Maiden 360 Degree Appraisal System

Maiden 360 Degree Appraisal System

Maiden 360 Degree Appraisal System


The Indian Navy has introduced a new and innovative ‘360 Degree Appraisal Mechanism’ for its promotion boards.


GS-03 (Defense)

Maiden 360 Degree Appraisal System:

  • It recognizes the important role played by the men and women who serve in the Navy.
  • Most importantly, it aims to promote their professional and personal development.
  • The current appraisal systems rely on senior officers providing periodic Confidential Reports.
  • However, this approach has inherent limitations:
    1. ‘Top-down’ assessment that doesn’t consider or quantify a leader’s impact on subordinates.
  • To address this shortcoming, the Indian Navy has introduced the ‘360 Degree Appraisal Mechanism.’

Comprehensive Evaluation:

  • The ‘360 Degree Appraisal Mechanism’ involves conducting extensive surveys involving selected peers and subordinates for each officer under consideration for promotion which covers a range of questions like professional knowledge, leadership qualities, suitability in times of war or crisis, and potential for higher ranks.
  • The feedback gathered are then carefully analyzed by a board of officers, led by a Flag Officer, ensuring a fair and comprehensive evaluation.

Feedback for Improvement:

  • This new system provides valuable feedback to the officers being assessed which can prove instrumental in bringing about positive behavioral changes and improvements in their performance.