Saturday, July 5, 2008

Who is a Gazetted Officer in India?

This is a question which many of us are confused about. I asked a lot of people about this, but could not find a satisfactory answer. Even I found this question to be a little hard for 'Google' to answer.

So, this is what I came to learn after spending some time googling. Here is it for you...

In India, Gazette is published on regular basis, it is an official Central Government Publication. Among many other things (viz. GoI notifications, rules, orders etc.), it publishes the promotions & transfers of certain government officials (who are called Gazetted Officers). This practice is followed since British times; and that publication is called by the Government of India as the "Gazzette of India".

Any catagory of persons who are listed in "Gazette of India" are Gezetted. As simple as that..!!

Governments categorise their employees from Class 1 to 4.

Class 4: Unskilled or semiskilled.

eg. Peon, attender, driver, gardener, Lans Naik, Naik etc

Class 3: Semi skilled with no decision making authority.

eg. Clerk, Head clerk, Assistant, Typist, Stenographer, Telephone operator, Havaldar, Havaldar major and NCOs, etc

Class2: Officers with some supervisory/managerial role.

eg. Section Officer, BDO, Tahsildar, Junior doctors, Assistant Executive Engineer, Lecturers in Government colleges, Headmaster of Government high schools, Junior Doctors in Government hospitals, 2nd Lieutenant to Major, etc

Class 1: Executive power vested officers,with decision making powers.

All India services, though posted to states; promotees from states to the cadre of Assistant Commissioner and above and to the cadre of All India services ; Police officers of Circle Inspector and above; Additional District Civil surgeons, Executive Engineers and above, District Medical Officer and above, Lt.Col. and above, Principals of Government colleges and above, Readers and above of Universities, etc.

Nationalised bank officials are not gazetted officers but protocol ranks exist.

Among the powers and responsibilities of a Gazetted Officer, are the certifications and authentification of photo copies etc. That's why we go to them for attesting our copies where they actually have to see an original of that and certify that the copy is the actual copy of the original as seen by them.

36 comments:

Anonymous said...

extremely helpful, very informative. Thanks

dilip said...

THANKS.. THE INFORMATION IS OF GREAT HELP..

K said...

Circle Inspector of Police, for that matter any officer not having IPS is NOT a Class I Gazetted Officer, they are Class 2 Gazetted Officers. All commissioned officers of the army,navy and air force (starting from Lieutenant) are Class I Gazetted Officers. Please refer warrant of precedence in India for this. A Lt in Army is equivalent to an SP below 15 years service. How can he be class 2 and a circle inspector much junior to him be Class 1?

Mayank said...

"all commissioned offiers in armed forces of india are class one gazzetted." -- Some Anonymous gentleman left this comment. I'd be greatful if someone can validate this comment.

sang said...

very informative, mayank , i do have few queries. if bank officers are not gazetted then i which class would they belong are tey equivalent to class 1 officer?

why are goventment bank officers not gazetted ??

Anonymous said...

This is useful info indeed !!!

karthik sarma said...

very helpful, thanku

I have a doubt, can a branch manager of a nationalized bank attest the photocopies ?

Mayank said...

In job applications, every time it is not asked to get attestation from a Gazetted Officer. Sometimes they just write that - attested copies of .... is required to be submitted. In such cases you may get attestation from your school/college Principal or may be say Bank Officer. But if it is categorically mentioned that attestation is to be done by a Gazetted Officer then Bank Officers are not the correct persons to be looked for.

Gankhu said...

Hi,
I wanted to do attestation for my brother's aieee application form. And the officer in case is a retired Air Force officer. But he sure was a gazetted officer before. So will retirement take that right away from him? will he still be considered a gazetted officer? Will his attestation be valid?
Thanks in advance.

Anonymous said...

hey i have attested my aieee form from a bank manager(govt bank)
Is this valid?..plz reply

Mayank said...

If it is written - attested copies of .... is required to be submitted. In such cases you may get attestation from Bank Officer. But if it is categorically mentioned that attestation is to be done by a Gazetted Officer then Bank Officers are not the correct persons to be looked for.

Also, retired Gazetted Officers are no longer authorized to do attestation, as far as I know; and I am 99% sure about it. If some one is fully sure about this case, please throw some light on this.

kanak said...

Hi Mayank...
Do the Executive Engineers in PSUs come under Class 1 or Class 2 officers ??
can u help me get the authentic source for such an information ??

kanak said...

Hi Mayank...
Do the Executive Engineers in PSUs come under Class 1 or Class 2 officers ??
can u help me get the authentic source for such an information ??

Mayank said...

@Kanak:
Executive Engineers are not Gazetted Officers but yes they may (or may not) belong to Class-I/II category of Officers. It depends on which PSU it is.

You can trust this information to be fully authentic, because prior to joining PhD @IIT Kanpur, I myself was an Executive Engineer (SO/D) in NPCIL, which is a fully government (Dept of Atomic Energy) owned PSU. I was not a Gazetted Officer there, but yes I was a Class-I Officer, which is also clearly stated in my Service Certificate.

Anonymous said...

Such useful informations are rarely available. Thanks to all!

Anonymous said...

Is it possible that with a plain graduates degree in arts, one can get directly an offer letter to join as a class one officer?

Mayank said...

With a graduate degree in arts, ofcourse one can directly get an offer letter to join as a class one officer, if he/she can qualify UPSC's civil services.

Prakash M said...

I want to apply for one of post in government.

They have asked to attest P.P size photo in the application form by Gazetted Officer Class A or B.

I have attested it with my college's Director.

My college is affiliated to Gujarat University .

Is it valid attest by Director

Thanks

Mayank said...

@ Prakash:
Yes. If your college is affiliated to Gujarat govt, then your Director is a class-1 Gazetted Officer.

Anish said...

hi mayank
is assistant engineer ranked in gazettewd ofiicer??

Anonymous said...

Thanks Mayank ........ Thanks .It is helpful
by joys

ankit joshi said...

It is true that in Indian Army, all commissioned officers starting from Lt. are class 1 gazetted,they ve authority to attest. The Jco's in Indian army r class 2 gazettd n receive appointment frm Hon'ble President like all commisnd officers n they too hve authority to attest. Keep a clear cut note. In attesting, they ve to mention their,commission numbr which is unique (just like registratn no of a govt medicl practinr) and they r very much entitld to attest certificates even aftr retirement owing to their unique commisn no which is their lifetime identity. JOIN INDIAN ARMY, BE A WINNER FOR LIFE.

Anonymous said...

All commissiond officers in the armed forces are indeed gazetted class 1 officers. infact a officer starts getting his formal recognition and salary of that rank only after it is published in the gazzette. JCOs in the armed forces like subedar, warrant officer, master chief petty officer etc are class 2 gazetted officers. infact they recieve a parchment from the president of india(no less)which has their junior commision and gazette No.
as far as attestation is concerned, it depends from organisation to organisation and the relative importance of the document. for example, only a DM/ SP of a district and above, a major or above in the armed forces may issue a verification certificate for a passport applicant.
all this info is available on govt of india's official website.
hope it clarifies!

JS said...

ALL CENTRAL GOVT & STATE GOVT OFFICERS OF CLASS (A) & (B) ARE GAZETTED OFFICERS DRAWING OLD BASIC PAYSCALE OF 2000(basic) AND ABOVE(CLASS-B)

CLASS-A WERE Rs 2200(basic pay) and above and they were recruited by UPSC,SSC,and ministries and entitle to PENSION after 20 years of service.

SUBEDAR MAJOR(ARMY) & CIRCLE INSPECTOR & EQUIVALENT (CPO'S & ARMY ONLY);S ,SUPERINTENDENT OF CUSTOMS,ITO;S ETC ARE CLASS B OR CLASS-2 GAZETTED THEY CAN ATTEST. BUT IAF MWO,WO,JWO & NAVY CPO,MCPO'S ARE NOT GAZETTED OFFICER'S.

BUT PSU, BANKS & UNDERTAKINGS LIKE ONGC.SAIL & GAIL ARE NOT THE GAZETTED OFFICERS INCLUDING SCIENTIST'S OF DRDO ,CSIR,ICAR ETC.

BUT TEHSILDAR,NAIB-TEHSILDAR ARE CLASS 2 BUT THEY ATTEST YOUR EVERYTHING AND ARE POWER CENTRES.

SDM & DY.SP AND ABOVE ARE ALL CLASS 1 GAZETTED.

ALL COMMISSIONED OFFICERS ARE NOT GAZETTED OFFICERS BUT THEY ARE EQUIVALENT TO CLASS-A GAZETTED AS THEY HOLD OFFICE TILL PLEASURE OF PRESIDENT OF INDIA AND ARE NOT TOTALLY FREE (SIGHT'S ARE CURTAILED)DUE TO CONSTITUTIONAL OBLIGATION'S BUT THEIR STATUS IS EQUAL TO ALL CLASS-A &CLASS-1 OFFICERS.

ADDTINAL.SP(IPS) IS EQUAL TO MAJOR,
SP & SSP WITH 12-14 YEARS OF SERVICE ARE EQUAL TO LT-COL & FULL COL RESPECTIVELY. SOME PLACES COL IS EQUAL TO DIG'S(JUNIOR),IT DEPENDS UPON YEARS OF SERVICE IN POLICE TO GET SENIORITY.

BRIG = DIG(SENIOR)
MAJ-GEN= IG = JOINT.SEC TO GOVT.
LT. GEN(JUNIOR) = ADDL.DG OR DG(JUNIOR) = ADDL SECRETARY.
LT.GEN(SENIOR) VICE CHIEF & CNC ONLY = DGP'S OF STATE POLICE(TOP ONE ) NOT DG-HOUSING ETC.= SECRETARY TO GOVT OF INDIA.

COAS/CAS/CNS. = CABINET SECRETARY OF CENTRE NOT STATES.ONLY. NO POLICE OFFICER'S ARE THERE AT THIS RANK ONLY IAS OR MILITARY.

ALL JUDICIAL JUDGES AND COURT'S ARE ALWAY'S SENIOR TO EVERY GOVT SERVANT AND TO BE RESPECTED.

BANK OFFICER'S CAN ATTEST YOUR SIGNATURE OR BANK STATEMENT NOT YOUR DOCUMENTS.

NAME SHOULD BE PUBLISHED THERE IN CENTRAL OR STATE GAZETTE.

RETIRED OFFICERS OF ANY RANK ARE NOT ENTITLED TO ATTEST THEY ARE ORDINARY CITIZEN'S.

Anonymous said...

i want to know whether central govt. university's asst. professor are gazetted. officer?

VYAM RAKSHAM said...

yes i agree, All offficers in Indian defence services are Gazetted officers which includes:
# Lieutenant- Army
# Flying Officer- Airforce
# Sub Lieutenent- Navy
# Asst Commandant-Coast Guard (which generally people are unaware of,that Coast Guard is one of the defence forces in India)

Anonymous said...

Dear Friends i have seen a lot material posed about Gazetted posts but non of it giving a rite picture to make u clarify more pls read

Gazetted Officers: these are Officers of Sate/Central Govt.(Group A & B).
All group A & some selected positions in Group B are gazetted post these Classificaion are also as per cadre structure.

The word Gazetted is a status symbol and hense bring some responbilities and assigns some powers who holds it.

Examples of Gazetted Officers of Various Cadre

Assistant Programmer(Delhi Govt)
Assisant Commissioner of Police
Defence personal
Docors of Govt Departments
selected Principals of Govt Schools and colleges

So friends getting a Gazeted post is a Valuable and proud thing.

Anonymous said...

Asstt. Professors of the University are getting the pay band equivalent to the govt. officers and availing other facilities. They are issuing character certificates and doing attestation also. Are they gazatted officers.

Anonymous said...

Hi,

All officers belonging to Govt.(state or central) whose name are published in the Gazette of india are called "Gazetted Officers".

Gazetted officer(rajpatrit adhikari) have special previllages and powers.The term Gazetted is a status symbol and makes them recognizable all over India.

All Group A regular cadre officers and also some Imp post at Group B of State and central Govt. are Gazetted.

These officer have rites to attest certificates

Some of the Gazetted posts are as below

Defence personnel
Assistant commissionar of police(ACP)
All central services officers
Scientists of DRDO,CSIR,NPL etc
Doctors of Govt hospitals
Assistant Programmer(NIC),IT CADRE Delhi Govt/State Govt.
Assistant Director

harry said...

hi iwant to know if an special executive officer is a gazetted oficer

HEMANT NAMDEV said...

hi
mayank
is principal of govt h.s.school
is A grade officer??

Anonymous said...

Yes..all defense officer are directly commissioned by president of India so they are class I gazetted officer..this is sure information

raj said...

Dear
mayank can u say me that rank equvalent to class one in bank are starts from which post and is there any proof for there protocol

raj said...

Dear
mayank can u say me that rank equvalent to class one in bank are starts from which post and is there any proof for there protocol

Anonymous said...

@ Mayank.

Thank you very much for the useful information.
Does Project Engineer (Under Ministry of Heavy Industries,GoI) come under Class I Officer List?

Thanks in advance.

Anonymous said...

@mayank all commisioned offrs of Indian armed forces starting from Lt are class I gazetted. the commisioning is done through a gazette notification duly signed by the president of India. also every individual recieves a certificate to this effect again signed by the president himself. plsss update ur comments.. they are misleading.. also a Lt has decision .aking authority. he is cdr of a tp. Its a humble request to kindly edit ur info b4 it mislead more ppl..