IPS officer is just not a name but a challenging responsibility of whole country. Every year million of people try to crack the Indian Civil Service exam and most of them are men, women are in minority but they still manage to stand high and shine among.
If you ever ask any IPS officer what to do to become an IAS/IPS officer they will say you first need a reasons and try to understand your motive. When you create reasons you will get answers. These top IPS women officers made you understand the value of Indian Police Service, motivate and inspire you to achieve something good in life. They stick to their words and always stay committed to their duty with full determination.
Women alone can handle all duties whether it’s house or nation duty. You just need guts to stand and fight against the crime. Here are some of the fearless women IPS officer who are fighting the crime and have shined like a star.
1. Kiran Bedi
Kiran Bedi is a retired IPS officer and a social activist. She also served as Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry from 28 May 2016 to 16 February 2021. She is the first women who joined IPS in 1972 and for 35 years she remained in service. In 2007 she gets retired as a Director General, Bureau of Police Research and Department.
She was posted as Inspector General to the Delhi Prison. She has done a remarkable work at Tihar Jail by introducing several reforms through which she gained worldwide fame.
She also awarded Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1994. Kiran became the first Indian women who appointed as a Police Advisor to Secretary-General of the United Nations in 2003, in Peace Keeping Operations Department.
She runs the Indian Vision Foundation and also she has written several books.
2. Sanjukta Parashar
Sanjukta Parashar is the brave IPS officer of batch 2006. This name becomes a nightmare for Bodo Assam militants. She has already taken down 6 militants and in 15 months she has arrested more than 64. Besides, her amazing work she is the first IPS women belongs to Assam. In civil service exam she scored 85th and chose IPS duty over administrative work.
As Police Superintendent of Sonitpur District, she leads a team of CRPF Jawans with AK-47 in terror-infested region. She also received various death threats from National Democratic Fronts but this didn’t affect her at all. She is one of the most feared police officer.
Last information we get to know about her work is that in the matter of Bhopal-Ujjain train blast she is heading a probe to solve the case.
3. Merin Joseph
Merin Joseph is the youngest IPS officer of Kerala cadre at the age of 25. From the childhood she wants to become and IAS officer but destiny has different plans. After her graduation she cracked the UPSC Civil Service Exam in 2012 with 188th rank.
To lead the Indian Delegates for The Y20 Summit she got selected from Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel National Police Academy. after a media publication included her in the list of beautiful women officers. Merin slammed the sexist article and he patriarchal mindset of society who objectifies women like this.
Recently, she did a great job by going all the way to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to grab a rape accused criminal who had been on the run for 2 years. Merin does a lot of social welfare work too, she is an inspiration for all.
4. Subhashini Sankaran
Subhashini Sankaran is the first women IPS officer of independent India to put in charge of chief minister’s security. She proves herself and breaks various stereotypes mainly in role which leaves scope of zero error.
Subhashini cleared the UPSC Mains examination with rank 243. On December 23, 2014 militant of splinters group of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland killed 30 tribals in Sonitpur District. Subashini and her team reached within 20 minutes and sense the serious situation. Anticipate the situation of law and order, the police took the care of bodies to be picked up before it further inflamed passions.
She is also responsible for busting a rhino-poaching ring which was operating nearby Kaziranga national park during her posting in Assam.
5. Aparajita Rai
Aparajita Rai is the first female IPS officer from Sikkim. She appeared for the UPSC Civil service exam in 2011 and 2012 and cleared it both time. She is the one first Sikkim person who holds such highest rank in the Civil Services Examination. During her training period Aparajita received many awards.
Her story is full of motivation to do something and make a change. She born in an educated family Aparajita lost her father at a tender age of eight. Her father was a divisional forest officer. So she had to support her mother and herself too. During this period she realized the insensitive attitude of government servants towards people. Then she decided to work hard and bring a change.
Aparajita major achievements involve Shri Umesh Chandra Trophy for Field Combat, The 55th Batch of Senior Course Officers Trophy for Best Turn Out, 1958 Batch IPS Officers’ Trophy for the best Lady Outdoor Probationer and West Bengal Govt Trophy for Bengali. She says, “Anyone who comes to me should not face the same harassment or agony which people normally encounter with government offices.”
6. Meera Borwankar
Meera Borwankar is the women to head Mumbai’s Crime Branch Department in 2001 in long history of 150 year. A tough officer who has solved various difficult cases including Abu Salem’s extradition, Jalgaon sex scandal (include various politicians), Iqbal Mirchi and many more.
In 1981, Meera became an IPS officer of the Maharashtra Cadre where she served as Deputy Commissioner of Police in Mumbai. In 1993-95 she posted in CID branch. She worked with CBI in Mumbai and DIG of Anti-Corruption Bureau of New Delhi.
Meera is the inspiration behind the movie of Mardaani and witnessed the hanging of Yakub Memon in 2015, who was convicted of 1993 Mumbai serial booming. She also received many medals including the President’s medal in 1997 along with Police Medal and Director General’s Insignia. She believes that women are so much of capable in all terms than man and gives advices to women to become independent, fearless and no self-doubting and follow their dreams.
7. Sangeeta Kalia
Sangeeta Kalia is the brave officer who stood up to stop misusing of power by ministers. She inspired to become an IPS officer by actor Kavita Chaudhary, who played the role of an IPS officer in the TV series of 90’s Udaan.
After completing her master’s in Economics, Sangeeta worked as an assistant professor and gave UPSC exam three times to achieve her dream and become a real life hero. On the third attempt she cleared the exam.
Her father was a painter in the Fatehabad police and supported her a lot. In 2010, she joined the Haryana Police as an IPS officer. At that time her father was retiring and it was a very proud moment for him to see her daughter like this.
In 2015, Sangeeta became famous and gain lot of attention when she was serving her duty as Police Superintendent in Fatehabad. She had argument with the Health Minister of Haryana Anil Vij because minster told Sangeeta to leave the meeting and she refused his order to do so. Due to which she got transferred to different area by Health Minister. She gained huge support for standing up against the unfair misuse of minister’s power.
She also arrested a gang of robbers who were stealing money from ATM. A lot of complaints were there against them and it was difficult to catch them. But with the good planning and execution the culprits finally got arrested by Sangeeta Kalia.
8. Dr. Ruveda Salam
Ruveda Salam fulfilled her father’s dream and made history by becoming the first IPS officer from Kashmir. In her adolescence age, her father always said that he wanted her daughter to become an IPS officer. After completing MBBS from Srinagar, she cleared her Civil Services Examination twice and in her second attempt she achieved the IPS cadre.
Ruveda received her training from Hyderabad and posted in Tamil Nadu as Assistant Police Commissioner in Chennai.
Currently, she is Assistant Commissioner Income Tax officer in Jammu after she decided for the Revenue service. Ruveda also give many motivational speeches to youth girls. She motivates and encouraged them to give to IAS exam in Jammu and Kashmir.
9. Soumya Sambasivan
Soumya Sambasivan is the Shimla’s first IPS officer. A 2010 batch IPS officer, who started serious investigation against drugs mafia and successfully sent many of them behind the bars. Her name was nominated for the President’s police medal.
Soumya is the first female superintendent of Police who is appointed in Shimla. For two years, she was also posted in Sirmaur district. She became famous and was loved among people due toher disciplined and strict nature. Saumya also solved six murder cases at the time period when she posted in Sirmaur. Saumya is popular for training women for self-protection and how to use pepper spray properly in self defecne.
Most of the time, she is in spotlight for her fast and strong actions against criminals, making an advantage and strength to the police department.
10. Sonia Narang
Sonia Narang is the 2002 batch IPS officer. In 1999 she graduated from Punjab University and a gold medalist in Sociology. Later she was promoted to the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police in the Crime Investigation Department. Sonia was inspired from her father, A.N. Narang who got retired as a Deputy Superintendent of Police. Sonia had only one aim, and that was to wear the khaki. She also said in an interview with Indian Express that “I never thought of something else. It was civil services only right from high school.”
She is also known as the iron-willed lady because of her zero tolerance for those makes troubles. She became a public figure when she slapped the MLA during a wild protest between Congress and BJP in 2006. Actually, she had to restore a lathi charge to make things in control but MLA of BJP Renukacharyaa refused to move from he was standing. Then she slapped the MLA and also sent him behind the bars.
In 2013, when the CM made a statement that Sonia was involved in Rs 16,000 crore mining scam. She immediately passed a statement in the media that she had never been assigned to areas where illegal mining takes place, then how come money comes into her pocket.
Aside from kicking out criminals she also exposed the racket which was functioning within the Lokayukta office. She becomes second female officer in the long history of Karnataka to become the Deputy Commissioner and handling South Division of Bangalore. She also got promoted to the rank of Deputy Inspector of Police in the Crime Investigation Department.
She was appointed as superintendent of Police, National Investigation Agency for a period of four years. Currently, she is appointed as Additional Director in the Enforcement Directorate.
11. Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya
Kanchan was the first women to become Director General of Police and retired on 31 October 2007 from service. She also was the second IPS officer in country after Kiran Bedi and the first women to become DGP of Uttarakhand and also the first women IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh.
She has won many medals in her journey including President’s medals in 1997 for distinguished services and meritorious services in 1989, Rajiv Gandhi award in 2004 for great work, All-rounder performance and an excellent women achiever.
Kanchan was selected to represent India in Cancun, Mexico during the Interpol meeting in 2004. She hosted the 2nd Women in Police Conference and got praised by the President of India for her excellent performance . She is best known for her work as the chairperson of the All Indian Women in Police, Police of Uttarakhand.
She estimated the issue of recruitment, training and continuation of police women in India at the DGPs Annual Conference and also to the trainings heads of whole countries on behalf of the Bureau of Police Research and development.
Kanchan Chaudhary died at the age of 72 after prolonged illness in year 2019.
12. Vimal Mehra
Vimal Mehra is the first Special Commissioner Police only women who created history by getting the important position of Special Commissioner Police for the first time in the history of Delhi Police.
She is best known for the second female Director General of Delhi Tihar Jail after Kirana Bedi. She make a big change by introducing of foreign language courses for women in prison. She introduced Women’s Helpline (1091) as the head of Crime against Women Cell. She also start self defense training programes for women and this is her one of the achievement.
For the first in Delhi, Vimal dealt with the battlalion at the time of Anti-Sikh riots. There she introduced the training course of self-defense which runs by the police.
13. Archana Ramasundaram
Archana is a retired IPS officer and was member of Tamil Nadu Police. She served for 37 years as an IPS officer and in 2018 she got retired. On 3rd February 2016, she assumed charge as the Director General, SSB and was the first women police officer of India to lead a central paramilitary force.
Archana is from 1980 batch, a post graduate in Economics from the University of Rajasthan. There she also worked as a lecturer and after she got appointed to IPS and got Tamil Nadu cadre. She worked as SP of Prohibition Enforcement Wing and took strict actions against a big number of bootleggers and prohibition offenders. Later she worked as SP of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption at Chennai.
She was awarded with many medals – Police medal for Meritorious Services in August of 1995 and President’s Police Medal for the distinguished service in 2005.
In 1999, she got selected for Central government as a deputation and posted in the Central Bureau of Investigation in New Delhi as DIG.
14. Dr. B. Sandhya
B. Sandhya is the Additional Director General of Kerala Police in India. She got training in HR management from Wollongong University of Australia in year 1998 and also passed PGDBA in 1999 from Pondicherry University.
She got involved in investigation of sexual harassment allegations which was against former Kerala Public Works minister P.J. Joseph in 2006. She also successfully implemented the Janamaithri Suraksha Project in 2009 which is a successful model of Community Policing.
In 2010, IAWP which is based in USA, awarded International Scholarship of Distinction to Sandhya. The Kerala police awarded Sandhya the President’s Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 2006.
Neelakoduveliyude Kavalkkari (her novel) won the award of Edasseri in 2007. Also won Gopalakrishnan Kolazhi Award, Abudabi Sakthi Award, in 2013 its Kunjunni Puraskaram Award.