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The Union Home Ministry has fixed the retirement age of all Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel at 60 years.


  • The MHA issued the order following a January 2019 Delhi High Court verdict asking the Ministry to fix a retirement age that would be uniform for all members of the CAPFs.
  • All personnel in the Central Industrial Security Force and the Assam Rifles retire at the age of 60.
  • However, in the other four forces — Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Sashastra Seema Bal — those from the ranks of constable to commandant retire at 57, but those above them retired at 60.

Key data:

  • The retirement age will be applicable to personnel of Central Reserve Police Forces (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and regular cadre of the Paramilitary component of the Assam Rifles (AR).
  • Those who have retired (at 57 years) in between the court order and the MHA directive issued on Monday will have two options – either to join service after returning all pensionary benefits (if received) or straightaway get all pension benefits as due to them as on completion of 60 years of service.

Central Armed Police Forces:

  • The Central Armed Police Forces include the BSF, CRPF, ITBP, CISF and SSB.
  • These five forces come under the Home Ministry and are a sizeable entity.
  • They number almost 9 lakhs or close to a million personnel.
  • Each force is headed by a Director General drawn from the Indian Police Service.


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