IPS Eligibility Criteria

One of the three All India Services, the Indian Police Service (IPS), is a lucrative career option and a chance to serve the society for aspirants. There are conditions of nationality, age and educational qualification that candidates must satisfy. These are described below in this article.

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IPS Exam Eligibility 2022

IPS eligibility set by the UPSC requires one to qualify for the UPSC Civil Services Examination held annually.


IPS officer eligibility criteria set by the UPSC require the candidate to be a citizen of India.


The candidate shall be not less than 21 years of age, calculated using the 1st Day of August of the notification year as the base.

However, the upper age limit can be relaxed as:

  1. Five years for candidates belonging to SC/ST category, ex-service people, ECOs and SSCOs.
  2. Three years for OBC candidates eligible for reservation and former defense service personnel disabled in operation.
  3. Ten years for PwBD.


To be eligible for UPSC, the candidate must have a degree from a recognized university.

However, if the candidate has appeared for the final examination, the passing of which they will be eligible for a degree or equivalent may appear for the prelims. Nevertheless, to appear for the mains, the candidate must have a degree.

‘Degree’ here would include both technical and professional degrees.

MBBS students who have passed the final professional examination, but have not completed their internship, can appear for the mains with a certificate proving the same issued by a competent authority. However, they have to be eligible for a medical degree during the interview.

Number of Attempts

The candidate belonging to the unreserved category can attempt the examination six times. For SC/STs, it’s unlimited and is nine times for OBCs and PwBD.

For further details on the UPSC eligibility, such as IAS eligibility for general/IAS eligibility for SC/ST, and other details, please go through the links given below:

Eligibility Criteria For UPSC Exam

UPSC Age Limit for General Category

UPSC Age Limit for SC and ST Category

UPSC Optional Subjects Syllabus

IPS Physical Eligibility

In addition to these requirements set by the UPSC, candidates opting for IPS shall qualify for additional eligibility criteria for health and physical fitness. This shall be assessed by the medical board of the UPSC.


The minimum height of male aspirants is 165 cm, while that of female aspirants is 150 cm. However, there are relaxations for various categories.

For STs, Asameese, domiciles of Nagaland, Kumanois, and Gorkhas, the minimum height of male aspirants is 150 cm, and female aspirants are 145 cm.


The girth of a fully expanded chest shall be at least 84 cm for male aspirants and 79 cm for female aspirants.


The minimum chest expansion required for male and female aspirants is 5 cm.


Coming to eyes, aspirants shall have 6/6 or 6/9 for the better eye and 6/12 or 6/9 for the worse eye. Near vision shall be J1 for the better eye and J2 for the worse eye.

The candidates who use spectacles, contact lenses, etc., or have undergone refractive surgeries like ICL, IOL, Lasik, etc., are eligible.

However, they must have high-grade color vision and binocular vision. Also, candidates must have stereoscopic vision and no inherent night blindness.

Systolic and Diastolic Pressure

Candidates below 25 years must have a systolic pressure of 100-130 mm and diastolic pressure less than 90mm. While diastolic pressure is the same for candidates above 25 years, systolic pressure shall be 110-140 mm.


Candidates should have a good listening capacity and a regular ear cavity. Also, hearing impairment shall not be more than 30 dB for sounds falling in the frequency range of 1000-4000 Hz.


Moreover, the candidates shall not stutter while speaking.


Also, female aspirants shall not be pregnant while appearing for medical examination.


To sum up, being a technical service, one has to qualify the above IPS physical eligibility, in addition to general criteria set by the UPSC, to be an IPS officer. Also, in contrast to other services, a candidate opting for IAS/IFS/IPS shall be a citizen of India.

The UPSC Notification 2022 will carry all the eligibility-related details for the recruitment this year.

Candidates who are eligible to sit for the examination may refer to the UPSC Online Application Form 2022 for application procedure-related information.

Frequently Asked Questions about IPS Eligibility


How is cadre allotment made for IPS?

After qualifying for the UPSC Civil Services Examination for IPS, the candidates are allotted different cadres, divided into five zones, based on the available vacancies, preferences of the candidates, and rank secured in the examination.


Are ex-service personnel belonging to SC/ST/OBC category eligible for extra age relaxation?

SC/ST/OBC candidates who are ex-service personnel/ ECOs/SSCOs/defence personnel disabled in operation shall claim cumulative age relaxation applicable for both categories.


Based on which document(s) is the age of a candidate determined?

The age of the aspirant will be calculated based on the Matriculation or Secondary School leaving certificate, or a certificate recognized by an Indian institution as equivalent to Matriculation.

No other documents like affidavits, Municipal Corporation records, service books, horoscopes, etc., will be used to determine the age of the candidate.

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