IPS stands for The Indian Police Service and its history comes from the British rule period when it was formerly known as the Imperial Police and was highly dominated by British culture. Only after the Independence, a few sets of new rules were imposed that gave the green flag to the Indian residents to serve under this service. In the year 1948, the name was altered from Imperial Police to Indian Police Service.
In india, the first IPS officer was Chakravarthi Vijayaraghava Narasimhan (C.V. Narasimhan). He is known to be the first topper of IPS batch of 1948. Narasimhan was also a recipient of Padma Vibhushan in the year 2001.
IPS is considered to be a job with high influential power and a very responsible job. The candidates who clear the IPS exam get posted as the Superintendent of Police (SP) of any district in India. Both IAS and IPS officers work together to improve and watch the smooth flow of administration in our country. The salary of an IPS officer runs on the Seventh Pay Commission method, the pay scale varies on the seniority of the post an officer works on. Generally, the Salary ranges from Rs. 56,100 to Rs. 2,25,000.
After the recruitment, the IPS officer’s first post is the role of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and the main functioning and aim of DSP are to maintain law and order in the district they are serving in, also they have the power only over his/her department.
As an IPS officer on duty, you are expected to wear uniforms that are Khaki only. Apart from this, there is a height relaxation of 5 cm for scheduled tribes, whereas the minimum height required is 165cm for male candidates and 150cm for female candidates.
How the Recruitment is Done?
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Civil Service Examinations for recruitment of an IPS officer. During the procedure of filling out the Detailed Application Form (DAF), candidates are expected to fill in their preferences for either IAS or IPS officer role. It is because the same DAF applies to both posts. The IPS training gets assigned according to your ranks and preferences.
What posts an IPS officer can apply to?
An IPS officer who may belong to any state of India can opt to become Director General of Police, which is known to be the highest post of any state. Apart from this Indian Police Service Officers are also found eligible for the following posts –
- Director of IB
- Director of RAW
- Director of CBI
- Also, he/she can be deployed in the post of National Security Advisor.
Eligibility Criteria for an IPS Officer.
- You have to be an Indian National resident.
- Your graduation must be from a recognized university or college
- Your age should be a minimum of 21 years.
- There are not more than 6 attempts allowed for Unreserved and EWS at the UPSC exam.
- The candidates should meet the required physical standards as mentioned in the rule book of the UPSC exam.
How the training is done for an IPS officer?
After completing the selection procedure, both IAS and IPS officers go under joint training that lasts for 3 months. The general and basic training at the foundation level happens at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy Of Administration.
For Further special training, IPS officers are sent to Hyderabad at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Police Training Academy. Here they are sent for training in Law enforcement and physical fitness. This lasts for 1 year.
When should the candidates apply?
This year the notification for UPSC Civil Services Examination was published on February 01, 2023. Candidates were able to apply for UPSC CSE 2023 between February 01, 2023, and February 21, 2023.
- Prelims – May 28, 2023
- Mains – September 15, 2023
- Interview Date – January- March 2024 (as expected)
- Final result announcement – April 2024 (as expected)