According to V. S. Saxena,
former Chief PMG, the Indian Postal Service is unique as there is "maximum
The first posting is as the head of a division where you are in touch with
the "cutting edge" the people as well as staff and the results are
"immediate". Moreover, it is the only service from which you can go on a
deputation to the army and serve from Captain to Major General. An
attractive aspect of a career in the Indian Postal Service is that there is
job mobility as well as variety.
You can serve in any ministry
at an level depending on your seniority and aptitude. Officers are also sent
on deputation to the Universal Postal Union at Berne, Switzerland or on
assignments to other countries.
Your professional course will
be at the Postal Staff College, Ghaziabad. During your probation you will be
"attached" to "field" offices of the department, where you will work in
various capacities (e.g. Inspector or Postmaster). You will serve in
divisional headquarters (e.g. Pune, Agra, Chandigarh) as Senior
Superintendent of Post Office (SSPO) or Senior Superintendent Railway Mail
(SSRM) in your Junior scale as well as in the first 2-3 years of your senior
scale. Only personnel from the Indian Postal Service go on deputation to the
Army Postal Service.
Later in the Senior Scale you
will be promoted to the rank of Assistant PMG (Post Master General) or
Assistant Director General at the Directorate. In the JAG you will be made a
Director. In the selection grade you will remain a Director. You can be
promoted to the Senior most level of PMG of a "Circle" (or equivalent -
e.g.. the post of Deputy Director General). Postal Services is one of the
most challenging, satisfying and gratifying job for people who have an
interest in human relations. This service offers an opportunity to serve the
people from all walks of life directly", says Mr. A.K.Gupta, Director,
Postal Services, Lucknow. According to him, in the Senior Administrative
Grade there are two scales namely Rs.18,400 - 22400 and 22,400 -24,500.
Promotions after that are to
the posts of :
a) Additional Secretary in a ministry
b) One of the members of the Postal Services Board
c) Chief PMG or rather HAG i.e. Higher Administrative Grade. At present
there are ten posts of Chief PMG out of which
seven are field posts .
d) Secretary, Department of Post who is also ex officio DG and Chairman of
the Postal Services Board.