How to be an IPS officer in India?
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.
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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.
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.
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
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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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.