The Indian Administrative Services (IAS) and the Indian Police Services (IPS) are prestigious in their own right and to get either, the Civil Services Exam is a common point of entry. This is where the similarities end as both of these administrative cogs of the government machinery have different roles and functions.
Below you will find the key differences between and IAS and an IPS officer:
Differences Between IAS and IPS
|IAS officers help in Public Administration and Policy Formulation and Implementation||IPS officers are charged with investigating crime and maintaining public order in the area where they are posted|
|The training session for IAS officers is held at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) located in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand. As a part of routine IAS Training, many activities are undertaken to mould them into sharp and dedicated officers.||IPS Officers are trained at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA) located in Hyderabad, Telangana|
|The candidates who hold the topmost rank are allotted IAS||After the allotment for IAS is done other top rank holders are allotted IPS|
|An IAS officer is assigned to the government departments and ministries||An IPS officer is part of the Police Department|
|It is the topmost position of all the administrative services||Second in Rank after the IAS|
|The Indian Civil Services was the forerunner of the Indian Administrative Services. After the passing of the Government of India Act 1919, it became one of the arms of the All India Services||The Indian Police Service is a successor to the Indian Imperial Police. The Indian Imperial Police was formed in 1861 after the Indian Councils Act 1861 was passed by the British government|
|After the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission, the basic IAS Salary begins at Rs. 56,100 House Rent Allowance (HRA) and Travel Allowance (TA) is Extra||Post the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission, an IPS salary varies from 56,100 INR per month to as high as 2,25,000 INR per month upon attaining the post of the Director-General of Police (DGP).|
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Frequently Asked Questions on Difference Between IAS and IPS
Q 1. Which among IAS and IPS is more powerful?
Q 2. Where is the training for IAS and IPS held?
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