Here are some authentic extracts from adverse remarks entered in the ACRs of IAS officers by
their senior colleagues:
"Something is wrong with this officer, I know not what."
"Good officer. Not fit for promotion in turn."
"He is blind in one eye and works hardly."
"Is given to experiments with truth."
"He is a social climber and his wife is a very good mixer."
"Can express a sentence in two paragraphs at any time."
"It is a sad thing we are losing this officer. However, all I can say is, our loss
is their loss."
The guidelines followed in WB so far in writing ACRs have been:
ALWAYS remember that you are the best officer. So your subordinate, also belonging to the IAS, logically can't be as good.
2 • DON'T forget that you are writing for the pleasure of admiring your literary flair. Let the ACR be
an exercise in capping William Empson's 7 Types of Ambiguity.
3 • Since you never made it to ---
thanks to what your seniors wrote about you, do maintain the tradition and ensure your junior never gets to wherever you didn't. To be on the safe side, move with the times by writing an outstanding ACR, showing it to your junior to impress him with your frankness and generosity, then, when he has left, destroy it and write according to the guidelines given above.
4 • WARNING: Make sure the junior does not have "connections". If he has, the
guidelines DO NOT APPLY. Regardless of whether