(IPS) Indian Police Service Limited Competitive Examination is taken by the UPSC for the filling vacancies in the Indian Police Service from the candidates serving in the various state police services and other Para military services in accordance with the Rules published by the Ministry of Home Affairs in the Gazette of India Extraordinary dated 3rd Mar, 2012.

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UPSC Mains

UPSC Prelims

The Candidates applying for the Indian Police Service Limited Competitive Exam should ensure that they fulfill all eligibility condition for admission to exam.

Basic Eligibility Conditions

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.

Age Limit

A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of August, 2018 i.e., he must have be born not earlier than 2nd August, 1986 and not later than 1st August, 1997. However, the upper age limit prescribed above will be relax able up-to a maximum of 01 year for Other Backward Classes category candidates and 02 years for candidates belonging to a Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe.

Note: The date of birth accepted by the Commission is that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognized by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University, which must be certified by the proper authority of the University or in the Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificate.

The Examination will consist of Written Examination followed by and Interview for Personality Test.

The Written Exam will comprises of 2 parts with 2 papers in 1st part and 3 paper in 2nd part.

Paper Type Duration Marks
Part I
Paper II Objective Type 2 Hr. 200
Part II
Paper III English Descriptive Type 3 Hr. 200
Paper IV Essay Descriptive Type 3 Hr. 200
Paper V General Descriptive Type 3 Hr. 200

Note 1: Total Marks for Written Examination and Interview will be 1000 marks.

Note 2: Paper III is only qualifying in nature and the marks for Paper-III will not be counted for merit ranking.

Note 3: The objective type papers will be qualifying in nature for evaluating Descriptive Type Papers. However, marks obtained will be counted for merit ranking.

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

The examination will be held at the following centres:

  • Ahmedabad
  • Bangalore
  • Chennai
  • Delhi
  • Guwahati Kolkata and
  • Nagpur.

Indian Police Service Limited Competitive Examination Contact Details

  • Secretary
  • Union Public Service Commission
  • Dholpur House
  • Shahjahan Road
  • New Delhi-110069.

Aspiring candidates can apply Online only by using the website

Candidates should ensure that all columns of the Online 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.

UPSC Mains Syllabus
Qualifying Papers (Non-Ranking)
Paper A One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the languages included in the Eight Schedule to the Constitution. 300 Marks
Paper B English 300 Marks
Papers to be Counted for Merit (Ranking)
Paper I Essay 250 Marks
Paper II General Studies I (Indian Heritage and Culture,History and Geography of the World and Society) 250 Marks
Paper III General Studies II (Governance, Constitution,Polity, Social Justice and International relations) 250 Marks
Paper IV General Studies III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment,Security and Disaster Management) 250 Marks
Paper V General Studies IV ( Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude) 250 Marks
Paper VI Optional Subject- Paper 1 250 Marks
Paper VII Optional Subject- Paper 2 250 Marks
For the optional papers in the Main
Examination, UPSC has a list of about twenty-
six subjects out of which any one subject has to
be selected by the candidate.
Subtotal (Written/Test) 1750 Marks
Personality Test (Interview) 275 Marks
Grand Total 2025 Marks

UPSC Prelims Syllabus

Syllabus of Paper I (200 marks) Duration : 2 hours

• Current events of national and international importance
• History of India and Indian National Movement
• Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World

• Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc

• Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc

• General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialisation General Science

Syllabus for Paper II-(200 marks) Duration: 2 hours

• Comprehension
• Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
• Logical reasoning and analytical ability
• Decision-making and problem solving
• General mental ability
• Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)

Note 1: The CSAT aptitude test or Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) examination will be a qualifying paper only with a minimum of 33% to be secured to sit for the Civil Services (Mains) exam.

Note 2: The questions in both Paper-I (current affairs) and Paper-II (aptitude test) will be of multiple choice, objective type for 200 marks each and the time allotted for each paper is two hours

Note 3: It is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Prelim) examination for the purpose of evaluation. Therefore a candidate will be disqualified in case he or she does not appear in both the papers of the (Prelims) exam.

Course Information
  • Course IPS
  • EligibilityGraduation
  • Duration1 Year
  • Contact Number9111100925

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