Government mulls "limited" competitive examination to recruit more IPS
Concerned by the acute shortage of IPS officers at a time of mounting
challenges on the internal security front, the home ministry is mulling the
option of a holding "limited" competitive examination exclusively to recruit IPS
officers -- a route that was taken immediately after Independence to fill huge
vacancies that had accumulated through the War years and because of the
departure of British cops to UK and Muslim cops to Pakistan.
The examination will be open only for existing government servants -- mainly
from armed services, paramilitary and state police forces -- and will be held
for the specific purpose of recruiting nearly 650 IPS officers.
Special secretary (internal security) in the home ministry, U K Bansal,
confirmed the move. "It is still at a preliminary stage of discussion. Once
finalised, the proposal will go to the Cabinet for approval," he told TOI.
There are currently 196 vacancies, while government has estimated that it will
need an additional 450 officers to tackle threats from terrorists, Left
extremists as well as criminal syndicates that, helped among other things by
lack of adequate police personnel of all ranks, have proliferated across the
Bansal said Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) would conduct the separate
examination. It would, however, not affect recruitment of IPS officers through
the annual Civil Services Examination (CSE), he added. ..