Seniority in cases of delay in reporting for duty after selection
O.M. No. 9/23/71-Estt.(D) Dated 6.6.1978
O.M. No. 35015/2/93-Estt.(D) Dated 9.8.1995.
(i) An offer of appointment issued by different Ministries/Departments should clearly specify the period (which shall not normally exceed one or two months) after which the offer would lapse automatically if the candidate did not join within the specified period.
(ii) If, however, within the specified period, a request is received from the candidate for extension of time, it may be considered by the Ministries/Departments but extension beyond three months should not be granted and it may be granted only as an exception where facts and circumstances so warrant and in any case only up to a maximum of six months from the date of issue of the original offer of appointment. An offer on appointment would lapse automatically after the expiry of six months from the date of issue of the original offer of appointment. The candidates who join within the above period of six months will have their seniority fixed under the seniority rules applicable to the service/post concerned to which they are appointed, without any depression of seniority.
(iii) If, even after the extension(s), if any, granted by the Ministries/Departments, a candidates does not within the stipulated time (which shall not exceed a period of six month), the offer of appointment should lapse.
(iv) An order of appointment which has lapsed, should not ordinarily be revived later, except in exceptional circumstances and on grounds of public interest. The Commission (UPSC) should in all cases be consulted before such offers are revived.
(v) In a case where after the lapsing of the offer, the offer is revived in consultation with the commission as mentioned in sub-para. (iv) above, the seniority of the candidates concerned would be fixed below those who have already joined the posts concerned within the prescribed period of six months; and if the candidates joins before the candidates of the next selection examination join, he/she should be placed below all others of his batch. If however, the candidates join after some or all the candidates of the next selection examination have joined he/she should be—
(a) In case of selection through interview, placed at the bottom of all the candidates of the next batch;
(b) In the case of examination, allotted to the next year’s batch and placed at the bottom.