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Did you forget pin code of you city or do you have to send a courier to a city that you don't know pin code of? You can use YourNAV's Pincode finder to find pin code of any city, village and post office in India. We have more than 1,50,000 post offices listed, from the 29 Indian states and 7 Union territories.
To look for a pincode, first select the state or union territory of the post office. Then select the district it belongs to and then you'll be able to choose your post office. Each list has a search box that you can use to find state, district and post office if the list is too long. You can also choose a state below.
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- Uttar Pradesh
- West Bengal
You often see a six-digit number on the letters or parcels you receive through India Post. For example, someone sends you a speed post from Kolkata, and you live in New Delhi. You will see something like New Delhi – 110001. That six-digit number is known as the PIN Code.
Have you ever asked these two questions: What is a PIN Code, and Why is it required? If you haven’t asked these questions so far, it is time you learn about it. In this write-up, we are going to learn the following things:
- PIN Code – What does it signify?
- PIN Codes – Learning the history.
- Different Postal Zones.
- How PIN works?
It is going to be an exciting read. Let us waste time no further and start with the information you should learn. Let’s begin!
PIN Code – What Does it Signify?
The PIN is an abbreviation. It stands for Postal Index Number. Sometimes, we merely refer to it as ‘PIN,’ and sometimes we call it ‘PIN Code.’ We barely use the full name.
India Post, which is the Indian postal administration, is the organization that used PIN Codes. It is nothing but a ‘post code’ system.
Have you ever wondered how the letter you send to someone living in Mumbai always reaches that person without fail? What if the message went to Amravati or Nashik or Thane? But, that never happens. India Post always delivers the mail to Mumbai.
It is the recipient’s PIN Code that you write on the envelope that allows India Post to achieve this incredible feat with utmost accuracy.
Thus, the PIN is a highly accurate code that allows flawless sorting of letters, followed by precise delivery by mail carriers.
PIN Codes – Learning the History
Postal Index Number is in use for nearly 46 years. On August 15, 2018, we will celebrate the 46th anniversary of this code system that India Post uses. The PIN was introduced back in the year 1972 on August 15.
Do you know who introduced this code system? The credit for this goes to the then additional secretary of UMC or Union Ministry of Commerce. It was Shriram Bhikaji Velankar who gave this unique system to streamline postal delivery.
Before 1972, Indian postal system was in a complete mess. Manual sorting was not only time-consuming but also, difficult. Mail delivery was incredibly tricky. Some reasons worked together to make life difficult for employees of India Post. The reasons are:
- People often ended up writing incorrect addresses.
- Some places had similar names.
- People in different places used different languages.
The incredible diversity of India is her strength but, it also leads to remarkable confusions. At least in the postal system, Velankar’s PIN Code system simplified everything for good!
Different Postal Zones
The Postal Index Number system has nine (9) different PIN zones. These nine zones cover entire India. These zones have two categories, viz:
- Regional Zones (Geographical Regions)
- Functional Zone
Zones one to eight (1 to 8) falls under Regional Zones. Zone nine is the only Functional Zone. This Functional Zone is used only and only for Indian Army. The postal zones, and the union territories and states they indicate are in the below:
Union Territories and States
Chandigarh, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab
Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh
Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Gujarat, Rajasthan
Chhattisgarh, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra
Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana
Kerala, Lakshadweep, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu
Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Odisha, Sikkim, Tripura, West Bengal
Army Postal Service
FPO (Field Post Office) and APO (Army Post Office)
These postal zones always form the first digit of the PIN Code.
How PIN Works?
We said earlier in this article that a PIN Code always consists of six digits. A typical example is 456001. This PIN Code is for Ujjain located in Madhya Pradesh.
Notice carefully, the first digit (in this case, 4) indicates the Region. So, the PIN Code is for Western Region (as per the table above).
What about the second digit? The second digit (in this case, 5) represents a sub-region.
The third digit represents the sorting district. What is a sorting district? It is a district where people sort the letters for delivery. The final three numerals represent a post office. Once sorting is completed in the sorting district, the letters arrive at their respective post offices based on the last three numbers.
Here are some things you must remember:
- One state can have multiple sorting districts. The number is dependent on the mail volume of that state.
The first two numerals (the first number representing the region and the second digit representing the sub-region) of the PIN Code often together go by the name ‘circle.’ Look at the list below:
- 11 – it refers to Delhi circle.
- 12, 13 – they reflect Haryana circle.
- 14, 16 – together, these two mean Punjab circle.
- 17 – it stands for Haryana circle.
- 18, 19 – they belong to Jammu and Kashmir circle.
- 20 to 28 – all of them reflect Uttaranchal and Uttar Pradesh circle.
- For Rajasthan circle, we have 30 to 34.
- Gujarat circle consists of 36 to 39.
- Maharashtra circle has 40 to 44.
- Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh circle have 45 to 49.
- 50 to 53 belongs to Andhra Pradesh circle.
- Karnataka circle consists 56 to 59.
- Tamil Nadu circle has 60 to 64.
- 67 to 69 make up Kerala circle.
- 70 to 74 for the West Bengal circle.
- 75 to 77 mean Odisha circle.
- 78 represents Assam circle.
- 79 – it represents whole North Eastern circle (consisting of the North Eastern states, that is, the Seven Sisters of India and Sikkim).
- Bihar and Jharkhand circle occupy 80 to 85.
- 90 to 99 – all of them belong to APS or Army Postal Service.
See the image below:
In the picture above, you see the following:
- 70 – the first two digits of the PIN Code represents the West Bengal circle.
- The third numeral (in this case ‘0’) – represents Kolkata sorting district.
- The last three figures (in this case ‘086’) represents the Baghajatin post office.
So, a letter marked with the PIN Code 700086 will first reach West Bengal circle. It will then go to Kolkata sorting district (a sorting office sits in the main post office of the district, and in case of Kolkata, it is GPO). Employees at Kolkata GPO will see the last three numerals and send it to Baghajatin post office. From there, the mail carrier will deliver the mail to the address written on the envelope.
That is how the PIN Code system works in India. We hope the explanation was simple but still, if you have any question in mind, do not hesitate to ask us through the comments section.