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How to be an IPS officer in India?

Updated on September 14, 2013

IPS Exam Eligibility Criteria

IPS stands for Indian Police Service: one of the most glamorous services of India. Every young with courage and heroism wanted to be an IPS officer, to punish the criminals, to protect the helpless, to save the people in distress.

Who can forget the memorable IPS ACP Ajoy Singh Rathod in Aamir Khan’s Sarforosh and his fighting against the foreign terrorists.

IPS is an all India service like IAS and IFS. You need have to rank well in the Indian Civil Services exam to be an IPS officer. How to be an IPS officer and what is the eligibility is not clear to most of us. Read below to find out.

Educational Qualification and Age:

The minimum educational qualification of an IPS officer is Graduation (10+2+3/4) under any recognized Indian University.

A plain graduation degree is enough; you need not to have first class or any minimum grade or result to be eligible.

You are equally eligible to be an IPS officer if you are a Pass Graduate, i.e. without Honours.

Technical students like an Engineering graduate or an MBBS pass out may appear for the exam to be an IPS officer.

The minimum age requirement for General (UR) category students is 21 to 30 years. The OBC students will get 3 years age relaxation while the SC/ST students will get 5 years.

Physical Qualification:

The service is for Police forces where fitness is a must. So, you should have to possess the ability to do hard works.

Height: To be an IAS you need have to have a minimum height of 165 cm for men and 160 cm for women. Some particular races and tribes like Gorkhas and Garhwalis will get 5cm height relaxation, because genetically there average height is lower and they are famous as martial races.

Chest: The minimum chest girth for men is 84cm while for women it is 79cm. In both cases it should be expandable to 5cm.

General fitness: Your body should be totally fit. If you are a handicap then you are not eligible for the job. If you have some physical deformity then you may be discarded during medical examination.

Vision: Corrected vision is allowed, i.e. if you have spectacles though you will be eligible. But myopia is allowed up to -4D and Hypermetropia is up to +4D.

Color blindness and lack of binocular vision are not allowed.

UPSC Exam: to become an IAS officer

To become an IAS officer you should have to appear in UPSC exam. It is conducted every year and has three stages: Preliminary, Main and Interview.

Preliminary Exam:

This is the first stage of the selection process. Most of the applicants do not qualify this stage. Approximately 1 out of 50 students can go to the Main examination.

In this examination there are two papers: i)General Studies (300Marks) and ii)an optional subject chosen by you (150 Marks).

This is a multiple choice type examination.

Main Exam:

This exam is much tougher. Here the examinations will be traditional type, no MCQ. There is a change in the syllabus from 2013. The second optional has been replaced with two General Studies papers.You have to appear in these papers:

i) One Indian Language Paper -300 marks ( qualifying )

ii) English – 300 marks ( qualifying )

iii) General Essay-200 marks

iv) Four General Studies papers – 300 x 4

v) One Optional subjects with two papers-2 x 300

You may learn more details about the General Studies syllabus.

List of optional subjects for IAS Main Examination

The list of the optional subjects are as follows:

•Agriculture •Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science •Anthropology •Botany •Chemistry •Civil Engineering •Commerce and Accountancy •Economics •Electrical Engineering •Geography •Geology •History •Law •Management •Mathematics •Mechanical Engineering •Medical Science •Philosophy •Physics •Political Science and International Relations •Psychology •Pubic Administration •Sociology •Statistics •Zoology • One Language and Literature

The Languages

Arabic, Oriya, Pali, Persian Assamese, Bodo, Bengali, Dogri, Chinese, English, French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, , Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu.



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Interview Stage:

Here you will have to appear before an Interview board, after passing the main examination. You will also have to face a medical checkup board. All of your originals documents will be verified.

If you get selected at last then you shall have the choice to join different services: according to your rank in the exam and the vacancies available to each service.

This is how you can be an IPS officer. So, for what are you waiting for? Go and start your preparations to fulfill your dream, all the best.


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      Mustazir Zakkar 20 months ago

      I want to be an IPS officer,,and now I'm currently doing my graduation in BA pass with eco,pol,english,beng,

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      girdhari gurjar 2 years ago

      Ips banne ke liya study kaha tak karni pdti hai aur ips officer banne ke liye kya karna hoga.

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      shekar ks 2 years ago

      I want to become a IPS officer I have more interest I want to know pattern of the exam

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      malkeet singh sandhu 2 years ago

      sir i completed my b.a final .my aim is to be a ips officer plz guide me sir hoe can o apply nd proseesure .when the opening date of ips exams ...

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      mukesh 3 years ago

      i have completed 12th what should i do to become an ips officer .tell me the process sir

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      pradeep apple 3 years ago

      I m from Tamil nadu.i have completed my 12.I am plannIng to do my degree in Delhi.i do not know how to join in coaching center in pls guide to become ips officer.i like to serve to my country

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      sakthivel IPS 3 years ago

      i will do ips

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      shahidul islam 3 years ago

      I am an Assamese Honours student.

      I want to be an IPS , How can I fulfill

      Dream my life.

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      Jyothish 3 years ago

      Can a english degree holder be able to contect in an IPS exam??

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      Rajeshwari. P 3 years ago

      M doing diploma in commercial practice m final year.m aim is to become IPS so should I complete degree or can I do the exam. Which is the best couching center for it.

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      Vinod sharma 3 years ago

      I want to become an IPS officer nd I have complete 12th nd going to do B.E nd what subject shoud I do . For being an IPS officer what should I do

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      vinutha 3 years ago

      I just passed 12th class going to

      But my aim is to be an I.P.S officer officer ,for being an I.p.s what I should do plzzz can u advice me

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      nirali 3 years ago

      m study in diploma civilengineering... how to i become I.A.S. officer????? which process for I.A.S.???

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      Punam Pratyasa Dash 3 years ago

      My name Punam Pratyasa Dash .. Village -- Gopinathpur sasan .. Pos -- Tigiria .. Dis -- Cuttack ,, India

      Now I study Bsc. Final yr .. Math hons ,, my father's name Bishnu Prasad Dash ,, mother .. Prabasini Dash .....

      This is my Dream ,, my Aim , my Life ,, This is all for me ...

      I want to be a IPS officer ...

      I must do it for my India , for my Country ,, for my village ,,, I do it ...

      I must DO it otherwise DIE For this .. This is my Dream ... My Life ... I pray to God to give me many Power to Do this ....

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      chandrakanta 3 years ago

      I'm student of BA last year n I wanna be an IPS officcer plz give advice

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      kiran chuhan 3 years ago

      I have completed my graduation in B.A.and I want to be an I.a.s officer.this is my parents dream also.plz plz suggest me how I will do preparation to clear this exam.and give me some idea for selecting my optional. Graduation my subject were English.sociology.history.plz help me plz plz

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      ibrahim ali 3 years ago

      Successful.......... Thanks allha

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      saikumar 3 years ago

      I want to become ips officer. But iam very short 5.2'' will i become ips or not

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      Manish sharma 3 years ago

      My dream is to become a i.p.s. officer so tell me how i full fill my dream

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      Amandeep Singh 3 years ago

      I completed my graduation from Australia.AM I eligible for ips?

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      Raju Marandi 4 years ago

      I just passed 12th.I want become an IPS officer and my sub science .I want to know the process.

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      sujata 4 years ago

      I'm just give 10th exam. Now what can I do for IPS officer

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      shiv shankar singh 4 years ago


      Can student are eligible for ips exam please tell sir

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      RAJ 4 years ago

      i have completed graduation with comp. Background i became an IPS officer so inform me best coaching centre in maharashtra for IPS.

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      Jessica 4 years ago

      I am just in 8th and I need to know that is it really very important to opt. For maths after 10nth to become an IAS.please tell me pinappu.

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      kamaljit kaur 4 years ago

      i ve completed my graduation,, now what can i do to become an IPS officer

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      Alok pradhan 4 years ago

      I have done completed 12th now and graguation.

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      sneha 4 years ago

      my desire is to be an ips officer .. but i hav short sight of -3.5 on both eyes.. will i be eligible to be an ips ofiicer please suggest me.. i am pursueing my 3rd year now. and i am planing to crack my exam as soon as i am done with please do suggest me...

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      Parixitraj 4 years ago

      Awesome and mastery in your subject than after you will become IPS & ias officer

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      SUKHRAJ 4 years ago

      i have passed graduation with physics and math and masters in computer sci so wat subjects should i choose for prelims and mains.plse tell me sir


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      swaraj sinha 4 years ago

      i want to become an honest IPS officer i want to do something for my country now i m in class X i m trying my best to become an IPS officer jai hind

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      pooja kethwas 4 years ago

      i have complited now i am doing pgdca+o level i want to become ips so can i study of ips

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      raj dixit 4 years ago

      sir mai B.A 2nd year ka student hoon my subject are sociology hindi political science can i become a ips officer....

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      gaurav 4 years ago

      Who said you that you need 165cm height to become an IAS office

      Its not at all go through the upsc website again and read carefully and don't give wrong info.

      By the way thanks for all this

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      Rakesh bisht 4 years ago

      I also want to become an Police officer plese give me advice

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      ANSHIKA 4 years ago


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      prarthana 4 years ago

      im nepali.. bt my height is only 4.8 " is there any chance

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      teja 5 years ago

      hello sir , i had read tht hub at above n wt do u mean by relaxiation of obc for 3 years .

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      kiran shukla 5 years ago

      i want to change this world specially i want to finish reservation and corruption

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      Aryaselva 5 years ago

      How to choose IAS and IPS officer in rank order?what is the rank i get became an ips officer.?pls tell ..

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      akshay 5 years ago

      hello sir i m paased my plus two from medicle stream i m going for mbbs ....i want know that after mbbs can i eligible for ips test..

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      sarfraz 5 years ago

      my dream is to beacome a ips officer

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      patel mohsin ali 5 years ago

      i know that i cannot be an ips officers but i can help them by giving right information to clean n clear mumbai from crime n criminal so i want to help ips officers so can help me to help u out

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      Rishabh Singh 5 years ago

      m going to give my 12th board exam in this march......m from cbsc board.....i want to become an ips officer.......plz suggest me.....hw can i do so....i am physically fit and my hight is 6'2".......plz suggest me...

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      kanhaiya singh 5 years ago

      i am student of computer technology can i eligible to upsc exame

      i want to be a ips officer

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      my aim is to serve my life to my country

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      GOKUL RAJ 5 years ago

      MY aim is to bocome a I.P.S.

      and I love this job CONFIRMLY I will come to I.P.S.

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      hasini 5 years ago

      me toooo had a dream of becoming an IAS officer..........

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      sandeepa kumara 5 years ago

      hai sir i want become a good IPS officer so plz give me saggestion sir.,this is my mail ,plz mail me sir.

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      sandeepa kumara 5 years ago

      hai sir i want become a good IPS officer plz give me a suggestion sir

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      bodosa mochahary 5 years ago

      hello sir....m doing b.p.ed sir......sir plz give me suggestions how I can prrpare for the ips exams.......

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      sushilaantil 5 years ago

      hi sir .i want become a good i.a.s i am confusing subject select .i am doing it final year.basically my problms english........

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      simarjeet 5 years ago

      Pls reply fast....... m waiting since many days

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      simarjeet 5 years ago

      hello my age is 19.... i wanna become an IPS presently i m doing B.B.A 2nd year .....should i start the preparation frm now or not..?????plzzz suggest can i prepare for the exam and frm when sould i start......

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      ayesha 5 years ago

      hi i wan to become SI my age is 30 .how can i prepare for exam

      and what are the possibilities for me to move ahead in this line.

      i was a management student. i dont kn ow anything about tis field

      can u guide me n mail to this e-mail id

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      gagan 5 years ago

      hello sir ,im done my b tech from IT Stream .so i am just looking forward to serve the people .kindly suggest me wich subject is beneficial for me , i knw intersted subject always choose bt this time m quite confuse ,,,so kindly REVERT ON MY MAIL "" thanku .....n m still waiting fr the rply ,

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      pinappu 5 years ago from India

      Same as IAS.

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      venkatesh 5 years ago

      sir iam doing my final year engineering sir... can u xplain whats the procedure to become IPS....

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      Simran 5 years ago

      I'm in USA can I be a ips

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      pinappu 5 years ago from India

      Diploma is not equivalent of degree. You need to have a graduation degree @Deathflowoo7

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      Deathflow007 5 years ago

      Dear pinappu I want to become an IPS officer and I am studying diploma in civil engrng and & I got black belt in martial arts can you tell me it is possible to become an IPS offcr for me please tell me

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      pinappu 5 years ago from India

      What do you mean by irregularities at IPS interview board @fasal ?

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      fasal rahman 5 years ago

      i want to become an ips officer. and i will pass preliminary and mains exam with my hard work. but iam afraid of interview. many told that there are many irregularities in interview

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      simran traven 5 years ago

      i m become to be aaaa honest IPS officer for poor people and become a successfull i help those person who are in problem

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      mamta 5 years ago

      i am a nepali but i complete my bsc(madical)gradution from chandigarh .is i am eligible for the ias exam

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      KARTHIK.D 5 years ago

      I want to become an honest IPS o fficer

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      anwar asib ahmed 5 years ago

      hi,i wan to be an ips officer,so kindly nyone help contact

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      RAJ 5 years ago

      its not my ambition to became an IPS officer ,its my life to became an IPS officer....

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      pinappu 5 years ago from India

      Thank you very much sunilkunnoth for raising my spirit. I shall write more on IPS or IFS letter.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 5 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      excellent work. pls write more on ias, ifs, etc

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      shivam 5 years ago

      plz tell me no of try for general cast ?

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      naveen kumar 5 years ago

      my aim is to became an ips officer

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      sanju 5 years ago

      i want to become an ias officer i do i select the subjecct what kind of preparation need to pass that upses exam

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      hardik bar 5 years ago

      i want to become an ias officer ,what subject is the choose for the upsc exam

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      sumit kumar 5 years ago

      i want to become an ips officer.i do in i select the subjects/what kind of preparation need to pass that upsec exam.

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      *Varsha* 5 years ago

      Thanks a lot ....all the quiry

      which i had for bcoming

      ips is solved...and i will

      prepare myself the best

      and join though i am just at 10 but still this site is like tour

      of my dream ...i visit it each and evry day...

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      shivaprasad 5 years ago

      s/o pandu shetty

      koribettu housr yellur

      udupi dis/tq

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      Peter Geekie 5 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear Pinappu

      Although for age, health and geographical reasons I am unlikely to be considered for either position, I find the qualifications required to reflect the quality required in Indian law enforcement quite reassuring.

      My respect goes out to anyone who devotes their lives to protecting lives and upholding the law.

      Kind regards Peter

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      sharath chand 5 years ago

      me wanna become indias best ips officer can any 1 guide me plz am doing engg ma no 760011743

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      ankur kumar(saini) 5 years ago

      i have done complete my 12th n now doing bca from geu(Dehradun).i want to be an IAS. so plz kindly give the name of best coaching center name.......

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      khushbu 5 years ago

      right nw i have completed m graduation in accounts honrs.nd want 2 become ips officer wat next i shld do in oder 2 become ips??????? wat sudies further i shld do?

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      pinappu 5 years ago from India

      At first complete your BA @snigdha

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      snigdha sajjal 5 years ago

      i just passed 12th. n going to do B.E... but my aim is to be an I.P.S. officer.... for being an ips what should i do... plz plz plz give advice....

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      pinappu 5 years ago from India

      You need not to be too strong in maths and science to be an IPS officer otherwise all the Science graduates would only become IPS officers. You need have to master class 10 level science and maths though to be an ips officer.

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      preeti 5 years ago

      i am a teacher at mcd school and doing english hons. bt i am weak in maths and science can i be an ips officer ???

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      sk 5 years ago


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      P.raghu vamsi kanna 5 years ago

      i have completed my inter i am dng aerospace engineering in s.r.m i want to prepare u.p.s.c from my engineering 1st year can u set timetable. my father written group 2 became s.i he got promotion as c.i and after 2 yr he will be promoted as d.s.p so i just want 2 become like him he z my hero

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      pinappu 6 years ago from India

      What is missing is your confidence. Rise your confidence level and believe it like a mantra that you shall crack the IAS exam @Neetu

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      Neetu 6 years ago

      M dng my graduation in from du my aim to crack upsc exam..:-)i m wrkng hard bt den also i feel..sumthn is missng...pls gv me suggestions hw 2 prepare

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      Khan Raheel 6 years ago

      I am a student of science and i want to do graduation in computer engeering,can it be possible for me to become an IPS Officer and fulfill my dreams....???

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      LULI 6 years ago


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      rajneesh kumar 6 years ago

      i am management stident and how can i be IPS officer

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      pinappu 6 years ago from India

      Amit please read the hub to know about the process.

      I hope your dream will be fulfilled someday @Girish

      Tapsh go ahead.

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      Tapash paul 6 years ago

      I'm an English honours student.. I want to be an IPS officer, how can I fullfill my dream..?

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      Girish kumar Podeli 6 years ago

      its my drem to being a I.P.S. officer all like this my family , my friends ...........

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      Amit waghade 6 years ago

      I want to become an ips officer and my subject is commers i want to know the process..

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      Sagexec 6 years ago from United States

      Thank you for your response. I see now, very intriguing.


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