What is a PIN CODE?
The answer to the question "What is a pin code?" is given in the following 2 points in very simple words.
- “POSTAL INDEX NUMBER” short for “PIN CODE” is a “secret code” in the post code system, efficiently used by the Indian postal administration in the country to deliver the things faster and to the correct address as well.
- The code consists of six digits in total. Every single digit used in the code denotes something specific, for example, If we take “134109” as a PIN CODE of Panchkula, sector 11, Haryana.
- Here the very first digit i.e. 1 would refer to a region in India i.e. north region.
- 0 would denote a sub-region.
- Another 0 would mean the name of the sorting district.
- Last three digits denote the “post office“.
History of Indian postal code
- This system of “PIN CODE” was first launched in 1972 before India became an independent country.
- “Shriram Bhikaji Velankar”, an additional bureau in the Union organization of exchanges, the one who introduced this system. It was introduced to abridge the labor-intensive sorting and delivery of posts by eliminating doubts over mistaken addresses, corresponding place names as well as diverse languages.
- There are total eight regional zones, nine PIN zones as well as one useful zone specifically dedicated to the Indian Army.
- Each PIN code is selected for precisely one deliverance post office which collects all the letters to be delivered to one or more minor offices inside its authority, almost all of which shares the similar “code”.
- The position from the deliverance organization is sorted and in retreat to the other deliverance offices for an unlike PIN or towards one of the pertinent sub-offices or branch offices for the identical “PIN”.
NOTE: “Branch offices (BO)” are to be found mostly in countryside areas as well as have restricted postal amenities.
How to Find Pin Code/Zip Code?
People often wonder how they can find pin code or zip code of any area. There are multiple ways to do it. even you don't need to search it on the internet.
- You can find it on our website, we have the huge list of all the areas of the country pin code. If you don’t find pin code of any particular area please let us know we will add it within 24 hours. Finding pin code on our website is easy and fast, just use the search box given on right side at the top.
- You can find it in your post office passbook.
- You can visit the your nearest post office and ask for the zip code of your area.
- There is another directory which provides pin code of different bank's branches in India along with IFSC Code and other details of the bank.
Where pin code or zip code used?
- When you need to send or receive something via Indian post to someone and you want to make sure that thing will deliver to the exact address and faster, then pin code plays an important role along with the proper address.
- Wherever you need to use the full address of any place pin code is required.
- If you have noticed, it is also required on several stamps along with address.
What is the Difference between H.O vs S.O vs B.O?
The Indian Postal system is separated into 22 different circles. Each circle has several regional post offices that come under it. Each regional post office has several divisional post offices who comes under it and each divisional post office has several sub-divisional post offices (head offices ) that come under it. Each sub-divisional post office has some SO (sub-offices) that come under it and each sub-offices has several branch offices that come under it.
- Head Office – It covers more area as compared to sub-office and branch office. It could have many sub-offices that come under it.
- Sub Office – it covers less area as compare to H.O but more area as compare to B.O. infect it has some B.O under it. These are situated in the urban areas.
- Branch Office – It covers the smallest area to serve under it. It reports to S.O in its area.
How Does Pin Code work in India?
The regions are indicated by the first digit.
- North: 1 or 2
- West: 3 or 4
- South: 5 or 6
- East: 7 or 8
- Army: 9
As mentioned above the second digit denotes the state.
There is the total of 29 states in India and for these 29 states, there is the total of 9 PIN ZONES AVAILABLE.
Interesting Facts About Pin/Zip Code:
- These 9 pin zones cover the 7 union territories and 29 status.
- PIN CODES are also known as ZIP CODES.
- The very first postal stamp of India was issued just after the independence.
- First postal stamp had the picture of the National flag on it.
- The first person whose picture was used on a free India’s stamp during 1948 was the Freedom fighter, Mahatma Gandhi.
- Basically, India is divided into “Twenty three” Postal circles.
- Each circle is divided into different regions.
- Regions are additionally separated into subdivisions.