IPS Exam

Indian Police Service Exam

What is IPS Exam?

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.

IPS Exam

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.

IPS Officer

An IPS (Indian Police Service) officer carries out his/her responsibilities by

  • An IPS (Indian Police Service) officer carries out his/her responsibilities by safeguarding public
  • IPS Officer serves for the state & central as well. Their primary duty is to maintain peace among public
  • The IPS gives more importance to law and order, which, at the district level, is a collective responsibility of IPS and IAS officers; detecting and preventing crime; and traffic control, preventing drug, accident prevention, and management etc.
  • Their main role is to lead and commanding the Indian Intelligence Agencies like Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), Intelligence Bureau (IB), Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Criminal Investigation Department (CID) etc., Indian Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, Civil and Armed Police Forces in all the states and union territories

Branches in IPS

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.

IPS Exam Highlights 

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
Exam level National
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

IPS Exam 2020 Important Dates  

The UPSC has released the Civil Services Examination (CSE) notification on February 12, 2020. Candidates can apply for the examination until March 3, 2020. The CSE preliminary exam was held on October 4 and the Main exam in the month of January 2021. 

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  October 4, 2020 
IPS Preliminary result  November 2020
IPS Main exam date  January 8, 2021 (5 days)
IPS Main exam result  February 2021
IPS personality test/ interview  March 2021
IPS final result  April 2021

  • Main Syllabus

  • Prelims Syllabus


Eligibility Criteria

  1. Physical Criteria

    The physical criteria for eligibility of the IPS officer is as follows:

    Minimum HeightMen - 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

    • The presence of Squint is a disqualification
    • Spectacles are permitted
    • Distant vision for better eye(Corrected Vision) should be 6/6 or 6/9
    • Distant vision for the worse eye(Uncorrected Vision) should be 6/12 or 6/9
    • Near vision should be J1 and J2 respectively
    • High grade color vision is required and Binocular vision is needed
  2. Nationality:

    Nationality of a candidate must be either of the following:

    • Citizen of India
    • Subject of Nepal
    • Subject of Bhutan
    • A Tibetan refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962 for permanent settlement in India.
    • Migrant from any of the following countries for permanently settling in India:

    Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam

  3. Educational Qualification:

    A candidate must hold a Bachelor's degree from any of the universities recognised by the UGC or possess an equivalent qualification.

  4. Age Limit :

    Candidate should fulfill the age limits mentioned below:

    • Minimum age 21 years
    • Maximum age 32 years as on 1st of August in the year of examination.

    Relaxable age limit is as follows:

    • Up to max. 5 years for SC/ST candidates.
    • Up to max. 3 years for OBC candidates.
    • Up to max. 5 years for a candidate from the State of Jammu & Kashmir
    • Up to max. 5 years for Defence Services personnel
    • Up to max. 5 years for Ex-servicemen including Commissioned officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least 5 years Military Service and have been released.
    • Up to max. 5 years for ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of 5 years of Military Service.
    • Up to max. 10 years for Blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons
  5. Number of attempts:

    Restriction on the maximum number of attempts is effective since 1984:

    • For General Candidates: 6 attempts (Up to 32 Years)
    • Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Candidates (SC/ST): No Limits (Up to 37 Years)
    • Other Backward Classes (OBC): 9 attempts (Up to 35 Years)
    • Physically handicapped- 9 attempts for general and OBC, while unlimited for SC/ST

Roles and Responsibilities

  • To fulfill duties based on border responsibilities, in the areas of maintenance of public peace and order, crime prevention, investigation, and finding, collecting of intelligence reports, taking care of VIP security, counter-terrorism, border patroling, railway policing, working towards preventing smuggling, drug trafficking, economic offences, corruption, playing a key role in disaster management, enforcement of socio-economic legislation, bio-diversity and defending of environmental laws etc.
  • Exchanging information with the Indian Intelligence Agencies like R&AW, IB, CID, CBI
  • Leading the Central Armed Police Force (CRPF) and being in touch with them on a regular basis
  • Interact and coordinate with the Indian Revenue services (IRS), Indian Armed forces, primarily with the Indian Army
  • Serve the people of the country with full integrity, honesty and whole hearted dedication
IPS 2021 Prelims Will Be Held On June 27

The UPSC has ended the rumours regarding the postponement of the IPS 2021 Prelims exam. The Commission is likely to release the Civil Services notification 2021 soon.

The official site reads, "CS(P)E-2021 (including IFoS(P)E-2021) shall be conducted as per already declared schedule on 27.06.2021. Detailed Notifications for CSE-2021 and IFoSE-2021 shall be published in due course."

IPS Prelims 2021 exam will be held on June 27. The admit cards will be released at least 10 days before the exam. 

11 February 2021
UPSC Releases IPS 2019 Reserve List

The UPSC has released the marks of candidates recommended in the reserve list in IPS Main examination 2019. Candidates can check the marks list on the official website at upsc.gov.in.

Earlier, the UPSC has released IPS reserve list 2019 on January 5 and recommended a total of 89 candidates for the Civil Services taking it to the total number of recommended candidates to 918.

The UPSC will be releasing the Civil Services 2021 notification on February 10.

3 February 2021
IPS Result 2019 Revised List Released

The UPSC has released the IPS 2019 reserve list. Candidates can check the list on the official site of UPSC on upsc.gov.in. A total of 829 candidates were shortlisted for the exam. A total of 89 candidates have been recommended in the IPS 2019 merit list which includes 73 General, 14 OBC, 01 EWS, and 01 SC.

The official notice reads, "The result of the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2019 was declared vide Press  Note dated 04.08.2020 recommending 829 candidates in order of merit for appointment to IAS, IFS, IPS and Central Services Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ against 927 vacancies."

As per the sources, four candidates are provisional and the result of one candidate has been kept withheld. 

5 January 2021
IPS Mains Admit Card 2020 Released

The UPSC has released the IPS Mains admit card 2020. Candidates who were shortlisted for the Civil Services Mains exam 2020 can download their e-admit card on the official website either a registration number or roll number.

The official notice reads, " The Commission has uploaded the e‐Admit Cards on its website. The eligible candidates are advised to download their e‐Admit Cards and take a printout thereof. No paper Admit Card will be issued for this examination by the Commission."

The IPS Mains 2020 exam will be held on January 8, 9, 10, 16 and 17, 2021. The Mains exam result will be declared in March 2021.

18 December 2020
IPS Mains 2020 DAF-I Application Form Link Activated

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
IPS Prelims 2020 Declared
IPS Marksheet 2019 Released
Scholarship For IPS Aspirants From Sonu Sood
IPS Prelims 2020 Exam Day Guidelines
UPSC Releases IPS (Prelims) 2020 Admit Card
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