IPS - Indian Police Service | IPS Exam

To overcome shortage of officers in IPS, Ministry of Home Affairs proposed conduction of new exam for recruiting officers in Indian Police Services. This new exam is conducted on the same grounds as UPSC. This exam was conducted for the first time in 2012. The name given to this exam is Indian Police Service Limited Competitive Examination. It is different than UPSC in the ways that only those who are already in Police or military can apply for this exam. Details regarding this exam are given below.

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Eligibility Details
  • A candidate appearing for the exam must be a citizen of India.
  • A candidate should have served as Deputy Superintendent of Police in any of the state of India or as Assistant Commandant in Central Para Military forces for at least 5 years.
  • She/he should have clean service record from the date of joining over the entire service period.
Age Details
  • A candidate belonging to general category must be less than 35 years of age.
  • A candidate belonging to Other Backward Class must have age less than 36 years while for candidate belonging to SC/ST has age limit of 37 years.
Exam Details
Examination is conducted in two parts.
  • Written Test
  • Personal Interview
Written examination:

Written examination consists of 9 papers with each paper carrying 300 marks. Detail regarding each paper is as follows.

Paper 1 – Candidates will be provided with option of 22 languages. They have to choose any one of the language with ever is favourable. This paper has a weightage of 300 marks. It is an qualifying test that must be cleared to sit in other papers.

Paper 2 - This paper is of English. Candidate’s knowledge of English is usually checked. It contains questions on English grammar and passages. It has weightage of 300 marks. It is a qualifying paper.

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Paper 3 – This paper consists of easy writing. Candidates will be given a topic and they can write it in English or Hindi. It carries 200 marks.

Paper 4 & 5 – Paper 4 and 5 are based on General Studies. These papers cover topics related to Social science, geography of India, Indian Constitution, Current affairs, and history of India. They have total weightage of 600 marks, each carrying 300 marks.

Paper 6, 7, 8 and 9 – Candidates have to select two most favourable subjects from the options available. Each of this subject is divided in two parts with each of 300 marks. Thus, total of 1200 marks.

Personal interview:

After passing the written test candidates will be called for personal interview. Interview consists of 300 marks. Candidates will be selected on the basic of merit ranking.

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