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 in ITBP.

The notification for UPSC CAPF 2022 for ITBP recruitment exam will be announced by the commission on April 20th 2022, to conduct the recruitment exa for ITBP on August 7th 2022. For further details visit the UPSC CAPF exam page. The last recruitment exam conducted was for CAPF 2021. The notification for CAPF 2021 was released in April 2021, to conduct a recruitment exam for ITBP.

The below-mentioned data gives details about the ITBP recruitment for Assistant Commandants through CAPF 2022 exam:

Indo Tibetian Border Police – ITBP
Name of Organization Indo-Tibetan Border Police
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission
Post Assistant Commandant
Vacancy To beNotified (for the year 2022)
Job Location Anywhere in India
UPSC CAPF Notification Date April 20th 2022

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

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.

The recruitment notification mentions the number of vacancies, exam pattern, posts and other relevant information for aspirants applying for the desired job.


The ITBP exam schedule is released by the conducting body and candidates applying for the Assistant Commandant exam should go through the important dates for applying for the exam.

ITBP Recruitment For 2022

The important dates for UPSC CAPF recruitment 2021 for ITBP are given below:

ITBP AC Exam Events ITBP Exam Dates
UPSC CAPF Notification April 20th 2022
Last Date to Apply May 10th 2022
Admit Card July 2022 – Three weeks before the Written Exam
CAPF Written Exam August 7th 2022
Physical Efficiency Test To be notified

ITBP Recruitment For 2020, 2019 and 2018

The important dates for UPSC CAPF recruitment for ITBP in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are given below:

ITBP AC Exam Events ITBP Exam Dates 2020 ITBP Exam Dates 2019 ITBP Exam Dates 2018
UPSC CAPF Notification August 18th 2020 April 24, 2019 April 25, 2018
Last Date to Apply September 7th 2020 May 20, 2019 May 21, 2018
Admit Card Three weeks before the Written Exam Three weeks before the Written Exam July 24, 2018
CAPF Written Exam December 20th 2020 August 18, 2019 September 18, 2018
Physical Efficiency Test To be notified January 2020 January 2019

ITBP Vacancies

The recruitment for ITBP 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. As per the CAPF 2021 notification, a total of 20 vacancies are released for ITBP ACs Post out of which 13 vacancies are backlog vacancies from previous years.

Similarly for CAPF 2020 notification, a total of 27 vacancies are released for ITBP ACs Post and for the past two years, a total of 67 jobs have been released by UPSC for ITBP recruitment.

Given below are the details about the UPSC CAPF vacancies for Assistant Commandants in ITBP:

ITBP Year-Wise Vacancy
ITBP Vacancy for 2021 20 (13 backlog vacancies)
ITBP Vacancy for 2020 27
ITBP Vacancy for 2019 21
ITBP Vacancy for 2018 46
ITBP Vacancy for 2017 00

In 2017, no vacancy was released for Assistant Commandants in ITBP. However, the jobs were released for the other security forces.

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

ITBP Salary

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 & Salary
ITBP post Grade Pay ITBP Salary
Assistant Commandant 5400 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 2022, please visit the link.

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

CAPF  – ITBP Exam Pattern 

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 Marks Duration
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.

Candidates can check the following links to prepare for Paper I –

  1. Members of Parliament
  2. Governors in India
  3. Countries, Capital & Currency
  4. Indian Financial System
  5. Neighbouring Countries of India
  6. G20 Summits List
  7. Inventions & Discoveries

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.

CAPF – ITBP Syllabus

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: Part A – General Studies, Essay and Comprehension (Descriptive Type) 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.

For the preparation of Paper-II part A and part B, candidates can go through the given links for assistance-

Also, check a few important topics that are not directly asked but form a significant part of comprehensions, essays and precis writing. It is useful to upkeep with these.

  1. List of One Word Substitutions
  2. List of Homophones/Homonyms
  3. List of Synonyms and Antonyms
  4. Idioms And Phrases
  5. List of Prefix & Suffix

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

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 UPSC CAPF Vacancy
Indo-Tibetan Border Police 00
Sashastra Seema Bal 21
Central Reserve Police Force 27
Border Security Force 87

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 Marks
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.
List of Current Affairs Articles for UPSC

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.
Category UPSC Age Relaxation
SC Up to 5 years
ST Up to 5 years
OBC 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
Height 165 cm 157 cm
Chest 81 cm (with minimum 5cm expansion)
Weight 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
EyeSight 6/6 or 6/9 for better eye

6/12 or 6/9 for worse eye

Ear Should have any hearing disorder or deafness
Speech No stammering
Neck 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:
ITBP – Application Fee
Category UPSC Application Fee
General/ OBC Rs. 200/-
SC/ST/Female Exempted

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.

ITBP Preparation:

The aspirants need to have a clear idea about the syllabus for the CAPF recruitment drive. The preparation for the ITBP 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 ITBP preparation have been mentioned below:

Books For ITBP Preparation
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.

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

Government Exam 2022

Frequently Asked Question – ITBP – Indo-Tibetian Border Police

Q.1. How can a candidate join ITBP?

Ans. To join the ITBP candidates should first check the official ITBP notification released then check whether or not he/she satisfies the eligibility criteria given in the ITBP official notification PDF. Only if they meet the ITBP eligibility conditions they should apply for the examination. The application status for eligible candidates to appear for the exam is intimated by ITBP, post which the candidates have to clear the exam stages set by the conducting body.

Q.2. Who is the conducting body of ITBP Assistant Commandant exam?

Ans. The Union Public Service Commission is the conducting Body of ITBP examination.

Q.3. What is ITBP Full Form?

Ans. The full form of ITBP is Indo-Tibetian Border Police that works under the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Q.4.How can candidates apply for ITBP exam?

Ans. Candidates have to visit the official website or the link provided in the page to apply for ITBP examination. Candidates should go through the detailed ITBP Apply online procedure mentioned in the official notification before filling in the ITBP application form.

Q.5. What is ITBP selection process?

Ans. Candidates who wish to appear for ITBP exam have to undergo three stages of ITBP selection process i.e. Stage I Preliminary exam, Stage II Mains Exam and stage III interview.

Q.6. How many vacancies were released for Assistant Commandant Post in ITBP exam 2021?

Ans. As per the official notification, ITBP exam 2021 will be conducted to fill 20 Assistant Commandant vacancies in the ITBP.

Q.7. What is the salary given to a candidate who joins ITBP on Assistant Commandant Post?

Ans. The ITBP salary for the candidate who joins ITBP Assistant Commandant Post will be approx. 50,000/ to 60,000/ rupees.

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