why IAS over IPS?

why IAS over IPS?

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What are the benefits of IAS over IPS? Detailed analysis and comparison of advantages for UPSC civil service aspirants. If you choose IAS over IPS, you will get the following advantages in your life.


1: Faster Promotion

The IAS officers get the fastest promotion in India. A typical IAS officer gets 2-4 years of advantage in terms of promotion as compared to IPS. IPS officers also get lower salary for the same rank (upto IG rank) after the first Time Scale (on fourth year of service).

2: Variety of Job

An IAS officer can be posted virtually in any department and government organisation while IPS officers can be posted only in police department. Thus you don’t get as much variety of jobs in IPS as in IAS.

3: Social Prestige

An IAS officer has higher social recognition than an IPS office in corresponding position. A DM is the first citizen of the District and he is considered superior to an SP. A DM can be several batch junior to the SP and yet he has more say in running the district.


4: Peace of Life

The life of an IPS officer is very tough as compared to an IAS officer. Most crimes take place in night and in remote places. An IPS officer as SP has to be on work almost entire night patrolling his district without getting any compensatory off in the day. They have to work also on all the weekends. It is difficult to have peace of mind, if you are dealing with criminals all the time. Your family life is also affected as you make so many enemies in your job.

5: Effective Work at Higher Level

The most important assignment of IPS officer is SP of a district or commissioner of police. In the earlier times, the SP used to report to the DIG who used to report to IG who was the head of state police. Now you have hundreds of IGs, ADGs and DG level posts in a state. I was told that there are around 58 ADG rank posts in MP alone. The numbers of districts and police stations have not gone up substantially. Hence, you would find the senior officers of IPS cadre feeling neglected as they don’t have much to do. An IAS officer heads a department in Centre and State government at senior level and hence doing important work throughout his career.

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6: Domination

The entire bureaucracy in Central and State Government is dominated by IAS officer. An IPS officer has to report to an IAS officer most of the time. IAS officers head all ministries and department while IPS officer head their own police department only. Even the DG reports​ to the Home Secretary who is an IAS officer.

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What is Indian Administrative Service (IAS)?

IAS is Indian Administrative Service also called Civil Services Examination and is one of the toughest competitive exams in India conducted by Union Public Service Commission(UPSC) for the recruitment of officers for the All India Administrative civil service including IAS,IPS,IFS,IRS and much more.

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IAS Prelims Exam Pattern:

1Paper – I : General Studies DECIDING PAPER2 Hours100200 Marks
2Paper – II : General Studies (CSAT)33 % for qualifying2 Hours80200 Marks
TOTAL100200 Marks

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IAS MAINS Exam Pattern:

Sl. No.PaperName of the PaperNature of the PaperDuration Marks
1Paper – ACompulsory Indian LanguageQUALIFYING NATURE3 Hours300 Marks
2Paper – BEnglish3 Hours300 Marks
4Paper – IIGENERAL STUDIES I3 Hours250 Marks
5Paper – IIIGENERAL STUDIES II3 Hours250 Marks
6Paper – IVGENERAL STUDIES III3 Hours250 Marks
7Paper – VGENERAL STUDIES IV3 Hours250 Marks
8Paper – VIOPTIONAL PAPER I3 Hours250 Marks
9Paper – VIIOPTIONAL PAPER II3 Hours250 Marks
TOTAL1750 Marks

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Eligibility Criteria for IAS


  1. Candidate must be a citizen of India.
  2. Candidate must be a citizen of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan
  3. Candidate must be a Tibetan Refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 to be settled permanently in India.
  4. Candidate must be person of Indian Origin who has migrated from Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zaire, or Zambia with an intention of permanently settling in India.

Educational qualification for IAS

The educational qualification needed to appear in UPSC CSE is a degree (graduation) in any subject. Final year students can also apply. or in detailed words as per upsc standard;

  • Candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree from any of the recognized universities.
  • Candidates who have appeared for the qualifying examination and are awaiting results or those who are yet to appear for the qualifying examination are also eligible for the Preliminary Examination.Such candidates have to produce proof of passing the said examination along with the application for the Main Examination.
  • Candidates with professional and technical qualifications recognized by the Government or its equivalent are also eligible to apply.
  • Candidates who have passed the final year of MBBS or any Medical Examination but are yet to complete the internship can also appear for the Main Examination.However, they must submit a certificate from the concerned University that they have passed the final professional medical examination.

Beyond these,following are also allowed.

  •  A degree or an equivalent qualification from any Deemed University under the UGC Act, 1956
  •  A degree through correspondence or distance education
  • A degree from an open university
  • A qualification equivalent to one of the above which is recognized by the Government of India

IAS Exam Age Limits

The minimum age to appear for UPSC Civil Services Exam is 21 years. Upper age limit for General category is 32 years, for OBC it is 35 years while for SC/ST it is 37 years

or in other words,

  1. Upper age limit for General category: 32 years.
  2. Upper age limit for OBC: 35 years.
  3. Upper age limit for SC/ST: 37 Years.
  4. Upper age limit for Citizens of Jammu and Kashmir: 37 years.
  5. Upper age limit for Defense Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof: 35 years.
  6. Upper age limit for Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service: 37 years.
  7. Upper age limit for blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons (general category): 42 years

Number of Attempts for UPSC Civil Services Exam?

  1. The number of attempts for IAS exam: General Category: 6 attempts till 32 years of age.
  2. The number of attempts for IAS exam: OBC: 9 attempts till 35 years of age.
  3. The number of attempts for IAS exam: SC/ST: unlimited attempts till 37 years of age.

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