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Indian Police Service (IPS)

The Indian Police Service (IPS) was formed in the year of 1948. It is one of the three All India Services.(The other two are Indian Forest Services and Indian Administrative Services). The cadre controlling authority for IPS is the Ministry of Home Affairs. 
  • Cadre size: 3549 posts (direct recruitment – 70%, promotion 30%).
  • The selected candidates' training ground is at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy.

Functions of IPS Officers

  • Day-to-day duties, particularly in the areas of maintenance of public peace and order, crime prevention, investigation, and detection, collection of intelligence, VIP security, border policing, railway policing, smuggling, drug trafficking, economic offences, corruption in public life, disaster management, enforcement of socio-economic legislation, bio-diversity and protection of environmental laws etc.
  • Leading and commanding the civil and armed police forces in all the states and union territories.
  • Leading and commanding the Central Police Organizations like Intelligence Bureau, Central Bureau of Investigation, Border Security Force, Central Reserve Police Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, National Security Guard, Vigilance Organizations etc.
  • Serve at managerial/policy making levels in the Ministries and Departments of Central and State governments and public sector undertakings both at centre and states, and the RAW, Government of India. 
  • Required to interact and coordinate closely with the members of other All India Services and Central Civil Services and also with the Armed Forces.
  • Lead/command the force with courage, uprightness, dedication and a strong sense of service to the people.
  • Endeavour to inculcate in the police forces under their command such values and norms as would help them serve the people better.
  • Inculcate integrity of the highest order, sensitivity to aspirations of people in a fast-changing social and economic milieu, respect for human rights, broad liberal perspective of law and justice, high standard of professionalism, physical fitness and mental alertness.

Service Hierarchy

Grade

Pay scales

Designation in Field

Designation in Headquarters

Any other Designation

Junior time scale

8000-275-13500

Assistant Superintendent of Police

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Senior time scale

10000-325-15200

Superintendent of Police

Assistant inspector general of police

Assistant Director in Central Police Organizations/Commandant in Armed Police Bns.

Junior administrative grade

12000-375-16500

Superintendent of police

Assistant inspector general of police

Assistant Director in Central Police Organizations/Commandant in Armed Police Bns.

Selection grade

14300-400-18300

Sr. Superintendent of police

Assistant inspector general of police

Assistant Director in Central Police Organizations/Commandant in Armed Police Bns.

Super time scale

16400-450-20000

Deputy Inspector General of Police

Deputy Inspector general of police

Deputy director in central police organizations

18400-500-22400

Inspector General of Police

Inspector general of police

Joint director in central police organizations

Above super time scale

22400-525-24500

Additional Director General of Police

Additional Director general of police

Additional director in central police organizations

24050-650-26000

26000 (fixed)

Director General of Police

Director general of police

Director general in central police organizations & director, IB, Director, CBI & Director, NPA

Modern ranks and rank badges for Indian Police Officers

  • State Emblem above one star above crossed sword and baton

Director, Intelligence Bureau

  • State Emblem above crossed sword and baton
    Director, Central Bureau of Investigation
    Director General, Central Reserve Police Force
    Director General, Border Security Force
    Director General, Central Industrial Security Force
    Director General, Sashastra Seema Bal
    Director General, National Security Guards
    Director General, Special Protection Group
    Director General, National Police Academy
    Director General, Security
    Director General States of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, and WestBengal
    Commissioner of Police, Mumbai and Delhi
  • One star above crossed sword and baton
    Inspector General of Police, Other States
    Joint Director, Intelligence Bureau
    Additional Director, Central Bureau of Investigation
    Joint Director, Central Bureau of Investigation
    Commandant, Central Forensic Institute
    Director, National Police Academy
    Inspector General, Border Security Force
    Inspector General, Central Industrial Security Force
    Inspector General, Central Reserve Police
    Inspector General, Indo-Tibetan Border Police
    State Emblem above three stars in a triangle
    Inspector General of Police, Union Territories
    Other officer above selection grade
  • State Emblem above two stars
    Superintendent of Police in selection grade with 13+ years of service
    State Emblem above one star
    Superintendent of Police in charge of a district
    Commandant of Battalion
    Other officer on senior time scale with between 9 and 13 years service
    State Emblem
    Other officer on senior time scale with 9 years’ service or less
  • Three stars
    Assistant Superintendent in charge of sub-division
    Assistant Superintendent not in charge of sub-division with 4 years’ service or less
  • Two stars
    Assistant Superintendent not in charge of sub-division with between 2 and 4 years service and not incharge of a police sub division

  • One star
    Assistant Superintendent not in charge of sub-division with less than 2 years service

Ranks insignia of the State Police officers

  • Three stars
    Deputy Superintendent of Police. A state police officer who is directly recruited to this rank or has come up from the lower ranks.
    Red and blue ribbon and three stars
    Inspector of Police.
    Red and blue ribbon and two stars
    Sub-Inspector of Police
    Red and blue ribbon and a star
    Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police
  • Three chevrons points facing downwards
    Police Head Constable
  • Two chevrons points facing downwards
    Senior Police Constable or Police Naik. His/her basic pay would be of the same scale of a head constable.
  • No rank insignia
    Constable