GDS- Revised Eligibility Criteria for engagement – DoP Order dated 08.03.2019

GDS- Revised Eligibility Criteria for engagement – DoP Order
dated 08.03.2019

No. 17-02/2018-GDS
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(GDS Section)

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
New Delhi – 110001
Dated: 08.03.2019


All Chief Postmasters General/Postmasters General

Subject: Revised eligibility criteria for engagement to Gramin Dak Sevaks
(GDS) posts.

The eligibility criteria/conditions for engagement to GDS
posts were last reviewed and notified by the Department vide letter
No.17-39/6/2012-GDS dated 14.01.2015. The matter has been examined. The
competent authority has now decided to revise the same as per details below:-

I. Age Limit

The minimum and maximum age for the purpose of engagement to GDS posts shall be
18 and 40 years respectively as on the date of notification of the vacancy.
Permissible relaxation in upper age limit for different categories are as

SI.No. Category Permissible age relaxation
1. Schedule Cast/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) 5 years
2. Other Backward Classes (OBC) 3 years
3. Economically Weaker Sections  (EWS) No relaxation•
4. Persons with Disabilities (PwD) 10 years•
5. Persons with Disabilities (PwD) + OBC 13 years•
6. Persons with Disabilities (PwD)  + SC/ST 15 years•

Note:- 1* There will be no relaxation in upper age limit to EWS candidates.
However, the persons belonging to EWSs who are not covered under the scheme of
reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs shall get 10% reservation in engagement to
Gramin Dak Sevaks posts in the Department of Posts as prescribed in Directorate
letter No 17-09/2019 dated 26.02.2019 .

Note:-2 • All recruiting authorities shall maintain the above age relaxation for
persons with disability for all categories of GDS posts as is applicable in
regular appointment in Group ‘C’ cadre. This relaxation however is not
applicable for persons with benchmark of disability “Blind”, as in place of
blind, candidate with Low Vision have been identified as prescribed in
Directorate letter No. 17-8/2017-GDS dated 26.02.2019 . Relaxation in upper age
limit is subject to the condition that maximum age of the applicant on the
crucial date shall not exceed 56 years.

II. Educational Qualification

(i) Secondary School Examination pass certificate of 10th standard with passing
marks in Mathematics and English (having been studied as compulsory or elective
subjects) conducted by any recognized Board of School Education of the
Government of India/State Governments/ Union Territories in India shall be a
mandatory educational qualification for all approved categories of Gramin Dak
Sevaks (i.e. BPM,ABPM & Dak Sevak ) referred to in Directorate Order No
17-3112016-GDS dated 25.06.2018.

(ii) Compulsory knowledge of Local Language

The candidate should have studied the local language at least up to 10th
standard [as compulsory or elective subjects] as declared by the State
Government or as per constitutional provisions relating to the 8th schedule of
Constitution of India. The details of local language for each state/Union
Territories is as given below:-

SI.No. Name of Circle Name of State  I Union Territory covered  under  Postal
Local language as for the Postal Circle
1 Andhra Pradesh Andhra Pradesh 1. Telugu
2. Urdu
2 Assam Assam 1. Assamese
2. Bengali
3. Bodo
3 Bihar Bihar 1. Hindi
2. Urdu
4 Chhattisirarh Chhatisgarh Hindi
5 Delhi
The    Government    of NCT of Delhi
Delhi 1. Hindi
2. Punjabi
3. Urdu
6 Guiarat Guiarat Gujarati
Dadra Nagar Haveli To be decided later
Daman and Diu Gujarati
7 Haryana Haryana 1.Hindi
2. Punjabi
8 Himachal Pradesh Himachal Pradesh Hindi
9 J & K Circle J & K Urdu
10 Jharkhand Jharkhand 1. Hindi, 2. Urdu, 3. Santhali, 4.  Bangla, 5.Odia,
11 Karnataka Karnataka Kannada
12 Kerala Kerala Malayalam
Lakshadweep Malavalam
13 Madhya Pradesh Madhya Pradesh Hindi
14 Maharashtra Maharashtra Marathi
Goa l. Konkani
15 North East Arunacha l Pradesh (To be decided later)
16 Odisha Odisha Odia
17 Punjab Chandiirnrh (Chandigarh) Punjab Punjabi
Chandigarh English
18 Raiasthan Raiasthan Hindi
19 Tamilnadu Tamilnadu Tamil
Puducherry Tamil for Puducherry
Malayalam for Mahe Telugu for Yanam
20 Telangana Telangana l.Telugu
21 Uttar Pradesh Uttar Pradesh I.Hindi
22 Uttarakhand Uttarakhand I.Hindi
23 West Bengal West Bengal 1. Bengali, 2. Nepali, 3. Urdu , 4. Hindi ,
5. San
6. Odia, 7. Punjabi
Andaman              and Nicobar Islands) Hindi
Sikkim Nepali

(iii) Basic Computer Training

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The candidates for all approved categories of GDS referred to in (i) above will
be required to furnish Basic Computer Training Course Certificate of at least 60
days duration, from any Computer Training Institute run by Central
Government/State Government I Universities I Boards /Private Institutions
Organizations. This requirement of basic computer knowledge certificate shall be
relaxable in cases where a candidate has studied computer as a subject in
Matriculation or class XII or any other higher educational level and in such
cases, a separate certificate will not be insisted upon .

III. Residence

The condition of residence shall apply as stipulated in Rule 3-A (vii) of GDS
(Conduct and Engagement) Rules, 2011. The candidates must provide accommodation
for Branch post office after selection but before engagement . The accommodation
should meet the following prescribed standards :-

(i) The building may be owned by a Gram Panchayat or Central government or by
State government such as school or offices or BPM’s own house or a proper rented
accommodation in a busy place of the village .

(ii) Location – The GDS Branch Post Office should be located in the main,
busy part of the village .

(iii) Size – The minimum size of GDS Branch Post Office should not be
less than 100 sq. feet preferably in 10’X10′ dimensions and in ground floor.

(iv) Approach – The GDS Branch Post Office should have direct
access/approach from village road and should be located in front portion of the
building in which it is housed. The GDS Branch Post Office should not be housed
in verandah, courtyards, kitchen, space under the stairs, bedroom, damaged
rooms, makeshift accommodations , isolated buildings outside the village etc.
which are difficult to access/approach by the customers.

(v) Structure – The accommodation should preferably be a brick and mortar
structure to ensure safety and security. The room should be properly ventilated
and lighted and should be properly maintained and neatly white washed.

(vi) Power supply – The post office room should have electrical power
connection for charging of handheld devices and for fan, electricity bulb etc.
It should have suitable place to install solar panels.

(vii) The accommodation for the GDS Branch Post Office should be exclusively
available for Post Office use. It may work from a village shop but Post office
working from shop should have an exclusive space to keep the registers, micro
ATM or hand-held device and other items apart from space for prominently
exhibiting the signage etc. giving due importance to Post Office.

(viii) At present DARPAN devices are using are of the four Network Service
Providers (NSPs) viz, Airtel, Vodafone, Idea & BSNL for ensuring
connectivity to Branch Post Offices. While providing accommodation for GDS BO,
it should be ensured that, Network is available for any one of these NSPs.

Further, it is clarified that the candidate who provide the above prescribed
standards of accommodation after selection but before engagement and if he is
engaged as GDS BPM will be entitled for the drawl of Composite allowance @
Rs.500/-per month as prescribed in Directorate OM. No 17-31/2016-GDS dated
25.06.2018 & No 17-31/2016-GDS (pt) dated 28.09.2018. Further, if the candidate
selected and engaged as GDS BPM provides accommodation for Post Office in a rent
free government accommodation and staying in the Post village will be entitled
for the Composite allowance Rs.250/- equal to that of BPMs who provide
non-standard accommodation (those who are not fulfilling above standard are
treated as non-standard accommodations) , as prescribed in Directorate OM. No.
17-31/2016-GDS dated 25.06 .2018 & No 17-31/2016-GDS (pt) dated 28.09.2018.

IV. Knowledge of Cycling

Knowledge of Cycling is a pre-requisite condition for all GDS posts. In case of
a candidate having knowledge of riding a scooter or motor cycle, that may be
considered as knowledge of cycling. The candidate has to submit a declaration to
this effect.

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V. Adequate means of Livelihood

The condition of adequate means of livelihood shall apply as stipulated in Rule
3- A (iii) of GDS (Conduct and Engagement) Rules, 2011. However, this condition
shall not be a pre-requisite for candidates for the purpose of applying to the
GDS post or selection there to and the selected candidate shall be required to
comply with this prescribed condition within 30 days after selection but before
engagement . The GDS will also have to ensure that he is having adequate
additional means of livelihood during the period of engagement till his

VI. Furnishing of Security

On engagement as GDS, the person so engaged shall be required to furnish
security in such manner as may be prescribed from time to time. The existing
security amount in case of GDS Branch Postmaster and other approved categories
of GDS i.e. ABPM & Dak Sevak is Rs.25,000/- & Rs.10,000/- respectively the same
to be furnished in form of FIDELITY BOND for a period of five years and same to
be renewed every five years during the period of engagement.

VII. Fulfillment of other terms and conditions

Terms and conditions of engagement to GDS posts shall apply as stipulated in the
relevant rules of GDS (Conduct & Engagement) Rules, 2011modified from time to
time by the Department of Posts.

VIII. Adequate representation of SC/ST/OBC, Persons with Disability, Ex­
Serviceman & Economically Weaker Sections (EWSs).

The instructions issued by the Department vide no.19-11/97-ED & TRG dated
, No. 17-08/2017-GDS dated 26.02.2019 and No.
17-09/2019 dated 26.02.2019
providing for adequate representation of SC/ST/OBC
communities, Persons with Disability and Economically Weaker Sections (EWSs)
respectively will continue to apply.

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(i) The permissible disability for persons with Disability will be as given
below :-
S1. No. Name of the Posts Categories of disability suitable for the post.
1 BPM/ ABPM/ Dak Sevaks a) Low vision (LV),
b)  D(Deaf), HH (Hard of hearing) ,
c)    One  Arm  (OA),  One  leg  (OL),  Leprosy Cured, Dwarfism , Acid
Attack  Victim,
d) Specific learning disability.
Multiple      disabilities      from      amongst disabilities mentioned  at
(a)  to (d)  above
except Deaf and Blindness.

(ii) The reservation to EWSs will be as given below:-
The persons belonging to EWSs who are not covered under the scheme of
reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs shall get 10% reservation in engagement of GDS

IX. Production of SC/ST/OBC/Disability/ Economically Weaker Sections
Certificate :

Production of SC/ST/OBC/Disability/EWSs certificate in the prescribed format
would be compulsory in case of such candidates.

X. Time Related Continuity Allowance (TRCA)

The following Minimum TRCA shall be payable to the deferent categories of GDS
posts as mentioned in Directorate Order No 17-31120 16-GDS dated 25.06.20 18 :-

SI.No.· Category Minimum TRCA for 4 Hours/level 1 Minimum    TRCA for 5 Hours/level 2
1 BPM Rs.12000/- Rs.14500/-
2 ABPM/Dak Sevaks Rs.10000/- Rs.12000/-
XI. Method of Engagement:

Method of engagement will continue to be as online engagement process for
engagement of all categories of GDS as notified vide Directorate Letter No
17-2312016-GDS dated 01.08.2016.

(i) Exemption of fee for applying on GDS Posts

Male applicants belonging to the category UR/OBC/EWS have to pay a fee of Rs.
100/-(Rupees one hundred only) for each set of five options. Payment of fee is
exempted for all female candidates, all SC/ST candidates and all PwD candidates.

(ii) Option for applying on GDS Posts

A candidate can apply for a maximum of twenty posts all over India per cycle of
online engagement. This inter alia means that a prospective candidate can apply
for twenty posts on a single application spread across one Circle or several
Circles. This cap of twenty posts is inclusive of vacancies arising in
candidate’s home Circle. Home Circle means belonging or native I domicile state
of a prospective candidate in which she/He is permanently residing and that
Postal Circle is providing opportunity. Hence, candidates should exercise due
care while utilizing the twenty choices available to her/Hm in each Cycle.
However, only one post will be offered for each Circle if she/He has applied for
one or more posts in each Circle.

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Example: – If a candidate opts for five posts with preference post l, post2,
post3, post4, post 5 etc. and selected as meritorious in more than one post, the
post in the order of preference will be offered and the candidature for all the
remaining posts will be forfeited.

XII. Job Profile


The Job Profile of Branch Post Master will include managing affairs of GDS
Branch Post Office, India Posts Payments Bank (IPPB) and ensuring uninterrupted
counter operation during the prescribed working hours using the handheld
device/Smartphone supplied by the Department. The overall management of postal
facilities, maintenance of records, upkeep of handheld device, ensuring online
transactions, and marketing of Postal, India Post Payments Bank services and
procurement of business in the villages or Gram Panchayats within the
jurisdiction of the Branch Post Office should rest on the shoulders of Branch
Postmasters. However, the work performed for IPPB will not be included in
calculation of TRCA. since the same is being done on incentive basis. Branch
Postmaster will be the team leader of the GDS Post Office and overall
responsibility of smooth and timely functioning of Post Office including mail
conveyance and mail delivery. He/she might be assisted by Assistant Branch Post
Master of the same GDS Post Office. BPM will be required to do combined duties
of ABPMs as and when ordered . He will also be required to do marketing,
organizing melas, business procurement and any other work assigned by IPO/ASPO/SPOs/SSPOs/SRM/SSRM
etc. In some of the Branch Post Offices, the BPM has to do all the work of BPM/ABPM.

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The Job Profile of Assistant Branch Post Master will include all functions of
sale of stamps/stationery, conveyance and Delivery of mail at doorstep
deposits/payments/other transactions under IPPB, assisting Branch Postmasters in
counter duties using the handheld device/Smart phone supplied by the Department.
However, the work performed for IPPB will not be included in calculation of
TRCA. since the same is being done on incentive basis.
He will also be
required to do marketing, organizing melas, business procurement and any other
work assigned by the Branch Postmaster or IPO/ASPO/SPOs/SSPOs/SRM/SSRM etc.
ABPMs will also be required to do Combined Duty of BPMs as and when ordered.


The Job Profile of Dak Sevaks will include all functions of viz sale of stamps
and stationery, conveyance and delivery of mail and any other duties assigned by
Postmaster/Sub Postmaster including IPPB work in the Departmental Post Offices/RMS. However, the work performed for IPPB will
not be included in calculation of TRCA. since the same is being done on
incentive basis
. He may also have to assist Post Masters/Sub Postmasters in
managing the smooth functioning of Departmental Post Offices and do marketing,
business procurement or any other work assigned by the Post Master or IPO/ASPO/SPOs/SSPOs/SRM/SSRM

2. The revised eligibility conditions and criteria of selection will come into
effect for the vacancies to be notified on or after the date of issue of this
notification. The engagement process initiated before this date shall be
finalized as per the existing instructions.

3. Necessary amendments in the GDS (Conduct & Engagement),
Rules 2011 are being issued separately.

4. Hindi version will follow.

(SB Vyavahare)
Assistant Director General (GDS/PCC)
Tele No. 011-23096629