UPSC Civil Services: Everything you need to know about Indian Police Service (IPS)

Indian Police Service

Indian Police Service is one of the three All India Services (AIS). The other two AIS are Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS).

 IPS officers provide leadership to staff of state police forces and Central Armed Police Forces like CISF, ITBP, BSF.

Recruitment

There are three modes of recruitment to IPS:

    • Direct entry through Civil Service exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
    • Promotion of State Police Service officers
    • Through Limited Competition Examination conducted by UPSC

Hierarchy of IPS officers in filed formations:

A B C
Designation Pay Scale Grade Pay
Director General of Police (DGP) Rs. 80,000 Nil
Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Rs. 67,000- Rs. 79,000 Nil
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Rs. 37,400- Rs. 67,000 Rs. 10,000
Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Rs. 37,400- Rs. 67,000 Rs. 8900
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Rs. 37,400- Rs. 67,000 Rs. 8700
Superintendent of Police (SP) Rs. 15,600- Rs. 39,100 Rs. 7600
Additional Superintendent of Police (Addl. SP) Rs. 15,600- Rs. 39,100 Rs. 6600
Assistant Superintendent of Police (Asst. SP) Rs. 15,600- Rs. 39,100 Rs. 5400

Role of IPS officers

    • Maintaining public peace and order, crime prevention, investigation and detection. Intelligence collection, VIP Security, Counter-terrorism, border policing are also some aspects of policing
    • They lead men and women in Khaki in State Police Forces and Central Armed Police organisations (BSF, CISF, CRPF, SSB, ITBP, NSG)
    • They also serve in Ministries of Central Government.
    • As vigilance officers in public enterprises like PSUs, Air India among others

Promotions

IPS officers get promotions on the basis of Annual Performance Appraisal reports and vigilance clearance and scrutiny of overall record of the officer.

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