The full form of IPS is Indian Police Service. Started as Indian Imperial Police in 1948, the service ranks second among the three arms of All India Services. The cadre control comes under the Ministry of Home Affairs.

They command and lead the state and UT’s Police Forces, CAPF forces (BSF, SSB, CRPF, CISF & ITBP ), National Security Guards, etc.

An IPS Officer ensures the safety of citizens by maintaining the law and order, peace, sovereignty and integrity of India.


Role of an IPS Officer


IPS is one of the highly respected and prestigious services as it brings with itself the responsibility of maintaining the internal security of the country. Following are the major listed roles of an IPS Officer-


  • Maintain peace by ensuring public order and preventing crimes.
  • Investigation, Detection and Collection of Intelligence
  • VIP Security
  • Railway Policing
  • Anti-smuggling and Drug Trafficking
  • Tackling Economic Offences and Corruption in public life
  • Enforcement of Environmental Laws in order to protect the biodiversity along with Disaster Management in emergencies
  • Enforcement of socio-economic legislation
  • Leading High-Level posts in the Indian Intelligence Agencies (CBI, R&AW, IB, CID )
  • Commanding the Indian Federal Law Enforcement Agencies –
  • Civil and Armed Police Forces in all the union territories and states
  • CAPF – Central Armed Police Forces
  • CPO – Central Police Organisations
  • CPF – Central Paramilitary Forces ( BSF, ITBP, CRPF, NSG, CISF)


  • Policy-Making as Head of Departments in-
  • in the Ministries and Departments of Central and State Governments
  • Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) both at the centre and states


  • Coordinate with other All India Services and Armed Forces.


Salary Structure


Along with the basic pay at the entry-level, the additional allowances are TA, DA and HRA along with below listed perks –


  1. Rent-free accommodation or stay with minimal rates with the security guard and domestic help.
  2. Official vehicle facility, free electricity, phone calls, etc.
  3. The option for taking leave to study abroad
  4. Further, lifetime pension and retirement benefits, medical attendance


Ranks, Posts (in State Police/Central Police Force) and Salary of IPS Officer


Ranks Salary
Deputy Superintendent of Police 56, 100
Additional superintendent of police 67,700
Senior superintendent of police 78,800
Deputy inspector general of police 1,31,100
Inspector general of police ₹ 1,44, 200
Director general of police 2,05,400
Director general of police/ director general of IB or CBI 2,25,000


Physical Criterias for IPS Officer


Criterias Male Female
Height 165cm (general)

160 cm (other)

150 cm (general)

145cm (other)

Chest Minimum 84 cm

Expansion 5 cm

Minimum 79,cm,

Expansion 5 cm

Eyesight 6/6 or 6/9 distant vision for good eye 6/12 or 6/9 for worst eye.


IPS Cadre Allocation


Under the new cadre policy for All India Services (since UPSC CSE 2017) , the IPS cadres are now grouped into 5 zones.


Zone Number of Cadres IPS Cadres
I 7
  • AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and UTs)
  • Jammu and Kashmir
  • Himachal Pradesh
  • Uttarakhand
  • Punjab
  • Rajasthan
  • Haryana
II 4
  • Uttar Pradesh
  • Bihar
  • Jharkhand
  • Odisha
  • Gujarat
  • Maharashtra
  • Madhya Pradesh
  • Chhattisgarh
IV 6
  • West Bengal
  • Sikkim
  • Assam-Meghalaya
  • Manipur
  • Tripura
  • Nagaland
V 5
  • Telangana
  • Andhra Pradesh
  • Karnataka
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Kerala


IPS Training

The training of the IPS recruits is divided into 4 phases :


  1. 3 months foundation course, at LBSNAA, Mussoorie.
  2. 11 months basic course as Phase 1 training at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Academy, Hyderabad.
  3. 6 months District Practical Training at their respective cadre.
  4. 1-month Phase 2 training at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad.


The foundation course for IPS officers is held at the LBSNAA together with all the other civil services recruits. Further, after the foundation course, candidates move on to the phase 1 part of the training at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Academy at Hyderabad.


Apart from the district training for IPS officers, the different indoor and outdoor subjects are:


Outdoor subjects Marks Allotted
Drill (comprising Ceremonial Drill and Sword Drill) 100
Drill (comprising Ceremonial Drill and Sword Drill) 80
Equitation 40
Field Craft Tactics and Map Reading 200
First Aid and Ambulance Drill 20
Physical Fitness 80
Swimming 25
Unarmed Combat 30
Yoga 25


Indoor subjects Marks Allotted
Police in Modern India 75
Indian Evidence Act, 1872 100
Indian Penal Code, 1860 100
Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 100
Special Laws 50
Crime Prevention & Criminology 75
Investigation-I 75
Investigation -II 75
Forensic Medicine 50
Forensic Science (Theory & Practical) 75
Maintenance of Public Peace and Order 75
Internal Security 75
Police Leadership and Management 100
Ethics and Human Rights 75
Information & Communication Technology 100


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