Qualifying service for pensionary purposes – Railway Board

Qualifying service of a railway servant for pensionary purposes, Counting of service & Period – Railway Board Master Circular No. 54 

MC No. 54 (2019)
RBE No. 170/2019


No. 2019/F(E)lll/7/1

New Delhi, Dated : 14.10.2019

The GMs/Principal Financial Advisers,
All Zonal Railways/Production Units etc.,
(As per mailing list)

Sub: Qualifying service for pensionary purposes.


Master Circular No. 54 on the concept of “Qualifying Service for pensionary purposes” was last brought out and circulated vide Board’s letter No. F(E)III/93/Master Circular-2 dated 30.03.1994. Railway Board have now decided to issue a consolidated Revised Master Circular on the subject for the information and guidance of all concerned.

2. While referring to this circular, the original letters referred to herein should be read for a- proper appreciation. This circular is only a consolidation of the instructions issued so far and should not be treated as a substitution to the originals. In case of doubt, the original circular should be relied upon as authority.

3.The instructions contained in the original circulars referred to above, have only prospective effect from the date of issue unless specifically indicated otherwise in the concerned circular. For dealing with old cases, the instructions in force at the relevant time should be referred to; and

4. If any circular on the subject, which has not been superseded, has not been taken into consideration while preparing this consolidated letter, the said circular, which has been missed through oversight, should be treated as valid and operative. Such, a missing circular, if any, may be brought to the notice of the Railway Board.


Qualifying service of a railway servant shall commence from the date he takes charge of the post to which he is first appointed either substantively or in an officiating or temporary capacity.

Provided that the officiating or temporary service is followed without interruption by substantive appointment in the same or another service or post.,

Provided further that-

(a) in the case of a railway servant in a Group ‘D’ service or post who held a lien or a suspended lien on a permanent pensionable post prior to the 17th April, 1950, service rendered before attaining the age of sixteen years shall not count for any purpose;·

(b) in the case of a railway servant not covered by clause (a), service rendered before attaining the age of eighteen years shall not count, except for compensation gratuity.

(Authority: Railway Board’s letter No. F(E)lll/99/PN 1/(Modification) dated 23.05.2000)

(c) the provisions of clause (b) shall not be applicable in the cases of counting of military service for civil pension under Rule 34.

(Authority: Railway Board’s letter No. F(E)lll/20041PN1/21 (Amendment) dated 07.12.2004)

1.1 A qualifying service of 9 years and 9 months and above at the time of retirement shall be treated as ten years of service for the purpose of pension and death/retirement gratuity.

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