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The Police force in any country is entrusted with the responsibility of maintenance of public order and prevention and detection of crimes. A career in Police or Law Enforcement Service holds huge prospects for courageous and dedicated candidates. The constant increase in crime rates, and the resulting security conscious society, has increased the demand for police jobs in India and across the world. It has opened a lot of opportunities for those who are ready to serve the country as police force. IPS is the premier and apex police service of the country. The Indian Police Service (IPS) is one of the three All India Services. The other two are the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Forest Service (IFS). The Indian Police Service (IPS) was formed in the year of 1948 under the cadre Ministry of Home Affairs. There are two ways of getting into IPS (i) passing Civil Service Exam (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, and within 4 to 5 years one can expect to be the Superintendent of Police or Deputy Commissioner of Police. IPS Officers, in due course of service may expect to rise to the levels of Director General of Police in a State or DG of any other Central para-military force. Entry into IPS is through the All-India Civil Services Examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission. 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 Forceheaded by a Director General of Police (DGP). The recruitment to SPS is also on the same pattern 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. However, in case of Union Territory, recruitment to SPS is also made by Union Public Service Commission through the Civil Services Examination as one of the Group-B Services. The candidates selected for the State Police Service (SPS) are usually posted as Deputy Superintendents of Police (Deputy SP) or Asstt. Commissioner of Police (ACP). On prescribed satisfactory service in the SPS, the officers are nominated to the IPS. Almost all the States have Subordinate Police Services under which recruitment is made to the posts of Asst. Sub-Inspector (ASI), Sub-Inspector (SI) and Inspectors of Police. In addition to the regular police force, Indian Police Service has various para-military forces or central organisations like the Border Security Force (BSF), the Central Bureau of Investigation, Indo-Tibetan Border force, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), National Security Guards, Railway Protection Force (RPF) etc. Eligibility To start career in police as Group A and Group B officer i.e gazetted officer jobs one must clear Indian Police Services (IPS) exam that is conducted once in every year. This written and interview exam for the recruitment of Group A and Group B officers in police is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). For this, candidates must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on the 1st August of the year in which examination is being held. For various State Service posts, appointment is through State Public Service Commission. For appointment as constable, candidate must be 10+2 pass and he or she will then have to clear the written test that is of Matriculation standard and contains questions related to General Knowledge. A constable who has 5 years of working experience, is promoted as Head Constable after clearing the respective test. The Head Constables are then promoted as Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police. To become a Sub Inspector, an officer must have experience of four years as ASI. Direct recruit to ASI must have five years of working experience in police jobs in India to get promoted to the post of Sub-Inspector. Personal attributes This is really a tough and competitive field. For police service jobs, the candidate must be physically fit and to check this, a rigorous physical test is conducted along with written exam. A perfect candidate for this job is one who is self-disciplined, and is mentally and physically fit. He/she must be sincere and dedicated to serve the nation. The candidates must be self confident and react quickly to take timely action. Those in this field must be courageous and able to work as part of a team for which leadership qualities are a must.

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