LATEST DOPT ORDERS ON BENCH MARK GRADINGS
DOPT issued orders directing supply of a copy of the grading in the ACR prior to 2008-09 to the concerned officials [only those years of ACR that are relevant for promotion shall be sent] for facilitating the officials to make representation if any against the adverse remarks before placing the ACR before the DPC that is going to consider the official for promotion.
The competent Reviewing Authority shall decide the matter objectively in a quasi-judicial manner by taking into account both the representation of the official and the contention of the reporting Officer if they are still in service. This is emphasised in the order in the background of UPSC ramarking that the views of the Reporting Officers [if they are still in service] not taken into account before deciding on the representation of the Officials. It is also emphasised by UPSC that the Competent Authority shall give specific reason for upgrading the benchmark in APAR [previously ACR] of the official.
Full text copy of the orders published in the DOPT website can be downloaded by clicking on the Link Below: