Border Security Force

Defence Exams, UPSC
BSF Exam Pattern 2020/Sarkari Exams

BSF full form is “Border Security Force”

The Border Security Force (BSF) one of the most pride job in India, was established on 1 December 1965.

It is a paramilitary force charged with guarding land borders in India and preventing criminal offences.

It is a central government agency under the administrative control of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

It is currently the world’s largest border guarding force.

The post of Assistant Commandant for the Border Security Force, the recruitment of this post is held annually by an organization called UPSC at the national level.

BSF test means BSF Assistant Commandant’s test.

The exam conducted by UPSC is CAPF (Central Armed Police Force) for the post of Assistant Commandant, for the posts i.e- CISF, BSF, CRPF, ITBP, SSB, NSG, AR.

This post is one of the most sought after positions in government organization.

Recruitment depends on the number of vacancies announced by the Commission each year.

Name of OrganisationBorder Security Force
Conducting BodyUnion Public Service Commission
PostAssistant Commandant
Number of Vacancies66 (for the year 2019)
Job LocationAnywhere in India

aThe salary provided by UPSC for an Assistant Commandant is one primary reason why aspirants prefer this job.

The salary for a BSF Assistant Commandant after 7th pay commission is mentioned below:

UPSC CAPF PostBSF Salary
BSF Assistant CommmandantRs 52000 (Approx)

You must check out some of these Posts/services having the same salaries or better than this post.

  1. CRPF – 40000-60000 (depending upon the post)
  2. ITBP – 52000 (approx.)
  3. SSB – 50000-60000 (approx.)
  4. IPS – 56000-225000 (depending upon the post)

➼ Border security force selection procedure

BSF staff selection commission decides the selection procedure for the selection of assistant commandant, which is given below.

The UPSC CAPF Assistant Commandant’s recruitment process is a direct admission and is conducted in multiple steps.

The process of recruitment comprises three phases:

  1. Written Test
  2. Physical Efficiency Test and Medical Standards Test
  3. Personality Test

➼ BSF exam pattern

Here we have discussed two topics, first is the Written exam pattern and the second is the personality test.

The merit for BSF exam is calculated based on marks scored in the written test and personality test, which is mentioned below.

BSF AC Exam PatternDurationMarks
Written Test
Paper I General Ability or Intelligence
Paper II General Studies, Essay and Comprehension)

2 hours
3 hours

250 Marks
200 Marks
Personality Test---150 Marks

➼ BSF exam syllabus

The syllabus for the written test is vastly divided. Marks from the written test and the Personality test are calculated for the final merit list to select candidates.

The Physical Efficiency Test is very necessary and important for qualifying the exam.

BSF result is dependent on both written and physical/medical standards test.

Given below is a brief detail about the syllabus of BSF Assistant Commandant written exam.

BSF Exam PatternSyllabus for BSF Exam
Paper I: General Ability/ Intelligence (objective)Indian History
Indian and World Geography
General science
Indian Economy and Politics
General Mental Ability
Current National and International Events
Paper-IILong and narrative essay (80 marks)
Paper A

Paper B
Comprehension, Precis writing and

Communication/language skills (120 marks)

➼ Study Material for BSF Exam

As a gradual increase in the applicant, the competition for the entrance exam is also increasing, due to this the toughness level of the paper is also increasing.

Hence, we suggest some books you should prefer for the preparation of the exam, which will definitely help you to clear the entrance exam.

Preparation Books
Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Agarwal
Class XI & XII NCERT books for Geography
Class XI & XII NCERT books for Economics
CAPFs Assistant Commandant Examination 2019 Study Package by Arihant
Class XI-Ancient History (NCERT)

➼ BSF physical efficiency test

The Physical efficiency test or PET is also a major part of the selection procedure.

A candidate has to clear the below mentioned physical efficiency test, based on the number gained by the applicant, merit list prepares.

The requirement for male and female candidates are different as mentioned below:

Physical Efficiency for SSBMaleFemale
100 meters raceIn 16 secondsIn 18 seconds
800 meters raceIn 3 minutes 45 secondsIn 4 minutes 45 seconds
Long Jump3.5 meters (3 chances)3 meters (3 chances)
Shot Put4.5 meters---

➼ Personality test

In the personality test candidate has asked some questions which he/she need to answer very accurate about his personal life.

This test is very realistic and the candidates have to keep their presence of mind.

➼ BSF Important dates 2020

Below mentioned are some important dates you should know before proceeding toward exam form.

BSF Exam Dates Postpond Due to Pandemic COVID-19. 

BSF has now announced the recruitment of police chiefs (radio operators/radio mechanics). The total number of vacancies announced is 100. The Application Form for the BSF (Border Security Force) examination has been issued. Applicants can use the official link below for more information. Candidates can download important details from the following articles

The final medical examination of candidates who have passed the descriptive written examination should begin on 29 June 2020 for the post BSF Head Constable (RO) and (RM) are normally formed at the recruitment centers, but according to the latest notice issued by the BSF, the test has been postponed until the second week of August 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CAPF Exam Events 2020Important date
CAPF Exam Events 2020---
Last Date to Apply---
Admit Card---
UPSC CAPF Assistant Commandant Written Exam---
Personality Test---

➼ BSF Limited Departmental Competitive Exam

Another important thing for the candidates is that the BSF recruitment for the post of Assistant Commandants is through an internal examination for serving employees, conducted each year.

The Limited Departmental Competitive Exam is held for the position of Assistant Commandant for the serving employees.

Recently, notification was released in the year 2017-18, but the examination is rescheduled in 2019-20.

The pay scale for candidates selected through both the recruitment process is the same. The following are the criteria required for the LDC exam:

  1. The upper age limit should not be more than 35 years
  2. The candidate must have to complete four years of regular service in BSF
  3. A total of 3 chances are given to candidates to apply for LDCE.
  4. Medical standards, physical standards and education qualifications are the same for both the drives.

The recruitment process involves four stages:

  1. Written Test
  2. Physical Efficiency Test
  3. Interview or Personality Test
  4. Medical Exam

The merit for the final selection is calculated based on the marks scored in the written test and personality test.

➼ BSF eligibility Criteria

CategoryBSF Age Relaxation
SCUpto 5 Years
STUpto 5 Years
OBCUpto 5 Years

The eligibility criteria for BSF Assistant Commandant is in the official notification, and each candidate must meet the eligibility criteria given to apply for the exam.

BSF eligibility criteria include:

  1. Nationality: The candidate must be a citizen of India or be the subject of Nepal or Bhutan.
    Both male and female candidates can apply.
  2. Age: The age of the candidate should be between 20 and 25 years. However, age relaxation for scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and disabled persons.
  3. Educational Qualification: The candidate should have a bachelor’s degree from any institution as defined by the Act of the State or Central Government. Or the candidate must have a bachelor’s degree from the deemed university.

1) Physical Standard

The eligibility criteria also have a physical standard for the selection of the candidate.

Any candidate willing to join the Force needs to meet or surpass the below mentioned physical standards which are different for male and female candidates:

SSB Physical StandardsMenWomen
Height165 cm157 cm
Chest81 cmNot Applicable
Weight50 kg (As per Height)46 kg (As per Height)

2) Medical Standard

Along with the physical standard, the candidate should also follow the medical standard.

These below mentioned are all the medical standards irrespective of gender, which needs to be qualified by any applicant to get into the further step of recruitment. 

CAPF AC medical StandardsBSF Recruitment Requirements
Eye SightDistant vision 6/6 or 6/12

Near Vision: N6 or N9
EarCandidate should not have any degree of deafness
Nosecandidate should not have any chronic breathing issues
NeckCandidate should not have swelling of the neck or vertebrae issues
Venereal Disease or Skin DiseaseCandidate should no signs of any Vulnerable disease or any skin disease

➼ BSF Interview

The interview is one of the most important parts of the BSF exam. It’s very necessary for you to clearly state your thoughts to the interviewers.

As a result, you need to focus on brightening your communication skills and body language. Some candidates are blessed with such skills.

Some require practice to become excellent communicators of their ideas. Candidates with no communication skills can contact those who have already appeared in the Civil Services Examinations, to get useful suggestions from them.

Because this portion of the Civil Services Examination is not designed to judge someone’s expertise on a subject.

However, a candidate must speak from the heart or answer all questions honestly.

There is a common misconception among the candidates that if they lie about their hobby just to get through the interview, it will never help them.

Interviewers are not just to ask questions, but to evaluate a candidate’s personality and ability to evaluate whether a ‘no’ is a ‘no’, it cannot be changed to a ‘yes’ and vice versa.

➼ How to apply for UPSC CAPF- BSF Assistant Commandant

  1. Candidates can apply online for the UPSC Examinations by accessing the online portal hosted on the UPSC’s website (https://upsconline.nic.in).
  2. Each candidate has to submit only one application form, and details should be filled very carefully.
  3. Exam centre must be selected by the candidates carefully and after the application fee is paid, the process gets completed.

Fee details are mentioned below.

CategoryApplication Fees
General/OBCRs.200/-
SC/ST/ FemaleExempted

For more information regarding BSF, you can also visit the official website of border security force. (https://bsf.gov.in/)

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