UPSC Civil Services: Who is more powerful IAS or IPS?

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UPSC Civil Services: Who is more powerful IAS or IPS?
UPSC Civil Services: Who is more powerful IAS or IPS?

New Delhi : It is known to all that both IAS and IPS officers hold important post in the district administration process. Both are essential for the development of an Indian society. In one single district more than one IAS and IPS are deployed, but the most important posts are from the district's DM and SSP. It is compulsory to work together for the development of any district. Now, you must be asking yourself who is more powerful, IAS or IPS. If so, then take a look at the mention below information.

Recruitment of IAS and IPS

Both IAS and IPS are selected by the Civil Services Examination of the UPSC. Aspirants fill the service preference of their choice in the Detailed Application Form (DAF) of the UPSC and the final result is provided to them according to their rank. After joining the Indian Administrative Service, the candidate cannot take the examination of the Civil Services, but after becoming an IPS, he can take the Civil Services Examination.


Both IAS and IPS are the All India Services but both of them have separate Cadre Controlling Authority. The IAS Cadre Controlling Authority is the Ministry of Personnel, which is directly under the Prime Minister, but the IPS is Cadre Controlling Authority Home Ministry, which is under the Home Minister.

Training of IAS, IPS

Lalash Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) is the only training for the first 3 months of IAS and IPS training called foundation course. After that IPS trainees are sent to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA) Hyderabad where they take their police training.

Swarad of Honor is given to top candidates who tops in IAS training and those tops in IPS training.

By comparison, the training of IPS is more difficult and requires more labor. It includes horse riding, parades, weaponry etc.

Power and responsibilities

The job profile of both IAS and IPS services is very broad and both are posted on very powerful posts, but IAS is much more powerful as a DM. An IPS only has the responsibility of its department, but an IAS (DM) has the responsibility of all departments of the district. As a DM, an IAS officer is also the head of the police department as well as other departments.

As per a protocol if the IPS goes to the meeting with the IAS then they will have to salute the IAS. But it will only happen if the IPS is in its full uniform, if the IPS does not wear its cap, then it is not obliged to salute the IAS. So it is often seen that during the meeting with the IAS, IPS officers do not wear their cap.

Some states have implemented commissionerate system in some of their cities. In this system the police officers have more rights but still less than an IAS.

Scope of Duty

An IPS can work only in the Police Department and Traffic Department while using the SSP. DM's work area has all the departments of land records, revenue, law and order, agriculture etc.


In India, the salary of IPS ranges from Rs 56,100 per month to Rs 2,25,000 per month. The salary of IAS, the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission has become much better. The salary of IAS may range from Rs 56,100 per month to Rs 2,50,000 per month. Therefore, it indicates that the salary of IAS is higher than the IPS.


Both IAS and IPS has separate uniforms. There is no special uniform for IAS officers, but they have to wear formal clothes in government events but the IPS has to wear their prescribed uniform. Uniforms of IPS vary with promotions. They have to put a string, sword and Ashok on their shoulders with every rank. The general public recognizes the IPS rather than the IAS, not the clothes.

Top Posts

Cabinet Secretary in India is the highest post on which only one IAS officer can be deployed. The State also has Top Post, Chief Secretary, who is an IS Officer. Even at the post of Home Secretary, an IAS officer is deployed.

IPS can become the Director General of Police of his state. In the Central Government, an IPS officer can become the director of CBI, IB and RAW. Along with this, IPS can be deployed in the position of National Security Adviser.