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.
Indian Police Service Limited Competitive Exam Eligibility
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.
The candidate must not have attained the age of 35 years on the 1st August, 2013 i.e. he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1978. However, the upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable upto 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.
Indian Police Service Limited Competitive Exam Syllabus
Syllabus of Part A
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 specialization
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
Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. — Class X level)
English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).
Note: Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level (last item in the Syllabus of Paper-II) will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.
Syllabus of Part B
English-l This will be a qualifying test only of Matriculation or equivalent standard.
The pattern of questions would be broadly as follows (indicative only):
Comprehension of given passages;
Usage and Vocabulary;
Note: Answer to all questions in this Paper will have to be attempted in English only.
Candidates will be required to write two Essays. One topic will pertain to Indian Society/ politics/ Economy/Development, Growth and related aspects. The other topic will pertain to security and related matters. Candidates will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion, and to write concisely. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.
The questions will be such as to test a candidate’s awareness of a variety of subjects and are likely to test the candidate’s basic understanding of all relevant issues, and ability to analyze, and take a view on conflicting socio-economic goals, objectives and demands. The candidates must give relevant, meaningful and succinct answers.
Note: This paper can be answered by the Candidates either in English or in Hindi. Attempting answers in any other language or use of ‘mixed’ language (i.e. partly in English and partly in Hindi) is not permissible.
a. A brief idea about History and Geography of India.
b. Constitution of India and Indian Polity: This part will include questions on the Constitution of India, as well as all Constitutional, legal, administrative and other issues emerging from the politico administrative system prevalent in the country.
c. Current National Issues and Topics of Social Relevance: This part is intended to test the Candidate’s awareness of current National issues and topics of social relevance in the present-day India, such as the following:
The Indian economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources,growth, development and employment.
Issues arising from the social and economic exclusion of large sections from the benefits of development.
Other issues relating to the development and management of human resource.
Health issues including the management of Public Health, Health education and ethical concerns regarding health-care.
Law enforcement, internal security and related issues such as the preservation of communal harmony.
Issues relating to good governance and accountability to the citizens including the maintenance of human rights, and of probity in public life.
Environmental issues, ecological preservation, conservation of natural resources and national heritage.
d. India’s diversity, unity amidst diversity and pluralism as a part of the functioning of Indian Society. Conflicts due to political, economic, social and cultural reasons. Conflict resolution.
e. Democratic rights and privileges of citizens. Emerging social changes/trends relevant to governance.
f. National Security: Structure and functions of Defence Forces, Para Military Forces and Police. Origin, growth and dimensions of fundamentalism, militancy and terrorism. Local, regional, national and international dimensions of organized crime and terrorism; and efforts at countering them. “White-collar” and cyber crime, money laundering and tax-havens. Technology in crime detection, prevention and investigation, including forensics. Weapons and weapons training that a uniformed officer should be aware of. Food security, energy security, water security, Technological self-reliance as a part of security objectives, Disaster Management Including natural and man made disasters.
g. Statistical Analysis, graph and diagrams : This part will test the candidate’s ability to draw conclusions from information presented in Statistical, graphical or diagrammatical form and to interpret them.
Indian Police Service Limited Competitive Exam Pattern
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.
English Descriptive Type
Essay Descriptive Type
General Descriptive Type
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.
How to apply for Indian Police Service Limited Competitive Exam?
Aspiring candidates can apply Online only by using the website http://www.upsconline.nic.in.
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. The printed copy of the Online Application Form with necessary certification done by the appropriate authority must reach
The Secretary, Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi – 110069 on or before Last dates.
The envelope containing the application should be superscribed “Application for Indian Police Service Limited Competitive Examination, 2012”. Application can also be delivered at Union Public Service Commission counter by hand. The Commission will not be responsible for the applications delivered to any other functionary of the Commission.
Indian Police Service Limited Competitive Examination Test Centres:
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.
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Indian Police Service Limited Competitive Examination 2014 Important Dates
Date of Notification
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