Your IPS Exam Queries Answered

IPS Officer Ashok Kamte

I write about the IAS exam not just on this blog but on other sites as well. One of my articles on IPS Exam Eligibility is quite popular among IPS Aspirants and currently is the first result for the search term ips exam on Google. As a result many IPS aspirants have commented on that article for information relating to the IPS exam. So I thought why not continue the discussion here so the blog readers can also benefit, particularly those who want to enter the Indian Police Service.

Before you read further I suggest you go through this article on IPS Exam Eligibility as it lists the physical, educational and nationality requirements in detail. This post further expands on that article and answers questions that have been asked there, even if they might seem quite basic to some.

Is there a separate exam for IPS?

No there is no separate exam for IPS. To qualify for the Indian Police Service you have to appear for the Civil Services Exam conducted by the UPSC which is common for IPS, IAS, IFS, IRS, IRTS and other services.

How can I fill the form for IPS exam?

The notification for the civil services exam appears in Employment News and on UPSC website in December every year. The application for the preliminary exam can be submitted online on UPSC web site or through post. The forms are available at the Head Post Offices in your city/town.

What is the procedure of the IPS exam?

The civil services exam of which IPS is also a part is a 3-step process. The preliminary exam, Mains exam, and Personality (Interview) test. A candidate has to clear the preceding stage to qualify for the next. Only the marks of Mains and Interview are counted for determining the final score, the preliminary exam is only qualifying in nature.

Based on your score in Mains and Interview the final ranking is determined.

How can I choose IPS instead of other services?

While filling the Mains form you have to give your order of preference of different services. If you want the IPS write 1 next to it, 2

next to IAS or IRS or IFS (your choice) and so on.

But merely stating your preference does not guarantee selection in IPS. You must also obtain the requisite ranking to get selected into the IPS.

What books are required for IPS?

The books needed depend on the optional subjects selected for the Mains exam. These are the books for Public Administration and books for Prelims. Note that since 2011 the Prelims consists of two papers common to all candidates. As such, the books required for Prelims are the same for all.

Can I attempt IPS exam in the first year of graduation itself?

No you can’t. A minimum graduate degree is required to appear for the civil services (Mains) exam although you can appear for the Prelims provided your graduate degree is awaited and can be produced at the time of filling the Mains form. There is no maximum educational qualification for the IPS or other services.

Suggest tips to become IPS officer?

This blog is all about enabling you to enter the service of your choice, IPS, IAS, IFS, IRS or others. Stay with it and benefit.

I have colour vision, squint, bow legs etc. am I eligible for IPS?

Please refer this article on IPS Exam to know more about the physical requirements for IPS.

I hope this post covers most of the doubts about IPS exam. If there are doubts other than the ones listed here or on the original article you can get them answered in the comments below.

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    1. Hi akhil,

      Nice to see your your comment but how can you thanks for this Officer on august 2011 you have salute for this mahatma, please check his history than you can realize who was this?

  1. Respected Sir,

    I don't face any problem in the physical criteria described on this blog but my knees touch when I stand in attention position. Is this a disqualification?

    Kindly reply.

    1. DEAR SISTER,there are certain visual criteria for the candidates for the services of the technical class ,e.g. for the distance vision the better eye ( with correction) ought to have a measurement of 6/6 or 6/9 while that of near vision it is of the category J1 ; on the other hand the worse eye may have been categorised with the following classification i.e. distance eye : 6/12 or 6/9 and near vision vision : category all cases the limit of refractive error permitted +4.00 Pathological Myopia ;the colour vision requirements is of HIGH GRADE ;and the Binoculer vision is needed. The above classification is for the IPS and other police service of Group A & B and IRTS/RPF(i.e. a technical service).for the non-technical class of services these criteria are relaxed. hence having spectacles in use needs the above formality to be fulfilled.more can can be explored from the notification published by the UPSC……………………

    1. It depends upon you Ganesh. If you think so ,then you go for that.Besides ,self-study is the only remedy for the success………………

  2. sir i have done llb (hons) from england, m i eligible for an ips exam, or the graduation from an indian institution is compulsory.

  3. Well for any first timer, the interview call letter of civil services brings

    immense joy and apprehension of what will happen in interview.What kind of

    questions will be asked and will I be able to answer those queries confidently and


  4. sir i dont had math subject in my 10th class and i appear my 10th class by correspondant but i am gradate from delhi university sothat i can give ips exam i am eligible or not for ips exam.

  5. sir i'm in a big confusion. i've completed my 10th from hindi medium nd commerce graduation in english. sir my question is that can i give GS and Essay in hindi and my optionals viz 1. commerce 2. public administration in english ??

    i'm also appearing foer cpf ac this year in hindi.

    sir please help me to remove my confusion.

  6. Respected sir,

    i am studying B-Tech 2nd year.i am completing diploma with first class marks. after completing B-Tech i want to become a IPS officer.can i eligibility for IPS? please reply me sir.this is my life ambition. my e-mail ID is

    [email protected]

  7. sir i am just in
    class 11th and want to
    preapare for upsc exams
    after my 12th & during my
    graduation. Sir/ madam,
    will u plz help me out
    where can i pursue the
    tutorials in the nagpur
    city?plz help me out! U
    can mail me @
    [email protected]! Thank u!

    1. Hi Shubham,

      In Nagpur you can enroll at PNRI institute for guidance. It’s a non-profit run by an retired IAS officer of repute. You can contact Mr. Prashant Patil (the caretaker) at 0712-2021843

  8. Respected Sir,
    My name is Shyam Mohan. I am a BAMS doctor and currently doing my M.S.. I always wanted to write the IPS exam for as long as i know. But i am 30 yrs old right now. And i did not care about the eligibility until last year two days after my birthday (18th aug). Is there any way i shall be able to write the exam? Please help me with this. I am a President scout and i was fortunate enough to receive the award directly from Honerable President Dr. Shankardayal Sharma in 1996 when i was in my ninth standard. I do not know weather that would help me. Do kindly reply.

  9. I don&#039t face any problem in the physical criteria described on this blog but my knees touch when I stand in attention position. Is this a disqualification?

  10. Hello sir,
    I am a starter in ias preparation.
    is english literature a very tough subject for IAS mains?
    i am a commerce graduate, & in final year of m.a. applied english.
    i want to opt PUB AD and ENG LIT. in mains.
    please guide me .

  11. Respected Sir,

    My self is Suresh Gounder and i’m a commerce graduate & my age is 23 running can i eligible for IPS exam .My dream is to become a IPS officer.
    Please reply my comment.
    Thank you sir.

      1. Hello sir, I am in B.E. final year but I will receive degree certificate after mains exam. Am I eligible to sit for ips exam ?

  12. Dear Vimlaksh,


    I’m 26 and want to apply for the IPS, I have heard from various sources that one cannot apply if he/she is having a mark or tatoo on the body. Though i don’t have any Funky tatoo, but yes having an OM engraved on my left hand.

    need your suggestion, what should i do.
    Thanks & looking forward to hear from you soon.

  13. Dear sir,
    i Completed my Diploma mech. engg, and Currently Pursuing Part Time B.E. Mech. From Institute Of Mechanical Engineer , After Passing This Degree can I eligible For IPS Examination…??? My Contact Num. Is 09725038348

  14. sir good evening i need to know a information .that in all the advertisements and coaching centres why they called as IAS. in most of the places the IPS is not mentioned because i need to become an IPS officer .its very difficult to enter or some other reason. sir. kindly nas my question

  15. Dear Sir..
    Maine Graduation Commerce se kiya hai. Sir main IPS ki preparation karna chahata hun pls sir mujhe iski eligibility, subject, and exam time ke baare me jaankari de. merit Id [email protected]
    Pls help me sir

  16. Hello Sir,
    I know that the max age requirement for IPS is 35 years. But I want to know what is the max age requirement for the combat streams of IPS such as octopus commandos, greyhound commandos etc. And I heard that if one has to get into the combat streams of IPS , he has to be in his early twenties similar to CAPF where the max age limit is 25 years. But if one joins ips in his late twenties he will be given other streams such as law and order, intelligence etc even if he opts for combat streams . Is it True? Please clarify my doubt regarding this?
    Thanking You

  17. Sir i want 2 prepare for Ips sir, plz suggest me which coaching centre should i join ? Which books should i buy?

  18. Hello, sir!
    This is Ishita Ghosh this side. I have a query about my eligibility.
    I’m doing engineering and I used to have back-logs in early stages of my university, as I was getting use to it but now I have cleared and I have been passing with flying colour.
    Would it this become my obstacle?

  19. Dear sir, I have been preparing for IPS since 2013, I was hoping to appear in 2016, but this year only I met with an accident and had a degenerative meniscus tear on my left knee, its been 6 months now, despite having my operation I still can not walk properly, I can not use stairs, my doctor has told me that my life wouldn’t be same again, I have to live like this. What should I do? Does this injury make me a pHysically handicapped?

  20. Sir, Im the son of second I dont have my father and first wife question is am i eligible for the IAS post and any other governtment post?
    Sir,i want to write the exam in english and give the interview in my regional language i.e this possible or I have to give the interview in english only.How much time and how many members interview takes.?

  21. I want to know from you how much pressure ias officers have to face in their job,do they get enough time for you and your family? reply me on my email

  22. Sir i m in 3rd year pursuing b.a. ll.b.from nagpur university can i be eligible to apply for ias2016 on basis of my b.a. degree as earlier this year uni was providing provisional degree of b.a. but had stop from this year…sir plz rply i m in dire need of ur guidance as noone to help..

  23. Hi Sir,

    I need some help in understanding the UPSC age limit criteria. I’m a resident of Jammu and Kashmir. I was born in 1983 and have lived in Jammu and Kashmir till 2006. Please let me know what will be the age limit for me to attempt UPSC exams? The UPSC website has details like “The person should have ordinarily lived in Jammu and Kashmir from the period of 1980 to 1989” to avail the extension in age limit for Jammu and Kashmir resident. The questions I have are:

    – Will I be eligible for the exam next year?
    – Does the period mean that the person should have lived in J&K all through 1980 till 1989. I was born in 1983, do I fall in the category.

    Please guide.


  24. Sir I have a Doubt, I Completed in OpenSchool 10th and Inter but degree was complete in regular, if it possible to IPS, Please Tell me Sir, this is my life ambition..

  25. I am 26 year old male comoleted MBA. I wish to take civil service exam to become IPS officer. I am planning to apply for recruitment in 2018 and wish to take the exam followed by. Since the time period between online application and the exam is 3 months. My query is, is the the 3 months time enough to prepare and take the exam? Or should i have to prepare for more time before taking the exam.?

    Kindly give ur advice and awaiting your reply..

  26. I’m preparing for pursuing IPS. Unfortunately I lost 4 tooth in an accident.For overcoming that using artificial denture.Am I fit for choosing IPS?

  27. Hai, i want to write civils in my local language(Telugu),but no material is available in telugu for optionals.

    Can i write GS Papers in Telugu and optionals in english?

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