Seventh Central Pay Commission – Issue of instructions on revision in minimum qualifying service required for promotion – DoP&T OM dated 20.09.2022

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

All Ministries/ Departments (As per Standard list)


SI.No.LevelMinimum qualifying service for promotion
1Level 1Level 23 Years
2Level 2Level 33 Years
3Level 2Level 48 Years
4Level 3Level 45 Years
5Level 4Level 55 Years
6Level 4Level 610 Years
7Level 5Level 66 Years
8Level 6Level 75 Years
9Level 6Level 86 Years
10Level 6Level 98 Years
11Level 6Level 1010 Years
12Level 6Level 1112 Years
13Level 7Level 82 Years
14Level 7Level 93 Years
15Level 7Level 105 Years
16Level 7Level 119 Years
17Level 8Level 92 Years
18Level 8Level 104 Years
19Level 8Level 118 Years
20Level 9Level 102 Years
21Level 9Level 117 Years
22Level 10Level 115 Years
23Level 11Level 125 Years
24Level 11Level 1310 Years
25Level 12Level 135 Years
26Level 12Level 13A6 Years
27Level 13Level 13A2 Years
28Level 13Level 143 Years
29Level 13ALevel 142 Years
30Level 14Level 153 Years
31Level 15Level 161 Year
32Level 15Level 172 years
33Level 16 Level 171 Year