India maintains 10 paramilitary forces.[1]

List of Paramilitary forces

From 1986 to 2011 the Central Armed Police Forces were considered as Central Police Forces (CPO).[2] However, as per their respective acts they all are Armed Police Forces.[3][4]

Paramilitary Forces[1]
Paramilitary force Active Strength Governing Body Area
Assam Rifles LOGO.svg
Assam Rifles
63,747[5] Ministry of Home Affairs (administrative)
Ministry of Defence (operational)[6]
Northeastern States
BSF Insignia.svg
Border Security Force
63,747[7] Ministry of Home Affairs Indo-Pakistani border, Indo-Bangladeshi border, others[8]
CISF LOGO.svg
Central Industrial Security Force
148,371[9] Ministry of Home Affairs Industries, PSUs
CRPF Logo.svg
Central Reserve Police Force
324,340 Ministry of Home Affairs Counter-insurgency & General Elections
ITBP Logo.svg
Indo-Tibetan Border Police
89,567 Ministry of Home Affairs India-China Border[10]
National Security Guard-India.svg
National Security Guard
10,000 Ministry of Home Affairs Counter-terrorism
Logo of RPF.jpg
Railway Protection Force
76,563 Ministry of Railways Indian Railways
Sashastra Seema Bal.svg
Sashastra Seema Bal
97,244[11] Ministry of Home Affairs Indo-Nepal Border and Indo-Bhutan Border[12]
SFF LOGO.svg
Special Frontier Force
10,000[11] Cabinet Secretariat[13]
SPG LOGO.svg
Special Protection Group
3,000[11] Cabinet Secretariat Protection of significant VIPs
Total 886,579

Ranks and insignia

Officers
Rank group General/flag officers Field/senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet
Assam Rifles[14][15]
Assam Rifles OF-8.svg
Assam Rifles OF-7.svg
Assam Rifles OF-6.svg
Assam Rifles OF-5.svg
Assam Rifles OF-4.svg
Assam Rifles OF-3.svg
Assam Rifles OF-2.svg
Assam Rifles OF-1b.svg
Lieutenant general
लेफ्टिनेंट - जनरल
Major general
मेजर - जनरल
Brigadier
ब्रिगेडियर
Colonel
कर्नल
Lieutenant colonel
लेफ्टिनेंट - कर्नल
Major
मेजर
Captain
कप्तान
Lieutenant
लेफ्टिनेंट


Border Security Force
CAPF Director-General.png
CAPF Director-General.png
CAPF Director-General.png
Director-General
-
Special Director-General
-
Additional Director-General
-
CAPF Inspector-General.png
CAPF Deputy Inspector-General.png
SSP State Police.png
SP State Police.png
Assistant Superintendent of Police.png
Deupty Superintendent of Police.png
CAPF Assistant Commandant - Officer Trainee.png
Inspector General
-
Deputy Inspector-General
-
Commandant
-
Second-In-Command
-
Deputy Commandant
-
Assistant Commandant
-
Assistant Commandant/Officer Trainee
-


Central Industrial Security Force
CAPF Director-General.png
CAPF Director-General.png
CAPF Inspector-General.png
CAPF Deputy Inspector-General.png
Blank.svg
SSP State Police.png
Assistant Superintendent of Police.png
Deupty Superintendent of Police.png
Director-General
-
Additional Director-General
-
Inspector General
-
Deputy Inspector-General
-
Senior Commandant
-
Commandant
-
Deputy Commandant
-
Assistant Commandant
-


Central Reserve Police Force
CAPF Director-General.png
CAPF Director-General.png
CAPF Director-General.png
Director-General
-
Special Director-General
-
Additional Director-General
-
CAPF Inspector-General.png
CAPF Deputy Inspector-General.png
SSP State Police.png
SP State Police.png
Assistant Superintendent of Police.png
CRP OF-2.svg
CRP OF-1b.svg
Inspector General
-
Deputy Inspector-General
-
Commandant
-
Second-In-Command
-
Deputy Commandant
-
Assistant Commandant
-
Assistant Commandant/Officer Trainee
-


National Security Guard[16]
NSG OF-8.svg
NSG OF-7.svg
NSG OF-6.svg
NSG OF-5.svg
NSG OF-4.svg
NSG OF-3.svg
NSG OF-2.svg
Director General
-
Inspector General
-
Deputy Inspector General
-
Group Commander
-
Second In Command
-
Squadron Commander
-
Team Commander
-


Sashastra Seema Bal
CAPF Director-General.png
CAPF Director-General.png
CAPF Inspector-General.png
CAPF Deputy Inspector-General.png
SSP State Police.png
SP State Police.png
Assistant Superintendent of Police.png
Deupty Superintendent of Police.png
Director-General
-
Special Director-General
-
Inspector General
-
Deputy Inspector-General
-
Commandant
-
Second-In-Command
-
Deputy Commandant
-
Assistant Commandant
-


Special Frontier Force
Major general
Brigadier
Colonel
Lieutenant colonel
Major
Captain
First Lieutenant
Second Lieutenant


Rank group General/flag officers Field/senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet
Enlisted ranks
Rank group Junior commissioned officers Non commissioned officer Enlisted
Assam Rifles
Assam Rifles OR-9.svg
Assam Rifles OR-8.svg
Assam Rifles OR-7.svg
Assam Rifles OR-6.svg
Assam Rifles OR-4.svg
Assam Rifles OR-3.svg
No insignia
Subedar Major Subedar Naib Subedar Havildar Naik Lance Naik Sepoy
सूबेदार मेजर सूबेदार नायब सूबेदार हवलदार नायक लांस नायक सिपाही


Border Security Force
Central Armed Police Forces Subedar Major.png
Police Inspector insignia.png
Police Sub-Inspector.png
Assistant Sub-Inspector.png
Police Head Constable.png
Senior Police Constable.png
No insignia
Subedar Major
-
Inspector
-
Sub inspector
-
Assistant Sub inspector
-
Head Constable
-
Senior Constable
-
Constable
-


Central Industrial Security Force
Central Armed Police Forces Subedar Major.png
Police Inspector insignia.png
Police Sub-Inspector.png
Assistant Sub-Inspector.png
Police Head Constable.png
No insignia
Subedar Major
-
Inspector
-
Sub inspector
-
Assistant Sub inspector
-
Head Constable
-
Constable
-


Central Reserve Police Force
CRP OR-9.svg
CRP OR-8b.svg
CRP OR-8a.svg
CRP OR-7.svg
Police Head Constable.png
No insignia
Subedar Major
-
Inspector
-
Sub inspector
-
Assistant Sub inspector
-
Head Constable
-
Constable
-


National Security Guard[16]
NSG OR-9.svg
NSG OR-8b.svg
NSG OR-8a.svg
NSG OR-7.svg
NSG OR-6.svg
NSG OR-4.svg
No insignia
Subedar Major Assistant Commander-1 Assistant Commander-2 Assistant Commander-3 Ranger Grade I Ranger Grade II Combatised tradesmen
- - - - - - -


Sashastra Seema Bal
Police Inspector insignia.png
Police Sub-Inspector.png
Assistant Sub-Inspector.png
Police Head Constable.png
No insignia
Inspector
-
Sub inspector
-
Assistant Sub inspector
-
Head Constable
-
Constable
-


Special Frontier Force
No insignia
Subedar Major Subedar Naib Subedar Havildar Naik Lance Naik Sepoy
Rank group Senior NCOs Junior NCOs Enlisted

See also

References

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  3. ^ "Office Memorandum" (PDF). MHA. MHA, GoI. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 January 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
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  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 August 2017. Retrieved 12 August 2017.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Explained: Assam Rifles' dual control structure, and its role".
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 August 2017. Retrieved 12 August 2017.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  9. ^ "Annual Report 2016-17" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 August 2017. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Home | Indo Tibetan Border Police, Ministry of Home Affairs". itbpolice.nic.in. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  11. ^ a b c (Iiss), The International Institute of Strategic Studies (14 February 2020). The Military Balance 2020. Routledge, Chapman & Hall, Incorporated. ISBN 9780367466398.
  12. ^ "Role- SSB Ministry Of Home Affairs, Govt. Of India". ssb.nic.in. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  13. ^ Chhina, Man Aman Singh; Kaushik, Krishn (2 September 2020). "Explained: What is the Special Frontier Force, referred to as Vikas Battalion?". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  14. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 April 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2011.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Updates on 6th CPC". Pcdaopune.gov.in. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  16. ^ a b "The National Security Guard Act, 1986 (47 of 1986)" (PDF). Government of India. 22 September 1986. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2014.

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