ostal Inspectors are recruited for taking responsibility of one or two postal divisions together in any district, by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) through Combined Graduate Level (CGL) examination. The post is set up for taking all postal divisions across the country. The post is not quite so lucrative and does not involve exciting field works to be done with challenges.
The posting of postal inspectors is made according to the vacancies in any particular postal division. They are responsible for taking care of 60 to 70 post offices within their division/subdivision. The postal inspector is assisted by generally two Mail Overseers in his division and he remains the appointing authority of conducting interviews of candidates for Gramin Dak Sevak posts. There used to be at least two divisions in a district and thus there would be a requirement for at least two Postal Inspector posts in any district.
What is India Post?
The Department of Posts in India is best known as Indian Post. It is a government-operated postal system in India which generally regarded as ‘the post office”. The department of posts has over 1.5 lakh post offices around the country. The network of post offices around the country has grown immensely after the independence of India and consequently the demand for people working at the department has risen. The Indian Post is the largest and most widely distributed postal system in the world, because of its far-flung reach and presence in the remotest areas of the country. Along with postal services the Indian Post is associated with giving services such as small banking and financial services to its potential customers. The Indian Post is divided into 22 postal circles, which are further divided into regions, divisions and subdivisions. The subdivisions and divisions are headed by Postal Inspectors.
Job Profile of Postal Inspector
The Postal Inspector post is a Group-B Non-Gazetted post which is among the lowest preferred job profiles among the SSC CGL candidates, who opt for the examination. The dislike for the post is caused due to its intense workload without any social recognition status or credits in return. The job is often termed as a field job, but lacks the slightest of excitement in field jobs. It can be more termed as a clerical job and desk bound hours can make office hours really tiring. The postal inspectors have to shuffle through files, papers and documents for the entire day and keep track of almost 60- 70 post offices under their division. The Postal Inspectors also have the responsibility to canvass people. so that, they can buy Postal Life Insurance from the post office. They also have to make people understand quite a few schemes launched by the government and sell them to collect funds for the postal department. The postal inspectors have recently been notified by the Department of Posts that they need to increase the growth of each circle by at least 20 percent, which means there is an additional pressure on the postal inspectors in the post offices.
Pay scale and Salary
Like any other Grade B officer the Inspector of Posts gets paid in the pay band II (Rs. 9300- 34800) with Grade Pay of Rs. 4200/-. They are provided with separate monthly allowances of Rs. 750/- for telephone bills and internet charges. They are also provided with a laptop and are allowed to reimburse their travelling expenses from the department.
Promotion Policy of Postal Inspector
The very first promotion which the postal inspectors can expect is Assistant Superintendents in postal sub division, divisional/regional/circle offices or in the Postal Directorate in New Delhi. This could take a roughly around 5 years of work as Postal Inspector in any particular division. The candidates can further rise to the level of Superintendents in Postal/RMS Divisions and Assistant Directors in regional/circle offices. Senior Superintendents and Director of the Postal Services posts are achievable at the near end of their career depending on their skills and performance over time.