Incentive for acquiring fresh higher educational qualifications – Information document by DOPT

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Incentive for acquiring fresh higher educational qualifications – Information document by DOPT

Incentive for acquiring fresh higher educational qualifications – Information document by DOPT

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Estt (Pay-I) Section


Department of Personnel & Training has issued instructions from time to time regarding provisions governing grant of lump sum incentive for acquiring fresh higher qualifications by Government Servants. The essence of these instructions has been summarized in the following paras for guidance and better understanding.

I. General Criteria/guidelines

  1. The incentive will not be available for the qualifications which are laid down as essential or desirable qualifications in the recruitment rules for the post.
  2. No incentive shall be allowed for acquiring higher qualification purely on academic or literary subjects. The acquisition of the qualification should be directly related to the functions of the post held by him/her, or to the functions to be performed in the next higher post. There should be direct nexus between the functions of the post and the qualification acquired and that it should contribute to the efficiency of the government servant.
  3. The quantum of incentive will be uniform for all posts, irrespective of their classification or grade or the department.
  4. The incentive shall not be admissible where the government servant is sponsored by the government or he/she avails study leave for acquiring the qualification.
  5. The incentive would be given only for higher qualification acquired after induction into service.
  6. No incentive would be admissible if an appointment is made in relaxation of the educational No incentive would be admissible if employee acquires the requisite qualification for such appointment at a later date.
  7. The qualifications meriting grant of  incentive should be recognized by University Grants Commission, respective regulatory bodies like AICTE, Medical Council of India, set up by Central/State Government or recognized by the Government.
  8. The incentive shall be limited to maximum two times in an employee’s career, with a minimum gap of two years between successive grants.
  9. The Government servant should prefer the claim within six months from the date of acquisition of the higher qualification.

II Rates for Incentive admissible with effect from 01.07.2017

The following one-time lump-sum rates as incentive for acquiring fresh higher qualification by a Government employee shall be permissible for courses in fields that are directly relevant to the employee’s job:

SI. No. Qualification Amount (Rs)
1. Ph.D. or equivalent. 30,000/-
2. PG Degree/Diploma  of duration  more than  one year,  or equivalent. 25,000/-
3. PG Degree/Diploma of duration one year or less, or equivalent. 20 ,0001-
4. Degree/Diploma of duration more than three years, or equivalent. 15,000/-
5. Degree/Diploma    of    duration   three   years    or    less,   or equivalent. 10,000/-

III. Selection of Courses by Administration for Grant of Incentive

  1. Professional courses directly relevant to the functional requirement of the Ministry/Department/ Organization but not covered by any one of the categories mentioned above, shall be notified specifically by the concerned Ministry/ Department in consultation with their respective IFD.
  2. Ministries/Departments are free to choose courses on their  However,  the grant of incentive in respect of above qualifications will be subject to the fulfillment of the criteria laid down in Point I above.

IV Procedure for Grant of Incentive

The grant of incentive for the qualifications listed above shall be considered by the administrative authorities in consultation with their IFD and necessary orders shall be issued after ensuring that the criteria laid down in Point I above are fulfilled.

[DoPT’s OM No. 1/5/2017-Estt (Pay-I) dated 15/03/2019]

Note : List of the OMs mentioned in this document is annexed. In case any reference to the relevant OM is required, the same may be accessed from the Archive Section of Department of Personnel and Training’s website.


List of OMs mentioned in this Document

  1. DoPT’s OM No. 1/5/2017-Estt (Pay-I) dated 15/03/2019



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  • Srinivasan vasan T 2 years ago

    One candidate is directly selected as a BT teacher and is give anincentive for higher qualification like MEd,again the same candidate recruited directly as a PG teacher(M.A/MSc BEd)Is he eligible to get an incentive for the higher qualification like the same above M.Ed.? I think he or she is eligible as is directly recruited.kindly give your response sir/madam

  • K. S. P. Reddy. 2 years ago

    It is really pathetic that Legal Professionals CLA’ / LO’s who acquired LL. M/M.L qualification in Railway/Ministry of Law & Justice are not given the incentive for higher qualification where as Doctors and Scientific staff are given. On behalf of both Department Legal Professionals expressing my deep concern for showing discrimination. My humble request to Government of India and Hon’ble CJI to consider the grave injustice done and Request for Justice as early as possible

  • Dinesh 2 years ago

    We are getting 1000as pension ,we don’t have any house.As a private teacher how to lead a respectable life and 3meals for the family

  • Ankit Kumar 2 years ago

    With reference to this OM No. 1/5/2017-Estt (Pay-I) dated 15/03/2019, my department had rejected the case of my higher PGDCA diploma for considering incentive as according to them it is a literary subject whereas this awarded after completing the 1year of MCA (which is a professional course).
    How can I claim my incentive for my diploma certificate?
    Please suggest