Reservations for Ex-Servicemen

  1. Definition- ‘Ex-Serviceman ‘ means a person who has served in any rank (whether as a combatant or as a non-combatant) in the Regular Army, Navy, and Air Force of the Indian Union and the Territorial Army Personnel.

Army Postal service personnel who retire directly from APS without reversion to P&T Department with a pension or who have been released from such service on medical grounds attributable to military service or circumstances beyond their control and awarded medical/other disability pension are also treated as Ex-Servicemen.

It also includes a person who retired, or was released on medical grounds or due to reduction in the establishment, or was released after completing the specific period of engagement.

  1. Reservation- Ten per cent of the vacancies in Group ‘C’ and twenty per cent in Group ‘D’ posts are reserved for Ex-Servicemen in direct recruitment only. No reservation is allowed in promotions.
  2. Recruitment Procedure- Vacancies will be notified to the DG(R) and the Rajya and Zilla Sainik Boards, as also to Ex-Servicemen Cell. Along with the application, the applicant has to submit an undertaking  in the prescribed format that he had been duly release/retired /discharged from the Armed Forces.
  3. Placement in the Roster- An Ex-Serviceman selected for appointment should be placed against the category to which he belongs. For example, if he belongs to SC, he should be placed against the point for SC.
  4. Reservation benefit only in the first civil employment- Once an Ex-Serviceman is appointed to a civil post against a reserved vacancy, he ceases to be an Ex-Serviceman, and hence not entitled to the benefit of reservation for other posts subsequently. However, the benefit of age relaxation as prescribed for Ex-Servicemen is admissible to such re-employed persons for securing another employment in a higher grade or cadre in Group ‘C’ and ‘D’.

5-A.        Reservation benefit to Ex-Servicemen who apply for various examinations before joining civil posts –An Ex-Serviceman, as soon as he/she joins any civil employment should give self declaration/ undertaking to the concerned employer about the date-wise details of application for various vacancies for which he/she had applied before joining the initial civil employment.

  1. Relaxations and concessions-
  • Age-(a) Three years over and above the period of service rendered in the Army, Navy and Air Force. Disabled Defence Service personnel eligible for appointment to Group ‘C’ posts filled through competition examination will be allowed 3 years age relaxation ( 8 years in the case of SC/ST).  For Group ‘C’/D’ posts filled through Employment Exchange for such disabled personnel, the maximum age-limit is raised to 45 years (50 years in the case of SC/ST).

(b) For Group ‘A’/’B’ post filled by direct recruitment by UPSC on All India Competitive Examination, five years relaxation is admissible for Ex-Servicemen and Commissioned Officers including ECOs/SSCOs with 5 years military service released on completion of assignment, on invalidment and due to physical disability attributable to military service.

  • Educational Qualification- Ex-Servicemen with not less than three years service in the Armed Forces is exempted from possession of the prescribed educational qualifications for Group ‘D’ post. For Group ‘C’ minimum educational qualification may be relaxed at the discretion of the appointing authority, if such minimum qualification is Middle School Standard and the Ex-Servicemen has put in at least three years service in the Army and is otherwise found suitable.  A Matriculate Ex- Serviceman with 15 years service in the Armed Forces will be considered eligible for posts for which graduation is prescribed, if work experience of technical or professional nature is not essential or if the appointing authority is satisfied that the ex-serviceman will perform the duties by undergoing on the job training for a short duration. Relaxation of educational qualification as above applies for promotion also.
  • General Standard for selection– Required standard may be relaxed, if persons for all the vacancies are not available and if such relaxation will not affect the performance by such candidate.
  • Application /examination fee– Exempted for examinations conducted by UPSC/SSC and the Institute of Secretariat Training and Management for filling the vacancies reserved for them in various Group ‘C’.
  • Special Concessions for Disabled Ex-Servicemen- if the disability is attributed to military service, he will be accorded Priority-I along with a retrenched employee for appointment to Groups ‘C’ and ‘D’ posts filled by direct recruitment. Up to two members, each of the families for defence service personnel (widow, son/daughter. Near relative who agree to support the family) will be granted priority immediately after the disabled Ex-Servicemen, i.e. priority II-A. Medical Certificate of Fitness granted by a Demobilization Medical Board of the Defence Services would be considered adequate for appointment to all posts.
  • T. A.  to handicapped Ex- military personnel called for interview- The concessions regarding grant of T.A. to SC/ST called for interview are also extended on the same scale. Procedure for drawl and payment will also be the same.
  1. Liaison Officers– officer appointed to look after the reservation matter of SC/ST would also be the L.O. for reservation matters relating to Ex-Servicemen and physically handicapped.

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