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Age limit of Retirement in Central Government Services – What says FR56..?


Age limit of Retirement in Central Government Services – What says FR56..?

“All Government servants are to retire on the last day of the month in which they attain the age of 60 years, subject to the exceptions mentioned therein”.

The DoPT Minister informed in the Parliament as a written reply to a question to the subject above mentioned as follows…

As per Rule 56 of Fundamental Rules all Government servants are to retire on the last day of the month in which they attain the age of 60 years, subject to the exceptions mentioned therein. A copy of the relevant rule is annexed. Different age of retirement for certain categories has been fixed on functional requirements.


Employees of the Supreme Court retire on attaining the age of 60 years. The employees of Central Universities are not Central Government employees. However, the retirement age of the employees are as under:-

(i) Vice Chancellor – 70 years

(ii) Teachers – 65 years

(iii) Registrar – 62 years

(iv) Finance Officer – 62 years

(v) Controller of Examination – 62 years Different age of retirement is prescribed on functional requirements.

Extracts of Provisions in FR 56

F.R. 56(a) Except as otherwise provided in this rule, every Government servant shall retire from service on the afternoon of the last day of the month in which he attains the age of sixty years.

Provided that a Government servant whose date of birth is the first of a month shall retire from service on the afternoon of the last day of the preceding month on attaining the age of sixty years. Provided further that a Government servant who has attained the age of fifty-eight years on or before the first day of May, 1998 and is on extension in service, shall retire from the service on expiry of his extended period of service. Or on the expiry of any further extension in service granted by the Central Government in public interest, provided that no such extension in service shall be granted beyond the age of 60 years.

(b) A workman who is governed by these rules shall retire from service on the afternoon of the last day of the month in which he attains the age of sixty years.

(bb) The age of superannuation in respect of specialists included in the Teaching, Non-Teaching and Public Health Sub-cadres of Central Health Service shall be 62 years. “Provided that for the specialist included in the Teaching sub-cadres of the Central Health Service who are engaged only in teaching activities and not occupying administrative positions, the age of superannuation shall be sixty-five years: provided further that such specialist of the Teaching Sub-cadres of Central Health Service who are occupying administrative positions shall have the option of seeking appointment to the teaching positions in case they wish to continue in service up to sixty-five years.”

(bbb) The age of superannuation in respect of nursing teaching faculty with M.Sc in Nursing in the Central Government Nursing Institutions shall be 65 years subject to the condition that they continue to function as faculty members after the age of 60 years.
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