You might have noticed that there are lot of vacancies of Group 'A' and 'B' post where Ex-Servicemen are offered age relaxation of only Five years instead of Military Service + 3 Years. You might not be aware of the provision which regulates the age relaxation to Ex-Servicemen candidate. You can refer the Office Memorandum (OM) No. 39016/15/79-Estt.(C) dated 07.09.1981 issued by Govt of India, Ministry of Home Afairs, Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms.
There is clear guideline regarding age relaxation to ESM candidate and it is gross negligence on the part of employer by not providing the age relaxation, as said above, to ESM.
Sub-Para (i) of Para (1) of above mentioned OM refers "The upper age limit shall be relaxed by the length of Military Service increased by Three Years in the case of ex-servicemen and commissioned officer including ECO (Emergency commissioned officer)/SSCOs (Short Service Commissioned Officers) for appointment to any vacancy in group 'A' and group 'B' services/posts filled by direct recruitment otherwise than on the results of an open All India Competitive Examination held by the UPSC subject to the condition that:
(i) the continuous service rendered in the Armed Forces by an ex servicemen is not less than six months after attestation and
(ii) that the resultant age after deducting his period of service from his actual age does not exceed the prescribed age limit by more than three years and also subject to usual conditions which have been prescribed in respect of appointment of ex servicemen to group 'C' and group 'D' posts vide department notification No. 39016/10/79-Estt.(C) dated 15.12.1979.
Further clarification on this issue was issued vide OM No. 36034/8/88-Estt.(SCT) dated 19.05.1988.
Till date there is no OM or guideline which overrules these guidelines.
All ex servicemen candidate those who are aspirant of Group 'A' & 'B' post shall come together to claim the rights which we have earned by giving vital period of our life to defense forces, through RTI, Grievance Cell or Personal Meeting with HR Managers of various prospective employer .
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