Age Relaxation for Exserviceman to join IAS IPS and other Gp A and B Gazetted Officer Post

Ex-servicemen have been provided age relaxation for appointment in various group of posts in Central & State Govt Departments/Ministries, PSU etc as per Re-employment in Central Services and Posts Rules 1979 amended from time to time.  However, upper age limit allowed for recruitment  in Gp A and B Services as result of open All India Competitive Examinations is less than the minimum retirement age of an ex-serviceman in reality and the matter has been taken up for review with the KSB by Kolkata Reemployed Exserviceman Welfare Association in 2020. 

Age relaxation provided for Gp C (including erstwhile Gp D) posts are up to the extent of service rendered plus three years.  Recently Govt has allowed relaxation of upper age limit in the case of appointment of ESM in Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ services or posts filled by direct recruitment otherwise than on the results of an Open All India Competitive Examination as that of Gp C posts. Whereas relaxation in upper age limit for appointment to any vacancy in Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ services or post filled by direct recruitment on the results of an open All India Competitive Examination are only 5 years i.e maximum age is 37 years to appear Central Civil Services Examination and equivalent examinations.

            It may be noted that the range of retirement age of JCOs/OR of the armed forces is 37- 50 Years.  The age relaxation allowed to the ex-servicemen for recruitment to the Gp B Gazetted and Gp A posts (through All India open competitive examinations) is only 05 years (up to 37 Years of age), as a result they are debarred from appearing the Civil Services Examinations and other all India competitive examinations for similar status in State Govt/PSUs.   It has also been noticed that some State Govt has kept no provision of age relaxation for Gp B and Gp A posts of State Civil Services Cadre ; for example – Govt of West Bengal.  In other hand it has been noticed that Govt of Punjab and Himachal and few other states have considered the matter and allowed not only age relaxation but also provides reservation for Gp A and B Gazetted posts in State Higher Administrative Services.

            With changing scenario of socio economic status and higher entry level qualification of Armed Forces (Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen cadre), qualified, educated and competent ex-servicemen are now compelled to be reemployed in lower cadres i.e Gp ‘C’ (clerical grade) and equivalent posts in civil departments/PSUs due to non availability of age relaxation for higher grade all India Open Recruitment Examinations.  Soldiers are always loyal, dedicated to the nation, disciplined and proactive in management activities due to their versatile nature of job profile and leadership qualities acquired in day to day activities of the armed forces.  In second innings of their career, wherever they work, proved a higher grade of job proficiency and competency. Due to their competency, proficiency, loyalty and ability to managing the situations, they have created a new horizon to contribute their skills for nation development.

           Considering the matters described above, a case had already been taken up by the Director General of Resettlement with Ministry of Defence, vide their office note No 0515/Gen/DGR/Emp-3 dated 16 Sep 2014 for relaxation in the upper age limit for appointment to any vacancy in Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ services or posts filled by direct recruitment on the results of an Open All India Competitive Examination.  MOD vide their Noting dated 30 Nov 15 recorded on the file of DGR File No. 0515/Gen/DGR/Policy/2015, requested them to submit detailed proposal with full justifications before the same could be considered by them in consultation with DOP&T. Accordingly, vide DGR file No. 0515/Gen/Policy/2016 dated 29 Apr 2016, a case was taken up with MOD to provide for upper age limit age relaxation to the extent of length of Military Service rendered increased by three years instead of the present maximum of five years in the upper age limit for appointment to any vacancy in Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ services or post filled by direct recruitment on the results of an open All India Competitive Examination as applicable in the case of appointment of ESM in Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ services or posts filled by direct recruitment otherwise than on the results of an Open All India Competitive Examination. The Ministry  of Defence further submitted the following information on upper age limit for reemployment of Ex-Servicemen :-

            “The existing provisions regarding upper age limit in connection with re-employment for Ex-Servicemen in Central Government jobs are as follows:

(a)      For appointment to vacancies reserved for Ex-Servicemen in Group ‘B’ (Non-Gazetted), Group ‘C’ or Group ‘D’ posts in Central Government, an Ex-Servicemen shall be allowed to deduct the period of actual military service from his actual age and if the resultant age does not exceed the maximum age limit prescribed for the post for which he is seeking appointment by more than three years, he shall be deemed to satisfy the condition regarding age limit.

(b)       For appointment to any vacancy in Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ services or posts filled by direct         recruitment otherwise than on the results of an Open All India Competitive Examination, the upper      age limit shall be relaxed by the length of Military service increased by three, years in the case of Ex-Servicemen and commissioned officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers or Short Service Commissioned Officers.

(c)   For appointment to any vacancy in Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ services or posts filled by direct recruitment on the results of an all India Competitive Examination, the Ex-Servicemen   and Commissioned Officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers or Short Service Commissioned Officers who have rendered at least five years Military services and have been released:

(i)  On completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account  of misconduct or inefficiency;  or

(ii) On account of physically disability attributable to Military service or on invalidment, shall be allowed maximum relaxation of five years in the upper age limit.”

(Reference :   Report of Standing Committee on Defence (2016-2017) Chaired by Maj Gen B C Khanduri, AVSM (Retd), 33rd Report placed  at Lok Sabha in August 2017 and the concerned issues mentioned regarding age relaxation of  Ex-servicemen vide subheading  Resettlement of Ex-Servicemen,  Part- I,  Chapter-I,  Para 1.5 (b)


URL : http://164.100.47.193/lsscommittee/Defence/16_Defence_33.pdf  )

             Effected and aspirant ex-servicemen may approach the DESW and the central/state authorities individually and through organized trade unions/ welfare association to look into the matter and request them to sympathetically re-considered the recommendations of Director General of Resettlement, Ministry of Defence, Govt of India  in this regard so that all ex-servicemen fraternity may get an opportunity to serve in the higher grade of the administration being capable enough for the posts. Must include following provisions to be considered to utilize the leadership skill, experience and abilities of the ex-servicemen and give them an opportunities to serve in state/central civil services in Gp A and B Gazetted posts including Class I Civil Services and allied services posts:-

(a)        Allow age relaxation for length of service rendered in the Armed forces increased by  three   years for all Gp B and Gp A  services in all state and Central Services and equal posts  n PSUs/ Autonomous bodies.

(b)       At least 5% vacancy of Gp A and Gp B posts of all State/Central Services/equivalent posts in PSUs/autonomous bodies should be reserved for the ex-servicemen.

(c)        Proposed Age relaxation and reservation for Gp A and B services should be allowed to all ex-servicemen irrespective of their present employment status i.e reemployed ESM (other than employed in Gazetted post) will also be eligible to avail this reservation and age relaxation.

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