CHAPTER III

RULES REGULATING SENIORITY OF RAILWAY SERVANTS

SECTION-A : NON-GAZETTED

301. General.—The rules contained in this Chapter lay down the General principles that may be followed for determining the seniority of non-gazetted railway servants on railway administration, except that for the purpose of determining the seniority and promotion of non-gazetted employees of the Diesel Locomotive Works the rules contained in paragraphs 324 to 328 of this Chapter shall be followed.

Note—Such of the rules in this section as are not already extent shall apply from such dates as may be fixed by the railway administrations. The seniority of the staff already determined under the extant rules or orders of the respective railway administrations shall not be altered.

302. Seniority in initial recruitment grades—Unless specifically stated otherwise, the seniority among the incumbents of a post in a grade is governed by the date of appointment to the grade. The grant of pay higher than the initial pay should not, as a rule, confer on a railway servant seniority above those who are already appointed against regular posts. In categories of posts partially filled by direct recruitment and partially by promotion, the criterion for determination of seniority should be the date of regular promotion after due process in the case of promotee and the date of joining the working post after due process in the case of direct recruit, subject to maintenance of inter-se-seniority of promotees and direct recruits among themselves. When the dates of entry into a grade of promoted railway servants and direct recruits are the same they should be put in alternate positions, the promotees being senior to the direct recruits, maintaining inter-se-seniority of each group.

Note—(i) In case the training period of a direct recruit is curtailed in the exigencies of service, the date of joining the working post in case of such a direct recruit shall be the date he would have normally come to a working post after completion of the prescribed period of training.

(No.  E   (NG)   I-78-SR-6-42 dt.  7-4-1982 ACS. 132).    

Note (ii)  The Provision contained in Note (i) above will also apply to the Inter Apprentices and departmentally selected candidates against the quotas prescribed in certain categories to be filled  by Limited Departmental Competitive Examination ( such as 10% in the case of Traffic and Commercial  Apprentices).

(Authority Board's  letter NO. E(NG)I-89/SR6/35 dated 23-8-1991)

303. The seniority of candidates recruited through the Railway Recruitment Board or by any other recruiting authority should be determined as under :—

(a)  Candidates who are sent for initial training to Training Schools will rank in Seniority in the relevant Grade in the order of merit obtained in the examination held at the end of the training period before being posted against working post.  Those who join  the subsequent courses and those who pass the examination in subsequent chances will rank junior to those who had passed the examination.  In  case, however, persons belonging  to the same RRB panel are sent for initial training in batches due to administrative reasons and not because of reasons attributable to the candidates, the inter-se seniority will be regulated batchwise provided persons higher up in the  panel  of RRB not sent for training in the appropriate   batch (as per seniority) due to administrative reasons shall be clubbed along with the candidates who took the training in the appropriate  batch  for the purpose of regulating the  inter-se seniority provided such persons pass  the examination at the end of the training in the first attempt.

(Authority Board's  letter NO. E(NG)I-89/SR6/32(PNM)  dated 19-3-93)

(b) In the case of candidate who do not have to undergo any training in training school, the seniority should be determined on the basis of the merit order assigned    by the Railway Recruitment   Board or other    recruiting authority.

304. When two or more candidates are declared to be of equal merit at one and the same examination/ selection, their relative seniority is determined by the date of birth the older candidate being the senior.

305.  When, however, a candidate whose seniority is to be determined under paragraphs 303 and 304 above cannot join duty within a responsible time after the receipt of orders of appointment, the   appointing authority may determine his seniority by placing him below all the candidates selected at the same examination/selection, who have joined within the period allowed for reporting to duty or even below candidates selected at   subsequent examination/ selection who have joined before him.

306.  Candidates selected for appointment at an earlier selection shall be senior to those selected later irrespective of the dates of posting except in the case covered by paragraph 305 above.  

307.  When confirmation follows a specified probationary period if any, without break, the date of appointment to the grade is reckoned from the date of commencement of such probationary period.

308. When a probationary period is followed by an extended probationary period and confirmation follows such extension without break, the date of appointment to the grade or post, unless otherwise stated, should be reckoned from a date later than the commencement of the probationary period, to the extent of the extension of the probationary period. In cases where probationary period is not extended and staff are confirmed at the end of such period the date of appointment to the grade or post will be that on which the employee was sent to the training school for initial training or the date of joining the working post whichever is earlier.

  309. SENIORITY ON PROMOTION.—Paragraph 306 above applies equally to seniority in  promotion vacancies in one and the same category due allowance being made for delay, if any, in joining the new posts in the exigencies of service.

  310. MUTUAL EXCHANGE.—Railway servants transferred on mutual exchange from one cadre of a division, office or railway to the corresponding cadre in another division, office or railway shall  retain their seniority on the basis of the date of promotion to the grade or take the seniority of the railway servants with whom they have exchanged, whichever of the two may be lower.

  311. TRANSFER IN THE INTEREST OF ADMINISTRATION.—Seniority  of railway     servants  on transfer from one cadre to another in the interest of the administration is regulated by the date of promotion/date of appointment to the grade as the case may be.

  312.     TRANSFER ON REQUEST.—The seniority of railway servants transferred at their own request from one railway to another should be allotted below that of the existing confirmed, temporary and officiating railway servants in the relevant grade in the promotion group in the new establishment irrespective of the date of confirmation or length of officiating or temporary service of the transferred railway servants.

Note:—(i) This applies also to cases of transfer on request from one cadre/division to another cadre/division on the same railway.

[Rly. Bd. No. E(NG) 1-85 SR 6/14 of 21-1-1986].  

(ii) The expression "relevant grade" applies to grade where there is an element of direct recruitment. Transfers on request from Railway employees working in such grades may be accepted provided they fulfil the educational qualifications laid down for direct recruitment to the post.  No such transfers should be allowed in the intermediates grades in which all the posts are filled entirely by promotion of staff from the lower grade(s) and there is no element of direct recruitment.

(Railway Board's letter NO. E(NG)I/99/TR/15 dated 08.02.2000)

313.  MEDICALLY UNFITED RAILWAY SERVANTS :—  

(a)  (i) Medically decategorised staff may, as far as possible, be absorbed    in such alternative posts which should   broadly be in    allied categories and where their background and experience in earlier posts could be utilized. For example, traffic running and operating ,staff need not necessarily be  absorbed  in the ticket checking cadre alone but   they ' could also be absorbed in other commercial, station or yard categories. 

(ii) The medically decategorised staff absorbed in alternative posts, whether in the same  or other cadre, should be allowed seniority in the grade of absorption with reference to the length of service rendered in the equivalent or corresponding grade, irrespective of the rate of pay fixed in the grade of absorption under the extant rules.  In the case of staff who are in grade higher than the grade of absorption at the time of medical de categorisation, total service in the equivalent and higher grade is to be taken into account. 

Provided that if a  medically decategorised employee happens to be absorbed in the cadre from which he was originally promoted, he will not be placed above his erstwhile seniors in the grade of absorption.

(iii) While absorbing the medically decategorised Running Staff in alternative posts, a percentage of basic pay representing the pay element in Running Allowance, as decided by the Government through administrative instructions from time to time, should be added to. the minimum as well as maximum of the scale of pay for purposes of identifying 'equivalent' posts and their seniority should then be fixed in the equivalent absorbing posts. [No. E(NG) II/77/RE-3-2 of 2-9-77  and E(NG)I-8O-SR-6/83 of 5-3-1981].

  (b) Railway servants whose services were terminated either because of the maximum limit of all leave including extraordinary leave having been exceeded or the medical authorities could not recommend the grant of extraordinary leave in the case of tuberculosis, pleurisy and leprosy patients and are re-employed in railway service after being declared fit to work by the medical authority should take their seniority below all permanent railway servants on the date of their re-employment provided they were permanent before medical unfitness or would have been confirmed in the meantime. Railway servants who were officiating or temporary at the time of medical unfitness or would not have been confirmed in the meantime should be placed below the officiating or temporary employees as the case may be on the date of their re-employment.

  (c) Seniority of medically unfitted staff mentioned in sub-para (a) above, on restoration to their original posts should be determined as under :—

  (i) Railway servants who properly appeal within the time limit laid down for appeals or whose appeal is entertained in a reasonable period waiving the time limit and get declared fit, should not lose their seniority or their claim for consideration for promotion for which they were eligible in the original category in which they were employed.

  (ii) Seniority of railway servants who prefer delayed appeals and are declared fit or who take treatment and consequently get declared fit, if they were formerly confirmed in the grades in which they were, would be affected to the extent of any persons who may have been confirmed before their re-absorption into the original category. If, however, they were only officiating in the original category, then their seniority should be below the staff confirmed till then, but need not be affected vis-a-vis their original juniors who happen  to  be  till  officiating.

  (d)  In the case of staff coming to a new unit on own request by accepting bottom seniority  and then getting medically de-categorised,    provision    of sub-Para (a) (ii) above will be applicable only to the extent of service in the new unit.

  [No. E(NG)I-71 SR6/39 dated 31-5-1977].  

(e)   In the case of staff who are not required to undergo  periodical  Medical  examination  but    who of their own accord request for change of category on grounds of health, and are recommended change of occupation by the medical authority, their change will be treated as transfer on own request and dealt with as per para 312.  

[No. E(NG)I-76 SE 6/37, dated 18-9-1976].

313A: Assignment of seniority to redeployed surplus staff : The surplus employees are not entitled for benefit of the past service rendered in the previous unit/department for the purpose of their seniority in the new unit/department. Such employees are to be treated as fresh entrants in the matter of their seniority, promotions etc.

Note I: When two or more surplus employees of a particular grade in a
unit / department are selected on different dates for absorption in a grade
in another unit / department, their inter-se seniority in the latter
unit/department will be same as in their previous unit/department
provided that -

(i)      no direct recruit has been selected for appointment to that grade in between these dates; and

(ii)        no promotee has been approved for appointment to that grade between
these dates.

Note II: When two or more surplus employees of a particular grade in a unit/department are simultaneously selected for redeployment in another unit/department in a grade, their inter-se seniority in the particular grade, on redeployment in the latter unit/department, would be the same as in their previous unit/department.

(Authority: Ministry of Railway's letter No.E(NG)I-2000/SR6/23 dated 25-05-04)  

314. Seniority when date of appointment to a grade  is the same.—Subject to what has been stated in paragraphs 302, 303, 304, 305 & 306, when the dates of appointment to the grade are the same, the dates of entry into the grade next below it shall determine seniority. If those dates also coincide, then the dates of entry into each of the lower grades in order down to the lowest grade in the channel of promotion shall determine seniority. If these dates are also identical, then the relative date of birth shall determine seniority, the older person being the senior.    

315. DEPARTMENTAL EXAMINATION TRADE TEST

Subject to what is stated in paragraphs 316, 317 and 320 below, where the passing of a  departmental examination or trade test has been prescribed as a condition precedent to the promotion to a particular non-selection post, the relative seniority of the railway servants passing the examination/test in their due turn and on the same date or different dates which are treated as one continuous examination, as the case may be, shall be determined with reference to their substantive or basic seniority.

  316.  A railway servant who, for reasons beyond his control, is unable to appear in the examination/test in his turn along with others, shall    be    given    the examination/test immediately he is available and if he passes the same, he shall be entitled for promotion to the post as if he had passed the examination/test in his turn.

Note 1. The expression 'reasons beyond his control' appearing above should be    interpreted to include the following :

(i) Sickness of    the    railway    servant supported by the medical certificate of the authorized medical attendant;

(ii) Sickness of the members of a railway servant's family supported    by the medical certificate of the authorized medical attendant, so   serious that the railway servant could not be reasonably expected to take the test;

(iii) Proved non-receipt of intimation of the examination/test owing to being on leave or on  duty elsewhere than at the headquarters or for any other reasons acceptable to the administration; and

(iv) Administration not relieving the railway servant for such examination or test.

2. This will not apply to departmental examinations prescribed in App. 2 & 3— IREM.

317. SENIORITY FOR PROMOTION AS SECTION OFFICER (ACCOUNTS) INSPECTORS OF STATION OR STORES ACCOUNTS :—

(a)   Seniority for promotion to the rank of Section Officer (Accounts) or Inspector of Station or Stores Accounts should count entirely according to the date of passing the examination qualifying for promotion to those ranks. Candidates who pass the examination in a particular year are ipso facto senior to those who qualify in subsequent years irrespective of their relative seniority before passing the examination. On receipt of the result of the above examination an appropriate Selection Board on each Railway Administration should immediately arrange to assign a suitable place to each such candidate in the panel based on their relative seniority. The staff placed on the panel in any year will rank enbloc senior to those empanelled in subsequent years.

(Authority: Railway Board's letter no.2004/AC-II/20/34      dated   14 -12-2004)  

(b)  Directly recruited    Section    Officer    (Accounts)/Cost Accountants and Inspectors of Station    Accounts,    if    any,    should    be assigned a position on the proforma panel of these categories as soon as    they    are given  charge  of working posts  after completion of the    prescribed   training.    They should be placed    below    the    last    man officiating against a non-fortuitous vacancy in these categories of    a    Section    Officer (Accounts).   In case more than one direct recruit has to be assigned a position, their inter-se seniority should be with   reference to  the  position  assigned  to  them  by  the Railway Recruitment Board.  They will retain their seniority thus allotted subject to their passing Appendix 3 (IREM) examination within the prescribed period, except in the case of Cost Accountant who are not  required to pass such an examination. In the event of any directly recruited Section Officer (Accounts) not passing the examination within the prescribed period, he is liable to be  discharged. In case, however, a further chance is given, the question of his retaining his original seniority will be considered on the merit of each case. Such cases should be referred to the Railway Board for decision.  

318.  SENIORITY OF ACCOUNTS CLERKS ON  PROMOTION TO JUNIOR    ACCOUNTS    ASSISTANT IN ACCOUNTS DEPARTMENT

  The seniority of Junior Accounts Assistant is to be determined with reference to the date of promotion of a promotee and with reference to date of appointment of a direct recruit; directly recruited Junior Accounts Assistants, passing Appendix 2 (IREM) Examination within extended period of probation losing seniority to other persons of his/her batch but not to promotees.

[No. E(NG) I-65 SR 6/26 dt. 23-8-65; E(NG) I-69 PM 1/20 dt. 25-7-1969, E(NG)I-78-PM

1/304 dt. 5-1-1979 and PC-III-78/UPG/8 dt. 16-5-1980]

319.  SENIORITY ON PROMOTION TO NO SELECTION POSTS

(a) Promotion to non-selection posts shall be on the basis of seniority-cum-suitability, suitability being judged by the authority competent to fill the post, by oral and/or written test or a departmental examination or a trade test or by scrutiny of record of service as considered necessary. The only exception to this would be in cases where for administrative convenience, which should be recorded in writing, the competent authority considers it necessary to appoint a railway servant other than the senior most suitable railway servant to officiate purely in ad hoc capacity  in a short term vacancy not exceeding two months as a rule and four months in any case. This will, however, not give the junior railway servant any advantage not otherwise due to him and will not confer on him any right to continue in that post in preference to his senior who are found suitable. A railway servant, once promoted in his turn after being found suitable against a vacancy, which is non-fortuitous, should be considered as senior in that grade to all others who are subsequently promoted after being found suitable. The suitability of a railway servant for promotion should be judged on the date of the vacancy in the higher grade, or as close to it as possible.

(b) An employee who qualifies in an earlier test and gets promoted in a non-fortuitous vacancy but reverts to the lower grade before a subsequent test is held will rank senior to all others who qualify in the subsequent test. Those who have either officiated in fortuitous vacancies or did not officiate at all will not be given any protection for seniority of subsequent promotion.  

320.  RELATIVE SENIORITY OF EMPLOYEES IN  AN  INTERMEDIATE  GRADE BELONGING TO  DIFFERENT  SENIORITY  UNITS  APPEARING FOR A SELECTION/NON-SELECTION POST IN HIGHER GRADE.

  When a post (selection as well as non-selection) is filled by considering staff of different seniority units, the total length of continuous service in the same or equivalent grade held by the employees shall be the determining factor for assigning interseniority irrespective of the date of confirmation of an employee with lesser length of continuous service as compared to another unconfirmed employee with longer length of continuous service. This is subject to the proviso that only non-fortuitous service should be taken into account for this purpose.  

Note :—Non-fortuitous service means the service rendered after the date of regular promotion after due process.

321.  PERMISSION TO RAILWAY SERVANTS TO PERUSE SENIORITY LIST: —

(a)   Railway servants may   be permitted to see the seniority lists in which their names are placed, or if this cannot   conveniently   be arranged, they may be informed, on request, of their place on the seniority list.  

(b)   Staff concerned may be allowed   to represent about the assignment of their seniority position within a period of one year after the publishing of the seniority list.   No cases for revision in seniority lists should be entertained beyond this period.  

322.  EFFECT OF REDUCTION IN    PAY    OR GRADE: —

(i) Reduction to a lower stage in the time-scale. Reduction in pay, as distinct from reductions from a higher grade or class to a lower grade or class, does not affect a railway servant's   position on the seniority   list.   The  authority ordering reduction should invariably state the period for which it shall be effective and whether, on restoration, the period of reduction shall operate to postpone his future increments and, if so, to what extent.  

(ii) Reduction to a lower service, grade or post, or to a lower time-scale.  

(a)   Where the order imposing   penalty for reduction does not specify the period of reduction    and there is coupled   with it an order declaring the railway servant permanently unfit for promotion, the question of repromotion or determination of seniority will obviously not arise.  

(b)  Where the period of reduction is   not specified in the order    imposing    the penalty of reduction, the railway servant should be deemed to be reduced for an indefinite   period,   i.e. till such date as, on the basis of his   performance subsequent to the order of reduction, he  may be considered fit for promotion. On repromotion, the seniority of such a railway servant should be determined by the date of repromotion. In all such cases, the person loses his original   seniority in the   higher   service, grade or post in entirety.    On repromotion, the seniority of such a railway servant should be determined by the date of repromotion without regard to the service rendered by him in such service, grade or post prior to his reduction.  

(c)   In cases where the penalty of reduction to a lower service, grade or post or lower time-scale is for a specified period, the employee concerned should be repromoted automatically to the post from which he was reduced. The seniority in the original service, grade or post or time scale should be fixed in such cases in accordance with the provisions contained in Rule 6 (vi) of the Railway Servants (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1968 as clarified vide Railway Board's letters No, E(D&A) 73 RG6-5 dated 22.2.1974 and No. E(D&A) 2001 RG6-58 dated 28.11.2002."

(Authority: Railway Board's letter No.E (D&A) 2007 RG6-24 dated 10.08.2007)

 (d) When a railway    servant    is reduced from a higher grade, or class to a lower grade, whether for a specified period or indefinitely, his seniority in the lower grade shall be fixed with reference to his position which he would have been entitled to but for his promotion to the higher grade or class from which he is reduced.  

323. Staff directly recruited on the Locomotive Component Works 

All persons who were  directly recruited in the Locomotive Component Works shall be deemed to have been transferred to the Diesel Locomotive Works on 1-8-1961, the date on which the Diesel Locomotive Works was set up. The grade held by them as on 1-8-1961 and the length of non-fortuitous service in that grade shall be the basis for fixing their relative seniority in the Diesel Locomotive Works on that date.  

324.  Staff Directly Recruited in the Diesel Locomotive Works

 Trainees and Apprentices who were undergoing their training/apprenticeship on the date of formation of the Diesel   Locomotive Works shall be deemed to have been taken as such and shall be assigned seniority on completion of their training and absorption in a working post based on the merit list drawn  at the time of completion of the training/apprentice ship. 

Persons other than Trainees and Apprentices who have been directly recruited in the Diesel Locomotive Works from a panel of an earlier date shall be senior to those recruited from a panel of a later date, and in the case, of recruitment from the same panel, seniority shall be determined on the basis of the position of the persons in the panel arranged in order of merit. In the case of Trainees and apprentices, seniority shall be determined on the basis of the merit list drawn up at the time of completion of the training.

325.  Staff Transferred from Railways or Production Units  

(1)   Persons who have   been transferred   to   the Locomotive Component Works   shall   be deemed to have been transferred to the Diesel Locomotive Works on 1-8-1961 in the grade which would have been held by them on their parent Railway but for such transfer, the length of non-fortuitous service held by them   on that date in that grade shall determine their  relative seniority.  

(2)   Persons who have been   transferred    to   the Diesel Locomotive Works from a Railway/Production Unit on or after 1-8-1961 but up to 1-4-1965 in   the case of ministerial staff and upto 1-1-1969 in the case of technical and non-ministerial staff shall be deemed to have been transferred in the grade held by them on their parent Railway/Production Unit on the date of transfer and will be assigned seniority in the Diesel Locomotive Works on the basis of length of non-fortuitous service rendered by them in that grade.  

326.  Staff  Transferred  from  Construction/Project  

(1) Persons who have been transferred from a Construction/Project to the Locomotive  Component Works/Diesel Locomotive Works and who have a lien on a post on the  Railway/ Production Unit shall be assigned relative seniority on the basis of the position held by them in their parent Railway/Production Unit on the date of transfer in the same manner as  indicated in Rule 325 above.  

(2) Persons who have been transferred from a Construction/Project to the Locomotive  Component Works/Diesel Locomotive Works and who do not hold any lien on any  Railway/  Production Unit shall be deemed to have been transferred in the lowest grade in a category in which direct recruitment is permissible under the rules on the date of joining the Locomotive Component Works/Diesel Locomotive Works. They shall thereafter be dealt with in the same manner as persons directly recruited on the Locomotive Component Works/Diesel Locomotive Works, vide Rules 323 and 324 above.  

SECTION-B: GAZETTED

327. General The rules contained in paragraph, 328 to 336 of this Section lay down the principles that may be followed for determining the relative seniority of Group 'A', Junior Scale officers of all the services on Indian Railways except the officers of Medical, Railway Protection Force, Chemists and Metallurgists, Printing and Stationery, Rajbhasha departments and other miscellaneous categories.

328. The Seniority of officers, appointed to various Indian Railway Services Group 'A' , Junior Scale shall be determined on the basis of the 'date for increment on the time scale' ( DITS) to be specifically determined in each case in accordance with the principles in the following paragraphs.

329. Unless otherwise stated, officers appointed to the Indian Railway Services, Group 'A' (earlier referred to as Class-I) on the basis of competitive examinations held by the Union Public Service Commission upto 1985 Examination batch and Special Class Railway Apprentices (SCRAs) upto 1982 batch, shall count service for seniority, from the date they commence earning increments in the regular scale as Junior Scale Officers in Group 'A' (earlier referred to as Assistant Officers) subject to the condition that the inter-se seniority of officers in each service recruited as probationers in a particular year shall be regulated by their place in the order of merit.

330. Unless otherwise stated, officers appointed to the Indian Railway Services (Group 'A' ) on the basis of competition examinations held by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) w.e.f. 1986 Examination batch and Special Class Railway Apprentices (SCRAs) w.e.f. 1983 batch, shall count service for seniority from the date they commence earning increments in the regular scale as Junior Scale Officers in Group 'A' subject to the condition that the inter-se seniority of officers in each service recruited as probationers in a particular year will be regulated by their place in the order of merit, which shall be determined on the basis of marks obtained by them during the probationary training and at the competitive examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (Apprenticeship training in the case of SCRAs). For this purpose, the marks obtained in the competitive examination conducted by UPSC (Apprenticeship training in the case of SCRAS) and those obtained during probationary training shall be reduced/ increased to the base of 2050 and 1250 respectively.

      Provided further that if two or more probationers have secured equal number of marks in the aggregate. their order of merit shall be the order of their dates of birth, the older ranking senior.

331. In the case of officers, recruited otherwise than through the regular competitive examinations and who may be granted higher initial pay on recruitment, the date for increment on time scale for the purpose of seniority, shall be so adjusted as to allow suitable credit in assigning seniority.

332. Officers recruited as Temporary Assistant Officers (Unclassified), on permanent appointment to the Junior Scale (Class I) in various Indian Railway Services may be granted weightage in seniority on the basis of half of the length, of the service, counted from the date of their joining service as Temporary Assistant Officers (Unclassified) to the date of their permanent appointment to the Junior Scale (Class I) of the respective service, subject to a maximum weightage of five years.

333. The order of selection by the Union Public Service Commission of officers, who are permanently appointed to the Junior Scale (Class I) from amongst Temporary Assistant Officers shall not be disturbed irrespective of the weightage worked out in accordance with principle mentioned at para 332 above. The Government will be at liberty, to restrict the date for increment on time scale in the case of an officer with longer service as Temporary Assistant Officer so as to place him in seniority below an officer who has been assigned a higher position based on merit although such an officer might have rendered lesser service as Temporary Assistant Officer.

334. In the case of Group 'B' officers permanently promoted to Junior Scale of Group 'A' services:

(1) Officers of a particular department promoted from the earlier panel shall rank senior to officers promoted from the later panel.

(2) If two or more than two officers are promoted on the same date, the following method shall be followed to determine their inter-se seniority within the Railway:-

(i) The relative seniority of officers of each Railway shall be in the order of their position in the panel for that Railway.

(ii) The DITS of the above officers, shall be determined by giving weightage based on:

(a) the year of service connoted by the initial pay on permanent promotion to Group 'A' service; or

(b) half the total number of years of continuous service in Group 'B', both officiating, and permanent;

     whichever is more, subject to a maximum of 5 years; provided that the weightage so assigned does not exceed the total non-fortuitous service rendered by the officer in Group 'B'.

(iii)  The DITS of the junior officer(s) in any Railway shall not be earlier than the DITS of his immediate senior in the same panel.

(3)  The integrated seniority of the officers on All Indian Railways basis, shall be determined as under:-

(i)   The integrated seniority shall be on the basis of DITS, the officers having earlier DITS being senior.

(ii)   The inter-se seniority of officers having same DITS shall be in the order of the length of non-fortuitous service in Group 'B'.

335. As permanent promotion from Group 'B' to Group 'A' (Junior Scale) service and permanent appointment of Temporary Assistant Officers to Junior Scale (Class-I) involves definite act of selection, the inter-se seniority of officers in each of the categories will be regulated by the date of permanent promotion or permanent appointment to Group 'A' Junior Scale services/ Class - I.

336. Officers, permanently appointed to the Group 'A' Junior Scale from the category mentioned at paragraphs 333 and 334 above, against quotas of vacancies reserved for them shall be placed below or above a particular batch of direct recruits accordingly as their DITS are earlier or later than the earliest date on which any one of the direct recruits in a particular batch joins service.

337.  The seniority of officers, recruited to Group 'A' Junior Scale under the provision of the rules relating to 'Occasional admission of other qualified persons' shall be determined by the Government on the merits of each case.

338. Seniority of the released Emergency Commissioned Officers or Short Service Commissioned Officers appointed to various Indian Railway Services against vacancies reserved for them shall be determined keeping in view the instructions issued by the Cabinet Secretariat/ Department of Personnel and Training.

339. In regard to officers appointed to the Indian Railway Medical Service at Group 'A' Junior Scale level on the basis of Combined Medical Services Examination held by the Union Public Service Commission their inter-se seniority in a particular year shall be regulated by their place in the order of merit.

340. In regard to Senior Scale/ Junior Scale posts in miscellaneous categories viz; Chemists and Metallurgists, Senior Rajbhasha Adhikaris', printing and Stationery department and Organisation of the Chief Mining Adviser, where both direct recruitment and promotion is resorted to, the relative seniority of direct recruits and promotees shall be determined according to rotation of vacancies between the direct recruits and promotees which will be based on the quotas of vacancies reserved for direct recruitment and promotion,  respectivly in the relevant recruitment rules.

341. In cases not covered by the above principles, seniority of officers appointed to the service shall be governed by such orders as may be issued by the Government in consultation with the UPSC, wherever necessary.

(Authority : Railway Board's letter No. E(O)I/99/SR-6/2 dated 28.02.2003.)

 

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