Gazetted Officer (India)
Gazetted Officers are executive/managerial/supervisorial level ranked public servants in India. Authority for a gazetted officer to issue an official stamp comes from the President of India or the Governors of States. To that effect, they are de jure representatives and delegates of the Indian State and the President.
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 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/Executive), 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 highest class of government servants.
- Examples - Commissioned officers of the Indian Armed Forces, Secretaries, Additional Secretaries, Joint Secretaries, Directors, Dy. Secretaries, Under Secretaries in Central Secretariat, Executive Directors, Directors, Joint Directors, Dy. Directors in Railway Board, Officers from GREF, MES, Officers from the All India Services and Central Civil Services, State Civil Service Group- A officers (executive) in the State Governments (Provincial Civil Services/State Civil Services), Patent Examiner in DIPP under Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Scientists in R&D Centres under the Government of India (Department of Space (ISRO), DRDO, Department of Atomic Energy (BARC, Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology. RRCAT Indore, Heavy Water Board/Plants, IGCAR, AERB, Board of Radiation and Isotope Technology (BRIT)), CSIR, Directors,Vice-Chancellors, Assistant Professors,Associate Professors, and Professors of State/Central Universities,Research Centers and Government colleges,(Chief Medical Officers) in State/Central Govt Hospitals , Engineers of the rank of Executive Engineers and above in various Central and State Govt Departments, Chief Judicial Magistrates and above in the judicial services, Police officers of the rank of Additional SP and above in State Police Service and Central Police Organizations,Senior Geologists & Geologists of Geological Survey of India .
- Class II or Group B (Gazetted)
- Examples - Group B officers in State Civil Service, Doctors in State/Central Hospital,Secretary of Gram Panchayat, Assistant Engineers in both State govt. departments and Organizations etc., Assistant Geologist in State government, Principals of Government High Schools and College (including KVs and Sainik Schools), Pro-Vice Chancellors and Faculty Deans of Central and State Universities Section Officers in Central Secretariat.
- Class II or Group B (Non-Gazetted)
- Examples -Office executives and office supervisors, Senior Stenographers, Inspectors in State and Central Police services (including IB & CBI), [ Junior Pharmacists ,Junior Engineers, Central Excise and Custom Inspectors, Personal Assistants to Group A and B officers,Police Inspectors and Sub-Inspectors of Central and State Police departments.
- Class III or Group C
- Public servants in non-supervisory roles.
- Examples - Head clerks/Section heads, Police Head Constables, Typists, Stenographers, Tax Assistants, Telephone operators, Havildar and Naik or equivalent in the Armed Forces, etc., LDCs, UDCs
- Class IV or Group D
- Manual workers (skilled or semi-skilled).
- Examples - Peons, Sweepers, etc
Who can certify documents
Attestation of copies of original documents: Group A and B (Gazetted) public servant officers
Character certificate, Police records verification: Group A officers.
Citizenship certification: Group A officers, certification is limited to very few officials such as Sub-Divisional Magistrate etc.
Officers who are in category II of Group B but 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. They do not have the personal authority to issue an official stamp on behalf of the Government. Further, officers serving in Nationalized Banks and PSUs are not gazetted.
- "DoP - Gazette". Department of Publication. Retrieved 23 September 2013.