Postal Communication- Traditional Products

1. Letter:

The communication is enclosed in an envelope and addressed.Re 0.25
Maximum Weight2 kilograms 
Size PrescribedMinimumMaximum
1) If the letter is in roll form
Teleghrapic money order charges are same as ordinary money order for suplementary fee and actually telegraphic charges.
Any single diameter 10 cm 80 cm
Length + twice the diameter 17 cm 100 cm
2) If the letter is not in roll form:
Any single dimension 11* 7 cm 60 cm
(Length + Breadth)/Height   90 cm
2. Inland Letter Card:

Communication is contained on a sheet of paper with prescribed size and folding.Inland letter card is used for transmission within India only.
a) Maximum Weight  5 grams 
b) The dimensions of the letter card including its flaps when unfolded or folded shall respectively be as follows: 
Maximum 30 cm * 21cm
Minimum 28.2 cm * 18.2 cm
Flaps Letter card will have 3 flaps, one each one on the left and right side not exceeding 1.5 cm by 10 cm and another on the top side not exceeding 1.5 cm by 21 cm. Flaps are not required if the Inland Letter Card can be closed by any other effective process. 
Maximum 21 cm * 10 cm
Minimum 15.2 cm * 9 cm
Inland Letter card shall be made paper of minimum 70 GSM.
Letters Cards of private manufacture suitablr folded and closed on all sides through gumming or any other effective process, may be conveyed by post, provided the dimensions and other conditions mentioned in this rule are complied with.
3. Post Card:

Open communication on a card of prescribed size.Available in two varieties:Single and reply post card.Post cards are for transmission within India only.Dimensions 14 cm * 9 cm (length and breadth).Privately manufactured post cards shall not be thinner or more flexible than an embossed post card and will have same size and thickness of embossed Post card . There are other varieties of Post cards also such as:

(a) Printed Post Card: Post cards containg communication recorded by printing, cyclostyling or by any other mechanical process are classified as 'Printed Post Cards' Printed matter includes printed pictures.

(b)Meghdoot Post Card the portion next to the address is available for advertisement in four colours.
Maximum Weight  5 kilograms
Size Prescribed  Minimum Maximum
In roll from length 10 cm 80 cm
Total length + 2 diameters 17 cm 100 cm
Other than roll form 10 cm * 7 cm 60 cm*3cm* 30 cm
Note: Book Packet when sent in card form whether folded or not, shall be neither thinner nor more flexible than Inland post Cards.
a) There shall be no personal communicstion enclosed or written up ona book packet.
b)It shall not contain any paper money, postage or other stamps, cheques etc Exception:
 I may contain stamped self addressed post card or letter or wrapper.
5. Book Packet containing Printed Books:

Specification are same as for book packet.
It shall not contain any publication published in regular intervals.
No advertisement permitted.
6. Book packet containing periodicals:

specification are same as for book packets Conditions:
The contents shall be periodicals registered with the "Register of Newspapers in India".
The first or last page of the periodical shall have superscription "Registered with" the Registrar of Newspapers in India under serial No........" printed on it.
7.Registered News Paper:

A News paper is apublication consisting wholly or in great part of political or other news, with or withour advertisement.
It is published in large numbers at intervals of not more than 31 days.
It should have a bonafide list of subscribers.
If such Nespaper is registered in the office of Superintendent or Senior Superintendent of Post Offfice of the area where Newspaper is to be published, It will be treated as 'Registered News Paper' for consessional rates of postage.
There is no fee for registration.
The registration number alloted to the paper should be printed on the top of the front page of the newspaper preceded by the word 'Registered'.
8.Blind Literature Packet:

India Post allows free transmission of blind literature packets upto 7 kilograms.Papers of any kind, Periodicals and books impressed in "Braille" or other special type for the use of blind are allowed to be transmitted by post as Blind literature packets. Size and packing is same as for book packets.
It must be sent by or to a blind person. no written or printed communication should be enclosed except:
i)the title and table of contents
ii)the key or instructions.
iii)a label for return of the packet.
9. Pattern and Sample Packet

It may contain bona fide patterns or samples of merchandise not having any saleable value together with or without any matter which may be sent as a book packet.
Specifications same as in the case of book packets.
Maximum weight 2 kilograms.
10. Parcel:

Anything can be sent in a parcel excepting articles whose transmission is prohibited. It can contain single communication to the addressee of the parcel. If the parcel is suspected to contain other than the permitted communication. it will be opened in the presence of the addressee or his authorized agent, and each written communication will be charged on delivery withdoublee the letter postage. If the addressee refuses to pay the charges, the parcel will be returned to the sender from whome the charge will not be recovered.
Size Minimum Maximum
Length as per letter 100 cm
Length + Girth combined (100*30*10) as per letter 180 cm
Maximum weight: unregistered parcel:4kgs, registered parcel 20 kgs
11. Registration:

The Postal article that is registered is given identification and is recorded at every stage of handling.Letters , Letter cards, Book and Pattern Packets, Parcels.News papers prepaid with postage may be registered at any post office for transmission at any post office.the registered postal article is delivered specifically to the addressee.
12.Value Payable Letters and Parcels:

The VPL or VPP is paid for at the time of reciept.
Registered parcels, letters, book packets and news papers may be sent as VPL/VPP. An article which has no intrinsic value can also be sent as value payable article.

Insurance covers all risks during the course of transmission by post. The following types of articles can be insured:
  • Registered letters
  • Value Payable Letters
  • Registered Parcels
  • Value Payable Parcels
  • Limits
Branch offices are allowed to book up to the value of INR 600
  • Other offices can book up to the value of INR 100000.
  • Insured value should not exceed the value of the articles insured.
  • when articles having intrinsic value such as gold and currency notes are sent they should be insured for the actual value of the contents.
the artcile to be insured in a strong cover sealed by means of identical seals, so that it cannot be tempered without breaking the seals or in a special water tear resistant and temper evident special cover.