Gazetted Officer (India)
Gazetted Officer (Hindi: राजपत्रित अधिकारी) is a higher level ranked public servant. Authority for a gazetted officer to issue an official stamp comes from the President of India or the Governors of States.
The Gazette of India is published on a regular basis by the Directorate of Printing, Department of Publication, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. It is an official Central Government or State Government publication, which publishes the appointments or promotions of certain government officials. An officer or public servant, who is appointed under the seal of the Governor of the concerned State or by the President of India at the national level (and in the Union Territories), requires being listed in the Indian Gazette or State Government Gazette and is considered to be a Gazetted Officer. If a person's name is published in the Gazette, he/she is called Gazetted. Many are honorary Justices of the Peace and have the same standing as some of the Magistrates. Such officers, among other functions, have the power to verify the documents for academic, immigration and other purposes.
The Government of India or the Government of States in India classifies public employees into Group A (Gazetted), B (Gazetted), B (Non-Gazetted), C and D. Earlier classification was Class I (Gazetted), II (Gazetted), II (Non-Gazetted), III and IV. Class I or Group A is the highest rank class and the Class IV or Group D is the least. The Government of India has plans to merge Group D into Group C. Class I and II (Gazetted) belong to the class of officers whose transfers, appointments, promotions and superannuation are published on a yearly basis in the official gazette of State or Union Government.
- Class I or Group A (Gazetted)
- These officials belong to the managerial or highly educated class of government servants.
- Examples - Officers of the Indian Armed Forces, Bureaucrats from the Civil Services (IAS, IPS, IFS, etc.), Scientists in the Union Government funded research organisations (ISRO, DRDO, BARC, CSIR), Vice-Chancellors, Directors and Faculty members of the Central Universities/institutions (IITs, IIMs, IISc, AIIMS, Delhi University, etc.), Doctors, Engineers, Magistrates and above in the judicial services.
- Class II or Group B (Gazetted)
- Examples - Employees in the State Govt. services, SDO, BDO, Secretary of Gram Panchayat, Circle Inspectors, Tahsildars, etc. in State Administration, Principals and Professors of State Government Colleges and Universities, Principals of Government Schools, Section Officers, etc.
- Class II or Group B (Non-Gazetted)
- Subordinates to the Group A.
- Examples - Office Assistants, Senior Stenographers, Government School Teachers, Police Inspectors, Foremen, Central Excise and Custom Inspectors, Junior Pharmacists, etc.
- Class III or Group C
- Public servants in non-supervisory/non-administrative roles.
- Examples - Head clerks, Clerks, Assistants, Police Sub-Inspectors, Typists, Stenographers, Tax Assistants, Telephone operators, etc.
- Class IV or Group D
- Manual workers (skilled or semi-skilled).
- Examples - Peons, attenders, gardeners, drivers.
Who can certify documents
Attestation of copies of original documents: Group A and B (Gazetted) public servants.
Character certificate, Police records verification: Group A officers.
Citizenship certification: Group A officers, certification is limited to very few officials such as Sub-Divisional Magistrates.
Government/public servants who are in category II of Group B and are not in possession of any significant administrative position are categorized as Non-Gazetted. Also, personnel falling under the category of class III and IV are not gazetted.
Further, people serving in Public sector undertakings and Nationalized banks (in whatever capacity) are not gazetted.
- "DoP - Gazette". Department of Publication. Retrieved 23 September 2013.