How To Become IPS Officer-Complete details in 10 minutes

By | October 22, 2017

1-How To Become IPS Officer-

How to become IPS officer is one of the most searched topic in internet-IPS is a dream service for most of the aspirants and we will tell you each and everything about this job in this article in full details. Indian Police Service which is also known as IPS is an all india level service conducted by Union Public Service Commission every year along with IAS and other class A services.

To become IPS officer you have to clear UPSC CSE exam with high rank which is around top 150 to 250 then you will be asked for physical test which is also a deciding factor in this service.As an IPS officer you will get wide opportunity to service the nation in multiple organization like- RAW, IB,CBI and other security posts. So choosing IPS job is adventures and challenging.

2-About IPS Exam ?

Full form of IPS- Indian Police Service , IPS exam is conducted by UPSC in three stages Prelims , Mains and Interview and you will have to clear all the stages to make your name in the final list of selected people for various posts.

Prelims Exam-This is the first stage of exam which conducted by UPSC every year in the month of May -June and consists of two paper –Paper 1 General Studies and Paper 2 CSAT.Both papers are written in both languages (Hindi & English) So you can give this exam as per your comfort level.

Paper 1 General Studies- This paper consists of 100 question each with 2 marks , Negative marking will be applicable for both the papers. Paper 1 covers large numbers of syllabus –Click here for Paper 1 Syllabus.

Paper 1 marks will be counted for prelims merit so you have to score high to clear first stage of UPSC exam which is known as prelims. Usually the cut off for this paper goes around 55 to 60 percent every year so prepare this paper very carefully.

Also read- 10 Mistakes by UPSC Aspirants-

3-IPS Exam Eligibility / Qualification-

Next important step is to know if we are eligible for this exam or not ? UPSC issues notification every year in the months of Jan-Feb about qualification for UPSC CSE exam which can be read/download from UPSC Official website.

Though all the eligibility criteria is same but it advised to visit UPSC official website for more clarity. Let’s have a look on the following qualification details-

4-Educational Qualification to become IPS officer-

Graduation degree is must for UPSC CSE exam so you apply for this exam after completion of graduation from any recognised university. So let’s have a look on the following details

  • You Must have a degree from a Central, State or Deemed university.
  • A degree received through correspondence or distance education
  • A degree from an open university
  • A qualification recognized by the Government of India as being equivalent to graduation or above.

Also read-Know IAS exam eligibility

5-Age Limit to become IPS officer-

The minimum age limit for UPSC CSE IPS exam is 21 years but there is some difference in upper age limit for various category general, SC, ST OBC, PH J&K Residents.

General category   21-32 years , 06 attempts

OBC category –  21-32+3 years, 06+03 Attempts.

SC/ST category   21-32+5 years , Unlimited Attempts.

PH category  21+10 years , General+OBC -09 , Others-Unlimited.

J & K domicile   General-37, OBC- 40 ,SC & ST-50 PH-50 years, Unlimited attempts.

Disabled servicemen  G-37, OBC-38 ,SC+ST-40 Years, Unlimited Attempts.

Also read-How to prepare UPSC Exam Without Coaching 

6-Physical Fitness For IPS officer-

IPS ( Indian Police Service ) requires high standard of physical fitness due its job profile and working culture. A police officer play very crucial role in the maintenance of Law and Order in the state . IPS officers are posted in various high security posts in IB, CBI, RAW etc.


Male-165 cm [For ST (except SC/ OBC) – 160 cm]

Female-150 cm [For ST (except SC/ OBC)- 145 cm]


Male-Minimum 84 cm. Expansion 5 cm

Female-Min 79 cm expansion 5 cm


Male-6/6 or 6/9 distant vision for good eye

Female-6/12 or 6/9 .

7-Work Details Of IPS officer-

IPS is all india service so you can be posted to anywhere in India in various post like DSP, SP , DG, IG etc which are based on service and seniority . The life of an IPS officer is challenging because you they have to deal with different types situation , maintain law and order , investigate criminal cases , Intelligence , Security and much more.

You also get chance to serve in following organizations.

  • Intelligence bureau (IB)
  • Research and analysis wing (RAW )
  • Central bureau of investigation (CBI )
  • National investigation agency (NIA)

Also read-Best UPSC Exam Website for Smart Preparation.

8- How to prepare for IPS exam ?

If you want to become IPS officer you have to prepare this exam seriously .Preparing for IPS exam is another important step where you will know all the preparation related guidelines. Any exam needs strong preparation and IPS exam is no exceptional .Due to high competition in UPSC exam , you have to be very particular about each step mentioned here .

IPS exam preparation start with knowing complete IPS syllabus , important books to read , mock test , note making process, answer-writing practice etc. All of these points are covered well in this article so that you need not to search these terms anymore.

9-Note making for IPS exam ?

As we know note making is very much required in IPS exam preparation and without note making it becomes very difficult to revise complete syllabus at the last time. UPSC IPS syllabus is vast and you can not memorize everything so note play important role here.Let’s find out how note making will help you to become IPS officer.

By making good notes, you not only memorize things better but also prepare revision material for last hour. Notes are handy so you can revise them anywhere , you can carry them with you and revise anytime. Making notes while preparation will take some extra time but it will save your time in the last time , just before your exam.

if you do not make notes , you will never able to revise your complete syllabus just before the exam. By making notes ,you can easily revise the complete syllabus in hours.

There are some tips while making note for ips exam-

  1. While making notes make sure that you make note for only those topics which are difficult to prepare.
  2. Your notes should be in keywords , not in paragraph.
  3. Your notes length should be 1/10 of the paragraph, otherwise you will not able to revise them later.
  4. Your notes can be colourful, colourful notes are easy to memorize.
  5. You can use mind maps to make notes for ips exam preparation.
  6. Sticky notes are also useful .

10-Importance of Newspaper in IPS exam preparation.

If you want to become IPS officer , you have to start reading newspaper daily !! You may have heard that Newspaper is must for UPSC exam but the reason for reading newspaper for UPSC exam.No one explained ? Here i will tell you the importance of newspaper for IPS exam-

Year by year UPSC is shifting its question base from traditional question to current affairs base questions. Newspaper which is the best and most reliable source of current affairs cover wide area of current affairs for UPSC exam. There are some good english newspaper (The Hindu , Indian express ) for UPSC exam preparation. It has been observed that more than 30 to 40 questions in prelims paper are coming from these sources. So you can not lose these marks simply by ignoring newspaper.

The importance of newspaper becomes more in IPS mains exam. UPSC IPS mains exam is more about analysing the concept, having the basic understanding of the subjects etc. By reading newspaper daily you can develop all these qualities and write mains in better way. You can read this article How to read newspaper for upsc exam for more details.

11-IPS Prelims exam syllabus-

IPS prelims syllabus cover almost all the subjects including history , geography , science etc. It is said that UPSC asks almost everything under the sun so you will have to prepare it from different source offline and online . Let’s have complete syllabus of IPS Prelims exam- Download It Now.

  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
  • General Science.

Also read-How to select UPSC Optional Books

12-IPS exam Prelims Books-

Books are still best source for UPSC Exam preparation and to become an IPS officer. IPS Books constitute more than 70% of study material. There are hundreds of books written on single subject but you are advised to read one or two books for each subject to prepare UPSC exam.

Book selection is very crucial in UPSC IPS exam preparation because lots of aspirants could not clear this exam due to wrong selection of books. There are few points which can help you in finding right books for UPSC Exam Preparation. These books are really help you to become an IPS officer.

  • Buy books based on UPSC Exam syllabus.
  • Buy Books which are exclusively made for UPSC exam only.
  • Give preference to Reputed Authors and Publisher.
  • Do not buy very thick books ( Bulky Books) because it will be difficult in revision.
  • Do not read many books for single subjects. ( it will affect your revision).

Find the complete book list for IPS exam Click Here

13-IPS Mains Exam-

How To Become IPS Officer-Once you clear IPS prelims exam the next step is mains exam which will marks will be counted for final merit list so you need to perform well in this exam so that you can sure for the success. Mains exam consists of 9 papers.

  1. Essay- Marks counted for mains.  250
  2. English language-Qualifying nature.
  3. Indian Language-Qualifying nature.
  4. General studies paper -01 Marks counted for mains. 250
  5. General studies paper -02 Marks counted for mains.250
  6. General Studies paper -03 Marks counted for mains. 250
  7. General studies paper -04 Marks counted for mains. 250
  8. Optional Paper -01 Marks-250
  9. Optional Paper-02 Marks-250
  10. Interview-Marks-275

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14-IPS Mains Syllabus-

IPS mains syllabus is very wide so it is better to get hold of a hard copy of IPS syllabus for daily reference so that you do not miss single topic of the syllabus.

IPS syllabus is must to prepare it well and without knowing complete syllabus your preparation can be directionless which will not serve your purpose at all. So download complete UPSC IPS syllabus from the given link and start preparing in right way.

Click here- UPSC CSE IPS Exam syllabus

15-IPS Mains Books-

How to become IPS Officer- As i mentioned that books are the best and most important study material for any exam preparation specially for UPSC CSE exam. There are very good books in the market which can help you in getting high marks in the exam but the only thing is the selection of right books for mains exam.

Once you got the right books , your first step is complete now you have to work hard and start preparing with full mind and enthusiasm.


Here we will make your work little easy in selection of right books for UPSC Mains exam. These books are based on the IAS, IPS topper advice and personal experience.

There books are read by lakhs of aspirants every year and cleared this exam. So you can trust these books. The author and publisher of these books are well reputed in this field who have very large experience of UPSC Exam .

Click here –Complete Book list for UPSC Mains Exam.

16-IPS Interview-

How to become IPS Officer-Once you have cleared mains exam and asked  for personality test. Here your chance of success is much higher because UPSC select around 1000 top aspirants out of around 3000 so your success probability is 1/3 .

Once you give interview then your mains and interview marks will be counted for final merit and top aspirants are selected for final posts .

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17-Salary of an IPS officer-

If you want to join IPS and become IPS officer , it’s very natural that some of you want to know the salary and other facility . So here i will tell you each and every thing which is given to an ips officer in term of perk and benefits. A new ips officer who just passed out from academy gets basic salary of Rs-56100, DA, TA and some other allowances. If we add all these monetary value, the total salary of an ips officer will be around Rs-80,000 to Rs-1 lakh per month.( these are estimates as per 7th pay commission or pay matrix ).

As we know IPS and other group A officer start their basic salary level 10 so their salary increases once they get promoted or increasing length of service. Apart from these benefits an IPS officer other benefits also which makes IPS job one of the most liked job for Young Aspirants.

18-How To Apply For IPS Exam ?

If you want become IPS officer , you should know how to apply for this exam and when the notification of IPS officer is issued , exam date for IPS officer etc.

You may be very familiar to UPSC examination which start in the months of june and ends upto December. The notification of IPS exam is issued in the month of February and expire in march.

So once the notification of UPSC CSE exams are announced , you have to visit its official website and fill-up the application for from there.

The IPS application form is divided into two format- The first application ask details of you and your family member and in second part you have to add your photo &signature and payment of FEE.

If you belong and category other than general, you can check the FEE option and you may not pay FEE if you claim reservation on the basis of your category.

Once you fill all the required details of you, your family, address etc, you get a registration number which can be used to download UPSC admit card later.

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Some other useful links for the Exam-

  1. UPSC Govt Website
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  3. Useful website for UPSC IPS exam preparation.

6 thoughts on “How To Become IPS Officer-Complete details in 10 minutes

  1. kumuda majhi

    I want become an IPS
    So,how to prepare and how many time study in a day.
    I have finished my graduate
    and what should I have to do ?????

  2. Ramesh

    I have completed my BCA .
    Please guide which subject will better for mains

    1. admin Post author

      I think you are taking about optional subject. As you said BCA , you can go for any subject which you like to read for long time and passionate about it.

  3. Sudipta Ghose

    Those students who are struggling from the last few years to become an IAS officer, the blog posted here will definitely help them to reach their destination easily. The applying candidates must have a proper study plan and strategies to qualify the exam successfully. To become an IAS officer, they first need to qualify in the civil service exam that one conducted by the UPSC(UNion Public Service Commission) of our government. However, the success rate of civil service exam is unsure and unpredictable. But to become an IAS officer the candidate ready to struggle with their failure to win their desired goal.
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