How to Become an IPS: IPS stands for ‘Indian Police Service‘, it is one of the three most prestigious, all India services alongside IAS (Indian Administrative Service) and IFS (Indian Foreign Service). It was formed in 1948. The cadre controlling authority is the ministry of home affairs. To become an IPS officer, you need to write the civil services examination (CSE), which is conducted by Union public service commission (UPSC) every year in India. It is a regarded as the toughest exam to crack and only a handful of students get selected every year, who are dedicated and hardworking. IPS, of course, comes under Grade A category, which has important status in our country. According to UPSC in 2016-17, a whopping 11.36 lakhs aspirants have applied for this examination out of which 4.59 lakhs appeared and 2,961 candidates qualify for an interview. So, there is a very healthy competition among aspirants who want to become IPS officer.
Eligibility to become an IPS
The following are the eligibility criteria for students appearing in civil services exam (this may vary, confirmation before appearing is good):
- Age limit: 21-32 years for general, for SC, ST category 5 years relaxation, for handicapped person age relaxation, is 10 years. For OBC age relaxation is 3 years.
- Education:– Must be a graduate from any university recognized by the Government of state or center. If you are currently in final year you can also appear for the exam but after the prelims the graduation certificate is mandatory.
- Nationality– a citizen of India, Nepal, Bhutan. A Tibetan refugee who comes to India after 1962.
- Height: Male – 165cm, Female – 150m
- Chest: Male – 84cm, Female – 79cm
- Eye sight – 6/6 (or) 6/9 for good vision and 6/12 (or) 6/9 for worst vision.
IPS Exams are Conducted in Three Phases:
- Mains exams
Prelims: CSE (Civil Services Exam) prelims occur in August and result comes out in mid of October, it is the first level examination. The preliminary exam consists of two papers general studies and optional subject. It consists of a multiple choice paper, this exam is conducted to get you to the next level of the phase (mains exams). The cutoff for prelims is 33 percent which qualifies for the second round. The paper is multiple choice question and there is also a negative marking for each wrong answer. Also Check: Complete Information About GST For Students – Goods & Services Tax
Mains Examination: Once the candidates clear the prelims they are eligible to appear on mains. The mains exams marks are very important. Since there are qualifying marks, they carry a lot of weight age in the interview. The mains exams have the total of nine papers (7+2). The pattern of written exams are followed:
- The first two papers are qualifying papers. Paper 1 and paper 2. You can write the 1st paper in any of the 22 recognized languages and the 2nd paper must be written in English.
- The remaining seven papers are assessed for merit papers. The 3rd paper consists of essay writing, which can be attempted in a language of candidate’s choice. Paper 4th and paper 5th will consist of general studies, history, geography, foreign relations etc.
- Paper 6th and paper 7th paper will be general studies and paper 8th and paper 9th subject can be chosen by the candidates.
Interview: Once the candidates have cleared mains examination, they will be called for a personal interview, by the members of the board. The interviewer examines the candidate soft skills and aptitude. After the interview, marks from mains, the interview is added and a final selection list is prepared which is called merit list. Also Check: How to Prepare for Board/Entrance Exams & Best Tips for Students
Training: All the officers of IAS and IPS undergo probationary training at Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy of Administration, Missouri and police academy, Hyderabad for Hyderabad aspirants. After completion of training, officers are confirmed in the state in which they will be the designated post, the salary ranges may be different which may be updated later. Need more information or having quires, do comment your queries here and we will try to reply back soon.