The Indian Police Service or IPS, is one of the three All India Services (IAS,IPS & IFoS) of the Government of India.

The main function of police officers is to maintain order, enforce the law, and to prevent and detect crime.

So if you are the one who has the zeal to uphold the rule of law, curb corruption, provide justice and maintain peace in the society IPS should be your choice. Read below for more duties you can do as an IPS officer.

The Indian Police Service is not a force itself but a service providing leaders and commanders to staff the state police and all-India Central Armed Police Forces. Its members are the senior officers of the police.

What duties you fulfill as an IPS officer?

  • Leading and commanding the Indian Intelligence Agencies like Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), Intelligence Bureau (IB), Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI), Criminal Investigation Department (CID) etc., Indian Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, Civil and Armed Police Forces in all the states and union territories.
  • Leading and commanding the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) which include the Central Police Organisations (CPO) and Central Paramilitary Forces (CPF) such as Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), National Security Guard (NSG), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Vigilance Organisations, Indian Federal Law Enforcement Agencies.
  • Fulfill duties based on border responsibilities, in the areas of maintenance of public peace and order, crime prevention, investigation, and detection, collection of intelligence, VIP security, counter-terrorism, border policing, railway policing, tackling smuggling, drug trafficking, economic offences, corruption in public life, disaster management, enforcement of socio-economic legislation, bio-diversity and protection of environmental laws etc.
  • Serve as head of the departments in policy making in the Ministries and Departments of Central and State Governments and public sector undertakings both at centre and states, Government of India.
  • To interact and coordinate closely with the members of other All India Services and also with the Indian Armed Forces primarily with the Indian Army.
  • Last but not the least, to lead and 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 and high standard of professionalism.


How are IPS officers recruited?

At present there are three modes of recruitment to the Indian Police Service. These are as follows:

  1. Through Civil Services Examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission,
  2. Through Limited Competitive Examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission,
  3. Through appointment of State Police Service officers by promotion.

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