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IAS vs IPS: Which one should you choose?

IAS and IPS are the most significant services among civil services. Both of the posts carry aura and glory of administrative services....

Akshay Palande Written by Akshay Palande · 2 min read >

IAS and IPS are the most significant services among civil services. Both of the posts carry aura and glory of administrative services. Topmost categories of candidates search for these services for power and respect. But IPS differs from IAS in nature in various ways. These two posts are not the same at all. Service types of these posts differ always. So, here in this discussion, it will be clear which service is suitable for whom.

Role of an IAS

An IAS is supposed to have power in the administrative field. An IAS is all in all when it comes to managing and organizing government agendas, meetings and implementations, and all those kinds of stuff. IAS has a significant role in making synchronization with govt. agendas. The administration is the main part of an IAS.

Role of an IPS

An IPS is liable to maintain order and peace with the police force and law. IPS officers hold much power to influence any government organization. IAS officers are powerful officers to administer law and order in society. A presence of an IPS makes a huge difference in any situation. An IPS can change rules, enforce any constitutional rule for protecting the country and making the situation safe for all. 

Salary structure

An IAS gets a higher salary than that of an IPS officer. An IPS get much lower allowances and facilities in comparison to an IAS.

Eligibility and education

It is important to meet all eligibility to become an IAS and an IPS. Eligibility for an IAS is academics. It is important to be a graduate. But an IPS candidate must have other physical criteria concerned with height, weight, and other physical fitness related issues. So, check all eligibility on the UPSC website before thinking about joining IPS. IAS and IPS do not differ in educational criteria. Candidate must be graduate for both parts. But for IPS it is looked for if the candidate can provide any NCC background or if the candidate had studied in Sainik School.

Hierarchy

IPS always comes after an IAS. The candidates who rank on top choose IAS. If one prefers to choose IPS even after that it will be depending on the candidate. IPS is lower in rank than IAS.

Why IAS (Indian Administrative Service)

If a candidate seeks power to administer and manage government-oriented things it is like bending on IAS like features. These aspirants should always opt for IAS as a profession. IAS is glorified in every area of government sector for their power, position, and career.

Why IPS (Indian Police Service)

IPS is a post that consists of influence, power, crime management, and order management. Candidates who prefer these areas can opt for IPS. But they must be physically eligible and fit to join the service. Inappropriate information might cancel their application if the commission of the UPSC c0nsiders so.

Verdict

It cannot be said that IAS is better than IPS or vice-versa. IT comes to the aspirant and his or her quality to choose the designation. But before choosing the designation it should be in mind that not everyone can become an IPS. Service of IPS might not be suitable for those who do not like to deal with crime, law, and order related issues. There are no certain working hours for an IPS. An IPS serves as an emergency officer to keep citizens safe. IAS is more ordered and harmonized in nature when it comes to service patterns. IAS has to be effective in managing and administering issues single-handedly. An IPS handle the Police Department and an IAS is an integrated part of the bureaucratic part. So, the candidate should be determined about the choices considering eligibility criteria.  

Written by Akshay Palande
Akshay Palande is a passionate teacher helping hundreds of students in their UPSC preparation. With a degree in Mechanical Engineering and double masters in Public Administration and Economics, he has experience of teaching UPSC aspirants for 5 years. His subject of expertise are Geography, Polity, Economics and Environment and Ecology. Profile

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