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Indian Police Departments Ranks Insignia & Salary Details

Update on 30 Sep, 22

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Indian Police Departments Ranks Insignia & Salary Details

The Indian Police Department holds a prestigious position as policemen serve as law enforcers and problem solvers when it comes to maintaining peace and harmony in the country. The job of the Indian policemen is to save the community from making wrong decisions by protecting them and preventing them from indulging in any kind of violence.

Those of you who are in awe of the Indian police Force and want to join the Department to serve the country must be curious to know about the Indian Police Department's ranks. Along with the knowledge of ranks, it is also important to know about the Indian Police Departments' salary.

Here it must be mentioned that the salaries offered by the Indian Police Department are reasonably good with opportunities for promotions, perks, and other benefits. Candidates must also be aware of the different hierarchical positions in the Indian police department and the insignia of that position in the Police Department.

Read the article carefully to know about the Indian police department, ranks, insignia, and salary details.

Indian Police Department Ranks

The Indian Police ranks are based on British rule and the superintendent of the Police Force is under the State Government. The hierarchy of Police ranks is more or less the same in every state. The recruitment of the Police officers is done directly till a certain stage. After that, the Police personnel can gain top positions through promotions.

The commission ranks of the Indian Police force (lower to higher posts) in India can be stated as follows:

  • Constable
  • Senior Constable (SC)
  • Head Constable (HC)
  • Assistant Sub Inspector of Police (ASI)
  • Sub Inspector of Police (SI)
  • Inspector of Police (PI)
  • Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP)
  • Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP)
  • Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP)
  • Superintendent of Police (SP)
  • Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP)
  • Deputy Inspector General of Police
  • Inspector General of Police (IGP)
  • Additional Director General of Police
  • Director General of Police (DGP)

Check out the Indian Police Department ranks, insignia, and salary from lower to higher posts:

Name of the Post: Constable

Rank Details

The Police Constable has the lowest rank in the Police force. Constables mainly carry a wooden stick as their arm but can also have a rifle in case of sensitive situations. The Police Constables are recruited for maintaining law and order in the State. Police Constables are given arms training after their recruitment.

Insignia

A Police Constable in India does not have any insignia. There is no sign or badge on the arm or the sleeve of the Constable. The only indication is the khaki uniform and the Chevron on the sleeves. The color and the size of the Chevron may vary based on the State in which the Police Constable is serving.

Salary

The average salary of a Police Constable in India is INR 25,584. As per the 7th pay Commission, the basic salary of a Police Constable in India is INR 21,700 per month. The total monthly salary of the Police Constable is INR 30,853 which includes DA, HRA, TATP, and others.

Name of the Post: Senior Constable (SC)

Rank details

A Senior Constable is also known as Lance Naik. A Constable is promoted to the Senior Constable.

Insignia

A lance Naik wears a two-point down Chevron on their sleeves or two bars on their shoulder straps. The Chevrons of the Senior Constable are red in color.

Salary

The average salary of a Senior Constable is INR 25,500 per month. According to the 7th pay commission, the total monthly salary of a Senior Constable is INR 35,475 which includes DA, HRA, TATP, and others.

Name of the Post: Head Constable (HC)

Rank Details

A Head Constable in the Indian Police force is also known as the Havildar. In countries other than India the Head Constable is known as the Sergeant of the Police Force. As per the Indian Police Department ranks, a Head Constable can become a Senior Constable after promotions.

Insignia

A Senior Constable wears a three-point Chevron on their sleeve or three bars on their epaulets or shoulder straps which are red in color.

Salary

The average basic salary of a Head Constable is INR 25,500 per month. After the 7th pay Commission, the salary of the HC is INR 35,475 including the HRA, DA, TATP, and others.

Name of the Post: Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI)

Rank Details

An Assistant Sub-Inspector is a non-gazetted officer who is below the Sub Inspector and higher in position than the Head Constable. The ASI is recruited directly through competitive exams conducted by the states.

Insignia

The rank insignia of an ASI is one star with red and blue striped ribbon on the outer edge of the shoulder straps.

Salary

The basic salary of an Assistant Sub-Inspector is INR 29,200 per month. The total salary of an ASI as per the 7th pay commission is INR 40,100 which includes DA, TATP and HRA.

Name of the Post: Sub Inspector (SI)

Rank Details

The Sub Inspector of a police station mainly helps in the prevention of crime and investigation of cases. The SI is also responsible for the administrative activities of the police station and is a role model for his subordinates.

The sub Inspector is recruited directly through competitive exams conducted by the State. A Sub Inspector can become a police inspector by promotion.

Insignia

The Sub Inspector rank insignia is two (five-point) stars and a red and blue striped ribbon at the outer end of the shoulder straps. The insignia of a principal sub-inspector and assistant sub-inspector are the same.

Salary

The average base salary of a sub-inspector is INR 35,400 per month. The total monthly salary of the sub-inspector is INR 47,850 per month which includes DA, HRA, and TATP.

Name of the Post: Police Inspector (PI)

Rank Details

An Assistant Sub Inspector or a Sub Inspector can become a Police Inspector by getting promoted. The main role of a Police Inspector is to protect the people of the state from crime and criminals.

A Police Inspector is also responsible for protecting the public and private property. Their daily activities include investigating places of crime and arresting the criminals.

Insignia

The rank insignia of a Police Inspector consists of three stars. There are two strips on the bottom, a red stripe on the top and a blue stripe on the bottom.

Salary

The base salary of a Police Inspector is INR 44,900 per month. As per the 7th pay commission, the monthly salary of a Police Inspector is INR 59,725 including HRA, DA, and TATP.

Indian Police Department Ranks Provincial or State Police Officers

The State Public Service Commission exams are conducted to select the Provincial Police Service Officers. These Provincial Police Officers are selected as Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and the Provincial Police service officers have a gazetted rank. In some cases, the Police Inspectors can also get promoted to the Deputy Superintendent of Police in their last promotion.

The different Indian Police Department ranks for the State Police Service Officers are as follows:

  • Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP)
  • Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP)
  • Superintendent of Police (SP)
  • Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP)

Ranks, insignia, and Indian police Departments salary of the State Police officers

Name of the Police Post: Deputy Superintendent of Police

Rank Details

The DSP officers have several powers and responsibilities like enforcing laws, enforcing law and order, and preventing and investigating of crime. To become a DSP the officers have to clear the State Public Service Commission exam or get promoted to DSP from Police Inspector after serving the police force for 8 to 15 years.

Some states have different designations for DSPs like in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh the DSP is called a Circle Officer (CO) in West Bengal, the DSP is also known as the Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO).

Insignia

The DSP has 3 stars over the bandage over the shoulders.

Salary

The starting base salary of a DSP is INR 56,100 every month. According to the 7th pay commission, the salary of the DSP is INR 77,325 which includes the HRA, DA, and TATP.

Name of the Police Post: Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP)

Rank Details

The additional Superintendent of police is directly recruited by the State Public Service Commission. It is a 2-year post and after the completion of the 2-year probation period, the ASP can become Superintendent of Police or SP.

The main responsibility of the Additional Superintendent of Police is to guide and instruct the DSP and supervise all the divisions below him.

Insignia

The rank insignia of the ASP is the National Emblem above the bandage on the shoulders with no stars.

Salary

The average base salary of the Additional Superintendent of Police is INR 56,100 per month and the total salary including the HRA, DA, and TATP is INR 77,325 per month.

Name of the Police Post: Superintendent of Police (SP)

Rank Details

SP is a senior rank in the police service and the Chief police officer of the district. The main duties of the SP are to keep the police force under control and supervise the prevention and investigation of crime.

The other responsibilities include the supervision of the training of the officers and interaction with the officers and the public. The SP must also visit the sensitive areas of offense and maintain the peace and tranquility of the area.

Insignia

The insignia of the SP includes one star and one National Emblem or the Ashoka Emblem on the epaulet of the shoulders.

Salary

The basic salary of the Superintendent of Police is INR 78,800 per month. The gross salary of the SP which includes the DA, HRA, and TATP allowances is INR 1,05,700 per month.

Name of the Police Post: Senior Superintendent of Police

Rank Details

The Senior Superintendent of Police or SSP is an IPS officer and the main responsibilities include the prevention of crimes, registering complaints, and taking corrective actions.

Their job also involves the prevention of terrorist activities, maintaining internal security, and protecting public properties from any act of vandalism. A Senior Superintendent of Police can also take action for the safe custody of unclaimed property.

Insignia

The rank insignia of the SSP is the National Emblem with two stars below it. A Senior Superintendent of Police also wears a Gorget patch on the collar with a dark blue background and white line.

Salary

The base salary of the SSP is INR 1,18,500 per month. The gross salary including the DA, HRA, and the TATP includes INR 1,55,325 per month.

Indian Police Department IPS Officers Ranks

The IPS Officers of the Indian Police Department are selected through the Civil Services Exam. Selected candidates are posted as Assistant Superintendent of Police.

The different Indian Police Department ranks for IPS Officers are given below:

  • Assistant Superintendent of Police
  • Additional Superintendent of Police
  • Superintendent of Police (SP)
  • Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP)
  • Deputy Inspector General of Police
  • Inspector General of Police (IGP)
  • Additional Director General of Police (ADGP)
  • Director General of Police (DGP)

Name of the Police Post: Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG)

Rank Details

The Deputy Inspector General of police is an IPS officer rank and is also known as the Additional Commissioner of Police. The main duties of a DIG are to solve and take control over the cases that are beyond the power of the SP. The DIG also works in cooperation with the District Magistrate and maintains discipline in the police department.

Insignia

The rank insignia of the DIG includes the National Emblem over three stars. The Deputy Superintendent of Police also wears a dark blue Gorget patch on the shoulder that has a leaf-like structure.

Salary

The basic salary of a DIG is INR 1,31,000 per month. The monthly salary of the DIG is INR 1,71,015 per month which includes HRA, DA, and TATP.

Name of the Police Post: Inspector General of Police (IG)

Rank Details

In India, the IG holds the third highest rank in the police force. The main role of the IG is to supervise the accountability and efficiency of the Government. The main duties of the Inspector General of Police are to supervise the activities financed by the State agencies to promote the economy and prevent fraud in operations. The IG also oversees the collaborations between the different auditors and Government bodies.

Insignia

The rank insignia of the Inspector General of Police is a star crossed with a sword and stick. The IG also wears a Gorget patch on the collar that has a dark blue background with a leaf-like structure.

Salary

The Indian Police Department salary for Inspector General as per the 7th pay Commission is INR 1,44,200 per month. The total salary including the HRA, DA, and TATP is INR 1,87,450 per month.

Name of the Police Post: Additional Director General of Police (ADGP)

Rank Details

The Additional Director General of Police acts as the Commissioner or Additional Secretary in some states like Kolkata, Chennai, and Rajasthan.

ADGP is considered as junior to DGP and the chief responsibility is to maintain law and order in the State and prevent any kind of communal riots.

An ADGP also supervises the internal security of the state and in some cases is the head of the intelligence wing.

Insignia

The rank insignia of the Additional Director General of Police includes a crossed sword and a stick with the National Emblem on the top. The ADGP officers wear a Gorget patch on the collar that has a dark blue background with a leaf-like structure.

Salary

According to the 7th pay commission, the salary of an Additional Director General of Police is INR 2,05,400 per month.

Name of the Post: Director General of Police (DGP)

➥ Ranks Details

The Director General of Police or the DGP is the highest ranking officer of the police force. The DGP controls the administration of the police force in the entire state. The DGP has a 3-star rank and advises the Government on the matter of the functioning of the police force.

A DGP also maintains the law and order and supervises police operations during riots, disputes, or violence. The DGP is not recruited directly by the state but an Assistant Commissioner of Police may become the DGP after several promotions and an outstanding track record.

➥ Insignia

The rank insignia of the  DGP is a crossed sword and stick with the National Emblem on the top. The ADGP officers wear a Gorget patch on the collar that has a dark blue background with a leaf-like structure.

➥ Salary

There is no grade payment for the Director General of police. The consolidated payment is INR 80,000 per month. As per the 7th pay commission, the Indian Police Department salary for a DGP in total is INR 2,25,000 per month.

Police Commissionerate System and its Analogies with the Indian Police Department Ranks

Under the Commissionerate system of policing, more power is given to the IPS officers and they are posted as Police commissioners. The main responsibility of the police commissioner is to solve urban problems and maintain law and order in the state.

Under this system, the Police Commissioner is the Head of the Police force and is answerable to the State Government directly. The Commissioner of Police is an IPS officer of the rank of DGP or ADGP.

Indian Police ranks and analogies with the Commissionarate system

Indian Police Force Police Commissionerate system
Director General of Police (DGP) Police Commissioner
Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Special Police Commissioner
Inspector General of Police (IG) Joint Commissioner of Police
Deputy Inspector General of Police Additional Commissioner of Police
Senior Superintendent of Police Deputy Commissioner of Police 
Superintendent of Police Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police
Additional Superintendent of Police Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police
Deputy Superintendent of Police Assistant Commissioner of Police
Inspector -

Tabular Representation of Indian Police Department Salary for the 6th and 7th Pay Commission

Police Rank 6th Pay Commission (per month) 7th Pay Commission (per month)
Director General of Police (DGP) INR 80,000 (No Grade pay) INR 2.25 lakhs
Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) INR 37,400-INR 67,400
Grade pay of INR 12,000
INR 2.05,400
Inspector General of Police (IG) INR 37,400-INR 67,400
Grade pay of INR 10.000
INR 1,44,200
Deputy Inspector General of Police INR 37,400-INR 67,400
Grade pay of INR 8900
INR 1,31,000
Senior Superintendent of Police INR 15,600- INR 39,100
Grade pay of 8700
INR 1,18,500
Superintendent of Police INR 15,600- INR 39,100
Grade pay of 7600
INR 78,800
Additional Superintendent of Police INR 15,600- INR 39,100
Grade pay of 6600
INR 67,700
Deputy Superintendent of Police INR 15,600- INR 39,100
Grade pay of 5400
INR 56,100
Inspector INR 15,600- INR 39,100
Grade pay of 4600
INR 44,900
Sub-Inspector INR 9400- INR 34,800
Grade pay of 4200
INR 35,400
Assistant Sub-Inspector INR 5200- INR 20,200
Grade pay of 2800
INR 29,200
Head Constable INR 5200- INR 20,200
Grade pay of 2400
INR 25,500
Constable INR 5200- INR 20,200
Grade pay of 2200
INR 21,700

Career Prospects of Indian Police Department Rank

Working in the Police force is one of the most prestigious career options. It is also apt for individuals who want to serve their country. The main job of a Police officer is to maintain law and order, prevent criminal activities, and investigate crimes.

The career prospects in the police force are extremely lucrative as the Indian Police Department salary is impressive and there are ample opportunities for growth and promotions. A Police Officer is also entitled to benefits such as pensions, housing allowances, ration, and other subsidies.

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