BSF Eligibility Criteria & Selection Process

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BSF a paramilitary force that comes under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Every year BSF notify for recruitment at various categories, some through UPSC (for gazetted) and some for non gazetted post by SSC.

Border Security Force is providing a wonderful opportunity for those who want to serve the nation directly in uniform with proud and valor. There are separate vacancies for males and females with different physical standards. BSF has different grades and each has distinct eligibility criteria.

BSF rank hierarchy which as follows:

General Duty Cadre



Communication Set-up

Assistant Commandant

Assistant Sub Inspector (Radio Mechanic)

Head Constable (Radio Operator)


Head Constable (Fitter)

See Also: Upcoming BSF Recruitment 2020

BSF Eligibility Criteria For Constable

BSF Constable (General Duty) comes under non-gazetted officer cadre. Constable is an important element of BSF and it is the most opted trade among aspirants because hundred of vacancies are released every year for this trade.

Eligibility criteria is categorized under age, education, physical standards, etc. Candidates must fulfill all the criteria before applying for the post.

BSF constable Age limit

An applicant must be between 18 to 23 years as on 1st of August every year. Relaxation for SC/ST/OBC, ex-servicemen and other categories will be provided according to the government orders.

Constable educational qualification

Candidates should have passed class 10th or above from a recognized board or university. Not percentage criteria is needed for constable GD.

Physical Standards

  • Height: required for male candidate is 170 cms and for female is 157 cms.
  • Chest: required for males without expansion is 80 cms and with minimum expansion of 5 Cms.
  • Weight: for both males and females is proportionate to their height and age as per medical standards.
  • Relaxation: for candidates belongs to Garhwalis, Kumaonis, Gorkhs, Dogras, Marathas, states of Sikkim, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir and Leh & Ladakh regions of J&K as per their height, chest & weight as follows:
Schedule Cast and Other Backward Cast
S/No Height Chest Weight
Males 165 cms 80 to 85 cms Proportionate to height and age as per medical standards
Females 155 cms
Scheduled Tribe
Males 162.5 cms 78 to 83 cms Proportionate to height and age as per medical standards
Females 150 cms 76 to 81 cms

Medical Standards: The minimum far vision should be 6/6 and 6/9 for both the eyes without wearing glasses. Candidates must not have squint in their eyes and have high color vision.

Note: Candidates should not have knock knee, flat foot and varicose vein and should be in good mental and body health, free from any kind of physical defect. This criteria is same for all BSF rank hierarchy.

# Constable Selection Process

Constable selection procedure is completed in 6 steps, which are mention below:

Physical Standard Test (PST): Candidates must go through the physical standards which is set for their height, weight and chest. If anyone does not fulfill the required standards, will be eliminated.

Document Verification: After physical standard test, candidates have to bring their original certificates with them while verification as per mention in educational qualification.

Physical Efficiency test (PET): Those who qualify the above two levels, are going to give their efficiency tests which are race, long jump and high jump. This test is qualifying in nature because it does not carry any marks. There is no PET for Ex-Servicemen, they would be required to pass the medical examination. Here are the brief description of these:

Race High Jump Long Jump
Male 5 km in 24 minutes 11 feet with 3 chances 3-1/2 feet with 3 chances
Female 1.6 km in 8.30 minutes 9 feet with 3 chances 3 feet with 3 chances

Written test: 
Successful candidates of PET, will give the written exam which contains objective paper (Hindi and English) of 100 questions with total 100 marks and there is no negative marking.
Medical Exam: Candidates should be mental and bodily fit and satisfy the conditions of medical standards.
Merit List: In the last, the merit list will be drawn including the marks of written exam as per their category.

Eligibility Criteria For Head Constable (Operator) & Head Constable (Fitter)

The age and medical criteria for both the post is same as Constable and the remaining criteria are as follows:

Educational qualification

  • For HC Operator, candidates must be matric or equivalent and 2 years of ITI certificate in Radio and TV/Electronics, or 10+2 with PCM from a recognized board.
  • For HC Fitter, must be matric or equivalent plus two years of ITI certificate in engine/fitter/Diesel Mechanic/Automobile/Motor Mechanic from an recognized institution by State/Central Government or equivalent, or 10+2 or equivalent with PCM from a recognized board.

Physical Standards for Operator & Fitter

Particulars Height Chest Weight
Expanded Unexpanded
For general category 170 cms 85 cms 80 cms According to height
SC/ST (Adivasis/Tribals) must be 162.5 cms 81 cms 76 cms
Those having 165 cms height must be 165 cms 83 cms 78 cms

Eligibility Criteria For Sub Inspector (SI)

SI is the lowest rank officer under central armed police forces and its exam is conducted by Staff Selection Commission (SSC). SI vacancies are filled directly by 1/3 of the post and remaining 2/3 by promotion itself. Criteria for SI direct recruitment are as follows:

Candidates Age must be 20 to 25 years. The age relaxation is provided time to time for SC/ST/OBC according to the government instructions.

Educational Qualification: Bachelor’s degree in any stream from a recognized university or equivalent, must be required.

Physical Standards:

  • The required height for male candidates are 170 cms and for female candidates are 157 cms.
  • Height required for candidates belonging to hilly areas (Garhwal, Kumaon, HP, Leh & Ladakh, Kashmir valley, Gorkhas, Marathas, Sikkimies, Dogras & NE States) is 165  and 155 cms of male and female.
  • Height eligible for candidates belong to scheduled tribes is 162.5 cms for males and 154 cms to female.
  • The chest requirement for males of this post is 80 to 85 cms for general, 80 to 85 cms for candidates belong to hilly areas and 77 to 82 cms for scheduled tribe.
  • Weight is measured according to height as per medical standards.

Medical Standards: The distant vision should be 6/6 or 6/9 for both the eyes without wearing glasses.

# Sub Inspector Selection Process

Sub Inspector selection process includes different stages for candidates to reach their desired rank. The selection procedure starts with Paper I and followed by PET/PST, then qualified candidates will give Paper II and then medical examination. In the last, the merit list would be drawn. Let’s know in brief about these levels:

Written Examination: written exam is divided into two categories i.e. Paper I and Paper II. Paper I is a multiple choice based paper of total 200 marks and 200 questions with 2 hours duration. Paper I is further divided into four sections, each carrying 50 questions of 50 marks.

In Paper II, the questions will be subjective type means you have to write by using pen. The paper is of total 200 marks with 2 hours duration.

Candidates can give exam in any format i.e. Hindi and English and there is negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answers. So, candidates should keep this thing in mind while giving exam.

Physical Standard Test (PSI)/Physical Endurance Test (PET): After qualifying Paper I successfully, candidates first go through physical standards and then by physical endurance test, it can be vice-versa. PET doesn’t contain any marks but it would be a qualifying or eliminating nature. Those who qualify endurance test successfully will proceed to next level i.e. Paper II. The PET includes:

Male Female
100 meters race in 16 seconds 100 meters in 18 seconds
1.6 km race in 6.5 seconds 800 meters race in 4 minutes
 3.65 meters long jump in 3 chances  2.7 meters (9 feet) long jump in 3 chances
1.2 meters high jump in 3 chances 0.9 meters (3 feet) high jump in 3 chances
4.5 meters shotput (16 lbs) in 3 Chances  –

Medical Exam & Merit List: Candidate must satisfy the eye vision as mention in medical standards and should be in good body and mental health. After medical exam, merit list is drawn which includes the marks of written exam and final selection will be made as per the merit list.

Eligibility Criteria for Assistant Sub Inspector (Radio Mechanic)

In SI radio mechanic trade, the criteria for age and physical standard are same as SI. The educational qualification required for this post is Matric with 3 years diploma in Electronics / Radio and TV technology / Tele-Communications / Computer / Electrical / Mechanical / Engineering / Domestic appliance from a recognized institution by State/Central Government, or should have 10+2 or equivalent with 50% marks in PCM from a recognized board.

The candidates who will qualified for the medical should have eyesight near vision for better eye is J-I, J-II, 6/6 and 6/9 high grade. Candidates have to pass the high-grade colour vision test.

Eligibility Criteria For Assistant Commandant (AC)

Assistant Commandant is a gazetted officers category and is filled up by examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). There is a direct recruitment for assistant commandant post by 50% (including 10% from SSCO) and remaining 50% by promotion from the procedure Inspector to AC. The eligibility criteria for AC is as follows:

Age of candidate must be from 19 to 25 years. In case of SC/ST/OBC, relaxation is given as per the instructions provided by government of India.

Educational Qualification: Candidates must have a graduate degree in any stream from a recognized institution/university or equivalent. NCC ‘C’ or ‘B’ certificate or achievements in sports or athletics will added an advantage to your qualification.

Physical Standards

  • Required height for male and female candidate is 165 cms and 157 cms, respectively.
  • The required chest for males is 81 to 86 cms and there is no chest measurement for female candidate.
  • Weight required for males is 50 kgs and for females, taken as according to their height but it should be not less than 46 kgs.

Medical Standards

  • For males, distant vision should be 6/6 or 6/9 and near vision be J-I (with or without glasses).
  • For females, distant vision should be 6/12 or 6/9 and near vision should be J-II (with or without glasses).
  • Color vision should be high.

# Assistant Commandant Selection Process

The selection procedure for assistant commandant is similar to sub inspector, but there is only one difference of personal interview. The process starts with written exam, followed by PET/PST/Medical exam, Interview and merit list at the end.

Written Examination: written exam composed of two paper which is Paper I and Paper II. Paper I (General Ability and Intelligence) is of 200 marks contains 125 multiple choice questions (Hindi and English) with the duration of 2 hours.

Paper II (General Studies, Essay, and Comprehension) is a subjective paper of 200 marks with the total duration of 3 hours. Candidates will have the option to write in English or in Hindi medium, but for precise writing, comprehension components and other communications/ language skills will be given in English medium only.

Physical Standards, Physical Efficiency and Medical Standards Tests: After clearing written exam, candidates will call for physical standards, physical efficiency and medical test. This section doesn’t carry any marks. Candidates must satisfy all physical standards before proceeding to physical efficiency test, which includes:

Male Female
100 meters race in 16 secs 100 meters race in 18 secs
 800 meters race in 3 mins 45 secs  800 meters race in 4 min 45 secs
 3.5 meters long jump in 3 chances  3 meters long jump in 3 chances
 4.5 meters shotput (7.26 kgs)  –

Candidates are examine under the medical officers and must be mentally and bodily fit and doesn’t have any injuries.

Interview/Personality Test: Shortlisted candidates called for interview and those who declared unfit are permit to attend personal interview provisionally before the Review Medical Board on their appeal by Appellate Authority. This section is of 150 marks.

Merit List: After completing all the stages, the merit list will be shown on the basis of written as well as personal interview marks and it will be considered as final selection by commission.

Eligibility Criteria for Assistant Commandant (Technical)

For technical trade, the candidates with B.Sc (Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics) and educational qualification mentioned above in assistant commandant eligibility criteria with Electronics stream are appointed for the rank of Assistant Commandant (Technical) and after this they get experienced through Battalion Signal Officers Course. Later on, the experienced officers work with upper posts of Communication Hierarchy.

So, this is all about eligibility criteria and selection process of BSF ranks. Hope this article will help you but if you still have any questions to ask, then feel free to comment below.

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  1. Hello sir.
    Good morning
    my name is jiban Bain and I am from West Bengal . Uttar Dinajpur.
    Sir I have completed 12th pass with 3 month hospitality cum tourism course . and computer basic knowledge.
    And I am SC Category . My age 25 year .
    And my hight 168 cm.
    sir which posts for I am eligible.

    1. Prof. Mohan Singh Rawat

      Hello, Jiban bain,
      According to your educational qualifications, you are eligible for the HC operators.
      If you have also done any other course like ITI or graduation then you are eligible for the various other posts.

  2. Sir meri umar 23 years old hai. Main 12 th pass hu. Me BSF ke liye eligible hu kya?

    1. Prof. Mohan Singh Rawat

      Hello, Gitesh
      If your D.O.B is before 1 August then you are eligible for the post, else not.

  3. Hello sir,
    My self vishnu. I want to ask you a question that to get relaxation in height in bsf in constable GD i have to be born and bought up in northeastern states having a domicile will be correct or bought up and having a domicile will do.

    1. Prof. Mohan Singh Rawat

      Hello Vishnu,
      You only need the domicile of the state you are applying to, there is no need for specifically born in that place.

  4. Good afternoon sir
    Mai 12th passed hoon aur Mai fencing game me national medalist hoon I want to join defence toh aap bta skte hai Mera bio ke according Mai kon si post deserve Karti hoon….. myself kiran age 18

  5. Sir i am praveen my age 24 i am OBC candidate. Am i eligible for gd constable post?

    1. Prof. Mohan Singh Rawat

      Yes, you are eligible to apply for BSF soldier GD constable.

  6. Hello sir, myself Ankit Bisht. I’m 23 years old now. I want to join BSF , so can I? and what should be the qualification criteria?

    1. Prof. Mohan Singh Rawat

      Yes, you can still make to BSF. You can apply for SI or Assistant Commandant post in BSF. The upper age limit for both the post is 25, and you must have a bachelors degree in any field.

  7. Sir, my weight is 65kg and height is 175 cm, 82 cm chest. But, i have 6 fingers in my leg.Can i join bsf?

    1. Prof. Mohan Singh Rawat

      Sorry to say, but Extra fingers are not allowed in BSF.

  8. Hello sir, i have obtained 61% in my class 12th. But, in one subject i have got statutory grace marks. Can i apply for BSF?

    1. Prof. Mohan Singh Rawat

      Yes, you can apply for BSF as there are not percentage criteria for the beginning posts.

  9. Sir BSF me ASI ki post hr saal nikalti h??

  10. Sir main st quota se hun to kya main bsf me ja skta hun?

    1. Prof. Mohan Singh Rawat

      yes, you can join BSF

  11. Sir I am 10th pass and my age is 28 years old, and my fitness is good. Am I eligible for BSF recruitment?

    1. Prof. Mohan Singh Rawat

      You have crossed the maximum age limit that is allowed in BSF (i.e 23 years). Therefore, you are not eligible to apply.

  12. Hello sir my name is Aditya I passed out 10 class now I’m doing 11
    What type of requirements should I do?

  13. Hello sir, I am Ravinder. Qualifications 12th pass, have fireman diploma certificate. Height 166 cm, age 24 years. Can i join BSF?

  14. Sir my father worked in BSF as havildar. Sir I was born in the year 1997, but in my certificates it is mentioned 1999. Now, in my fathers documents my date of birth is mentioned 1997. So, is it acceptable or not?

    1. Prof. Rajeev Mehra

      Hello Srinivash,
      if your date of birth do not match with the one that is mentioned in your fathers documents then you wont be able to get the benefit of relation certificate. So, you should first try to change your date of birth in your fathers documents. There are ways through which it can be done, contact BSF officials for more information.

  15. Hllo sir, is there any language barrier in interview?

    1. Prof. Rajeev Mehra

      Hello Abhishek,
      There are no language barrier in interview. You can give in Hindi and English.

  16. Hi sir, I am silambarasan 12th pass my hight 169 chest 81 an weight 62 I can apply for bsf sir?

  17. Mujhe anukampa ke Aadhar par bsf me naukri Milne wali hai. To kya anukampa ke Aadhar par bhi physical written medical hoga. Agar physical complete na ho to bhi job lag jayega na. Please just fast reply.

  18. i had 10th pass 62% sir i want to join bsf

  19. Hello!! sir ,
    I have completed PCM But (58℅)and also
    I have completed Diplomo in electronics&communication .can i apply to the Head constable (radio mechanic)

    1. Prof. Mohan Singh Rawat

      From the details, you have mentioned it seems that you are eligible for the post of Head Constable in BSF (Border Security Force).

  20. Hello sir my name is Pemba Tamang and m from darjeeling west bengal my age is 19 years and my educational qualification is 12th pass with a recognized board my height is 195.072 and my weight is around 80 i have my ST certificate and gorkha certificate as well will i be able to join sir??

    1. Prof. Mohan Singh Rawat

      Yes, you can apply for BSF (Border Security Force). Here is a link, given for BSF recruitment where you can check the latest recruitment and rally for BSF.

  21. Laser eye surgery eligible for it…??

    1. Prof. Mohan Singh Rawat

      Yes, you are eligible for the BSF (Border Security Force). But you should keep that in mind that there is no issue with your eyes.

  22. Hello sir,
    Am a freshly graduate and a dentist.
    Would like to my options to enter bsf. If there is a possibility.

    1. Prof. Mohan Singh Rawat

      Yes, there are recruitments in BSF (Medical). You should check the BSF official site for more information on BSF Recruitment.

  23. Jai hind
    Sir my name is suryajith . I have 80% mark in my 10th in govt school . .my height 175 cm and chest 85 + expand 5 cm age 18 .weight 65 . can i eligible for bsf

    1. Prof. Mohan Singh Rawat

      Yes, you are eligible for constable post in BSF (Border Security Force).

  24. My name is venkat sai i passed 10th and diploma in civil engineering fail my age 20 can i apply bsf

    1. Prof. Mohan Singh Rawat

      You are eligible for BSF Constable only. so, you can apply for only this post.

  25. Sir I m rohit chhettri from uttarakhand state I m national footballer so I want to zoin bsf

    1. Prof. Mohan Singh Rawat

      Hello Rohit, you can apply for both BSF and Indian army from sports quota. All the best.

  26. I am now goingto qualify 12th with pcm and also going to cross 18 year am i eligible?

    1. Prof. Mohan Singh Rawat

      Yes, A 12th passed student and 18 years old is eligible for BSF (Border Security Force).

  27. Sir 2 saal pehle Mera pair accident huva. Operation Kiya. Abhi hum fit for run. 5 km 20 mins simple run kartha. Me join ho saktha

    1. Prof. Mohan Singh Rawat

      If you have no problem with your leg then yes you can apply for BSF recruitment rally.

  28. Sir myself purvi jain
    My height is 157 cm in so can I apply for BSF

    1. Prof. Mohan Singh Rawat

      Hello Purvi, Yes you can apply for the higher posts in BSF.

  29. Sir,
    My self Rohit Kaswat. I want to join BSF. So, what qualifications are required?

    1. Prof. Rajeev Mehra

      Hello Rohit,
      It is very good to see that young boys, like you, want to join. To know each and every detail about BSF criteria please Click Here. This article will help you to know about every detail of BSF. For latest exam updates keep visiting us.

  30. Does there any criteria for law students and even though i have ncc c certificate with A grade nd im a national player tooo any criteria that i can try for bsf . pl let me knw

    1. Prof. Rajeev Mehra

      Hello Akhila,
      Yes, you can apply

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  32. Very good but update the notifications .if their any notification comes please send to my mail

    1. Hello Aravindaswamy,
      We try to update this page with the latest information and recruitment. To inform our readers about all the upcoming BSF recruitment is our primary goal here. You can bookmark this page and keep in touch with it to get all the latest information.

  33. Hello sir,
    My self Vishali, I want to join BSF, I had passed my 12th with PCB in this year, So can I join BSF?

    1. Hi Vishali,
      First you need to get clear what BSF post do you want to join and if you satisfy all the eligibility criteria mentioned above of a desired post, then you can proceed to recruitment process.

  34. Sir,
    My self mayur Pacharne. I want to join BSF. So, what qualifications are required?

    1. Hello Mayur,
      The qualifications for BSF is different for different posts. You need to pick a post first that you want to apply for, then you can look for eligibility criteria in respect to that post in the above page. If you satisfy all the criteria, then you can apply for the desired post. All the details regarding eligibility criteria are given in the page.

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