Of a sanctioned strength of 4,802 Indian Police Service (IPS) posts in the country, 908 posts were vacant as on January 1, data from the Home Ministry showed. There are currently 3,894 IPS officers in service and 140 probationers from the 2015 batch under training.
As per the data, the highest number of IPS vacancies was in Uttar Pradesh at 114 of the sanctioned strength of 517, followed by West Bengal with 88 posts vacant of a sanctioned strength of 347.
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Of 188 sanctioned IPS posts in Odisha, 79 posts were vacant, and 72 posts were vacant out of 215 sanctioned IPS posts in Karnataka.
In Maharashtra, there were 63 of 302 posts vacant, 56 of 305 in Madhya Pradesh, 56 of 147 in Jammu and Kashmir, and 50 out of 295 IPS posts in Union Territories.
Attempts at filling the vacancies through Limited Competitive Examination were halted by multiple litigations.