New Delhi: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will hold three-day exclusive tests beginning from May 20 to fill some of the over 1300 vacant posts of Indian Police Service (IPS) officers across the country.
The states face shortage of 1327 IPS officers, Union Home Secretary R K Singh had informed a Parliamentary panel last month. This put the actual strength of IPS officers in the country at 3393 against the sanctioned strength of 4720.
The Indian Police Service Limited Competitive Examination (LCE) 2012 will be conducted from May 20 to May 22 at seven centres -- Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Kolkata and Nagpur.
According to the officials, the exam will serve as a second option to get lateral entry in the IPS for officers working in Armed forces, central paramilitary forces (CPFMs) and State Police services among others.
As per the eligibility criteria, an officer who has completed five years of continuous and actual service as Deputy Superintendent of Police in states under State Police Service, Assistant Commandants in CPMFs, or officers of the rank of Captain or Major or equivalent in the Armed forces who have an unblemished service record are eligible to take the exams.
"All candidates found eligible have been issued the e-Admit Cards through post. Candidates may also download the e-Admit Card from the Commission's Website at www.upsc.gov.in," the Department of Personnel and Training said in a release.
Besides, the UPSC annually conducts Civil Services Exams to select candidates for Indian Administrative Service (IAS), IPS, Indian Foreign Service (IFS) among others. This year, the Civil Service (preliminary) examination is scheduled to be held on May 20.