In accordance with the provisions contained in Article 320 of the Constitution read with the
provisions of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) (Exemption from Consultation) Regulations
1958, Recruitment Rules of all Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ posts in various Ministries/Departments of
Government of India are required to be framed in Consultation with the Commission. Consultation with
the Commission is also necessary for framing/amending Recruitment Rules for certain categories of
posts under the Employees State Insurance Corporation, The Delhi Municipal Corporation, The New
Delhi Municipal Council, Employees Provident Fund Organisation etc. under the relevant Acts made by
Parliament in pursuance of the provisions of Article 321.
UPSC Recruitment Rules are statutory in nature and their main objective is to ensure
appointment/selection of the best suitable candidate for a particular post by prescribing relevant
experience, educational qualifications, appropriate method of recruitment keeping in view the duties
and responsibilities attached to the post operating in an organisation. The RRs are an effective and
extremely important tool for ensuring fair process of recruitment or selection in accordance with
Constitutional provision. All proposals for framing/amending Recruitment Rules are examined keeping
in view the cadre structure of the organisation and the guidelines/directions issued by the Govt. from
time to time. After approval, the Commission’s advice in the matter is communicated to the
Recently, UPSC the Government has accepted the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay
Commission and as a result the old pay scales have now been replaced by the Pay Band and Grade
Pay. Instructions in this regard have been issued by Department of Personnel & Training through O.M.
No. AB.14017/61/2008-Estt. (RR) on 24.3.2009. The detailed OM is available in the website of the
DOP&T viz. www.persmin.nic.in under the Link ‘Circulars’.
It is imperative that the review of the recruitment rules is taken up at regular intervals in order to
make them relevant to the rapidly changing needs of the organisation.
For selecting the best suitable candidate for a job, it is necessary that while formulating a
proposal for recruitment rules for framing/amendment of recruitment rules, the following principles are
i) Educational qualifications are prescribed in such a manner that they are elaborative and
specific and are also relevant to the duties and responsibilities attached to the post for which the
recruitment rules are to be formulated.
ii) Broadly there are 7 prevailing methods of recruitment viz. promotion, deputation, absorption,
short term contract (ISTC), direct recruitment, re-employment and composite method i.e. simultaneous
consideration of departmental candidates for promotion alongwith outsiders for deputation. The
method of recruitment needs to be recommended keeping in view the cadre structure and the strength
of the sanctioned post, feeder grade and also the promotion grade to the post for which the recruitment
rules are to be made. DOP&T has issued a handbook containing detailed guidelines for framing of
Recruitment Rules and also Service Rules on their website www.persmin.nic.in in the Link
iii) There may be instances where the method of recruitment is a combination of promotion as well
as deputation or promotion failing which by deputation failing both by direct recruitment. In such cases
it is necessary that the departmental candidate who are to be considered for promotion, have due and
legitimate protection in case the higher educational qualifications are proposed to be prescribed for
deputationists and/or direct recruits. A sample format of the 14 columns Schedule for the recruitment
rules is given below for information: UPSC
NAME OF POST
NO. OF POST
SCALE OF PAY
AGE LIMIT FOR
BENEFIT OF ADDED DIRECT RECRUITS
IN CASE OF
IF A DPC
AGE & EQ
PROBATION, IF RECTT.
WHICH UPSC TO BE
PROMOTION/ IS ITS
COMPOSITION MAKING RECTT.
DIRECT RECRUITS RECRUITS
WILL APPLY IN
THE CASE OF
& % OF THE
TO BE FILLED
TO BE MADE
The above format is to be followed for sending a proposal for amendment/framing of
recruitment rules for any post.
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