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ReViSiOn Of iNTerEsT SB OREDER 4/2013

SB Order 01/2013
Amendment in Rule 4A of Post Office Savings Account Rules 1981 thereby allowing deposits other than wages under MGNREGA into Workers Wage Accounts

SB Order 02/2013
Enhancement of limit for verification of withdrawals from Savings Accounts made at Extra Departmental Sub/Branch Post Offices and Single Handed Post Offices

SB Order 03/2013
Identification of PPF(HUF) accounts and admissibility of interest in such accounts

SB Order 04/2013
Revision in Interest Rates of Small Savings Schemes w.e.f. 01st April 2013


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Execution of SCS - SI entries for 30/03/2013

Execution of SCS - SI entries for 30/03/2013

 

  • Unzip the file to DBAnalyzer folder in server.
  • Logout of Sanchay Post from all the clients and server.
  • Backup POST database
  • Execute "MarchScs_Si.exe"
  • This exe should be executed before day-end of 30/03/2013
  • The exe will display the total amount after finishing SI posting. This amount should be added to the counter transactions LOT.

Consolidated instructions relating to action warranted against Government servants remaining away from duty without authorisation/grant of leave-Rule position.

Consolidated instructions relating to action warranted against Government servants remaining away from duty without authorisation/grant of leave-Rule position.
 
To view Department of Personnel and Training OM No. 130-26/3/2012-Estt(Leave) dated 28th March, 2013, please CLICK HERE.

SB Order 4/2013 : Revision in Interest Rates of Small Savings Schemes w.e.f 1st April 2013

SB Order 4/2013 : Revision in Interest Rates of Small Savings Schemes w.e.f 1st April 2013

To view SB order 4/2013 dated 26/3/2013, please CLICK HERE.

India Post to seek licence for all-women’s bank

India Post to seek licence for all-women’s bank
NEW DELHI: The postal department, which is keen on setting up a branch, is making a pitch to the finance ministry to establish the proposed women's bank announced in the budget.

The bank, probably the first of its kind in the world, will lend mainly to women and women-run businesses, and will predominantly employ women. Sources said that the suggestion is being made at the ministerial level although the finance ministry has tasked a committee to prepare a blueprint of sorts.

While Department of Posts Secretary
Padmini Gopinath underlined her department's credentials saying that country's first all-women's post office had just been launched and a second one in Delhi University is almost ready, she did not specifically comment on offering to set up the proposed bank.
Gopinath, however, told TOI that the department of posts was keen on getting the Union Cabinet to endorse the plan and would prefer to seek a licence to set up a bank after receiving legislative backing to the proposal. "We would like to have legal backing, like the other public sector banks," she said at the National Editors' Conference here on Saturday. Public sector banks are backed by the bank nationalization laws of 1970 and 1980, while State Bank of India ( SBI) and its associate banks have been set up under separate legislations.

Just last month, RBI issued final guidelines for issuing licences to "new banks in the private sector". While Gopinath said that the department was exploring the option of approaching RBI for a licence, meeting the deadline July 1 deadline may be difficult as Ernst & Young, the consultant for the banking project, is expected to submit its report around June.

Apart from suggesting a structure, the consultant is also doing a survey to ascertain the post offices that may double up as "agents" for the bank to collect and deposit funds, especially in rural areas. "We have to decide if we want to be in cities and use post offices as agents or whether we should have branches in smaller places," she adding.

As reported by TOI on March 14, the department of posts will set up a separate entity for its banking foray to tap into its network spanning around 1.55 lakh post offices. Asked about concerns that the proposed bank may pose a threat to some of the largest players as well, Gopinath said, "Threat is not an issue. The question is whether you have the reach or not. We are present in villages across India and we can help banking reach to the farthest corners of the country."
Source : The Times of India, 24 March, 2013.

Launching of Electronic Indian Postal Order — eIPO.

Launching of Electronic Indian Postal Order — eIPO.
No. 1/44/2009-lR
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 22th March, 2013
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject : Electronic Indian Postal Order — launching of.
On the initiative of Department of Personnel and Training, Department of Posts has launched a service called "elPO (Electronic Indian Postal Order) w.e.f. 22.03.2013. This is a facility to purchase an Indian Postal Order electronically by paying a fee on-line through e-Post Office Portal i.e. http://www.epostoffice.gov.in. It can also be accessed through India Post website www.indiapost.gov.in . As per RTI Rules, 2012, fees may be paid by electronic means, if facility for receiving fees through electronic means is available with the public authority.
2. At present, this facility is provided only for Indian Citizens abroad across the globe to facilitate them to seek information from the Central Public Information Officers (CPIOs) under the RTI Act, 2005, Debit and Credit cards can be used to purchase elPO.
3. The user needs to get himself registered at the website. He has to select the Ministry/Department from whom he desires to seek the information under the RTI Act and the elPO so generated can be used to seek information from that Ministry/Department only. A printout of the elPO is required to be attached with the RTI application. If the RTI application is being filed electronically, elPO is required to be attached as an attachment.
4. It may be noted that this facility is only for purchasing an Indian Postal Order electronically. All the requirements for filing an RTI application as well as other provisions regarding eligibility, time limit, exemptions etc., as provided in the RTI Act, 2005 will continue to apply.
5. An elPO so generated must be used only once with an RTI application. To check any multiple use of the same elPO, the CPIOs shall maintain a record of the elPOs so received from Indian Citizens abroad. In case of any doubt, the details of elPO can be verified from the above mentioned site/portal of India Post.
sd/-
(Sandeep Jain)
Deputy Secretary

POST CARD ---- NEW LOOK

POSTCROSSING


WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF POSTCROSSING
Post crossing is an interesting and amazingly educative activity through which you can post and receive postcards from all over the world for free.The main goal of the activity is to connect the people across the world through postcards irrespective of their location, age , gender ,race,or beliefs.
Mr Paulo Meghalhaes of Portugal is the father of this activity.this activity commenced from 14 th July,2005.
Through this activity the first Ten lakhs cards were exchanged by April 2008 and not surprisingly 1.5 crore cards were exchanged by December 2012. Today , Postcrossing activity has 3.80 Lakh registered members spread over 215 countries of the world.
On an average 1000 postcards are being exchanged every hour through this activity.

BENEFITS OF POSTCROSSING

By doing this activity we get to know

  • Cultural facts about different countries.
  • Curriencies and flags
  • New Friends
  • New Languages
  • Collection of valuable authentic foreign stamps
  • Population
  • Their flora and fauna
  • A smile is ensured whenever we receive a postcard.
HOW TO REGISTER FOR THIS ACTIVITY ?

It is very simple .We have to register our name through www.postcrossing.com then we have to follow below mentioned steps.



  1. Request an address from the website
  2. Mail a picture postcard to the address a/w generated through system by affixing stamp of Rs 12/- ( picture postcards are available at nearest Headpost office)
  3. Wait to receive a postcard and
  4. Register the received postcard in the system.
Postmaster General North Karnataka region Dharwad 580001 is making efforts to popularize Postcrossing in their region as well as all over india.

I WOULD REQUEST ALL TO REGISTER YOURSELF. THIS WILL EARN ADDITIONAL REVENUE TO THE DEPARTMENT.

SAVING FACILITIES IN POST OFFICES

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO2694
ANSWERED ON 13.03.2013
SAVING FACILITIES IN POST OFFICES
2694 .Shri PARTAP SINGH BAJWA
NISHIKANT DUBEY
Will the Minister ofCOMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:-


(a) whether postal savings facilities are available in all the post offices functioning in the country including rural areas;

(b) if so, the details thereof, State-wise and if not, the steps taken by the Government to make such facilities available in all post offices;

(c) the comparative details of postal saving accounts and the amounts deposited respectively in rural and urban post offices, State-wise; and

(d) the measures being adopted by the Government for promoting postal savings in the rural areas?
ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (DR. (SMT.) KILLI KRUPARANI)

(a) Madam, as on 31.3.2012, out of 153,218 post offices functioning in the country including rural areas, postal savings facilities are available in 153182 post offices.

(b) State-wise detail of total number of post offices and number of post offices in which postal savings facilities are available may be seen in the attached Annexure-A. A very few post offices where these facilities are not available were opened for the specific purpose of mail operations, and savings facilities are available in the nearby post offices.

(c) The comparative State-wise details of Saving Bank accounts and amount deposited therein in rural and urban post offices as on 31.3.2012 may be seen in the attached Annexure-B.

(d) Central and State Governments take various measures from time to time to promote and popularise small saving scheme through print and electronic media as well as by holding melas, seminars, meetings and providing training to the various agencies involved. Following specific measures were taken in last two years to make the small saving schemes more attractive:-

1. The rate of interest on Post Office Savings Account (POSA) has been increased from 3.5% to 4%. The ceiling of maximum balance in POSA 1 lakh in single account and 2 lakh in joint account has been removed.

2. The maturity period for Monthly Income Scheme (MIS) and National Savings Certificate (NSC) has been reduced from 6 years to 5 years.

3. A new NSC instrument, with maturity period of 10 years, has been introduced.

4. The annual ceiling on investment under Public Provident Fund (PPF) Scheme has been increased from ` 70,000 to ` 1 lakh.

5. Liquidity of Post Office Time Deposit (POTD) – 1, 2, 3 & 5 years – has been improved by allowing pre-mature withdrawal at a rate of interest 1% less than the time deposits of comparable maturity. For pre-mature withdrawals between 6-12 months of investment, Post Office Savings Account (POSA) rate of interest has been allowed.

6. The rate of interest on Small Savings Schemes has been aligned with Government-Security rates of similar maturity with a spread of 25 basis points (bps) in all schemes except 10 Years National Savings Certificates (IX-Issue) and Sr. Citizens Savings Scheme where the spread of 50 bps and 100 bps has been given respectively (100 bps are equal to 1%). Interest rate for every financial year will now be notified before 1st April of that year. The Interest Rates of Small Savings Schemes notified from 1.4.2012 are given below:-
Scheme       Rate of Interest 
       in % w.e.f. 1.4.2012
Savings Account Deposit     4.0
1 year Time Deposit     8.2
2 year Time Deposit     8.3
3 year Time Deposit     8.4
5 year Time Deposit     8.5
5 year Recurring Deposit    8.4
5 year Sr. Citizens Savings Scheme   9.3
5 year Monthly Income Accounts    8.5
5 year National Savings Certificates (VIII-Issue)  8.6
10 year National Savings Certificates (IX-Issue) 8.9
Public Provident Fund     8.8
ANNEXURE

Status of your application for Direct PA/SA Recruitment

Status of your application for Direct PA/SA Recruitment

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Rate of interest on advances and loans to Govt. employees, for construction / purchase of houses/flats.

 
Rate of interest on advances and loans to Govt. employees, for construction / purchase of houses/flats.

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SB Order No. 3/2013 : Identification of PPF (HUF) accounts and admissibility of interest in such accounts regarding

SB Order No. 3/2013 : Identification of PPF (HUF) accounts and admissibility of interest in such accounts regarding.
 
 SB Order No. 3/2013 CLICK HERE.

7th CPC News : Central Minister in favour of seventh pay commission

7th CPC News : Central Minister in favour of seventh pay commission

 
Ajay Maken backs cry for seventh pay panel

New Delhi : With a little over a year to go before the next general election, the demand for a Seventh Pay Commission has started to gather momentum. Union housing and urban poverty alleviation minister Ajay Maken has taken the lead in endorsing the Central government employees' request for setting up of the new pay panel, citing the erosion of real wages due to high inflation since implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission's recommendations.

In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Manmohon Singh, Maken underlined how every pay panel since the Second Pay Commission, barring the Sixth Pay Commission, were set up in the third year of the decade. "We are again in the third year of the ongoing decade and Central government employees are justifiably looking forward to the Seventh Pay Commission," he said.

Recalling that it was under Singh that the last pay panel was set up in 2005, after the NDA government failed to do so in 2003, Maken, in the communication dated March 14, requested that a decision be "taken on priority" for constitution of the Seventh Pay Commission. A notification for constitution of the 7th Central Pay Commission is the need of the hour, which is bound to have bearing upon about 20 million employees," he said.

Maken concluded by emphasizing that setting up of the new pay panel was in "larger interest of government employees as well as the (Congress) party".

Source: The Times of India

GDS -AN EMERGING WORK FORCE

Grameen Dak Sevaks (GDS) - Working Strength, Service benefits & Welfare Schemes

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 1402
ANSWERED ON 06.03.2013
GRAMEEN DAK SEVAKS
1402 . Shri DILIP SINGH JU DEV
Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:-
(a) the number of Grameen Dak Sewaks working in post offices in various States including Chhattisgarh tribal region, State-wise;
(b) the monthly stipend being paid to these Sewaks;
(c) whether the Government proposes to increase their stipend in view of steep rise in inflation and also introduce welfare measures for them; and
(d) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?
ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (Dr. (Smt.) KILLI KRUPA RANI)

(a) As on 01.01.2013, the total working strength of various categories of Grameen Dak Sewaks is 263326 including 2458 Grameen Dak Sewaks working in Chhattisgarh Tribal Region. State-wise and UT wise details is at Annexure I.


(b) Grameen Dak Sewaks are paid Time Related Continuity Allowance (TRCA) & other admissible allowances as approved by Cabinet and not stipend, the details of which are at Annexure II.

(c) Grameen Dak Sewaks are in receipt of Dearness Allowance which is linked to price rise/ inflation on the admissible TRCA at the same rate as allowed to regular Central Government employees and which is revised twice in a year based on price index. The Government has also introduced various welfare measures for these Grameen Dak Sewaks.

(d) The details of welfare measures introduced for the Grameen Dak Sewaks are at Annexure III.

LOK SABHA ANNEXURE UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1402 DATED 6.03.2013
ANNEXURE I

S.
No.
Name of Circle/State/UTs
Working Strength of Gramin Dak Sevaks as on 01.01.2013
GDS
SPM
GDS
BPM
GDS
MD
GDS
MC
GDS
MP
GDS
SV
Others
Total
1
Andhra Pradesh
0
13139
4694
4242
1941
175
2646
26837
2
Assam
0
3216
2906
1639
283
39
371
8454
3
Bihar
0
6307
5165
2598
360
86
553
15069
4
Chhattisgarh
0
2423
855
1545
147
13
26
5009
5
Delhi
0
77
26
14
24
30
6
177
6
Gujarat
0
6768
4619
1396
702
63
296
13844
6a
Dadar & Nagar Haveli (UT)
0
5
45
0
0
0
0
50
6b
Daman & Diu (UT)
0
7
17
0
0
0
2
26
7
Haryana
0
1972
1050
708
233
18
4
3985
8
Himachal Pradesh
0
2247
2614
1068
312
13
61
6315
9
Jammu & Kashmir
0
1368
506
754
95
8
0
2731
10
Jharkhand
0
2461
1539
1286
154
35
407
5882
11
Karnataka
0
7777
4681
1235
1789
66
249
15797
12
Kerala
0
3443
5765
852
1259
138
165
11622
12a
Lakshadweep (UT)
2
1
1
0
5
0
0
9
12b
Puducherry (UT)
0
3
5
1
1
0
0
10
13
Madhya Pradesh
0
5632
2498
4056
290
22
229
12727
14
Maharashtra
0
10122
6939
1644
1115
46
27
19893
14a
Goa (State)
0
147
128
21
54
1
2
353

North East
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
15
Arunachal Pradesh (State)
0
198
166
27
30
2
11
434
16
Manipur (State)
0
591
495
627
40
1
1
1755
17
Meghalaya (State)
0
332
389
262
41
0
0
1024
18
Mizoram (State)
0
285
234
281
12
0
98
910
19
Nagaland (State)
0
279
254
237
35
3
0
808
20
Tripura (State)
0
514
416
290
53
1
65
1339
21
Orissa
1
5798
4863
3209
929
41
110
14951
22
Punjab
0
2831
1642
960
227
15
0
5675
22a
Chandigarh (UT)
0
8
13
0
16
2
0
39
23
Rajasthan
0
7460
2371
3014
439
37
49
13370
24
Tamil Nadu
0
8656
8475
1325
2168
269
682
21575
24a
Puducherry (UT)
0
41
49
0
15
4
0
109
25
Uttar Pradesh
0
12659
10991
4127
1311
315
1262
30665
26
Uttarakhand
0
2122
2218
1322
236
9
217
6124
27
West Bengal
0
5370
4985
3337
777
315
339
15123
28
Sikkim (State)
0
53
74
19
5
0
0
151
28a
Andaman & Nicobar (UT)
0
171
203
102
0
8
0
484

Total
3
114483
81891
42198
15098
1775
7878
263326


Chhattisgarh Tribal Region
0
1068
422
911
48
2
7
2458

Annexure II

Time Related Continuity Allowance (TRCA) of Gramin Dak Sevaks
[Implemented w.e.f. 01.01.2006]

S.
No.
Category of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS)
TRCA effective from 01.01.2006
For Work load ( in hours )
1
GDS Branch Postmaster


Rs 2745-50-4245

Up to 3 hours
Rs 3200-60-5000

More than 3 hours and up to 3 hours 30 min
Rs 3660-70-5760
More than 3 hours 30 min and up to 4 hours
Rs 4115-75-6365
More than 4 hours and up to
4 hours 30 min
Rs. 4575-85-7125

More than 4 hours 30 min and up to 5 hours
2
GDS Mail deliverer/
Stamp
vendor
Rs 2665-50-4165
[for new entrants]
Up to 3 hours
Rs 3330-60-5130

More than 3 hours and up to 3 hours 45 min
Rs 4220-75-6470
More than 3 hours 45 min and up to 5 hours
3
GDS Mail Carrier/
Packer/ Mailman
Rs 2295-45-3695
[for new entrants]
Up to 3 hours
Rs2870-50-4370
More than 3 hours and up to 3 hours 45 min
Rs 3635-65-5585
More than 3 hours 45 min and up to 5 hours

Note:

Besides the TRCA, the GDSs also get Dearness Allowance at the same rate as admissible to Central Government employees. Gramin Dak Sevak Branch Postmasters get Office Maintenance Allowance @Rs.100/- per month & Fixed Stationery Charges @Rs.25/- per month. Other categories like Gramin Dak Sevak Mail Deliverers and Mail Carriers get Cycle Maintenance Allowance @ Rs.60/- per month.

Annexure III

EXISTING WELFARE SCHEMES INTRODUCED FOR GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS
1
Maternity Grant

Women GDS are provided Maternity Grant for each child up to the birth of maximum of two children limited to maximum of two confinements resulting into birth of first two children only during the entire engagement period of a Woman GDS equivalent to three months TRCA with DA. Women GDS’s like Mail Deliverer and Mail Carrier have also been prescribed to be considered for lighter duties wherever possible during the pre and post confinement period.
2
Maternity Leave
Women GDS have also been provided to be granted maternity leave not exceeding six months covering the pre and post confinement period.
3
Extra Departmental GroupInsuranceScheme
Gramin Dak Sevaks are provided with insurance coverage of Rs. 50000/- under the Group Insurance Scheme available to them on death.
4
Service Discharge Benefit Scheme

A Service Discharge Benefit Scheme has been introduced by the Government for the benefit of Gramin Dak Sevaks working in the Department of Posts on monthly contribution basis (from Department’s side only @ Rs. 200/-pm) devised on the basis of New Pension Scheme (NPS)-Lite scheme launched by the Pension Fund Regulatory & Development Authority (PFRDA). This Scheme has been offered in lieu of the existing Severance Amount Scheme on an optional basis for the existing Gramin Dak Sevaks while it is mandatory for the new Gramin Dak Sevaks entering into service with effect from 01.01.2011. The Scheme provides a certain percentage as lump sum at the time of discharge plus mandatoryinvestment of certain percentage in annuity that would provide them monthly benefits in the shape of pension.
5
Leave

Gramin Dak Sevaks are allowed to be granted 20 days paid leave in a year without accumulation.
6
Limited Transfer Facility

Gramin Dak Sevaks are provided with the facility of limited transfer in cases of posting at a distant place on redeployment in the event of abolition of the post, on being appointed on compassionate grounds and posted at distant place, on marriage/remarriage of woman GDS, on suffering extreme hardship due to a disease and for medical attention/treatment of self on production of valid medical certificate from the medical officer of a Government Hospital and on requirement of looking after the welfare of a physically handicapped/mentally handicapped person/dependant requiring to move to different places to give support to such dependant. Such facility is provided for only one transfer during the entire career and on rendering a minimum service of 3 years subject to fulfillment of other conditions. Based on recommendation made by one man Committee, an exception has been made for women Gramin Dak Sevaks, who availed the transfer facility on the ground of extreme hardship due to a disease and for medical attention/treatment before their marriage and now they can avail the facility for a second time in the event of their marriage/re-marriage.



7
Assistance from Welfare Fund

Following assistance from welfare fund are allowed to the Gramin Dak Sevaks:-
S.
No.
Name of Welfare Scheme
Admissible amount of Financial Assistance
1
Financial Assistance in case of death
Rs. 7000/-
2
Death occurring due to enemy action in war or border skirmishes or action against militants, terrorists, extremists, etc.
Rs. 1,50,000/-
3
Funeral Expenses*
Rs.500/-
4
Nutritional diet to the GDS suffering from Tuberculosis :
(a) Indoor treatment.
(b) Outdoor treatment.


Rs.400/- p.m.
Rs.200/- p.m.
5
Financial Assistance in case of prolonged and serious illness / major surgeries
Rs. 5000/-
6
Scholarship and book awardscheme
To ensure better coverage for GDSs, their wards be granted relaxation by 10% marks as in case of SCs/STs and OBCs, in so far as grant of book award is concerned.
*Payable from the Circle Welfare Fund, only in cases in which last rites of deceased Postal Employee are performed by brothers or sisters or near relatives in the absence of any other next of kin.
8
Compassionate Engagement

A new transparent Scheme for engagement of dependents GDS on compassionate grounds with merit points and procedure for selection has been introduced allocating points for each attribute of indigence on a 100 Point Scale. Spouse [widows] has been allowed 15 grace points over and over. Hard and deserving cases have been prescribed as cases over and above 50 Points.
9
Medical Facilities
GDS being a separate and distinct category, they are not covered by CS (MA) Rules and they are also not extended the CGHS facility. Under the existing provisions, they are allowed financial assistance to the extent of Rs. 5000/-from Circle Welfare Fund provided such GDS must have put in at least six years of service in the Department, treatment should have been taken from Government hospital and produced medical certificates and the illness is at least 2 months old. Regional/Circle Heads have been conferred discretionary powers to sanction financial assistance to the extent of Rs. 10000/- in each case. In rare and exceptional circumstances, further financial assistance can also be considered from Central Welfare Fund.
10
Avenues for absorption on regular departmental posts
GDS being Extra Departmental, their absorption as departmental employee to the cadre of MTS/Postman/PA is through direct recruitment under the statutory recruitment rules. Under the statutory Recruitment Rules of the cadre of MTS, GDS are considered for 25% vacancies against seniority quota and further 25% vacancies through Limited Departmental Examination (LDE). As per Recruitment Rules of Postman cadre, GDS are considered against 50% vacancies through LDE. In addition, GDS can also be considered for direct recruitment to the post of Postal Assistant (PA) / Sorting Assistant (SA) against unfilled promotion quota vacancies of PA/SA on the basis of examination subject to fulfillment of the following conditions as on 01st January of the vacancy year:-
(i) GDS should have obtained at least 50% marks in 10+2 standard or 12th class with English as a compulsory subject (excluding vocational streams) and have put in a minimum service of 5 years
(ii) They should be within 30 years of age (35 years for SC/ST & 33 years for OBC)

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