INDIAN POSTAL SERVICE (IPoS)

General

Indian Postal Service is one of the main civil services. The Indian Postal service is responsible for the smooth functioning and management of the country’s huge postal network including telegraph service. It is an important career choice and offers attractive positions, career growth and remuneration.

Role

Indian Postal Service is responsible for efficient and smooth functioning of postal and telegraph services. There are a variety of roles that the Indian Postal Service performs like insurance, banking, selling of various products etc but its primary work is related to postal and telegraph services. It functions under the Ministry of Communication. An lPoS officer, while posted in field as Junior Time Scale (JTS) officer either as Senior Superintendent of Post Offices (SSPOs) or Senior Superintendent Railway Mail Service (SSRM), is responsible for overall administration of the Postal/RMS Division, wherein he/she is posted. A Postal Division is generally co-terminus with one or two/three revenue districts. The functions of SSPOs/SSRM broadly include the following:

(i) Effective management and monitoring of postal services and operations in the Division.

(ii) Administering control over all the Post Offices and Mail Offices in the Division

(iii) Planning for optimization and expansion of the postal network in the Division

(iv) Technology Management

(v) Financial ltlanagernent

(vi) Materials Management including upkeep and maintenance of Post Offices, Letter Boxes and vehicles/ mail vans, etc

(vii) Marketing of various products and services of India Post including Banking and Insurance products

(viii) Customer relations & public grievance redressal mechanism

(ix) Coordination with district, police and other public authorities

(x) Personnel Management:- Recruitment, transfers, promotion and disciplinary matters of employees and staff relations.

Procedure to Join Indian Postal Service

Aspirants can join for the Indian Postal Service mentioned above by applying for the Civil Services Examination on the UPSC website on advertisement of vacancies. To check the eligibility conditions, syllabus and pattern of the Civil Services Examination please click here.

There are three stages of the examination:-

  • Preliminary Examination
  • Main Examination
  • Interview

You need to clear each stage to be eligible for next stage.

Career Prospects

The Career graph starts as Senior Superintendent of Post Offices/ Assistant Post Master General (Junior Time Scale) throughout the country including the Ministry at the Centre after training with field offices.

An lndian Postal Service officer is eligible for promotions as under after evaluating the performance on the basis of Annual performance Appraisal Reports (APARs), vigilance clearance and other related documents.

  • (i) Senior Time Scale: Appointment to the Senior Time Scale in the Service is made by promotion of officers in the Junior Time Scale with four years regular service in that grade in the order of seniority.
  • (ii) Junior Administrative Grade: Appointment to the Junior Administrative Grade in the Service is made by selection on merit from amongst officers of the senior Time scale of the service with 5 years regular service in that grade.
  • (iii) Selection Grade of Junior Administrative Grade: Officers of the Service in the Junior Administrative Grade, who have entered the 14th year of the service on the 1″ January of the year calculated from the year following the year of examination on the basis of which the member of the Service was recruited/ year of inclusion in the select list of Junior Time Scale on promotion.
  • (iv) Senior Administrative Grade: Appointment to the Senior Administrative Grade in the Service is made by selection on merit from amongst officers of the Junior Administrative Grade of the Service who have put in not less than 16 years total regular service in Group ‘A’ of the service
  • (v) Higher Administrative Grade: Appointment to the Higher Administrative Grade in the Service is made on the basis of selection on merit from amongst officers of the Senior Administrative Grade with two years of regular service in that grade.
  • (vi) Member, Postal Services Board: Appointment to the post of the Member of the Postal Services Board is made by selection on merit from amongst officers of the Higher Administrative Grade.
  • (vii) Deputation to other Government departments/Ministries, Organisations, Foreign Assignments: 

(a)       Central Government Ministries/Department under Central Staff Scheme (mainly in the ranks of Deputy Secretary and above).

(b)       State Government/organization other than central Government Ministries/Department under non-Central Staff Scheme (mainly in the ranks of Deputy Secretary and above).

(c)       Public Sector Undertakings as Chief Vigilance Officer either in the capacity of Director of Joint Secretary under non-Central Staff Scheme

(d)      Foreign assignment or deputation with Universal Postal Union, Asia Pacific postal Union, United National Development programme, etc.

For more information about Indian Postal Service jobs please visit Union Public Service Commission website http://www.upsc.gov.in/.

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