IPS Syllabus

IPS Syllabus 2021 | Eligibility Criteria

IPS Syllabus 2021 | Eligibility Criteria

Are you worried about the syllabus of the IPS Exam? Then take a deep dive into the article below to simplify your doubts about IPS, Eligibility criteria, and IPS syllabus.

About IPS 

Indian Police Service is one of the three all-India services among services such as Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Forest Service(IFS). Along with other civil service exams, the IPS exam is also conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The candidate aspiring to become an IPS officer must have to crack the IPS exam which is carried out in three stages. 

Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates willing to appear for the IPS exam must be eligible for the below criteria:

  • The Nationality of the candidate should be Indian / Subject of Nepal / Subject of Bhutan.
  • The candidate’s height should be 165cm – for men and 150cm – for women.
  • For ST candidates : men – 160cm, women – 145cm.
  • Candidates with myopic vision should not exceed – 4.00dioptre.
  • Candidates with hypermetropic vision should not exceed + 4.00 dioptre.
  • Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree from any recognized university or equivalent qualification.
  • Candidates’ age should be minimum of 21 years and a maximum of 32 years.
  • The general category students can attempt the IPS exam 6 times whereas OBC candidates for 9 years.
  • There are no limits for SC and ST candidates.

IPS Syllabus:

The syllabus for the IPS exam is as follows:

The examination of IPS is divided into three stages i.e Prelims, Mains, and the last Interview round.

IPS Syllabus for Prelims

Paper I (General Studies – I)

  • History of India
  • Current affairs are based on national and international events.
  • Geography includes the physical, and social geography of India and the world. 
  • Politics( about Indian constitution and political system of India and others)
  • Economics
  • Ecology

Paper-II (General Studies – II)

  • Comprehension
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Social skills or soft skills
  • Problem-solving and decision making
  • Mental ability
  • Basic problem-solving numerical of class 10th level.

Prelims Exam pattern:

  • Prelims exam consists of multiple-choice questions.
  • It consists of two papers each paper carries 200 marks.
  • The duration for respective exams is 2 hours each.
  • ⅓ marks are subtracted for every wrong answer.

KEYS MAT EXAM Questions / Marks
Paper-I2 hours100 / 200 marks
Paper-II2 hours80 / 200 marks
Total 4 hours 180 / 400 marks

Pattern and syllabus of Mains:

IPS Syllabus for Mains

1. Paper A – Modern Indian Languages

  • Candidate must select one of the languages listed below:
  • Assamese, Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, Bengali, Dogri, Kashmiri, Nepali, Malayalam, Punjabi, Hindi, Santali, Konkani, Oriya, Manipuri, Urdu, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Kannada, Tamil, Maithili, Bodo, etc.

2. Paper B – English

3. Paper I – Essay

4. Paper-II – General Studies

  • Social Issues
  • Culture of India and Heritage
  • Geography of India and World
  • History of World

5. Paper III – General Studies – II

  • Constitution
  • Politics
  • Governance
  • Social Equality and Justice

6. Paper-IV – General Studies – III

  • Technological Assets, Biodiversity, Environment

7. Paper V – General Studies – IV

  • Aptitude, Ethics, Integrity 

8. Paper VI 

  •  Based on the optional subject below
  •  Anthropology, Chemistry, Botany, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science, Agriculture, Commerce and Accountancy, Economics, Geology, Law, History, Management, Medical Science, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science and International Relations, Public Administration, Philosophy, Statistics, Sociology, Zoology, Psychology, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering.

9. Paper VII 

  • Based on the optional subject selected

Pattern Mains:

Paper – AAnyone from modern Indian Languages300 
Paper – BEnglish300
Paper – IEssay
Paper – IIGeneral Studies-I250
Paper – IIIGeneral Studies-II250
Paper – IVGeneral Studies-III
Paper – VGeneral Studies-IV250
Paper – VIOptional Subject250
Paper – VIIOptional Subject
Personality Test


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