Border Security Force
Career Prospects: Last Updated: Sunday, Mar 25, 2012

RECRUITMENT POLICY:

The recruitment in the Force is being made in the following ranks:

General Duty Cadre
Constable
Sub-Inspector
Communication Set-up
Assistant Commandant  
Assistant Sub Inspector (Radio Mechanic)  
Head Constable (Radio Operator)  
HC
Head Constable (Fitter)

ELIGIBILITY CONDITIONS

1. (CONSTABLE) : Revised scheme for recruitment of Constable (GD) and procedure     

Constable is  a major component of Border Security Force.
Age Between 18 to 23 years (Cut off date for age will be 1st August every year)
Educational Qualification Matriculation or 10th class pass.
PHYSICAL STANDARDS:
Particulars Height Chest Weight
For Males 170 Cms 80-85 Cms For males and females: proportionate to height and age as per Medical Standards
For Females 157 Cms - -do-

Relaxation : There will be relaxation in age for SC/ST/OBC, Ex Servicemen and other categories of persons in accordance with the Government order on the subject as follows : - - - Candidates falling in the categories of Garhwalis, Kumaonis, Gorkhs, Dogras, Marathas and candidates to the states of Sikkim, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir and Leh & Ladakh regions of J&K

Schedule Cast and Other Backward Cast
Particulars Height Chest Weight
For Males 165 Cms 80-85 Cms For males and females: proportionate to height and age as per Medical Standards
For Females 155 Cms - -do-
Scheduled Tribes
Particulars Height Chest Weight
For Males 162.5cms 78-83cms For males and females: proportionate to height and age as per Medical Standards
For Females 150cms 76-81cms -do-

Powers of relaxation:
The power to relax the eligibility criteria as mentioned in above will rest with the Directors General of Central Police Forces

MEDICAL STANDARDS:

Eye Sight : The minimum distant vision should be 6/6 & 6/9 of both eyes without correction i.e. without wearing of glasses.

The candidates must not have knock knee, flat foot, varicose vein or squint in eyes and they should possess high color vision. They must be in good mental and bodily health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient performance of the duties.

ALLOTMENT OF VACANCIES:
60 % of vacancies will be allotted amongst States/UT's on the basis of population ratio.
20% of vacancies in the Border Guarding Forcess (BGFs) (BSF,ITBP,SSB,Assam Rifles) will be allotted to border districts, which fall within the responsibility of the Force.

In forces other than BGFs, 40% vacancies will be allotted to militancy affected areas i.e. J&K, North Eastern States and naxsal affected areas. The district/areas affected by militancy shall be notified by the Government from time to time.

20% of vacancies in BGFs will be allotted to areas affected by militancy i.e J&K, North Eastern States and naxal affected areas. The districts/areas affected by militancy shall be notified by the Government from time to time. iv) In forces other than BGFs, 40% vacancies will be allotted to militancy affected areas i.e. J&K, North Eastern States and naxsal affected areas. The district/areas affected by militancy shall be notified by the Government from time to time.

For diversion of annual vacancies from one State to another State, and also for diversion of vacancies of new raisings from one State to another in the same category or from one category to another category, approval  of MHA will be required.

RESERVATION :
There will be reservations for SC/ST/OBC, Ex-Servicemen and other categories of personnel in accordance with the instructions issued by the Government from time to time. The reserved vacancies will be calculated and recruitment made with reference to the allocations made to the States/UTs under item III above. Quota for SC/ST for various States/ UTs will be fixed having regard to the number of SC/ST population in such States/ UTs. The unfilled reserved vacancies may also be filled through special recruitments.

2. SUB-INSPECTOR

One-third of the posts are filled up by direct recruitment and two-third by promotion. The requisite criteria for direct recruitment  of Sub-Inspector is as under:
Age
20 to 25 years
Relaxable : Relaxable for Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe/Other Backward Class in accordance with the instructions issued by the Govt. from time to time.
Educational Qualification
Degree of a recognized University or equivalent
Physical Standards
Height Chest Weight
170 Cms 80-85 Cms Proportionate to height

Relaxable: by 5 Cms.for candidates belonging to Hill areas of Garhwal, Kumaon, HP, Leh & Ladakh, Kashmir valley, Gorkhas, Marathas, Sikkimies, Dogras & NE States

77-82Cms for STs -do-

3. ASSISTANT COMMANDANT:

50% posts of Assistant Commandant are filled by Direct Recruitment (including 10% from SSCO) & balance 50% by promotion from Inspector to AC. The criteria for Direct Recruitment is as under:

Age

19 to 25 yrs
Relaxable: in the case of Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe/Other Backward Class candidates in accordance with the instructions/orders of Govt from time to time.

Educational Qualification

Degree from a recognized University/Institution or equivalent, ,possession of NCC B or C certificate, or outstanding achievements in sports or athletics will be an added qualification.

Physical Standards
  Male Female
Height 165 Cms. 157 Cms.
Chest 81-86 Cms. N/A
Weight 50 Kgs. According to height
but not less than 46 Kgs.
Eye sight with or without glasses:
Distant Vision
6/6 or 6/9
Near Vision
J-I
Distant Vision
6/12 or 6/9
Near Vision
J-II
Color Vision: Must possess high color vision

Must not have knock-knee, flat foot, or squint in eyes, must be in good mental & bodily health & free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient performance of the duties.

Shall have to pass written test, Physical efficiency test & interview as prescribed by the Govt.

ASSISTANT COMMANDANT: (TECHNICAL)

With B.Sc.(Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics) and above education qualification with the Electronics stream are deputed for appointment in the rank of Assistant Commandant (Technical) form the executive posts, after they undergo Battalion Signal Officers Course. These officers later on work in higher posts in Communication hierarchy in BSF, apart from performing General duties in various ranks, since Communication Officers are also part of General Cadre of Officers.

ASSISTANT SUB INSPECTOR (RADIO MECHANIC):

Age

Between 18 to 25 years.
Relaxable: Upper age limit shall be relaxable in respect of candidates from Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes communities and other categories of personnel in accordance with instruction/orders issued by the Central Government from time to time.

Educational Qualification

Matric with 3 year Diploma in Radio and TV technology / Electronics / Tele-Communications / Computer / Electrical / Mechanical / Engineering / Domestic appliance from an Institution recognized by State/Central Government or 10+2 or Intermediate or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, having 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics from a recognized Board.

Physical Standards
  Height Chest-Un expanded Expended Weight
General Category 170 Cms 81 Cms 86 Cms Proportionate to height
Tribals/Adivasis having height 162.5 Cms shall be 162.5 Cms. 77 Cms 82 Cms -do-

Relaxable: by 5 Cms for the candidates belonging to Hill areas of Garhwal, Kumaon, Himachal Pradesh, Leh, Ladakh, Kashmir Valley, Gorkhas, Marathas, Sikkimies and North Eastern States, Height for Tribals/ Adivasis including Mizo and Nagas shall be 162.5 Cms

Medical Standards
Vision:

Eye sight near vision better eye J-I, J-II, 6/6 and 6/9 high grade. Must pass high-grade colour vision test.

Other:

Must not have knock-knee, flat foot, or squint in eyes, must be in good mental & bodily health & free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient performance of the duties.

HEAD CONSTABLE (OPERATOR)

Age

Between 18 to 23 years.
Relaxable: Upper age limit shall be relaxable in respect of candidates from Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes communities and other categories of personnel in accordance with instruction/orders issued by the Central Government from time to time.

Educational Qualification

Matric or equivalent plus two years ITI certificate in Radio and TV/ Electronics or Intermediate or 10+2 or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics from a recognized Board of Education.

Physical Standards
  Height Chest-Un expanded Expended Weight
General Category 170 Cms 80 Cms 85 Cms Proportionate to height
For those having height 165 Cms. shall be 165 Cms. 78 Cms 83 Cms -do-
Tribals/Adivasis having height 162.5 Cms. shall be 162.5 Cms. 76 Cms 81 Cms -do-

Relaxable: by 5 Cms for the candidates belonging to Hill areas of Garhwal, Kumaon, Himachal Pradesh, Leh, Ladakh, Kashmir Valley, Gorkhas, Marathas, Sikkimies and North Eastern States, Height for Tribals/ Adivasis including Mizo and Nagas shall be 162.5 Cms. 167.5 Cms in respect of candidates belonging to the states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala

Medical Standards
Vision:

Minimum distant vision should be 6/6 and 6/9 of both eyes without correction (i.e. without wearing glasses.). Must pass high-grade colour vision test.

Other:

Must not have knock-knee, flat foot, or squint in eyes, must not be having any defect/deformity likely to interfere with the efficient performance of the duties.

HEAD CONSTABLE (FITTER)

Age

Between 18 to 23 years.
Relaxable: Upper age limit shall be relaxable in respect of candidates from Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes communities and other categories of personnel in accordance with instruction/ orders issued by the Central Government from time to time.

Educational Qualification

Matric or equivalent plus two years ITI certificate in engine/fitter/Diesel Mechanic/Automobile/Motor Mechanic from an Institution recognized by State/Central Government or equivalent or 10+2 or Intermediate or its equivalent with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics from a recognized Board of Education.

Physical Standards
  Height Chest-Un expanded Expended Weight
General Category 170 Cms 80 Cms 85 Cms Proportionate to height
For those having height 165Cms. shall be 165 Cms. 78 Cms 83 Cms -do-
Tribals/Adivasis having height 162.5 Cms. shall be 162.5 Cms. 76 Cms 81 Cms -do-

Relaxable: by 5 Cms for the candidates belonging to Hill areas of Garhwal, Kumaon, Himachal Pradesh, Leh, Ladakh, Kashmir Valley, Gorkhas, Marathas, Sikkimies and North Eastern States, Height for Tribals/ Adivasis including Mizo and Nagas shall be 162.5 Cms. 167.5 Cms in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Medical Standards
Vision:

Minimum distant vision should be 6/6 and 6/9 of both eyes without correction (i.e. without wearing glasses.). Must pass high-grade colour vision test.

Other:

Must not have knock-knee, flat foot, or squint in eyes, must not be having any defect/deformity likely to interfere with the efficient performance of the duties.

Training institution for Communication

The BSF is having two Training Institutions for the training of Comn personnel:-
Signal Training School Delhi :

This institution is meant for the training of Radio Mechanics and Cipher personnel.

Signal Training School Bangalore:

All operator-stream courses are run by this Institute to train communication personnel operating various Communication systems in the Force.

Pay Scale

The pay scales of different ranks in the Force are as under:-
S/No Rank Pay Band Grade Pay Pay Total Pay
1. Director General Apex Scale - 80000(Fixed) 80000/-
2. Spl Director General PB - 4 (37400-67000) 12000 47100/- 59100/-
3. Addl Director General PB - 4 (37400-67000) 12000 47100/- 59100/-
4. Inspector General PB - 4 (37400-67000) 10000 43000/- 53000/-
5. Deputy Inspector General PB - 4 (37400-67000) ₹  8900 40200/- 49100/-
6. Commandant PB - 4 (37400-67000) 8700 37400/- 46100/-
7. Second-in-Command PB - 3 (15600-39100) 7600 21900/- 29500/-
8. Deputy Commandant PB - 3 (15600-39100) 6600 18750/- 25350/-
9. Assistant Commandant PB - 3 (15600-39100) 5400 15600/- 21000/-
10. Subedar Major PB - 2 ( 9300-34800 ) 4800 12540/- 17340/-
11. Inspector PB - 2 ( 9300-34800 ) 4600 12540/- 17140/-
12. Sub-Inspector PB - 2 ( 9300-34800 ) 4200 9300/- 13500/-
13. Asstt Sub Inspector PB - 1 ( 5200-20200 ) 2800 8560/- 11360/-
14. Head Constable PB - 1 ( 5200-20200 ) 2400 7510/- 9910/-
15. Constable PB - 1 ( 5200-20200 ) 2000 6460/- 8460/-
16. Constable ( Tradesmen ) PB  IS ( 5200-20200 ) 2000 6460/- 8460/-

Promotion Avenues (Gazetted Officer)

Inspector to Assistant Commandant

Inspector with 5 years regular service in the grade, having medical category SHAPE-I with educational qualification as matric & having undergone Basic Trg, PL Weapon course and Coy Comdr. Course are considered for promotion. 2 Years service in a service coy for all Inspectors/Sub (GD) or 2 years service in a duty Bn for Sub (Comn) is pre-requisite.

Assistant Commandant to Deputy Commandant

Asstt Comdts of BSF with 06 years regular service in the grade,Medical category SHAPE-I and having qualified carrier courses like (i) Commando & Weapon training (ii) YOC by AC(DE), Re-orientation course by promoters and having two years command experience as Coy Comdr in a service coy is considered for promotion.

Deputy Commandant to 2nd in-Command
Dy Comdt of BSF with 05 years regular service in the grade, possessing 02 years service as Dy Commandant in a Duty BN & having Medical category SHAPE-I are considered for promotion to 2IC. Must have qualified one of the following courses. BSW/MMG/MOR/FE and qualified CC Course.
2nd-in-Command to Commandant

Second-in-Command with 04 years, regular service as 2IC with 02 years service as 2IC in Duty Bn and medical category SHAPE-I is considered for promotion to the rank of Commandant. Should have qualified Senior Command Course.

Commandant to Additional DIG

Comdt of BSF with 03 years regular service as Comdt with total 18 years group A service & possessing 02 years command as Commandant in a Duty Bn & having medical category SHAPE-I is considered for promotion to the rank of ADDL DIG. Should also have undergone Higher Command Course

Additional DIG to DIG

Additional DIG of BSF with 02 years regular service in the grade, with 20 years group A service and having medical category SHAPE-I is considered for promotion to the rank of DIG. Should have undergone Courses/Trg as prescribed by DG BSF from time to time.

DIG to IG

DIG of BSF with 04 years service as DIG and having 24 years group A service with medical category SHAPE-I is considered for promotion to the Rank of IG. Should have undergone Courses/Trg as prescribed by DG BSF from time to time.

Promotion Avenues (NON-Gazetted Officer)

The rank structure of non-gazetted cadre of BSF is as under:-
  • Constable
  • Head Constable
  • Sub Inspector
  • Subedar

The promotion of the members of the Force shall be based on merit and suitability in all respects, with due regards to seniority and should be medical category AYE . Every member of the force shall, before any promotion be required to pass pre-promotion course. These promotion examinations which are of a qualifying nature permit a constable to be promoted to the next higher rank of Head Constable upon being first brought on list A. Similarly promotion from the rank of Head Constable to Sub Inspector would require such a person to the first brought on the promotion qualifying list B. In the case of promotion from the rank of sub Inspector to Subedar, the same is dependent on a Sub Inspector qualifying list C.

The candidate appearing in list A, B & C test (i.e. DPC tests) must fulfill the following eligibility conditions:-
Promotion Test Minimum Service Required Minimum Educational Standard
Constable to Head Constable (List A) 8 years as Constable of which 5 years service in a service coy of duty Bn with Medical Cat Shape-I.
  • Matric/10th class pass or equivalent.
  • Basic Trg & MR-II.
  • SLC, JSLC, GLC or pre promotion course prescribed for technical posts.
Head Const to Sub Inspector 5 years service as HC together with 18 years of service with Med Cat SHAPE-I & 2 years service in Service Coy.
  • Matric/10th class pass or equivalent.
  • Basic Course, MR-I.
  • Pre-promotion Course prescribed for the post.
Sub Inspector to Subedar 3 years service as Sub Inspector, Med Cat SHAPE-I and 2 years command of a Platoon in a Service Coy.
  • Matric/10th class pass or equivalent.
  • Basic Trg prescribed at entry level.
  • MR-I.
  • JLC.
  • PW or W&T Course.
  • PC (Tac).

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