Postcodes of India

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Postcodes in India (known as PIN codes sometimes) are similar to the American ZIP code, but managed with six digits instead of five.

This is not intended as a comprehensive list of PIN codes, instead as a simple guide.

PIN codes (short for Postal Index Number) are used by India Post to organise their service. They were introduced on August 15th, 1972.

Similarly to ZIP codes, one digit is not enough. Two digits are needed for organising states.

They are indexed as follows:

1 - Northern Region

11 - Delhi

12 and 13 - Haryana

14 to 16 - Punjab

17 - Himachal Pradesh

18 and 19 -  Jammu and Kashmir

20 to 28 - Uttar Pradesh 

29 - unused

30 to 34 - Rajasthan

35 - unused

36 to 39 - Gujarat

40 to 44 - Maharashtra

45 to 49 - Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh

50 to 53 - Andhra Pradesh

54 and 55 - unused

56 to 59 - Karnataka 

60 to 64 - Tamil Nadu

65 and 66 - unused

67 to 69 - Kerala

70 to 74 - West Bengal

75 to 77 - Orissa

78 - Assam

79 - North Eastern

80 to 85 - Bihar and Jharkhand

86 to 89 - unused

As you can see, all two-digit codes are used except for 29,35,54,55,65,66,86,87,88 and 89. 90 to 99 are used by the Army Postal Service.

In a PIN code, the first two digits represent a state (as listed before), the next digit represents a postal district within this state, and the last three digits represent a post office number.

For example the post office of Jindva in Gandhinagar, Gujarat is mapped as post office 315, in postal district 2 in the 3rd region of Gujarat, making its PIN code 382315.

The History

India Post, while officialy founded on April 1st, 1774, reached a general beginning with the inception of the British Raj in 1858. In three years' time,India had almost 900 post offices carrying 45-50 million pieces of mail per year, or about 125,000 mail movements per day.

The post office superintendent at this time was based in Allahabad (the first of these appointed in 1870).

India also saw the world's first official airmail flight on February 18th, 1911. A French pilot named Henri Pequet, carried approximately 6,000 pieces of mail for a distance of 18 km (11.2 mi), a journey which took about 27 minutes.

Since Indian independence in 1945, India Post has established new campaigns to help anyone access the postal system, no matter where they live in India. In 2011, there were 154,866 post offices in India (of which 15,826 are in rural areas). India is also home to the highest post office in the world, at Hikkim in Himachal Pradesh (PIN code 172114). This office has an elevation of 4,700 m (15,419 ft).

For the 2011-12 financial year, India Post's revenue increased to 93,665,000,000 rupees (about US$1,590,000,000) and the company had 466,903 employees in 2011.



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