Have you ever been fascinated by the role of an IPS Officer? Do you want to apply for the post and take the Civil Services Exam soon? Are you aware of the job role and responsibilities of an IPS Officer? What are the primary roles appointed to IPS candidates? How long is the training process?

Read this article to find out about an IPS Officer’s salary, what degree is best for IPS, the bonus income or benefits they receive, and the retirement age. The age requirements and the different kinds of civil posts assigned to the IPS can also be found below.

What is the Salary of an IPS?

The IPS (Indian Police Service), along with the IAS (Indian Administrative Service) and the IFS (Indian Forest Service) comprises the All India Service. After India got independence from the British rule, the IPS was formed in 1948 to replace the Indian Imperial Police. The salary of an IPS Officer can range from INR 15,600 to INR 80,000 depending on the rank and positions.

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Duties of the IPS Officers

The IPS works towards protecting the lives of the citizens and ensuring they follow law and order. They can be allotted as chief officers to the state and central police forces, Central Armed Police forces (such as BSF, CRPF, SSB, CISF, ITBP), National Security Guards (NSG), National Investigative Agency (NIA), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Intelligence Bureau (IB), Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), and other posts based on the government’s requirements.

Several IPS Officers have been awarded medals such as the Ashok Chakra and Kirti Chakra for their contribution to the society, even if the duties were not listed for their ranks.

The major duties of an IPS Officer can be as follows-

  • Maintenance of public peace and order, crime prevention, investigation and detection,VIP security, counter-terrorism, tackling smuggling, railway policing, drug trafficking, disaster management, border policing, protection of the economic laws, etc.

  • Leading and commanding the Central Armed Forces.

  • Leading and commanding the Indian Intelligence Agencies.

What are the Qualifications needed for IPS?

To qualify for the All India Service, one has to appear for the UPSC Civil Services exam. Depending on the merit and the choice of service, the candidates are further selected for their training and assigned ranks. The training period for IPS takes up to 3 years and the officers are paid during this time based on their ranks. Some of the basic requirements to become an IPS are-

  • The candidate must be a citizen of India
  • The candidate must be at least 21 years old
  • The candidate must be graduate from a UGC recognised institution
  • The candidate must have appeared for the UPSC CSE and passed the exam

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What is the Retirement Age for the People in IPS?

The retirement age of Civil Servants can range from 50-55 years. Their term is for 30 years and their retirement depends upon whichever takes place earlier. For officials who have engaged in unlawful or corrupt activities, their names would be forwarded to a Review and Representation Committee who would then take the case for review for early retirement.

What Degree is Best for IPS?

There are no compulsory subjects or degrees that one needs to appear for the Civil Services. The only criteria for eligibility for the exam is that one can be a graduate from any stream or discipline, but their degree should have been pursued in a UGC recognised institute. However, the most important subjects in the exam include history, economics, polity, geography, public relations, and environmental science. If one chooses to graduate in any of these subjects, they can get to have an in-depth study on the subjects that could be useful for the exam.

It should be kept in mind that being thorough with one subject will not guarantee success in the exam. People from other streams such as Engineering, Commerce, and Science have an equal chance in clearing the exam.

Salary based on the 7th Pay Commission

Based on the 7th pay commission, the in-hand salary of IPS Officers can be seen as follows-

Rank Time-Scale Pay-Scale Grade
SP Junior Scale ₹ 15,600 – ₹ 39,100 (Level 10 in the Pay Matrix) ₹ 5,400
Senior Scale ₹ 15,600 – ₹ 39, 100 (Level 11 in the Pay Matrix) ₹ 6,600
Junior Administrative Grade ₹ 15,600 – ₹ 39, 100(Level 12 in the Pay Matrix) ₹ 7,600
Selection Grade ₹ 37,400 – ₹67,000 (Level 13 in the Pay Matrix) ₹ 8,700
DIG Super time scale ₹ 37, 400 – ₹ 67,000 (Level 13A in the Pay Matrix) ₹ 8,900
IG Super time scale ₹ 37,400 –  ₹ 67,000 (Level 14 in the Pay Matrix) ₹ 10,000
ADG Above super time scale ₹ 67, 000 – ₹ 79,000 (Level 15 in the Pay Matrix)
DG Above super time scale HAG ₹ 75,500 – ₹ 80,000 (Level 16 in the Pay Matrix)

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Benefits Provided to the IPS

Some of the benefits that IPS Officers at high ranks receive apart from their income are-

  • Government House
  • Official Vehicles
  • Healthcare
  • Gratuity
  • Job Security
  • PF
  • Domestic help
  • Security
  • The study leaves funded by the government
  • Pension for the rest of their lives
  • Payment of the bills


Now that the role and functions of an IPS are clear, have you become more inclined to the profession? While it may be said that the Civil Servants are paid lesser than their peers in other fields, the perks of the job are many. The Police Official’s salary can vary based on the position and rank they are in. It is known to be a noble profession that is a great service to society. When are you planning on starting your preparation for the exam then? Do let us know in the comments below.

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IPS Officer Salary: What are the ranks in IPS? What are the duties of IPS Officers?
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