The Indian Police Service (IPS) is one of the three All India Services constituted under Article 312 of the Constitution of India. The IPS officers provide senior level leadership to Police Forces both in the States and at the Centre.
The Police Division in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is responsible for Cadre management of IPS and Policy Decisions such as cadre structure, recruitment, training, cadre allocation, confirmation, empanelment, deputation, pay and allowances,
disciplinary matters of IPS Officers. The Service is organized in 26 State cadres, reviewed after every 5 years. The Authorized strength of the Indian Police Service Officers stands at 4802 as on 01.01.2016.