The overall exam for becoming an IAS and IPS officer are the same but the added difficulty for an IPS Candidate is the Physical Qualification. A candidate aspiring to be an IPS also has to go through the Physical Qualification, only on passing this exam is a candidate eligible for appearing for the UPSC Exam.
The following are the qualificaions -
Physical Qualification Required for IPS
Men – minimum 165cm
Women – below 150cm
Relaxable minimum heightfor candidates belonging to ST and races such as Gorkhas, Garhwalias, Assamese, Kumaonis, Nagaland Tribals, etc.
Men – minimum 160cm
Women – below 150cm
Men – Minimum 84cm
Women - Minimum 79cm
Myopia (including cylinder) should not exceed minus 4.00D
Hypermyopia (including cylinder) should not exceed plus 4.00D
The presence of Squint is a disqualification Spectacles are permitted.
Distant vision for better eye(Corrected Vision) should be 6/6 or 6/9.
Distant vision for the worse eye(Uncorrected Vision) should be 6/12 or 6/9.
Near vision should be J1 and J2 respectively.
High grade color vision is required and Binocular vision is needed.
The candidates after clearing the UPSC exam for IPS are sent to the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel national Police Academy(SVPNPA) in Hyderabad for a year. The recruited candidates undergo physical training, weapon training, etc. The IPS officers also are given theoretical knowledge about the Indian Penal Code, Various Laws, social issues and management.
After the one year training at SVPNPA, the IPS Officers are then sent to their state cadres where they are posted as the Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP). Here the ASP is here for a probationary period where they learn from their seniors about the police operations and mechanisms at the grass root level.
The officers, after the completion of the probationary period, are then eligible for posting at Senior Time Scale. This posting is done usually during the 5th year of their service at Police Services. The posts that is included in the Senior Time Scale is Additional Superintendent of Police.
Once the Officer has served the services for 9 years they are eligible for being posted at the Junior Administrative Grade. At this stage the work involved is mainly managerial in its nature. The post is that of a Superintendent in Police(SP) in district or Deputy Commissioner (DC) in city.
On completion of 13 years in services the IPS Officer is promoted to the Selection Grade Post. The post means being promoted to the post of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) in District level or Additional Commissioner of Police (ACP) in the cities. After serving the Police Department for 14 years an Officer is eligible for the post of Super Time Scale posts. The post included in the Super Time Scale is that of Deputy Inspector General of Police(DIG).
On additional 4 years after becoming the DIG an Officer can become the General of Police(IG). Which means an IPS Officer has to offer 18 years of total service to the Police Department to become the IG. This is the Senior Administrative Grade.
After serving 25 years at the Police Department an officer becomes eligible for Higher Administrative Grade which is the Additional Director General Of Police.
The next level in the career path of a IPS Officer is the promotion at the Apex Scale. At the Apex Scale post is the post of the Director General of Police (DGP). This is the highest post in the police department at the state level. The IPS Officer is eligible for this post after serving the Police Department for 30 years.
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