Retirement Age in India for Central Government Employees

Retirement Age of Central Government Employees

Generally, the retirement age of Central Government employees is between 60 to 65 years. During the Fifth Central Pay Commission report dated May 30, 1998, the retirement age of Central Government employees was increased from 58 to 60 years.  

A Government employee whose date of birth is the first of a month shall retire on the afternoon of the last day of the previous month after turning 60 years of age. 

Here are some important central government posts and their retirement ages to give you an overall idea:


Retirement Age

Prime Minister, India

There is no retirement age for the Prime Minister; the full term is 5 years.

Chief of Army Staff

3 years of tenure or 62 years (whichever is earlier)

Director General, Border Security Force (BSF)

60 years

Director, Bureau of Police Research and Development

60 years

National Security Advisor

65 years

Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG)

6 years of tenure or 65 years (whichever is earlier)

Chief Justice of India

65 years

Benefits Offered to Central Govt. Employees on Retirement

However, the permissible amount for years of service is discussed in the table below:

Years of Services

Allowed Death Gratuity

Less than 1 year

Basic Pay X 2 times

More than 1 year but less than 5 years

Basic Pay X 6 times

More than 5 years but less than 11 years

Basic Pay X 12 times

More than 11 years but less than 20 years

Basic Pay X 20 times

20 years or more

Half of the emoluments for every 6 monthly periods of qualifying service (maximum 33 times)

FAQs About Retirement Age for Central Government Employees in India

Will the retirement age for Central Government employees be increased?

Retirement age for Central Government employees in India is expected to increase to 66.1 years by 2064. This will be applicable for citizens entering the workforce after 2020.

What is the maximum limit of the gratuity amount I can receive?

As per the latest amendment, the maximum gratuity amount is capped at ₹20 lakh under Section 10 (10) of the IT Act. It used to be ₹10 lakh as per the previous amendment made to the section.

Is there any suggestion to implement 33 years of service for retirement?

No, there is no such suggestion at the moment to implement 33 years of service for retirement from the Central Government. The DoPT has clarified this query.