Meet The ‘Cheater’ IPS Officer
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Karim, from Kerala

Don’t you all remember our Munnabhai aka Sanjay Dutt cheating to become a doctor in the film, Munnabhai MBBS? We have something similar that happened for real! A Tamil Nadu-cadre IPS officer Safeer Karim, ASP (Trainee) in Nanguneri was caught cheating in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination in Chennai.

Karim, from Kerala, was allotted the Tamil Nadu cadre after he cleared the UPSC exams for the first time in the year 2015. However, aspiring to develop into a civil servant he was caught with a mobile phone, a bluetooth device, and wireless earplug speakers, during his UPSC (Main) examination, following a tip-off from the Intelligence Bureau (IB).

Surprisingly, he was not alone in this! His wife, Joicy Joy was a visiting faculty at one of the IAS coaching centre and was helping him all the way sitting in Hyderabad, dictating answers to him over the phone. After checking all the candidates present at the exam centre at the Presidency Girls’ Higher Secondary School, Egmore by the Chennai Police, Karim was found guilty. Also, his wife and partner in crime, was caught in Hyderabad and detained.

Cheater' IPS Officer

Hyderabad police Special Task Force (STF) Additional DCP Shashidhar Raju told to a leading newspaper, “When we raided the La Excellence IAS Study Circle institute, she and Dr P Rambabu, the director of the institute were found sitting in a room and reading out answers to Karim over phone.”


Both the husband and the wife hail from Kerala. Karim underwent training at the Sardar Vallabbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad after being selecte for Ips in the year 2015. However, keen on becoming IAS, he resorted to the malpractice, costing him his job and status.

While in the films a professor helped the stars, for Safeer Karim, it was his wife, Joyce Joy.