YoungBuzz – Requirements of a Cop

As a police officer you must be alert for any type of threat, human or otherwise. Once a crime has been committed, you will seize the reigns and engage in sleuthing that ranges from routine questioning to DNA analysis. As is evident this is not a nine to five job.

Because of the responsibilities and prerogatives that come with police work, the pressure on officers can be enormous. As a police officer, you're called upon to do everything. You need to be a social worker, a psychologist, an officer of the peace and a soldier. Being the first line of defense between criminals and their victims can be very stressful.

Police officers are expected to be in good physical shape. A candidate's insufficient height, weight, strength, or vision can lead to disqualification.

Entry into Police Force:If you are 18 years-old and not too keen on education you can straight away become a constable. That is only if you have passed your SSC. Of course you have to clear all the physical requirements of a certain height-weight ratio.

To be eligible for the post of assistant sub-inspectors and sub-inspectors you need a degree in any discipline and you should be between the age group of 20-25 years. There are certain concessions for women candidates when it comes to physical requirements. Rest of the parameters remains the same.

Fifty per cent of the vacancies are filled in by direct recruitment and the other half is filled in by promotions from the chief constable level. Woman officers are recruited directly to the rank of sub-inspector and assistant sub-inspectors of police.

In case of non-gazetted officers in the police service, recruitment of officers up to the rank of sub-inspectors, are carried out by the state governments, through selection tests and interviews.

The state public services commission, on the basis of combined service examinations and then followed by interviews by the selection board, fill posts of gazetted officers.

IPS officers selected by the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) are assigned to respective state cadres as assistant superintendents of police and at higher posts.