Andhra Pradesh’s representation in Central forces low, say speakers at The Hindu seminar

Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) offer a better avenue to those seeking careers in police forces in terms of career progression, emoluments, facilities for families and work satisfaction, apart from the opportunity to travel across the country when compared to State police services.

However, representation from the State is awfully low in these services thanks to lack of awareness, according to speakers at a seminar on ‘Career Prospects in Central Armed Police Forces’, organised by The Hindu Education Plus in association with Hyderabad Study Circle on Sunday.

The number of people employed in CAPF is more than the combined strength of defence forces, said former IPS officer and HSC Director C. Anjaneya Reddy.

“Competition is less and hence better the opportunities,” he observed and said that HSC had designed a special course to train aspirants.

Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Inspector-General (South India) N.R.K. Reddy said the representation of candidates from the State was less in CAPF, and that they should consider it as a career opportunity. “Central forces give better pay and facilities along with assured career progression. The facilities and opportunities in Central forces are unmatched,” he said.

Mr. Reddy added that a single exam was conducted for five main organisations - CRPF, Border Security Force (BSF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). The exam is rather easy, and vacancies are more.

He said the physical parameters could be met by anyone with minimum preparation. CRPF Deputy Inspector-General Khaja Shujanuddin shared his experiences and said that growth was fast0 and time-bound. Now, CAPF personnel are also regarded as ex-servicemen.

M.V. Krishna Rao, former SSB Director-General and Additional DG, CRPF, advised the candidates to take a shot at CAPF as success rate was high. More than 1,000 officers’ posts are filled every year unlike the State Police where the number is in two digits. Those preparing for UPSC tests and State services should explore these opportunities, he said.

State Level Police Recruitment Board Chairman and Additional DG J. Poornachandra Rao said HSC would help candidates in preparing for the physical test with support from CRPF. HSC Academic Director Krishna Reddy spoke about the written test and tips to be followed to clear the examination.

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