According to the official definition adopted in 2011, “Paramilitary Forces” refers to three organisations which assist the Indian Armed Forces particularly closely and are led by officers of the Indian Army or Indian Navy. They are:
- The Assam Rifles (AR) – 50,000 personnel – led by Indian Army officers reporting to the Ministry of Home Affairs
- The Special Frontier Force (SFF) – 10,000 personnel – led by Indian Army officers reporting to Indian Intelligence
- The Indian Coast Guard 10,000 personnel – 29 stations – usually led by Indian Navy officers and reporting to the Ministry of Defense.