UPSC will soon be holding special examinations for CPOs, CPFs and IPS
The UPSC will soon be holding special examinations for young officers in
Central Police Organisations (CPOs), Central Paramilitary Forces (CPFs) and
state police forces to induct them into the elite Indian Police Service (IPS).
The Union home ministry, which was working on a proposal to plug the acute
shortfall of IPS officers in the country, has firmed up its scheme and is
holding consultations with the UPSC to implement the move.
Two attempts to crack the IPS examination will be given to officers recruited as
deputy superintendents of police in the states and as assistant commandants in
the five CPOs, according to the scheme. Such examinations will be held once a
year for at least seven years with the aim of getting nearly 70 IPS officers
each year. The officers who make it will be kept on probation for one year.
Their service in the CPOs or state police forces will be terminated only when
they are confirmed in the IPS.
The eligibility criteria to sit for the examination demands that the police
officer should not be more than 35 years of age and should have at least five
years of continuous service experience. “Since it will be a competitive
examination, the selection will be according to merit. The fixing of seniority
and year of allotment to the IPS will be based on their experience,” a
government official said. The CPOs and CPFs covered under the scheme are the
CRPF, BSF, ITBP, CISF and the SSB.