Pincode or PIN or Postal Index Number a numbering system used by India Post.
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Do you ever wonder while sending a mail or parcel by post whether it’ll reach safely to its destination? Since, India is such a wide country with thousands of cities or towns that it becomes a difficult task for the Indian Postal Service to deliver each and every mail properly to the recipient. In order to make this service reliable and efficient, the Indian postal Service introduced the 6 digit Postal Index Number code on 15 August 1972.
The term Postal Index Number (PIN) widely known as Pincode in India is a code in post office number of the postal code system which is used in India for segregating the mails. The pincode consists of six digits. The system of coding the postal address was introduced in 1972 by Shriram Bhikaji Velankar, who was then the additional secretary in the Union Ministry of Communications.
PIN code system was introduced in India to help the postal department staff in sorting and delivering the mails manually to particular addresses and help them in eliminating the confusion over similar addresses and places.
The Indian Postal Service has designated 9 specific PIN regions across the country, out of which 8 are geographical regions and the 9th is reserved for the army.
Structure of Pincode
Pin codes for India has 29 states with at least 720 districts comprising approximately 6 lakh villages, and over 8200 cities and towns. The Indian postal department has allotted a unique postal code of pin code to each district/village/town/city to ensure quick delivery of postal services.
The structure of the Pincode system in India consists of six digits in which each digit has a specific meaning.
- The first digit represents the overall geographical region of India
- The second digit represents the sub zone.
- The third digit along with the first two will indicate the sorting district within the zone.
- The final last three digits indicate the individual post offices within the sorting districts.
The third digit of the Postal Code number combined with the first two digits will represent a specific geographic region. And this is called the sorting district which is headquartered at the main post office of the largest city in the region and is known as the name sorting office. Every state may have one or more sorting districts according to the volume of mail handled by the region.
In the sorting district, the fourth digit indicates the route on which the delivery office is situated. The value is 0 for the offices in the sorting district’s core area.
The last two digits indicate the delivery office within the sorting district starting from 01 which would be the Head Office and the General Post Office. The delivery offices are then numbered sequentially.
What is Indian Postal System
The Indian Post system is run by the government of India and is popularly known as the Post Office in India. India is divided into 22 postal circles and each of the postal circles is headed by the Chief Postmaster General. The Postal Service in India has developed tremendously over the years and allows people to send mail across the country at a very minimal price. The services offered by Indian post are
- Mail Services
- Allied Postal Services
- Financial Services
All India State having Pin Code
All India State having Pin Code
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