May 2024

Children Education Facilitation Allowance(CEFA) for GDS

CEFA, children education facilitation allowance is a provision given to Gramin Dak Sevaks(GDS) for the assistance of children education in their families. It was came into accomplishment as a implementation of recommendations of a one-man committee in the year 2019. Before that no education allowance facility available for GDS.

No need of introduction about GDS life, we know Gramin Dak Sevaks are small breadwinners. Their income or salary is very small-scale. In these days with small-scale salary no one can run wheels of their family smooth. Of course Department of Posts granting very low amount as a education allowance but, that would be more than half of a GDS monthly salary. It may not reimburse total fees but it could provide a little assistance to the GDS.

Guidelines of Children Education Allowance for GDS in Department of Posts

India Post have imposed certain conditions for availing CEFA. GDS have to follow the below given guidelines to get education allowance for their children.

  • Children Education Facilitation Allowance can be claimed for only two of surviving children in the GDS official family. Their is an exception in case of second child birth is multiple or twins.
  • Total Amount : The total reimbursement amount would be 6000/- rupees per child in a financial year. It is fixed and no extra benefits or fees will be paid.
  • In case both spouses are in Postal Department working as a GDS then only one of them can avail CEFA.
  • The reimbursement amount will be paid to Gramin Dak Sevaks once in a year for the previous year education expenditure. Present year’s allowance will be paid in next financial year.
  • Children performance in school will also be considered while reimbursing. If he/she fails in an academic year then CEFA won’t be stopped but, In case he/she is passed and studying the same class again in another school then he/she will not be eligible for allowance.
  • Age Limit : GDS children can get CEFA up to 12th class(intermediate) from nursery onwards. Maximum age limit for children who is availing CEFA is 20 years. That means he/she should complete 12th class within 20 years of age limit. Where as for Divyaang children it is up to 22 years.
  • If GDS is under put off duty or on leave then he/she will not get any type CEFA from the department.

How to apply for Children Education Facilitation Allowance

This is a simple form filling process and attaching required documents. We try to give an explanation of application process.

  • You need to fill education allowance form with appropriate information. Ask your higher authorities for the application form or download it from online.
  • We can use a single application form for two children. No need of an extra form required for this.
  • GDS Details : In the beginning of form filling we will be asked to enter GDS employee details. Provide every single detail in the table.
  • Children Details : Details of the children of the Gramin Dak Sevaks needs to be entered. Here, we will be asked to enter the name of the children, date of birth and age.
  • Furnish previous financial year reimbursement details along with children details who availed or claimed.
  • Provide last academic year details such as school name, class studied and residential address. If the child is disabled then we need to enter disability type and provide disability certificate.
  • Attach Bonafide or study certificate from the school/institution.

After completing the form filling process staple with required certificates and send it to the Superintend of Posts of your division through Assistant Superintend of Posts from your sub division.

Maternity Leave for Female GDS(Gramin Dak Sevaks) Officials

Maternity leave is an essentials aspect in female employees professional career. At the time of labor they will undergo severe physical and mental stress. Maternity leave will benefit the women to recover, breastfeeding and stay mentally fit. In this article we will explicate the rules and regulations of maternity leave provided to Gramin Dak Sevak female officials. Alike other departments India Post also provided same benefits to the female GDS.

On June 27th 2018 maternity leave for GDS has been introduced by the India Post. Here are the rules and regulations to avail maternity leave as a female Gramin Dak Sevak.

GDS Maternity Leave Rules and Regulations

As per the guidelines given by the India Post, female candidates can avail maternity leave under the following conditions.

  • Leave Period : Female GDS are allowed to get up to 6 months (180 days) as a maternity leave. Acquiring more than 180 days is not allowed. If your condition is not fit and need extra holidays then you may request department for extra leaves in LWA(Leave Without Allowance) section. In this kind leave, you will not get paid anything ‘no work no pay’ rule will be considered.
  • During this leave period she will be paid full amount of TRCA and allowance before proceeding on leave. If funds are not available then the amount would be paid in installments
  • Female Gramin dak sevaks can avail maternity leave twice in their entire engagement period. It is applicable up to two surviving children. if you want to bear a third one then no leave will be granted under maternity leave segment.
  • In case of any miscarriage or abortion happen then up to 45 days of leave might be granted to the female GDS official. In this case leave will be granted irrespective of surviving children and the dak sevak need to provide medical certificate from the approved medical practitioner.
  • Paid Leave : If you want, you can also apply for a paid leave along with maternity leave. Those 10 days of leave will be paid separately and will not be substracted from maternity leave.

How to Apply for Maternity Leave as a female Gramin Dak Sevak

Applying for maternity leave is straight forward. Follow department rules and regulations to get leave approved.

  • Before applying for Maternity leave you need to decide the leave period according to your delivery date and feeding months.
  • Fill up the leave form same as you do while applying for other leave types. Mention the leave type as maternity under nature of leave and grounds on which leave is required. Starting and ending dates of leave period are needs to be entered.
  • Submit substitute details who are willing to work under your surety during this period.
  • May need to provide medical certificates if necessary
  • Submit all details that are required for leave to divisional head through sub divisional head(to SP through ASP or IPO).
  • Request full amount of salary for these 180 days in advance.

Overall maternity leave is very crucial because it plays a key role in women’s life. It promotes health, parental presence, attachment and child development.

GDS Rule 3 Transfer Cycle Portal 2024

In recent years India Post has introduces Rule-3 transfer procedure for Gramin Dak Sevaks through Transfer portal. This transfer procedure is limited, GDS male official will have 2 chances of transfer whereas women will have 3 chances though his/her entire engagement period. GDS officials have to request transfer through online. Every year India Post runs transfer cycle for GDS.

Important Dates related to Transfer cycle

Below we have given expected or tentative dates.

Note: These are not exact dates announced by the department.

  • Vacancy List preparation by Divisions : May 2nd week
  • CEPT portal opens from 4th Week of May from 21th May to 27th May
  • Verification process at division level : June 1st week
  • Final approval list 1 may be announced at the end of the June 1st week tentatively on 7th June
  • Relieving list 1 candidates and 2nd approval list will happen in June 3rd week(22nd June)
  • Relieving 2nd list of officials will be done on end of June or July

Also Read : GDS Recruitment Notification

How to apply for GDS BPM, ABPM and Packer transfer?

GDS officials have to apply only through online for transfer from current working place. He/She can opt 10 preferences for transfer. India Post will decide the transfer location based on eligibility of transfer seeking officials. Follow below steps to complete transfer request procedure through online.

  • Registration : One has to get registered at divisional office for applying on transfer portal. He/She has to provide details of his/her seeking transfer from current working place to another location. Once enrolled on transfer portal from your current divisional level office then you can proceed for further steps.
  • Login : Begin transfer process by visiting After landing on GDS transfer Portal you will have a login page. Here, you have to login with your credentials. GDS ID would be employee ID. Login by entering GDS id and password. If you are new to portal then you have to reset your password for login
  • Password Reset : Click on “Reset Password” to create new password for your account. you will be redirected to password reset page. Here, you have to provide your id and choose confidential password as you wish and re-enter the same in the next box also. Tap on submit then you will receive an OTP to registered mobile. Registered mobile number would be the one that you have given to department. Enter OTP and click on “submit otp”. Now, our new password saved to portal database and we can now login into portal through id, new password.
  • Fill Details : After login you will be redirected to user dashboard. Here, you can see “Utilities” in the menu, click on it. On the utilities page you can have transfer form, most of the details will be auto fetched from department database. Enter remaining fields and validate all details.
  • Choose Preferences : Finally, choose preferences that you re wiling to transfer. Here, you can set 10 posts or locations based on your interest and click on confirm. After successful submission of application you will receive a reference number save it for future enquiries.

After submission of all applications across all divisions, very next to the modification period, all the summitted applications will be verified at division level. Approved lists will be released on 2 stages and GDS’s will be relieved as per the department norms.

Common problems and Troubleshooting tips

  • Employee ID Not Available: This error will rise when employee details not found on database. Contact your division office to update your details in portal database system.
  • Username/Password Incorrect : If you have seen error like this while logging in that means you are first time user to the portal then, you have to reset your password and perform login again or you are entering wrong credentials. So, please check before login.
  • Mobile number is not updated: This happens when your mobile number is not updated in the DO records. you need to update your mobile number through division.

If you have any queries related to the above post please do comment below.

India Post Office RD(Recurring Deposit) Scheme Interest Rates 2024

India Post offers several saving schemes through post offices. Recurring deposit scheme is one of them and it is the most popular scheme provided to rural people though post offices. Many banking institutions provides RD schemes but, Post Office recurring deposit scheme is ultimate. In rural areas of India Rd scheme in Post Office became as a practice from years. Daily wage earners, pensioners, retailers and small employees are regular customers of recurring deposit scheme. Gramin Dak Sevaks playing crucial role on delivering scheme benefits to rural people.

Recurring Deposit(RD) Scheme Interest Rates

In Recurring Deposit scheme one has to deposit fixed amount monthly for a fixed period.

  • Interest rates for RD may vary from year to year. Interest is 6.7% per annum from 1.1.2024 onwards.
  • Interest is quarterly compounded. Interest at the time of account opening will be considered the same through out the scheme period.
  • For more information please visit India Post Saving Scheme

Key Points of Recurring Deposit

Everyone must know about recurring deposit while opening a RD account in Post Office. Here are the key facts of Recurring Deposit.

  • Scheme Period : Rd account period would be of 5 years. One has to maintain account for 5 years to get full closure amount.
  • Monthly Deposit : We have to deposit monthly installments of fixed amount. The fixed amount would be the amount that we have deposited while opening account. Minimum amount for opening RD account is of 100/- rs where as maximum amount has no limit.
  • Premature Closure : Premature closure of RD account is allowed only after 3 years. Before premature period no amount will be given to customer.
  • Loan : Customer can take loan against his/her RD account balance. But, while taking RD amount or at the time of closure the loan needs be cleared.
  • Account Mapping : We can transfer or map our RD account from one Post Office to other.
  • Death Claim : During account or after, if the person is deceased then his/her amount would be settled to nominee. Nomination would be taken while opening account, The same nominee will get paid by India Post if it is death claim. If the nominee also deceased then the legal heirs will get paid.


We have reached to end of the discussion on RD. Before closing the article we suggest you that while opening a Recurring Deposit account please check the interest rates of that financial year as they may vary from time to time according to the government rules and regulations.

India Post International Air Parcel – Rates Per Kg

India Post International Air Parcel is very cost effective when compared to other international courier services. When we compare with other courier charges with India Post we will be in surprise because it costs nearly half of the charges imposed by others. Cost effective parcel bookings helps small merchants and retailers could save more of their income. We can book International Air Parcel in all Post Offices across the country.

Features of India Post International Air Parcel Service

  • Cheap booking Rates : Very cheap rates for sending international air parcels through India Post. In some cases it costs only half of the price when compared to other courier services.
  • Wide Network : Using Indian Postal service we can send parcels to more than 215 countries across the world with online tracking facility through out delivery.
  • Weight : We can send up to 20Kgs weighing parcels to destination countries. Parcel weight limit is maximum of 20kgs it may vary according to destination countries.
  • Easy booking : Booking Foreign parcels made easy Indian Post offices. Anyone can visit post office with his/her parcel and after weighing it, attest “To” and “From” addresses along with custom form CN22 or CN23.
  • Compensation Policy : India Post will pay compensation to the customers for International Air Parcels in case of loss, damage or theft.
    • Up to 40 SDR will be paid to parcel in case total damage, loss or theft. Additional to that 4.5 SDR will be paid per kg.
    • If the parcel damage/loss/theft is partial then in that case the compensation would be limited as per the loss happened.

International Air Parcel Rates In India Post

As we previously said, India Posts offers International Parcel bookings as affordable as cheap.

  • While parcel booking amount per kg will depend on the destination country. It varies from country to country
  • Example: If we book parcel from India to South Korea the rates will be
    • 985 rupees for first 250 grams and for extra part every 250 grams will charge 80 RS
    • For example if we are sending a parcel of weight 16.25 kgs to Korea(Republic) then the booking price would be
      • 16250 grams in 250 grams would be in 65 parts.
      • (First part 985 rs+ 5120 rs(64*80)) =6105 rs
      • On total price extra 18% GST will be charged. SO total amount would be around 6105+1098.9=7203.9
    • Finally we came to conclusion that rates per Kg would be different for each country. We can check all country rates by visiting India Post official website

How to Book India Post International Air Parcel at Post Office

  • Visit nearest Post Office for Air Parcel booking. Ask for if cardboard available for packing the parcel things.
  • If cardboard not available at Post Office then you can use available cardboards at near by shops for packing. Cardboard should be plain if not then cover any images or text printed on it with white paper or brown colored plaster.
  • Arrange items in box one by one without gaps. Items would stick tight together so, parcel would be tight.
  • Seal everything neatly. Attest “TO” and “FROM” addresses in visible letter size.
  • Fill out the custom form given in Post Office and attest it on top of the cardboard parcel box. If articles value is under 300 SDR then it would be CN22 form else CN23.
  • 1 SDR value is 104.6298 rs in 2024.
  • After booking you will be given a tracking ID of India Post, keep it for tracing your parcel location.

Prohibited Items in India Post International Air Parcel Service

India Post allows most of the items while booking but, some are restricted according to Air Parcel rules. These prohibited items are:

  • Living Creatures: Any type of living creatures are not allowed trough India Post International Air Parcels.
  • Meat and Fish parts are note allowed to send.
  • Explosives, flammable substances and oils are not allowed. Radio active substances are strictly prohibited through Air Parcel. Inorganic and organic chemicals are prohibited.
  • Precious stones, Gold and silver articles are not allowed. Only authorized dealers can only send these valued items.
  • Electrical items and machinery items allowed conditionally.

If you have any queries please do comment below without any hesitation.

Who Are Gramin Dak Sevaks(GDS) and What do they do?

Gramin Dak Sevaks or GDS are the rural postal workers in Indian Postal department under ministry of communications. Of course, they are working under India Post but, they aren’t fall under Postal departmental civil servants and considered as a extradepartmental staff . GDS acts as a bridge between rural communities and government.

India Post operating Post offices in every village or Panchayat. Post Office in panchayat or village called branch office. Branch office could hold up to maximum of three number of GDS officials. Gramin Dak Sevaks are divided into GDS BPM, GDS MD, GDS MC and GDS Packer. In recent years GDS MC and MD named as GDS ABPM.

Gramin Dak Sevaks


BPM or Branch Post Master works at village level. If villages are small with less number of people then near by villages can together have a single Post Office. Every Branch Office holds a BPM. The role of Branch Post Master bounds to several responsibilities.

  • Mails : Overseeing incoming and outgoing mails. Maintaining records of mails related to BO Delivery area. Selling stamps, products and other stationary. Needs to keep up to date transaction records.
  • Banking services : Providing India Post Banking related services to customers. Providing several banking deposits and withdrawals of SB,RD,TD,SSA,MIS and KVP etc. Additionally IPPB(India Post Payments Bank) services also delivered by GDS BPM.
  • Doorstep Banking : BPM mingles with village people and provides various Post Office schemes via Doorstep Banking at their homes.


Assistant Brach Post Master(ABPM) works together with BPM in the rural areas of India Post. plays vital role in Postal services. GDS MC and MD falls under ABPM category.

  • Mail Carry : GDS ABPM needs to carry mail bags between Sub Post Office(SO) and BO or between two BO’s viceversa. He/She is responsible for mail bags until handing over to appropriate authority. Should not open or mishandle the bags during mail carry.
  • Delivery : After bag reached to Branch Office BPM will open it and note down every single article that has been received by BO. BPM will hand over articles and delivery manifest to ABPM. Now, Assistant Branch Post Master will deliver all articles in time. Returns or hand overs remaining articles to BPM.
  • Doorstep Banking : ABPM Provides Doorstep Banking services to people in his/her BO delivery beat area.

GDS Packer

GDS Packer mainly works in the main offices like Sub Post Office or Head Post Office. His/her work would be packing mail bags. After sorting articles or mails according to their “To” addresses then packer will pack everything in the bags then hand overs to Mail Carriers. If packer is working in the HO, then he/she pack bags to Sub Offices’ or Divisional Offices vice versa. if he/she is working in Sub Office then he/she handles bags between SO to Bo or So to Ho vice versa.


We have reached to end of the article regarding Gramin Dak Sevaks and their vital role in the Indian Postal department. As, technology developed now, everything became digital but, during 19th century everyone depended on Gramin Dak Sevaks and India Post to communicate with others and to send money orders to people who love all over the world.

If have any doubt or query please do comment below.

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