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TNPSC Group 1 Selection – DSP to IPS promotion journey

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Deputy Superintendent of Police to IPS TNPSC Group 1 Journey

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) recently announced a noteworthy change in the promotion of any State Civil Services Officers (Group 1). Earlier, any individual who joined as any Group 1 officer was eligible to get promoted to the rank of IPS or IAS without any examination. Now, as per the latest announcement, Group 1 grade government officers or aspirants willing to get a promotion from TNPSC Group 1 DSP to IPS have to appear for a competitive examination, which is somewhat similar to the current civil service examination. 

Read along to find out all details about the examination.

TNPSC Group 1 DSP to IPS Eligibility Criteria

Mentioned below are the two basic eligibility criteria for getting promoted from any TNPSC Group 1 posts to IPS or IAS: 

  1. Years of Experience

Interested candidates must hold a minimum of 8 years of experience in Group 1 Grade as DSP, Deputy Collector, and any similar rank. 

  1. Age Limit

The candidate must not be more than 54 years old. 

Exam Pattern for Promotion to IPS or IAS

In general, there are 3 basic steps to qualify as an IPS or IAS officer successfully. However, in the case of promotions from TNPSC group 1 posts to IAS, candidates need to successfully clear 4 unique steps in place of the original 3 steps. 

Step 1

It is the most crucial, consisting of a written examination for 400 marks. As an IPS/ IAS aspirant, candidates must pass this examination to qualify further.

Step 2

In this step, there is a working experience evaluation for 200 marks. This step is specially curated for aspirants seeking a transfer from TNPSC Group 1 DSP to IPS

Step 3

This step encompasses the service record valuation for 250 marks. This is the final step that every candidate needs to clear successfully to qualify for the interview round. 

Step 4

It is the final step in the selection process; here, candidates must pass the interview round of 150 marks successfully. 

To add up all the scores distinctively, IPS or IAS aspirants must pass a 1000 marks score evaluation. 

Promotion chart for IPS Officers

Going through the table below, you can get a brief idea of the IPS promotion chart along with the listed years.

Time Scale



Years of Experience Required

Junior Scale

Deputy Superintendent of Police (Dy. SP)

Assistant Commissioner of Police

5 years

Senior Scale

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP)

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police

10 years

Junior Administrative Grade

Superintendent of Police (SP)

Deputy Commissioner of Police

12 years

Selection Grade

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP)

Deputy Commissioner of Police

13 years

Super-Time Scale

Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG)

Additional Commissioner of Police

15 years

Super-Time Scale

Inspector-General of Police (IG)

Joint Commissioner of Police

19 years

Above Super-Time Scale

Additional Director General Of Police (ADG)

Special Commissioner of Police

22 years

Above Super-Time Scale

Director-General of Police (DG)

Commissioner of Police (name of the state)

25 years

Important Dates for IPS Exam 2023

Consider the following list of dates to prepare yourself beforehand for the IPS examination.

Sl. No.




CSE Notification

1st February 2023


IPS Online Application Form

1st February to 21st February 2023


IPS Preliminary admit card 2023

3rd week of May


IPS exam date 2023

28 May 2023


IPS Preliminary result

August 2023


IPS Main exam date

15 September 2023 (5 days)


IPS Main exam result

October 2023


IPS personality test/ interview

November 2023


IPS final result

December 2023

Annual examinations will be held through which Group 1 grade DSPs will get promoted as IPS officers. Critically consider the eligibility parameters mentioned above including criteria, exam pattern, and dates to prepare yourself beforehand, as you cannot attempt this examination more than 6 times. 

Hopefully, all your doubts related to TNPSC Group 1 DSP to IPS have been cleared with this write-up. If you are preparing for this exam, then get in touch with Veranda Learning for the needed guidance. 

TNPSC Group 1 Promotion FAQs

  • Q. What is the DSP to IPS promotion time?

    Ans. As per the Appointment by Promotion of the Indian Police Service Regulations, 1955, DSP officers are eligible to acquire a promotion to IPS only after successfully completing eight years of service. 

  • Q. 2. What is the power of DSP?

    Ans. A DSP has the power to adopt new ways of tackling crimes and catching criminals. In general, a DSP officer carries the responsibility for deterring criminal activity and investigating and supervising criminal cases. A DSP officer is a Subordinate Officer to the Superintendent of Police

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