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 2021 for ITBP recruitment exam is announced by the commission on April 15th 2021, to conduct the recruitment exa for ITBP on August 8th 2021. For further details visit the UPSC CAPF exam page. The last recruitment exam conducted was for CAPF 2020. The notification for CAPF 2020 was released on August 18th, to conducted recruitment exam for ITBP on December 20th 2020.
The below-mentioned data gives details about the ITBP recruitment for Assistant Commandants through CAPF 2021 exam:
|Indo Tibetian Border Police – ITBP|
|Name of Organization||Indo-Tibetan Border Police|
|Conducting Body||Union Public Service Commission|
|Vacancy||20 (for the year 2021)|
|Job Location||Anywhere in India|
|UPSC CAPF Notification Date||April 15th 2021|
Candidates willing to appear for other Government exams can go through the link for information on upcoming exams.
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.
UPSC CAPF ITBP Exam Dates
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 2021
The important dates for UPSC CAPF recruitment 2021 for ITBP are given below:
|ITBP AC Exam Events||ITBP Exam Dates|
|UPSC CAPF Notification||April 15th 2021|
|Last Date to Apply||May 5th 2021|
|Admit Card||July 2021 – Three weeks before the Written Exam|
|CAPF Written Exam||August 8th 2021|
|Physical Efficiency Test||To be notified|
|Preparing for CAPF exam? Check the links given below and complement your preparation:|
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|
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.
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 2021, 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:
- UPSC CAPF Written Exam
- Physical Efficiency Test (PET) and Medical Standards Test
- Personality Test or Interview
|UPSC CAPF Exam Pattern||Marks||Duration|
Paper I: General Ability and Intelligence
Paper-II: General studies, essay and comprehension
|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 –
- Members of Parliament
- Governors in India
- Countries, Capital & Currency
- Indian Financial System
- Neighbouring Countries of India
- G20 Summits List
- 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
|Logical reasoning, quantitative aptitude and data interpretation
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.
- List of One Word Substitutions
- List of Homophones/Homonyms
- List of Synonyms and Antonyms
- Idioms And Phrases
- 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:
- The candidate must not be above 35 years of age
- The candidate should have worked for at least four years in the Force
- 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.
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:
- 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|
- Nationality: The candidate should be a citizen of India. A subject of Nepal or Bhutan is also applicable for the exam
- Gender: The candidate can be either male or female
- 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|
|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:
- Visit the UPSC official site (https://www.upsc.gov.in)
- Only one application is allowed per candidate, and the applicant needs to fill in the details carefully.
- Exam centre should be selected carefully as no changes can be made once the form is submitted.
- 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/-|
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:
- Border Security Force (BSF)
- Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
- Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)
- Indo-Tibetan Police Force (ITBP)
- 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.
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-