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Saturday, 31 May 2014


A delegation of NFPE headed by Secretary General Com.Krishnan along with the General Secretaries of all wings appeared in the Office of the Pay Commission at the call of the Chairman, in Janpath Hotel, New Delhi at 10.30am on 29-05-2014 and met the 7th CPC Chairman, Honourable Justice Mr.A.K.Mathur and his Members in full quorum. The interactive session / meeting lasted for one and half hours. 

Various points regarding the revision of wqges and service conditions of Postal ;employees and functioning of the Department of Posts were discussed which are summarized as follows :

1) Role and Functioning of the Department of Posts towards the people of India.
2) Various staffing pattern of our Department and huge reduction of Staff strength due to unjustified abolition of posts.
3) GDS who run 1,29,000 Post Offices – a factual account and their sufferings. NFPE urges for bringning the GDS within the ambit of 7th CPC.
4) Duties and responsibilities of various cadres of staff of the Department of Posts including Postal Assisatants, Sorting Assistants, PA(CO), PA(SBCO), Postal Accounts Staff, Postmen, Mail Guard, MTS and Civilwing Staff.
5) Justification for upgradation of their pay scales.
6) Improvement in the promotional avenues of postal staff of different categories with a special emphasis on the Grade Pay for MTS, Gr.C employees (Rs.1800/- to 1900/- & Rs.1900/- to 2,000/- i.e., only a paltry amount of Rs.100/- in every 10 years)
7) Postman duty and their poor promotional avenues.
8) Specialties of the Assistants and Supervisors and their poor promotional avenues and many other issues.

The concept of Pay Band and Grade Pay, whether beneficial and the principle of determination of minimum pay was also discussed.

Regarding merger of DA and Interim Relief , the Chairman made it clear that unless the Govt. asks the Pay Commission specifically, to submit interim report, Pay Commission will not submit any recommendations on DA merger & IR.



This is to certify that Shri/Smt./Kurnari_______________son/daughter of _______________________of village/town in District/Division __________________________in the State/Union Territory____________________belongs to the __________________community which is recognised as a backward class under the Government of India, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment’s Resolution No. _________________dated____________________*. Shri/Smt./Kumari ____ ______________ and/or his/her family ordinarily reside(s) in the ____________________________ District/Division of the__________________________ State/Union Territory. This is also to certify that he/she does not belong to the persons/sections (Creamy Layer) mentioned in Column 3 of the Schedule to the Government of India, Department of Personnel & Training O.M. No. 36012/22/93 - Estt.(SCT)dated 8.9.1993.**

District Magistrate
Deputy Commissioner etc.


* - The authority issuing the certificate may have to mention the details of Resolution of
 Government of India, in which the caste of the candidate is mentioned as OBC.

** - As amended from time to time.

Note:- The term “Ordinarily” used here will have the same meaning as in Section 20 of the Representation of the People Act, 1950. 

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad taking charge as the Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology, in New Delhi on May 27, 2014.


Friday, 30 May 2014

Thursday, 29 May 2014


Two – day Workshop from 26th to 27th May, 2014 on 7th CPC organized by AIPEU ,Group-C, CHQ concluded successfully in New Delhi

The second day of the historic workshop on 7th CPC started at 10 AM on 27th May, 2014. Com. M Krishnan, General Secretary read out from Chapter 3 to Chapter 25 with active participation of as many as 277 delegates who suggested various additions and modifications in the draft memorandum with suitable contributions and deliberations. The draft memorandum which has been prepared by the CHQ team headed by Com. K V Sridharan, Ex-General Secretary, CHQ covers all  the issues of P A comprising TBOP/BCR and MACP related issues, Postmaster Cadre, LSG, HSG-II and HSG-I, Accountant & APM ( Accounts), System Administrator, Business Executive, PRI(P) and issues related to foreign post , RLO, PSD, CSD and RTP issues.
Com. B samal, Divisional Secretary also participated in the discussion and gave some suggestions on the formula for computing the minimum need based salary, Postmaster Cadre, change of nomenclature on each promotion/financial upgradation. The responsibility given to him as Divisional Secretary in supplementing the CHQ in preparing the draft memorandum has been sincerely discharged by him and some suggestions given by him have been suitably considered and taken care of by the CHQ in this regard. Com. Samal expressed his sincere gratitude before the CHQ for giving him such an opportunity to contribute to the draft memorandum prepared with respect to Postal Assistant and allied cadre issues to be presented before the 7thCPC.
Participating in the discussion, Com. K V Sridharan told that AIPEU, Group-C is the leading union which has arranged such a historic workshop with participation of grass root level leaders who are quite capable of supplementing the CHQ with their wisdom and knowledge and that has been proved today. And this what called trade union movement. Everybody needs to be educated through such workshop so that our movement will ahead further and other unions and associations will learn from such activities. AIPEU, Group-C has also shoulder the responsibility of preparing similar memorandum for Postman/MTS and GDS employees. Since P – III is now also leading the Confederation and NFPE, it has a major role to play before the 7th CPC and the present leadership is quite aware of such responsibilities.
Lastly, Com. R Shivnarayana delivered his Presidential speech and Com. Subramanium, Dy. General Secretary gave the vote of thank. The historic two-day workshop ended fruitfully.


The General Secretary
New Delhi-8

Proposals of AIPEU, Barasat Divisional Branch Unions regarding some issues to be raised before the 7th Central Pay Commission.

    A.    Pay related issues:

1.      Upliftment of pay structure of MTS officials:-
Even in the recommendations of 5th Pay Commission of the Gr – D Staffs were one promotion behind the scale of Postman. At that time one getting TBOP promotion they got the initial scale of Postman. But in the present structure even after 2nd MACP they remain far behind from the initial pay scale of Postman. Thus parity between the MTS scale and Postman scale should be brought back with upliftment of pays of the both cadre.

2.      Equal rate of HRA for all:-
It is causing a huge financial difference between the employees of so called ‘A’ class cities and the employees of other types of cities/ villages which in turn inviting “Rat race” between employees. It is not only destroying the working environment of the offices but also has become an unlawful weapon to a section of administration, who are utilising the scope at their whims to threaten the sub- ordinate employees, to make favouritism and in many other ways. To stop this HRA at the equal rate of at least 30% of basic pay for all should be introduced with the provision of extending the same to a certain limit on production of original money receipt of expenditure in the shape of HRA.

3.      Introduction of System Assistant / Marketing executive cadre:-
Introduction of System Assistant/ Marketing executive cadre with higher scale of pay and introduction of departmental exam to qualify for the said cadre.

4.      Enhancement of Education Allowance:-
It should be at least 36000/- per annum per child instead of Rs. 18000/- (Present)

5.      Non- Stoppage of MACP promotion:-
Non stoppage of MACP promotion on the ground of forgoing functional promotion considering the fact that MACP is financial up gradation, not promotion and in no circumstances it should be tagged with promotion.

6.      Equal transport /Convey allowance:-
Equal transport/Convey allowances at least at the rate of 10% of basic pay to all. The present system of less transport allowance in rural areas is clearly unjustified. There is no reason of less expenditure in the shape of conveyance in rural areas. On the country sometimes it is higher than that of urban areas due to scarcity of mode of transport.

7.      Upliftment of Pay Scale of PO & RMS Accountant:-
The system of special pay should be stopped and they should be promoted to higher grade pay on qualifying the PO & RMS Accountant Exam, without treating the said upliftment of grade pay as ‘One of the MACP’.
    B.     Holiday related issues:

1.      One year CCL for one child for male official also.
2.      The present restriction of availing CCL for 15 days shall be quit off.
3.      Two days weekly holidays on Saturday for operative office also.
4.      12 days Casual Leave instead of 8 in one Calendar year.
5.      State wise separate holidays giving importance to the state wise religious festivals.

    C.     Medical Insurance:
Cashless Medical Insurance coverage to all employees (including the dependents) for at least Rs 10 lacks for each per annum.

    D.    Financial benefits to employees:-
1.      Home Loan, Car Loan, Personal Loan at the rate of PF interest rate for departmental employee.
2.      Increase in Interest rate for all the Savings schemes running in the post offices by departmental employees.

    E.      Others facilities:
1.      All India LTC block for 2 years.
2.      Leave encashment for LTC 10 times in service life instead of 6.
3.      In case of cash equivalent of leave salary on retirement (under clause of CCS Leave rule no-39(2)) commutation of half pay leave shall be permissible in case of any shortfall in Earn Leave.
4.      Encashment of Earn Leave shall be permitted for 15 days instead of 10 days at the time of availing LTC while in service.
5.      Retirement Gratuity shall be admissible at the rate of ‘Half’ the emoluments instead of 1/4th of emoluments for each completed six monthly period of qualifying service.

 Thanking You,

Barasat Divisional Branch

Dated at Barasat
The 24th May 2014

Friday, 23 May 2014

Disclaimer: - All the Information provided in this post are Compiled by A. Praveen Kumar, SPM, Papannapet SO-502303 Medak Division, Telangana State for in good faith of Postal Assistant exam aspirants.  Author of blog does not accepts any responsibility in relation to the accuracy, completeness, usefulness or otherwise, of the contents.

Postal Assistant Exam Typing & Computer test information 

Part-II will be of 100 marks. Time duration is of 30 minutes (15 minutes each for computer typing test and Date entry test respectively)
Part-II will be of qualifying nature with minimum of 40% for OC, 37% for BC and 33% for SC /ST candidates.
The final merit shall be prepared on the basis of the aggregate marks obtained by the Applicants in the Aptitude Test (Paper I) only subject to their qualifying in Computer/Typing test (Paper II). i.e., there will be no marks for Typing/Data entry test. You have to just qualify the minimum criteria in Paper-2 and final merit list shall be prepared on the basis of marks of Paper-I only.
Typing Test Pattern: -
Typing test will be divided in to two sections:
1) Computer typing Test:
This test will evaluate Candidate’s Computer typing efficiency. Candidates are required to type a passage in English/Hindi (450 words passage for English& 375 words passage for Hindi) within the duration of 15 minutes.
Typing Speed: - Recommended typing speed for selection is 25-30 words per minute (WPM).
Only candidates opting for Hindi script test will have to give Hindi typing test. It’s upon your personal preference. English typing is considered easier to learn and pass. You can choose either English or Hindi for typing test.
The typing test and test of data entry operations will be conducted on Computer key board but not on type writer.
2) Data-Entry test:
This test will evaluate Candidates data-entry efficiency. Candidates are required to type figures, letters and manuscript data within the duration of 15 minutes.
Typing Speed and Accuracy tests allow you to check a candidate's typing speed and accuracy automatically based on existing documents or documents you create.
Data Entry Speed and Accuracy tests allow you to check a candidate's alphanumeric or numeric data entry speed and accuracy automatically; based on existing forms
Qualifying Criterion & Evaluation Criterion for Paper II:
There were two Tests running on personal computer i.e. Typing and Data Entry test each is of 15 minutes duration.  Marks obtained in Typing and Data Entry test have been added and the minimum qualifying criterion is applied i.e. 40% (40Marks) marks for OC, 37% (37 Marks) for OBC and 33% (33 Marks) for SC / ST for "Qualifying" the computer typing / data entry test.

Example: If an OC candidate scores 23 Marks in Typing Test and scores 18 Marks in Data Entry "Qualifies" with Total Score as 41.  

Evaluation Criterion:-

For Typing Test (in English) Net Speed 30 WPM = 20 Marks. Application software evaluates the Typing test for correctness and speed.

For Typing Test (in Hindi) Net Speed 25 WPM = 20 Marks. Application software evaluates the Typing test for correctness and speed.

For Data Entry Test (English) Applicant is given 50 Alphanumeric Forms each of 50 characters (7 fields) to do the data entry in 15 Mts. Application software evaluates the forms for correctness and speed. Each completely Correct Form scores 1 mark. Twenty Correct Data Entered Forms = 20 Marks. Form’s mark (1) has been equally divided into number of field in that record. i.e. if 3 fields are correct in a Form of 7 fields then the candidate gets 1*3/7=.43 for that Form. 

For Data Entry Test (Hindi): Applicant is given printed hard copy to do the data entry using computer in 15 Mts. Correctness and speed has been evaluated manually similar to Data Entry Test (English). 

The passage may contain many difficult words, punctuations, capital words etc. So be very careful while typing. Each word carries equal marks. So if you type 200 words (Every five correct key strokes consist a word) but all correctly then you are considered qualified. Suppose if anybody types with a speed of 30 wpm and completes the entire paragraph but makes lots of mistakes his true speed would not be 30 wpm. It would be the time taken to write the correct words not the wrong words. Hence the speed would drop. Similarly if you only type 200 words (all correct) and leave the remaining, then the remaining would be considered negative. It is my guess and believe it is so. Otherwise how they would judge the speed and accuracy
The below formula is my guess only and not officially announced by India Post. India post not mentioned, how they would judge the speed and accuracy.
1. For typing test, calculation will be like 
net typing speed * 2/3 (or)
net typing speed / 30 (qualification marks decided by examiners) * 20 (minimum cut off).

Net speed in type*2/3= type marks...

Example if net type speed is 36...the 
marks will be 36*2/3=24....and D.E 
marks will be added.
Backspace is allowed until you press space bar.. be 
concentrated.. maintain accuracy.You cannot do 
backspace once you press space bar. so practice 
good and type well.
It will be conducted on some software’s like Typing Master etc...and not on word or excel.
So be very careful while typing. Soon after the computer typing exam your result will be displayed on the computer monitor like your average speed, errors you have done while typing etc.
You can practice computer typing please visit the following web sites

2. For Data Entry, twenty Correct Data Entered Forms = 20 Marks. Form’s mark (1) has been equally divided into number of field in that record. i.e. if 3 fields are correct in a Form of 7 fields then the candidate gets 1*3/7=.43 for that Form.

In data entry exam you will be given data like address, phone numbers etc. Here also the cut off may be around 2500 keystrokes per minute. This test is much easier than the above one. This test mainly concentrates on the speed of number entering without error. After the completion of exam the result will be appeared on the screen.
You can practice data entry please visit the following web sites
Typing tests measure two things, speed and mistakes, so when you take typing speed test, do not look only at your speed, look also at the number of your mistakes and concentrate on reducing your mistakes rather than increasing your typing speed. The end result will be increased productivity.

WPM is an abbreviation of Words-Per-Minute. Confusingly this does not literally mean whole words, as one might find in a dictionary, but rather word-units.
For speed to be comparable, it must be measured in standard units. In the case of typing speed if we used actual words for the WPM measurement then typing speed test results would not be comparable unless everyone used the same texts for their respective typing speed tests - which would give us the additional factor of memorisation so, the word-units we use are artificial.
One word-unit is five keystrokes. Thus, "typed" is one word-unit, "type on it" is two word-units (spaces count as keystrokes too).

 Typing technique
Make sure you feel comfortable at your computer. Adjust your chair so your arms comfortably reach the table at a 90-degree angle. Make sure your wrists are straight. Sit up straight in your chair with your back resting against the chair. Place both feet on the ground.
Whether you’re taking a typing test, preparation is an important factor in the outcome. The best way to prepare is to work on your technique; sit comfortably and practice tests that are similar to the one you’ll have to take.

 Use All Your Fingers

 Learn how to type using all your fingers – not just your two pointer fingers. Even though you may be able to type quickly with two fingers, you can type even faster with practice if you use all your fingers to do the work. Typing lessons can help you learn which finger to use to type each letter. This memorization can help your brain direct your fingers to the letters you need without requiring you to look at the keys. As you teach your fingers to find the keys, you can look at the screen to see what you’re typing instead of watching your fingers, which will further increase your typing speed.

Avoid Seeing:
Yes, you should not see the keyboard while you type. You should have military level of discipline. Look at the screen or the source paper. After you are familiar with the finger placements you can try this. While riding bicycle, what will you see? The road or the pedals

 Practice a Similar Test

Not all typing tests are the same. You might take a three- or five-minute typing test, or it may be longer. The test might not allow you to press the backspace key. It might be in the form of a game, or it might be a simple paragraph you must read and copy. If you can, find out the format of the timed typing test you’ll be taking. Look on-line for free on-line typing tests that are similar to what you might encounter during your test.

 Keep Corrections to a Minimum

While it’s important to type quickly with as much accuracy as possible, going back to correct mistakes can slow down your typing speed considerably. Practice finding the correct keys the first time so you don’t have to worry about errors. Use discretion when choosing which errors to go back and correct.
The material you are tested on will most likely be something you’ve never seen before. Chances are you won’t have an opportunity to read over the material beforehand. To prepare for your test, practice typing things with which you’re not familiar. Don’t worry about whether you understand what you’re typing; just focus on typing it correctly.
Also, be aware that not all computer keyboards feel the same way. Although it will still be a QWERTY keyboard, which is the standard computer keyboard, the keys may feel a little different when you type on it. They might stick a little more or be a little touchier than the ones on the keyboard you use to practice. Another thing to consider is your surroundings. If you’re not used to typing in different surroundings, it may be a good idea to try out a new location. Doing these things might help you feel more relaxed when you take your typing test.

 Touch Typing

Touch typing is typing without looking at the keyboard. The idea is to teach your fingers the location of each keys. Typing Speed is measured in Words Per Minute (WPM), commonly used in typing test examination and recruitment. For the purposes of WPM measurement a word is standardized to five characters or keystrokes. Therefore, “write” counts as one word, but “understand” counts as two words and blank space also count as one character.
Key ideas
1) Place your indexes on 'F' and 'J'.
2) Use same finger all time to type each key.
3) Don't look at the keyboard, your eyes should always look at the screen
A. Full Mistakes: The following errors are treated as full mistakes:--
-- For every omission of word/ figure.
-- For every substitution of a wrong word /figure.
-- For every addition of a word / figure not found in the passage.
B. Half Mistakes: The following errors are treated as half mistakes:
(i) Spacing Errors: Where no space is provided between two words, e.g. ‘Ihope’ or undesired space is provided between the words or letters of a word e.g. hope I have, ‘I hxxave’.
(ii) For every spelling error committed by way of repetition, or addition or transposition or omission or substitution of a letter/letters, e.g. the word
‘spelling’ typed as ‘seeplings’ etc.
(iii) Wrong Capitalisation: Wrong use of capital letter for small letter and vice-versa. (This does not apply to Hindi typewriting scripts).

Wednesday, 21 May 2014


     The C.O. has released another order today, superseding the earlier order of 'engagement' issued on 02.05.2014. This order (check out below) finally conveys administrative acceptance to our categorical demand to start in-house training and appoint all successful candidates against the vacancies in P.A. cadre for the year 2011-12 immediately.

     Just a day before, the Group-C Circle Working Committee meeting held (on 19.05.2014) in Kolkata took up the issue and discussed for long. The fact that in-house training has been arranged in North Bengal Region has also been pondered over. It has been concluded in unison that to resolve the situation, as decided before the election, the Circle Union will move vigorously and a program for submission of a memorandum to the Chief PMG will be held at the Circle Office on coming Friday (23.05.2014) at 2 P.M. 

   Accordingly, Group-C Circle Secretary Janardan Majumder visited the C.O. today and our organisation succeeded to convince the Circle Administration that at present situation, there is no alternative to in-house training. Thus, today's order has been issued. We are happy to let you all know that the Chief PMG has also kindly allotted us time on Friday to meet and receive the memorandum by the selected P.A.s.
    However, the order in its present version could not make all points clear. There are still certain aspects on which the Divisions would need clarifications. Apart from those, please also note that completing all pre-appointment formalities (like Police Verification Report) is still a pre-condition, which is pending for a large number of candidates. Administrative action is required for earliest issue of these PVR by Police authorities.

      Therefore, the program on Friday will be held at Yogayog Bhavan as scheduled. All selected P.A.s are requested to attend Yogayog Bhavan (on Central Avenue, Chandni Chowk metro station, opposite Indian Airlines office) by 1:30 P.M. The pros and cons of the situation will be presented and discussed thoroughly. 

       All Circle Office Bearers and Divisional Secretaries are requested to put in maximum effort for the presence of the candidates and organisational representatives in the program.


Monday, 19 May 2014


For early joining of newly selected PAs for the year 2012, a memorandum will be submitted to the Chief PMG on 23-05-14 at 2 pm . All the candidates are requested to gather on 5th floor of yogayog Bhawan within 1.30 pm positively.  

Sunday, 18 May 2014

P A / S A Exam, 2014 update

Update as on May 13, 2014
Schedule of Examination (Paper I) for the following Postal Circles is as follows:
Postal CirclesExam DateExam Time
Andhra Pradesh (11), West Bengal (32)             25-May 201402:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Candidates may download the Admit Cards for above stated Postal Circles by Logging into the website.Please keep visiting the website for exam schedules for other Postal Circles & updates.
Candidate is to make sure that his/her Photo is printed on the downloaded Admit Card. If the PHOTO is missing, candidate may download the Admit Card again. If Photo is still found missing, please report the problem on
Update as on May 7, 2014
Schedule of Examination (Paper I) for the following Postal Circles is as follows:
Postal CirclesExam DateExam Time
Jammu & Kashmir (19), Punjab (27)             18-May 201410:00AM to 12:00 NOON
Candidates may download the Admit Cards for above stated Postal Circles by Logging into the website.Please keep visiting the website for exam schedules for other Postal Circles & updates.
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