Postal Carrier

Mail Carrier

Letter Carrier


The tasks a Postman is expected to perform include:

Collecting dak, parcels, registered and insured covers, V.P. articles, money orders, etc. from post office and delivering them to addresses residing in allocated area

Collecting letters, registered covers, money orders, registered and unregistered parcels, V.P. articles, etc. from post office against receipt to deliver them to addressees 

Keeping record of important letters and articles in register to be maintained

Sorting them according to street and house numbers

Planning route and arranging dak and articles accordingly

Well-versed with delivering ordinary dak at respective addresses and registered letters, money orders, V.P. articles to addressee

Knowledge of receiving and recording payment of bearing or under-paid letters and V.P. articles 

Adept with depositing acknowledgement receipt, money collected and undelivered articles in post office

Adept with collecting mail from letter boxes 

Knowledge of sorting out incoming mail for distribution to postmen

Well- versed with supplying money order and acknowledgement forms to public on request

Physically fit 

Good interpersonal skills


Diligent and hardworking

Time management skills

Ability to work independently

It is a field job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs are not available

Work from home option is not available

Working hours
Post offices usually work for 6 days a week and 8/10 hours every day. This may vary from one post office to another post office

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?
This job is suitable for candidates with One Arm (OA), One Leg (OL), Blind (B), Low Vision (LV) and those who have Hearing Impaired (HH)

The job is considered to be mildly hazardous or dangerous 

Occupational hazards include heat exhaustion, stroke, physical strain, dermatological problems, fatigue, leg pain, etc.

Health risks include exposure to dust, extreme temperature, walking/standing for long hours, etc.

For freshers - INR 5,500 to INR 10,500per month

For candidates with 2-4 years of experience or more - INR 10,500 to INR 20,500 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Overview of Postal Services Industry

The Indian Post Office Act, 1898 governs the postal services provided by the Department of Posts. In the present scenario, the Indian Postal Service under the Department of Posts is the world?s biggest post office system with more than 1,55,333 post officesthat employs more than 5,20,000 people. The Department of Posts is part of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of the Government of India and commonly known as ?India Post?. Most of these postal services are provided at manually-operated counters; however, counter operations are now being progressively computerized to provide a greater range of services to customers from a single window leading to services that are more responsive and error-free.

Growth Estimates and Latest Trends of Postal Services Sector in India

The Department of Posts has a network of approximately 1.55 lakhpost offices, of which 1.3 lakh are rural post offices. The IT Modernization project will rebuild the rural postal infrastructure to create institutional last mile connectivity for service delivery of post, IT based services including banking & insurance, and government schemes like MGNREGS, Social Security, etc. This infrastructure will form the platform for the electronic delivery of postal, financial, insurance and Government services to the 80 crore plus rural population through post offices.

The project will also unlock revenue streams previously stymied due to lack of automation and radically improve delivery of mail to urban customers. This will help increase revenues in the banking and mail businesses thereby leading to the economic sustainability of the Department of Posts.All these factors put together are only going to increase the job opportunities for Postman in the Postal services industryacross towns and cities in India.

Post offices across India