The Department of Posts functioning under the name ‘India Post’ is a government operated postal system generally referred to ‘the post office’. Indian postal service is a part of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology under the Government of India. IPoS is one of the Group ‘A’ Central Services of India.
The apex body of the department known as the Postal Service Board is under the administrative control of the Director General (DG) of Posts, New Delhi. The board consists of a chairman and 6 members. The members of the board hold portfolios of Personnel, Postal Life Insurance, Technology, Human Resource Development, Operations, and Planning respectively.
For the purpose of administration, India has been divided into 22 postal circles, each circle headed by a Chief Post Master General (PMG). Besides these 22 circles, the communication needs of the armed forces are catered by a special circle called the ‘Base Circle’.