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 900|
|Expected registration||Approximately 8 lakh|
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||4th week of May|
|IPS exam date||May 3, 2020|
|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:
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