The Indian Police Service [IPS] is primarily concerned with
maintenance of Law and Order in the country. This is the premier uniformed civil
service in the country. An I.P.S officer works for both the Central and State
Governments. He serves the State Government in various capacities ranging from
Assistant Superintendent of Police at the beginning of his career to the
Director General of Police (who is the head of the police force in his state) at
the stage of retirement. He can also serve the Central Government in various
organizations like the Central Reserve Police Force, Border Security Force,
Central Bureau of Investigation, Intelligence Bureau, Research and Analysis Wing
(RAW) etc.
The IPS (Indian Police Service) is responsible for public safety and
security. The IPS mainly takes care of law and order, which, at the district
level, is a responsibility shared with the IAS ; crime prevention and detection
; and traffic control and accident prevention and management. In order to fulfil
these functions with greater efficiency, this service is divided into various
functional departments, including : " Crime Branch, " Criminal Investigation
Department (CID), " Home Guards, " Traffic Bureau.
With changing times however, more and more IPS officers are serving in
departments and areas that used to exclusively be the forte of IAS officers,
just as the IAS officers now at times head departments like vigilance which were
exclusively given to IPS officers. This widening of opportunities and exposure
has made the IPS even more attractive.
Again being an 'All India Service', it follows the Cadre system. In this
system officers are allotted to various state cadres and your service is
allotted to that state. So for all practical purposes you belong to that state
service and may be deputed elsewhere but you'll always be recognized by your
parent cadre. These systems though very usefull tends to positively and
negatively affect careers. The cadre system is allotted on a basis of lottery
and the toppers of each state may get a chance to get their home states if they
have opted for such a preference.
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