The Union Public Service Commission will hold three-day exclusive tests beginning on 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.
According to officials, 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.
As per the eligibility criteria, an officer who has completed five years of continuous and actual service as Deputy Superintendent of Police 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.
The states face shortage of as many as 1,327 IPS officers. Union home secretary RK Singh informed a parliamentary panel last month that the actual strength of IPS officers in the country was 3,393 against the sanctioned strength of 4,720.
"All 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 http://www.upsc.gov.in," the Department of Personnel and Training said in a release on Tuesday.
Besides, UPSC annually conducts Civil Services Exams to select candidates for Indian Administrative Service (IAS), IPS, Indian Foreign Service (IFS) among others. This year, the Civil Service (preliminary) examination is scheduled to be held on May 20.