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Indian Police Service (IPS)

IPS officer Job Description

The IPS  officer mainly take care of the law and order, crime prevention and detection, tgraffic control and accident prvention and management etc. Beside these routine duties the other duties of an IPS officer may include VIP security, border policing, railway policing, tackling corruption in public life, counter terrorisum, checking smugling, drug trafficking and economic/cyber crimes and  help in disaster management. IPS officer can also be leading officers in intelligence agancies like RAW, IB and CBI etc or paramilitary forces like BSF and ITBP etc. 

IPS officers Job Prospects

An IPS being an All Indian Services officer works for both the Central and State Governments. He serves the State Government in various capacities ranging from an ASP at the beginning of his career to the DGP (The apex of the police force in any state). He can also serve the Central Government in various civil defense and paramilitary organizations like the Central Reserve Police Force, Border Security Force, Central Bureau of Investigation, Intelligence Bureau, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) etc. The IPS mainly takes care of law and order a responsibility shared with the IAS ; crime prevention and detection ; and traffic control and accident prevention and management.

IPS officer Salary

Salary of IPS officers in quite good esprcially after implementation of fifth pay commission. Entry Level IPS officers are paid around Rs. 40,000 a month, Middle Level IPS officers get around  Rs. 60,000 a month whereas Senior Level IPS officer get around Rs. 80,000 a month. Besides their pay IPS officers are also entitled to special perks depending on where one is posted.This is however a variable amount specific to some locations only.

The Government of India has fixed salary grades for IPS officers. Although keep on changing with new pay  commission. Present pay scale of IPS are as follows:-

Rank Equivalent positions or designations  in the State Governments Pay Scale
Deputy Superintendent of Police Assistant Commissioner of Police 15600-39100 Rupees plus grade pay of 5400 rupees
Additional Superintendent of Police Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police 15600-39100 rupees plus grade pay of 6600 rupees
Superintendent of Police, Deputy Commissioner of Police 15600-39100 rupees plus grade pay of 7600 rupees
Senior Superintendent of Police Deputy Commissioner of Police 15600-39100 rupees plus grade pay of 8700 rupees
Deputy Inspector General of Police Additional Commissioner of Police 37400-67000 rupees plus grade pay of 8900 rupees
Inspector General of Police Joint Commissioner of Police 37400-67000 rupees plus grade pay of 10,000 rupees
Additional Director General of Police Special Commissioner of Police 37400-67000 rupees plus grade pay of 12000 rupees
Director General of Police Commissioner of Police (State) 80000 rupees (fixed) plus grade pay-Nil

Note:- The scales only provide an idea of the pay scales. Different branches of the services have different scales of pay. Even personnel of same branches may have different pay according to their area of posting and responsibility they are holding at a particular time.
In addition to the salary IPS officers receive various types of allowances such as Dearness Allowance, City compensatory Allowance, Leave Travel Allowance, Medical and subsidized housing.

Career options

Hierarchy( In descending order from top to bottom) in the IPS line up.

  • Director General of Police (Top Most Post)
  • Inspectors General of Police
  • Deputy Inspector General of Police
  • Additional Commissioner of Police (Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Thane)
  • Superintendent of Police in selection grade with 13+ years of service
  • Additional Superintendant of Police
  • Assistant Superintendent in charge of sub-division
  • IPS Probationer

Director General of Police DGP (TOP MOST POST)- This is the apex of the  Police administrative setup of a state or central police organisation in India.

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