Seniority of Direct Recruits and Promotees – Dopt Orders
SENIORITY OF DIRECT RECRUITS AND PROMOTEES
(MHA O.M. NO.9/11/55-RPS Dated 22.12.59, O.M. No. 35014/2/80-Estt.(D) Dated 7.2.1986, O.M. No. 22011/7/86-Estt.(D) Dated 03.07.1986, O.M. No. 20011/5/90-Estt (D) Dated 4.11.1992 and O.M. No. 20011/1/2006-Estt.(D) Dated 03.03.2008.
1. These principles shall apply to the determination of seniority in Central Civil Services and Civil Posts except such Services and Posts for which separate principles have already been issued or may be issued by the Government.
2.1. SENIORITY OF DIRECT RECRUITS
The relative seniority of all direct recruits is determined by the order of merit in which they are selected for such appointment on the recommendations of the U.P.S.C. or other selecting authority, persons appointed as a result of an earlier selection being senior to those appointed as a result of subsequent selection. The relative seniority that used to be determined earlier according to the date of confirmation and not the original order of merit, (in case where confirmation was in an order different from the order of merit indicated at the time of their appointment), in accordance with the general principles of seniority, has been discontinued w.e.f. 4.11.1992 (O.M. No. 20011/5/90-Estt (D) Dated 4.11.1992). The general principles of seniority therefore stands modified to that extent.
2.1.1 Clarification : Appointment from the Reserve panel at a later date:
The interse seniority of candidates nominated from reserve panel will be fixed as per consolidated merit given by UPSC/SSC/Recruiting agency. However instructions circulated vide this Department’s O.M. No. 41019/18/97-Estt.(B) Dated 13th June 2000 should be strictly followed in operating or requesting for nominations from the reserve panel.
2.1.2 Clarification In case if more than one-selection panels received from UPSC/SSC through letter of the same date.
It has been encountered on a number of occasions that UPSC etc. in response to two separate requisitions from the Department on different point of time, sends two panels of direct recruits on the same date. Since the general principles on seniority envisages that the candidates appointed through an earlier selection stand senior to those appointed through a subsequent selection, it becomes
difficult to fix the inter-se seniority of the candidates in such cases drawn from two different panels of the same date. Accordingly, it has been decided that, effort would be made by the UPSC and other selecting authorities to avoid recommending the panels on the same date and strive to send the panel for earlier requisition first.
However, in case of such an eventuality (i.e. different panels on the same date) following procedures may be followed for fixation of the inter se seniority of the candidates from the two panels:
i. Chronology of recommendation letter;
ii. Where the date of recommendation letter is same, chronology of interview board reports and
iii. Where both (i) and (ii) are also same, then the chronology of requisition made by the respective Ministries/Departments.
It is also mentioned here than in case of recruitment through examination, the date of publication/announcement of the results shall remain the criteria as has been envisaged in the guidelines of seniority issued by DoP&T vide O.M. No. 22011/5/76-Estt.(D) Dated 24.06.1978.