DIG is an IPS official with a higher rank than Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) or Deputy Commissioner of Police in India (DCP). DIG full form is Deputy Inspector General. This officer reports to the Inspector General of Police (IG) or the Joint Commissioner of Police (JCP). The number of DIGs a state can have is unlimited, and most states have numerous DIGs. Officers with the rank of DIG wear Gorget patches on their collars, which have a dark blue background with a white embroidered line.

What steps to follow to become a DIG?

Follow the following steps to become a DIG –

  • A candidate who wishes to become a DIG must first take the UPSC Civil Services Examination.
  • After passing the exam, the candidate is appointed as an IPS officer and receives specialized training.
  • After completing the course, an IPS officer is promoted to Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) or Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) (ASP).
  • He is later promoted to the position of Superintendent of Police based on his expertise, track record, and performance (SP).
  • After that, he was elevated to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) and subsequently Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG).

Salary Pay-Scale

DIG’s salary scale is from Rs. 37400 to Rs. 67000, with a Rs. 8090 grade pay.

DIG’s Functions

The Deputy Inspector General of Police assists the Inspector General of Police in overseeing and supervising the police force under his jurisdiction. He has particular powers to ensure that the police force in his region is efficient and disciplined, and he reports the results to the Inspector General of Police.

Criteria for Eligibility

Candidate’s nationality: Any one of the following conditions must be met by the candidate.

  • The candidate must be an Indian citizen.
  • The candidate must be a Nepalese citizen.
  • The candidate must be a Bhutanese national.
  • The candidate must be a Tibetan refugee who has come to India with the purpose of staying permanently.
  • Candidates must be of Indian descent and have a permanent address in India. They migrated to India with the goal of settling in India from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam in East Africa.

Educational Requirements: 

  • Candidates for the UPSC Civil Services Examination must have the following educational requirements.
  • A genuine Bachelor’s degree from any recognised university is required of the candidate.
  • A candidate who has completed a technical bachelor’s degree recognized by the Government of India is also eligible to appear in the UPSC exam.
  • Candidates who have passed the final semester examination of MBBS but are currently in their internship can appear for the UPSC exam.

Age Limit for UPSC and Number of Attempts:-

  • Different categories have different age criteria for the exam.


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