Allotment/re-allotment of Postal Service Group ‘B’ officers from one Circle/ Unit to other Circle/Unit – Revised Guidelines by Dept of Post.

Allotment/re-allotment of Postal Service Group ‘B’ officers from one Circle/ Unit to other Circle/Unit – Revised Guidelines by Dept of Post.

Allotment/re-allotment of Postal Service Group ‘B’ officers from one Circle/ Unit to other Circle/Unit – Revised Guidelines by Dept of Post.
No. 9-23/2014-SPG
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(Personnel Division) 
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg
New Delhi – 110 001
Dated: 18.05.2018 
All Heads of Circles 
SUB: -Revised Guidelines to be followed on allotment / re-allotment of
Postal Service Group ‘B’ officers from one Circle/ Unit to other

Sir/ Madam
I am directed to refer to the circular letter of even number dated
15.09.2014 and 23.03.2017 on the subject cited above. The matter has been
revisited and the Competent Authority has approved the following revised
guidelines, in supersession of previous guidelines on the subject keeping
in view the fact that Postal Service Group B officers are allotted /
re-allotted to Circle / unit by the Postal Directorate and further
allocation / posting of these officers within the circle / unit are done by
the Head of Circle / unit concerned. It is also stated that while these
guidelines have been framed to meet the need for striking a balance between
requirement of the organization and the personal aspiration of the
officers, it is to be remembered that Postal Service Group B is a Cadre
having all India transfer liability and also the fact that it is also a
feeder cadre for promotion to Junior Time Scale of Indian Postal Service,
Group A. As such, the officers of Postal Service Group B cadre are expected
to get exposure by working in different Circles / Units, which would be
useful for their career progression and equip them with experience and
skills to shoulder higher responsibility in due course.
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2. The Postal Service Group ‘B’ officers have been categorized into 2
categories namely category A and B’ for the purpose of according priority
in posting to circles. First Priority for posting to circles will be
accorded to officers in Category A, followed by Category 8. Within each
Category, preference of posting will be given to officers in the order
indicated below:
a) Officers with only 3 or less than 3 years of service left for
b) Differently abled officers as per instructions issued by DOPT.
c) Lady Officers who are left with 5 or less than 5 years of service for
3. The choice of posting to a particular circle as per these guidelines is
subject to administrative requirements and availability of vacancies; and
therefore, cannot be claimed as a matter of right.
4. ‘Home Circle’ for the purpose of these guidelines is the Circle where
the officer was initially appointed or Circle of ‘Domicile’. ‘Preferred
Circle’ is the circle indicated by the officer as his preferred choice of
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5. Only such requests for posting / re-allotment to a circle will be
considered, as are forwarded to the Directorate through proper channel
along with vigilance clearance.
6. The competent authority may relax any of the provisions in these
guidelines in exceptional circumstances.
7. Categories of officers for the purpose of circle allocation are as
7.1 Category A: Postal Service Group B Officers who are already working
outside their Home Circle / Preferred Circle will be considered for
posting / reallotment in the following manner:
(a) Officer will be considered for re-allotment only after completion of a
tenure of three years in the Circle of posting. Tenure for hard stations
will be governed by DOP&T guidelines on the subject. Leave for more
than 15 days in one spell taken during this period will not be counted for
calculation of tenure period for considering requests for re-allotment and
certificate in this regard will be furnished by the circle / unit concerned
while forwarding the officer’s request.
(b) Re-allotment / posting requests from Postal Service Group ‘B’ officers
to their respective Home Circle / preferred circle will be considered
strictly on the basis of date of their joining on promotion posting outside
their Home Circle / preferred circle, irrespective of their cadre
seniority. In other words, those officers who joined their promotion post
outside home circle preferred circle earlier will be given priority for
posting / re-allotment over those who joined later.
(c) Re-allotment of circles to officers under Category A is subject to
paragraph 2 above.

Category B: Newly promoted PS Group B Officers will be considered for
posting in the following manner

(a) No officer will be allotted to their Home circle / Circle of Domicile
as defined in paragraph 4 above except those falling under (a), (b) and (c)
of Paragraph 2 above.

(b) Circles will be allotted to officers in Category B as per their
inter-se seniority and requests for posting.
(c) Posting of officers under Category B is subject to paragraph 2 above.
8. Guidelines of posting in different PTCs and RAKNPA will be decided
separately in consultation with Training Division of this Directorate.
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This issues with the approval of Secretary (Posts).
Yours faithfully,
(Parveeta Dhawan)
Assistant Director General (SGP)
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