In order to ensure high fitness levels among police brass, the NDA govt is planning to link promotion of IPS officers to physical fitness.

It is important to note that the system is already in place for the central para-military forces,where senior officers must be certified as ‘SHAPE 1′, which indicates highest levels of fitness for being eligible for promotion.

“The ministry of home affairs (MHA) has recommended physical fitness of IPS officers as a mandatory measure for IPS officers before promoting them to various grades in IPS which would be at par with Group A officers of CAPFs.” It proposed amendment to Rule 3 of IPS (Pay) Rules to add a note stating that promotion of IPS officers to various grades will be subject to physical fitness as per the instructions as may be issued by MHA from time to time,” according to a DoPT communication.

The mandatory physical fitness test will be conducted at an approved government hospital ahead of IPS officers’ promotion to a senior post.

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