The Indian Police Service (IPS) is one of the three All India Services of the Government of India. It was formed in the year 1948. The cadre controlling authority for the IPS is the Ministry of Home Affairs. It replaced the Indian Imperial Police in 1948, a year after India became independent from the British Raj. IPS exam is part of the Civil Services Examination (CSE) which is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) each year.
The elite Indian Police Service is not a security force but provides commanders to take higher-level posts in the state police machinery and the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF).