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APAR – upgradation of final grading

The Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT) has referred to the OM dated 13.04.2010 that in case of upgradation of the final grading given in the APAR, specific reasons therefor may also be given in the order of the Competent Authority. T

he UPSC has noted   that in the DPCs  held under the aegis of the Commission, orders of the Competent Authority do not contain specific reasons for such upgradation in a number of cases.

Such orders cannot be termed as disposed off in a quasi-judicial manner. Grading an officer below the bench mark by the DPC in such cases on the ground of upgradation being without giving sufficient reasons is prone to avoidable representations. 

Therefore, the DOPT has decided  to ensure that the DPC proceedings are held on schedule and without any necessity to over look the decisions given by the Competent Authority while upgrading the grading in the APAR without specific reasons and justifications. 

All  Ministries/Departments are directed  to bring to the notice of the Competent Authority while forwarding the representation against remarks in the APAR that the authority may decide on the representation in an objective manner within 30 days of receipt of the representation and give specific reasons in case of upgradation of the final grading given in the APAR as per provisions contained in this Department's aforesaid OM dated 13.4.2010.


For further details download O.M. No. 21011/1/2005-Estt (A) dated 19.05.2011