IPS Exam 2022: Eligibility, Age Limit, Syllabus, Exam Pattern

By Shubhra Anand Jain|Updated : July 6th, 2022

IPS Exam for Mains will commence from 16th September 2022 onwards. As per the timetable released by UPSC, IPS Mains 2022 will start on 16th September and end on 25th September 2022. Candidates appearing for the IPS Mains 2022 need to download the timetable and prepare accordingly.

IPS Exam is also known as the Indian Police Service Exam is a part of the CSE (Civil Services Examination) which is organized by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) every year. Indian Police Service (IPS) is one of the three All India Services. Millions of Indians dream to clear the IPS Exam but only a few of them succeed.

UPSC conducts the IPS Exam every year to recruit eligible candidates from across the country. To become an IPS officer one has to clear all stages of the IPS Exam and undergo Physical Training. IPS Prelim Exam 2022 has been conducted on 05 June 2022.  Candidates who clear the Prelims will appear for the Mains stage of the IPS Exam. Candidates who wish to appear for the upcoming IPS Exam must go through the detailed IPS Syllabus, Paper pattern, eligibility, and more. 

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What is IPS Exam?

The IPS Exam like IAS Exam is conducted by UPSC to recruit candidates for the Indian Police Service (IPS). As we have mentioned earlier, the IPS exam is a part of the Civil Services Examination, and the conducting body will be UPSC. The application and selection process is common for all the services.

IPS exam includes three stages namely prelims, mains, and interview/personality test. All the hopeful candidates who want to become IPS officers must check the UPSC Age Limit along with other IPS Eligibility, IPS syllabus, and other things that we have mentioned below.

IPS Officer 

Every year lakhs of candidates dream of becoming an IPS Officer but only a few of them make it. Those who aspire to become an IPS officer must know the duties and responsibilities of an IPS officer, and other things related to this post. 

  • IPS Uniform: IPS Dress- the standard IPS uniform color is Khaki, and IPS is written on the shoulders of the uniform. Additionally, the state police have state police names on their shoulders as well, for example, D.P (Delhi Police). The big difference between the Police caps and IPS caps is that IPS is written on the cap of an IPS officer.
  • Work of an IPS officer- The IPS deals with the criminal and civil administration of the country. The major role of an IPS officer is to ensure the safety of the people under their jurisdiction. The IPS officers work along with the IAS officers to maintain order and law.
  • Famous IPS officers- The country has produced so many brave IPS officers, but some have stolen the limelight with their honesty, hard work, and determination. This list includes Shivdeep Lande, Sachin Atulkar, Manu Maharaj, Gaurav Tiwari, Sonia Narang, Sangeeta Kalia, and Soumya Sambasivan.
  • Duties of IPS officer- The duties of an IPS officer include, preventing crimes, preventing accidents, protecting the transportation of cash, accident management, disaster handling, investigation of crimes, and granting permission for religious functions.

IPS Mains Exam Date 2022

IPS Mains 2022 timetable has been released by the Union Public Service Commission on its official website. As per the timetable, the IPS Mains 2022 will be held from 16th September 2022 to 25th September 2022 in two sessions-  9.00 A.M. to 12.00 Noon and 2.00 P.M. to 5.00 P.M. Candidates can take a look at the detailed IPS Mains 2022 date below.

IPS Mains 2022 Date

Forenoon Session of UPSC Mains

9.00 A.M. to 12.00 Noon

Afternoon Session

2.00 P.M. to 5.00 P.M.

16 September 2022 (Friday)

Paper-I : Essay

No Paper

17 September 2022 (Saturday)

Paper-II General Studies-I

Paper-III General Studies-II

18 September 2022 (Sunday)

Paper-IV General Studies-III

Paper-V General Studies-IV

24 September 2022 (Saturday)

Paper-A Indian Language

Paper-B English

25 September 2022 (Sunday)

Paper-VI Optional Subject-Paper-1

Paper-VII Optional Subject-Paper-2

>>Download IPS Mains Time Table 2022

IPS Vacancy

IPS vacancy is one of the important factors that UPSC aspirants need to consider before applying for the IPS Exam. UPSC releases the IPS vacancy every year in the UPSC CSE notification PDF. As per the latest update, the total vacancy released by UPSC is 1011. The post-wise vacancy is yet to be released. The IPS vacancy in 2020 was different for every state.

IPS Salary

After clearing all stages of the IPS Exam, candidates get recruited as IPS officers. The basic salary of an IPS office is around 56,000 per month and increases with promotion. Different pay bands have been fixed for IPS officers, and these include Junior Scale, Senior Scale, and Super Time Scale. Apart from handsome salaries IPS officers also get House Rent Allowance, Dearness Allowance, Medical Allowance, and other benefits. An IPS officer also gets facilities based on their pay band like cook, house, car, driver and etc. The highest IPS salary is RS. 2,25,000 and the Director-General of Police (DGP) gets it.

What is the Qualification for IPS?

Candidates who want to appear for the IPS exam and wish to join Indian Police Service need to satisfy certain eligibility parameters. The UPSC eligibility criteria for IPS mainly depend on 5 factors.

  • IPS Age Limit
  • IPS Qualification
  • Physical Requirements
  • Medical Requirements
  • Nationality Requirements

IPS Age Limit

The Minimum IPS Age Limit is 21 years, and the maximum age limit for the IPS exam depends on the category of the applicants. Below we have created a table for the Maximum age limit and age relaxation for certain categories.

Category

Maximum IPS Age Limit

Number of Attempts

General

32 years

7

OBC

35 years

9

SC/ST

37 years

No Limit

IPS Age Limit Category-wise Relaxation

  • Physically handicapped candidates can take 9 tries in the General and OBC categories. There is no limit on the candidates from SC/ST backgrounds. Jammu and Kashmir residents can request a maximum of five years of the concession.
  • Candidates who are physically impaired with deafness, blindness, orthopedic, or muteness age 10 years of relaxation on IPS Age limit.
  • ECOs/SSCOs and Commissioned officers who have served in the military for at least 5 years are eligible for age relaxation for up to 5 years.

IPS Qualification

The educational requirements for the IPS exam are the following:

  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor's degree from a recognized university or board, or have an equivalent qualification.
  • Candidates who are in their last year of graduation are eligible for IPS Exam as well

IPS Height and Weight

Candidates who qualify for the preliminary test of the IPS exam must meet the physical requirements. If the candidates who pass the physical requirements round will be qualified for a Personal Interview. The Physical criteria for the IPS officers are mentioned below.

  • For general category candidates, the minimum height for IPS males is 165cm, and it is 160cm for other category candidates.
  • The minimum height for general category IPS women candidates is 150cm, and for other category women candidates, it is 145cm.
  • Men’s chests must be a minimum of 84 cm and expandable up to 5 cm
  • Women’s cheats must be at least 79 cm and expandable up to 5cm
  • Candidates who squint are rejected
  • Exceptional color vision and binocular vision is required
  • For eyesight, the vision should be 6/6 or 6/9
  • Lenses/spectacles are permitted

IPS Medical Eligibility

The IPS medical test is to ensure if the candidate is fit for the role or not. It includes medical requirements following:

  1. Blood Pressure (High)

Age Limit

Blood Pressure(High)

23

123

24

124

25

122

28

124

30

125

32

126

34

127

  1. Nasal: The candidate should not stammer while speaking
  2. Ear: Hearing impairment at 1000-4000 Hz should not be more than 30 dB.
  3. Pregnant women are not allowed during the Medical Test
  4. The candidate must not have inborn night blindness. High standard for colorblind test. Must have stereoscopic vision.

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IPS Online Application Form 2022

UPSC releases the application form for IPS every year and the candidates who are interested in appearing can fill up the UPSC application form on the official website. UPSC released the IPS 2022 application form on 2nd February 2022. Additionally, UPSC has also released the DAF or the UPSC Mains 2022 application form on July 6th, 2022. Those who have cleared the UPSC Prelims 2022 are eligible to apply for UPSC Mains 2022. The last date to apply for IPS Mains 2022 is 15th July 2022.

How to Apply Online for IPS Exam 2022?

Following are some of the simple steps a candidate needs to follow in order to register for the IPS Exam 2022.

  • Visit the official website of UPSC
  • Then go to the CSE secretion
  • Click on the “Apply” optional
  • Fill in all the required information and upload your latest photo and signature
  • Check your application preview and Submit it

IPS Form Fee

Candidates who are interested in applying for IPS Exam 2022 need to pay RS 100/- as exam free, candidates can pay through Visa/Master/Rupay Credit/ Debit Card, offline payment can be done through the medium of online net banking facility of SBI. candidates from SC/ST/PwD and Female candidates are exempted from paying the IPS application fee

IPS Selection Process - How to become an IPS Officer?

In order to become an IPS Officer, you should clear the Civil Services Examination held by the Union Public Services Examination. It is already known to us that 8 lakh candidates apply every year but only a handful of candidates become IPS officers..

Follow the below steps to know how to become an IPS officer-

  • Apply for UPSC Exam - IPS Exam
  • IPS preparation- It is important to ensure that you are fully prepared for the IPS exam.
  • Give the UPSC Prelims exam 
  • Give the UPSC Mains exam
  • Go for the Personal Interview

Once you are done with the interview, UPSC announces the final merit list based on the Mains exam & interview-

  • Apply for UPSC Exam: To become an IPS Officer, you need to apply for the Civil Services Examination (CSE) conducted by the Union Public Services Commission every year. The UPSC CSE includes three stages- Prelims, Mains and Personality Test.
  • Preliminary Examination: The first part of the IPS officer exam is a preliminary exam. Following are the details of the Preliminary Examination. The total number of marks assigned for the examination is 400 marks which is split into two papers. Both the papers will be objective types that are multiple-choice questions.
  • It is the qualifying exam for the final exam. After clearing the prelims exam, you can appear for the UPSC Mains examination.
  • CSE Main Examination: The second part of the UPSC exam is the Main exam. Following are the details for the Main examination:
  • This exam can only be taken if you have cleared the prelims examination.
  • The exam paper is of a descriptive type.
  •  Personal Interview: After clearing the Mains exam, you are eligible to appear for the interview or personality test round where the general knowledge, subject knowledge, mental ability, and critical thinking skills of the candidate are assessed.

IPS Exam Pattern

The IPS Exam pattern is designed to test the overall intellectual traits and understanding level of the candidates. IPS exam is conducted in three stages, Prelims, Mains, and Interview. The aspirants must understand the exam pattern in order to come up with a strategic approach to fetch good marks in each stage of the IPS exam. Below we have mentioned the IPS Exam pattern for each stage.

IPS Prelims Exam Pattern

The IPS Exam for Prelims consists of two papers- General Studies-1 and General Studies-2 (CSAT). 

  • Both papers will be objective in nature and the time duration will be two hours. 
  • Paper-2 or CSAT will be qualifying in nature with a minimum passing mark of 33%. 
  • Each paper carries 200 marks, and the merit list will be decided on the basis of marks obtained in the GS-1.

IPS Mains Exam Pattern

The candidates who crack IPS Exam for the Prelims round will be called for the Mains exam. IPS Mains exam has a total of 9 papers. Two papers- Paper A and Paper B are qualifying in nature, Paper-I is an essay paper, Paper-II to Paper-V are General Studies Papers, and two optional papers. Candidates can choose any subject as their optional from the list of 48 optional subjects. Check out the complete IPS Mains exam pattern below.

UPSC IPS Exam Pattern – Mains

Paper

Subject

Time Duration

IPS Total marks

Paper A

Compulsory Indian language

3 hours

300

Paper B

English

3 hours

300

Paper I

Essay

3 hours

250

Paper II

General Studies I

3 hours

250

Paper III

General Studies II

3 hours

250

Paper IV

General Studies III

3 hours

250

Paper V

General Studies IV

3 hours

250

Paper VI

Optional I

3 hours

250

Paper VII

Optional II

3 hours

250

IPS Syllabus

Candidates preparing for the IPS Exam must understand the IPS exam syllabus in depth. The syllabus for IPS is divided into two levels:

  1. IPS Prelims Syllabus
  2. IPSC Mains Syllabus

IPS Syllabus for Prelims

The prelims stage of IPS Exam is the first round of the selection process, Here the aspirants need to appear for two general studies papers namely Paper 1, and Paper 2 (also known as CSAT). We have covered the IPS Syllabus for both Paper 1, and 2 below in the table.

IPS Syllabus for Prelims Paper 1 (GS-1)

  • Current events of national and international importance
  • History of India and The Indian National Movement
  • Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World
  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • General Science
  • Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity, and Climate Change

IPS Syllabus for Prelims Paper 2 (CSAT/GS-2)

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision-making and problem-solving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level) and data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency, etc. – Class X level)

IPS Syllabus for Mains

Candidates who clear the prelims of the IPS Exam will be eligible to appear for the IPS Mains exam. The main goal of this exam is to analyze the candidate's academic expertise, and the ability to present his/her knowledge. The IPS Mains exam is a crucial phase of the IPS selection process so the candidates need to know the IPS Syllabus for Mains properly to start their preparation.

  • Paper-A- Indian Language
  • Paper-B- English
  • Paper 1- Essay
  • Paper 2- General Studies- I (Indian Heritage & Culture, History & Geography of the World & Society)
  • Paper 3- General Studies – II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice & International Relations)
  • Paper 4- General Studies – III (Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Security & Disaster Management)
  • Paper 5- General Studies – IV (Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude)
  • Paper 6- Optional Subject- Paper I
  • Paper 7 - Optional Subject- Paper 2

IPS Question Paper

Candidates who are preparing for the IPS Exam must go through the previous year IPS question paper to have an in-depth understanding of the paper pattern, exam pattern, types of questions, and the complexity level of the IPS exam. Knowing these things would definitely help the aspirants to come up with a rock-solid preparation strategy to ace this exam. Below we will be providing the UPSC Previous Year Question Papers for both Prelims and Mains, and candidates can download them directly from the given link.

IPS Prelims Question Paper 2022

IPS Prelims 2022 has been conducted successfully on 5th June 2022. The question paper for IPS Prelims 2022 will be available soon after the completion of all three stages of the UPSC Exam. Meanwhile, candidates can download the IPS 2022 Question paper for Prelims below.

>>Download IPS Prelims Question Paper 2022

IPS Question Paper for Prelims

Below we have provided the direct links to download the IPS exam previous years' questions papers of Prelims Papers- General Studies-1 and CSAT. 

Year

IPS Exam Question Paper for Prelims GS-1

IPS Exam Question Paper for Prelims CSAT

2018

Download IPS EXAM Prelims GS-1 2018 Paper Here

Download IPS Exam Prelims CSAT 2018 Paper Here

2017

Download IPS EXAM Prelims GS-1 2017 Paper Here

Download IPS Exam Prelims CSAT 2017 Paper Here

2016

Download IPS EXAM Prelims GS-1 2016 Paper Here

Download IPS Exam Prelims CSAT 2016 Paper Here

2015

Download IPS EXAM Prelims GS-1 2015 Paper Here

Download IPS Exam Prelims CSAT 2015 Paper Here

2014

Download IPS EXAM Prelims GS-1 2014 Paper Here

Download IPS Exam Prelims CSAT 2014 Paper Here

2013

Download IPS EXAM Prelims GS-1 2013 Paper Here

2012

Download IPS EXAM Prelims GS-1 2012 Paper Here

2011

Download IPS EXAM Prelims GS-1 2011 Paper Here

IPS Question Papers for Mains

Candidates can download the IPS previous year’s question papers for IPS Mains from the given links below.

Essay 

UPSC GS Paper 1 

UPSC GS Paper 2

UPSC GS Paper 3

UPSC GS Paper 4

IPS Books

Candidates must pick the best UPSC Books to strengthen their preparation for the IPS Exam. when it comes to IPS exam preparation, aspirants may find themselves buying every book available in a book store. That is why it is important to shortlist the books so that they can get their hands on the right ones, The UPSC IPS syllabus covers a wide range of subjects like history, geography, constitution, agriculture, etc. below we have compiled a list of must-have books for IPS exam.

  • India After Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha
  • NCERT books: The Complete Package
  • Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth
  • Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
  • Introduction to the Constitution of India by D.D. Basu
  • India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra
  • The Wonder That Was India by AL Basham
  • Majid Hussain – Indian Geography

IPS Exam Admit Card

IPS admit card for Prelims is released by UPSC on its official website. Candidates who have successfully registered for the Prelims exam should download the IPS admit card from the official website. Candidates need to carry the admit card to the exam hall or else they won’t be allowed to sit in the exam.

IPS admit card for the Mains exam will be released soon, and those who have cleared the Prelims exam will be able to download the admit card. Make sure you carry the admit card to the exam.

How to Download IPS Exam Admit Card?

  • Directly Visit the UPSC website
  • Search for “Download UPSC 2022 Admit Card” on the homepage.
  • Read the instructions and click “yes”
  • Enter your Registration ID or Date of Birth
  • Enter Captcha and click on the ‘submit’ button
  • Then download the admit card and take a printout

If candidates find any issues with the admit card then they need to report to the UPSC exam authorities immediately. Here we have listed some details that are mentioned in the admit card.

  • Name
  • Roll Number
  • Father’s Name
  • Mother’s Name
  • Time and Date of Exam
  • Photo Identity Card
  • Exam Centres

What after the IPS Exam? - IPS Training

IPS Training is considered to be one of the toughest training in our country. It is done along with the IAS and Civil Services after the candidates are selected by the UPSC. There are three stages of the IPS Exam training-

  • LBSNAA- First Phase of Training: LBSNAA focuses on inter-service camaraderie and cooperation. The purpose of the Foundation course is to get to know about newly recruited officers and teaches the new officers the required skills, knowledge, and manners to behave.
  • Basic Training- The basic training focuses on building the capacity of the officer to face the challenges in police duty. The objective of this training is to possess the necessary skills, knowledge, understanding, behavior, skills, and many more.
  • IPS Training-Phase 2- The second phase of IPS officer training trains in increasing the knowledge about the assigned state cadre in language, manner, culture, etc. The training takes place in the State Police Academies and is three weeks duration.

IPS Ranks & Promotions

UPSC CSE recruits candidates for four major posts of Indian Administration- IAS, IPS, IFS, and IRS, After IAS (Indian Administrative Services) IPS is the most sought-after service in India. Below we have mentioned the IPS ranks, and the promotion criteria for the IPS officers to reach the highest position in the Indian Police Services.

  • IPS Posts- As you, all know that the IPS officers are selected through UPSC CSE to work under the Indian Administration. The lowest rank of an IPS officer or the rank which an IPS officer enters is Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP). DSP then gets promoted to the Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP). There is a little difference in the pay scale of both ranks, where the DSP has a pay level of 10 the ASP has a Pay Level-11. If an IPS officer is appointed in Delhi then he/she will get the rank of Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police or Assistant Commissioner of Police. The highest rank of an IPS officer is the Direct General of Police (DSP) and DSP is the head of state police forces. The pay scale of DGP is 17 and the pay would be INR 2,25,000.
  • IPS Promotion- With time the IPS officers get a promotion as well which increases their roles, responsibilities, and salary as well. The entry-level rank of an IPS officer is Deputy Superintendent of Police, and the highest rank is Direct General of Police. IPS officers usually get promotions on the basis of experience.

IPS vs IAS vs IRS

As we have mentioned above the Union Public Service Commission conducts Civil Services Exam (CSE) to recruit candidates for four major services which include IPS, IAS, IRS, and IFS. IAS is the head of almost all the departments in the state and central government, and it is the most sought-after job than other Civil Services. On the other hand, IPS officers are a part of the police department and they have different roles and responsibilities compared to the IAS officers. The candidates who are interested in taxation should go for IRS, and here they will get more work-life balance than the IPS or IAS. The salary of an IAS and an IPS officer is almost the same. The salary of IRS would be less compared to that of IAS and IPS.

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IPS Exam FAQs

  • The IPS Exam is one of the three All India Services of the Government of India, and it is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). There will be three stages for the IPS exam- Prelims, Mains and Interview. Those who clear all three stages of the IPS exam will be recruited as IPS officers. The mode of the exam is a pen-paper mode which is offline.

  • The IPS Exam is a part of the Civil Services Examination and it is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) every year. The IPS Prelims 2022 will be conducted on 5th June 2022, and the Mains 2022 will be held in the month of September 2022 for the candidates who crack the Prelims round. 

  • UPSC has released the IPS Exam date along with the notification on 2nd February. According to the notification IPS Exam, 2022 has conducted on 5th June 2022. Those who qualify for the Prelims exam will be eligible to appear for the Mains exam from 16th September onwards. 

  • Candidates who want to appear for the IPS Exam must be at least 21 years old. And the maximum IPS age limit is 32 years. However, age relaxation is applied to candidates from certain categories. For OBC candidates the upper age limit is 35 years. Candidates from ST/ST backgrounds get an age relaxation of 5 years and hence the upper age limit is 37 years. 

  • To appear for the IPS Exam, the candidate must have a Bachelor's degree from a recognized university. Additionally, candidates who are in their final year and waiting for the final results are also eligible for the IPS Exam. However, their result has to be declared before filling up the application for UPSC Mains 2021.

  • Candidates from SC/ST category get an age relaxation of 5 years, so the upper age limit for IPS is 37 years, and there are no limits on the number of attempts. However, the minimum age limit for all categories is the same which is 21 years.

  • The candidates for both services will be recruited through a common exam (Civil Services Examination) which will be conducted by UPSC. the candidates will get to decide if they want to become an IPS or IAS officer on their preference list. So the exam for both IPS and IAS will be the same. 

  • Candidates who want to take the IPS exam need to apply for the Civil Services Examination which is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission(UPSC). Candidates need to enter the required details while filling up the application form, and then download the admit card when it is gets released by UPSC to appear for IPS exam. 

  • After clearing the IPS Exam all new recruits have to undergo training. The training consists of three sections such as Foundation Course, Basic Training, and the Second phase training. These training sessions are very important for the candidates who want to become IPS officers.

  • Indian candidates more than 21 years of age, who have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or who are in their final year and waiting for the result will be eligible for the IPS exam. The upper age limit varies depending on the category of the candidate. We have mentioned complete information about the age limit and eligibility above in the post.

  • Prelims Syllabus- GS Paper 1:

    •  Current events of national and international importance
    • History of India and The Indian National Movement
    • Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World
    • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
    • General Science 
    • Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
    • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity, and Climate Change

    GS Paper 2:

    • Comprehension
    •  Interpersonal skills including communication skills
    • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
    • Decision-making and problem-solving
    • General mental ability
    • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level) and data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency, etc. – Class X level) 

    Mains Syllabus- 

    • Comprehension of given passages
    • Precise Writing
    • Usage and Vocabulary
    • Short Essay
    • Translation from English to the Indian language 
    • Comprehension of given passages
    • Precise Writing
    • Usage and Vocabulary
    • Short Essay 
  • There are two papers in the IPS Preliminary Exam, namely Paper-1 and Paper-2 or CSAT. Each paper carries 200 marks and the time duration will be 2 hours. CSAT is qualifying in nature, and candidates need to score at least 33% to clear this paper. Whereas the marks scored in the Paper-1 will be taken into consideration while preparing the merit list. 

  • IPS or the Indian Police Service is one of the three All Indian Services of the Indian Government. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Civil Services Examination to recruit candidates for the Indian Police Service. All the recruited candidates undergo probationary training at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad. After the completion of the training period, the officers are confirmed in the Indian Police Service.

  • According to the UPSC eligibility criteria the candidates need to be at least 21 years, have Indian citizenship, and Graduate to apply for the IPS exam. However, if you have a sheer determination of becoming an IPS officer then it is best to start your preparation after the 12th. You can take a look at the UPSC Syllabus and choose your subjects accordingly for your degree. 

  • To become an IPS officer one must meet the physical eligibility requirements. The height required for the male candidates is 165 cm and for the female candidates, it is 145 cm. Candidates who don’t meet this requirement won’t be able to become IPS officers.

  • To become an IPS officer, candidates must have a grasp of a wide range of subjects covered in the UPSC syllabus. The candidates need knowledge of history, current events, geography, economics, biodiversity, general science, governance, constitution, polity, social justice, international relations, technology, economic development, etc. candidates must check UPSC Syllabus before beginning their preparation for the IPS exam.


  • To become an IPS officer the minimum age required is 21 years and the upper age limit is 32 years old. However, age relaxation is applied to the candidates from different categories. The OBC candidates have an upper age limit of 35 years. Candidates from SC/ST backgrounds get 5 years of age relaxation, which makes the upper age limit to 37 years.

  • The major duties of IPS officers include protecting the lives of citizens and ensuring that they are following the law and order, crime prevention, tackling smuggling, counter-terrorism, drug trafficking, border policing, protection of the economic laws, disaster management, etc. Additionally leading the Central Armed forces, and commanding the Indian Intelligence Agencies.

  • No, even though the Indian Police Service (IPS) is not equal to the Indian Administrative Service IAS, it is the only service that comes closest to the IAS when it comes to authority, power, pay level, and speed promotion. IPS and IAS are both highly prestigious career options and the most sought-after services in India.

  • Safin Hasan is the youngest IPS officer in India, who crack the UPSC Civil Services Exam at the age of 22. He had an All India Rank of 570 in the UPSC CSE exam 2018. Safin is a 2018 batch IPS officer from the Gujarat cadre.

  • The IPS training lasts around 20-22 months which includes 3 months of foundation course at LBSNAA, 11 months of phase-1 training at SVPNPA, 6 months of district practical training at respective cadre, and 1 month of Phase-2 training at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA), Hyderabad.

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