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Everything You Need to Know About the UPSC IPS Prelims Exam

UPSC IPS Prelims Exam

One of the three All India Services is the Indian Police Service (IPS). Candidates are shortlisted based on their final UPSC scores for the IPS Exam, which is part of the civil service exam.

Every year, the UPSC organizes the Civil Services Exam, which attracts over 5-8 lakh candidates across India. Officers for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS), Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA&AS), and other prestigious services are recruited using the same exam.

The IPS exam or the UPSC Civil Services exam is held in three stages i.e., Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam, Civil Services (Main) Exam and Personality Test/Interview.

On that note, let’s discuss a few important details you need to know if you wish to become an IPS officer and you are appearing for the upcoming civil services exam.

Duties and Responsibility of an IPS Officer

  • To perform duties based on border responsibilities in the areas of public peace and order, crime prevention, investigation, and detection, intelligence gathering, VIP security, counter-terrorism, railway policing, working to prevent smuggling, drug trafficking, economic crimes, and corruption, disaster management, enforcement of socio-economic legislation, bio-diversity, and defending of environmental laws and others.

  • Leads and commands the Indian Intelligence Agencies like R&AW, CBI, IB and others.

  • Leading the Central Armed Police Force (CRPF) and maintaining constant contact with them.

  • Interact with and cooperate with the Indian Revenue Service (IRS), as well as the Indian Armed Forces, particularly the Indian Army.

Eligibility Criteria of UPSC IPS 2022

In order to become an IPS officer in India, candidates must meet the stringent ips eligibility criteria set by the UPSC.


  • The candidate must be an Indian citizen.

Age Criteria 

  • The applicant will only be allowed to sit for the exam if he/she is at least 21 years old.

  • Depending on the category and baseline physical disability, the maximum age varies.

Minimum Educational Qualification 

  •  A bachelor’s degree from a recognized university by the government of India is required.

Number of Attempts

  • 6 attempts in the EWS category and 6 attempts in the general category (More for other categories)

Note: Candidates applying in the EWS category must check out the latest UPSC CSE exam notification containing ews certificate reservation eligibility details.

UPSC IPS Exam Pattern

The purpose of the exam is to evaluate the candidates’ overall intellectual qualities as well as their level of academic knowledge and general awareness.

The UPSC Civil Services Exam 2022 will be divided into two parts: preliminary and main examinations, followed by an interview.

UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam Pattern 

General Studies and Civil Services Aptitude Test are the two papers that make up the IAS Preliminary Exam (CSAT). Both question papers will be objective in nature (multiple choice questions).

The exam will take two hours to complete. Exam-2 (CSAT) is a qualifying paper in the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, with a minimum qualifying grade of 33%. The Prelims consists of two 200-point papers. Both Hindi and English will be used in the question papers. 

Questions about English Language Comprehension skills, on the other hand, would only be answered in English. Candidates who are blind will be given an additional 20 minutes for each paper.

Candidates who pass the preliminary exam are invited to take the main exam, and based on their performance in the main exam, they will be invited to an interview. The final result is calculated by adding the total marks from the Main exam and the interview.

UPSC IPS Prelims Exam Syllabus

IPS Prelims Syllabus For General Studies (Paper 1)  

  • Important national and international events.

  • India’s history and the Indian National Movement

  • Geography of India and the World. Socio-economic as well as physical aspects of India.

  • Constitution, Political System, Local Self Government, Public Policy, Rights Issues, and Other Aspects of Indian Politics and Governance.

  • Environmental ecology, biodiversity, and climate change are examples of broad topics that do not require subject specialization.

  • General Science.

IPS Prelims Syllabus For General Studies (Paper 2) 

  • Comprehension Communication skills.

  • Ability to reason logically and analyze situations.

  • Problem-solving and decision-making.

  • Mental aptitude in general.

  • Basic quantitative aptitude.

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