Probationer > Senior Superintendent of Post Offices or Railway Mail in large district towns and Divisional Headquarters > Assistant Post Master General > Director > Post Master General of a 'Circle' > Senior Deputy Director Generals who are equivalent to Additional Secretary in a Ministry or member of Post and Telegraph Board (a total 8 in number) > Chairman of the Board.
The eligibility criteria for the Indian Postal Service exam is the same as for other services. Once the candidate clears the civil services and gets allotment to the Indian foriegn service as per his rank, he has to go through specified training.
Like other Group A services, Indian Postal Service recruitment is also conducted by two modes. Through UPSC regular recruitment every year and by upgrading the Group 'B'officers already serving the Indian Postal Service but they should have served for three years of regular service in this grade. The officers are put forward by Departmental Promotion Committee duly formed for the promotion purpose of Group B officers to Group A in discussion with the UPSC commission.
The officers recruited though direct recruitment are sent for FC Training (Foundational Course) at LBSNAA (Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration - Mussourie, NADT (National Academy of Direct Taxes) - Nagpur and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy - Hyderabad which are recognized by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoP&T). The skilled training programme in Postal Management and Administration is held at RAKNPA (Rafi Afmed Kidwai National Postal Academy) - Ghaziabad.
The ICLS exam 2016 notification has come and the last date of online application was on the 27th of may 2015. The date of prelims exam is 7th August 2016. The next exam will happen in 2017 around the same time.
The syllabus for the civil services exam in 2016 and every other year is the same for the Indian Postal Service as well as other services. There is no difference whatsoever.