7th Pay Commission: Minimum qualifying service required for promotion of central govt employees revised


The Union government has revised the norms of minimum qualifying service required for promotion of central government employees as per the 7th CPC Pay Matrix and Pay Levels. In an Office Memorandum dated September 20, 2022, the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) said, “… the instructions issued vide DOPT OM dated 24.3.2009 has been reviewed, in consultation with the UPSC and with the approval of the competent authority it has been decided to revise the norms prescribing minimum eligibility service required for promotion, as per 7th CPC Pay Matrix and Pay Levels.”

The revised norms of minimum qualifying service required for promotion may be incorporated in the recruitment rules or service rules by making amendments, the DoPT said.

The DoPT also requested all the ministries and departments to make the necessary changes in the recruitment and service rules following due procedure.

Why minimum eligibility requirement has been revised
Explaining the reason behind this move, DoPT said, “Instructions revising the minimum qualifying service required for promotion, as per 7th CPC Pay Matrix/ Pay Levels, have not been issued so far and proposals for framing/ amendment of RRs/Service Rules are still being considered, based on the requirements prescribed in OM dated 24.3.2009. Though the levels in Revised Pay Matrix as per 7th CPC Pay Matrix, generally correspond to the pre-revised Grade Pays/ Pay Scales (6th CPC), however, a need was felt to prescribe minimum qualifying service for promotion as per Pay Levels in the Revised Pay Matrix.”

The revised norms of minimum eligibility service required for promotion for the central government employees will be based as follows:

SL. No. From To Minimum Qualifying Service for Promotion
1 Level 1 Level 2 3 Years
2 Level 2 Level 3 3 Years
3 Level 2 Level 4 8 Years
4 Level 3 Level 4 5 Years
5 Level 4 Level 5 5 Years
6 Level 4 Level 6 10 Years
7 Level 5 Level 6 6 Years
8 Level 6 Level 7 5 Years
9 Level 6 Level 8 6 Years
10 Level 6 Level 9 8 Years
11 Level 6 Level 10 10 Years
12 Level 6 Level 11 12 Years
13 Level 7 Level 8 2 Years
14 Level 7 Level 9 3 Years
15 Level 7 Level 10 5 Years
16 Level 7 Level 11 9 Years
17 Level 8 Level 9 2 Years
18 Level 8 Level 10 4 Years
19 Level 8 Level 11 8 Years
20 Level 9 Level 10 2 Years
21 Level 9 Level 11 7 Years
22 Level 10 Level 11 5 Years
23 Level 11 Level 12 5 Years
24 Level 11 Level 13 10 Years
25 Level 12 Level 13 5 Years
26 Level 12 Level 13A 6 Years
27 Level 13 Level 13A 2 Years
28 Level 13 Level 14 3 Years
29 Level 13A Level 14 2 Years
30 Level 14 Level 15 3 Years
31 Level 15 Level 16 1 Year
32 Level 15 Level 17 2 years
33 Level 16 Level 17 1 Year

Source: DoPT official memorandum

“The Recruitment/Service Rules are of statutory nature. Moreover, any amendment in these Rules generally have prospective effect,” it further added.

The ministry also mentioned that a “suitable ‘protection clause’ may be incorporated in the amendment proposed in the recruitment/service Rules, providing for retention of existing eligibility service for existing incumbents holding the feeder posts on regular basis, where the eligibility service for promotion prescribed in the existing rules is being enhanced and where the change is likely to affect the promotion of these incumbents.”

The DoPT has asked the ministries and departments to complete the review in this regard and furnish necessary amendment proposals to the DOPT and the UPSC in the case of Group A and Group B posts within six months from the date of issue of this Office Memorandum.



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