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30 IPS officers quit jobs in 2008-10

Contrary to popular perception that IPS is an elite all-India service, 30 officers of the cadre have left the top policing job in last three years.

New Delhi: Contrary to popular perception
that Indian Police Service (IPS) is an elite all-India
service, 30 officers of the cadre have left the top policing
job for greener pastures in the last three years.

Attractive salary in private sectors, challenging nature
of the job, uneasiness in allotted cadre and disparity in
services are some of the key reasons for many IPS officers
leave the job mid-career.

A total of 12 IPS officers quit their jobs in 2008, while
the figure stood at 10 and eight in 2009 and 2010

Several IPS officers said disparity in the services, long
posting in disturbed areas, challenging nature of the job and
better opportunity in the private sector could be the reason
for the attrition in IPS cadre.
"Service condition should be improved and made on a par
with other all India cadres. IPS officers throughout their
career work on the field and they should be compensated, else
the problem of attrition will remain," said an officer.

Though steps are being taken to the vacancy positions of
the IPS officers, no major step has been taken to stop their
Given the shortage of IPS officers at the SP-level in
many state cadres and taking into account the average
attrition rate, the government has increased the annual
batch-size from 130 to 150.

Steps are also being taken to allow young officers of
paramilitary and army to join IPS through limited departmental


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