Indian Police Service Limited Competitive Examination (LCE) 2012 | UPSC to conduct separate exams to fill vacant IPS posts

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will hold three-day exclusive tests beginning May 20 to fill some of the over 1,300 vacant posts of Indian Police Service (IPS) officers across the country.

The Indian Police Service Limited Competitive Examination (LCE) 2012 will be held on May 20, 21 and 22 at seven centres — Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Kolkata and Nagpur.

The LCE will serve as second option to get lateral entry in the IPS by officers working in Armed, central paramilitary and State Police services among others, informs UPSC.

Who is Eligible?

An officer who has completed five years of continuous and actual service as Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) 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. For LCE 2012, the candidates found eligible have been issued e-Admit Cards through post. Candidates may also download the e-Admit Card from the Commission’s Website at .

Why separate exams to fill vacant IPS posts: 

The states face shortage of as many as 1,327 IPS officers. The actual strength of IPS officers in the country was 3,393 against the sanctioned strength of 4,720.

This is a special recruitment drive though. UPSC, which annually conducts Civil Services Exams to select candidates for Indian Administrative Service (IAS), IPS, Indian Foreign Service (IFS) among others; will be conducting this year’s Civil Service (preliminary) examination on May 20, 2012.