CSE (Indian Police Service)



As soon as we think about Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, thoughts related to crime detection and prevention, dedication, physical ability etc usually pop up. Indian Police Services is amongst the most coveted jobs in the country. One will be amazed to know that only one in three thousand students who apply for IPS get selected for this exalted job. Such statistics state the fact that how much the career of Indian Police Service is sought after. 

The job of an IPS officer usually entails maintaining the law and order situation in the country, ensuring public peace and prevention, preventing crime, investigating the committed crimes, combating terrorism, providing security to the VIPs of the country, curtailing drug trafficking, stopping cyber crimes etc. Be it the detective in those Sherlock Homes novel, or heros in those typical bollywood movies, an IPS officer lives a mixed life of both of these.

If you wish to get through the Indian Police Service, pull up your socks to compete with 3,50,000 candidates for 200 seats.

Personality Traits

  • Great interest in physical activities
  • Self-discipline
  • Dedication
  • Perseverance
  • A strong physical and mental built
  • Self confidence
  • Good organizing skills
  • Stamina
  • Resilience
  • Leadership skills
  • Love for the country
  • Sense of responsibility
  • Ability to effectively use power and authority that comes handy with the job
  • Willingness to work in a stringent bureaucratic set up


For all those who are interested in taking up Indian Police Services have to first appear for the Civil Service Examination which is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The civil service examination is conducted in various stages that are enlisted below. The stage one of the Civil Service examination is the preliminary exam which is also the qualification exam. The prelim is an objective type test that basically comprises two tests. Each test is a 200 marks test for two hours each. The first paper comprises questions on current events, Indian and world geography, Indian policy and government, economic and social development, environment ecology, bio-diversity, general science etc. Whereas the Test II covers questions related to comprehension, interpersonal & communication skills, logical & analytical reasoning, decision making & problem solving skills, Mathematical ability and English language. This is just a qualifying examination and the scores gained by students at this stage are not included in the final marking scheme.

The students who qualify the preliminary examination, become eligible to appear for the mains examination. The mains examination consists of a written exam and an interview. The written exam for the mains paper includes nine subjective type papers.

The list of the same is as follows:

Subject Marks
One Indian language paper 300
English 300
Essay 200
General Studies paper – I 300
General Studies paper – II 300
Optional Subject – I (a) 300
Optional Subject – I (b) 300
Optional Subject – II (a) 300
Optional Subject – II (b) 300

Students have to also appear for a round of personal interview that is conducted by board appointed by UPSC.

If one wishes to gain admission in IPS, one has to be amongst the top rankers, preferably secure a rank amongst the top 450 students. Successful candidates have to then undergo a one-year rigorous training as IPS probationers at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad. During their training at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad the candidates are taught on how to perform their administrative and police duties, more on Indian Penal Codes, special laws, criminology etc. After the completion of their training, they are then deployed to various state cadres. 

List of Institutes for undergrad and post-grad courses in Indian Police Service

Institute Website
Union Public Service Commission www.upsc.gov.in
Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussourie www.lbsnaa.gov.in
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad www.svpnpa.gov.in

Career Opportunities

On successfully completing the two-year probation, the freshly confirmed IPS officers join as Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP). Within two years, they usually get promoted to the senior scale. Apart from the Indian Police, IPS could also lead Indian intelligence agencies such as the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Intelligence Bureau (IB), Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), etc. IPS are often expected to lead various paramilitary forces of India such as Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Indo-Tibetan Border police (ITBP), etc. In the past IPS officers have served as heads of various departments under a lot of Central and state government ministries and public sector undertakings. These IPS officers interact and co-ordinate with members of other All-India services, Central Civil services and Indian Armed Forces.


Grade Pay scales
Above Super Time Scale Rs.80,000 (fixed) plus grade pay
Above Super Time Scale Rs.67,000 - Rs.79,000 plus grade pay of Rs.12,000
Super Time Scale Rs.37,400 - Rs.67,000 plus grade pay of Rs.10,000
Super Time Scale Rs.37,400 - Rs.67,000 plus grade pay of Rs.8900
Selection Grade 37,400 - INR67,000 plus grade Pay of Rs.8700+
Junior Administrative Grade
Rs.15,600 - Rs.39,100 plus grade pay of Rs.7600
Senior Time Scale Rs.15,600 - Rs.39,100 plus grade pay of Rs.6600
Junior Time Scale Rs.15,600 - Rs.39,100 plus grade pay of Rs.5400
CSE (Indian Police Service)
CSE (Indian Police Service) - By : | Date Published : 21-10-2016 | Category : Career Options |
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