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Eligibilty Criteria

The eligibility criteria for Para Commando post-2022 have not been released yet. However, till the official notification is released, candidates can follow the eligibility criteria of last year, i.e. 2021. You can download BSF Practice Papers in pdf format.

As per the previous year, the first and foremost criteria to become a Para Commando Officer is to be a part of the Indian Army. Apart from that, you have to score 100% on Physical Fitness Test and at least 50% marks on the written test to be eligible to be a part of the Elite Para Regiment. Only those candidates who fulfil these conditions are asked to exercise the option of joining Elite Para Regiments by AROs just before their despatch.

There are some more criteria that candidates must fulfil to qualify for the Para Commando Post:

  • Nationality: Aspiring candidates should be a resident of India or Nepal, Bhutan or any Tibetan resident who came to India on or before 1 January 1962 to become an Indian resident.
  • Age: The Minimum age to apply for Pa0ra Regiment is 16.5 years, and the maximum age is 19.5 years.
  • Marital Status: Only unmarried male candidates are eligible to apply for the post of Para Commando Officer.
  • Height: To become a part of the army or navy or navy academy, candidates must have a height of at least 157 cm or 5.15 feet, while to be eligible for the air force, candidates must have a minimum height of 162.5 cm or 5.33 feet.
Exam Pattern

Before being eligible for the post of Para Commando, aspirants have to become a part of the Indian Army. To join the Indian Army, aspirants need to qualify for the NDA exam. Having proper knowledge of the exam pattern is the first step in moving towards the goal. Thus, given below is the detailed exam pattern for the NDA exam:

Particulars Details
Mode of Exam Offline
Number of Sections 2
Name of Sections
  • Mathematics
  • General Ability
Questions in Each Section
  • Mathematics – 120
  • General Ability – 150
Duration of the Examination 5 hours
Maximum number of Questions 270
Type of Questions Objective Questions
Maximum Number of Marks
  • Mathematics- 300
  • General Ability – 600
Marking Scheme
  • Mathematics
  • +2.5 marks for every correct answer
  • 0.83 marks for every wrong answer
  • General Ability
  • +4 marks for every correct answer
  • 1.33 marks for every wrong answer
Language English and Hindi

After qualifying for the written test, candidates will have to appear for an SSB interview based on which final shortlist will be prepared. This interview will be of a maximum of 900 marks.

Para Commando Special Test 2022

After being eligible for the Para Commando post, these candidates will have to mandatorily pass the special tests organized by the Board of Officers of PRTC at the ARO location. Candidates will have to achieve the given standards in these tests to qualify for the Para Commando Post:

Sr. No. Test Standard
1. 5 km run 20 minutes
2. Chin Up 14
3. Push Up 40 reps in 1 minute
4. Sit Up 80 reps in 2 minutes
5. Metre Shuttle 17 times in 1 minute

Once the candidates are selected, they will have to further go through PRTC, i.e. Pre Recruitment Training Course. If these candidates fail to meet the required target standards at PRTC, then they will be sent back to their parent regimen for further training.

Admission Open 2023