IPS Exam

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IPS Exam

Considered amongst the toughest exams in India, UPSC exams are conducted to recruit candidates for various public administration posts. Though it is quite a difficult exam to ace, strong determination blended with a well-structured preparation strategy can lead you towards successfully qualifying Civil Services examinations like IAS, IFS, IRS and IPS. Every year thousands of candidates appear for these exams, but only a few are able to hit the bull’s eye. If you aspire to secure a government job and want to serve under the administrative departments, the Indian Police Services (IPS) exam is amongst the major competitive exams you need to clear. For the candidates preparing for the IPS exam, here is a blog which aims to shed light on how you can successfully prepare for the IPS exam and ace it with flying colours! 

Highlights

Civil services examinations are held collectively for the posts like IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS etc. It is bifurcated into 3 stages, i.e. Preliminary, Mains, and then a personal interview. For those who aim for IPS, it is mandatory to qualify all the three stages. Tabulated below are major highlights of the IPS exam.

Exam Name   Indian Police Services (IPS)
Conducting Body Union of Public Service Commission  (UPSC)
Exam Type Offline
Number of attempts Allowed 6
Online Application Date Third Week of  February 2021
Admit Card (Preliminary) Fourth week of May 2021
Preliminary Exam Date First week of June 2021
Preliminary Result Date July 2021
Mains Exam Date  Third week of  September 2021
Mains Result Date December 2021
Interview Date February/ March 2022
Final Result  April 2022

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Physical Criteria 
    Minimum Height 
    Men – 165 cm
    Women – 150 cm
  1. Nationality
    Citizen of India
    Subject of Nepal
    Subject of Bhutan
    Tibetan Refugee who entered India before January 1, 1962
    Migrant permanently staying in India
  1. Educational Qualification
    Bachelor’s degree from any UGC recognized University
  1. Age Limit
    The candidate must be between 21 years to 32 years.

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IPS Exam 2021 Schedule

UPSC IPS 2021 Exam Type Exam Date
IPS Preliminary  Objective 27 June 2021
IPS Main Exam Descriptive From 17 September 2021 

IPS Main Examination Date Sheet 2021

The main exam is held in two sessions. A Morning and Afternoon session.

Date Morning Session Afternoon Session
17-09-21 Paper-I (Essay) No Paper
18-09-21 Paper-II (General Studies-I) Paper-III (General Studies-II)
19-09-21 Paper-IV (General Studies-III)  Paper-V (General Studies-IV)
25-09-21 Paper-A (Indian Languages) Paper-B (English)
26-09-21 Paper-VI (Optional Paper-I) Paper-VII (Optional Paper-II)

Role and Responsibilities of IPS Officers

The Indian Police Service works under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).  We have listed below the various roles an IPS officer does:

  1. Maintain Public Peace 
    • Crime Prevention
    • Investigation, Detection and collection of Intelligence
  2. VIP Security
  3. Railway Policing
  4.  Anti Smuggling and Drug Trafficking
  5. Border Responsibility
    • Counter-terrorism
    • Border policing
  6. Indian Intelligence Agencies
    • RAW
    • IB
    • CID
    • CBI
  7. Disaster Management
  8. Indian Federal Law Enforcement Agencies
    • BSF
    • ITBP
    • NSG
    • CISF
    • CRPF

Training of IPS Officer

There is a 2 year training or probationary period for a new IPS officer. We have listed the indoor and outdoor subjects and their marks:

Indoor Subjects Marks Allotted
Police in Modern India 75
Indian Evidence Act, 1872 100
Indian Penal Code, 1860 100
Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 100
Special Laws 50
Crime Prevention and Criminology 75
Investigation-I 75
Investigation -II 75
Forensic Medicine 50
Forensic Science 75
Maintenance of Public Peace and Order 75
Internal Security 75
Police Leadership and Management 100
Ethics and Human Rights 75
Information and Communication Technology 100
Outdoor Subjects Marks Allotted
Drill-I 100
Drill-II 80
Equitation 40
Field Craft Tactics and Map Reading 200
First Aid and Ambulance Drill 20
Physical Fitness 80
Swimming 25
Unarmed Combat 30
Yoga 25

IPS Salary

Designation Salary as per 7th Pay Commision
Director-General of Police 2,25,000 INR
Additional Director General of Police 2,05,400 INR
Inspector General of Police 1,44,200 INR
Deputy Inspector General of Police 1,31,100 INR
Senior Superintendent of Police 78,800 INR
Additional Superintendent of Police 67,700 INR
Deputy Superintendent of Police 56,100 INR

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IPS Cadre Allocation

The officers that are selected from the state police services must stay in their respective states cadres. The IPS Cadres are divided into 5 zones. 

Zone 1 – Number of State Cadres : 7

  1. AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and UTs)
  2. Jammu and Kashmir
  3. Himachal Pradesh
  4. Punjab 
  5. Rajasthan 
  6. Haryana
  7. Uttarakhand

Zone 2 – Number of State Cadres: 4

  1. Uttar Pradesh
  2. BIhar 
  3. Jharkhand 
  4. Odisha

Zone 3 – Number of State Cadres: 4

  1. Gujarat
  2. Maharashtra
  3. Madhya Pradesh
  4. Chhattisgarh

Zone 4 – Number of State Cadres: 6 

  1. West Bengal
  2. Sikkim
  3. Assam-Meghalaya
  4. Manipur
  5. Tripura
  6. Nagaland

Zone 5 – Number of State Cadres: 5

  1. Telangana
  2. Andhra Pradesh
  3. Karnataka
  4. Tamil Nadu
  5. Kerala

Tips & Tricks to Crack IPS exam

Now that you know about the essential features of the IPS exam, we are imparting you with some useful tips and preparation strategies you can follow to successfully ace it with higher scores!

Study NCERT Books 

While gathering the study material for preparation, you don’t really need to buy specialised guides and books to prepare for the IPS exam. Just grab the NCERT books for 6th-12th Standards which will help you cover all the subjects for the prelims exam. Utilising the insightful NCERT Books For UPSC exams will help you develop a command over the essential topics of History, Geography, Political Science. Straightaway practising from higher-level books might demoralize you with their advanced-level questions. So, the right way to kick start your preparation is going through the NCERT books first.

Read a Newspaper Daily

Be it IAS, IPS or IES exam, one of the most crucial habits you need to inculcate in yourself for acing these national-level competitive exams is reading the English newspaper daily. Not only you will get familiar with the latest happenings in the world but it will also help you augment your vocabulary and get a hold of sentence structure. You can maintain a ‘newspaper diary’ and jot the new words along with their antonyms and synonyms to practice them thoroughly. Having a strong grasp on your vocabulary will certainly assist you in acing English for competitive exams

Make Your Own Notes

For any section or topic you are working on, the best way to remember its core concepts is to draft your own hand-written notes. Further, as soon as you memorize a topic, revise it by writing it down. This will help you in carrying out effective self-analysis and checking how much you have retained. Writing what you have learned helps in memorising it better and retaining it for a longer duration. Thus, you must strive to practice each topic through this method. Also, later on, you can revise the topics from the notes written in your version. By making flash-cards for important events and happenings you can have quick glances at them while doing your everyday chores.

Have a look at Public Administration Syllabus for UPSC

Analyse Previous Year’s Question Papers 

Another important tip for IPS exam aspirants is to gather the previous year’s question papers of all the UPSC exams and analyse them. Solving the previous year’s question papers will give you an idea about the topics and types of problems which are asked in each section. Many times, the exam comprises of questions that are similar to previous year exams so that’s why it becomes significant to include this into your preparation materials. 

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Learn From the Recent Toppers

Mugging up concepts from books will not be sufficient enough to clear the IPS exam. If you are determined towards acquiring the esteemed job profiles under the Indian Police Services, then, along with extra-edge preparation strategy you would also require some advantageous tips and tricks from those who have recently qualified the IPS exam. You can adopt their success mantra and learn through their inspirational stories. Focus on the Dos and Don’ts they highlight and accordingly implement them in your study time table. 

Practice Mock Tests

Consistent practice is the imperative element for acing any exam. As much as you practice and revise, the more chances are there to crack your chosen exam. It is difficult to determine the depth of the UPSC syllabus, therefore, continuously revising all the key concepts will help you strengthen each section. One cannot take the risk of missing the minute vital points. Thus, in order to check how much you have learned, it is necessary to practice mock tests at regular intervals either offline or online. Through self-evaluation, you can keep a proper check on your preparation strategy. 

Thus, we hope that this blog has helped you gain the important tips and strategies to ace the IPS exam. If you are struggling with your career choices, sign up for an e-meeting with our Leverage Edu experts and we will help you sort out your interest and aspirations and take an informed step towards your dream career!

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