IPS (Indian Police Service) Selection process | How to become IPS

IPS (Indian Police Service) Selection process | How to become IPS

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The Indian Police Service (IPS) is one of the prestigious services in India. The Indian Police Service (IPS) is one of the best three All India Services in India. The other two are the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Foreign Service (IFS). The Union Public Service Commission conducts combined civil service examination for recruitment of above services every year. There are three ways of joining IPS.
  1. The first is passing the Civil Services Examination every year.
  2.  The second is seniority-based Promotion from the state cadre police services. 
  3. The Third is Through Limited Competitive Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.

 The Civil Services Examination is conducted every year by the Union Public Service Commission (constitutional body) of India. It is a three-step examination process-
  • ·         Preliminary examination
  • ·         Main examination
  • ·         Interview

Preliminary examination, civil services aptitude test(CSAT) is a compulsory part of civil services examination, that act as a screening test to civil services mains examination, Conducted annually by UPSC. The interview is the part of the mains examination. The whole process is completed in a year. It is a common examination for selection to the other All India Services as well as various other Group A and Group B services under the Central Government.

Eligibility criteria

  • ·    Nationality: for the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • ·    Age Limits: A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years.
  • ·   Minimum Educational Qualifications: The candidate must hold a bachelor degree of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India.
  • ·   The number of attempts: Every candidate appearing at the examination that is otherwise eligible shall be permitted six attempts at the examination. The otherwise eligible SC/ST candidates have been given relaxation on the number of attempts.
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The Preliminary Examination

The preliminary round is basically a screening examination and consists of two papers- one on general studies and the other on an aptitude test. The question papers in the preliminary examination have objective type multiple-choice questions. The aptitude paper is second paper and qualifying in nature, the minimum qualifying criteria are 33%, after qualifying the second paper, the first paper does check.

The Main Examination

Candidates who pass the preliminary exam can sit in the main examination. It consists of written tests and an interview. The written test consists of nine papers where essay type answers have to be written. The papers are –
  • ·         One Indian language included in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution. It is of qualifying nature and the marks obtained are not counted for ranking. It is not compulsory for candidates from the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and, Sikkim. (300 marks)
  • ·         English is also of qualifying nature and the marks obtained are not considered for the ranking. After clearing both language papers, the following papers marks are considered for the merit list. (300 marks)
  • ·         Essay (250 marks)
  • ·         General Studies I (250 marks)
  • ·         General Studies II (250 marks)
  • ·         General Studies III (250 marks)
  • ·         General Studies IV (250 marks)
  • ·         Optional I (250 marks)
  • ·         Optional II (250 marks)

The Interview (275 marks)

The interview, conducted by a board, assesses a candidate's overall personality. The interview board looks for the candidate's grasp of academics and general awareness as in current affairs, social issues, etc. The total marks obtained in both the written tests in mains examination and the personal interview determines the rank of the candidate. ( grand total marks of above 2025)

Selection based on Rank

Depending upon the rank, a candidate is recruited to a particular service-
  1. ·         Indian Administrative Service.
  2. ·         Indian Foreign Service.
  3. ·         Indian Police Service.
  4. ·         And another group A and group B services.
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