Candidates for IPS must pass the physical fitness test if they want to enter into law enforcement. Hence, candidates mostly need to exhibit that they are active and swift. In this article, you will get tips to clear the IPS fitness and medical test which every selected candidate should pass as per the UPSC.
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Indian Police Service (IPS) – Overview of Duties
The first and foremost duty of Indian Police Service (IPS) Officers is to maintain Law and order in the country. To carry out the administrative and other welfare programs, there should be internal peace and chastisement in the country, otherwise, it would be really difficult to tackle negative situations. Indian Police Service (IPS) is the chief uniformed civil service and an IPS officer works for the dual government that is for both central and state governments. An IPS officer most importantly upholds law and order at the district level. He/she also deals in crime prevention and detection, traffic control, accident prevention and drug and human trafficking, cybercrime, etc. Generally, an IPS officer is responsible for the public protection and safeguard of a particular district.
Indian Police Service (IPS) – Tips to Clear the Medical Test
Now we know an IPS officer has immense responsibilities on his shoulders. A candidate who aspires to become an IPS Officer should groom himself/herself immaculately to be fit and show their mettle and ability to serve in one of these prestigious posts of India. Unlike for other posts or civil services, to become an IPS Officer a candidate other than preparing for UPSC Civil Services Exam should also work on their fitness and to sail through this one needs to work meticulously with single-minded commitment. You need to exercise and refine your upper and lower body strength. If you start preparing early, it will be easier for you to clear the fitness test. A physical fitness/wellness training program can help you cherish your job, shield yourself and empower you to continue to benefit from good health after you retire. Here are a few steps to follow to make you fit during the fitness and medical test of IPS.
Know the physical and medical requirements for IPS and the fitness skills included in the physical fitness test.
Before you start your fitness program, make sure you consult a doctor. He can help you in making a fitness plan. You can also go to the gym or hire a physical trainer to do exercise under correct guidance.
It is very important to understand that if you start preparing for the physical test at the last minute, you will not be able to make it. Start well in advance once you know the schedule of the fitness test. Gradually, build your stamina and fitness level and give enough preparation time to lose any excess weight.
Activities like aerobics, walking, jogging, swimming, etc. also help in good blood circulation and thus help in maintaining health.
Exercises like push-ups, pull-ups, and sit-ups are essential for most physical fitness tests for IPS. Candidates need to learn these and practise well. It is recommended to time your workouts and gradually increase the number of sets as a candidate is tested on how many of these exercised they can do per minute.
For the running segment of the test, candidates can start by walking five times a week and then progress to jogging. Each week one should try to cover the distance they walk or jog in less time as the overall goal would be to run at a faster pace.
For weight lifting part of the test, a candidate must know the weight to lift and should start lifting that amount and add up to 5 lbs. each week until you can lift the maximum weight required for the physical test.
Benefits of Following the Above Steps
- You can avoid a lower score on a fitness test by preparing ahead of time and would be less nervous during the test.
- Preparing ahead of time will also make candidates finish one part of the physical fitness test effectively before moving on to the next test.
The above details would help candidates prepare for UPSC 2021.