Assistant commandant

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Assistant Commandant is equivalent to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) / Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) / Captain in Indian Army and is a Group-A Gazetted Officer rank in the Central Armed Police Forces of India .

Assistant Commandants in Central Armed Police Forces are appointed through UPSC selection process[1] and are called Directly Appointed Gazetted Officers (DAGO).[2] These officers can reach up to the rank of Additional Director General (ADG)[3] in their own organisations without having conferred to the Indian Police Service. They serve under the authority of Ministry of Home Affairs (India).


The intake of officers at the level of Assistant Commandant is 50% through direct recruitment through UPSC CAPF competition exam, 33% by promoting Inspectors and remaining 17% through Limited Departmental Competitive Examination (LDCE), wherein Inspectors and Sub Inspectors fulfilling the criteria are eligible. The direct entry of gazettd officers is regulated through an All India Competitive Examination called as CAPF (AC) and conducted by the UPSC.

Ranks Structure (Gazetted Officers)[edit]

CAPFs Ranks Police Ranks Army Ranks Navy Ranks Air Force Ranks Coast Guard Ranks.
Director General (Apex Scale of the Indian Police Service) Director General of a State Police Force Lieutenant General GOC in C's Scale) Vice Admiral (FOC-in-C's Scale) Air Marshal (AOC-in-C's Scale) Director General
Additional Director General (ADG) Additional Director General (ADG) Lieutenant General (HAG) Vice Admiral(HAG) Air Marshal(HAG) Additional Director General (HAG Scale)
Inspector General (IG) Inspector General (IG) Major General Rear Admiral Air Vice Marshal Inspector General
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Brigadier Commodore Air commodore Deputy Inspector General
Commandant Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Colonel Captain Group Captain commandant
Second-in-Command Superintendent of Police (SP) Lieutenant Colonel Commander Wing Commander commandant (Jr grade).
Deputy Commandant Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police /Additional Superintendent of Police Major Lieutenant Commander Squadron Leader Deputy Commandant
Assistant Commandant Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) / Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Captain Lieutenant Flight Lieutenant Assistant Commandant


  1. ^ "Central Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination : (Overview)". Archived from the original on 2014-01-05. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  2. ^ "CRPF Academy". Department of CRPF Academy, Kadarpur, Gurugram, Haryana, India. at present 48th batch of DAGOs is undergoing training in Academy. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Gaur is first ADG of BSF from cadre". The Indian Express. New Delhi. 11 July 2009. Retrieved 3 January 2014.

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