Indian Police Service

The Indian Police Service [IPS] is primarily concerned with maintenance of Law and Order in the country. This is the premier uniformed civil service in the country. An I.P.S officer works for both the Central and State Governments. He serves the State Government in various capacities ranging from Assistant Superintendent of Police at the beginning of his career to the Director General of Police (who is the head of the police force in his state) at the stage of retirement. He can also serve the Central Government in various organizations like the Central Reserve Police Force, Border Security Force, Central Bureau of Investigation, Intelligence Bureau, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) etc.
The IPS (Indian Police Service) is responsible for public safety and security. The IPS mainly takes care of law and order, which, at the district level, is a responsibility shared with the IAS ; crime prevention and detection ; and traffic control and accident prevention and management. In order to fulfil these functions with greater efficiency, this service is divided into various functional departments, including : " Crime Branch, " Criminal Investigation Department (CID), " Home Guards, " Traffic Bureau.
With changing times however, more and more IPS officers are serving in departments and areas that used to exclusively be the forte of IAS officers, just as the IAS officers now at times head departments like vigilance which were exclusively given to IPS officers. This widening of opportunities and exposure has made the IPS even more attractive.
Again being an 'All India Service', it follows the Cadre system. In this system officers are allotted to various state cadres and your service is allotted to that state. So for all practical purposes you belong to that state service and may be deputed elsewhere but you'll always be recognized by your parent cadre. These systems though very usefull tends to positively and negatively affect careers. The cadre system is allotted on a basis of lottery and the toppers of each state may get a chance to get their home states if they have opted for such a preference.
The IPS like the IAS is also filled through the civil services exam conducted by UPSC. Find below details of the IPS recruitment in the IAS IPS exam 2015 and the IAS IPS exam syllabus.

IPS Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for the IPS exam is the same as for other services but there are some physical criteria that the IPS officers have to have. Once the candidate clears the civil services and gets allotment to the IPS as per his rank, he has to go through the specified physical tests to make him eligible for service as a police officer. Some of the special physical requirements for IPS are listed below. They are also subject to change as per UPSC notifications.

  1. A minimum height of 165 cm for men and 150 cm for women (the minimum height is relaxable to 160 and 145 cm for men and women respectively in the case of candidates belonging to ST and to races such as Gorkhas, Garhwalias, Assamese, Kumaonis, Nagaland Tribals, etc.)
  2. The minimum chest girth, fully expanded: 84 cm for men and 79 cm for women. Expansion of 5 cm for both men and women.
  3. The total amount of Myopia (including the cylinder) should not exceed minus 4.00 D and the total amount of Hypermetropia (including the cylinder) should not exceed plus 4.00 D. The presence of Squint is a disqualification.
  4. The Distant vision for better eye(Corrected Vision) should be 6/6 or 6/9 and for the worse eye(Uncorrected Vision) should be 6/12 or 6/9 and near vision should be J1 and J2 respectively.
  5. Spectacles are permitted
  6. High grade color vision is required and Binocular vision is needed.

IPS Recruitment and Training

The IPS recruitment and training period is among the longest in all services and extends to almost 2 years in total. Usually the first part of the training is done with the other services like the IAS at Mussoorie. From Mussourie they go for Bharat Darshan with other services in groups. The second part of the training in 2 phases is done in the National Police Academy (NPA) in Hyderabad. The IPS officers also have a certain amount of training in a district of their cadre in between the 2 phases of training at the IPS academy.
Learning the Native Language of the cadre is part of the training of the IPS officer. It begins in the academy itself where they learn the basics. Once they join their cadre, they are expected to pass 2 levels of the exam and their promotions to the next level are dependant on that.

IPS exam 2015

The IPS exam 2015 notification has come and the last date of online application was on the 19th of june 2015. The date of prelims exam is 23rd August 2015. The next exam will happen in 2016 around the same time.

IPS syllabus 2015

The syllabus for the civil services exam in 2015 and every other year is the same for the IAS as well as other services. There is no difference whatsoever.

IPS exam age limit

Once again the age limit is the same for all civil services conducted through the UPSC civil service exam. As per the rules, a Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) committee is responsible for making selection to IAS, IPS and IFS from state services also. "The committee shall not consider the cases of the members of the state civil service, who have attained the age of 56 years on the first day of January of the year for which the select list is prepared" says the recently notified rules for the three all-India services. This is a two-year increase in the age limit of 54 years for induction into IAS and IPS from state civil services in 2015.