Rank Required in UPSC for Indian Police Service (IPS)

The UPSC civil services exam is your window to a profession in the civil services. Some of the most coveted services are Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Revenue Service. This article gives brief introduction on IPS and shares details on minimum rank required in UPSC for entry into the IPS.

Aspirants would find this article very helpful while preparing for the IAS Exam.

Indian Police Service (IPS) is a highly coveted service and there have been instances in the past where candidates have opted for the IPS over the IAS. An IPS officer works in the police department and this is one of the technical services.

Indian Police Service (IPS) – A Brief Introduction

The IPS is basically not a police force in itself. It provides the leaders and commanders to the state police forces and also to the all-India Central Armed Police Forces. Some of the functions of the IPS are maintaining law and order, maintaining public peace, crime investigation, detection and prevention, VIP security, border policing, counter terrorism, curbing drug trafficking and smuggling, disaster management, dealing with economic offences, commanding intelligence agencies (RAW, IB, CBI, CID, etc.). IPS officers can also be appointed to the UN and other international organisations, and also be Personal Secretaries to ministers in the government.

To know about the IPS salary and ranking hierarchy, click on the below link:

Indian Police Service (IPS) Salary and Ranks

The number of vacancies in 2016 for the IPS according to the category of candidates is given below:

Gen 81
OBC 37
SC 18
ST 14
Total 150

Last ranks of the candidates who got selected for the IPS from 2007 to 2015 are given in the below table.

2015 225 643 797 913
2014 241 736 799 982
2013 249 672 805 917
2012 284 446 794 854
2011 290 520 718 774
2010 243 416 744 749
2009 247 420 651 776
2008 207 383 604 703
2007 181 253 426 552

As you can see, a rank up to 250 – 300 (varies every year) is sufficient to acquire a place in the Indian Police Service.

Also See | Indian Foreign Service Rank in UPSC


The above details would help candidates prepare for UPSC 2020.

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