Letter Carrier

Mail Carrier



The tasks a Runner, Mail is expected to perform include:

Collecting and delivering letters and other postal articles from and to different village post offices and postal agencies

Collecting the mail bags from the head post office, counting them and acknowledging their receipts

Carrying and delivering them to specified post offices or places and obtaining delivery receipts

Collecting outgoing mail bags, counting and acknowledging their receipt and delivering them to the main post office against an acknowledgement

Well-versed with fetching the mail bags from the head post office, counting them and acknowledging their receipts

Knowledge of carrying and delivering mail bags to specified post offices or addressees and obtaining acknowledgement slips

Physically fit 

Adept with carrying a spear-head stick fitted with small bells to ward off wild animals  

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 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), 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, stroke, 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