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100% Govt Job for Dependents on Compassionate Appointment : Updated Rules

Compassionate Appintment is available for dependents of Deceased soldiers of Indian Army, Navy & Air Force and civilian employees of Govt and PSU organisations. In this article you will know what are the eligibility criteria to get a job. Govt of India, DESW has published the circular and extract is reproduced below :


  2. The object of the Scheme is to grant appointment on compassionate grounds to a dependent family member of a Government servant dying in harness or who is retired on medical grounds, thereby leaving his family in penury and without any means of livelihood, to relieve the family of the Government servant concerned from financial destitution and to help it get over the emergency.
  • To a dependent family member —
  • (a) of a Government servant who —
  • (b) dies while in service (including death by suicide); or
  • (c) is retired on medical grounds under Rule 2 of the CCS
    (Medical Examination) Rules 1957 or the corresponding proVision in • the Central Civil Service Regulations before attaining the age of 55 years (57 years for erstwhile Group ‘JD’ Government servants); or
  • (d) is retired on medical grounds under Rule 38 of the
  • CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972 or the corresponding provision in the Central Civil Service Regulations before attaining the age of 55 years (57 years for erstwhile Group `D’ Government servants); or

(B) of a member of the Armed Forces who
(a) dies during service; or
(b) is killed in action; or
(c) is medically boarded out and is unfit for civil employment.
Note I “Dependent Family Members’ means:

  • spouse; or
  • son(including adopted son); or
  • (c) daughter (including adopted daughter); or

  • (d) brother or sister in the case of unmarried Government servant or

  • (e) member of the Armed Forces referred to in (A) or (B) of this para,

  • who was wholly dependent on the Government servant/ member of the Armed Forces at the time of his death in harness or retirement on medical grounds, as the case maybe.

Note II “Government servant” for the purpose of these instructions means a Government servant appointed on regular basis and not one working on • daily wage or casual or • apprentice or ad-hoc or contract or re­employment basis.

Note III “Confirmed work-charged staff” will also be covered by the term `Government servant’ mentioned in Note II above.

Note IV “Service” includes extension in service (but not re-employment) after attaining the normal age of retirement in a civil post.

Note V “Re-employment” does not include employment of ex-serviceman before the normal age of retirement in a civil post.


  • Joint Secretary in-charge of administration in the Ministry/Department concerned.
  • Head of the Department under the Supplementary Rule 2(10) in the case of attached and subordinate offices.
  • Secretary in the Ministry/Department concern. ed in special types of cases.

4. POSTS TO WHICH SUCH APPOINTMENTS CAN BE MADE Group ‘C’ posts against the direct recruitment quota.


  • The family is indigent and deserves immediate assistance for relief from financial destitution; and
  • Applicant for compassionate appointment should be eligible and suitable for the post in all respects under the provisions of the relevant

Recruitment Rides.

Compassionate appointments are exempted from observance of the following requirements:-

  • Recruitment procedure i.e. without the agency of the Staff Selection Commission or the Employment Exchange.
  • Clearance from the Surplus Cell of the Department of Personnel and. . Training/Directorate General of Employment and Training.
  • The ban orders on filling up of posts issued by the Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure).


  • Upper age limit could be relaxed wherever found to be necessary. The lower age limit should, however, in no case be relaxed below 18 years of age.

Note I Age eligibility shall be determined with reference to the date of application and not the date of appointment;

Note II Authority competent to take a final decision for making compassionate appointment in a case shall be competent to grant relaxation of upper age limit also ‘for making such appointment.

  • In exceptional circumstances Government may consider recruiting persons not immediately meeting the minimum educational standar& Government may engage them as trainees who will be given the regular pay bands and grade pay only on acquiring the minimum qualification prescribed under the recruitment rules. The emoluments of these trainees, during the period of their training and before they are absorbed in the Government as employees, will be equal to the lowest/first cell (minimum) of Pay Level-1 Rs. 18,000-56,900 (pre-revised -is pay band). In addition, they will be granted all applicable Allowance, like Dearness Allowances, House Rent Allowance and Transport Allowance at the admissible rates. The same shall be calculated on the minimum of Pay Level-1. The period spent in Pay Level-1 by the. future recruits will not be counted as service for any purpose as their regular service will .start only after they are appointed in the Group ‘C’ post after acquiring minimum educational qualifications. The pay of those governed by the 1S scale under 6th CPC Pay Rules may be revised by using the Fitment Factor of 2.57 for placement in Level-1 in conformity with the Rule 7. of the CCS ‘(RP) Rules; 2016. All pre-revised pay stages lower than pre-revised pay of. Rs.7,000 in the pre-revised iS kale shall not be considered for determining the benefit of bunching, on the same lines as has been clarified by this Department’s 10.M .dated 03.08.2017 on application of the benefit on account of bunching. This will be effective from 01.01.2016. [Para 1 of O.M. No.14014/212009-Estt.(D) Dated the 1111‘ December, 2009 and Para 2 of O.M. No.14014/2/2009- Estt.(D) Dated 09th October, 201711

Note In the case of an attached/subordinate office, the Secretary in the concerned administrative Ministry/Department shall be the competent authority for this purpose.

(e) In the matter of exemption from the requirement of passing the typing test those appointed on compassionate grounds to the post of Lower Division Clerk will be governed by the general orders issued in this regard:-

(1) by the CS Division of the Department of Personnel and Training if the

post is included in the Central Secretariat Clerical Service; or

(ii) by .the Establishment Division of ‘the. Department of Personnel and

Training if the post is not included in the ‘Central Secretariat Clerical SerVice.

  • In case of appointment of a widow not fulfilling the requirement of
    educational qualification, against the post of MULTI TASKING STAFF, shewill ‘be placed in ‘minimum of Pay Level-1(Rs. 18,000-56,900) directly without insisting on fulfillment of educational qualification norms, provided the appointing authority is satisfied that the duties of the post against which she is .being appointed can be performed with help of some on job training. This dispensation is to be allowed for appointment on compassionate ground against the post of MULTI TASKING STAFF only. (Para 2 of 0.M. Ne.14014/2/2009-EstL(D)Dated 03.04.2012)


  • Appointment on compassionate . grounds should be made only on regular basis ‘and that too only if regular vacancies meant for that purpose are available.
  • Compassionate appointments can be made. a maximum of 5% of vacancies falling under direct recruitment quota in any Group ‘C’ post. The appointing authority may hold back.upto 5% of vacancies in the aforesaid categories to be filled by .direct recruitment through Staff Selection Commission or otherwise so as to fill such vacancies by appointment on compassionate grounds. 6. person selected for appointment on cbmpassionate grounds should be adjusted in the recruitment roster against the appropriate category viz SC/ST/ 013C/General depending upon the category to which he belongs. For example, if he belongs to SC category he.will be adjusted against the SC reservation point, if he is ST/OBC he will be adjusted against ST/OBC point and if he belongs to General category he will be adjusted against the vacancy point meant for General category.
  • While the ceiling of 5% for making compassionate appointment against regular vacancies should not be circumvented by making appointment of dependent family member of Government servant on casual/daily viage/ad-hoc/contraet basis against regular vacancies, . there is no bar to considering him’ for such appointment if he is eligible as per the normal rules/Arders governing such appointments
  • The ceiling of 5% of direct recruitment vacancies for making compassionate appointment should not be exceeded by utilising any other vacancy e.g. sports quota vacancy.
  • The Committee constituted for considering a request for appointment on compassionate grounds should limit its recommendation to. appointment on compassionate grounds only in a really deserving case and only if vacancy meant for appointment on compassionate grounds will be available within a year in the concerned administrative Ministry/department/Office, that too within the ceiling of 5% of vacancies falling under DR quota in Group ‘C’
    poSts.(0.M:No.14014/18/2000-Estt.(D) dated 22.06.2001)

(1) Calculation of vacancies of posts for small offices/cadres –

Grouping of posts in small • Offices/Cadres for the purpose of calculation of vacancies for appointment on compassionate grounds is allowed.. Consequently, Group ‘C’ posts in which there•are less than 20 direct recruitment vacancies in a .recruitment year may be .grouped together and out of the total number of vacancies 5% may be filled on compassionate grounds subject to the condition that appointment on compassionate groundS in any such post should not exceed one. For the purpose of calculation of vacancies for compassionate appointment, fraction of a vacancy either half or exceeding half but less than one may be •taken as one vacancy. (Para ‘2 and 3 of G.M. No. 14014/24/1999-Estt. D dated 28.12.1999

  • Liberalized method of calculation of vacancies for small
    Ministries/Departments – The small MinistriesfDepartments may apply a more liberalized method of calculation of vacancies under 5% quota for compassionate appointment. The small
    Ministries/Departments, for the purpose of these instructions, are defined as organizations where no vacancy for compassionate appointment could be located under 5% quota for the last 3 years. Such small Ministries/Departments may . add up the total of DR vacancies in Group ‘C’ and erstwhile Group ‘D’ posts (excluding technical posts) arising in each year for 3 or more preceding years and calculate 5% of vacancies with reference to the grand total of vacancies of such years, for locating one vacancy for compassionate appointment. This is subject to’ the condition that no compassionate appointment was/has been made by the Ministries/Departments during 3 years or number of years taken over .and above 3 years for locating one vacancy under 5% quota.(Para 4 of G.M. No. 14014/3/2005- Estt.(D) dated 09.10.2006
  • The compassionate appointment can also be made against technical `posts’ at GrOup ‘C’. and erstwhile Group`D’ level. The 5% quota of ‘ vacancies will be calculated on the basis of total DR vacancies arising in a year’ in the technical posts. (Para 2 of G.M. No. 14014/3/2005- Estt(D) dated 19..011007:



Prescribing time limit for considering applications for compassionate appointment has been reviewed vide this Department O.M No.14014/312011- Estt.(D) dated 26.07.2012. Subject to availability of a vacancy and instructions on the subject issued by this Department and as amended from time to time, any application for compassionate appointment is to be considered without any time limit and decision taken on merit in each case


  • Ministries/Departments can consider requests for compassionate
    appointment even where the. death or retirement on medical grounds of a Government servant took place long back, say five years or so. While considering such belated requests it should, however, be kept in view that the concept of compassionate appointment is largely related to the need for immediate assistance to the family of the Government servant in order to relieve it fiom economic distress. The very fact that the family has been able to manage somehow all these years should normally be taken as adequate proof that the family had some dependable means of subsistence. Therefore, examination of such cases would call for a great deal of circumspection. The decision to make appointment on compassionate grounds in such cases may, therefore, be taken only at the • level of the secretary of the Department/Ministry concerned.
  • Whether a request for compassionate appointment is belated or not may be decided with reference to the date of death or retirement on medical ground of a Government servant and not the age of the applicant at the time of consideration.
  • The onus of examining the penurious condition of the dependent family will rest with the authority making compassionate appointment (Para 4 of O.M No.14014/3/2011-Estt.(D) dated 26.07.2012


A widow appointed on compassionate grounds will -be allowed to continue in service even after re-marriage.


(a) In deservhig cases even where there is already an earning member in. the family, a dependent family member may be considered for compassionate appointment with prior approval of the Secretary of the Department/Ministry concerned who, before approving such appointment, will satisfy himself that grant of compassionate appointment is justified having regard to number of

  • dependents,. assets and liabilities left by • the Government servant, income of the earning member as also his liabilities including the fact that the earning member is residing with the family of the Government servant and whether he should not be a source of support to other members of the family.

(b) In cases where any member of the family of the deceased or medically retired Government servant is already in employment and is not supporting the other members of the family of the Government servant, extreme caution has to be observed in ascertaining the economic distress of the members of the family of the Government servant so that the facility of appointment on compassionate ground is not circumvented and misused by putting forward the ground that the member of the family already employed is not supporting the family.


Cases of missing Government servants are also covered under the scheme for compassionate appointment subject to the following conditions:-

(a) A’ request to grant the ‘benefit of compassionate appointment can be considered only after a lapse of at least 2 years from the date from which the Government servant has been missing, provided that:

an FIR to this effect has been lodged with the Police, the missing person is not traceable, and the competent authority feels that the case is genuine;

(b) This benefit will not be applicable to the case of a Government servant:-

  • who had less than two years to retire on the date from which he has been missing; or
  • who is suspected to have committed fraud, or suspected to have joined any terrorist organisation or suspected to have gone abroad.

(c) Compassionate appointment in the case of a missing Government servant also would not be a matter of right. as in the case of others and it will be subject to fulfillment of all the conditions, including the availability of vacancy, laid down for such appointment under the scheme;

(d) While considering such a request, the results of the Police investigation should also be taken into account; and

(e) A decision on any such request for compassionate appointment should be taken only • at the level of the Secretary of the Ministry/Department concerned.


  1. The Welfare Officer in each Ministry/Department/Office or a. senior officer may be depUted to meet the family Members of the deceased Government Servant and apprise them of the terminal benefits available to the family. ‘This may be done at the earliest possible, preferably, within 30 days of death..
  2. . In case it is observed by the. Welfare Officer/Senior Officer that the condition of the family of the deceased Government Servant is indigent, the family should also be apprised of the scheme for compassionate appointment.
  3. In such cases, the Welfare Officer or any other Officer would assist the family member of the deceased Government servant in applying for appointment on compassionate grounds. The application should be made in the format prescribed as in Annexure. All assistance should be extended to enable such family member to fill the Application Form for compassionate appointment. The Applicant should be advised in person about the requirements and formalities to be completed by him. The Applicant should also be given detailed information of the posts to which they can apply.
  4. The Administration shall satisfy itself regarding the correctness of the details entered in the Application form and family income and other details computed for processing the Application. During scrutiny, if any additional details or information having a bearing an the case, emerge, the same should be added as supplementary Note to the Application.
  5. Every application found to be-in order, should be acknowledged by assigning a unique Registration number. All pending Applications should also be assigned unique registration number. This may be done within 2 to 3 weeks of time. Once a unique registration number has been assigned to an application, the Applicant, including those whose applications are pending, may be informed through email or other forms of communication (including digital modes of communication) of their Unique Application Registration Number.
  6. Some Departments such as CBIC, D/o Posts, D/o Defence have devised their own point based merit system, for processing claims for compassionate appointment. In order to bring in transparency and objectivity in dealing with such claims, all Ministries/Departments, who have not yet developed such a system, may do. so by devising their own point based merit system for assessing the merit of the claims of compassionate appointments.
  7. While informing *the Applicants of the’ registration number of their Application, they may also be informed of the likely number of vacancies likely to be available to be filled on compassionate grounds as well as be provided with a copy of the point based merit system.
  8. To consider the various applications and to recommend individual applicant for grant of compassionate appointment, a Committee, comprising three members (one Chairman and two Members), may be constituted. The Committee may be chaired• by an Officer not. below the rank of Director/Deputy Secretary in the Ministry/Department and officers of equivalent rank in the case of attached and subordinate offices.

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