Recruitment Procedure for PARA / PARA (Special Forces)

Para (Special Forces), commonly known as Para SF, is the special force unit of the Indian Army. It is attached to the Parachute Regiment.

The unit's heritage stems from World War II, with the creation of the 50th Parachute Brigade in October 1941. 9 Para SF, raised in 1966 as 9th Parachute Commando Battalion, is the oldest among the eight Para SF units of the Indian Army.

The unit is tasked with missions such as special operations, direct action, hostage rescue, counter-terrorism, unconventional warfare, special reconnaissance, foreign internal defense, counter-proliferation, counter-insurgency, seek and destroy and personnel recovery.

  1. The 1 Para (SF) is trained for covert and overt operation; 2, 3 and 4 Para (SFs) is trained for urban warfare, unconventional warfare, foreign internal defence, special reconnaissance & so on.
  2. 5, 6, 7 and 8 Para are airborne units, not specialised in any particular warfare.
  3. The 9 Para (SF) is trained extensively in mountain warfare and cross trained in urban jungle and desert warfare.
  4. The 10 Para (SF), a residue from the 9 Para (SF) is the toughest battalion in PARA, trained for desert warfare and cross trained in all other warfare.
  5. The 21 Para (SF) is permanently situated in North-East and is very highly trained in Counter Insurgency & Jungle Warfare and Guerrilla warfare being the best in camouflage and concealment and sniping as well.

Difference between PARA & PARA(SF)

The Indian Para SF (insignia: Balidan) is different from Para battalions (insignia: Shatrujeet) and other commandos. The only similarity between them is that all three forces are commandos. The other two are best used behind enemy lines; the Para battalions have the ability to hold ground for brief periods, while the Para SF are mobile forces that have to strike multiple targets hard and move on — the “tip of the spear”. Para (SF) are Special Forces, especially trained in unconventional warfare. 

Balidan Badge

These commandos are even capable of firing while lying down, standing, running full-sprint, even backwards and looking into a mirror – with a reaction time of 0.27 seconds.

Their task also includes martial arts training, tactical shooting, stress firing, reflex shooting, buddy system drills, close quarter battle, tactical driving, advance weapon courses & handling, sniping, demolition training, survival skills, linguistic training, logistic training, trade-craft training is imparted by the intelligence agencies.

6000 ft Jump 

These warriors are one of the best in the world. To be a part of such an elite "Men apart, every man an emperor" zone, one must be fit and possess a zeal & potential to clear the physical test whose parameters are being set by the Indian Army. The Recruitment procedure has been laid by the force and it is available on the official website of Indian Army. You can check the complete recruitment procedure below.


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