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Modern ranks and rank badges


The ranks follow the British pattern, the only difference being that the State Emblem replaces the crown motif.

* State Emblem above one star above crossed sword and baton

o Director, Intelligence Bureau
* State Emblem above crossed sword and baton

o Director, Central Bureau of Investigation
o Director General, Central Reserve Police Force
o Director General, Border Security Force

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o Director General, Central Industrial Security Force
o Director General, Sashastra Seema Bal
o Director General, National Security Guards
o Director General, Special Protection Group
o Director General, National Police Academy
o Director General, Security
o Director General and Inspector General of Police, States of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal

* One star above crossed sword and baton

o Inspector General of Police, Other States
o Commissioner of Police, Delhi
o Additional Inspector General, Bureaus
o Joint Director, Intelligence Bureau
o Additional Director, Central Bureau of Investigation
o Joint Director, Central Bureau of Investigation
o Commandant, Central Forensic Institute
o Director, National Police Academy
o Inspector General, Border Security Force
o Inspector General, Central Industrial Security Force
o Inspector General, Central Reserve Police
o Special Inspector General, Indo-Tibetan Border Police

* State Emblem above three stars in a triangle

o Inspector General of Police, Union Territories
o Other officer above selection grade

* State Emblem above two stars

o Superintendent of Police in selection grade
o Other officer on senior time scale with 15 years service or more

* State Emblem above one star

o Superintendent of Police in charge of a district
o Commandant of Battalion
o Other officer on senior time scale with between 10 and 15 years service

* State Emblem

o Other officer on senior time scale with 10 years service or less

* Three stars

o Assistant Superintendent in charge of sub-division
o Assistant Superintendent not in charge of sub-division with 5 years service or more

* Two stars

o Assistant Superintendent not in charge of sub-division with between 2 and 5 years service

* One star

o Assistant Superintendent not in charge of sub-division with less than 2 years service

Ranks insignia of the State Police officers (which is distinct from Indian Police Service).

* Three stars

o Deputy Superintendent of Police. A state police officer who is directly recruited to this rank or has come up from the lower ranks.

* Red and blue ribbon and three stars

o Inspector of Police.

* Red and blue ribbon and two stars

o Sub-Inspector of Police

* Red and blue ribbon and a star

o Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police

* Three chevrons points facing downwards

o Police Head Constable

* Two chevrons points facing downwards

o Senior Police Constable or Police Naik. His/her basic pay would be of the same scale of a head constable.

* No rank insignia

o Constable

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