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Eligibility criteria for the IPS exam

What are the eligibility criteria for Indian Police Service (IPS) ?

The eligibility criteria for the IPS exam are the same like other civil services but there are some physical criteria prescribed for the IPS officers. Once the candidate clears the civil services final exam and gets allotment to the IPS as per his rank, he has to go through the specified physical tests to make him/her eligible for service as a police officer. Some of the special physical requirements for IPS are listed below. They are also subject to change as per UPSC notifications.

1) A minimum height of 165 cm for men and 150 cm for women (the minimum height is relaxable to 160 and 145 cm for men and women respectively in the case of candidates belonging to ST and to races such as Gorkhas, Garhwalias, Assamese, Kumaonis, Nagaland Tribals, etc.)


2) The minimum chest girth fully expanded: 84 cm for men and 79 cm for women, expansion of 5 cm for both men and women.


3) The total amount of Myopia (including the cylinder) should not exceed minus 4.00 D and the total amount of Hypermetropia (including the cylinder) should not exceed plus 4.00 D. The presence of Squint is a disqualification.


4) The Distant vision for better eye(Corrected Vision) should be 6/6 or 6/9 and for the worse eye(Uncorrected Vision) should be 6/12 or 6/9 and near vision should be J1 and J2 respectively.


5) Spectacles are permitted


6) High grade colour vision is required and Binocular vision is needed.

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