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PIN Code

PIN Code means Postal Index Number or PIN. It also known as Zip code. The Postal Index Number (PIN) is an important part to find  any address in India. It is a numeric code used in the post office numbering or post code system used by India Post, the Indian postal administration. This code is a six digits long

Reason behind Introduction of PIN Code

This system was introduced on 15 August 1972 by Shriram Bhikaji Velankar. He was an additional secretary in the Union Ministry of Communications. During the early days of postal system the sorting and delivery of mail was manual. As India is such a vast country and there are so many cities, towns and villages so it was almost impossible for the Indian Postal Service (and for courier services) to find the right place or person to deliver the mail. In order to eliminate confusion over incorrect addresses, similar place names and different languages used by the public, PIN Code was introduced.

Postal zones and PIN Code Format

There are 9 PIN regions/PIN Zones in the country. The first 8 are geographical regions and the digit 9 is reserved for the Army Postal Service i.e. Functional Zone. The first digit indicates one of the regions. The second digit shows the sub region or one of the postal circles (States). The third digit indicates a sorting/revenue district within that region. The last 3 digits assigned to individual post offices. A state may have one or more sorting districts depending upon the volumes of mail handled.

First Digit of PIN stands for,

1  Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab,Jammu and Kashmir, Chandigarh
2  Uttar Pradesh & Uttarakhand
3  Rajasthan, Gujarat,  and Nagar Haveli
4  Daman and Diu, Dadra, Maharashtra, Goa, Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh
5  Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka & Telangana.
6  Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Lakshadweep & Kerala,
7  Arunachal Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Assam, Odisha, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya,  Sikkim & West Bengal.
8  Bihar & Jharkhand
9  APO or Army Post office & FPO or Field post office

First Digit of PIN stands for,

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 Chattisgarh
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)

So we can understand that the PIN Code is very much important in the Postal System of India. Using the above details we can decode the PIN Code of any area. Using the PIN Code as a part of the address we can ensure that our letter/parcel reaches its intended recipient on time.