IPS Officer Duties: Important Things You Need to Know in 2021

IPS Officer Duties: Important Things You Need to Know in 2021

This article discusses IPS Officer duties and responsibilities, as well as the basic requirements you need to be one.

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The Indian Police Service (IPS) is one of the three major All India Services established under the Constitution of India. The elite Indian Police Service officers are high ranked personnel who offer leadership to Police forces both at the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and in the State police machinery.

Being an All India Service, IPS officers in India carry a lot of responsibilities. The Police Division under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is responsible for policy decisions and cadre management such as cadre structure, recruitment, training, cadre allocation, empanelment, deputation, confirmation, pay and allowances, disciplinary matters of IPS Officers.

Indian Police Service (IPS) Exam

IPS (Indian Police Service) exam has two recruitment modes:

  1. Civil Services Examination (CSE) conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.
  2. Promotion of State Police Service Officers.

For a short period, for the recruitment of IPS, there was the provision of a Limited Competitive Examination (LCE). However, in 2018, to scrap this mode of recruitment of Indian Police Service officers, the Supreme Court of India upheld the Centre’s decision.

UPSC Civil Services Exam conducted every year for which almost 5-8 lakh aspirants appear, candidates who take the exam will be appointed as Indian Police Service (IPS) depending upon the rank they score in the exam, their hard work and self-determination.

The UPSC CSE 2021 (IPS Exam) will be held in three stages:

  1. Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam
  2. Civil Services (Main) Exam
  3. UPSC Personality Test

The aspirants who are applying for the Civil Services Examination (CSE) should meet all the eligibility criteria to become an Indian Police Officer in India:

Nationality for the Indian Administrative Service(IAS), the Indian Foreign Service(IFS) and the Indian Police Service(IPS) – candidate must be a citizen of India.

Educational Qualification

  • Minimum qualification for UPSC exam: The ideal candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree from Government recognized Universities or possess an equivalent qualification.
  • Candidates who are in their final years and yet to appear for the final exam or those who are waiting for the results are also eligible to appear for UPSC Preliminary Exam.
  • IPS Physical Requirements: There are some physical criteria prescribed for the IPS officers. After the candidate clears the civil services final exam and gets allocated to the IPS as per his rank, he should go through some specified physical tests to make him/her eligible for service as a police officer. Some of the particular physical requirements are mentioned below. They can also change as per UPSC official notifications.
MenWomen
A minimum height of 165 cmA minimum height of 150 cm
the minimum height is relaxed able to 160cm( in the case, candidates belonging to STST and races such as Gorkhas, Assamese, Garhwalias, Kumauni’s, Nagaland Tribal, etc.)the minimum height is relaxed able to  145 cm ( in the case, candidates belonging to STST and races such as Gorkhas, Assamese, Garhwalias, Kumauni’s, Nagaland Tribal, etc.)
minimum chest girth fully expanded: 84 cm for menminimum chest girth fully expanded:79 cm for women
 expansion of 5 cmexpansion of 5 cm  
  • The total Myopia (including the cylinder) should not exceed -4.00 D, and the total Hypermetropia (including the cylinder) should not exceed +4.00 D. Presence of Squint is a disqualification.
  • The Distant vision (Corrected Vision) should be 6/6 or 6/9, and (Uncorrected Vision) should be 6/12 or 6/9.
  • Spectacles are permitted and the requirement of High-grade colour vision and Binocular vision is needed.

UPSC Age Limit

As per the CSE criteria, the candidate should be a minimum of 21 years old as on August 2020 (for UPSC CSE 2021) and maximum 32 years as on August 2021.

  • No. of Attempts – 6 attempts for General category
  • In case of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Candidates (SC/ST)-No Limits (Up to 37 Years)
  • For Other Backward Classes (OBC)-9 attempts (Up to 35 Years)
  • In case of Physically handicapped- 9 attempts for general and OBC, while for SC/ST no bar on no. of attempts.

IPS Officer Duties

The Indian Police Service (IPS) comes under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

IPS Officer Duties are as follows

  1. Handling Border responsibilities and duties
    • Border policing
    • Counter-terrorism
  1. VIP security
  2. Railway policing
  3. Maintenance of public peace and order
    • Crime prevention
    • The investigation, collection of intelligence and detection
  1. Anti-smuggling and drug trafficking|
  2. Tackle Economic Offence
    • Corruption in public life
  3. Disaster management
    • Biodiversity and enforcement of environmental laws etc.
  4. Higher-level posts in the Indian Intelligence Agencies(IIA)
    • CBI
    • IB
    • R&AW
    • CID
  1. Implementation of socio-economic legislation
  2. Commanding and Leading the Indian Federal Law Enforcement Agencies
    • Civil (IFLEAC) and Armed Police Forces (APF) in all the union territories and states
    • CAPF – Central Armed Police Forces
      • CPO – Central Police Organization’s
      • CPF – Central Paramilitary Forces
        • BSF
        • NSG
        • CISF
        • ITBP
        • CRPF
  3. Interact and coordinate closely with
    • All India Services (AIS)
    • The Indian Army in general
  4. Serve as HoDs in policymaking.
    • The Ministries and Departments of Central Government (CGCG) and State Governments (SGSG)
    • Public sector undertakings (PSUs).

Learn more about this role by reading up on this link: https://civilservices.com/indian-police-service-ips/

Note- For more detailed information, please visits the official site –  https://www.upsc.gov.in/.

Summary/Overview

The Indian Police Service (IPS) is one of the three major All India Services established under the Constitution of India. The elite Indian Police Service officers are high ranked personnel who offer leadership to Police forces both at the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and in the State police machinery.

Areas covered in this article

  • IPS Exam – Nature and definition
  • Eligibility criteria – Qualification, Nationality, Physical Standards and, Medical tests, etc.
  • IPS exam syllabus
  • IPS Officer Duties
  • Training

Note 1- To get an overview of the exam’s nature and the eligibility criteria, click on the below-mentioned topic/link UPSC CSE eligibility criteria.

Note 2– You can also create notes to remember all the critical aspects of the IPS Exam. You can also check the official UPSC IPS Exam notification with the help of below-mentioned link- https://www.upsc.gov.in/exams-related-info/exam-notification.

TIP- Important books for IPS Exam:

  • Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude by Ashok Kumar: Civil Services Main Examination Book with Solved Case Studies – by Ashok Kumar IPS
  • Internal Security – Conflicts, Challenges and Strategies – by IPS Lohit Matani

Learn more about the 2021 UPSC exams here.

This post was last updated on October 22nd, 2021 at 03:09 pm

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