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Commentary on the UGC Pay Revision of University and College Teachers in India

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This article was first published on March 10, 2008 with an intention of highlighting the anomalies of the recommendations made by the UGC Constituted Committee regarding university/college teachers' pay package implementation. As per the recommendations of 6th CPC, central government employees in Rs. 12000-16500 were upgraded to PB IV, whereas the committee on teachers' pay recommended that teachers be placed in PB III. This article became a platform for discussion on the subject and attracted approximately 9,000 comments and about 90 million visitors. In the end, the UGC agreed to the teachers' request and placed them in PB IV during the implementation of 6th CPC.

Auditorium at South Campus of SMS Delhi

Auditorium at South Campus of SMS Delhi

7th CPC

The Department of Higher Education, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), and the Government of India informed the secretary of University Grant Commission (vide OO. No. 1-7/2015-U.II) on November 2, 2017 about the plan to revise teacher pay and equivalent cadres in universities and colleges following the pay revision of CG employees upon the recommendation of 7th CPC. It would be applicable to teachers in higher educational institutions under the purview of the UGC. Approved revised pay and other service conditions are as follows:

i) In Universities and Colleges, there shall be only three designations: Assistant Professors, Associate Professors, and Professors. The order also stated that designations of Library and Physical Education Personnel at various levels will remain unchanged.

ii) The rationalized entry pay for an Assistant Professor in the pay band of ₹15,600 –39,000 with an AGP of ₹6,000 – ₹7,000 and ₹8,000 will be ₹57,700, ₹68,900, and ₹79,800, respectively.

iii) The rationalized entry pay of Associate Professor in the pay band of ₹37,400 – ₹67,000 with AGP of ₹9,000 will be ₹13,1400, whereas the entry pay of a Professor in the same pay band with an AGP of ₹10,000 will be ₹144,200.

iv) Professors who are placed in HAG will draw an entry pay of ₹182,200.

iii) The pay of the Vice Chancellor will be fixed at ₹210,000, with the existing special allowance of ₹5,000 per month.

vi) The revised pay and rate of the Dearness Allowance shall be ₹112,016.

vii) The Undergraduate Principal's pay shall be equivalent to the pay of an Associate Professor, with the existing special allowance of
₹2,000 per month.

viii) The Postgraduate Principal's pay shall be equivalent to the pay of a Professor with the existing special allowance of ₹3000 per month.

vii) Arrear payments shall be made during the current year.


Pay Fixation Method (7th CPC)

  • In the new system, as per the 7th CPC, the concept of academic pay and pay band is changed to Academic Level and Cells. The first academic level (Corresponding to AGP of ₹6000) is numbered as AL 10. Other levels are 11, 12, 13A, 14, and 15. The Fitment Factor, or Index of Rationalization, is 2.67 for AGPs less than ₹10,000 and 2.72 for AGPs of ₹10,000 and above. The pay matrix is shown in the table below.
  • On January 1, 2016, the existing pay (Existing Pay in Pay Band + AGP0 in the pre-revised pay as on December 31, 2015) shall be multiplied by a factor of 2.57. The figure is to be located in the Academic Level (corresponding to pay band and AGP in the new Pay Matrix.) The equal or next highest cell in the Academic Level (if equal is not available) shall be the revised pay. In case the figure is less than the first cell, then pay shall be fixed in the 1st Cell of that Academic Level.
  • If more than two stages are bunched together, one additional increment of 3% may be given to every two stages bunched.

To understand 7th pay fixation in better way, please visit the Gazette of India's notice on the acceptance of 7th CPC recommendations.



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Whenever an employee gets a promotion, they should be given a notional increment on their existing Academic Level of Pay, moving them to next cell. The pay should correspond to their new Academic Level.


An important change of the 7th CPC is that there shall be two dates for granting increments: January 1 and July 1 of every year. Earlier, there was a single date for granting increment s(July 1).However, the date of increment will depend on the date of appointment, promotion, or grant of financial upgrade. The increment rate is 3%. The annual increment information is provided in the pay matrix table below.

Library staff 7th CPC

Library staff 7th CPC


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This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

Questions & Answers

Question: Is the rationalized entry pay level 10 - 57,700 basic pay or gross salary?

Answer: It is not gross salary as it has to be multiplied by the index of rationalization to calculate gross salary.

Question: What was the center point of discussion at this hub during 6th CPC implementation?

Answer: Placement of 'Selection Grade' teachers in PB IV was the main discussion point because UGC was adamant to place them in PB III.

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