How Are IPS Officers Promoted? What Is The Best Age To Qualify UPSC Civil Services To Become DGP?

Indian Police Services, IPS Officers are appointed through the UPSC Civil Services Exam and are part of both Union and State Government. Check IPS promotion stages and ranks and what is the correct age to qualify UPSC CSE to reach the post of DGP. 

UPSC: Indian Police Services Promotion and Ranks
UPSC: Indian Police Services Promotion and Ranks

UPSC Civil Services exam is conducted every year to recruit candidates for four major jobs of Indian Administration- IAS, IPS, IRS, IFS.  IPS are the most sought after services after IAS in the country.  Check the rank and promotion insignia of IPS in India.  Check the promotion criteria and the highest promotions possible in case you get selected in Indian Police Services and how quickly you need to qualify for the exam so that you reach the highest post in Police Services below. 

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Indian Police Services (IPS) Promotion Stages & Chances:

IPS are selected through UPSC Civil Services and work under Indian Administration in All India Services. These services had replaced Indian Imperial Police in 1948. 

These services along with IAS and Indian Forest Services  (IFS) are the All India Services. The officers are thus appointed by the Indian Union and States both. 

The lowest rank at which an IPS officer is selected or he/she enters the services is of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) which is then promoted to Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP). The pay scale of both these services has very few differences. DSP is pay level 10 and ASP is ‘pay level 11’. When an IPS is appointed in Delhi, he/she may get the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police or Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police. 

The highest rank an IPS officer would get in a state would be of the Director General Of Police (DGP). The DGP is the head of the State Police Forces. On a similar pay scale, the promotion of any IPS as compared to other services in the Government of India would be of the Director of Intelligence Bureau or Secretary in the Cabinet. The equivalence would be the same. 

The pay scale is of level 17 at this position and the pay would be almost INR 225000. 

Take a look at the table below to understand the rankings of any IPS Officer in India from higher to lower levels. 


Pay Scale and Salary

Post in a State

Post in Center or when on Deputation

Pay Level 17 (INR 225000)

Director general of police (Head of State Police Forces)

Special director in IB

Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)

Director-General of National Investigation Agency (NIA)

Commissioner of Police of Delhi

Director-General of a Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF)

Pay Scale 16 (INR 205,400- 224,400)

Director-General of Police

Special Director General in CAPFs

Special Secretary (Internal Security), Ministry of Home Affairs

Special Secretary in Research and Analysis Wing

Special Director in IB

Special Director in CBI

Director of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA)

Director-General ofBureau of Police Research and Development

Director-General ofNarcotics Control Bureau

Pay Scale 15 (INR 182,200-224,100)

Additional General of Police

Director of National Crime Records Bureau

Director, Special Protection Group

Special Commissioner of Police in Delhi

Commissioner of Police (City Police Commissionerate)

Additional Director General in NIA

Additional Director in IB

Additional Director in CBI

Additional Director General in CAPFs.

Pay Scale 14 (INR 144,200 - 218,200)

Inspector-General of Police

Joint Commissioner, city police, in Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra

Additional Commissioner, city police, in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka

Commissioner of police (city police commissioner)

Inspector General in CAPFs

Inspector General in NIA

Joint Director in IB

Joint Director in CBI

Joint Director in SVPNPA.

Pay Scale 13A (INR 131,100-216,600)

Deputy Inspector General of Police

Additional Commissioner, city police, in Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan

Joint Commissioner, city police, in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Haryana

Commissioner of police (city police commissioner)

Deputy inspector general in CAPFs

Deputy inspector general in NIA

Deputy Director in IB

Deputy Inspector General in CBI

Deputy Director in SVPNPA.

Pay Level 13 (118,500- 214,100)

Superintendent of Police

Deputy Commissioner of Police in Delhi

Pay Level 12 (INR 78,800-191,500)

Superintendent of Police

Deputy Commissioner of Police in Delhi

Pay Level 11 (INR 67,700- 160,000)

Additional Superintendent of Police

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police in Delhi

Pay Level 10 ( INR 56,100-132,000)

Deputy Superintendent of Police

Additional Commissioner of Police in Delhi

Generally, IPS officers in IB and CBI etc are on deputation but it is a mandatory practice followed by the agencies of the Government of India to appoint the highest-ranking IPS Officers as their heads. 

What is the best age to qualify UPSC CSE to get to the highest IPS rank?

UPSC Exams can be attempted from the age of 21 in the country as per its rules. The candidates who get selected in their first or second attempt which means by the age of 25 years have the highest chances of getting the highest ranks on being promoted. It is said that 30 years of service is required for any IPS Officer along with an exemplary service record to reach the level of DGP or in Central Government as Special Director of IB or CBI or as a Cabinet Secretary. 

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