Letter: The communication is enclosed in an envelope and addressed.
Inland Letter Card: Communication is contained on a sheet of paper with prescribed size & folding. Inland letter card is used for transmission within India only.
Post Card: Open communication on a card of prescribed size. Available in two varieties: Single & 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 the same size and thickness of embossed post card. There are other varieties of Post cards also such as
Printed Post Card
Post cards containing communication recorded by printing, cyclostyling or by any other mechanical process are classified as 'Printed Post Cards'. Printed matter includes printed pictures also.
Meghdoot Post Card
The portion next to the address is available for advertisement in four colours.
Specifications are same as for book packet.
It shall not contain any publication published in regular intervals. No advertisements permitted.
Specifications are same as for book packets Conditions:
The contents shall be periodicals registered with the 'Registrar of Newspapers in India'. The first or last page of the periodical shall have the superscription "Registered with the Registrar of Newspapers in India under serial No.........." printed on it.
A News paper is a publication consisting wholly or in great part of political or other news, with or without 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 news paper is registered in the office of the Superintendent or Senior Superintendent of Post offices of the area where News paper is to be published, it will be treated as 'Registered News paper' for concessional rates of postage. There is no fee for registration.
The registration number allotted to the paper should be printed on the top of the front page of the News paper preceded by the word 'Registered".
India Post allows free transmission of blind literature packets up to 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.Conditions:
It may contain bona fide trade 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.
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 with double the letter postage. If the addressee refuses to pay the charges, the parcel will be returned to the sender from whom the charge will not be recovered.
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.
The VPL or VPP is paid for at the time of receipt.
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:
The article to be enclosed in a strong cover sealed by means of identical seals, so that it cannot be tampered without breaking the seals or in a special water tear resistant and tamper evident special cover.