IPS Exam 2024

Post Name : IPS Exam 2024 Date : Indian Police Service Salary & Qualifications
Post Date :  20 May , 2024
Post Description : The Union Public Service Commission will recruit suitable candidates for the coveted Indian Police Service (IPS). IPS is a Group ‘A’ All India Service that is primarily responsible for law and order and maintaining security in the country. The stage of IPS Exam 2024 is all set to be held on 16 June 2024.

IPS Exam 2024 Highlights

The UPSC IPS Recruitment Exam 2024 will commence with the Prelims stage. Those who clear the first stage will be shortlisted for the Mains. Finally, a cut-off will be announced, and selected candidates need to pass the last stage, i.e., the personality test. Once candidates are recommended for IPS, they are sent for training at the National Police Academy, Hyderabad.

IPS Exam 2024 – Highlights
IPS Full FormIndian Police Service
AuthorityUnion Public Service Commission
Type of ServiceAll India Service (Group A)
Application ModeOnline
Mode of ExamOMR/Pen and Paper Based
IPS Selection Process
  1. Prelims
  2. Mains
  3. Personality Test
Age Limit21 to 32 years (Relaxable)
Number of Attempts6 (Relaxable)
Negative MarkingYes
Starting SalaryINR 56,100 to 2,25,000/Month (7th Pay Commission)
Official Websiteupsc.gov.in

IPS Exam Date 2024

The IPS Exam Date 2024 has been announced, according to which the IPS Prelims will be a one-day exam on 16 June, and IPS Mains will last 7 days starting on 20 September 2024. In addition, the IPS Exam 2025 dates are also released: May 25, 2025, for Prelims and August 22, 2025, for Mains respectively.

IPS Exam Date 2024
UPSC IPS Notification 202414 February 2024
IPS Registration Dates14 February to 05 March 2024
IPS Admit CardMay/June 2024
IPS Prelims Exam Date16 June 2024
IPS Prelims ResultJuly 2024
UPSC IPS Mains Exam20 September 2024 onwards
IPS Mains Result DateTo be announced
UPSC IPS InterviewTo be announced

IPS Exam Application Process

The IPS officers play a vital role in ensuring law and order, safeguarding national security, and upholding the rule of law in India. To apply for such a reputed position, candidates must register first when applications are ongoing and then clear the IPS exam. Here is the procedure to apply for the UPSC IPS examination:

Step 1: Visit UPSC’s official website at upsc.gov.in.

Step 2: Navigate to the “Examination” tab on the home page of the website and select “Active Examinations.”

Step 3: Choose “UPSC Civil Services Examination” from the list.

Step 4: Click on the ‘apply’ link to initiate the IPS application process.

Step 5: Complete the form accurately, upload the required documents, pay the fee, and submit the form after reviewing.

IPS Application Fee 2024

The application fee for IPS prelims and mains exams is slightly different. The IPS application fee can be submitted either online by using a debit/credit/Rupay card or SBI Net Banking or offline. To submit the application fee for the IPS exam offline, make a cash payment at an SBI branch and submit a pay slip to UPSC.

Here is category wise fee that must be paid by all candidates:

IPS Application Fee 2024
CategoryIPS Prelims FeeIPS Mains Fee
General/OBC/EWS(Male)INR 100INR 200

IPS Exam Eligibility Criteria 2024

The eligibility criteria for the UPSC exam are relatively strict and candidates who do not fulfill the requirements can be disqualified at any stage of the exam. The IPS eligibility regarding qualification, nationality, and age is detailed below:

IPS Eligibility Criteria 2024
EligibilityCriteria Details
QualificationBachelor’s degree in any field from a recognized university or institution.
Age Limit
  • General Category: 21 to 32 years
  • OBC Category: 21 to 35 years
  • SC/ST Category: 21 to 37 years
Nationality CriteriaOnly Indian Citizen
Physical RequirementsHeight: 165 cm for males and for females it is 150 cm (Relaxation applicable)
Chest: Minimum 84 cm and Expansion 5 cm. For females, it is Minimum 79 cm and Expansion 5 cm.
Eyesight: 6/6 or 6/9 distant vision for good eye
Number of Attempts
  • General/EWS Category: 6 attempts
  • OBC Category: 9 attempts
  • SC/ST Category: Unlimited attempts within the age limit

IPS Vacancy 2024

While the total vacancy is 1056 in the UPSC Civil Service examination, the actual number of recommended candidates varies for IPS. This is due to vacancies in the respective police departments. The last rank for IPS is around 229 for the general category based on the previous year. Here is the IPS vacancy from the past few years:

Previous Year IPS Vacancy 

IPS Exam Syllabus 2024

The IPS Exam Syllabus for 2024 covers a wide range of subjects for Prelims and Mains. To clear the exam, candidates are expected to have a strong understanding of the UPSC IPS syllabus as detailed in the official notification for both stages.

IPS Prelims Syllabus

The prelims exam syllabus of IPS covers current affairs, Indian history, geography, polity, economy, and general science in GS paper and comprehension, reasoning, and numerical ability in CSAT papers:

IPS Prelims Syllabus 
Paper I: General Studies
  • Current events of national and international significance.
  • History of India and the Indian National Movement.
  • Geography of India and the World: Physical, Social, and Economic Aspects.
  • Indian Polity and Governance
  • Economic and social development.
  • General topics on environmental ecology, biodiversity, and climate change.
  • General Science.
Paper II: Civil Service Aptitude Test
  • Reading Comprehension.
  • Interpersonal skills, including communication abilities.
  • Logical reasoning and analytical skills.
  • Decision-making and problem-solving capabilities.
  • Mental aptitude & Basic numerical skills (Class X level).
  • Data interpretation from charts, graphs, and tables.

IPS Mains Syllabus

The IPS Mains Syllabus for 2024 comprises nine papers, including language papers, essay, general studies papers, and optional subjects. Indian languages and English Papers are qualifying in nature.

IPS Mains Syllabus
Compulsory Papers
  • Compulsory Indian Language.
  • English.
Essay WritingWriting 2 informative, descriptive, and persuasive essays on the given topics
General Studies (GS)
  • General Studies-I: Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.
  • General Studies- II: Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice, and International Relations.
  • General Studies-III: Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management
  • General Studies- IV: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude
Optional SubjectsChoose one optional subject from the list of 48 subjects

IPS Exam Pattern 2024

The IPS Exam Pattern for 2024 follows a three-stage process. It begins with the prelims, consisting of two papers: GS Paper I and GS Paper II, known as CSAT. This is a qualifying stage, after which candidates need to write nine papers for the main examination. Shortlisted candidates undergo a personality test to assess their suitability for civil services, including the IPS.

UPSC IPS Exam Pattern 2024
StagesNameNo. of PapersType of ExamMarks
Stage 1UPSC Prelims2 PapersObjective400
Stage 2UPSC Mains9 PapersDescriptive1750
Stage 3UPSC InterviewPersonality Test275
Final Merit ListUPSC Mains + Interview Marks = 2025 Marks

IPS Salary 2024

After selected candidates are appointed as officers in the Indian Police Service, they must complete their training at the NPA. Following the training, they are posted as junior officers and receive the starting salary of the hierarchy. As they get promoted based on service experience, their salary scale increases. The IPS Salary 2024 is given rank-wise below:

IPS Salary 2024
Deputy SPINR 56,100
Additional SPINR 67,700
Superintendent of PoliceINR 78,800
DIGINR 1,31,100
IGINR 1,44,200
Additional Director General of PoliceINR 2,05,400
DGPINR 2,25,000
DGINR 2,50,000

IPS Job Profile and Responsibilities

The roles and responsibilities of the Indian Police Service officers are diverse and encompass various aspects of law enforcement, security, and public service. Here are some of the duties they need to perform as IPS officers:

  • Border security: IPS officers play a crucial role in safeguarding India’s borders as the head of the security force.
  • Maintaining public order: IPS officers are responsible for maintaining law and order in their respective jurisdictions.
  • Crime investigation: IPS officers lead and supervise criminal investigations to apprehend offenders and ensure justice for victims.
  • VIP security: IPS officers provide security to important dignitaries, including political leaders, diplomats, and visiting foreign officials.
  • Curb smuggling and trafficking: They coordinate with other agencies to combat smuggling activities, including trafficking and apprehending smugglers.
  • Lead intelligence agencies: Senior IPS officers may serve in leadership roles within Indian intelligence agencies such as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), and Intelligence Bureau (IB).


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