There is a shortage of 908 IPS officers in the country as on January 1, 2016, out of a sanctioned strength of 4,802 personnel, Home Ministry data shows. At present, 3,894 IPS officers are in service while 140 probationers of the 2015 batch are undergoing training.
Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state, has 114 IPS vacancies with the sanctioned strength being 517 while West Bengal has 88 vacancies against the sanctioned strength of 347. There are 79 vacancies in Odisha, where there are 188 IPS posts while 72 posts in Karnataka (sanctioned strength 215) are yet to be filled.
"The gap is huge considering the fact of the country's ever-increasing population. We are trying to recruit more and more officers in IPS every year," a senior Home Ministry official said.

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