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Exam Highlights
  • Exam Name
    IPS Recruitment
  • Mode of Conduction
    Pen paper-based
  • Exam Duration
    Prelims: each paper is of 2 hours Mains: each paper is of 3 hours
  • Official Website
  • Total Marks
    Prelims: 400 Mains: 1750 Interview: 275
  • Medium of the exam
    Hindi and English
Exam Dates
  • Official Notification
  • Start of Registration Process
  • End of Registration Process
  • Exam Date
    Prelims: June 05, 2022 Mains: September 09, 2022, to September 25, 2022
Eligibilty Criteria

IPS Educational Qualification 2022

Candidates applying for various positions must be graduates, according to the Board. In addition, the UPSC has the authority to grant concessions based on certain merits. Candidates must, however, be matriculated.

One of the main motivations for establishing the IPS qualification threshold is to ensure that people applying for these positions are educated and knowledgeable about the work. Furthermore, the questions asked in the exams are at the 10+2 level. As a result, the UPSC has established a minimum graduate qualification.

IPS Age Limit 2022

The UPSC demands that the applicant is between the ages of 21 and 32. As a result, the candidate must have been born before August 1, 2000. The Indian Police Service Exam 2021 is open to any candidate that falls within this age range, according to the Board. In addition, the Board grants the following exceptions for certain categories.

Category Relaxation (in years)
Ex-Servicemen 5
The person with Benchmark Disability (For example, people with blindness, hard of hearing, etc) 10

IPS Physical Ability Test

  1. Length: The length of a male candidate should be at least 165 centimeters. SC / OBC candidates of 160 cm can also apply. At the same time, the length of the female candidates should be 150 centimeters. A 145 cm SC / OBC female candidate can also apply.
  2. Chest: At least 84 centimeters for men. At least 79 centimeters for women.
  3. Eye site: Healthy eye vision should be 6/6 or 6/9. A vision of weak eyes should be 6/12 or 6/9.


Exam Pattern

IPS Prelims Exam Pattern

The IPS Exam for Prelims consists of two papers- General Studies-1 and General Studies-2 (CSAT).

  • Both papers will be objective in nature and the time duration will be two hours.
  • Paper-2 or CSAT will be qualifying in nature with a minimum passing mark of 33%.
  • Each paper carries 200 marks, and the merit list will be decided on the basis of marks obtained in the GS-1.

IPS Mains Exam Pattern

The candidates who crack IPS Exam for the Prelims round will be called for the Mains exam. IPS Mains exam has a total of 9 papers. Two papers- Paper A and Paper B are qualifying in nature, Paper-I is an essay paper, Paper-II to Paper-V are General Studies Papers, and two optional papers. Candidates can choose any subject as their optional from the list of 48 optional subjects. Check out the complete IPS Mains exam pattern below.

UPSC IPS Exam Pattern – Mains
Paper Subject Time Duration IPS Total marks
Paper A Compulsory Indian language 3 hours 300
Paper B English 3 hours 300
Paper I Essay 3 hours 250
Paper II General Studies I 3 hours 250
Paper III General Studies II 3 hours 250
Paper IV General Studies III 3 hours 250
Paper V General Studies IV 3 hours 250
Paper VI Optional I 3 hours 250
Paper VII Optional II 3 hours 250

IPS Syllabus for Prelims

The prelims stage of the IPS Exam is the first round of the selection process, Here the aspirants need to appear for two general studies papers namely Paper 1, and Paper 2 (also known as CSAT). We have covered the IPS Syllabus for both Paper 1, and 2 below in the table.

IPS Syllabus for Prelims Paper 1 (GS-1)

  • Current events of national and international importance
  • History of India and The 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.
  • General Science
  • Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity, and Climate Change

IPS Syllabus for Prelims Paper 2 (CSAT/GS-2)

  • 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) and data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency, etc. – Class X level)

IPS Syllabus for Mains

Candidates who clear the prelims of the IPS Exam will be eligible to appear for the IPS Mains exam. The main goal of this exam is to analyze the candidate's academic expertise, and the ability to present his/her knowledge. The IPS Mains exam is a crucial phase of the IPS selection process so the candidates need to know the IPS Syllabus for Mains properly to start their preparation.

  • Paper-A- Indian Language
  • Paper-B- English
  • Paper 1- Essay
  • Paper 2- General Studies- I (Indian Heritage & Culture, History & Geography of the World & Society)
  • Paper 3- General Studies – II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice & International Relations)
  • Paper 4- General Studies – III (Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Security & Disaster Management)
  • Paper 5- General Studies – IV (Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude)
  • Paper 6- Optional Subject- Paper I
  • Paper 7 - Optional Subject- Paper 2

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