What is the full form of IPS?

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    • Indian Police Service is one of the three All India Services along with IAS (full form of IAS) and IFS (full form of IFS) under the Government of India. It was preceded by Imperial Police Service and came into its present form in the year 1948. The selection to IPS is through an examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

      Thanks to our readers Ms. Shruti and Ms. Sakshi for starting a discussion on IPS: I am presenting some additional details provided by Ms. Sakshi here verbatim:

      IPS is not a force by itself but is a service that provides officers to state police and the Central Armed Police Forces or CAPF. That means a candidates who opts for IPS after qualifying the Civil Services Examinations may join either of the following:

      1. State Police Force

      2. Central Armed Police Force (CAPF), which consists of

      a. Border Security Force (BSF)

      b. Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)

      c. Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)

      d. Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)

      e. National Security Guards (NSG)

      f. Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)

      Alternatively the cadets of IPS also end up leading and commanding the Indian Intelligence Agencies, which are; Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), Intelligence Bureau (IB), Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI), Criminal Investigation Department (CID) etc.

      These are some of the few options that are open to a person joining IPS. The possibilities are limitless. An IPS candidate can also serve at head of the departments in policy making in the Ministries and Departments of Central and State Governments and public sector undertakings both at centre and states, Government of India.

      For more full form of IPS you may mention them in the comment section below. Like Ms. Shruti and Ms. Sakshi you may start your own discussion in the comment section.

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IPS is not a force by itself but is a service that provides officers to state police and the Central Armed Police Forces or CAPF. That means a candidates who opts for IPS after qualifying the Civil Services Examinations may join either of the following:
1. State Police Force
2. Central Armed Police Force (CAPF), which consists of
a. Border Security Force (BSF)
b. Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
c. Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)
d. Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)
e. National Security Guards (NSG)
f. Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
Alternatively the cadets of IPS also end up leading and commanding the Indian Intelligence Agencies, which are; Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), Intelligence Bureau (IB), Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI), Criminal Investigation Department (CID) etc.
These are some of the few options that are open to a person joining IPS. The possibilities are limitless. An IPS candidate can also serve at head of the departments in policy making in the Ministries and Departments of Central and State Governments and public sector undertakings both at centre and states, Government of India.

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