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How CISF plans to absorb retired Army personnel into its ranks

CISF Tuesday invited applications from retired Army personnel below 50 years of age through an advertisement. A committee to select the candidates will be constituted by CISF.

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New Delhi: To help and rehabilitate retired Army personnel, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is all set to engage 2,000 of them in the ranks of sub-inspector and below, in various units across the country on contractual basis.

The force Tuesday invited applications from servicemen, who have retired from the Army and are below the age of 50 years, through an advertisement.

These appointments, a senior CISF official told ThePrint, will be done for one year initially, which will be then reviewed on a yearly basis for two years and the renewal of the contract would depend on the performance of the candidate.

These personnel, the official said, will be posted along with CISF personnel in a ratio of 75:25 — 75 per cent will be serving CISF personnel and 25 per cent former Army men on contract — for different posts at selected units.

Along with the salary from CISF, the ex-servicemen will continue to receive their pension, the official added.

“This is a pilot project that started with the CISF. If it succeeds, then there will be another drive to recruit more people within the CISF and even to the other CAPFs (Central Armed Police Forces). The aim is to rehabilitate Army personnel who retire early after 5, 10 or 20 years of service, and use their expertise,” said chief PRO, CISF, DIG Amil Pandey.

“These servicemen have the Army discipline and training. Also, they know how forces work and they are fit for security duties. It will be an added support for our personnel as well. We look forward to making these recruitments and having these personnel on board,” Pandey said.

The industrial units where these personnel will first be deployed are — in Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh), Anpara, Obra, Unchahar and Kasimpur (Uttar Pradesh), Sidhi (Madhya Pradesh), Nazira (Assam), Angul (Odisha), Farakka and Kolkata (West Bengal), Neyveli (Tamil Nadu), Raichur (Karnataka) and Ukai (Gujarat).

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Screening and selection

According to the senior CISF official mentioned above, a thorough screening-cum-selection process, which will include physical tests, will be followed to make these recruitments.

A committee for selection of the candidates will be constituted by the CISF, the officer said.

“The scrutiny of application form and detailed verification of documents with original documents provided by candidates will be done. The candidates are required to produce documents, including pension payment order, education qualification and others,” the official said.

Following that, there will be a physical standard test.

“The ex-Army personnel applying for the post of SI (sub-inspector) or ASI (assistant sub-inspector) are required to fulfill the physical standards prescribed. Marks will be given to candidates based on that,” the official said.

A qualitative assessment will be done based on the grading and the marks, which will decide if the candidate qualifies for the post or not.

“The selected personnel will then appear for a medical examination. Based on marks scored, merit will be drawn and younger candidates will be given preference. In case of a tie, the same shall be resolved by comparing the height,” the officer explained.

Initially, 2,000 personnel — which include 1,326 constables, 424 head constables, 137 assistant sub-inspectors and 63 sub-inspectors — will be deployed across 13 units identified by the CISF. The appointments will be made according to corresponding ranks in the Army.


Speaking about the requirement for these posts, the official said that the post of SI will be for servicemen of rank Subedar and above, ASI for rank Naib Subedar and above, Head Constable (HC) for Havildar and above, and Constable for sepoy and above.

For both SI and ASI, the height of the candidate has to be 170 cm and for candidates of Garhwal, Kumaun, Himachal Pradesh, Gorkhas, Dogras, Maratha and Kashmir, the height should be 165 cm. For Scheduled Tribes, the height requirement is 162.5 cm.

While an SI will be paid Rs 40,000, an ASI will be paid Rs 35,000, a HC will earn Rs 30,000 and a Constable will be given a salary of Rs 25,000.

“These personnel will also be provided barrack accommodations. Also, an annual increment of 5 per cent of the considered wages in the 13th month, that is after completion of one year will be given. No HRA will be payable,” the official added.

Posts and duties

The selected personnel will then be posted across various industrial units of the CISF and assist its personnel in patrolling and security duties.

These personnel, however, will be unarmed, the official quoted above said.

“Their duties will include unarmed patrolling, checking of vehicles at entry points, access control, keeping a watch from watch towers and the like. They will be a part of the unarmed component to assist the CISF personnel who are on duty. They will be inducted for various support duties,” the official said.

Once these personnel are recruited, they will also be trained for these duties, the official said.

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  1. This is very good step by CISF. However, as the Army/ Navy / Airforce personnel are excellent in the use of weapons and tactics coupled with highest morale and discipline, they can perform duties with arms very well here also. If they continue to perform duties with arms, the preparedness of the concerned force will not be minus 25%
    *An humble suggestion 🙏

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