Age Concession for PwD Recruitment to Central Govt Posts
The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has recently issued orders granting age concession to persons with disabilities for direct recruitment to civil posts and services under the Central Government. This move will provide much-needed support and encouragement to people with disabilities who wish to work in the civil services. The order states that persons with benchmark disabilities will be eligible for age relaxation up to 10 years in addition to the standard age limits prescribed for each category of posts. This is a significant step towards creating a more inclusive and diverse workforce in the Central Government.
G.I., Dept. of Per. & Trg., O.M.F.No15012/1/2003-Estt.(D), dated 29.6.2015
Subject: Grant of age concession to the Persons with Disabilities suffering from (a) blindness or ow vision, (b) hearing impairment and (c) locomotor disability or cerebral palsy for direct recruitment to civil posts/services under the Central Government.
The undersigned is directed to say that the following age concessions have been provided to physically handicapped persons for recruitment under the Central Government:
(i) Provision of ten years concession in upper age limit for Group C and D posts filled through employment exchanges issued vide O.M.No.15012/6/77-Estt.(D) dated 28.1.1978;
(ii) Provision of five years’ concession in upper age limit (10 years for SC/ST, 8 years for OBC) for recruitment to Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ posts otherwise than through Open Competitive Examination issued vide O.M.No.15012/5/92-Estt.(D) dated 27.7.1995; and
(iii) Provision of ten years concession in upper age limit (15 years for SC/ST, 13 years for OBC) for recruitment to Group A, B, C and D Civil Posts/Services filled through Open Competitive Examination issued vide O.M.No.43019/28/86-Estt.(D) dated 1.2.1999.
2. The question of prescribing uniform age-concession for direct recruitment to all Civil Posts/Services under the Central Government has since been examined and in supersession of the OMs referred to at (i), (ii) and (iii) above, the following has been decided:
Age relaxation of 10 years (15 years for SC/ST and 13 years for OBC candidates) in upper age limit shall be allowed to persons suffering from (a)
blindness or low vision, (b) hearing impairment and (c) locomotor disability or cerebral palsy in case of direct recruitment to all civil posts/services under the Central Government identified suitable to be held by persons with such disabilities, subject to the condition that maximum age of the applicant on the crucial date shall not exceed 56 years.
(ii) The age concession to the persons with disabilities shall be admissible irrespective of the fact whether the post is reserved for person with disabilities or not, provided the post is identified suitable for the relevant category of disability. This provision will not apply to the Civil Services Examination, in respect of which the List of Services Identified suitable for Physically Disabled Category along with’ the Physical Requirements and Functional Classifications is notified separately.
(iii) Relaxation of age limit would be permissible to such persons who have a minimum of 40% disability.
(iv) The definitions of above categories of disabilities, for the purpose of age relaxation, will be same as given in this Department’s O.M. No.
36035/3/2004-Estt(Reservation) dated 29th December 2005.
(v) If a person with disability is entitled to age concession by virtue of being a Central Government employee, concession to him/her will be admissible
either as a ‘person with disability’ or as a ‘Central Government employee’ whichever may be more beneficial to him/her. This provision will not apply to the Civil Services Examination, which is governed by the Civil Services Examination Rules, published annually.
(vi) Provisions of this O.M. will not be applicable to a post/service for which other specific provision regarding age relaxation is made by notification.
3. The Ministries/Departments are advised to ensure invariably that while sending the requisition to the UPSC/SSC and other recruitment agencies for direct recruitment posts by selection, they should clearly mention in the requisition the category of person(s) with disabilities suitable for the post(s) in question. No change or modification in identified post(s) for physically disabled persons with respect to an Examination, intimated after the
Notification of that Examination, shall be acceptable.
4. These instructions come into effect from the date of their issue.
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Does this age concession apply to all categories of disabilities?
Yes, the age concession of 10 years is applicable to all categories of Persons with Disabilities – visually impaired, hearing impaired, locomotor disability, and cerebral palsy.
What is the age concession for Persons with Disabilities for direct recruitment to civil posts/services under the Central Government?
Persons with Disabilities are provided a relaxation of 10 years in age for direct recruitment to civil posts/services under the Central Government.
When did the Dopt Orders regarding this age concession come into effect?
The Department of Personnel & Training (Dopt) Orders regarding this age concession for direct recruitment to civil posts/services under the Central Government were issued on 29th July 2013.
Is there any limit to the number of attempts for Persons with Disabilities to avail this age concession?
No, there is no limit on the number of attempts for Persons with Disabilities to avail the age concession of 10 years. However, they must meet all other eligibility criteria for the particular position they are applying for.
Are there any additional benefits provided to Persons with Disabilities during the recruitment process?
Yes, Persons with Disabilities are often provided with certain relaxation or assistance during the recruitment process, like a scribe/reader for visually impaired candidates or extra time for written exams. These benefits vary depending on the nature of the disability and the terms of the recruitment notification.