So you would like to do the job as postal assistants, it’s good, but you must know each factor about postal assistant exams. The article will provide you a proper guidance that what is the postal assistant exam, eligibility criteria, selection procedure, how to get selected, how to prepare, how to crack and every single important point to prepare to make a career as a postal assistant.

About Department of Post

Department of post is one of the largest departments in India having more than 5 lakh employees in all over India branches. There are lots of branches, offices and offices in all over Urban India and rural India. There are total 22 postal circles in our country further divided into divisions. You can know more about the India post department here.

Eligibility Criteria for Postal Assistant Exam

  • Age: First of all, we consider the age of the candidates who should be the minimum of 18 years and maximum of 25 years. The date to determination of age is the last date as mentioned in the advertisement/notification issued by post office department /department of posts itself.
  • Qualification: The candidates who are interested to make the career as postal assistants in the post office must possess 10+2  or 12th class from the recognized board in India. The English subject is required in the 10th and 12th class. The language which is required to apply is the state language in which the candidates belong. The aspirants who have higher qualifications can also apply, but the state language and English subject is required.
  • Computer & Typing Skills: The knowledge and experience in computer basic are also required to apply to the post. Typing speed in Hindi should be 25 words and 30 words in English per minute.

Selection Procedure for Postal Assistant Exam

The selection procedure for the postal assistants is a bit different from other competitive exams. As the marks obtained is also considered along with the written exam marks. So we will define here step by step. So the candidates can understand properly and prepare for the same.

Concept: 40% weight-age (Marks obtained in12th class) + 50% (Marks obtained in aptitude test) + 10 marks for computer test & typing skills.

Step 1: In step 1, the marks obtained in 12th class will be considered. Suppose you score 60% marks in 12th now the weightage will be added 40%, which are 24 marks.

In the year 2012 exam,  no weight-age was given for marks obtained in the 12th class. So it depends on the notification/advertisement rules and regulation.

Step 2: in step2, the candidates will be called for the aptitude test. The criteria to call for the aptitude test is 10 times of vacancies.

In the year 2011 exam, only five-time candidates was called.

Step3: The aptitude test will be held, which contain the subjects English, General Knowledge, Mathematics and reasoning and analytical ability.

Step4: The typing and computer knowledge test, which contains 450 words of English and 375 words in Hindi.

Step5 concluding Step: After complete all the test and adding weight-age to the final marks. The call letter will be issued by the department of posts.

Departments for Postal Assistants

  • Army Postal Service
  • Circle office & Regional Office
  • Foreign post offices
  • Mail Motor Services
  • Post Offices
  • Postal Stores Depots
  • Railway Mail Service
  • Saving Bank Control Organization

Postal Assistants Salary

Currently, according to the government pay scale, the pay scale/ salary of the postal assistants is Rs. 5200/- to 20,200/-  plus grade pay of Rs.2400/-

Duties and Roles of Postal Assistants

The candidates who are interested to apply for the postal assistant should know the duties and roles within the department. So they can adjust them accordingly.

First of all, as it appears from its name, the main duty of postal assistants is disposal of mails with maintaining its records. However, the duties may be different in each department where the placement will be done.

Syllabus for Exam

  • Aptitude Test: The syllabus for aptitude test contains the subjects like English, Mathematics, Reasoning, General Knowledge and analytical ability. The paper will contain the total of 100 questions with 1 marks of each question.  The duration of the exam will be two hours. The total marks for all the subject will be 100. The classification of marks subject wise is given below. 1) 25 Questions on General Knowledge – 25 marks, 2) 25 Questions on Mathematics – 25 Marks, 3) 25 Questions on English – 25 marks, 4) 25 Questions on Reasoning and Analytical Ability – 25 Marks
  • Typing test: The duration of the typing test is 30 minutes containing 450 words of English paragraph and 375 words in Hindi with a minimum speed of 30/25 words.

Preparation for Exam

There are lots of resources to prepare for the postal assistant’s exams like books, coaching institutes, online coaching classes and self-preparation. However, we are here giving the best resource which you can use for preparation of postal assistant exams.

  • Books: 1) Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant Recruitment Exam: By Kiran Parkashan 2) Postal Assistant Exams Preparation: By Samuel Sower 3) Postal Assistant Recruitment Test: By Jain
  • Free  Online Preparation: Join our RecruitmentNews facebook page, we updated daily post questions free of cost. You can prepare here free. Download our 201 questions of Quantitative Aptitude with evaluation software. You can use other free resources on the net to find out like “Previous year questions papers of Postal Assistant Exams, free books download for Postal Assistant test. Join various Facebook pages which prepare for the competitive exam.

Dates for Next Postal Assistant Exam

The official dates for next postal assistant exam is not yet announced. But don’t worry, we update you whenever the departments announce the vacancies via notification or employment news. So stay with us by subscribing to your email ID. We will update you through email. In the meantime, you can explore other government jobs and exams by various Government department.

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  1. Dear sir plz help me understand the procedure for typing test selection.. Iam from northeast circle obc category n hv cleared all sections Wt a total of 64 marks..(R-19,E-15,G.K-11,N-19) though i have clear all the sections still i was not selected for typing round, .sir do please clarify me the eligibility creiteria for typing round so,i could be more alert and helpful to get prepared well for the next coming exam .. plz reply

  2. Dear sir plz help me understand the procedure for typing test selection.. Iam from maharashtra circle sc category n hv cleared all sections Wt a total of 59 marks.. Wt r my chances for typing test selection.. plz reply

  3. I want to apply for sorting assistant in 2015, I m working in defence and had a experience of 6 years…I m 12th pass…my date of birth is 19 Dec 1988. Can I apply

  4. today was my typing test for PA/SA my typing speed was 28WPM I have typed 2401 letters and out of this 2171 letters were right and in data entry i scored 57.25.will i be eligable to pass the computer aptitude test? i am from west bengal circel plz rply me.

  5. Sir, I have made a mistake while entering the 10+2 percentage of marks, in the registration form they give a box to fill 10+2 marks [ ].[ ], I was wrongly understand that is the 1st box for 10 the & 2nd box for 12th, yesterday only my friend say the way you apply is incorrect and now I have passed my aptitude test and also completed my computer skill test, kindly help me sir, what’s the procedure to solve this problem,pl help me sir..

  6. Sir, I have made a mistakes while entering the 12th standard percentage of marks, but now I have passed my aptitude test and also completed my computer skill test..yesterday only I saw the error that I have wrongly mentioned in the application form, kindly help me to solve this problem plzzz sir..

  7. Hello Sir,
    How to calculate the typing test mark using that barcode. I have attended the paper 2 exam and I dont know how to get my mark. I belong to TN postal Circle.. Kindly help me….

    • for typing test the bar code number will be some thing like this (00280217802093) .this means 28 WPM and the rest meant out of 2178 letters typed 2093 is correct…

      for data entry (01930157044086) here the last five digit is marks 44.86..
      hope it helped

  8. When will be result of paper2 in Gujarat circle?
    If in Paper1 mark 54 & in Paper2 in Data Entry 48 Marks me obtain…but i not know in computer skill test mark…so plz tell me both test of 66 mark of qualifying compulasory…!! DE 33 Marks & Computer Skill Test 33??plz tell me…

    • Dear Hetal,
      Me too wrote the exam. The marks of Computer skill test are not considered for the preparation of the merit test. The merit list is prepared purely on the basis of Marks obtained in Paper-I with subject to whether u are qualified in the Paper-II or not. The qualification marks as same as the percentage of marks fixed for paper-I. There is no sectional cut off for paper-II. Altogether you have to score the total mark for the prescribed community.

  9. dear admin i rakesh kumar from jharkhand circle from obc categoty i got 51 marks in 1 sec 14 sec-14 3rd-10 and 4th-13 you told that cut off marks for obc is 19 to 12 in eac sec to qualify in typing test but i was not selected why reply soon you told me to send total marks i have send but you didnt reply if u are there plz reply soon

  10. i have applied for PA/SA and i have shortlisted for paper 2 but i am a diploma holder in computer technology and Completed BE degree, after completing 10th without doing 12th class.Will u please answer me whether i am eligible and whether they will select me if i will get pass in paper 2

  11. I have applied for PA/SA and I am shortlisted for paper 2 but I have done diploma after 10th class and i have not done 12 th class.Please answer whether i m eligible and whether they will select if i will get pass in paper 2.

  12. Dear sir,
    I am sanjeet from Genral cast in Haryana. Mere Paper-I m 83 mark’s h and Paper- II m computer typing bhi 40 wpm k arround h. So I know, kya mera final merit list me selection ho payega. And haryana circle k result k liye or kitna wait krna pdega.

    • Computer skill test marks are not considered for the preparation of the merit list. Merit list is purely based on the marks obtained in the paper-I. But u need to qualify in the paper-II..

  13. Respected Sir/madam
    I belong to OBC (other backword caste) category which is categorized
    OBC, both by state and center (India government). I have OBC
    certificate in format of state government.
    Should I need a center (Indian government) format?
    If yes than provide me proforma for OBC cast certificate of Indian government.
    Kindly reply it, Thanking you

    • Plzzz haryana me first paper ka cut off kya RHA n typing software based hui ya office word me plzzz tell me I m from Rajasthan m.

  14. I have entered the register number wrong in OMR and I tried my level best to modify.But I have entered the roll number correctly. Could you pls let me know is there any possibility to go to next Level ?

  15. hi m hanamath nd I got 59 marks ln paper 1 for Karnataka circle nd I belong to st category , is there any chance to 2nd test

  16. sir main haryana se hn or sc ka candidate hn or mere marks 39 hai or typeing speed achchi hai kya koi chance hai kya g plz tall me

  17. sir i got 68 marks as per eenadu paper key in postal assistant exam in ap region & i am bc-a is there any chance to get a postal assistant

  18. i think i will get 75%(aspect) in the written exam and i have typed gross-22 w.p.m and net-20 w.p.m in English and i have no idea about data sir please say will i qualify in PA/SA exam2014

  19. admin pls don’t mislead d aspirants, if u don’t know den sit silent. in notification they clearly mentioned dat der s no weightage for 2 marks.
    and the persons who all are applied will be called for aptitude test anot as 5 times or 10 times of vacancies. better you improve your knowledge and then post it. don’t mosguide for aspirants

  20. I have entered the register number wrong in OMR and I tried my level best to modify.But I have entered the roll number correctly. Could you pls let me know is there any possibility to go to next Level ?

  21. Sir
    . will u plz let me know hw many vacancies are there for Andhra Pradesh and when the results for postal assistance 2014 are going to be out

  22. Sir am a Physically challenged candidate. am write Postal assistant tamilnadu region. what is the my cut of mark and what is my 12th eligibility mark percentage.

    my category: PH-III (OBC)

  23. sir,I got 83percent in intermediate but instead of that I entered wrong marks by mistake
    so,pleg suggest a way

  24. you have given an excellent presentation about post assiatant along with all details slary exam weightage marks in +2 . very good

  25. Dear Sir/Madam,
    I have a doubt that, whether all the candidates who have secured just the cut off marks in Paper I are eligible for the typing test or only the candidates who scores more in the Paper I.

    Thank you.

  26. Dear Sir/Madam,
    I have a doubt that, whether all the candidates who have secured just the cut off marks in Paper I are eligible for the typing test or only the candidates who scores more in the Paper I.

    Thank you.

  27. Indian Post Rajasthan circle OBC Categary Typing Gross Speed-19 WPM ,Net Speed-18 WPM ,Error -9 words(45 points),or DE test- 15 Marks (no error) Paper 1st-80 Marks please tell me sir that i stand a chance ?

  28. I think the typing test is just qualifying. If you type with speed of 30 wpm for 15 min, you will type 450 words and that would award you 100/100 marks if no mistake is made. Suppose you typed only 270 words but all correct,then you are considered qualified. As it would make 60% marks. Only 40% marks is required to qualify.

  29. I have given numerous competitive exams, but not in a single exam I have ever found such rules for weightage marks from H.S. level. Its very disgusting. If I score more marks in written exams by studying hard, preference will be given to rank holders, write? though he/she scores less marks in written. You Guys should mentions clearly that postal exams are only for rank holders in the NOTIFICATION

  30. Why u people are misguiding the candidates . It was mentioned clearly in the notification that no weightage will be given to the 10+2 marks while preparing the merit list moreover its not mandatory to have typing speed in hindi as there exists an option for 450 words english or 375 words hindi . I request you to please do ur homework properly before making any publication