Indian Police Service (IPS) is one of the 32 main civil services. It is an important career choice and offers attractive positions, career growth and remuneration.


Indian Police Service plays an important role in maintaining law and order in the state. The task of an IPS officer involves following functions:-

  • Maintaining law and order
  • Responsible for safety of Indian citizens
  • Maintenance of public peace and order
  • Crime prevention
  • Investigation and detection
  • Collection of intelligence
  • VIP Security
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Border policing
  • Railway Policing
  • Tackling Smugglers
  • Check Drug Trafficking
  • Check Economic offences
  • Check corruption in public life
  • Disaster management roles
  • Enforcement of socio-economic legislations
  • Check bio-diversity and protection of environment laws

It provides leadership to Indian intelligence agencies such as research and Analysis wing (RAW), Intelligence Bureau (IB), Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI), Crime Investigations Department (CID), Indian Federal law Enforcement agencies, Civil and Armed Police Forces in State and Union Territories, Central Police Organisations such as Central Reserve Police Force, Border Security Force, Indo Tibetan Border police, national security Guard, Central Industrial security Force, Vigilance Organisations, Indian Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, department of Home Guards, Department of Traffic Controls.

The IPS officers also serves at head of departments in policy making in the ministries and departments of Central and State Governments including Public Sector Units.

Procedure to Join Indian Police Service

Aspirants can join for the Indian Police Service mentioned above by applying for the Civil Services Examination on the UPSC website on advertisement of vacancies. To check the eligibility conditions, syllabus and pattern of the Civil Services Examination please click here.

There are three stages of the examination:-

  • Preliminary Examination
  • Main Examination
  • Interview

You need to clear each stage to be eligible for next stage.

You have to be in merit to be allotted IPS. After selection the candidates are allotted to state cadres. Each state has an IPS cadre except three joint cadres as under:-

  • Assam-Meghalaya
  • Manipur-Tripura
  • Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories

2/3rd of the State Cadre officer strength is filled from the IPS through direct recruitment and the balance 1/3rd elevated from respective state cadre police officers. Each State/Union Territory has a Police Force headed by the Commissioner of Police (State) or Director General of Police (DGP).


On selection the candidates are sent for foundation training to Indian Police Academy followed by orientation.

Career Prospects

The IPS officers start their career as Deputy/Assistant Superintendent of Police (DSP/ASP). The career graph includes posts such as Superintendent of Police (SP), Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Inspector General (IG), and Director General of Police.


For more information about Indian Police Service please visit Union Public Service Commission website

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