What is the difference between IAS and IPS in administration power?

Indian Administration Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) are among the most challenging as well as prestigious jobs in India that not only gives you the authority and position but also makes you responsible towards the society. IAS is a top-ranking civil service job offered to the top ranked deserving candidates and the responsibilities include administration of an area/district/department. They are required to make proposals for the development of their respective areas and are given executive powers to implement all the policies as well as make important decisions. Whereas, IPS candidates are required to maintain order in society.

IAS officers help in public administration, policy formulation and implementation. On the other side, the IPS officer have to investigate crime and maintain order in the area where they are posted. Being an IAS is the primary choice of most of the candidates appearing for Civil Service examination. Only the top-rank holder in Civil Services Examination are appointed as IAS, while IPS is the next best alternative given to the candidate. The training session of IAS officers is held at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand and the IPS officers are trained at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad, Telangana.

The IAS Cadre Controlling authority is the Department of Personnel and Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension. On the other hand, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India controls the IPS Cadre. The pay of IAS officer is relatively higher than IPS officer. Also, there’s only one IAS officer in an area whereas the number of IPS officer in an area is as per the requirement. All in All, the post of IAS officer is much superior to an IPS officer in terms of salary and authority.