Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Police Service

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Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Dadra and Nagar and Daman and Diu Police Service
Service Overview
Date of Establishment1972
Preceding ServiceDelhi, Himachal Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Police Service (DHANI) (1967–1972)
Country India
Staff CollegePolice Training College, Jharoda kalan
Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur (Prior to 2002)
Cadre Controlling AuthorityMinistry of Home Affairs, Government of India
Minister ResponsibleAmit Shah, Minister responsible for Ministry of Home Affairs
Legal personalityGovernmental: Civil Service
Cadre Strength434 (2010)
Service colourDark blue and red
Uniform colourKhaki[1]
WebsiteUnion Territories Division, MHA, India
Head of the Civil Services
Cabinet SecretaryRajiv Gauba, IAS

The acronym DANIPS stands for "Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu Police Service" . It is a federal civil service in India, administering National Capital Territory of Delhi and the Union territories of India.[2] It was earlier called the Union Territories Police Service. It is a civil service of the Government of India. Officers of the service are recruited directly through the Civil Services Examination and are responsible for the law & order and policing functions of the National Capital, Delhi and the Union Territories. They form a feeder cadre of the Indian Police Service.

Selection criteria[edit]

DANIPS officers are recruited directly through the rigorous Civil Services Examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission every year.[3] Moreover, the cadre is augmented by promotion of non-gazetted officers to the DANIPS.

The Civil Services Examination has a three-stage competitive selection process. At stage one, there is an objective type examination called the preliminary exam. This is a qualifying examination. It consists of a General Studies paper and an aptitude test. Only the candidates who pass this can appear for the "Main Examination" which consists of seven + two papers (Two papers - English and regional language paper are only qualifying while seven papers carry marks). Each candidate has to select an optional subject (two papers) and to take four General Studies papers, an Essay, an English language paper and a regional language paper. This is followed by an interview.

Two-thirds of the strength is filled directly by DANIPS officers and the remaining are promoted from the non-gazetted police officers of the Union Territories.

Cadre strength[edit]

DANIPS officers form the backbone of the largest metropolitan police force in India, the Delhi Police. The cadre has a sanctioned strength of 434.[4] Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, is the cadre controlling authority for DANIPS. They are regulated by the Delhi Government on the recommendation of the respective Governor/Administrator/ Lieutenant Governor of that Union Territory.[5]

Duty posts under administration Number
Government of NCT of Delhi 315
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Administration 10
Lakshadweep 01
Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli 03
Total 329
Deputation, Leave and Training Reserve Number
Deputation reserve at 12% of 329 39
Leave reserve at 10% of 329 33
Training reserve at 10% of 329 33
Total 105

Pay structure[edit]

Grade Position in the Delhi Government and Union Territories Salary
Junior Administrative Grade-II (Group A) (Pay-Band-4) Deputy Commissioner of Police/ Senior Superintendent of Police 118,500 (US$1,600)
Junior Administrative Grade-I (Group A) (Pay-Band-3) Deputy Commissioner of Police/ Superintendent of Police 78,800 (US$1,000)
Senior Grade - I(Pay-Band-3) Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police/ Additional Superintendent of Police 67,700 (US$890)
Entry Grade (Pay-Band-3) Assistant Commissioner of Police 56,100 (US$740)

After attaining seniority and getting promoted into Senior Grades (JAG-I and JAG-II/SAG) and get inducted into IPS (AGMUT Cadre). Following which IPS service and pay rules apply to them.[6]

Ranks and insignia of DANIPS officers[edit]

After a probationary period of two years, DANIPS officers are appointed as Assistant Commissioners of Police in Delhi or as Sub-Divisional Police Officers (SDPO) in Union Territories.

Insignia Officer Ranks Insignia
National Emblem above two stars Deputy Commissioner of Police or Senior Superintendent of Police (selection grade) Senior Superintendent of Police.png
National Emblem above one star Deputy Commissioner of Police or Superintendent of Police Superintendent of Police.png
National Emblem Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police or Additional Superintendent of Police Additional SP IPS.png
Three stars Assistant Commissioner of Police or Deputy Superintendent of Police/ Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) DySP IPS.png

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Why is the colour of the Indian police uniform khaki?". The Times of India. 3 March 2007. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  2. ^ "::Ministry of Home Affairs::". Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Awaaz India Pvt. Ltd – About Indian Police Service". Archived from the original on 28 June 2010. Retrieved 26 April 2010.
  4. ^ "::Ministry of Home Affairs::" (PDF). Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  5. ^[bare URL PDF]
  6. ^ "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Chandigarh Stories". Retrieved 22 April 2013.