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DoPT consolidated Guidelines on Departmental Promotion Committees

DoPT consolidated Guidelines on Departmental Promotion Committees

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
ESTT.(Estt. D)

(Dated 27 March, 2023 )


Guidelines on Departmental Promotion Committees

Note : While due care has been taken to compile this document, however, if any omissions or correction are noticed, the same may be brought to the notice of the Department of Personnel & Training.


1.1 A post is filled on promotion basis where the Recruitment Rules so provide as a method of recruitment. In making promotions, it should be ensured that suitability of the candidates for promotion is considered in an objective and impartial manner. For this purpose, Departmental Promotion Committee [DPC] (for considering Promotion) should be formed in each Ministry/ Department/ Organisation. In addition, for considering cases of confirmation Departmental Confirmation Committee [DCC] needs to be constituted. Thus, whenever an occasion arises for making promotions/ confirmation etc., the DPCs/DCCs so constituted shall judge the suitability of officers for :

(a) ‘Promotion’ to ‘Selection’ as well as ‘Non-Selection’ posts.

(b) Appointment of existing incumbent(s) to post(s) which has(have) been upgraded, in the event of upgradation of post(s) held by the officer(s), in accordance with provisions of DoPT O.M. No. 22011/10/ 84-Estt (D) dated 04.02.1992 and O.M. No. AB-14017/66/2008-Estt.(RR) dated 09.03.2009.

(c) Confirmation of direct recruits in their respective entry grades/posts, confirmation of those promoted in case of change of Group on Promotion or confirmation for officers re-employed before the age of superannuation (by the Departmental Confirmation Committee).

(d) Assessment of work and conduct of the probationers for the purpose of determining their suitability for retention in service or their discharge from it or extending their probation.

[O.M. No. 22011/5/86-Estt.(D) dated 10.04.1989,

O.M. No. 22011/10/ 84-Estt (D) dated 04.02.1992,

O.M. No. AB-14017/66/2008-Estt.(RR) dated 09.03.2009 and

O.M. No. 28020/3/2018-Estt.(C) dated 11.03.2019]

1.2 Composition of DPC for Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ posts

1.2.1 Members included in DPCs for Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ posts should be officers who are at least one level above the posts in which promotion/ confirmation is to be made. A nominee of Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) shall also be associated with the DPCs in respect of posts covered by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) delegation, as prescribed vide DoPT O.M. No. 22012/5/97-Estt (D) dated 12.01.1998.

[O.M. No. 22011/5/86-Estt.(D) dated 10.04.1989 and

O.M. No. 22012/5/97-Estt.(D) dated 12.01.1998]

1.3 Association of UPSC with DPCs/DCCs

1.3.1 Cases of promotion:

In cases of promotion by Selection, it shall not be necessary to associate the Union Public Service Commission while making a promotion to any Group ‘A’ Service or post the maximum of the scale of pay of which is less than Rs.16500 (less than Pay Level 12), of an officer holding any Group ‘A’ service or post. Consultation with UPSC shall continue to be necessary while considering promotion from Group ‘B’ to any level in Group ‘A’.

Whenever the UPSC is associated with a DPC, the Chairman or a Member of the Commission will preside at the meeting of the DPC.

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