The Indian Police Service (IPS) is one of the three All India Services of the Government of India. The IPS was formed in the year 1948. The cadre controlling authority for the IPS is the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The Indian Police Service examination is a part of the Civil Services Examination (CSE) which is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) each year.
An IPS (Indian Police Service) officer carries out his/her responsibilities by
In order to fulfil these functions efficiently, responsibly and systematically, the IPS service is divided into various functional departments such as Crime Branch, Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Home Guards, Traffic Bureau.
The Indian Police Service (IPS) selection will be made through the Civil Services Examination (CSE) conduct by the UPSC along with more than 20 services. The application process and selection process is common for all the services. Approximately, over eight lakh candidates apply for the IPS exam every year.
The selection process for the IPS includes the preliminary, main examination and an interview/personality test. Every year, the selection process will begin in the month of June with Preliminary and conclude in April. The final merit list for the CSE will be released in May.
|Exam||Civil Services Examination|
|Organising body||Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)|
|Exam type||Pen and paper-based (offline)|
|Number of services||24|
|Number of attempts||6 attempts|
|Number of Vacancies||Approximately 800|
|Expected registration||Approximately 8 lakh|
The UPSC has postponed the Indian Police Service (IPS) Preliminary 2020 examination due to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID 19). The Civil Services (Prelims) exam scheduled on May 31 was deferred. The new exam date will be available on May 20, 2020. Explore UPSC Coronavirus latest updates.
The official website reads, "The Civil Services (Prelims) Examination 2020, scheduled to be held on May 31, 2020, stands deferred. The decision on the fresh date of the examination will be made available on May 20 after assessing the situation."
The UPSC will release the Civil Services Examination (CSE) notification on February 12, 2020. Candidates can apply for the examination until March 3, 2020. The CSE preliminary exam will be held on May 31 and the Main exam in the month of September.
|Civil Services Examination (CSE) notification||February 12, 2020|
|IPS online application form||February 12 to March 3, 2020|
|IPS Preliminary admit card||3nd week of May|
|IPS exam date||May 31, 2020 (Postponed)|
|IPS Preliminary result||June 2020|
|IPS Main exam date||September 18, 2020 (5 days)|
|IPS Main exam result||December 2019|
|IPS personality test/ interview||February/March 2021|
|IPS final result||April 2021|
The physical criteria for eligibility of the IPS officer is as follows:
Minimum Height - Men - 165cm Women - 150cm
Relaxable minimum height is 160cm (men) and 145cm (women) for candidates belonging to ST and races such as Gorkhas, Garhwalias, Assamese, Kumaonis, Nagaland Tribals, etc.
Minimum Chest Girth - Men/Women: 84cm 79cm
Myopia (including cylinder) should not exceed minus 4.00D
Hypermyopia (including cylinder) should not exceed plus 4.00D
Nationality of a candidate must be either of the following:
Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam
A candidate must hold a Bachelor's degree from any of the universities recognised by the UGC or possess an equivalent qualification.
Candidate should fulfill the age limits mentioned below:
Relaxable age limit is as follows:
Restriction on the maximum number of attempts is effective since 1984:
The UPSC has started accepting the Detailed Application Form (DAF-I) Mains application form for IPS Exam 2020. Candidates who have passed with flying colours and shortlisted for the Mains exam can submit the DAF-I online application on the official website. The last date to submit the IPS Mains DAF Application Form-I is November 11, 2020.
Aspirants should pay Rs 200 as application fee for IPS Mains exam 2020. The Commission will conduct the IPS Mains exam from January 8, 2021, across different centres of India.28 October 2020
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the IPS Prelims 2020 result on October 23. Candidates can check their result through their roll number.
Candidates who have qualified in the IPS Preliminary 2020 exam have to fill the DAF for UPSC Mains exam 2020. The DAF 1 form for IPS will be available from October 28 to November 11, 2020, till 06:00 P.M.
The Commission has conducted the IPS Prelims 2020 exam on October 4. The Main exam will be held from January 8, 2021, onwards (5 days).24 October 2020
The UPSC has released the IPS marksheet for the Civil Services 2019 examination. Candidates who have appeared for the written examination can check the marksheet at the official site with their login details.
Aspirants are advised to download the markseet and cross-check the same with the official answer key available on the official site.
The UPSC has conducted the Preliminary exam in May 2019 and Main exam in October 2019. The personality test or interview for the 2019 exam got delayed and held in August 2020 due to COVID pandemic.20 October 2020
Sonu Sood has rolled out a new scholarship program for UPSC Civil Services aspirants. He dedicated the new scholarship to his late mother, Prof Saroj Sood, who used to teach and assist students on a non-commercial basis. On her 13th death anniversary, Sonu Sood pledged to support UPSC IPS aspirants to achieve their goals.
Sonu Sood has partnered with Scholify to offer IAS scholarship to Civil Services aspirants. The new scholarship is available for online & on-campus courses. Interested candidates can apply for the scholarship at www.scholifyme.com14 October 2020
The UPSC has released the exam day guidelines for Civil Services 2020 exam scheduled on October 4. Along with the IPS admit card 2020, the Commission has released the exam day guidelines for the exam. Candidates appearing for the IPS Prelims exam 2020 amid Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can check the guidelines. The important guidelines are
The Commission has released the admit card in the first week of September. The IPS Prelims exam consists of two papers - General Studies and CSAT.1 October 2020