IPS Exam Syllabus 2023 Exam Pattern PDF

IPS Exam Syllabus

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Union Public Service Commission conducts the exam of Indian Police Service every year and hires talented candidates for the various posts. Every year thousands of candidates apply for this examination but only a few are selected.

In order to qualify for the examination, you must have to study hard. In order to prepare for the examination effectively and efficiently, candidates must have a proper exam pattern and syllabus. So candidates are suggested to check the IPS Exam Syllabus and exam pattern from this page and prepare for their examination efficiently. To get a complete syllabus, check the below section of this page

IPS Exam Syllabus Details

Organization Name Union Public Service Commission
Exam Name Indian Police Services (IPS)
Page Category   Exam Pattern and Syllabus
Status Available!

PAPER I (Indian Police Service IPS Syllabus):

Number of Marks- 200 marks

Paper Duration-2 hours (120 minutes)

Question Type- Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

Subjects included in PAPER I are:

Recent events taking place on a national and international level, are of great importance.
Indian History includes ancient, medieval, and modern, and especially the Indian National Movement.
Geographical aspects of India and also the world geography
The political existence of India and how Governance is made under the houses. It basically includes Indian Constitution how it was formulated, the Political system, Panchayat Raj- its importance in today’s India, Public policy, Rights to people, and many more.
Economic and Social Development of the Indian society also the social issues like Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector
Initiatives and how they cause an impact on the economic growth of the nation.
For an environmental study of its ecology, Bio-Diversity and Climate Changes
General science

PAPER-II (Indian Police Service IPS Syllabus):

Number of Marks- 200 marks

Paper Duration-2 hours (120 minutes)

Question Type- Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

Subjects included in PAPER I are:

Comprehension- passage writing
Questions relating to social skills as well as there are some questions relating to communication skills
Questions that require logical reasoning and analytical ability
Your skill of decision making and how you handle the problem will also be checked
Mental capacity
Class X level of Basic numeracy, normally it is numbers and their relations, the order of magnitude and like questions. And charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency, etc,
Comprehension of English language

PAPER III (Indian Police Service IPS Syllabus):

Number of Marks- 200 marks

Paper Duration-3 hours (180 minutes)

Question Type- Descriptive Test

The pattern of the question For PAPER -III: 

Précis writing
Usage and Vocabulary,
Comprehension of a given passage,
Paper is compulsory to be attempted in only English

PAPER IV (Indian Police Service IPS Syllabus):

Number of Marks- 300 marks

Paper Type- Essay writing

PAPER V (Indian Police Service IPS Syllabus):

Number of Marks- 200 marks

Paper Duration-3 hours (180 minutes)

Question Type- Descriptive Test

IPS Exam Syllabus

Preliminary Exam Syllabus:
The preliminary Exam covers two papers that are Paper 1 and Paper 2

Syllabus of Paper I-

Current events of national and international importance

History of India and Indian National Movement

Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World

Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc

Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc

General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity, and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization

General Science.

Syllabus for Paper II-


Interpersonal skills including communication skills;

Logical reasoning and analytical ability

Decision-making and problem-solving

General mental ability

Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data

Sufficiency etc. – Class X level)

Mains Exam Syllabus:

Qualifying papers-

Paper 1 – One of the Indian languages to be selected by the candidate

Paper 2 – English

Rest papers-


General Studies 1 (Indian heritage/culture, world history & geography)

General Studies 2(governance, constitution, polity, social justice and

General Studies 3 (technology, economic development, biodiversity, international relations) environment, security & disaster management)

General Studies 4(ethics, integrity & aptitude)

Optional 1 (of your choice)

Optional 2 (of your choice) Candidate is allowed to take up literature as an optional subject “without the conditionality of having to do his/her graduation in that language’s literature.

Candidates may choose any ONE optional subject from amongst the list of subjects are given below:

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Anthropology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Commerce and Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Law
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Science
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

Literature of any one of the following languages-

  • Assamese
  • Bengali
  • Bodo
  • Dogri
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Kannada
  • Kashmiri
  • Konkani
  • Maithili
  • Malayalam
  • Manipuri
  • Marathi
  • Nepali
  • Oriya
  • Punjabi
  • Sanskrit
  • Santhali
  • Sindhi
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Urdu
  • English


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