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 table below gives details about the UPSC CAPF recruitment:

Name of Organization

Border Security Force

Conducting Body

Union Public Service Commission


Assistant Commandant

Job Location

Anywhere in India

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 2019


BSF vacancy for 2018


BSF vacancy for 2017


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 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:


Grade Pay

BSF Salary

BSF Assistant Commandant


Rs. 52000 (approx)

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



Written Test

Paper-I: General Ability or Intelligence

Paper-II: General Studies, Essay and Comprehension



2 Hours

3 Hours

Personality Test


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



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 2019 are given below:

CAPF Exam Events 2019

Important date

Official Notification

April 24, 2019

Last Date to Apply

May 20, 2019

UPSC CAPF Assistant Commandant Written Exam

August 19, 2019

Physical Efficiency Test

January 2020 (tentative)

The final BSF result for the post-Assistant Commandant is released once all the four stages of the recruitment process are done.

The schedule for the BSF Assistant Commandant exam held in the year 2018, has been given below:

CAPF Exam Events 2018

Important date

Official Notification

April 25, 2018

Last Date to Apply

May 21, 2018

Written Test Date

September 18, 2018

Physical Efficiency Test

January 2019

The final selection is made on the basis of merit calculated based on the above tests. For more details on CAPF Recruitment 2019, 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.


BSF Vacancy







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.


BSF Age Relaxation


Up to 5 years


Up to 5 years


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


165 cm

157 cm


81 cm

Not applicable


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


Distant vision: 6/6 or 6/12

Near Vision: N6 or N9


Candidate should not have any degree of deafness


Candidate should not have any chronic breathing issues


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.


Application Fee

General/ OBC

Rs. 200/-



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 2019 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 a complete detail about the current news across the world. For further information about CAPF Preparation, visit the link.

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