Lucknow: A day after the Civil Services examination results were announced and the country got some new raring-to-go IPS (Indian Police Service) officers, a Right to Information (RTI) query has revealed that there is a huge shortfall of police officers across the country.
In response to a poser by Lucknow-based social activist Sanjay Sharma, the home ministry has disclosed that 906 posts meant for IPS officials are lying vacant across the country.
Of these 129 vacancies alone are in Uttar Pradesh. There are 4,754 posts for IPS officers in the country and of this, only 3,848 have been filled. Sharma said he had sent an RTI query to the home ministry on May 17 seeking a detailed breakup and actual status on IPS postings.
“I am shocked to learn that there is such a huge shortfall of IPS officers in the country. All the time governments cry and crib about spiralling crime and failing law and order, but it is amazing to know that no one has since given a serious thought to this shortfall,” Sharma told IANS.
The reply also reveals that of the 517 IPS posts in UP, 129 are lying vacant, while in West Bengal, of the 347 sanctioned posts, 98 are lying vacant.
Odisha has 79, Maharashtra 62 and Karnataka 59 posts lying vacant, the RTI response said. After the separation of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh has 144 posts, of which 26 are vacant, and in Telangana, 21 of the 112 sanctioned posts are without an incumbent.
In the response, J.B. Yadav, the ministry’s deputy secretary (Police), also said that in none of the 26 cadres in the country is there a 100 percent filling of posts – with 19 percent lying vacant across the country.
What appears to be more shocking in the RTI is the fact that Home Minister Rajnath Singh had, in June 2014, acknowledged the shortfall and asked his officials to prepare a blueprint to bridge the yawning gap.
In percentage terms, Odisha accounts for the highest vacancies (42), followed by Nagaland (37), Jammu & Kashmir (33), Manipur (32), Karnataka (29), West Bengal (28), and Uttar Pradesh (25).
The least vacant IPS posts are in Rajasthan and Sikkim. The direct intake of IPS officials was 103 in 2005, 130 in 2008 and 150 in 2009. In 2013, the number was 145 and in 2014 there were 145 IPS probationers.
A year later, there seems to have been very little movement on this front. ‘Acche Din’ for these posts seemingly will have to wait a little longer!
IAS is considered to be the top-notch civil service of India
IAS members are deployed in various public-sector undertakings
There are many mobile applications that can come handy while preparing for IAS exam
I.A.S stands for ‘Indian Administrative Service’. It is the administrative arm of the All India Services. The service is considered to be the top-notch civil service of India.
The IAS (Indian Administrative Service), IPS (Indian Police Service) and the IFS or IFoS (Indian Foreign Service) comprise the three arms of the All India Services. Candidates from these administrative services serve the central Government as well as other States. IAS members can also be deployed in various public-sector undertakings.
At par with countries which follows the Westminster system of government, the IAS is part of the permanent bureaucracy of the nation and is an inseparable element of the executive of the Government of India. The bureaucracy is supposed to remain politically neutral and guarantees fair administrative continuity to the ruling party.
Civil Services Exam
IAS exam is held through Civil Services Examination (CSE). It is a nationwide competitive examination in India conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment to various Civil Services of the Government of India. There are a number of mobile applications for civil services exam online preparation.
Till 2010, Civil Services Exam pattern was based upon the recommendations of the Kothari Commission (1979). It consisted of two examinations, one on general studies worth 150 marks, and the second on one of 23 optional subjects worth 300 marks. The pattern got a revamp in 2011. The preliminary pattern was sustained with only minor changes once every ten to fifteen years.
Every year many aspirants prepare hard and try their luck in clearing one of the toughest exams of India. But due to the complexity of the exam, the success rate becomes very narrow and only a handful of people are selected after the gruelling selection process.
Following are the number of exercises which can be taken into practice to crack the IAS exam:
English Dictionary: Dictionary is the foremost component for the preparation of IAS exam. One can not read between lines unless he/she understands the whole meaning of the lines completely.
Thesaurus: It will help you to learn new words, to refer to when you are writing an essay and struggling to find fitting words
Civil Services Prelims Papers: Prelims Papers sorted by years will help you to analyze the paper pattern and take calculated decisions while preparing for IAS exam.
Aptitude and Logical Reasoning: It is one of the most significant parts of the IAS paper. By practising hundreds of aptitude, reasoning and English vocabulary questions will settle you in a very organized way.
Indian Constitution: Indian constitution comprises a principal aspect of every IAS exam. Thus, going through the whole of Indian Constitution will always cement your base stronger.
Wikipedia: As we all know that Wikipedia is the key station for any knowledge. It will surely help you to gain a better understanding of any subject.
World Atlas: World Atlas will help you with countries, capitals, economies and other details. Every minute details related to the globe should on one’s fingertips if he/she wants to after I.A.S all guns blazing.
Apart from the above-mentioned practices, one can always rely on their smartphones. Here are some of the top mobile applications that can be downloaded and come handy in guiding the IAS aspirants to achieve their goals.
Online Tyari is a leading web and mobile app platform which helps in preparing for different competitive exams. It partners with coaching institutes, independent tutors and publishers to provide the latest study materials to aspirants. For more details, visit the website.
ClearIAS is rated among the top websites for IAS preparation. It provides free online study materials, guidance, toppers’ interviews, online mock exams, etc. Clear IAS is also an Android application now. For more details, visit the website.
Civilsdaily application offers a lot of general knowledge and current affairs topics for IAS and UPSC preparation. It provides news in a simplified manner for aspirants. It also publishes daily flashcards and compiles them under different topics on the website. For more details, visit the website.
Unacademy is India’s largest free education initiative. It makes high-quality educational videos that are free for everyone. The digital application bestows the best explanation of every educational topic in all languages. The Unacademy application is also available on Google Play store. For more details, visit the website.
This website is for every newbie who wants to give the exams a shot. Mrunal Patel is well-known for breaking down complex ideas and explaining things to public service aspirants in the simplest manner. Mrunal wasn’t able to clear the UPSC exams but he channelled his energy into teaching other aspirants. He also gives video lectures on Youtube. For more details, visit the website.
Pratiyogita Darpan is one of India’s leading magazines for UPSC aspirants. It is available in both English and Hindi and is widely read. It covers current affairs and interviews of prominent personalities. It now has a free app on Google Play store, where the entire magazine is available to the user. For more details, visit the website.
Byju’s is an education organization that focuses not only IAS aspirants but also those who want to crack other competitive exams. Byju’s started training UPSC aspirants in 2011. It uses fun and unique teaching methods and is a popular online classroom used by IAS aspirants. It has a paid app. For more details, visit the website.
This website is one of the widely used portals by civil service aspirants. The community comprises more than 5.5 lakh members. It promises to provide the latest information to aspirants and has a large base of users from rural areas. It also has an app. For more details, visit the website.
IAS100.in is an online portal for UPSC exam preparation. It has various courses online for civil service aspirants. It also has a distance learning program. The application is also available on Google Play store. For more details, visit the website.
Mapboard Lite is a smart study tool for Geography students, civil services aspirants and learning enthusiasts. With eight ready-to-edit blank maps, it lets you practice map drawing and allows you to make notes on the go. It also works in offline mode.