following links for relevant details-

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