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New Delhi, October 02, 2012
First Published: 17:35 IST(2/10/2012)
Last Updated: 17:39 IST(2/10/2012)
One for all: An Indian postal services officer coordinates with various agencies like railways, airlines and finance etc. Photo: Imagesbazaar

The lowdown
Indian postal services come under the Central Group ‘A’ services. IPoS officers are recruited through the civil service examination, conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. They are posted in the postal department. Like other civil servants, they are eligible to move on deputation to other ministries and departments of the central government, state government or even on foreign assignment to United Nations bodies. “In terms of technology induction, India Post is miles ahead of its competitors in the private sector,” says Aman Sharma, director, Delhi postal circle

The normal working hours in administrative offices are from 9am to 5.30pm, five days in a week. However, a government servant like Indian postal services officer works 24x7, as per the call of duty. In addition to the administrative work at the office, there are field visits for inspections and supervision of the post office functions

The payoff
The starting salary is about  Rs. 32,000 per month. After the sixth pay commission’s recommendations, the salary structure has been revised. Structures depend on one’s scale also. One starts with training, moves on to junior time scale, senior time scale, junior administrative grade, senior administrative grade, higher administrative grade, principal chief postmaster general, member postal service board and then secretary to government of India (ex-cadre post)

* Excellent administrative skills
* Ability to work in remote areas
* A helpful attitude is important
* Good networking skills
* Ability to work in a close-knit environment

Getting there
Indian postal services officers are recruited through the civil service examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) which requires a bachelor’s degree

Institutes and URLs
After clearing the UPSC-administered exam, a probationer has to complete a foundation course at:
* Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie

And then to:
* Postal Staff College India, Ghaziabad

Pros and cons
* Excellent job variety, due to which IPS officers are preferred by other central government ministries to man important positions on deputation
* It requires special logistics management
* Opportunity to travel around the country

Career in postal services offers diversity at work and a challenging job profile Manjula Prasher, secretary, Department of Posts, Government of India, New Delhi

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