Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts the examination for the recruitment of assistant sub inspectors in the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). The Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) post in CISF is a Group C post in Central Government with the grade pay being 2800 in the pay band of 5200-20200. It is basically a field job as the name suggests, but let us delve deeper into it to find out what lies ahead for an ASI in CISF.
Facts about CISF?
- The CISF came into existence in 1969, having three battalions, to provide integrated security cover to the Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs).
- The Force has grown several folds to reach 1,41,735 personnels today.
- Now, CISF is no longer a PSU-centric organization. Instead, it has become a premier multi-skilled security agency of the country, mandated to provide security to major critical infrastructure installations of the country in diverse areas.
- CISF is currently providing security cover to Nuclear Installations, Space Establishments, Airports, Seaports, Power Plants, Sensitive Government Buildings and Ever Heritage Monuments.
The Assistant Sub Inspectors (ASIs) in CISF are the backbone of the force because they are the main mediators between the team in the field and the control room. So, they actually run the force smoothly so that it can fulfill its stated objective without any hassle. The main duties include:
• Airport Security: This is the most common sight of any CISF personnel as so many people use it every day. The ASIs are there to provide the last mile security to the airports that connect various parts of our country.
• Industrial Security: This is another objective of the force and it was actually the main reason why the force was created in the first place. It provides security services to the public sector industrial locations around the country. ASIs are generally posted in these areas.
• Search Operation: Being in Police means that you need to have the authority to search a suspect and once you get the order from the higher-ups, the ASIs can carry out these operations in their place of duty but generally they are supervised by sub-inspectors at the time of the search operations.
• Power of Seizure: This is another area where ASIs come in handy as they have to search and seize any suspect for preventive custody in any place they are posted. Supervised by the sub inspectors, they have to seize anything that is illegally in possession of the suspected persons.
• Clerical duties: Though the job is mostly about field job, there are opportunities for being in a desk job as well, but there you have to do all the clerical work as in any other government offices. You have to maintain files of various operations, administrative matters etc.
ASI in CISF: what you get
Once you join the organization as an ASI, You are liable to get promoted to the rank of a sub inspector, basically after five years of continuous service. However, This happens hardly since the promotional exercises are carried out on the basis of zonal security and you have very little chance of getting your first promotion before at least 7-8 years of service. There are departmental exams as well to fast track the process, but there also the seniority factor comes into play and it becomes difficult to rise to the next level.
ASI in CISF is neither a cushy desk job, nor has its many perks and a very high salary. But the catch is the thrill and adventure of being in one of the unique paramilitary forces in the whole world. Besides that, you earn immense social respect as a member of the military establishment of the country, which is patriotic as well. However, maintaining a family life is difficult in the job. It depends on the person who is going for it because one job may not be suitable for one, but it may bring out the best in the other. So, go through the pros and cons before taking the leap and decide wisely.
As an officer through SSC SI ASI exam, you will receive promotions in the following manner-
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