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IPS Indian Police Service Exam, Eligibility, Selection process And Job profile

IPS- Indian Police Service

Indian Police Service, IPS is the topmost police organization of the country where IPS officers are recruited to work for the country and prevent crimes. It is a matter of pride to get a chance and work as an IPS officer. IPS is the dream of many UPSC aspirants preparing for the civil services examinations. You can get appointed as an IPS officer in various states depending upon the various factors. Candidates must clear the examination after which they will be imparted training. Finally, they will be ready to work as an IPS officer. Let’s take a look at the Indian Police service exam, its eligibility criteria, important dates, selection process, salary and job profile.

UPSC IAS Cut Off Prelims & Mains

IPS Important Dates

The civil service preliminary examination for UPSC IPS will be conducted on 4th October 2020. Candidates who applied for the UPSC CSE 2020 notification will appear for the Prelims exam.

Event Date
UPSC IPS Notification Release Date 12.02.2020
Last Date for Receipt of Applications 03.03.2020 [till 6 pm]
UPSC IPS Preliminary exam Date 04.10.2020
Admit card Release Date Three weeks before the exam
UPSC Civil Services (Main) Examination 2020 Date 08.01.2021
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UPSC IPS Eligibility Criteria

UPSC IPS Nationality: Candidates must be a citizen of India for IPS Exam, otherwise, their candidature will be cancelled.

Age Limit: A candidate must have attained not less than the age of 21 years and must not have attained more than the age of 32 years as on the crucial date of eligibility i.e. 1st of August, 2020

Age Relaxation for Categories:

  • For SC/ ST, – age relaxation by 5 Years
  • For OBC, age relaxation by 3 Years
  • Defense Services Personnel disabled in operations during hostilities, age relaxation to 3 years
  • Ex-servicemen- age relaxation by 5 years

UPSC IPS Educational Qualifications

The candidate must hold a degree i.e. must have passed the graduate examination from any of the Universities.

IPS Officer Selection Process

To become an IPS Officer, you must appear for the civil services examination. It includes 3 stages of Civil Services examination that applicants need to pass in order to be eligible for the final merit:

  1. Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective Type) for Mains Examination
  2. Civil Services (Main) Examination for the interview round and
  3. Interview or Personality Test

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Preliminary Exam pattern

Paper Subject Marks Duration
Paper 1 General Studies 200 marks 2 Hours
Paper 2 Aptitude Test 200 marks 2 Hours
  • It is for screening purposes only.
  • The Preliminary Examination has 2 papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions).
  • Each paper carries 200 marks and a maximum of 400 marks.
  • Each paper will be given 2 hours duration.
  • The marks scored in Paper 1 will be included for screening and Paper 2 is qualifying in nature with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.

Mains Exam pattern

The UPSC IPS Mains exam consists of a total of 7 papers, subjective in nature. 2 papers out of the total are qualifying in nature.

Paper Subject Marks
One of the Indian Language  selected by the candidate 300 marks
English 300 marks
Paper-I Essay 250 Marks
General Studies-I
  • Indian Heritage and Culture,
  • History of the World and Society
  • Geography of the World and Society
250 Marks
General Studies -II
Governance, Polity, Constitution, Social Justice and International relations 250 Marks
General Studies -III
Technology, Environment, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Security and Disaster Management 250 Marks
General Studies -IV
Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude 250 Marks
Paper-VI Optional Subject Paper 1 250 Marks
Paper-VII Optional Subject Paper 2 250 Marks


Qualifying Papers: Each paper will be of 300 marks.

  • Paper-A (One of the Indian Language selected by the candidate) and
  • Paper-B (English).

Personality Test- 275 Marks

The total marks out of which merit will be decided are 2025 Marks.

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IPS Salary: IPS Monthly Salary

The IPS officers in India get the starting monthly salary of approximately Rs 56,100 (DA, HRA etc. are extra) after the 7th Pay Commission recommendation. IPS salary along with the officers rank is given in the table below.

Designation or IPS rank Salary after 7th Pay Commission
Director-General of Police 2,25,000.00 INR
Additional Director General of Police 2,05,400.00 INR
Inspector-General of Police 1,44,200.00 INR
Deputy Inspector General of Police 1,31,100.00 INR
Senior Superintendent of Police 78,800.00 INR
Additional Superintendent of Police 67,700.00 INR
Deputy Superintendent of Police 56,100.00 INR

IPS Officer Job Responsibilities

  • IPS Officers are appointed to fulfil various duties based on border responsibilities.
  • They are appointed in the areas to maintain public peace and order.
  • They are responsible for crime prevention, detection, and investigation.
  • IPS Officers collect intelligence, provide VIP security, responsible for counter-terrorism, border policing, and railway policing.
  • They also tackle smuggling, drug trafficking, economic offences, and corruption in public life.
  • IPS Officers lead and command various Indian Intelligence Agencies such as Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), Intelligence Bureau (IB), Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Criminal Investigation Department (CID) etc.
  • They also lead and command various Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) that includes the Central Police Organisations (CPO), Vigilance Organisations and Indian Federal Law Enforcement Agencies.
  • They are responsible to lead and command the forces with courage, uprightness, dedication and a strong sense of service to the people.

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