The UPSC civil service examination is one of the toughest entrance exams in the country. Each year, huge numbers of applicants sit for the IPS exam, and only a fraction of them can cut through the complex process of Prelims, Mains & Interviews. The first important step is to confirm your IPS eligibility if you don’t want to get disqualified from the process later.
Certain parameters, such as physical requirements for IPS, include height and weight, educational qualifications, age limit, etc. Candidates can look at the detailed IPS eligibility for female and male below.
IPS Exam Age Limit
The Union Public Service Commission provides proper IPS eligibility criteria that clearly state the permissible qualifications, including the IPS exam age limit. Candidates willing to appear for the exam need to conform to the IPS age limit for general and other categories. Refer to the table below and check the age criteria per UPSC IPS eligibility norms.
IPS age limit for General
IPS Age Relaxation
Candidates from all categories are permitted to sit for the UPSC IPS examination. It is equally important for the candidates of other categories apart from the General category candidates to check their IPS eligibility for female and male if they want to appear for the exam.
UPSC provides a relaxation in the upper age limit for the reserved category candidates to give them an edge and simplify the recruitment process.
IPS Age Relaxation
Scheduled caste/Scheduled tribe
Defense Services Personnel
Other backward classes (OBC)
Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs
Deaf, hard of hearing, low vision or blindness, ex-servicemen or candidates with any other locomotor disability or muscle deformity
IPS Eligibility: Nationality
To be able to appear in the UPSC IPS exam, a candidate must be a citizen of India, failing which he/she will not be allowed to sit for the examination. Detailed requirements for the IPS eligibility for nationality have been given below. A UPSC exam candidate must be:
- An Indian citizen or
- A subject of Bhutan or
- Should be a citizen of Nepal or
- A Tibetan Refugee, migrated to India to settle permanently before January 01, 1962, or
- A person of Indian origin (PIO), migrated from Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya, Vietnam, and Zaire.
There is no fixed answer on how to become IPS Officer. The first step to finding an answer and working towards that goal is to know if you possess the minimum qualification for IPS required to apply for this exam.
- A candidate willing to apply for the exam must have a graduation degree from a govt. recognized university.
- Such candidates awaiting the final year results of their graduation are also eligible to apply for the IPS exam.
- The candidates yet to appear in the final year examination are also eligible for application to the UPSC Prelims exam only on the condition that they can submit proof of their passing the exam while applying for the UPSC Mains exam.
IPS Physical Eligibility
As per the IPS eligibility for physical fitness, a candidate who clears the UPSC exam must undergo a simple medical examination at the final stage. In the case of certain technical fields, candidates need to go through some specialized medical tests and scrutiny that might prove them to be eligible or not for the post and the job profile it entails.
Being majorly a field job, certain physical requirements for IPS need to be tested in a candidate. The IPS physical eligibility for male and female candidates has been given in the table below.
IPS Physical Requirements (Male)
Physical Requirements for IPS (Female)
165 cm[For ST (except SC/ OBC) - 160 cm]
150 cm [For ST (except SC/ OBC)- 145 cm]
Minimum 84 cm. Expansion 5 cm
Min 79 cm expansion 5 cm
IPS Eyesight Requirements
6/6 or 6/9 distant vision for good eye
6/12 or 6/9 for worst eye. Near vision J 1 for good eye. J2 for worst eye
Other IPS Eligibility Physical Requirements
Apart from the above-mentioned physical requirements, candidates must also meet certain other medical requirements. All the medical & physical requirements for IPS Officer are given below.
Blood Pressure (High):
- Age 23 - 123
- Age 24 - 124
- Age 25 - 122
- Age 28 - 124
- Age 30 - 125
- Age 32 - 126
- Age 34 - 127
- Nasal- The candidate should not stutter while speaking
- Ear- Good listening and normal ear cavity; 1000-4000 frequency hearing impairment should not be more than 30 decibels
- High standard for the Colorblind test.
- Vision should be stereoscopic
- No inherent night blindness.
- At the time of the medical test, ladies should not be pregnant
IPS Eligibility: Number of Attempts
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Indian Police Service exam with an appropriate and set procedure. It follows designated IPS eligibility criteria concerning the qualifications, number of applicants, and the number of attempts for a candidate.
A candidate is allowed to appear for the UPSC IPS examination only upto an age after which he/she is declared ineligible for the same. Therefore there is a limit to the number of attempts for the IPS exam for all categories of candidates except the SC/ST candidates.
Maximum No. of Attempts
Physically Handicapped (General & EWS)
Physically Handicapped (OBC)
Physically Handicapped (SC/ST)