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UPSC Indian Police Service Limited Competitive Examination (IPS-LCE) Notification and Dates


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Indian Police Service Limited Competitive Examination

The candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all eligibility conditions for admission to examination

Their admission to all the stages of the examination will be purely provisional subject to satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions

Mere issue of e-admission certificate to the candidate will not imply that his/her candidature has been finally cleared by the Commission

Commission will take up verification of eligibility conditions with reference to original documents only after the candidate has qualified for Interview/Personality Test

Eligibility: The candidates, who fulfill the following eligibility conditions would be eligible for this examination

Must be a citizen of India or he/she must belong to such category of persons as may be, from time to time, be notified in this behalf by the Central Government;

Have completed 05 years of continuous and actual service as Deputy Superintendent of Police in States under State Police Service; or Assistant Commandants in Central Para Military Forces (Central Reserve Police Service, Border Security Force, Indo Tibet Border Police, Central Industrial Security Force and Sashastra Seema Bal); or Officers of the Rank of Captain or Major or equivalent in the Armed Forces

Should have an unblemished service record

A candidate must not have attained the age of 35 years on the 1st August, 2012; he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1977

However, the upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable upto a maximum of 01 year for OBC Category candidates and 02 years for candidates belonging to a SC/ST

Every candidates appearing at the examination who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted two attempts at this examination which may be further relaxed by one additional attempt in case of SC/ST/OBC candidates

A candidate must hold a degree of any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University u/s 3 of the UGC Act, 1956 or possess an equivalent qualification


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How to apply

: Candidates must apply on-line by using the website

Detailed instructions for filling up on-line applications are available on the abovementioned website

Candidates should ensure that all columns of the on-line application form are filled in correctly

No correspondence will be entertained by the Commission from candidates to change any of the entries made in the application form

In case of Nil information, candidates are advised to clearly write Nil or ‘0’ in the relevant column

No column should be left blank

The printed copy of the online application form with necessary certification done by the appropriate authority must reach the Secretary, Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi-110069

The envelope containing the application should be super scribed Application for Indian Police Service Limited Competitive Examination

Application can also be delivered at Union Public Service Commission counter by hand

The Commission will not be responsible for the applications delivered to any other functionary of the Commission

Penalty for wrong answers: Candidates should note that there will be penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers

Facilitation Counter: In case of any guidance/information/clarification regarding their applications, candidature etc candidates can contact UPSC’s Facilitation Counter near gate ‘C’ of its campus in person or over Tel Number 011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543 on working days between 10.00 hrs and 17.00 hrs

No.22/4/2010-E.I (B): The Union Public Service Commission will hold a Limited Competitive Examination for the purpose of filling vacancies in the Indian Police Service (IPS) in accordance with the Rules published by the Ministry of Home Affairs in the Gazette of India Extraordinary

The number of vacancies to be filled on the result of the examination will be finalized later on in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs

Reservation will be made for candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC categories in respect of vacancies as may be fixed by the Govt

Since Indian Police Service is exempted from PH reservation, no vacancy will be available for recruitment of PH category candidates through this examination

The candidates must indicate their preferences for cadre (State/UT) allocation

In case no preference is given by a candidate for cadre allocation, it will be assumed that he/she does not have specific cadre preference for those services

Moreover, if a candidate cannot be allocated to any cadre of his/her choice, he/she shall be allotted to any of the remaining cadres in which there are vacancies

The decision of government in respect of cadre allocation shall be final

Centres of Examination: Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Kolkata, Nagpur

Plan of Examination: The Indian Police Service Limited Competitive Examination will consist of two successive stages

Scheme of Examination: The Indian Police Service Limited Competitive Examination will consist of two successive stages; Written Examination; Interview for Personality for Personality Test

Paper-I (General Studies, Objective Type, 2 hours duration, 200 marks)

Paper-II (Aptitude, Objective Type, 2 hours duration, 200 marks)

Paper-III (English Language, Descriptive Type, 3 hours duration, 200 marks)

Paper-IV (Essay, Descriptive Type, 3 hours duration, 200 marks)

Paper-V (General Studies, Descriptive Type, 3 hours duration, 200 marks)

Interview (200 marks)

Total Marks for Written Examination and Interview will be 1000 marks

Paper-III is only qualifying in nature and the marks for Paper-III will not be counted for merit ranking

The objective type papers will be qualifying in nature for evaluating Descriptive Type Papers

However, marks obtained will be counted for merit ranking


Paper I: General Studies covering Current affairs, History of India, Geography of India and the world, Indian polity and Governance, Economic and social development , Environmental issues and General Science

Paper II: Aptitude test comprising Comprehension, Interpersonal skills, Logical reasoning and analytical ability, Decision making and problem solving, General mental ability, Basic numeracy and English Language Comprehension skills

Paper III: English Language paper

This paper would be of Matriculation standard and qualifying in nature only

Its marks will not be counted for preparation of merit ranking

Paper IV: Essay paper

It will comprise two essays, one on security aspect and the other on various developmental aspect of the society

Paper V: General Studies paper covering various aspects like Elementary Principles of Public Law, State Policy, Fundamental Rights, Human Rights, Disaster Management, National Security etc

The Essay Paper (Paper-IV) and the General Studies Paper (Paper-V) will have to be answered either in English or in Hindi

Interview for Personality Test: The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his career

He will be asked questions on matters of general interest

The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers

The test is intended to judge the mental caliber of a candidate

In broad terms this is really an assessment of not only his intellectual qualities but also social traits and his interest in current affairs

Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgment, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity

The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate

The interview test is not intended to be a test either of the specialized or general knowledge of the candidates which has been already tested through their written papers

Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own State or Country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well educated youth.


Union Public Service Commission

Examination Notice No-05/2012-IPSLC
Commission’s Website