Village Postal Carrier

Village Mail Carrier

The tasks a Village Postman is expected to perform include:

Collecting letters, parcels, registered and insured covers, telegraphic and ordinary money orders, V.P. articles etc. from the post office and delivering them to addressees in the village

Collecting dak such as letters, money orders, parcels, registered and insured letters etc. of one?s beat from the post office against receipts 

Checking and sorting dak according to the villages and entering them in one?s book

Arranging dak according to the route of delivery 

Delivering ordinary mail to the addressees given and important dak such as registered letters, money orders, parcels etc. to addresses, after obtaining acknowledgements or receipts from them 

Taking the signatures of witnesses for payment of money orders when the identity of the addressee is unknown or doubtful  

Receiving postal charges and maintaining records of payments received for bearing or underpaid letters or V.P. articles 

Knowledge of depositing acknowledgement receipts, money collected and undelivered articles in the post office

Well-versed with collecting mail from letter boxes and delivering them to the post office 

Adept with carrying postage stamps of limited value and selling them in villages authorized by postal authorities 

Adept with depositing sales proceeds in the post office upon return 

Knowledge of supplying money order forms, acknowledgement slips and other postal forms to villagers on visit

Physically fit 

Knowledge of accepting registered letters and posting and issuing receipts

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

Part-time work and contractual jobs are not available

Work from home option is not available

Working hours
Post offices usually work 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), Low Vision (LV) and those who are Hearing Impaired (HH), Blind (B)

The job is considered mildly hazardous or dangerous 

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

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

For freshers - INR 5,500 to INR 10,500 per 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 the 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 offices that employ 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 is 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 the Postal Services Sector in India

The Department of Posts has a network of approximately 1.55 lakh post 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 the service delivery of post and IT based services including banking & insurance and govt. 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 will radically improve the 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 is only going to increase job opportunities in the postal services industry across towns and cities in India.

Post offices across India