IPS, the Indian Police Service, is an all-India service that forms an integral part of the nation's bureaucracy. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Civil Services examinations to recruit IPS officers. This falls under part XIV of the Indian constitution. The IPS are entrusted with maintaining law and order in the country. Before independence, it was known by the name Imperial Police which changed to the Indian Police Service in 1948. Indian Police Service is considered the backbone of bureaucracy. IPS works under the Ministry of Home Affairs, and its training institute named Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel National Police Academy(SVPNPA) is situated in Hyderabad. In this article, let's learn about the IPS officer's salary, the job profile of an IPS officer and much more.
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Different pay bands have been decided for IAS and IPS officers, including junior scale, senior scale and super time scale.
What Is an IPS Officer's Salary and Facilities?
An IPS officer's salary starts from ₹56,100 (that does not consist of travelling allowance, dearness allowance and house rent allowance) that can go up to ₹2,25,000 per month. An Indian Police Service (IPS) officer begins his service with a standard salary of ₹56,000 and goes up to ₹2,25,000 at maximum with an increase in ranks and seniority.
An IPS officer's monthly salary is ₹64,000, out of which the officer receives a monthly in-hand compensation of ₹54,000 approximately.
In the new pay structure, the pay grades system for Civil Services has been removed, and its place has been taken by a new pay structure that is consolidated pay levels. Now the IPS pay scale is decided solely on the basic pay along with Travelling Allowance (TA), Dearness Allowance (DA) and House Rent Allowance (HRA). The entry salary of IPS officers does not change, and it remains the same. Still, with the promotions as the seniority and ranks increase, an IPS is entitled to receive the increased salary of that particular position.
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What Is an IPS Officer's Salary During Training?
An IPS start receiving a salary right from the training days. According to the recommendations of the 7th pay commission, the total salary of an IPS officer during the training days as per the 10th level of pay structure is approximately ₹55,000 or a little above. The salary is different in different states. The salary of an IPS officer has increased considerably after the recommendations of the 7th pay commission were accepted.
The Job Profile of an IPS Officer
An Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), when newly enlisted, has the following responsibilities to keep in mind on his duty:
1. Keeping a check on the law and order management.
2. Arresting criminals.
3. Taking care of accidents.
As an IPS officer's salary is hefty, the officer is expected to check human and drug trafficking, smuggling costly goods, patrol railways, sustain border security and fend off terrorism and cybercrimes.
An IPS officer has recruitment avenues in varied sectors, including Central Armed Police Forces, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), etc.
The Comparison of IPS Officer Salary with IAS Salary
The salary of both IPS and IAS officers starts from ₹56,100, but the maximum salary of an IPS officer is only ₹22,500, while the maximum salary of an IAS is ₹25,000. If analysed to see its maximum level, an IPS officer's salary is slightly lower than that of an IAS officer because of both the roles and responsibilities. The roles and responsibilities of an IAS are very diverse and immense.
The Promotions and Career Growth and Salary of an IPS Officer
A newly recruited IPS officer starts his career as an Assistant Superintendent of Police and may be promoted up to Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Police, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Joint Commissioner of Police, Special Commissioner of Police and Commissioner of Police. After Assistant Deputy Commissioner, an IPS is promoted to the rank of Superintendent of Police, the role of an SP is to oversee the police's financial collection department. An IPS officer's salary also varies according to their posts and promotions.
What Are IPS Roles and Responsibilities?
The Indian Police Service officer is responsible for steering the civil and criminal incidents management in the country, which also includes local and regional police administration. An IPS officer is supposed to take care of all the duties mentioned above and execute the desired policies accordingly. An IPS officer's prime role and responsibility are to take care of the safety and security of the people within their alloted area. IPS officers work in close collaboration with IAS officers to maintain the law and order management in the district. Some of the essential duties of an IPS officer are keeping a check on criminal incidents, preventing accidents, lodging FIR, providing security for cash transportation and providing permission for loudspeakers, rallies, political/religious functions etc.
1. Maintaining Law and Order
IPS officers are expected to maintain peace and security in their respective districts. Also, IPS officers act as keystones in decision-making, which is related to law and order maintenance in the city or district alloted.
2. Security for VIPs
An IPS officer must provide adequate security to VIPs, specifically Prime Ministers and Chief Ministers.
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3. Disaster and Crisis Management
An IPS officer is supposed to effectively manage the crisis or disaster situation in their alloted region or district by marking out the prime cause of such an event and ensuring that people's safety and security are intact.
The IPS officer should make sure that all the laws and regulations should be adhered to at the regional level in the district alloted to him. For example, any related environmental rules, health pointers or traffic guidelines, etc. They also should try and spread awareness amongst people regarding various laws and policies. The local police, too, should be in action all the time for the effective implementation of such laws and regulations. During the probation period, the grade pay of IPS is ₹5400. As he climbs the rungs of seniority with time, his grade pay rises to ₹6600. After serving nine years, an IPS is promoted to junior administrative grade, where his grade pay becomes ₹7600. Then comes selection grade where grade pay becomes ₹8700, after which promotions are given in super time scale, senior administrative grade and higher administrative grade where the grade is ₹8900,₹10,000 and ₹1,2000 respectively.
An IPS officer is also provided with an efficient team of staff members. The staff panel includes a driver, security guard, house help etc. Medical facilities provided include the facility of getting treatment anywhere. This treatment cost is at times partially or fully reimbursed. The electricity and phone bills are also returned from the government's end. The highest level of post an IPS officer gets is DGP or Commissioner of Police. Then he becomes head of the state police.
Other than the salary, IPS officers are also entitled to various governmental perks and provisions. However, the IPS officer's salary should not be the prime motivation behind taking the UPSC exam. With the designation of IPS comes many responsibilities. IPS officers are tasked with maintaining public order and peace. They lead the state police, central forces and various agencies like CBI and IB and even assist disaster management efforts.
Thus, keeping in mind all the above facts, it can be concluded that an IPS officer's salary provides strength to their motto to provide pure service to the nation.
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