The Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) refers to a uniform designation for five security forces in India under the supervision of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Namely the Border Security Force (BSF), the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), and the Indian Border Police (ITBP).
Each of the five CAPFs (BSF, CRPF, ITBP, CISF and SSB) has its own cadre of officers, but they are headed by officers from the Indian Police Service. For many years, they have demanded improved promotional opportunities. However, the highest echelons of these organizations, including the head of the organization, designated as the Director General, are reserved by the Ministry of Home Affairs for Indian Police Service (IPS) officers. Five CAPFs were upgraded by the Manmohan Singh UPA-led government following the 6 CPC apex scale, a note held by the DGs of various state policemen. They received a total of 52.443 billion crore (8.0 billion US dollars) for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.
Officers in CAPFs are recruited through Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination conducted by UPSC. They are appointed as Assistant Commandants and are Gazetted Officers generally referred as DAGOs (Directly Appointed Gazetted Officers). DEGOs (Departmental Entry Gazetted Officers) are who have been promoted through departmental exams conducted internally for Subordinate Officers.