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Central Reserve Police Force Career Information

What a Central Reserve Police Force does

Abilities & Traits Required

• Spirit of adventure

• Interest in outdoor life

• Ability to think clearly in a crisis

• Good leadership skills

• Above average intelligence

• Courage and a sense of responsibility

• Initiative, discipline and self-confidence

• Ability to handle stressful situations


You can join the CRPF at three levels:

• Assistant Commandant • Sub- Inspector • Constable

Assistant Commandant: Recruitment is through the competitive examination held by Special Selection Board of the Central Police Organizations [SSB (of CPO)]. Graduates in the age group of 19-25 years are eligible. The physical standards laid down are as follows:

Men: Height: 165 cms; Chest: 81-86 cms; Weight: 50 kg or according to height.

Women: Height: 157 cms; Weight: 46 kg or according to height

The written exam consists of two papers totaling 300 marks:

Paper I: General Awareness, General Intelligence and Reasoning, Numerical Ability (200marks).

Paper II: Essay in Hindi or English, Precise writing (English) and comprehension of given passage in English (100 marks).

Next comes the Physical Efficiency Test (PET). This comprises of:

• 100m. Race to be completed in 16 seconds (Men) and 18 seconds (Women)

• 800m. Race to be completed in 3 min (Men) and 4 min. (Women)

• Long Jump: 3.50m for men and 3 m for Women.

• High Jump: 1.05m for men and 0.90m for women.

• Short Putt (7.26 kg): 4.50m. for men only

Failure in any one of these events leads to disqualification.

On clearing the PET, you will be called in for an interview. Here your psyche and aptitude will be assessed along with your general awareness and general intelligence. Preference in selection is given to outstanding sports men & NCC cadets who have a good record.

Finally you have to clear a medical examination and then make it into the merit list.

Engineering and Medial professionals can also enter the Medical and Technical wings of the CRPF at the level of Assistant Commandant or above through the same selection procedure.

Sub Inspector: You need to be a graduate in any discipline between the age group of 20-25 yrs. Possession of an NCC (National Cadet Corps) 'B' or 'C' certificate or an outstanding sports certificate is considered desirable qualification.

The following are the minimum required Physical Standards: For Men Height: 170 cms Chest: 81-86 cms Weight: Corresponding to height

For Women Height: 157 cms Weight: 43 kg for minimum height of 157 cms.

The candidates who on screening are found medically fit are allowed to appear in Physical Efficiency Test. The test consists of: 1 mile run in 6.5 minutes 12 feet long jump in three chances.

Those who clear physical efficiency test are allowed to appear in a written examination carrying 300 marks. It consists of: Paper 1: General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness and Numerical Ability Paper 2: Language comprehension and communication writing skills.

Written test is followed by an interview, which carries 100 marks. Final selection is subject to passing the medical examination.

Constable: You need to be a matriculate between the age group of 18-23 years with the following physical standards: Height: 170 cms Chest: 80-85 cms Weight: Proportionate to height and age.

Those who are found physically fit are required to appear for Physical Efficiency Test (PET). This test consists of: 1 mile run in 6.5 minutes 12 feet long jump in three chances.

Those who clear PET have to appear for a written test consisting questions on General Awareness, elementary Maths and basic knowledge of English/Hindi. It is followed by an interview. Final selection is subject to passing the medical examination.

Female candidates are eligible for all the three entry levels.


The pay scales of different ranks in the BSF are as follows:

• Rank Pay

• Constable Rs 15000-18000

• Head Constable Rs 28000-32000

• Asstt. Sub Inspector Rs 30000-32000

• Sub-Inspector Rs 37000-40000

• Inspector Rs 10000-11000

• Subedar Major Rs 12000-13000

• Asstt. Commandant Rs 30000-32000

• Deputy Commandant Rs 35000- 37000

• Commandant Rs 40000-45000

• Addl DIG Rs 47000-50000

• DIG Rs 50000-52000

• IG Rs 53000-55000

• Addl DG Rs 55000-58000

• Director General Rs 60000

In addition to this CRPF officers enjoy a number of allowances and facilities such as dearness allowances, group insurance schemes, travel concessions, soft loans, free medical care, etc.

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