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CAPF ACs, How to Choose Your Force?

UPSC will release its notification for the Recruitment of Central Armed Police Forces(CAPF) Assistant Commandants(Group A) namely Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force(CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police(ITBP) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).  The Candidates can fill the Application form online.

Although, it is advised to not wait for the last day rush and fill the form as early as possible. Allotment of the Centers will be on the “first-apply-first-allot” basis.

Before filling the form one must know how to choose the force, this question is quite challenging to answer but we are here to answer your queries, we will try to  explain you the aspects related to every post so that it becomes easy for you to decide which suits you the best

Factors to Consider Before  Choosing the Force

1. Promotional Aspects

We all want progress in life and when it comes to career who doesn’t want to climb the ladder  at a fast pace, promotional aspects are different for different forces so choose wisely if you want to reach the acme faster.

2. Personal Interest

owing to the different DNA our bodies have we all are very different in terms of our likes and dislikes, the  different Central armed forces have very different duties so you might want to choose a field which syncs with your Interest

3. Work Culture

The work culture differs based on the task the fores are assigned to perform, some forces have strict hierarchy like the Army whereas some forces opt for police like culture hence you should choose which suits you the best.

4. Family Life

A loving and caring family is more like a blessing and staying close to the family is something we all crave, you should look into the aspects of family life before choosing your force.

Let’s now look at each force individually to get a better picture. 

Border Security Force

  • Stays at LOC, i.e. Indo-Pak border
  • Best for adventure loving aspirants
  • Not good for promotional aspects

BSF Roles

During Peacetime BSF  performs following duties

  • To promote a sense of security among the people living in the border areas.
  • To prevent trans-border crimes, unauthorized entry into or exit from the territory of India.
  • To prevent smuggling and any other illegal activities on the Border.
  • Anti-infiltration duties.
  • To collect trans-border intelligence.

During Wartime following duties are fulfilled by BSF

    • Limited aggressive action against irregular forces of the enemy.
    • Holding ground in assigned sectors.
    • Maintenance of Law and Order in enemy territory administered under the Army’s control.
    • Acting as guides to the Army in border areas.
    • Assistance in the control of refugees.
    • Provision of escorts.
    • Performing special tasks connected with intelligence including cross-border raids

ITBP: Indo-Tibetan Border Police

  • Stays at LAC, Indo china border
  • Best for those who love trekking and mountains
  • Faster promotion
  • Army type work culture

ITBP Roles

  • ITBP Battalions are responsible for  providing security to various institutions  of national importance throughout the country, which includes Rashtrapati Bhawan, Vice President House, Rumtek Monastery (Sikkim),        LBSNAA (UKD) ,  Tihar Jail (N Delhi),  and various sensitive installations in Chandigarh (Punjab) & Jammu (J&K)

SSB: Services Selection Board 

  • Stays at Nepal and Bhutan border
  • Faster promotions
  • Police like culture

SSB Roles

  • Its present-day role consists of preventing cross-border crime and smuggling as well as other anti-national activities. These powers are to be exercised within a belt of 15 km in the states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, running along the Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan borders, as well as in any other area of SSB operation.


  • Police like culture

CRPF Roles

  • The primary role of CRPF is to assist the government in maintaining rule of law, internal security  and public order efficiently. to ensure  National Integrity and Promote Social Harmony and Development by upholding supremacy of the Constitution.


  • best for family life
  • best if you want to prepare for further exams

CISF Roles

  • Safeguarding the prosperity of indian subcontinent
  • Ensuring the security of big Private Institutions
  • Maintaining peace in various government institutions including Delhi Metro, airports, nuclear Institutions and ports etc.
  • Recovery of Unclaimed property
  • Tackling Trafficking Cases
  • VIP security
  • Technical consultancy services

UPSC CAPF 2022: Exam Summary

Before diving deep into the discussion have a look at the exam pattern.

Name of Exam Central Armed Police Forces
Conducting Body UPSC
Periodicity Annually
Exam Level National
Mode of Application Online
Mode of Exam Online (CBT)
Exam Rounds 3 Stages (Written + PFT + Interview)
Exam Dates
  • Written Test: —–
  • PFT: —-
  • Interview: —–
Expected Candidates 2 lakhs approx.
Available Seats to be notified soon
Job Location Across India
Official Website https://upsc.gov.in
CAPF 2022 Notification April 2022

CAPF ACs Salary

Assistant Commandant is a gazetted post, with basic salary of 56,100, including all the allowances the  salary becomes 70k+, apart from that you get government quarters, vehicle etc.



Basic Pay

INR 15,600

Grade Pay

INR 5,400

Dearness Allowance (DA)

INR 26,250

In hand Salary

INR 44,135


INR 51,480

How to Choose Your Force: FAQs

Q. What is CAPF AC salary?

Ans. The salary of CAPF AC is approximately INR 56,100/.

Q. Is CAPF AC easy?

Ans. CAPF Paper I overall exam difficulty level is moderate.
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What is CAPF AC salary?

The salary of CAPF AC is approximately INR 56,100/

Is CAPF AC easy?

CAPF Paper I overall exam difficulty level is moderate.

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