Indian Police Service (IPS) officer’s first and foremost duty is to maintain Law and order in the nation. Until and unless there is internal peace and discipline in the country it’s really difficult to carry out the administrative and other welfare programs. IPS is the prime uniformed civil service.

An IPS officer works for the dual government, which means, for both central and state governments. Ranging from Assistant Superintendent of Police at the beginning of his career to the Director-General of Police at the stage of his retirement, he serves the State Government in various capacities. He is also eligible to serve the Central Government in various sectors like the Central Reserve Police Force, Border Security Force, Central Bureau of Investigation, Intelligence Bureau, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), etc.

IPS Training Period and Training Centre in India

With the longest training period in all the cadres of the UPSC, the training for IPS may even extend to almost 2 years of training. Generally, the 1st half of the training is done with the other services candidates at Mussoorie, and then from there, they are sent to Bharat Darshan in groups. The second part of the training is done in two phases. It is done in the National Police Academy in Hyderabad. The IPS officers also have to do a certain amount of training in a district of their cadre in between the 2 phases of training at the IPS academy.

Learning the local language of the allotted cadre is an important part of this training. In the academy itself, the basic words of the language are taught to them. Lastly, they are expected to pass 2 levels of the exam and according to their performance, their promotions to the next level are dependent.

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The Four-Part Training and the Corresponding Training Centre for IPS

  1. Foundation Course (3 months): LBSNAA, Mussoorie
  2. Phase I training (Basic Course – 11 months): Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA), Hyderabad
  3. District Practical Training (6 months): at the respective cadre
  4. Phase II training (1 month): Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA), Hyderabad

The Objective of Phase 1 Training

  • Build capacity through the matrix of sensitization, orientation and competency.
  • Impart professional knowledge and understanding.
  • Develop professional, organizational and community skills.
  • Nurture human values, right attitudes and appropriate behaviour in professional and personal life and to inculcate sensitivity.
  • Develop an overall personality (character, self-discipline, habits, soft skills, norms, etiquette, values, etc.).
  • Transform the probationers into leaders of police stations and police districts

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Compulsory Subjects for IPS During Training

  1. Police in Modern India
  2. Indian Evidence Act, 1872
  3. Indian Penal Code, 1860
  4. Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973
  5. Special Laws
  6. Crime Prevention & Criminology
  7. Investigation
  8. Forensic Medicine
  9. Forensic Science (Theory and Practicals)
  10. Maintenance of Public Peace and Order
  11. Internal Security
  12. Police Leadership and Management
  13. Ethics and Human Rights
  14. Information & Communication Technology

Compulsory Physical Subjects For IPS Training

  1. Physical Fitness (PT, athletics, gymnasium, sports, cross country races up to 20 km)
  2. Drill
  3. Yoga
  4. Unarmed combat
  5. Swimming
  6. Field Craft & Tactics and Map Reading (ambush setting, counter-ambush manoeuvres, use of terrain for tactical movement, setting up counter-insurgency camps, map-reading, movement with and without the aid of GPS, Route marches up to 40 km with full battle load, handling explosives, etc.)
  7. Equitation (horse riding)
  8. First Aid and Ambulance Drill
  9. Rock climbing
  10. assault training and weapons training (assembling/disassembling, handling and firing of revolvers, pistols, machine guns, rifles, mortars, grenades, etc.)

Eligibility Criteria for IPS

The eligibility criteria for the Indian Police Service IPS and Indian administrative service IAS officer is the same, but there are some additional physical requirements.

The physical requirements of IPS officers are as below:

  1. Height
  2. Chest
  3. Eyesight
  4. The remote vision for a better eye should be 6/6 or 6/9 and for the worse eye it should be 6/12 or 6/9 and near vision should be JI and J2 respectively.
  5. Spectacles are allowed
  6. High-grade color vision is important and a Binocular vision is needed.

Salary of an IPS Officer During Training and Above

The salary structure of an IPS officer is as follows:

IPS ranks in State Police/Central Police force The equivalent position in Delhi Police IPS Salary – 7th Pay Commission Pay Scale
Director-General of Police/ Director of IB or CBI Commissioner of Police 2,25,000.00 INR
Director-General of Police Special Commissioner of Police 2,05,400.00 INR
Inspector-General of Police Joint Commissioner of Police 1,44,200.00 INR
Deputy Inspector General of Police Additional Commissioner of Police 1,31,100.00 INR
Senior Superintendent of Police Deputy Commissioner of Police 78,800.00 INR
Additional Superintendent of Police Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police 67,700.00 INR
Deputy Superintendent of Police Assistant Commissioner of Police 56,100.00 INR


The Indian Police Service is a prestigious service in India. It is one of the three all-India services in the country. After clearing the UPSC civil services, one can get into the IPS and serve in the country’s police force. A fresh recruit gets training first before entering the service. The training for IPS is one of the most rigorous ones of them all. It needs a lot of courage and determination for them to go through with the whole thing. Candidates applying for IPS should keep all this in mind when applying and be ready to face adversities and not leave their dreams in between.

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