Post office plays a vital role in the rural economy all over India. This postal network is the largest in the world and the only link between inaccessible remote rural homes and the townships. Gramin Dak Sevak is the vital link and backbone of the Indian Post Department, the largest widely distributed network of messengers – money transferors and bankers of rural savings, which has come a long way in adopting new technology in the fast-changing world.
Facing stiff competition from courier service industry, the Postal department has computerized money order and started speed post services. When post offices work as banks in a full-fledged manner, commercial banks may face the competition in the rural areas. The GDS(Gramin Dak Sevaks)will continue to play a major role in the rural economy.
Who is Gramin Dak Sevak
Today, Gramin Dak Sevak is part of the multi-task workforce who not only delivers mail to the remote village home, in rain, cold winds, and scorching summer heat but also sorts the mail, acts as a carrier, works at post office counter and promotes post office saving schemes.
Job of the Gramin Dak Sevak
Gram Dak Sevak has to work in different roles (Multi-task) such as
- Mail article/parcel Sorter(Packer)
- Mail/parcel Transporter( carrier)
- Mail/parcel/ Money Order Postman ( deliverer)
- Counter in charge (Branch/sub-postmaster)
Mail/Parcel sorter (Packer)
GDS is accountable for routine tasks in Packer role. During morning hours She/He opens the postal parcel/speed post/ mailbag which arrives at the Branch Post Office every morning.
Contents are sorted into registered AD parcel/ post, speed post article, articles for other branch offices, corporate mailbag articles, Govt priority articles and normal articles to be delivered at the doorstep. Articles of other branches to be packed in postbag and sent through Bus/Van or Cycle. During free time He/she assists Counter in charge/ mail deliverer as well as other roles.
Mail Bag Carrier
GDS in this role carries and distributes the mailbags from Head post office/branch office to sub-post offices in the villages. As a multi-task employee She/he assists all other roles as well.
Mail (Parcel/mail/Money order) deliverer (postman) stamp vendor
Postman delivering letters and money order to doorstep was the visible face of the post office for a century. Now the task belongs to Gramin Dak Sevak. As parcel/mail/money order deliverer, the GDS collects and sorts articles as per priority and location of the house. Apart from delivering postal articles in the villages, She/He canvasses/ promotes various postal small saving schemes, like Recurring Deposit/ Public Provident Fund, Savings bank, Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana, postal insurance, national savings certificate, Monthly Income Scheme, Time Deposit.
Sub-postmaster/branch postmaster (counter in charge)
In this role, GDS has to supervise either sub-post office or branch post office as branch/sub-postmaster. Each Gram panchayat has a sub-post office or a branch post office.
GDS takes care of counter providing service of sale of stamps, booking registered post, speed post, booking parcels, opening savings account, Recurring Deposit account, senior citizen account, Monthly Income Scheme account, Public Provident Fund account, sale of NSC,Kisan Vikas Patra,manage MANAREGA account, providing service to account holders, keeping branch account of cash received and paid as well as cheque transactions at the branch or sub-post office.
Gramin Dak Sevak Salary
Recently government of India approved the 7th CPC for the GDS cadre in the Post Office India. All working GDS and newly appointed will get the benefit of revised and enhanced pay. The following chart represents the revised salary structure of GDS post.
|Post Name||Pre-Revised Salary||Basic pay after 7th CPC||Gross Salary Per Month||Working Hours|
|GDS Sub Postmaster||4575-85-7125||14500||18850||4 - 5 hours|
|GDS Branch Postmaster||2745-50-4245||12500||16250||Up to 3 hours work|
|3200-60-5000||More than 3 hours up to 3 hrs.30 min|
|3660-70-5760||Up to 4 hours|
|4115-75-6365||14500||18850||More than 4 hours up to 4 hour 30 min|
|4575-85-7125||More than 4 hrs 30 min up to 5 hours|
|GDS Mail deliverer/||2665-50-4165||10000||13000||For work up to 3 hrs for new entrants|
|3330-60-5130||12500||16250||For Work load Up to 3 hours 45 minutes|
|4220-75-6470||14500||18850||More than 3 hours 45 minutes up to 5 hours|
|GDS Mail Carrier/||2295-45-3695||10000||13000||For work up to 3 hrs for new entrants|
|2870-50-4370||12500||16250||More than 3 hrs up to 3 hrs 45 min|
|3635-65-5585||More than 3 hours 45 minutes up to 5 hours|
How to become a Gramin Dak Sewak
Applications to be made and submitted online after paying fee., if applicable. Notification for Online applications being released postal circle wise (e.g.Andhra Pradesh circle and Uttarakhand circle released recently).
Age between 18 years and 40 years. (relaxed for OBC (3 years)/SC (5 years)/ST (5 years)/PH CATEGORY 10 years as per rules).
Academic qualification and skill
Matric or 10th class (pass) of a Govt. recognized board. Computer skill with Computer training certificate of minimum 60-day duration OR computers TAUGHT IN SCHOOL AT CLASS 10 OR CLASS 12 or at a higher level supported by the certificate.
Must have other means of livelihood,(apart from allowance received as GDS).
For Branch Post Master GDS post, must reside within the village of service.
Must know cycling.
Procedure for online application:
Register on the official website https://indiapost.gov.in.
Obtain registration number by filling detail required, A candidate can make up to 5 applications in the order of preference.
Use single registration number to fill in an online application and upload scanned 10th marks card, certificates/Testimonials, photo, signature.
Check carefully before submitting the application online along with application fee.
Merit list is made automatically on basis of marks obtained in 10th standard board exam.
Wrap Up: Candidates desirous of applying as GDS, can read official website and notifications for more information.