India maintains 10 paramilitary forces.[1]

List of Paramilitary forces

From 1986 to 2011 the Central Armed Police Forces were considered as Central paramilitary Forces (CPF).[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]
Northeast India, India–Myanmar border
BSF Insignia.svg
Border Security Force
63,747[7] Ministry of Home Affairs India–Pakistan border and India–Bangladesh border[8]
CISF LOGO.svg
Central Industrial Security Force
148,371[9] Ministry of Home Affairs Industries, public sector undertakings
CRPF Logo.svg
Central Reserve Police Force
324,340 Ministry of Home Affairs Counter-insurgency and 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 India–Nepal border and India–Bhutan border[12]
SFF LOGO.svg
Special Frontier Force
10,000[11] Cabinet Secretariat[13] Covert operations
SPG LOGO.svg
Special Protection Group
3,000[11] Cabinet Secretariat Protection of significant persons
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-8.svg
Assam Rifles OF-8.svg
Director-General[note 1]
-
Special Director-General[note 2]
-
Additional Director-General[note 3]
-
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
Inspector General[note 4]
-
Deputy Inspector-General[note 5]
-
Commandant[note 6]
-
Second-In-Command[note 7]
-
Deputy Commandant[note 8]
-
Assistant Commandant[note 9]
-


Central Industrial Security Force[16][17]
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
Inspector General
-
Deputy Inspector-General
-
Senior Commandant
-
Commandant
-
Deputy Commandant
-
Assistant Commandant
-


Central Reserve Police Force[18][19]
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
Inspector General
-
Deputy Inspector-General
-
Commandant
-
Second-In-Command
-
Deputy Commandant
-
Assistant Commandant
-


National Security Guard[20]
NSG OF-8.svg
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
-
Additional director general
-
Inspector general
-
Deputy inspector general
-
Group Commander
-
Second In Command
-
Squadron Commander
-
Team Commander
-


Sashastra Seema Bal[21]
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
-
Additional 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[22]
Assam Rifles OR-9.svg
Assam Rifles OR-8.svg
Assam Rifles OR-7.svg
Assam Rifles OR-6.svg
No insignia
Subedar Major
सूबेदार मेजर
Subedar
सूबेदार
Naib Subedar
नायब सूबेदार
Warrant officer
-
Havildar[note 10]
हवलदार
Rifleman[note 11]
-


Central Industrial Security Force[16][17]
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
सूबेदार मेजर
Inspector
-
Sub inspector
-
Assistant Sub inspector
-
Head Constable
-
Naik
नायक
Constable
-


Central Reserve Police Force[18][19]
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[20]
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
सूबेदार मेजर
Assistant Commander-1
-
Assistant Commander-2
-
Assistant Commander-3
-
Ranger Grade I
-
Ranger Grade II
-
Combatised tradesmen
-


Sashastra Seema Bal[21]
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
Blank.svg
No insignia
Subedar Major
सूबेदार मेजर
Inspector
-
Sub inspector
-
Assistant Sub inspector
-
Head Constable
-
Naik
नायक
Lance Naik
लांस नायक
Constable
-


Special Frontier Force
No insignia
Subedar Major Subedar Naib Subedar Havildar Naik Lance Naik Sepoy
Rank group Junior commissioned officers Non commissioned officer Enlisted

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Also referred to by the rank Lieutenant general (लेफ्टिनेंट - जनरल)
  2. ^ Also referred to by the rank Lieutenant general (लेफ्टिनेंट - जनरल)
  3. ^ Also referred to by the rank Lieutenant general (लेफ्टिनेंट - जनरल)
  4. ^ Also referred to by the rank Major general (मेजर - जनरल)
  5. ^ Also referred to by the rank Brigadier (ब्रिगेडियर)
  6. ^ Also referred to by the rank Colonel (कर्नल)
  7. ^ Also referred to by the rank Lieutenant colonel (लेफ्टिनेंट - कर्नल)
  8. ^ Also referred to by the rank Major (मेजर)
  9. ^ Also referred to by the rank Captain (कप्तान)
  10. ^ Also referred to by the rank Head constable (-)
  11. ^ Also referred to by the rank Constable (-)

References

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  18. ^ a b "The Central Reserve Police Force Rules/Regulations/Scheme,1955" (PDF). 24 February 1955.
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