To become an IPS officer, you need to take the competitive civil services examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
This exam which is held at various test centres across the country comprises three stages: preliminary (objective-type) exam, main (written) exam and the interview. You have to clear all the three stages and secure a good rank at the same time to make it to this service. For the IPS you will also have to clear an additional physical test.
Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree
Age: 21-30 years as on August 01, of the year in which you take the exam
For complete details, log on to www.upsc.gov.in
When you join the IPS upon completion of your training, you will be appointed as an assistant commissioner of police or Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) in a sub division comprising of three-four police stations.
After that, based on your experience and track record, you will rise to the rank of Superintendent of Police (SP), Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Inspector General of Police (IGP), Additional Director General of Police (Addl DGP), and finally, the Director General of Police (DGP) who is the head of the police force in each state. The DGP represents the highest rung in the police hierarchy.