IPS – Indian Police Service (Qualification, Syllabus, Eligibility,Salary)

IPS is also called as Indian Police Service which is almost an attractable job in this world. We might get attracted to IPS by movies on which our favorite hero rocks as an IPS officer. As becoming an IPS officer you can enjoy the power and authority of your job role. In the 24 services, this is the uniformed service. Like IAS you have to attend UPSC civil service examination which is held every year.

This article going to be an eye-opener to explore the required qualifications to become an IPS Officer in India.

IPS Qualification

In this article, we have curated the qualification, age limit, number of attempts and physical and medical fitness eligibility to become an Indian Police Service officer.

IPS Eligibility

Having a Graduation in any stream is a basic qualification from a Government approved institution.

The candidates who are in final year graduation can also apply for this examination.


General Category: 6 attempts until 32 years of age.

OBC: 9 attempts until 35 years of age.

SC/ST: unlimited attempts until 37 years of age

IPS Examination Syllabus

You can find here the UPSC syllabus you have to read if you want to become an IPS Officer.

IPS Age Limit

  1. You must be at least 21 years old.
  2.  For a General candidate, the upper age limit will be 32 years.
  3. For OBC, SC/ST candidates upper age limit will be 35 and 37 respectively.

Read this: List of NCERT books you need to download to clear IAS Examination

Essential Booklist to clear IPS

IPS Height and Vision

What is the Height needed to become an IPS Officer?

General Category: 

  • Minimum height for the male is 165 CM
  • Minimum height for the female is 150 CM


  • Minimum height for the male is 160 CM
  • Minimum height for the female is 145 CM
  1. Chest for Male should be 85 CM and should expandable up to 5 CM.
  2. Chest for Female Candidate should be 79 CM and expand up to 5 CM.
  3. Spectacles were permitted.
  4. Myopia and Hypermetropia should not exceed +4.00D
  5. High-Grade color vision and binocular vision needed.

IPS Selection Procedure

As like IAS, you have to clear

  1. Preliminary
  2. Mains and
  3. Interview

IPS – Training

After this, you will be called for the Foundational course training which will be held at LBSNAA- Mussoorie where other IAS and other service officers who have selected in your batch will also be trained. The IPS officers will get the Foundational course training in LBSNAA for a period of 3 months. After completion of this training, the remaining training period will be spent on NPA – National Police Academy in Hyderabad.

After the successful completion of 2 years of training, you will be posted as Assistant Commissioner / ADSP in any district based on your cadre state where you already opted to work.

Also Read: How to become an IAS officer 

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    1. Yes. You are eligible to become an IPS Officer. But you have to complete your graduation from any recognized university.

  1. I am passed +2 and which knowledge repuired for this job hight 6phot chest 85inchi fro my problem my hand me tato he

  2. Respected sir, madam

    As I am rohith hs and my age is 27so if I join degree now and if I finish degree in 3years so i will be eligible to write IPS EXAM RIGHT. So pks help me out with this. My aim is to be a IPS

  3. 1.Sir , Right now i am in 6th sem…can i apply for ips.

    2.In medical what is check (broken , tattoo).

    3. Send syllabus through Mail.


  4. hi very use full informs ,i have completed diploma in mechanical engineering pass out 2009 .elgible to ips exam

  5. I am very interested for IPs because this is my mather dream and my dreams also and I am studying and I know that how to come IPs officer please give me some solutions to Next what I Will do call me 9076107211

  6. Hi am amandeep kaur . I have done BCA from LPU. After that diploma caurse i completed aviation ,hospitality and travel management from frankfinn . Can i apply IPS (indian police service) officer plz suggest me because i want to challenging job

    1. You can take anything you like. To write civil services examination you need a Degree from a recognized college.

  7. I had completed my masters in 2015. Now working in pvt sectors but it was my dream to be in governmental services. I was preparing for it too but now my age is 28 running. Can i go for it?

  8. Sir I am defence employee , finished 14 years service and continue , belong,s from obc category what is age limit for me

  9. If I passed the graduation securing 55% marks, can I eligible for this job.
    Please reply me

    1. Doing graduation in the Government Recognized open university is the must. Yes, you are eligible for IPS.

  10. Its little late n wierd to ask such question but i m 36 year old, mother of 8 year old child, B. Com graduate , wished to do ips but due to certain circumstances couldn’t…still now i m willing to jump into this ips category, can i ?
    I belong to general category not sc/obc
    I was an average student

    1. Sorry to say. You can’t. Already you crossed the age limit of 32 Years for OC (i.e: General Category).

  11. I live in West Bengal. I have completed gradation with history and I have not learned anything else, am I eligible for this examination?

  12. Respected sir or madam, I am Kabita Das. I want to be IPS officer.My highte 5’3″.Can I be an IPS officer in this highte.

  13. I want to become a ips officer

    What will be the qualification and what will be the first step

    What I need to study

    Help me with all details

  14. Now I’m studying is bsc 3rd semester
    I want to be IPS officer , what should I do after completing bsc .it means what coaching I will be take place tell me

  15. My age is 27 now .and my highest education is +2 but i continue my graduation through NIOS . CAN I Become an IPS .if yes kindly guide me please please please
    Mail id – [email protected]
    Contact no 9861637030

  16. sir i m pavithraganesan now i studied food nutrition and dietics 1st year but i want to be a ips or ias …….but i dont know how can i prepare for the upsc exam pls tell me how to i study and what i will study plssss reply me

    1. Concentrate on your studies first. In the mean-time read daily newspaper with basic Ncert which will build a strong fundamental knowledege. After completing your graduation you can start your full-time preparation.

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  18. Hello,
    Sahil Kanungo at this end…
    I am interested but I have tattoos on my boday…
    Am I elegibal for IPS/IAS

  19. Sir, I complete my M.A in political Science from West Bengal board(Bengali medium). Sir I want to study IPS, Is it possible for me??? If it is possible how many days can I have succes?? My height is 158.5 cm and my age 25 years..

  20. Can u plz help me in ips preparation and knowledge my height 150cm and eye version clear no medical problem and chest is 89cm so tell me apply ips form or not.

  21. I am completed btech mechanical engg in kiit university ,with ugc approved ,can I apply ips exam,please give guidance

  22. Hello Sir, Madam,

    I am 27 year old. I completed my degree in 2015. I took 5 years to complete my degree. I secured 62% score. Am I eligible for IPS. After gone through the information you have been provided here, I understood that I am falling under right criteria. I just want to know that does my 5 years degree affect my dream?

    1. I think 5 years degree with 62% won’t make any problem. Because UPSC only needs a degree from a government recognized university or college.

    1. General Category: 6 attempts until 32 years of age.
      OBC: 9 attempts until 35 years of age.
      SC/ST: unlimited attempts till 37 years of age

  23. Hello sir I’m NiZam Uddin khan . I have wanted to be an IPS officer since I wsa a kid . Now I’m studying in the BBA 2nd year . How to take a preparation syllabus . Please help me ..
    My what’s app and phone number—

  24. hello, My Name is Polash and i have completed Graduation , now preparing for the IPS exam, so i just wanna ask that, are you provide any syllabus for the Prelims ?

  25. Sir apni “+” er power ta bolechen kintu” – “koto power hobe apni bollen nato.
    Ami choker power er kotha bolchi +4.00d bollen kintu – er ta koto

  26. Hello sir I’m eagerly willing to give civil services for ips. But I have a doubt in my mind if i will crack civil services exam to become an ips then will i clear the medical exam if i operate my gallbladder due to gallstones(laparoscopy surgery-removing of gallbladder permanently). Will i pass the medical exam or am i eligible for this exam. That’s my dream job to become an Ips and serve to nation.. Please reply…

    1. Permanent removal of Gallbladder will not affect your IPS dream. But you should have good vision and prescribed height with good health.

  27. I’m Jyolsna.S. 2nd year BA political science student…I want to become IPS Officer..I have 154cm of height.I’m from OBC category.Sir/Madom,Is their any problem of height for me…154cm is correct height or not…For IPS Selection.

  28. Hello sir , i am intrested for ips but i don’t know how to praperation for this..and i m completed MBA marketing &finance…

    1. First up all see the syllabus and buy some necessary books and start reading. There are tons of videos related to UPSC preparation. With that, you can start the preparation.

  29. Sar I am completed degree in distance education Andhra University but no 10+2 sir I have 10 th and BA graduation I become an IPS officer I am eligible or not sir plz reply sir my preparation stop or continue

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