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Reservation for SC/ST and OBC in Govt Jobs is not against the Constitution – Extended Zone of consideration for SC / ST in Promotion

Reservation for SC/ST and OBC in Govt Jobs is not against the Constitution – Extended Zone of consideration for SC / ST in Promotion

Extended Zone of consideration for SC / ST in Promotion

The DOPT OM No. 22011/2/2002 – Estt (D) dated 6th  January 2006  provided the guidelines to be followed by DPC’s to calculate the  Extended Zone of consideration for SC/ST. Normally five times of vacancy to be taken as zone of Consideration for SC /ST reservation if the SC/ST candidates are not available within the normal zone of consideration. The Calculation of Zone of Consideration is given in Annexure of this OM

DPC Guidelines- Review of size of zone of consideration

No. 22011/2/2002 – Estt (D)

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions

Department of Personnel and Training

* * * *

New Delhi-  110001

January 6,2006

Office Memorandum 

Subject:  DPC Guidelines- Review of size of zone of consideration.

The  size  of  zone  of  consideration  for  promotion  by  ‘selection’  as prescribed vide DoPT O.M. No. 22011/1/90-Estt.D dated  12th October 1990 read with O.M. No 22011/1/90-Estt-  (D) dated 22nd April  1992  is as under

No. of vacancies. Normal size of zone consideration. Extended zone of consideration for SC / ST

1

5

5

2

8

10

3

10

15

4

12

20

5 and above

Twice the number of vacancies + 4

5 times the number of vacancies

2.  In view of the earlier policy of empanelling officers in accordance with the  overall  grading  assigned  to  them  by  the  DPC,  thereby  involving supersessions, a wider size of zone of consideration was necessary to provide the required  choice  for  selection  on  merit.  However, vide  DoPT  O.M.  No. 35034/7/97-Estt-D  dated  8th  February,  2002,  it  has  been  decided  by  the Government  that  there  shall  be  no supersession  in  the  matter  of  ‘selection’ promotion  and  the officers are  to be  graded by  the DPC  as  ‘fit’  or  ‘unfit’  with reference  to  the  prescribed  bench mark  and  those  found  ‘fit’  are  to  be included  in  the  panel  as per  the  seniority  in  the  feeder grade.  Accordingly, a need has arisen for review of the size of zone of consideration. Having a size of zone of consideration larger than  is necessary  in  the revised context would  lead to  unnecessary  paper work, which may  also  lead  to  delay  in  convening DPCs. However, the  zone  of  consideration has  still to be wide  enough  to cater to  the needs of the Department / cadre authorities  for giving  an  extended panel  against empanelled  officers who  are on  deputation or  are  expected  to proceed  shortly; who have retired or will be retiring in the course of the vacancy year or who have refused promotion and are under debarment. The size should also be sufficient to take care of officers in the  feeder grade  whose cases  are to  be placed in ‘sealed cover’  and also of those who do not meet the prescribed benchmark.  Thus, there is a need for optimizing  the size of zone of consideration.

3.  The  matter  has  been  considered  carefully.  Keeping  in  view  the considerations  in  para-2  above,  it  has  been  decided  to  modify the  existing provisions relating to size of zone of consideration as under:

i)  For vacancies up to  [and including] 10, existing provisions  relating to  normal  size  of  zone  of  consideration  will  continue  to  be applicable;

ii)  For  vacancies  exceeding  10,  the  normal  size  of  zone  of consideration will  now  be  one  and  a  half  times  the  number  of vacancies, rounded off to next higher  integer, plus  three but  shall not be less  than the size of zone of consideration for ten vacancies;

iii)  The  existing  size  of  extended  zone  of  consideration  for  SCIS’T officers, viz. five  times the total number of vacancies, will continue to be applicable.

4.  A statement indicating the revised size of zone of consideration based on the  above decision  is  annexed.  It  is, however, reiterated, that while the  size of zone of consideration would, hereafter, be as now prescribed, the DPC, as per the extant instructions, need not assess and grade all the officers in the eligibility list, Assessment of  suitability of eligible employees in  the zone of consideration  (in the descending order of  seniority in  the  feeder grade) for inclusion  in  the panel for  promotion  may  be  considered  only  upto  a  number,  which  is  considered sufficient  for  preparing  the  normal  panel  with  reference  to  the  number  of vacancies  as  also  for  preparing the  extended  panel for promotion in terms of Department of Personnel and Training Office Memorandum No. 22011/18/87- Estt- (D) dated April 9, 1996. In respect of the remaining employees in  the zone of consideration, as now prescribed, the DPC may put a note in  the minutes that the  assessment of  the  remaining employees in the  zone of  consideration  is  not considered necessary, as sufficient number of employees with prescribed bench- mark have become available.

5.  These  instructions  take  effect  from  the  date  of  issue  of  this  Office Memorandum.

(Vidhu Kashyap)

Director

ANNEXURE

No. of vacancies.

Normal size of Zone  of
consideration.

Extended Zone of consideration for SC/ST.

1

5

5

2

8

10

3

10

15

4

12

20

5

14

25

6

16

30

7

18

35

8

20

40

9

22

45

10

24

50

11

24

55

12

24

60

13

24

65

14

24

70

15

26

75

16

27

80

17

29

85

18

30

90

19

32

95

20

33

100

30

48

150

40

63

200

50

78

250

60

93

300

70

108

350

80

123

400

90

138

450

100

153

500

Source : Download / Read SC / ST Reservation and OBC Reservation in Central Government Service – Important Orders

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