Can anyone please explain the meaning of assured career progression (ACP) and modified assured career progression (MACP) and the difference between the two?

According to Wikipedia, these are related to the principles and structure of emoluments of all central government civilian employees including defence forces in India, however, it's not clear what these policies are specifically and how the two differ.

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    We need some more specifics. These look like terms people could Google, but what country are you talking about? Aug 9, 2016 at 15:58
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    It is related to government employment and increment in employees' grade pay. I am talking about India.
    – user9203
    Aug 9, 2016 at 16:33
  • People might look them up, but by defining precisely what you are looking for, you might get more/better answers. And it would be more useful for future visitors of the site. Aug 16, 2016 at 12:01
  • Out of interests, this link: 90paisa.blogspot.de/2009/06/acp-vs-macp.html discusses the difference between the two in India. Aug 16, 2016 at 12:02
  • Seeing that this is a well-trafficked question related to the pay and structure of the Indian Government, I decided to add a little bit of research so it might be reopened.
    – JJJ
    Mar 31, 2019 at 15:45

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ACP is Assured Career Progression and MACP is Modified Assured Career Progression.

ACP gives you two financial hikes in salary after completion of 12 & 24 years of service without promotion, in Promotional Hierarchy while

MACP gives three financial hikes in salary after completion of 10, 20 & 30 years service without promotion in the next available pay scale/grade pay in your orginisation/PSU/Central Govt.

In ACP if one gets normal promotion after completion of say six years service then he has to wait till completion of total 24 years of service for becoming eligible for second ACP.

In MACP if one gets normal promotion after completion of say six years service then he becomes eligible for 2nd MACP after completion of 10 years from first promotion i.e. after 6 + 10 = 16 years.


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