First IPS Officer of India – Who is the First Indian Police Service Officer?

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Updated on: November 14th, 2023

C.V. Narasimhan (Chakravarthi Vijayaraghava Narasimhan) was the First IPS Officer of India. He was the first IPS batch topper in 1948. Narasimhan was a recipient of Padma Vibhushan in 2001. He was a vocalist himself and was associated with the esteemed music institute for many years. He also entered the Indian Civil Service (ICS) in his mid-30s and held several positions in the then Madras Presidency, before proceeding to the Centre.

First IPS Officer of India

The first-ever IPS batch of an independent came in 1948 when C.V. Narasimhan topped the examination and became the first IPS officer of India (male). A singer, intellectual and specialist in Carnatic music, he also penned an English translation of Mahabharata in 1965.

  • C.V. Narasimhan served the Indian police department for 35 years.
  • He was placed first in the first batch of officers nominated to the Indian Police Service to staff the commanding groups of the police in India after independence.
  • C.V. Narasimhan, popularly known as ‘CVN’ among his friends, was deemed the Best Cadet of the graduating batch and bestowed with the prestigious President’s Revolver as a distinction.
  • He held senior placements in the Tamil Nadu police as well as significant posts under the Government of India including Joint Secretary in the Union Home Ministry, Director of CBI and Member-Secretary of the National Police Commission in the rank of Secretary.
  • He was awarded the Police Medal for commendable service in 1962 and the President’s Medal for outstanding service in 1971.
  • He was the Chairman of P. S. Charities and President of Vivekananda Educational Society which operates 24 schools nearby Chennai.
  • C.V. Narasimhan kept his interest in Mathematics and enjoyed getting to grips with intricate mathematical problems, especially those relating to Projective Geometry and Number Theory, despite the divergence into Indian Police Service.


Who is the First Male IPS Officer of India?

Chakravarthi Vijayaraghava Narasimhan, or C.V. Narasimhan was the first IPS Officer of India in the male category. He was also an ICS (Indian Civil Service) officer and a former Under-Secretary-General of the UN. He died at the age of 88 on 2nd November 2003.

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