Central Armed Police Forces have over 41000 women personnel

The existing strength of women personnel in India’s Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Assam Rifles (AR) is 41,606.

The steps taken to encourage recruitment of women personnel in CAPFs & AR are at Annexure.


Steps taken to encourage the recruitment of women personnel in CAPFs & ARs

  1. Recruitment is being conducted by making wide publicity through print/electronic media. All female candidates are exempted from payment of application fee.
  2. There are relaxations in Physical Standard Test (PST) and Physical Efficiency Test(PET) for all female candidates for recruitment in CAPFs  in comparison to Male candidates. 
  3. Facilities already available under the Central Government like Maternity Leave, Child Care Leave, are also applicable to CAPFs women personnel.
  4. One female member is detailed as member of the board for making recruitment of women personnel.
  5. Creches and Day Care Centres have been provided by the CAPFs to women employees.
  6. Committees have been constituted at all levels to check sexual harassment and to expeditiously deal with the complaints of women personnel.
  7. Women personnel are given equal opportunity in their career progression i.e. promotion/seniority as per the RRs at par with male counter parts.
  8. The appointment of a woman candidate pregnant of 12 weeks standing or over is held in abeyance until the confinement is over.

 This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Nityanand Rai in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha on 6th February 2024.

Source: https://pib.gov.in