The Police force in any country is given the responsibility of maintenance of law and order, and prevention and uncovering of crimes. A career in Police and Security Services or Law Enforcement Service holds huge prospects for courageous and committed candidates. The constant increase in the crime rates in the society has increased the demand for police and security jobs in India and all around the world.
The Indian Police Service (IPS) is a premier and an apex police service of the country. It is one of the three All India Services. The other two are the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Forest Service (IFS). There are two ways of getting into IPS (i) by passing the Civil Service Exam or (ii) promotion from state cadre police service. A candidate recruited in the IPS has to undergo a tough schedule of training at the Police Academy. Entry into IPS is through the All-India Civil Services Examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
After IPS comes the State Police Service (SPS). Police is a state subject under the constitution of India, and every state and union territory has its own Police Force headed by a Director General of Police (DGP). The recruitment pattern for SPS is same as that for IPS. The only difference is that the recruitment of SPS officers is made by the State Public Service Commission concerned, through usually a combined competitive examination for State Civil Services. On outstanding service in the SPS, the officers are nominated to the IPS.