Purposes of Performance Appraisal System: A Perceptual Study of Civil Servants in District Dera Ismail Khan Pakistan

  •  Malik Ikramullah    
  •  Bahadar Shah    
  •  Shadiullah Khan    
  •  Faqir Ul Hassan    
  •  Tariq Zaman    


Performance Appraisal System (PAS) in the civil service of Pakistan has been established to fulfill various
purposes. Previously, this aspect of PAS in the civil service has not been investigated. In this study we examine
perceptions of the civil servants regarding various purposes of the PAS. Data was collected from the civil
servants working in the two departments of far flung district Dera Ismail Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The
results show that appraisees have mixed responses regarding purposes of PAS. It implies that appraisees are not
fully aware to all the purposes of PAS, with exception of a sole purpose i.e. support to promotion decisions. In
the article we discuss the factors affecting appraisees’ perceptions about purposes of the appraisal system.
Subsequently, we proffer few recommendations for making the appraisal system purposeful in minds of
appraisees. Finally, we give directions for future research in the PAS of civil service.

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