How to be an IPS officer in India

In India people have a restrictive vision when it comes to career choice, say, medicine, engineering, MBA etc. These career choices are ‘self-centric’ so to say. There are many noble career choices like the defence, and allied security services which are ignored completely. Once such selfless service choice is that of the IPS-Indian Police Services.

A qualified and appointed IPS officer is expected to work both for the state and central governments. The IPS has the prime responsibility of looking after the law and order in India thereby providing security and safety to its people.

Other responsibilities like vigilance services, crime prevention and detection; and traffic control etc.. also fall in the purview of the IPS officer.

Those choosing the IPS reflect a certain pride for country, wanting to serve the nation and serving the society at large attitude. The benefits of the IPS are not restricted to just these non-tangibles though. Let’s discuss how?

Benefits of IPS

The IPS officers are amongst the highly paid service men in the central government. The salaries of the IPS officer is dependent on their grades. The

Junior most grade is the Band III time scale and the senior most is the apex scale. Along with salaries there are other perks and benefits like government pensions, free housing, and electricity etc.. The pay commission reviews and revises the salaries from time to time. The total of salary and benefits are pretty much to being at par with the employees in the private sector.

Procedure for becoming an IPS

  • An IPS aspirant needs to apply for the civil services examination; which is an common examination for all civil services.
  • The IPS is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission [UPSC] every year.
  • These exams are conducted in three stages viz: Prelims, Main exams and Personal interview.
  • Prelims/CSAT: This serves to shortlist candidates; it has 2 papers of general studies, of 200 marks each.
  • Main exams: The exam gauges the intelligence and knowledge levels of the candidates. There are 9 papers of 2000 marks in all. Of the 9 papers 2 are optional studies, 2 general studies, and 2 optional papers, compulsory English language paper, compulsory Indian language paper, and an essay paper. Typically the general studies paper include topics like Politics and various industries etc.
  • Interview: Only after clearing the above two steps the candidate is called for an interview. The interview is of 300 marks.
  • After clearing all three stages and scoring good marks the candidate is selected for related posts.
  • Exam eligibility: applicant needs to be an Indian, graduate from any field of a university recognised by the government of India, in the age group of 21-30 years in general category. 21-33 years in the OBC category and 21-35 in the SC/ST category.
  • Attempts: the aspirant can avail of 4 attempts in the general category, 7 attempts in the OBC category and unlimited attempts in the SC/ST category.
  • Physical requirements: This being a stringent examination there are strict requirements on the physical front like: Height, Chest and eyesight. These parameters differ for men and women.

After this rigorous procedure yearly 200 IPS officers are selected yearly. So one needs to be very hard working. It is one of the most responsible and prestigious services of India.

Visit the official website of UPSC for up-to-date and complete information –


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