One of the all-India services that applicants who pass the IAS exam will get into is the Indian Police Service or IPS. It is a prized service as it shapes leadership positions in India’s police forces. Candidates can clear the UPSC civil services exam and get the appropriate rank for this service to join this service. They must spend a lot of time and effort into their UPSC preparation.

If you are wondering what kind of physical training is given to IPS trainees at SVPNPA? You must know that trainers chisel out the officer at SVPNPA from the raw human who with a lot of hopes enters the academy. The preparation is comprehensive, with both physical training and classroom training being given equal priority.

IPS Training at SVPNPA

An IPS officer has to exchange and daily communication details with Indian Intelligence Agencies such as R&AW, IB, CID, CBI Heading the Central Armed Police Force (CRPF) Communicate and collaborate with the Indian Revenue Services (IRS), Indian Armed Forces, mostly with the Indian Army Serve the nation’s citizens with total dignity, sincerity and wholehearted devotion. For this candidates must be trained.

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Criteria of UPSC Eligibility for Indian Police Service (IPS)

Nationality Requirements for IPSS by UPSC

  • The nominee must be an Indian resident.
  • The applicant must have completed the age of 21 as of 1 August of the year in which the test is to take place. This means that, as of 1 August 2020, the respondent must be 21 years old for the UPSC 2020 test.
  • For the IAS test, the upper age limit is 32 years. This suggests that the applicant may not have met the age of 32 years for the upcoming IAS test on 1 August 2020.
  • To take the UPSC test, the applicant must have at least a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university.
  • Also, those students who have written the qualification exam (bachelor’s degree) for the final year exams and are pending results will apply. Applicants who write the final exam are also eligible to apply for the UPSC prelims exam as well. But the evidence of passage must be provided by these candidates.

Is it Really Tough for Candidates from Non-Sports Background?

As you can see based on the eligibility criteria, there are no restrictions pertaining to a non-sports background candidate. This answers the question to, is it really tough for non-sports background candidate.?

Since there are no restrictions, it is certainly not too tough.

There are, however, physical and height standards that must be met. These are as follows.

Category Relaxation  Upper Age Limit
General | EWS No relaxation 32
Other Backward Class (OBC) Up to 3 years 35
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) Up to 5 years 37
Defence Service Personnel disabled during service Up to 3 years 35
Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least 5 years military service as on 1st August 2020 and have been released * Up to 5 years 37
Visually challenged/hearing impaired/physically challenged candidates Up to 10 years 42

Vision Criteria

Hyper myopia (including cylinder) should not surpass plus 4.00D Squint is a disqualification appearance.

Spectacles are allowed. Distant vision for a better eye(Corrected Vision) should be 6/6 or 6/9 Distant vision for a bad eye(Uncorrected Vision) should be 6/12 or 6/9 Close vision should be J1 and J2 respectively High colour vision should be needed and Binocular vision should be required.

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The IPS Officer Training Schedule

The instruction offered to IPS recruits consists of four sections:

  • (3 months) Foundation Course: LBSNAA, Mussoorie
  • Step I preparation (Basic Course-11 months): National Police Academy Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (SVPNPA), Hyderabad
  • District Practical Preparation (6 months): in the required environment
  • Step II preparation (1 month): National Police Academy Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (SVPNPA), Hyderabad

The foundation course takes place at the LBSNAA along with all the other recruits from the civil services. Then they move on to the part of the preparation for stage I. This is considered the Basic Course as well. This is performed in Hyderabad at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA or NPA).

Aim of the IPS Officer Training

The primary goal of the basic course is to create capacity for the probationers to face the field’s particular challenges. The aims of the basic course are:

  • Capacity building through the sensitization, orientation and competency matrix.
  • To impart technical expertise and comprehension.
  • Build capabilities that are technical, interpersonal and cultural.
  • Nurture and instil sensitivity in human values, correct behaviours and healthy behaviour in professional and personal lives.
  • Build a general character (character, self-discipline, attitudes, soft skills, standards, etiquette, value.

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Physical Training for The IPS Preparation

Here is a list of the physical activities that go in the process of training as a part of the IPS preparation.

Indoor compulsory subjects:

  • Fitness physique (PT, athletics, gymnasium, sports, cross country races up to 20 km)
  • Drill
  • Yoga
  • Unarmed warfare
  • Swimming diving
  • Military craft & tactics and map reading (airstrike setting, defend manoeuvres, military movement use of terrain, setting up counter-insurgency camps, map-reading, movement with and without GPS assistance,
  • Path marches of up to 40 km with a full combat load, explosive handling, etc.)
  • The equitation (horse riding)
  • Drill for First Aid and ambulance
  • Rock climbing, assault preparation and firearms training are also included in the exercises (assembly/disassembly, handling and shooting of revolvers, handguns, machine arms, shotguns, mortars, explosives, etc.)

Optional topics for preparation with IPS:

  • Telecommunications and Control Room Procedures for Police
  • Hindi
  • Language Provincial (depending on the cadre)
  • Moving and Engine Mechanism

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Academic Training for the IPS Preparation

IPS Obligatory Indoor Subjects:

  • Cops in Contemporary India
  • Act on Indian Evidence, 1872
  • Indian Code of Penal Justice, 1860
  • Judicial Process Code, 1973
  • The Special Laws
  • Prevention of Crime & Criminology
  • Investigation Inquiries
  • Medicine and Forensics
  • Technology in Forensics (Theory and Practicals)
  • Public Peace Preservation and Order
  • External Protection
  • Leadership and Administration for Police
  • Civil Dignity and Ethics
  • Data & Coordination

The Role of UPSC Preparation and IPS Preparation

IPS Test Highlights The selection of the Indian Police Service (IPS) will be carried out by the UPSC by the Civil Services Review (CSE) along with more than 20 services. For all programmes, the approval process and selection criteria are similar. About eight lakh candidates register for the IPS exam every year, approximately.

To carry out activities focused on border duties in the fields of public peace and order protection, crime prevention, inquiry and identification, intelligence reporting, VIP protection, counter-terrorism, border control, railway police, smuggling prevention, narcotics dealing, economic crimes, corruption, disaster management, etc.

The preliminary, key exam and an interview/personality test are used in the screening process for the IPS. The selection process will commence with Preliminary each year in the month of June and end in April. The CSE’s final merit list will be published in May.

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What Kind of Physical Training is Given to IPS Trainees at SVPNPA? A Scheduled Description

The preparation is comprehensive, with both physical training and classroom training being given equal priority. With Fall-in for PT at 5 am, a normal day starts. It was followed by Morning PT and two arms handling, or exercise, or shooting courses. At 8:45 am, these classes finish. After half an hour of breakfast and passing time, one has to hit 9:15 am for indoor lessons.

An officer trainee is taught IPC, CrPC, proof rules, numerous other acts, ethics, history of police, forensic science in indoor classes that run until lunchtime. For special problems such as LWE, juvenile justice, rape and Law Order concerns such as Kumbh Mela etc., special sessions are held to sensitise the officers.

Conferences and Uniforms are a Part of the IPS Officer Training

CBI, IB, FFRO, NIA, NSG officers are also invited to conferences so that the OTs can get a clear understanding of their jobs and prepare their careers. OTs fall-in again for evening sessions after lunchtime where either Drill, Shooting, Horse Riding or Swimming etc are arranged in two schools. Half an hour of OTs cooling-off games after this.

By the way, there are separate uniforms for each class and OTs have to hurry from one class to the other between changing uniforms that have been laid out for them by their followers. Formal meals or call-ins with seniors are scheduled in the evening. By the time the OTs collapse with exhausted bodies on their covers, their time is only ample to call a loved one at home and fall asleep.


Beyond the physical training, during training at SVPNPA and in the field during his or her service, the toughest thing for an IPS is to cultivate a neutral mentality towards others when upholding the law of the country. It is difficult for IPS officers to transcend caste, social, geographical and affinities when upholding the law.

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