All about Asst commandant Examination

Asst commandant exam is held every year by UPSC. Asst commandants are Directly Appointed Gazetted Officers(DAGO) in the elite para military forces viz. central reserve police force(CRPF), central industrial security force(cisf),Indo-Tibetan border Police(ITBP), Border security force(BSF), Shashastra seema bal(SSB) which comes under the ministry of home affairs.

Asst Commandant exam consists of 2 papers:

  1. General ability and intelligence (250 marks)
  2. General studies,essays and comprehension (200 marks)

The paper 1 is objective type (multiple choice questions) where as paper 2 is written.The detailed syllabus(mentioned in the notification) of the paper 1 and paper 2 is discussed below:

Paper I : General Ability and Intelligence(125 questions(250 marks) 2 hours)

The objective type questions with multiple choices in this paper will broadly cover the following areas:

  1. General Mental Ability

The questions will be designed to test the logical reasoning, quantitative aptitude including numerical ability, and data interpretation.

  1. General Science

The questions will be set to test general awareness, scientific temper, comprehension and appreciation of scientific phenomena of everyday observation including new areas of importance like Information Technology, Biotechnology,Environmental Science.

  1. Current Events of National and International Importance:

The questions will test the candidates’ awareness of current events of national and international importance in the broad areas of culture, music, arts, literature,sports, governance, societal and developmental issues, industry, business,globalisation, and interplay among nations.

  1. Indian Polity and Economy:

The questions shall aim to test candidates’ knowledge of the Country’s political system and the Constitution of India, social systems and public administration,economic development in India, regional and international security issues and human rights including its indicators.

  1. History of India :

The questions will broadly cover the subject in its social, economic and political aspects. This shall also include the areas of growth of nationalism and freedom movement.

  1. Indian and World Geography:

The questions shall cover the physical, social and economic aspects of geography,pertaining to India and the World.

Paper II : General Studies, Essay and Comprehension(3 hours)

Part-A – Essay questions which are to be answered in long narrative form either in Hindi or English totalling 80 Marks. The indicative topics are modern Indian history especially of the freedom struggle, geography, polity and economy, knowledge of security and human rights issues, and analytical ability.

Part-B – Comprehension, précis writing, other communications/language skills – to be attempted in English only (Marks 120) – The topics are Comprehension passages, précis writing, developing counter arguments, simple grammar and other aspects of language testing.

NOTE-I : Candidates should ensure that in Paper II they write the answers only in the medium allowed by the Commission for the different Components as mentioned above. No credit will be given for answers written in a medium other than the one allowed in the Paper. Candidates will be required to indicate the medium of Essay Component in the Attendance Lists and on the Answer Book. No credit will be given for the Essay Component if the candidate indicates a medium on the Attendance List  and on the Answer Book other than the one in which he/she has written the Essay.
NOTE-II: There will be minimum qualifying marks separately in each Paper as may be fixed by the Commission in their discretion. Paper-I will be evaluated first and evaluation of Paper-II will be done only of those candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in Paper-I.

Physical Efficiency Tests (PET)
  Males                                                                                  Females
(a) 100 Meters race In 16 seconds                                     In 18 seconds
(b) 800 Meters race In 3 minutes 45 seconds                     In 4 minutes 45 seconds
(c) Long Jump 3.5 Meters (3 chances)                                3.0 meters(3 chances)
(d) Shot Put (7.26 Kgs.) 4.5 Meters —
Pregnancy at the time of PET will be a disqualification and pregnant female candidate will be rejected.
Medical Standards Tests, to check the standards specified in Appendix-VI, will be conducted  only in respect of candidates who are declared qualified in the Physical Efficiency Test.
The Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests will be conducted under the supervision of a Nodal Authority to be appointed by the Ministry of Home Affairs. These tests will be conducted at various centres to be notified after the results of the written examination.Appeals will be entertained only against the Medical Standards Tests and will have to be made to the Appellate Authority designated by the Ministry of Home Affairs within a period of 15 days from the date of declaration of the results of these tests.
(iii) Interview/Personality Test : Candidates who are declared qualified in the Medical Standards Tests, will be called for Interview/Personality Test to be conducted by Union Public Service Commission. Candidates who are declared medically unfit but allowed to appear before the “Review Medical Board” on their appeal by the Appellate Authority will be called for Interview/Personality Tests provisionally. The Interview/Personality Test will carry 150 Marks.

Candidates who are short-listed for Interview/Personality Test, including those shortlisted for Interview/Personality Test provisionally will be issued a Detailed Application Form (DAF) in which among other things, they will be required to indicate their preference of Forces. As female candidates are eligible for appointment to CRPF, CISF,SSB and BSF only, they will be required to indicate their preference for CRPF, CISF,SSB and BSF only.
(iv) Final Selection / Merit : The merit list will be drawn on the basis of marks obtained by the candidates in the Written Examination and Interview/Personality Test.


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