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March 04, 2014

Postal Assistants / Sorting Assistants Job Profiles - A Detailed Analysis

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Friends, as soon as the India Post announced the notification of Postal Assistants and Sorting Assistants recruitment for the year 2014, our inbox has started flooding with the mails asking us about the job profiles. So here, we are giving you the detailed analysis of the job profiles of postal and sorting assistants. This post will help you in getting the clear idea of the job profiles of postal, sorting assistants and will help you in making your preference list (option 17 in the Online Application Form for Postal / Sorting Assistant Direct Recruitment Examination - 2014). All the Best :)

Difference between Postal Assistants and Sorting Assistants Job Profiles

Frankly speaking the roles and responsibilities of both the postal and sorting assistants are almost same with some minor differences. The initial pay scale is also same for both the posts. The Sorting Assistants job is to sort the letter for each area within post office limit (which you are working in).
Whereas the duties and responsibilities of Postal Assistant may vary according to the work location (we shall discuss in detail below). However depending on the workplace the postal assistant have to perform more than one duty. Generally a Postal Assistant works in Mails, Delivery, Dispatch, Registration, Speed Post, Parcel, Money Order, Sub account, Cash/ Treasury, Accounts and Savings Bank and Savings Certificates departments of a Post office. They are also entrusted additional duties and responsibilities in view of introduction of premium products, other new products and service and technology driven initiatives of the Department.

For the sake of our understanding we can simply say that the main function of sorting assistant is to sort the mails based on pin codes and the main function of postal assistants is to Perform any combination of tasks in a post office, such as receiving letters and parcels, sell postage and revenue stamps, postal cards, and stamped envelopes; fill out and sell money orders and examine mail for correct postage etc...

How to give preferences of PA / SA 2014 while applying online ?


As you might have already observed, while trying to apply online many people have struck at option 17 with the option "Post Applied For (for post application)" with 6 preferences (PAPO, SARMS, PASBCO, PACO-RO, PAMMS). Now lets have a look at them.

PAPO : Which is nothing but the Postal Assistants in Post Offices. These are the guys you often see when ever you visit the post office. The main duties of PAPO are to sell postage stamps, to check mail in order to ensure correct postage and that packages and letters are in proper condition for mailing, to Answer questions regarding mail regulations and procedures, postage rates, and post office boxes, to help customers in filling the forms etc.

PAFPO : This is nothing but the Postal Assistant in Foreign Post Organization. Being a PAFPO, you have to deal with the foreign articles transmitted through Post office network.

SARMS : This is the short form of Sorting Assistant in Railway Mail Service. As we have stated earlier, the main function of Sorting Assistant is to sort mails. The mails sent by various locations will be sent to the RMS (Railway Mail Service). There our Sorting Assistant has to divide and sort the mails according to pincodes. Being SA you have to work in shifts. So female candidates think twice before applying for this post.

PASBCO : This is Postal Assistant in Savings Bank Control Organization. You have to look after various postal saving systems. The job profile may vary based on the location. Maximum chances for getting posted in head post offices. So those people who don't want to join in rural areas may prefer this.

PACO-RO : This is Postal Assistant in Circle/Regional Offices. As the name suggests you have to work in circle / regional offices. These are the administrative wing of Postal Department. The PACO-RO is the separate administrative cadre and those selected are posted at Circle/Regional Offices situated in main cities within the circle (max. 2-5 offices). There is no direct contact between the customers and you.

PAMMA : This is nothing but Postal Assistant in Mail Motor Services. You have to look after the intra-city transmission of mail between mail offices and Post Offices.

Postal Assistants (Returned Letter Offices) : Assume that you have to send a greeting card to your friend. But unknowingly you entered wrong address and mailed it. What will happen now ? Either they will locate the correct address and dispach it, or they will locate the sender's address (you) and send it back to you (if you write your address on the cover), or they will dispose the letter if both sender's and reciever's addresses are not clear. The postal assistant of Returned letter offices will look after this.

That's all for now friends. Hope this post helped you in getting the basic idea on the job profiles of Postal and Sorting Assistants. Now check the vacancies of your Postal Circle from here and make your preference list based on it. All the Best :)

Thanks to Narasimha Somayajulu and Padmalakshmi for inputs

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115 comments:

  1. plz post complete study material and preparation plan of postal assistant..
    we shall be much obliged to you..

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  2. Thank you so much team :)

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  3. Frnds clerk ke intrvw ka result kb tak ayega

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  4. Should an engineer appear?

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    1. Job profiles are good. But salary is less. So being an engineer you may not be satisfied with this job.

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  5. when we see the sbi notification. egar to waiting..

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    1. Aayega.. Aayega.. by next month ;)

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  6. what will be the salary in hand???

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  7. scores released for ibps specialist officer

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  8. mam,
    postal assistant exam date mam?

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    1. Not yet announced. Probably in May

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  9. SIR I AM DOING PREPARTION OF BANK EXAM FROM TWO YEARS I HAVE PASSED RRB CLERK AND PO TWO TIMES BUT STILL NOT SELECTED.I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO.I AM VERY MUCH DEPRESSED.

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    1. Dont bother.same thing happen to me from the begining of ibps...but we r good at subject..but we should be best for get more score...

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  10. plz send some study materials for preparing postal assistant

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  11. how to upload photo/sign while applying ...., pls reply

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  12. kya me MP circle k liye apply kar sakta hu mene matric UP se ki pls help me....

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    1. there are much more post in up circle then mp so why are you not filling the form for up circle.

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  13. Very good artical

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  14. Please provide sorting assistant material for us..

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  15. dear admin
    can u plz provide stock gk whch will b useful for all competative xms...nd if possible would b plz provide syllabus of SAIL MTT ??

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  16. i have done diploma in engineering ? can i still apply for pa/sa exam 2014?

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  17. Dear admin,
    pls let us know if same candidate can apply for more than one post in this indiapost opening

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  18. GOOD POST NARASIMHA AND PADMA...HELPED ALOT

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  19. THANQ ADMIN FOR GIVING VALUABLE INFRMATN

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  20. do I have to apply only for one post or I can apply for multiple posts

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  21. sir,
    Now i an studying BE(EEE)/final yr-sem .can i still apply for pa/sa exam 2014

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  22. they want 60% in 12th or just 12th pass,,,,,,,,, plz inform me

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  23. when is the sbi notification coming out can any body guess correctly....


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  24. hi,anybody tell me where we can find postal asistants/sorting previous papers

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  25. superb team good work done and sharing valuable infromation

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  27. pls anyone tel me examination fee exepted application fees also or not

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  28. the starting gross salary for Postal assistant is 22700Rs, My cousin is working as Postal assistant , I got info from her :)

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    1. which state or division is she working for and how much time has she been working for(i mean as in she just started working and got paid that much or did she get that much remuneration after a year or so)??

      thanks for your inputs

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  29. i have applied but i didnt get the confirmation mail regardng reg no and pass ,anyone got the confirmation mail

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    1. Bhai as i submitted the form . Conformation sms came with reg no and password ... no mail or pdf generated...

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    2. Bhai as i submitted the form . Conformation sms came with reg no and password ... no mail or pdf generated...

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    3. Me too have the same problem....

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    4. How would I got the reg no. and password as I don't get in my inbox of mob/e-mail..

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    5. i hope after fee payment .we get notifification or mail..

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  30. Plz provide me the full syllabus.

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  31. I’m basically from Andrapradesh and I would like to apply from Tamilnadu for “POSTAL ASSISTANT” (PAPO) post 2014. Can I apply? Eagerly waiting for Your response.

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  32. I’m basically from Andrapradesh and I would like to apply from Tamilnadu for “POSTAL ASSISTANT” (PAPO) post 2014. Can I apply? Eagerly waiting for Your response.

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  33. can we apply for more than one post...plz tell me....

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  34. can we apply for more than one post...plz tell me..

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  35. my age is 27 yrs 2 months can i apply

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  36. Sir, if my registration is being wrong then may u give me the second chance for the registration in same profile....

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  37. CURRENTLY I M WORKING AS A POSTAL ASSISTANT

    AT DA 100 % POSTAL ASSISTANT SALARY IS
    BASIC-9910
    DA-9910
    HRA-2973 AT 30%
    TA-3200 AT(1600+ 1600*DA)
    TOTAL-25993

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    1. Hi,
      Ppl who are working as a postal assistant, plz tell us the growth opportunities and if 25993 is gross or net salary. Thanks in advance

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    2. sorry to question! I hope you are experienced more than 5 yrs........... but I am frankly speaking even a bank PO gets around 20's in initial. We are eager to know what is the initial salary and how much will be in our take home. Doubting because of 5200 as BASIC PAY.........

      please anyone clarify this......

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    3. Bank Po will initialy get a gross of aprox 28000 and POstal assnt will get aprox 22000 initialy,so it is true
      and Postal assnts pay scale is equivallent to UDC scale of other cent govt dept.u are under estimate 5200
      it is 5200-20200 is basic pay scale,that doesnt mean salary is 5200...

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    4. He is correct. starting salary of postal asst in metro cities is around 25000. I am working as a sorting asst in rural area. My starting salary is 22700. The difference b/w a bank PO and this job is that, a bank PO will get promotions in his career. But here scope of promotion is very limited. So even though the starting salaries are similar, in the long term salary of a bank PO is higher.
      But job pressure is very less compared to a bank PO.

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    5. can i have ur email id??? i wanna know how 2 prepare for exam.... my mail id- rajinishetty20@gmail.com

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  38. CURRENTLY I M WORKING AS A POSTAL ASSISTANT

    AT DA 100 % POSTAL ASSISTANT SALARY IS
    BASIC-9910
    DA-9910
    HRA-2973 AT 30%
    TA-3200 AT(1600+ 1600*DA)
    TOTAL-25993

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    1. yes...it is..our next salary after 100 Da(which is approves)will be 25993

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    2. hi i wanna know details about exam preparation... my id is rajinishetty20@gmail.com.... can u plz drop me a mail on this id????

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  39. Please provide me full syllabus of postal assistant and study material....

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  40. Can anyone help me pls.. i have completed 10th after that 12th but 12th in vocational stream. both 10th and 12th from state board. After that i have completed B.tech. Am i Eligible to apply for postal assistant.. Pls reply me

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  41. Neither i had the local language nor hindi in matriculation but till 8th standard i read hindi..so can i still apply??

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  42. give me an idea to prepare in a better way for the post office exam

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  43. give me an idea to prepare in a better way for the postal exam

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  44. pls mail me @maniece2010@gmail.com

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  45. postal assistant online application form's dropdown list for posts applied for and preference list are not showing.. is it the problem of browser?? please reply

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  46. Hey Guys i will be so obliged if any one can mail me prev.years papers for postal assistant up circle.
    i am looking for these online but unable to get so much options like i have few modal paers of postal assistant but not prev.years original papers.

    please email me on praveen121212@gmail.com

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  47. How much salary will be at the starting of the Postal Assistant job?

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  48. Hi Madam\Sir,
    I see that this website helps lot in preparing for exam. I have applied for TNPSC exam and looking your guidance on TNPSC exam. Why don't you please guide on TNPSC exam also?

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  49. Please also upload the salary details for all the postal and sorting officer , based on the different posts.
    because it will be useful to select a specific post for applying based on the salary.

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  50. Hi

    Can Anyone one reply to my query?? I have studied sanskrit and not hindi in 10th class . Can i apply for the post ?

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  51. I am working in nationalized bank as PO but preparing for civil services. Should i apply for PA/SA exam as i am not getting time for study in bank

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    1. re bank work chennagide PA/SA nalli minimum andru 8-9hrs work madbekagutte nodi...yours which state....

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  52. thank you for soo much information...............

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  53. sir i want to know which post is more suitable for girls and which post gets easy promotion

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  54. There are lots of correction In JoB Profile
    there are diffrent sections in a Postal Sub office
    1.counter transation-Registration,speed post booking,parcel booking,emo,some financial servcices etc and collection of various bills,Postla life insurance premeum and so on.
    2.India post has Small savings scheme,SB,RD,National saving certificates etc
    here we have to verify RD schedules(collected money and passbooks of RD account collected by MBKY agents),receive SB deposits,issue National saving certificates ans so on(hectic work)
    3.Mails section-here we have to verify incoming speedpost and Registred mails,we have to check and send the articles to concerned Branch offices,we have to invoice articles to our own office postman and so on.,Invoicing of money orders parcel etc.

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  55. Postal assistant will get 5200-20200+2400gp pay band equavalent to UDC in other central govt services
    1.If you are posted in rural area you will get 10%HRA and approximate salary of 22500 on entry
    in semi urban area 20% HRA and Metro like kolkatta,banglore,Delhi etc 30% HRA

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  56. i can't upload my photo nd signature..wat's the problem in that... :(

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  57. i can't upload my photo nd signature..wat's the problem in that... :(

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  58. same pblm fr me....cant able to uplod poto nd sign...:(
    wht to do.....

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  59. is there any bond for this job?

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  60. in hand how many salary will i get in postal assistant

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  61. iam trying to fill the application but it not showing preferrence list.i have tried in all browsers. What to do give me a solution

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  62. Hi team, Is it possible to give exam from some other state if you are applying for hometown location........

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  63. I have a doubt, whether we have any typing speed test for PA or SA post?

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  64. Whether will we have any typing speed test for PA or SA post?

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  65. not able to upload photo and signature..what to do? plz help

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  66. I am not able to upload photo and signature.

    What to do now? plz help !

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  67. hello admin currently i m working as a bank clerk, and i am selected in fci assistant grade 3- depot.
    should i leave bank for fci assistant.

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  68. m selected in fci assistant depot, should i leave my bank clerk job?? m confused

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  69. ONLINE form ke liye www.pasadrexam2014.in pe ja rahe but ye to kam hi nhi kar rha hai plz help me ....... N

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  70. i tried to fill the application form ..in that (postal applied for,preferences of division,examination city )are not showing..i tried in IE,firefox and google chrome..if anyone know the solution..please inform..thanks in advance

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  71. Hi mam,
    i applied for postal assistant online. i paid challan fee today. now http://www.pasadrexam2014.in/
    Site is not working... how to apply after paying fees....

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  72. Im unable to upload photo nd sign...please help...and also i cant see d other preferences also please help me,..

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  73. what is growth or promotions level in post office..is someone is having engineering degree and make a start by joining post office

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  74. postal asst application side not working since 5 days . maam what to do ?
    wll they extend the date for filling application... plz reply maam.......

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  75. mamm plzz plzz plzz extend the date for few dayss...bt plzz extend d date....m thank full to u

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  76. please provide postal assistant study material

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  77. please give gk capsule admin for postal assistant

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  78. please provide gk capsule for postal assistant

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  79. but does 5200-20200 means?

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  80. sir in postal job which is best for girls.plz reply

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  81. in postal job which post is better for girls

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  82. in postal job which is best for girls

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  83. can anyone help me here?
    I have got the postal assistant job for the year 2010-2011. (result came out on november last year). i havent joined as of now. the pre-appointment formalities are being processed. in the mean time, i have also got syndicate bank PO and canara bank clerk. which one do you guys think I should join? bank PO or postal assistant??

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  84. Hi,

    I am a girl and have got 64 marks under Andhra Pradesh circle and qualified in all sections, kindly let me know are there any reservations for girls in Postal assistant recruitment

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  85. In this post offc job, whch typ of priority hav less work nd min interaction wid customr?? Can i chng my prirty now or at the time of job? I wnt sortng astt job bt wo mene priority me niche bhra h. Plz gv the soln

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