Indo-Tibetan Border Police

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), recruitment for Assistant Commandants, is conducted by Union Public Service Commission. This is a national level exam, and a standard recruitment procedure for recruiting is followed for Assistant Commandants, under different security forces.

UPSC conducts the recruitment process for Indo-Tibetan Border forces. This department comes under the Ministry of Home Affairs. Central Armed Police Force(CAPF) exam is held for the recruitment of Assistant Commandants.

The below-mentioned data gives details about the UPSC CAPF 2019 recruitment for Assistant Commandants:

Name of Organization

Indo-Tibetan Border Police

Conducting Body

Union Public Service Commission


Assistant Commandant



Job Location

Anywhere in India

UPSC CAPF Notification Date

April 24, 2019

ITBP Recruitment

UPSC conducts the recruitment for the post of Assistant Commandant in ITBP in an annual process. ITBP Recruitment notification is released on the official website and candidates can get all the necessary information regarding the recruitment from the notification.

The recruitment notification mentions the number of vacancies, exam pattern, posts and other relevant information for applying for the desired job. The recruitment is done for a different number of vacancies which are specified by the Commission each year.

The ITBP vacancies for the post of Assistant Commandants differ each year, and for the past two years, a total of 67 jobs have been released by UPSC for ITBP recruitment.

In 2017, no vacancy was released for Assistant Commandants in ITBP. However, the jobs were released for the other security forces. Given below are the details about the UPSC CAPF vacancies for Assistant Commandants in ITBP:

ITBP Vacancy for 2019


ITBP Vacancy for 2018


ITBP Vacancy for 2017


The number of vacancies depends on the requirement of the Commission. UPSC reserves the right to change these numbers as per their requirements.

The ITBP salary for Assistant Commandants has increased after the 7th pay commission, which becomes one primary reason for aspirants to choose ITBP jobs as a career option. The CAPF salary of Assistant Commandants depends upon the scale and grade of the employee.

The salary for ITBP Assistant Commandant is given below:

ITBP post

Grade Pay

ITBP Salary

Assistant Commandant


Rs. 50000 – Rs.60000 (approx)

There are exams conducted by UPSC CAPF for the serving employees for promotion to the post of Assistant Commandant. The Commission releases these exams and vacancies, and the serving employees can apply for the recruitment. For more details about the UPSC CAPF Recruitment 2019, please visit the link.

The ITBP Assistant Commandants are recruited by UPSC through a well-defined process that involves three stages:

  1. UPSC CAPF Written Exam
  2. Physical Efficiency Test (PET) and Medical Standards Test
  3. Personality Test or Interview

UPSC CAPF Exam Pattern



Written Exam

Paper I: General Ability and Intelligence

Paper-II: General studies, essay and comprehension

250 marks

200 marks

2 Hours

3 Hours

Personality Test or Interview

150 marks

There will be negative marking for wrong answers in the objective type paper.

The admit cards for the recruitment are released three weeks before the exam is conducted. For more details about admit card, visit CAPF Admit Card.

The UPSC CAPF exam syllabus is divided for the written exam into two parts. The curriculum involves a wide variety of subjects, including history, geography, economy, etc. The detailed syllabus for the UPSC CAPF exam is given below:

ITBP Exam Pattern

ITBP syllabus

Paper I: General Ability and Intelligence

(Objective Type)

Logical reasoning, quantitative aptitude and data interpretation

General Science

National and International Current Affairs

Indian Politics and Economy

History of India


Paper-II: General Studies, Essay and Comprehension (Descriptive Type)

Part A

Narrative Essay Question

Part B

Comprehension, Precis Writing and Communication skills

Aspirants can go through the detailed CAPF syllabus for ITBP AC exam in the linked article.

The Physical Efficiency Test is another vital part of the recruitment process and each candidate who qualifies the written exam needs to get through the physical efficiency test to get through the next stage.

The details regarding the ITBP physical efficiency test are given below:

Physical Test for ITBP Exam

Females Candidate

Male Candidate

100 meters race

In 18 seconds

In 16 seconds

800 meters race

In 4 minutes 45 Seconds

In 3 minutes 45 seconds

Long Jump

3 metres (3 chances)

3.5 metres (3 chances)

Shot Put

4.5 metres

The ITBP exam schedule is released by the conducting body and candidates applying for Assistant Commandant exam should go through the important dates for applying for the exam. The important dates for UPSC CAPF recruitment for the year 2019 are given below:

ITBP AC Exam Events

ITBP Exam Dates

UPSC CAPF Notification

April 24, 2019

Last Date to Apply

May 20, 2019

Admit Card

Three weeks before the Written Exam

CAPF Written Exam

August 18, 2019

Physical Efficiency Test

January 2020

The final result of the ITBP Assistant Commandant is declared once the complete recruitment process is done.

The dates for the recruitment process of the year 2018 is given below:

ITBP AC Exam Events

ITBP Exam Dates

UPSC CAPF Notification

April 25, 2018

Last date to Apply

May 21, 2018

Admit Card

July 24, 2018

CAPF Written Exam

September 18, 2018

Physical Efficiency Test

January 2019

ITBP Limited Departmental Competitive Exam:

The recruitment for Assistant Commandants is conducted for the serving employees also. ITBP LDC exam is conducted for such candidates. The most recent recruitment through Limited Departmental Competitive exam was released in the year 2017-18 but had no vacancies for Assistant Commandants in ITBP.

The below table gives details about the number of vacancies released by UPSC CAPF Limited Departmental Competetive exam for the year 2017-18:

Name of the Force


Indo-Tibetan Border Police


Sashastra Seema Bal


Central Reserve Police Force


Border Security Force


A separate exam procedure is followed for the serving employees, and they need to fulfil the required eligibility in order to qualify the exam.

The following eligibility criteria need to fulfil in order to get recruitment through LDC Exam:

  1. The candidate must not be above 35 years of age
  2. The candidate should have worked for at least four years in the Force
  3. There are a total of 3 chances for each employee to attempt this exam

The selection process involves multiple steps, as mentioned below:

ITBP AC exam pattern


Written Exam

300 marks

Physical Efficiency Exam

Personality Test

100 marks


The final selection is done through merit based on the marks scored in the written exam and personality test.

ITBP Eligibility Criteria

The UPSC CAPF Exam for the post of Assistant Commandants is conducted annually, and candidates need to fulfil the eligibility criteria to apply for the examination.

The ITBP eligibility criteria are mentioned below:

  1. Age Limits: The candidate should have attained the age of 20 but should be less than 25 years of age.


UPSC Age Relaxation


Up to 5 years


Up to 5 years


Up to 3 years

  1. Nationality: The candidate should be a citizen of India. A subject of Nepal or Bhutan is also applicable for the exam
  2. Gender: The candidate can be either male or female
  3. Educational qualifications: The candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree from any University incorporated by the Act of State or Central government. Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree from any deemed to be University can also apply.

CAPF recruitment also involves physical standard eligibility criteria to appear in the examination. Any candidate, who qualifies the eligibility mentioned as above and the physical standards and look for the UPSC CAPF exam.

The below gives details of the physical standards that are to be met for applying for ITBP Assistant Commandant post:

UPSC CAPF Physical Standards

CAPF Male Candidates

CAPF Female Candidates


165 cm

157 cm


81 cm (with minimum 5cm expansion)


50 kg (as per height)

46 kg (as per height)

Another essential part of the eligibility criteria is the medical standards that have been set for any candidate applying for the post of Assistant Commandants under Indo-Tibetan Border Police.

The data below shows the medical standards required for applications in the UPSC CAPF recruitment drill:

ITBP Recruitment Medical Standards

ITBP Requirements


6/6 or 6/9 for better eye

6/12 or 6/9 for worse eye


Should have any hearing disorder or deafness


No stammering


No swelling around the neck or no vertebrae diseases

Venereal Disease

No chronic venereal disease

Chronic Disease

Candidates should not have any chronic skin diseases

For further details about the CAPF Eligibility Criteria, visit the linked page.

How to apply for UPSC CAPF – ITBP recruitment:

Candidates can apply for the post of Assistant Commandant by visiting the official site, once the notification is out. The below-given steps are to be kept in mind while applying for the position of Assistant Commandant:

  1. Visit the UPSC official site (
  2. Only one application is allowed per candidate, and the applicant needs to fill in the details carefully.
  3. Exam centre should be selected carefully as no changes can be made once the form is submitted.
  4. The application fee differs for people belonging to different categories. The details for the same are given below:


UPSC Application Fee

General/ OBC

Rs. 200/-



The Assistant Commandant exam is conducted by UPSC and is held for Central Armed Police Force through a common exam across the country. The exam is held for recruiting the Assistant Commandant for different security forces in India. The Forces include:

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

Aspirants can go to the linked pages to know in detail about each exam.

The Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) was set up for strengthening the Indo- Tibetan border. It was raised in the year 1962 and in the year 2004, the entire India- Cina border was brought under the ITBP forces. ITBP has even replaced the Assam Rifles in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.

UPSC CAPF Preparation:

The aspirants need to have a clear idea about the syllabus for the CAPF recruitment drive. The preparation for the exam can be done by going through the previous year exam papers and by referring to books regarding the subject matter.

The books that can be referred to for preparation have been mentioned below:

Class XI & XII NCERT- History

Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania

Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh

Class XI & XII NCERT – Geography

Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma

The knowledge about the current events happening across the world can be gathered from the newspaper. For more details about UPSC CAPF Preparation, visit the linked page.

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