What is Postal Index Number?


Have you ever thought, why Postal Index Number (PINCODE) is an important part of any address in India. If you don’t then here is the answer.

India is a very large country and it is not possible to recognize places by names. It is because some places have similar name with different region. Hence, the system was introduced to simplify the delivery of mail by eliminating confusion over incorrect addresses, similar place names and different languages used by the public.

The PIN was introduced on August 15, 1972. It is used on Postal address to aid postal delivery.  The first of the six digits indicates a region.

First Digit

Region States Covered

1

Northern

Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir

2

Northern Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal

3

Western

Rajasthan and Gujarat

4

Western

Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh

5 Southern

Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka

6

Southern

Kerala and Tamil Nadu

7

Eastern

West Bengal, Orissa and North Eastern

8

Eastern

Bihar and Jharkhand

9 APS

Army Postal Service

There are 9 PIN regions in the country. The first 8 are geographical regions and the digit 9 is reserved for the Army Postal Service. The first two digits together indicate a sub-region.

The first 2 digits of PIN indicate as below:

First 2 Digits of PIN

Sub-Region

11

Delhi

12 and 13

Haryana

14 to 16

Punjab

17

Himachal Pradesh

18 to 19

Jammu & Kashmir

20 to 28

Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal

30 to 34

Rajasthan

36 to 39

Gujarat

40 to 44

Maharashtra

45 to 49

Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh

50 to 53

Andhra Pradesh & Telangana

56 to 59

Karnataka

60 to 64

Tamil Nadu

67 to 69

Kerala

70 to 74

West Bengal

75 to 77

Orissa

78

Assam

79

North Eastern

80 to 85

Bihar and Jharkhand

90 to 99

Army Postal Service (APS)

The first three digit indicate the revenue district and the last three digits indicate the destination post office.

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