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 and are called Directly Appointed Gazetted Officers (DAGO). These officers can reach up to the rank of Additional Director General (ADG) 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)
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