Revised Pay Levels 7th CPC – Minimum qualifying service required for promotion: Dopt

Issue of instructions on revision in minimum qualifying service required for promotion

F. No. AB-14017/4/ 2021-Estt.(RR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training


North Block, New Delhi.
Date: 20 September 2022.


Subject: Revised Pay Levels as per recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission – Issue of instructions on revision in minimum qualifying service required for promotion – regarding

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No. AB.14017/ 13/2016-Estt.(RR) dated 9.8.2016, wherein all Ministries/ Departments were advised to amend the Service Rules and Recruitment Rules by substituting the existing Pay Band and Grade Pay with the new pay structure i.e. “Level in the Pay Matrix”, as per the recommendations of 7ttl CPC and the CCS (Revised Pay) Rules 2016 issued by Department of Expenditure vide Notification dated 25thJuly, 2016, straightaway without making a reference to the Department of Personnel and Training (DOP&T)/ Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

2. Attention is invited to this Department’s OM No AB.14017/61/2008- Estt. (RR) dated 24.3.2009, which was issued following implementation of the recommendation of the 6th CPC, indicating the revised minimum qualifying service required for promotion, to be prescribed in the Service/Recruitment Rules, as per the revised pay structure introduced as per recommendations of the 6th CPC and accepted by the Government. The said OM was issued in the context of earlier instructions issued vide DOPT OM No. AB.14017/2/97-Estt. (RR) dated 25.5.1998, prescribing the minimum qualifying service as per 5th CPC pay scales.

3. 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.

4. Therefore, 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 mm1mum eligibility service required for promotion, as per 7th CPC Pay Matrix and Pay Levels. The revised norms for minimum eligibility service for promotion have been indicated in the table at Annexure-I.

5. Therefore, the revised norms prescribing minimum eligibility service required for promotion, as per 7th CPC Pay Matrix and Pay Levels, given in Annexure-I , may be incorporated in the Recruitment Rules/Service Rules by malting suitable amendments. All the Ministries/Departments are, therefore, requested to effect necessary amendments to the Recruitment Rules/Service Rules, in this regard, after following the due procedure.

6. The Recruitment/Service Rules are of statutory nature. Moreover, any amendment in these Rules generally have prospective effect. Therefore, in terms of para 3.1.3 of DoPT OM No. AB. 14017/48/ 2010-Estt. RR dated 31.12.2010, wherever required, 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.

7. Ministries/ Departments may initiate action 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.

(Ranjeet Sudhanshu)
Under Secretary to the Government of India


SI.No. Level Minimum qualifying service for promotion
From To
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


7th CPC Instruction on Minimum qualifying Service

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