Assistant Commandant is a title often given to the second-in-command of a military, uniformed service, training establishment or academy. This usage is common in English-speaking nations and in some countries it may be a military or police rank.
The rank of Assistant Commandant is equivalent to the ranks of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and Captain in the Indian Army. This rank is a Group-A gazetted officer rank in the Central Armed Police Forces of India.
Assistant Commandant is empowered to command a Company/Unit consisting 140-160 personnel and is responsible for the overall operation of the company.Assistant Commandants are also trained to serve various important organisations such as RAW, NSG, SPG, NIA, IB, CBI, NDRF, NCB and Indian Army on deputation. Their role and performance, therefore, assumes a great significance due to the special features of an emergency force which is pressed in aid to civil power to perform multiple roles in extremely difficult situations.
COMPARATIVE RANKS TO ASSISTANT COMMANDANT(AC)
|CAPFs ranks||Police ranks||Army ranks||Navy ranks||Air Force ranks||Coast Guard ranks|
|Director General (Apex Scale)||Director General of State Police Force||Lieutenant General||Vice Admiral||Air Marshal||Director General|
|Additional Director General (ADG)||Additional Director General (ADG)||Lieutenant General||Vice Admiral||Air Marshal||Additional Director General|
|Inspector General (IG)||Inspector General (IG)||Major General||Rear Admiral||Air Vice Marshal||Inspector General|
|Deputy Inspector General (DIG)||Deputy Inspector General (DIG)||Brigadier||Commodore||Air commodore||Deputy Inspector General|
|Commandant||Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP)||Colonel||Captain||Group Captain||commandant|
|Second-in-Command||Superintendent of Police (SP)||No Equivalent - Lt Colonels are considered senior to Superintendent of Police/Second in Command due to higher pay band given to Lt Cols as per Pranab Mukherjee Committee report. Second in Command pay level is 12 whereas Lt Col is pay level 12 A in defence pay matrix||No Equivalent||No Equivalent||commandant (Jr grade).|
|Deputy Commandant||Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police/Additional Superintendent of Police||Major||Lieutenant Commander||Squadron Leader||Deputy Commandant|
|Assistant Commandant||Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) / Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP)||Lieutenant / Captains, Lieutenants (Indian Navy), Flight Lieutenants are considered senior to Asst Supdt of Police/Asst Commandants as pay level of Defence officers here is 10B whereas of Asst Supdt of Police & Assistant Commandants in Pay level 10||Sub Lieutenant||Flying Officer||Assistant Commandant|
After joining service as Asstt.Commandant the following promotional avenues are available to cadre officers:-
|Rank||Qualifying service for Promotion.|
|Dy. Commandant.||5 years as Asstt. Commandnat.|
|Second-In-Command||5 years as Dy.Commandant (with total 10 years Group 'A' service).|
|Commandant||5 years as Second-In-Command (with 15 years Group 'A' service)|
|DIGP||3 years as Commandant (with 20 years Group 'A' service)|
|IGP||3 years as DIG (24 years Group 'A' service)|
|Rank||Pay Scale||Pay Band|
|Director-General||INR 2,25,000||Apex Fixed|
|Additional Director General||INR 1,82,200 to INR 2,24,100||HAG|
|Inspector General||INR 1,44,000 to INR 2,18,000||Pay Band 4|
|Deputy Inspector General||INR 1,31,000 - INR 2,15,900||Pay Band 4|
|Sr. Commandant||INR 1,31,000 - INR 2,15, 900.||Pay Band 4|
|Commandant||INR 78,800 - INR 2,09,200||Pay Band 3|
|Deputy Commandant||INR 67,700 - INR 2,08,700||Pay Band 3|
|Assistant Commandant||INR 56,100 - 1,77,500||Pay Band 3|
Sub Inspectors are recruited through competitive examination conducted by Staff Selection Commission and they are referred to as DASOs (Directly Appointed Subordinate Officers). DESOs (Departmental Entry Subordinate Officers) are those officers who have been promoted through departmental exams conducted internally for Constables, Head Constables, and Assistant Sub Inspectors.