What is Difference between Paramilitary Forces and Central Armed Police Forces?

Indian armed forces consist of three services viz. Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force. The President of India is the Supreme Commander of Indian Armed Forces {as per article 53(2)}. With around 13 Lakh active personnel, India has world’s third largest military force. The armed forces are supported by three paramilitary forces viz. Assam Rifles, Indian Coast Guard and Special Front Force. Indian Armed Forces and Paramilitary forces come under the Ministry of Defense.

Central Armed Police Forces

Currently, India has five Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) viz. Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). These come under the Ministry of Home Affairs.

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