Grant of extension in Joining Time shall not exceed six months from date of issue of Offer of Appointment
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
New Delhi, Dated: 08.11.2019
All Zonal Railways/PUs.
Sub: Extension in joining time from date of issue of Offer of Appointment.
The issue of granting extension in joining from date of issue of Offer of Appointment based on guidelines of DOP&T dated 11.11.2010 has been examined and its has been decided to adopt the same as suitable to Railways mutatis mutandis. The relevant extracts of DOP&T’s OMs dated 06.06.1978 & 09.08.1995 as incorporated in DOP&T’s OM dated 11.11.2010 is summarized below for guidance and compliance:
(i) An offer of appointment should clearly specify the period (which shall not normally exceed one or two months) after which the offer would lapse automatically if the candidate did not join within the specified period.
(ii) If, however, within the specified period, a request is received from the candidate for extension of time, it may be considered but extension beyond three months should not be granted and it may granted only as an exception where facts and circumstances so warrant and in may case only up to a maximum of six months from the date of issue of the original offer of appointment. An offer of appointment would lapse automatically after the expiry of six months from the date of issue of the original offer of appointment.
(iii) If, even after the extension(s), if any, granted by the Competent Authority, a candidate does not join (which shall not exceed a period of six month),the offer of appointment should lapse.
(iv) An order of appointment which has lapsed should not ordinarily be revived later, except in exceptional circumstances and on grounds of public interest.
Source: Railway Board