Border Security Force (BSF)

  • BSF is primary border guarding organisation of India and termed as First Line of Defence of Indian Territories.
  • It is the sentinels of Indian borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh.
  • It came into existence on 1st December, 1965.
  • It was created by merging various State Armed Police Battalions for achieving a better coordinated synergy between the border guarding functions in peace time and fighting the war during the eventuality on both Western and Eastern fronts.
  • BSF is deployed on Indo-Pakistan International Border, Indo-Bangladesh International Border, Line of Control (LoC) along with Indian Army and in Anti-Naxal Operations.
  • Since its inception, BSF has proven its credentials during various counter insurgency and anti-militancy operations, internal security duties, natural calamities etc.
  • BSF is one of the five Central Armed Police Forces of Union of India under the administrative control of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
  • It is mandated with guarding India’s land border during peacetime and preventing transnational crime.
  • BSF currently stands as the world’s largest border guarding force.