Thursday, July 14, 2011


                              DoP&T’s O.M. No.20011/1/2008-Estt.(D) Dated 11th November 2010
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

dated 3-7-86
Subject: SENIORITY – Consolidated orders on.
The undersigned is directed to say that instructions have been issued by this
Department from time to time laying down the principles for determining seniority
of persons appointed to services and posts under the Central Government. For
facility of reference, the important orders on the subject have been consolidated in
this Office Memorandum. The number and date of the original communication has
been quoted in the margin so that the users may refer to it to understand fully the
context in which the order in question was issued.
(MHA O.M.No.9/11/55-RPS dated 22.12.59).
2.1 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 a subsequent selection.
2.2 Where promotions are made on the basis of selection by a D.P.C., the
seniority of such promotees shall be in the order in which they are recommended for
such promotion by the Committee. Where promotions are made on the basis of
seniority, subject to the rejection of the unfit, the seniority of persons considered fit
for promotion at the same time shall be the same as the relative seniority in the
lower grade from which they are promoted. Where, however, a person is
considered as unfit for promotion and is superseded by a junior such persons shall
not, if he is subsequently found suitable and promoted, take seniority in the higher
grade over the junior persons who had superseded him.
2.3 Where persons recruited or promoted initially on a temporary basis are
confirmed subsequently in an order different from the order of merit indicated at the
time of their appointment, seniority shall follow the order of confirmation and not
the original order of merit.
2.4.1 The relative seniority of direct recruits and of promotee shall be determined
according to the rotation of vacancies between direct recruits and promotees which