The total emoluments of an IPS officer was become very lucrative after the sixth pay commission came into effect in 2008. An entry level officer or IPS probationer gets approximately 70,703 INR per month by January 2016. ASPs, SPs, and ACPs draw a salary of roughly 1,09,203 INR per month. DIGs, IGs, and DGPs draw around 2,12,650 INR per month. Apart from the salary, an IPS officer also enjoys specific privileges according to his or her posting. The IPS salary grades have been fixed by the Indian Government that is upgraded every time a new pay commission is constituted.

With 7th Pay Panel award takes effect in the IPS Officer salary and allowances, there will be proportionate increases in their salaries with effect from January 1, 2016. This effect is going to reflect in their salaries from August 2016. The current IPS Officer pay scales and proposed designations have been presented in the following table:-

IPS Officer Salary Scales

Designation or Rank in State Police/ Central Police Force Analogous Position in Delhi Police 6th Pay Comm. Pay Scale 7th Pay Comm. Pay Scale (Entry Pay)
Director General of Police Commissioner of Police (name of the state) 80,000 INR (consolidated) no grade pay Rs.2,25,000.00
Additional Director General of Police Special Commissioner of Police 37,400-67,000 INR along with grade pay of 12,000 INR Rs.2,05,400.00
Inspector General of Police Joint Commissioner of Police 37,400-67,000 INR along with grade pay of 10,000 INR Rs.1,44,200.00
Deputy Inspector General of Police Additional Commissioner of Police 37,400-67,000 INR along with grade pay of 8,900 INR Rs.1,31,100.00
Senior Superintendent of Police Deputy Commissioner of Police 15,600-39,100 INR along with grade pay of 8,700 INR Rs.1,18,500.00
Superintendent of Police Deputy Commissioner of Police 15,600-39,000 INR along with grade pay of 7,600 INR Rs.78,800.00
Additional Superintendent of Police Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police 15,600-39,000 INR along with grade pay of 6,600 INR Rs.67,700.00
Deputy Superintendent of Police Assistant Commissioner of Police 15,600-39,100 INR along with grade pay of 5,400 INR Rs.56,100.00

It should be noted that the above pay scales are just rough approximates of the actual figures. The pay scales vary according to the division or sub-division of services. It often happens that personnel with same designations of a particular branch or sub-division draws different salaries depending upon the area where one is posted and the duties he or she is required to discharge. IPS officers’ salary, along with allowances like CCA (city compensatory allowance), DA (dearness allowance), subsidized accommodation, LTA (leave travel allowance), medical and life insurance benefits is one of the best remunerations paid for a government job.

IPS Officer – a Mesmerising Title for the Brave & Brilliant

‘IPS Officer’  is one of the most powerful job titles in civil services for enthusiastic youth who has been dreaming of serving the nation wholeheartedly and willingly. This description is about the job profile & salary of IPS officers in India. They earn one of the best salary packages in government along with some great fringe benefits. Scroll down to know more about their salary pay scale at different level of ranks.
The ‘Indian Police Service’ better known as IPS, constitutes one of the main three civil services of the Indian Government. The IPS was constituted in 1948. The ministry of home affairs is the authority entrusted to control the cadre of IPS officers. The present cadre size of IPS officers is roughly about 4730 as per the data of 2011. A candidate who qualifies to become an IPS officer has to undergo rigorous training at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad(A.P). However, there are about three lakh candidates who compete for every vacancy that comes in IPS. Therefore, making to the IPS is undoubtedly a phenomenal achievement.

However, one has to groom oneself immaculately to become eligible for this reputed position. That in essence implies that one needs to toil diligently with single-minded devotion for nothing less than a couple of years to successfully sail through a series of written exams and interviews. These trials are conducted for over a year and ones mettle and ability to serve in one of the prestigious establishment of India is tested.

The Job Profile and Prospects of an IPS Officer

An IPS officer is primarily responsible for maintaining law and order, averting and dealing with accidents, nabbing notorious criminals, and managing traffic. Apart from these normal duties, the officer is also responsible for checking drug trafficking, human trafficking, smuggling, maintaining border security, railway policing, allaying and preventing terrorism, and keeping a watch on cyber crimes.
IPS officers are also known to head strategic intelligence agencies like CBI, IB and RAW and paramilitary forces like CRPF, ITBP, BSF, Assam Rifles, etc. An IPS starts his or her career as a probationary officer serving a state government as an ASP and gradually works his way up to become the DGP of the police force of that state

IPS Officers Recruitment & Training

IPS officers have three ways to get recruited, those are:

  • Civil service examination conducting by UPSC
  • Limited competitive examination conducted by UPSC
  • If state police promotes his existing policemen

After recruitment, they have probationary training in police academy at Hyderabad and Mussorie. Thereafter academic training, they are eligible for joining Indian police services.

IPS Ranks / Cadres

Selected candidates are allocated according to ranks and availability of vacancies in the category for which they are recruited. Each Indian state have only one cadre except three cadre of Northeast. About 65%of the cadre are directly appointed for IPS officers and rests are promoted from respective state cadre officers .

Designation according to the ranks are:

  • Superintendent of Police (SP) with time scale of Junior Scale, Senior scale, Junior Administrative scale, Selection Grade.
  • Deputy Inspector General (DIG) with only super time scale.
  • Inspector General (IG) with only super time scale.
  • Additional Director General (ADG) with only above super time scale.
  • Director General of Police (DG) with above super time scale