Other then Civil Services Exam, What is the other way to join as a constable in the paramilitary forces like BSF or CRPF?


The government is conducting a Common Examination to recruit constables in the paramilitary forces for the first time. The first exam is aimed at recruiting over 54,000 constables. 49,070 constables (general duty) will be recruited for BSF, CISF, CRPF and SSB and another 5,000+ will be recruited for ITBP and Assam Rifles.

Candidates of border districts and Naxalite /militancy affected areas in different states, including J&K, will get separate reservation in the recruitment to bring the youth in these areas into the mainstream.

Unlike the earlier system where respective paramilitary forces used to recruit constables on their own, the ‘Common Examination’ will be conducted by the Staff Selection Commission at different centres across the country.

The common written exam for recruiting constables in BSF, CISF, CRPF and SSB will take place on June 5 whereas for ITBP and Assam Rifles, it will be conducted on May 1. Candidates have the option to apply online or submit written applications. The age limit is 18-23 years.

Candidates domiciled in a particular state/UT will only be eligible for vacancies in the respective state/UT and allocation to different paramilitary forces will be made on “merit-cum-option” basis.

The selection process will consist of a physical standards test (PST)/physical efficiency test (PET), a written exam and a medical test. The entire process will be completed within 6-9 months.

The written exam will consist of matriculation level questions on general intelligence and reasoning, general knowledge and awareness, Elementary Math and English or Hindi.