SDM Full Form

What is the full form of SDM?

The full form of SDM is Sub Divisional Magistrate. Subdivisions are formed by dividing districts. The subdivision is controlled by the SDM, an administrative officer often below the district level, which is based on a country’s government structure. An SDM takes advantage of the powers of collector and Executive Magistrate. An SDM may be a senior officer of State Civil Services with relevant work experience in subordinate roles or a junior member of Indian Administrative Service.

SDM conducts various magisterial duties under the 1973 criminal procedure code and many other minor actions. It is usually a PCS Ranking Officer. SDM is authorized by Collector magistrate, tax inspector and all tehsils or subdivisions will be under the control of the Subdivisional Magistrate. SDM has complete control over his subdivision’s Tahsildars and represents a link of connection among both his subdivision’s District Officer and Tahsildars.

Responsibilities of SDM

  • Vehicle registration
  • Function of revenue
  • Election based work
  • Marriage registration
  • Renewal and issue of driving license
  • Renewal and issue of arm license
  • Issues of certificate like OBC, SC/ST and Domicile.


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