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 Prelims Postponed 2020 

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." 

IPS Exam 2020 Important Dates  

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

  • 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
UPSC Releases IPS (Prelims) 2020 Admit Card

The UPSC has released the IPS Preliminary exam admit card 2020. Candidates who have registered for the written examination can visit the official website to download IPS admit card 2020.

Candidates can download their IPS admit card either using their registration number or roll number. One should download the UPSC Civil Services admit card and take a printout of the same. 

The Civil Services (Prelims) exam 2020 will be held on October 4. The Commission has also released the list of candidates who have withdrawn their online applications for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2020.

1 September 2020
IPS 2021 Exam Dates Announced

The UPSC has released the IPS 2021 Prelims and Mains exam date. The UPSC Calendar for the list of examinations or recruitment tests to be conducted in 2021 was released. 

  • IPS Preliminary Exam Date 2021 - June 27
  • IPS Mains Exam Date 2021 - September 17 (5 days)

The official notice reads, "The dates of notification, commencement and duration of Examinations/ RTs are liable to alteration, if the circumstances so warrant."  

Candidates can visit the official site of the Commission to download the UPSC Calendar 2021. It has released the exam dates for other examinations such as NDA, CDS, IES, IFS and Engineering Services. 

28 August 2020
UPSC Released IPS Final Result 2020

The UPSC has released the final result of Civil Services Examination 2019. The Commission has released the IPS Final result 2019. It has recommended a total of 829 candidates for appointment to IAS, IFS, IPS and Civil Services Group A and B. Aspirants can check the UPSC final result 2020 here. 

  • General - 304
  • EWS - 78 
  • OBC - 251 
  • SC - 129
  • ST - 67
  • Total - 829 

Pradeep Singh topped the Civil Services Examination 2019. He is followed by Jatin Kishore and Pratibha Verma.  

4 August 2020
IPS Prelims 2020 To Be Held On October 4

The UPSC has released the new exam date of Civil Services (Preliminary) 2020 examination. The IPS Prelims will be held on October 4, 2020. The admit card will be released at least two weeks before the exam date. 

Earlier, the Commission held a meeting on June 5 and released the revised programme of examination/ recruitment tests 2020. The Commission has also announced the new exam dates for Civil Services (Mains) Examination 2020. The exams will be held from January 8, onwards.

Around 9 lakh candidates to appear for the Prelims exam. The UPSC has postponed the exam due to the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic. 

5 June 2020
UPSC To Announce Prelims Exam Date On June 5

The UPSC will be releasing the new exam date of Civil Services (Preliminary) 2020 examination on June 5. The Commission is likely to release the date after reviewing the situation after the fourth period of lockdown. 

The notice reads, "the Commission will issue a revised schedule of examinations in its next meeting to be held on June 5, 2020. Details of the new calendar of examinations will be published on the UPSC website, after the Commission’s meeting on June 5, 2020."

Earlier, the UPSC has postponed the Civil Services (Preliminary) 2020 examination scheduled on May 31.

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