IPS Physical Requirements: Age Limit, Height, Eyesight, Weight

By Ritesh|Updated : July 27th, 2022

Physical Requirements for IPS must be met by candidates who aspire to become IPS officers. We all know that IPS or the Indian Police Service is one of the most prestigious services and is one of three All India Services. IPS officer selection process is done through the UPSC Civil Services Examination which is held annually.

Candidates need to meet Physical Requirements for IPS or their application will be rejected no matter if they have qualified for the other exams. That is why aspirants who dream of becoming an IPS must go through Physical Requirements for IPS to know if they meet the UPSC Eligibility for physical test for IPS.

Physical Requirements for IPS

The male and female candidates have different Physical Requirements for IPS. We have mentioned the IPS physical eligibility below.


IPS Physical Requirements (Male)

Physical Requirements for IPS (Female)

IPS Height

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

After the interview round those who didn't meet the medical requirements for the IPS, chest expansion can appeal or demonstrate their chest expansion in the following medical exam after the result. If in the second medical test, there is less chest expansion then the applicant will go to the next operation.

Apart from the Physical Requirements, candidates need to meet other medical requirements as well. Below we have given the other medical requirements for being an IPS officer.

  • 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 Medical Test, Ladies should not be pregnant

IPS Physical Traning

If a candidate meets all the physical and medical requirements he/she will be selected for the Indian Police Service. After that, the training period starts where the first three months of their 2-year evaluation will be in the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie for the foundation course. Applicants selected in the Indian Police Service will move to the eleven months of academic training at National Police Academy (NPA), Hyderabad. Here the IPS officers will receive both indoor and outdoor training.

During the training period, the applicants need to attend institutes across the country as a part of their training. Additionally, the selected candidates will go through 6 months of training in their assigned cadre. Then they will have to give one month of academic training, and then return to their assigned cadre as verified IPS officers.

IPS Exam Eligibility

Apart from Physical Requirements for IPS, the candidates need to meet various UPSC Eligibility criteria to become an IPS officer. The eligibility factors depend on the IPS age limit, and IPS qualification as well. Below we have mentioned the age limit and qualifications required to become an IPS officer.

IPS Age Limit

Since 2015 the UPSC Exam has increased the number of attempts and the upper age limit of the candidates. The minimum IPS age limit is 21 years, and the maximum age limit varies as per the category. Below we have provided the age limit for every category in detail.


IPS Age Limit- Upper Relaxation

Number of Attempts









Unlimited (Up to age limit)

Disabled Defence Services Personnel






Persons with

Benchmark Disability - EWS (Economically Weaker Section)



IPS Qualification

As per the IPS qualification, a candidate must hold a bachelor's degree from any recognized university or possess an equivalent qualification. Those who are in their final year and appeared for the final exam can also appear for the IPS Exam. However, they have to provide proof when required.

IPS Nationality Requirements

To be eligible for IPS a candidate must be

  1. A citizen of India, or
  2. A subject of Nepal, or
  3. A subject of Bhutan, or
  4. A Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 intending to settle in India permanently, or
  5. A person of Indian origin (PIO) who has migrated from, Burma, Pakistan, UgandaSri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Ethiopia, Zaire, and Vietnam intending to settle in India permanently

Candidates belonging to 2, 3, 4, and 5 categories must have a certificate of eligibility issued by the Indian government. Such candidates can take the exam before getting the said eligibility, but the candidate will only get the certificate only after the Indian government has issued the certificate.


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FAQs for Physical Requirements for IPS

  • Candidates aiming to become an IPS officer must meet the Physical Requirements for IPS. the minimum height for males is 165 cm[For ST (except SC/ OBC) – 160 cm], and the minimum height required for females is 150 cm [For  ST (except SC/ OBC)- 145 cm]. The minimum chest for males is 84 cm and Expansion 5 cm.  The minimum chest for males is 79 cm expansion of 5 cm.

  • For male candidates, the IPS height is 165 cm[For ST (except SC/ OBC) – 160 cm). And for female candidates the IPS height is 150 cm [For ST (except SC/ OBC)- 145 cm].

  • The minimum age limit for an IPS is 21 years old and the upper age limit depends on the category of the candidate. For the general category candidates, the upper age limit is 32 years. And for OBC candidates it is 35 years. Candidates from SC/ST backgrounds have an upper age limit of 37 years.

  • Candidates who have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or possess an equivalent certificate can apply for IPS. additionally, those who are in their final year and waiting for the final result are also eligible.

  • The physical test for IPS is to check if the candidate is physically fit for the Indian Police Service. The physical test includes height and chest measurement. In addition, eyesight is also checked for the candidates.

  • As per the IPS eyesight requirements, male candidates need to have 6/6 or 6/9 distant vision for a good eye and female candidates must have 6/12 or 6/9 for worst eye, Near vision J 1 for a good eye, J2 for worst eye.

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