Only those candidates who are Central Govt Employees and are seeking age relaxation in an exam need the No Objection Certificate (NOC), whether it’s an exam conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), UPSC or any other exam being conducted by a Central Government recruitment board or agency.

Only Central Govt civilian employees serving for at least three years continuously till the closing date of submission of applications for the exam can claim age relaxation; not the state govt employees. They should remain Central Govt civilian employees till the time of appointment in the event of their selection.


A central govt servant seeking age relaxation in an exam on the ground his being a central govt employee needs to produce a NO OBJECTION CERTIFICATE (NOC). This certificate is a must to be submitted, and states that the department in he is working has no objection in the event if he is selected for any other post. It’s mostly due to pending vigilance or disciplinary proceedings against that employee.


REQUIREMENT OF NOC (No Objection Certificate)

1. NOC is a must for Central Govt civilian employees seeking age relaxation. An employee serving as Central Govt employee not seeking age relaxation does not have to submit the NOC.

2. DoPT guidelines say that the employee should inform his department about applying for SSC/UPSC exam, but the department can refuse permission; if department denies permission, it’s mostly due to pending vigilance or disciplinary proceedings against that employee. In such cases the department writes to SSC/UPSC not to consider the application.

3. A Central Govt employee need not apply through proper channel; as per DoPT guidelines only the intimation needs to be given in such a matter.

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Maha Gupta

Founder of and guiding aspirants on SSC exam affairs since 2010 when objective pattern of exams was introduced first in SSC. Also the author of the following books:

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  1. April 6, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    what does this means continuously …is it means applicant should be working in same dapartment for 3 years. What if one started working in central govt. and after 2 years he is qualified for another central gov job with better grade pay and then he works there(in another central gov job) for 2 years this way he completes 3 years…but on different posts of central govt. job.. will he be relaxed under this….age relaxation..

    • April 6, 2015 at 7:21 PM

      CONTINUOUSLY means without a break. It doesn matter in how many departments you have served. The total tenure should be at least 3 years without a break of even a single day, means there must be technical resignation if they are 2 or more departments.