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SENIORITY : FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Department of Personnel & Training Establishment (D)

SENIORITY : FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

S.
No.
QUESTION
ANSWER
1.
From which date the various
provisions of consolidated
instructions on seniority
applicable?
Unless specifically, otherwise
provided against each instruction,
the said instructions are effective
from the date of the relevant O.M.
by which they were issued,
prospectively.
2
To whom the instructions on
seniority issued vide DOP&T’s
O.M.No.20011/1/2008-
Estt.(D) dated 10.11.2010 are
applicable?
The instructions on seniority
issued vide DOP&T’s
O.M.No.20011/1/2008-Estt.(D)
dated 11.11.2010 are applicable
in determination of seniority of the
Government servants 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
3
Whether the instructions on
seniority issued by DOP&T
are applicable to
PSUs/Autonomous
Bodies/Banks etc.?
No. The seniority of the officers
working in PSUs/autonomous
bodies/ organisations /banks are
governed by
regulations/instructions issued by
concerned Administrative
Department/ PSUs/banks etc.
4
How the seniority of all direct
recruits is determined?
The seniority of direct recruit is in
the order of merit in which they
are selected for appointment on
the recommendations of UPSC or
other selecting authority. The
persons appointed as a result of
earlier selection being senior to
those appointed on subsequent
selection.
O.M.No.20011/1/2008-Estt.(D)
dated 11.11.2010
5
Whether the seniority of direct
recruits is determined by the
date of confirmation?
No. The relative seniority of direct
recruits that used to be
determined earlier according to
date of confirmation and not
original order of merit (in cases
where confirmation was in an
order different from order of merit
indicated at the time of their
appointment) has been
discontinued with effect from
4.11.1992.
O.M. No. 20011/5/90-Estt. (D)
dated 04.11.1992
6. How will the inter-se seniority
be fixed if a direct recruit
officer joins late ?
Seniority in such cases
6
How will the inter-se seniority
be fixed if a direct recruit
officer joins late ?
Seniority in such cases will be
determined according to O.M. No.
9/23/71-Estt.(D) dated
06.06.1978 and O.M.
No.35015/2/93-Estt.(D) Dated
09.08.1995
7
How seniority of candidates of
two different panels is
determined, in case both the
panels are received on the
same date?
The seniority of candidates of two
different panels received on the
same date is determined by the
following procedure:
(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.
O.M. No. 20011/1/2008-Estt.(D)
dated 11.11.2010
8
How seniority of candidates
is determined in case two
results of recruitment
through examination are
announced for selection to
same grade or post within the
same year.
The seniority of the candidates will
be determined as per date of
publication/announcement of
result. The candidate of the result
announced earlier shall be senior
to the candidate of the result
announced later.
9
How the seniority of the
promotee officer is
determined?
The inter-se seniority of a officer
promoted on the basis of the
recommendation of a DPC either
by selection or non-selection
method as per due procedure,
shall be determined as in the
feeder grade from which they are
promoted.
O.M. No. 20011/1/2008-Estt.(D)
dated 11.11.2010
10
How seniority of a promotee
officer is determined in cases
where more than one feeder
grade is prescribed for
promotion to the higher grade
and specific quotas are given?
In such cases, the officer in each
grade assess a fit by the
Departmental Promotion
Committee shall be interpolated in
the ratio prescribed in each grade
in the Recruitment Rules for the
post, for the purpose of
determination of seniority(principle
of rota quota).
11
Is a SC/ST Government
servant promoted by virtue of
rule of reservation entitled to
consequential seniority?
Yes. A SC/ST Government servant
on promotion by virtue of rule of
reservation roster will be entitled
for consequential seniority.
O.M. No. 22011/1/2001-Estt.(D)
21.01.2002
12
Can a General/OBC category
Government servant
promoted through a later DPC
regain his seniority of the
feeder grade on promotion to
higher grade?
No. A General/OBC category
officer promoted through a later
DPC will be placed junior to the
SC/ST category Government
servant promoted through earlier
DPC even though by virtue of rule
of reservation.
O.M. No. 22011/1/2001-Estt.(D)
21.01.2002
13
What is co-relation between
seniority in a grade and
reservation roster for other
grade?
OR
Whether a candidate is placed
in the seniority list of a grade,
as per his position in the
reservation roster or viceversa?
There is no co-relation between
seniority in a grade and the
reservation roster for the said
grade. Seniority of an officer is
determined as per order of merit
given by UPSC or selecting
authority or panel of promotion
given by DPC. A reservation
roster/points are meant only for
identifying the vacancy that goes to
a particular category of officer
14
How the relative seniority of
direct recruit and promotee is
determined?
The relative seniority of direct
recruit and promotee is determined
according to rotation of vacancies
between available direct recruits
and promotees which is based on
quota of vacancies reserved for
direct recruitment and promotion
respectively in the recruitment
rules.
O.M. No. 35014/2/80-Estt.(D)
dated 07.02.1986
15
How year of availability in
regard to determination of
relative seniority of direct
recruits and promotee is
determined?
The year of availability, both in
case of direct recruit as well as
promotee, for the purpose of
rotation and fixation of seniority is
actual date of appointment after
declaration of result/selection and
completion of pre-recruitment
formalities, as prescribed. The
year of availability is a vacancy
year in which a candidate of a
particular batch of selected direct
recruitment or an officer of a
particular batch of promotee joins
the post/service.
O.M. No. 22011/1/2006-Estt.(D)
dated 03.03.2008
16
Is a candidate appointed
against the carry forward
vacancy of earlier recruitment
year, allow the seniority of the
year in which the vacancy
arose?
No. The seniority of direct recruits
and promotees is delinked from the
vacancy and year of vacancy.
O.M. No. 35014/2/80-Estt.(D)
Dated 07.02.1986
17
What is the starting point in
the recruitment roster for the
purpose of inter-se seniority
of officers through direct
recruitment, promotion,
absorption etc.
The starting point in the
recruitment roster for the purpose
of inter-se seniority of officers
through direct recruitment,
promotion, absorption etc. will be
as per provisions contained
DOP&T’s O.M.No.28011/6/76-
Estt.(D) dated 24th June, 1978.
18
How the seniority of an Officer
absorbed after being on
deputation or absorbed
directly without being on
deputation determined?
The seniority of an Officer
absorbed after being on deputation
or absorbed directly without being
on deputation, If he has been
holding already (on the date of
absorption) the same or equivalent
grade on regular basis in his
parent department, is determined
from the date he has been holding
the post on deputation or the date
from which he has been appointed
on a regular basis to the same or
equivalent grade in his parent
department whichever is earlier.
The fixation of seniority in
aforesaid manner, however, will
not effect any regular promotion to
the next higher grade made prior
to the date of such absorption.
O.M. No. 22011/1/2000-Estt.(D)
Dated 27.03.2001
19
How seniority of two or more
surplus employees of a
particular grade in an office
determined in the event of
their simultaneous selection
for re-deployment in another
office?
In this case, inter-se seniority in
particular grade, on re-deployment
in the latter office, would be the
same as it was in the previous
office.
O.M. No. 9/22/68-Estt. (D) Dated
06.02.1969
20
How seniority of a reemployed
officer determined?
For determination of seniority of
re-employed officer is treated as
direct recruit. Where Recruitment
Rules of the post against which
appointment is being made
prescribed re-employment as a
distinct mode of recruitment .then
The inter-se seniority of persons so
re-employed shall be determined in
accordance with order of selection.
The relative seniority of persons so
re-employed in relation to direct
recruits and promotees shall be
determined:
Where the Recruitment Rules
prescribes specific quota for each
of the categories (direct
recruitment, promotion and reemployment)
then seniority is
determined on the basis of rotation
of vacancies based on the said
quota.
In other cases, on the basis of
chronology of selection.
O.M. No. 20011/3/80-Estt(D)
Dated 16.06.1980
21
How the seniority of a
meritorious sports person
appointed in relaxation of
Recruitment Rules
determined?
Where sportsmen are recruited
through the Employment
Exchange or by direct
advertisement and are considered
along with other general category
candidates, they may be assigned
seniority in the order in which
they are placed in the panel for
selection. Where recruitment to a
post is through a selection made
by the Staff Selection Commission,
whether by the competitive
examination or otherwise, the
sportsmen recruited in the
department themselves should be
placed en bloc junior to those who
have already been recommended
by the Staff Selection Commission.
The inter se-seniority of
sportsmen will be in the order of
selection.
O.M.No.14015/1/76-Estt.(D)
dated 4.8.1980
22
How the seniority of a person
appointed on compassionate
grounds is determined?
A person appointed on
compassionate ground in a
particular year is placed at the
bottom of all the candidates
recruited/appointed through direct
recruitment, promotion etc. in that
year, irrespective of date of joining
of candidate on compassionate
appointment.
O.M. No. 20011/1/2008-Estt.(D)
dated 11.11.2010
23
How seniority of persons
selected for appointment to
different posts in the same
grade requiring different
qualification determined?
The seniority of persons selected
for appointment to different posts
in the same grade requiring
different qualifications is
determined as per provisions of
para 4.9 of O.M. No.
20011/1/2008-Estt.(D) dated
11.11.2010


(Smita Kumar)
Director(E.I)

source : http://persmin.nic.in/DOPT/Seniority_Instructions_Guidelines/FAQ_Seniority.pdf

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