If you love greater and greater challenges in the career and want to enable the weaker sections of the society to access justice and equality, Indian Police Service(IPS) is the cadre most cutout for you. As an IPS officer, you wear the Ashoka emblem on your uniform, which embodies the greatness of what India stands for, Peace and nonviolence, dedication and sacrifice for the sake of the countrymen.
Being an officer of IPS cadre, you may be joining top investigation teams around the world, solving intricate and complex cases and mysteries as a real-life hero. Your life will be full of thrilling episodes throughout the career. Real life will be much more adventurous than the reel life. Besides, IPS career is also an awesome career that could fulfill your dreams.
In order to join this prestigious IPS cadre, you must plan your strategy of studies, to be a topper in the UPSC Civil services examination and use your option as IPS cadre. You have to choose your subjects only after careful and critical analysis of the options, the syllabus, and your aptitude. Consulting others can help you to crystallize your thoughts. Your ultimate success depends on how well you chose your subjects for prelims as well as for the main examination.
Your ability to grasp the intricacies of issues in depth and your logical reasoning skills can help you succeed. You must be able to articulate the subject matter clearly and in a persuasive manner, with a creative approach. Presentation skills are important too because the examiner would like your answers to be clear as well as convincing.
IPS Officer Duties and functions
Responsibilities and accountabilities of IPS cadre very precise, specific and critical. They rub shoulders with IAS officers of the specified jurisdiction in maintaining law and order. They must make sure that the country is ruled according to law, and common people feel secure and safe.
A deeper understanding of law and knowledge of how to enforce the law is important. In general, the duties include investigation and detection of a breach of the law, prevention of injuries and accidents, managing the investigation processes, taking preventive measures for avoiding crimes, and crowd control actions to ensure that untoward incidents do not happen.
To deal with crime, they have to supervise police stations, the process of collecting evidence, protect victims, record statements of victims, complainants, accused persons as well as witnesses, produce the cases in the court of law and ensure punishment of the guilty persons.
Job profile of IPS Officers can change according to the state or the territory allotted and the career progression due to which the rank would change. The entry-level designation of an IPS Officer would be SP (Superintendent of Police) rank. Progressively the officer is promoting to next level as DIG (Deputy Inspector General) Police, IG (Inspector General) Police, Additional DG (Police) and DG (Director General) of Police.
Along with law and order duty, one of the critical jobs is to manage VIP and VVIP security. The IPS officer in charge has to allocate trained manpower for VIP security so that risk is minimized for VIPs as well as the common people at the same time. He/She has to perform the delicate balancing act.
In case of disasters such as earthquake or flooding, or manmade disasters such as rioting, fire /explosion, poisonous gas leak, industrial/construction site accidents/ massive rail-road accident/ tsunami/ airline accident, the IPS officer has to organize relief and rehabilitation, providing first aid, shifting the injured persons to hospital, providing shelter , food, water and medicines, emergency treatment. The officer coordinates the other agencies in organizing relief to affected persons.
Other functions include action against rampant cybercrimes according to cyber law, prevention of trafficking in drugs, human trafficking, smuggling of goods, economic offenses like tax evasion, money laundering, illegal mining, violation of environmental protection laws and banking frauds.
There is a challenge however, not only to be honest and sincere, but must also ensure the public perception of total integrity, impartiality and dedication to duty.
Salary of IPS Officer
Prior to 7the Pay Commission salary revision, the following was the basic remuneration of the officers of IPS cadre:
|officer Level/Rank||6th CPC Pay Scale||Basic Pay after 7th CPC||Min. Monthly Gross Salary|
|Entry /(ASP) Jr –Time-scale||15,600 – 39,100 GP 5,400||56,100||78,000|
|Sr –Time-Scale (DSP)||15,600 – 39,100 GP 6,600||67,700||94,000|
|Jr-Admin-grade(SP and DCP)||15,600 – 39,100 GP 7,600||78,800||1,10,500|
|Select gr (SSP)||37,400 – 67,000 GP 8,900||1,31,100||1,83,500|
|Sup-time-scale(DIG)||37,400 – 67,000 GP 10,000||1,44,200||2,02,000|
|Sr-Admn-grade((DGP)||67,000 – 79,000||1,82,000||2,55,000|
Read: IAS Officer Salary
Besides the basic remuneration, the emoluments include Dearnwes allowance(varying as per inflation) and House rent allowance (if the house has not been allotted) and travel allowance (TA).
After salary scale revision, according to 7th Pay Commission recommendations, the entry level IPS Officer gets a minimum of 56100 Indian rupees per month along with Allowances such as Dearness allowance, house rent allowance(if the bungalow is not provided), travel allowance etc. The apex basic salary now stands revised to 225000 rupees per month.
IPS officers are eligible for leave travel assistance/concession. This can be utilized three times in four years for vacation travel to home-city-town and once in four years for a vacation anywhere in India.
Besides basic salary, the perquisites include the following:
- Luxurious accommodation based on the rank, home security and domestic help as well as assistants.
- Govt vehicle along with appropriate security available round the clock in order to take care of law and order duty as well as emergency duty
- Eligibility to apply for study leave up to the maximum of four years, anywhere in India or abroad
- Can avail of municipal water and electricity free of cost
- Can avail free telephone service
- Govt jobs are more secure as compared to private sector jobs, and IPS Cadre enjoys reputation, respect, and status in the society, Assured promotions, revision of pay structure, increase in dearness allowance according to inflation
- Priority in medical treatment in prestigious hospitals, medical reimbursement in certain cases
- Retiring gratuity(tax-free limit raised to 10 lakh rupees)
- Full Pension on retirement lifetime of IPS officer, and in case of death the surviving spouse and dependent children can avail of pension as per rules
Paid vacation (Holidays) for IPS cadre
IPS officers are eligible for vacation on gazetted holidays (central govt and state govt).
Other paid leave entitlement per anum is
- CL (casual- leave): eight days and half pay leave (Special) for twenty days
- Earned- leave: 30 days, and leave without pay in some cases
- (Maternity leave for women and paternity leave for men )