Who is a gazetted officer?
A Gazette officer is a person who is an officer in the Indian Government service, the signature, stamp and official seal which is necessary for verifying and attesting the important documents certified copies and photographs person for the state and central government. He can be understood as a High-level public employee. The gazetted officer’s acts are considered as an authorized witness for document verification.
Following list of authorized gazetted officers:
Photocopies of supporting personal documents of applying individual can be attested by Group 'A' or Group 'B' Gazetted Officers.
Class I or Group A Gazetted Officers include:
This class consists of the highest class of government servants who are ranked from level 1 to 10 in the Civilian and Defence Pay Matrices, which includes:
- Officers of Armed forces;
- Magistrates and above in Judicial services;
- Central and state servicemen (Doctors, Engineers, Drug Controller);
- Scientists working in any government funded research organization like DRDO etc.;
- Any Central or state government employee who has Group A service Rules (IAS, IES, DIG, DCP, ASP, DGP, JCP, IB, SDPO, etc);
- An employee of central and state government universities like vice chancellor, Principal, Assistant Registrar, Faculty members;
- Police officers above the rank of circle inspector.
Class II or Group B Gazetted Officers include:
- Section Officers
- BDO (Block Development Officers)
- Junior Doctors in Government Hospitals
- Assistant Executive Engineers
- Lecturers in Government colleges
- Headmaster of Government high schools
- 2nd Lieutenant to Major
Some important points to remember about gazetted officer:
- Gazetted Officer does not include notary or SEO or Nagar Sevak
- Documents can be attested either by a Group A or a Group B Gazetted Officer.
- Name, designation and contact number (either landline number or mobile number) must also be mentioned.
- For copies of original documents, both Group A and B officers can attest the documents.
- The name, designation and contact number of the gazetted officer should be clearly mentioned.
- For government employment forms and applications, as per the Modi government rule, self-attestation of the documents is a sufficient proof, a 2014 move.
- There are no fees for getting the attestation done by any gazetted officer.