Officers selected under the Indian Postal Services work under the aegis of India Post. The job profile of an Indian Postal Service officer is very different than that of an IAS, IPS, IRS, IFS or any other officer recruited by way of the civil service examination. Unique in its own sense, an Indian Postal Service officer gets ample opportunity to serve people from all walks of life and draw out that necessary job satisfaction. Working under the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India the major work profile of an Indian Postal Service Officer includes introducing various financial schemes that would help people residing in semi-urban and rural localities, coordinating with various other ministries and government agencies such as Ministry of Finance to manage small savings, railways and the airlines for transportation of mail, law and order agencies to ensure complete safety and security of cash and valuables during times of unrest etc.
- Excellent managerial and administrative skills
- Love for the country
- Extremely good communication skills
- Common sense
- Sense of responsibility
- Desire to serve one's country
- Positive thinking
- Ability to communicate effectively with people from different backgrounds
- Mental alertness
- Ability to work even in remote areas
Course / Training
For all those who are interested in taking up Indian Foreign Services have to first appear for the Civil Service Examination which is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The civil service examination is conducted in various stages that are enlisted below. The stage one of the Civil Service examination is the preliminary exam which is also the qualification exam. The prelim is an objective type test that basically comprises two tests. Each test is a 200 marks test for two hours each. The first paper comprises questions on current events, Indian and world geography, Indian policy and government, economic and social development, environment ecology, bio-diversity, general science etc. Whereas the Test II covers questions related to comprehension, interpersonal & communication skills, logical & analytical reasoning, decision making & problem solving skills, Mathematical ability and English language. This is just a qualifying examination and the scores gained by students at this stage are not included in the final marking scheme.
The students who qualify the preliminary examination, become eligible to appear for the mains examination. The mains examination consists of a written exam and an interview. The written exam for the mains paper includes nine subjective type papers.
The list of the same is as follows:
|One Indian language paper||300|
|General Studies paper – I||300|
|General Studies paper – II||300|
|Optional Subject – I (a)||300|
|Optional Subject – I (b)||300|
|Optional Subject – II (a)||300|
|Optional Subject – II (b)||300|
Students have to also appear for a round of personal interview that is conducted by board appointed by UPSC.
On getting selected for Indian Postal Service Group ‘A’, the successful candidates are given a compulsory 3 months training as a probationer at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration. On completion of the same they have to then undertake professional training at Postal Staff College, Ghaziabad. Their training at the Postal Staff College, Ghaziabad encompasses various areas such as managing overall postal services providing insights of leadership values, personnel management, management of business and lots more.
List of Institutes for undergrad and post-grad courses in Indian Postal Service
|Union Public Service Commission||www.upsc.gov.in|
|Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussourie||www.lbsnaa.gov.in|
|Postal Staff College, Ghaziabad||www.raknpa.gov.in|
All candidates who join the Indian Postal Service after clearing the stringent admission procedure of civil service examination join in the junior time scale in divisional headquarters as Senior Superintendent of Post Office (SSPO) or Senior Superintendent Railway Mail (SSRM). Apart from the Indian Post, Indian Postal Service officer can serve in any ministry at any level depending on the seniority and aptitude.
A lot of Indian Postal Officers are also sent on deputation to the Universal Postal Union at Berne, Switzerland or on assignment basis to other countries. Indians Postal Officers also go on deputation to Army Postal Service
In the beginning of their service, the Indian Postal Service officers get approximately Rs 32,000 as a salary. Their salaries constantly get revised on the basis of their position in the hierarchy, their place of posting etc. Apart from the salary, Indian Postal Officers also receive various other perks and allowances such as Dearness Allowance, Transport Allowance, House Rent Allowance etc.