Army Postal Service
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Army Postal Service

Army Postal Service Corps
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Agency overview
Formed1856; 163 years ago (1856) [1]
Postal Service
Sena Dak Bhawan
MottoHindi : -
English : Reconciliation (Restoration of Friendly Relations)
Minister responsible
Agency executive
  • Major General PS Negi, Additional Director General Army Postal Service [2]
Parent departmentDept. of Post , Government of India
Parent agencyIndian Armed Forces
WebsiteAPS Indian Army

The Army Postal Service (APS), functions as a government-operated military mail system in India. A primary feature of Army Postal Service systems is that normally they are subsidized to ensure that military mail posted between duty stations abroad and the home country (or vice versa) does not cost the sender any more than normal domestic mail traffic. In some cases, Indian military personnel in a combat zone may post letters and/or packages to the home country for free, while in others, senders located in a specific overseas area may send military mail to another military recipient, also located in the same overseas area, without charge. Officers are deputed primarily from the Indian Postal Service and from the Army Corps. Army Postal Service is the only service that enables civil service officers to work in the armed forces.


Army Postal Service provides Postal, Remittance, Savings & Insurance services to Army, Indian Navy, Air Force and Paramilitary forces personnel through 500 Field Post Offices established across the country. It also provides cover to Indian troops deployed with United Nations Peace Keeping Forces abroad.[3][2]

Organisational set-up

The head of Army Postal Service is the Additional Director General Army Postal Service at Army Headquarters in the rank of Major General. He is assisted by Deputy Director General Army Postal Service in the rank of Brigadier at Army Headquarters.[4]

The two Command Based Post Offices at Delhi and Kolkata and Army Postal Service Centre at Kamptee Nagpur are commanded by Commandants in the rank of Colonel. The Officers Commanding Corps/Divisional/Area/Border Roads/Assam Rifles/Air Force Postal Units in the rank of Lt Col/ Major/Captain monitor the functioning of Field Post Offices under their control and discharge the functions of the Postal Advisor to the General-Officer-Commanding. Two Central Base Post Offices and Section Base Post Offices serve as the nodal points for mail processing.

Head of Army Postal Service

List of Heads of APS [5]
Name From To
Brigadier DS Virk, AVSM 1 March 1972 10 March 1972
Brigadier OP Raghava, AVSM 13 March 1972 30 December 1978
Major General SK Anand, AVSM 1 January 1979 31 May 1989
Major General SP Chopra, VSM 1 June 1989 31 March 1993
Major General BP Das, AVSM 25 May 1993 1 November 1996
Major General KK Srivastava, VSM 14 December 1996 29 March 2001
Major General RS Kareer 30 March 2001 30 September 2002
Major General SK Sen, VSM 1 October 2002 31 May 2004
Major General V Sadasivam, VSM 1 June 2004 24 February 2010
Major General ARA Sah 18 June 2010 15 September 2011
Major General AK Shori 10 October 2011 31 Mar 2015
Maj Gen Meena Datta 21 October 2015 Till date


  1. ^ "HISTORY APS". Indian Army. Government of India. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Organisation". Indian Army. Govt. of India. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ "Activities APS". Indian Army. Government of India. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ "How does the Army Post Office System Work?". Pitara. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ "Heads of Service APS". Indian Army. Govt. of India. Retrieved 2015.

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