Which is the Highest Rank in Indian Police?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 9th, 2023

The Director-General of Police (DGP) is the highest ranking in Indian Police Services. The top law enforcement official in the Indian States and UTs holds a three-star rank. The council chose only IPS officers to serve as DGPs. IPS Officers with at least 33 years of service are often considered for this position. The DGP, also known as the State Police Chief, is the typical head of state. Officers with the rank of DGP may occupy equivalent positions in the CBI, CRPF, etc.

Highest Rank in Indian Police

The Director-General of Police is the head of state and is the highest rank in the Indian Police Services. It is a three-star rank and the DGPs are appointed by the Indian Police Service Cabinet. The Commissioner of Police can hold the rank of Additional DGP, IGP or DIGP. The powers of an executive magistrate are granted to the commissioner of police. One to more Joint Commissioners of Police assists the Commissioner of Police.

The DGP known as the State Police Chief mainly heads the UT or state police forces. The cabinet of the Indian Police Services personnel appoints DGP. DGP doesn’t report to the commissioner of police. They report to the cabinet minister of the State.

Police Ranks in Order

The hierarchy of the Indian Police Service is given here in the right hierarchical order of their promotion and ranks.

  • Direct General of Police (DGP)
  • Additional Director General of Police (ADGP)
  • Inspector General of Police (IGP)
  • Deputy Inspector General of Police
  • Senior Superintendent of Police
  • Superintendent of Police (SP)
  • Additional Superintendent of Police
  • Assistant SP (IPS) or Deputy SP (HPS)
  • Inspector of Police
  • Sub-Inspector of Police (SI)
  • Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police (ASI)
  • Head Constable
  • Constable
  • SPOs

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