Assistant Sub-Inspector is the full form of ASI. In India’s police and paramilitary services, it is the entry rank in the officer grade. A non-gazetted police officer who ranks above a police head constable but below a sub-inspector is known as an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) (SI). An ASI can be an investigating officer, however most of the time the Investigating Officer is an Inspector or a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP). In Border Security Forces such as the BSF, ITBP, and others, the ASI is usually in charge of the Border Patrol platoon.

How do you become an ASI?

There are two ways to become an ASI in the police force.

One can be hired as a constable, then promoted to Head Constable, and lastly to ASI.

After passing the test, you will be hired as an ASI. The eligibility criteria for direct appointment are as follows.

Conditions of Eligibility:

A. Citizenship/Nationality: A candidate must be either: 

(a) an Indian citizen, 

(b) a Nepalese subject, 

(c) a Bhutanese subject, or 

(d) a Tibetan refugee who arrived in India before January 1, 1962 with the intention of staying permanently in India, or

(e) a person of Indian descent 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 live in India before the 1st January, 1962.

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

 B. Age Limit: Candidates must be between the ages of 20 and 25. According to current government orders, there are some exceptions for backward classes and Central Government Civilian Employees.

C.Qualifications Required:

  • A. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognised university.
  • B. Only for the position of Sub Inspector in the Delhi Police Department: – On the day set for Physical Endurance and Standard Tests, male candidates must have and carry a valid Driver License (DL) for LMV (Motorcycle and Car). They will not be permitted to take the Physical Endurance and Standard Tests if this is not the case.

D. Physical Standards: A Candidate should meet all the physical requirements to become an ASI. 

E. Other Requirements: For all posts, candidates should meet these other requirements also. 

  • Weight – the weight corresponds to the height.
  • Medical standard (applicable to all positions):
  • Eyesight: i. The distance vision of two eyes should be 6/6 and 6/9 without correction, i.e. without spectacles.
  • ii. The candidate should not have knock-knees, flat, varicose veins, or a squint in his or her eyes, and his or her skin should be of good hue.


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