Indian Postal Services is a Central Group ‘A’ Service, and its officers are recruited through the Civil Service Examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission. It caters to the largest network of post offices in the world. The job involves coordination with government agencies such as the railways and the airlines for transportation of mail, coordination with the Department of Finance through the network of post offices and state governments to manage small savings, and to interact with law and order agencies to ensure safety and security of cash and valuables in post offices, transmission of cash and police assistance in times of unrest.
Direct Recruits are imparted Foundational Course (FC) training at one of the
leading Training Academies in the country viz. Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of
Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie; Sardar Vallabhhhai Patel National Police Academy,
Hyderabad; National Academy of Direct Taxes, Nagpur etc. as identified by the
Department of Personnel & Training (DOP&T). The professional training in postal
management and administration is given at Rafi Ahmed Kidwai National Postal Academy
Direct recruit lPoS officers are posted in any of the 22 Postal Circles except their
home Circle in their first posting in accordance with the Transfer Policy for lpoS, Group
Functions of an IPoS officer:
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 Post/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
(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 Management;
(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
(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.
An IPoS Officer is eligible for promotions in his career span. His/ her promotion takes place after evaluating the performance on the basis of Annual Performance Appraisal Reports (APARs), Vigilance Clearance and other related documents. The scrutiny for promotion is done by Departmental Promotion Committee. Promotions are dependent upon the time period spent in a particular feeder grade. The time-bound promotions have been envisaged to attract and retain the best talent in the country. Following are promotional posts for an IPoS Officer:-
(i) Senior Time Scale: Appointment to the Senior Time Scale in the Services 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 Time Scale:- 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 the Junior Administrative Grade: Officers of the Service in the Junior Administrative Grade, who have entered the 14th year of the service on the 1st 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 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 Postal Services Board is made by selection on merit from amongst officers of the Higher Administrative Grade.
Regulations governing IPoS:
lPoS officers are regulated by the Recruitment Rules (Service Rules) of Indian
Postal Service, Group ‘A’, Central Civil Services (Classification, Control & Appeal) Rules,
1965, Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964 and other rules and instructions
issued by the Department of Personnel & Training and Department of Posts, etc.
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