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ASI: Assistant Sub-Inspector

The full form of ASI is Assistant Sub-Inspector. It is the entry rank in the officer grade in the police and paramilitary services of India. An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) is a non-gazetted police officer who ranks above a police head constable and below a sub-inspector (SI). ASI may be an investigating officer; But most of the time, an Inspector or a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) is made the Investigating Officer. Usually, ASI is in charge of Border Patrol platoon in Border Security Forces like BSF, ITBP and others.

ASI full form

How to become ASI?

There are two options to become ASI in police

  1. One may recruited as constable and after promotion Head Constable and finally ASI.
  2. Direct recruit as ASI after successfully completion of test. Follwing is the eligibilty conditions for direct appointment.

Eligibility Conditions:

A. Nationality/ Citizenship: A candidate must be either :
(a) a citizen of India, or
(b) a subject of Nepal, or
(c) a subject of Bhutan, or
(d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India, before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
(e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania ( Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar ), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam to permanently settle in India.

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) above shall be a person in whose favor a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

B. Age Limit: Candidates’ age limit should be between 20-25 years. There are some exceptions for backward classes and Central Government Civilian Employees as per extant Government order.

C.Essential Qualifications:
A. Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized university or equivalent.
B. For the post of Sub Inspector in Delhi Police only:- Male candidates must possess and also carry a valid Driving License (DL) for LMV(Motorcycle and Car) on the date fixed for Physical Endurance and Standard Tests. Otherwise, they will not be allowed to undergo Physical Endurance and Standard Tests.

D. Physical Standards:

Category of candidatesHeight
(in cms)
Chest (in cms) Unexpanded Chest (in cms) Expanded
(i) For male candidates only
170  8085 
For candidates belonging to Hill areas of
Garhwal, Kumaon, Himachal Pradesh,
Gorkhas, Dogras, Marathas, Kashmir
Valley, Leh & Ladakh regions,
The North-Eastern States and Sikkim
 165 8085 
For all candidates belonging to Scheduled
 162.5 7782 
 (ii) For Female candidates only
 157–  –
For candidates belonging to Hill areas of
Garhwal, Kumaon, Himachal Pradesh,
Gorkhas, Dogras, Marathas, Kashmir
Valley, Leh & Ladakh regions,
The North-Eastern States and Sikkim
 155 – –
For all candidates belonging to Scheduled
 154 – –

1. There shall be no minimum requirement of chest measurement for Female candidates.
2. Relaxation in height and chest ( as the case may be ) as mentioned above will be permissible only on production of certificate in the proforma as prescribed

I. Weight: Corresponding to height for all posts.

E. Medical standard (For all posts):

i. The minimum distant vision should be 6/6 and 6/9 of two eyes without correction i.e.without wearing glasses.

ii. The candidate must not have knock-knee, flat, varicose veins, or squint in eyes and should possess high color vision. 

iii. They must be in good mental and bodily health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient performance of the duties.

Job Profile

ASI Insignia

The rank insignia for an ASI is one star and a red and blue striped ribbon at the outer edge of the shoulder straps. In police stations, the ASI is usually in charge of the armory and in training centers, he is the chief drill officer. In Armed Police and CRPF/BSF/ITBP/CISF he is the second-in-charge after Platoon SI and has been assigned the Staff/Administrative charge of Platoon.

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