Application Process
Application Process
Review Application Brochure

Begin by thoroughly reviewing the application brochure to comprehend the purpose of the criteria, scoring rationale, and application process.

Collaborate with HR Staff

Arrange a meeting with HR staff to allocate responses to each aspect of the criteria, ensuring comprehensive coverage.

Draft Response Development

Develop draft responses for each aspect of the criteria outlined in the Model, considering the specific requirements and objectives.

Refinement and Finalization

Edit and refine the draft responses to craft a final, comprehensive overall response for each aspect, ensuring clarity and alignment with the application guidelines.

Submission of Application Document

Complete the process by submitting the overall Application Document in the specified format, adhering to the submission guidelines provided.

Application Requirements
To initiate the application process, applicants are required to submit a comprehensive application package, which includes:
  • The Position Report
    Applicants must provide seven copies of the Position Report, with detailed requirements outlined separately.
  • Application Fee
    A mandatory application fee is to be included with the submission, as applicable.
  • Site Visit Arrangements
    As part of the review process, a site visit will be conducted. Applicants are responsible for covering the expenses related to the site visit, including travel, boarding and lodging, and local transportation at both the site and assessor locations.
Award Process
Senior HR Functionary Deputation

First-time applicant organizations must assign a Senior HR Functionary with a minimum of 10 years of experience to undergo Assessor Training. Failure to comply renders the applicant ineligible for an onsite visit, subject to the adequacy clearance of the position report.

Assessor Nomination

All participating organizations are mandated to nominate at least one resource as an Assessor for the Award Assessment process, ensuring a minimum of 10 years of experience to actively contribute to the Award process.

Onsite Assessments

Mandatory for all organizations. Phygital assessments are considered a minimum requirement in cases of uncertainty-related restrictions.

Assessor Assignment

Assessors and Senior Assessors are assigned based on various factors, including team dynamics, experience, and expertise. The decision of the Award Admin regarding team constitution is final, except for genuine conflict of interest reasons.

Assessment and Feedback

Assessment results are viewed as a point of view, and contesting findings or reviewing scores is not permissible. However, stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback for process refinement.

Feedback Process

All applicants who complete the HR Excellence Awards process will receive a feedback report covering strengths, areas for improvement, and score profile against each criterion.


Each application undergoes review by a Panel of Assessors, with all applicants subject to a site visit. Applicants agree to share non-proprietary information, with the option to designate certain information as proprietary. The CII, Panel of Assessors, and Jury commit to maintaining confidentiality, with members signing a Non-disclosure Agreement to uphold the integrity of the assessment process..

Evaluation Process

The Applicant organization's assessment is based on a scale of 0 to 1000 points, utilizing the CII-HR Excellence Model.

The model comprises six criteria, categorized into Results and Enablers, to evaluate the organization's progress toward HR Excellence.

Assessment Scoring System
Scoring is conducted according to the OPEL logic, consisting of four elements:
1. Outcomes

This covers what an Organization has achieved & is achieving. In an excellent Organization, the Relevance & Usability of the results will address the people's needs & expectations and are in line with the HR strategy. Additionally, the Performance of the results will indicate favorable Trends &/or sustained good performance, Targets for Key Results will be appropriate & would have been met or exceeded, Performance will compare well with comparisons & will have been caused by robust approaches. Criteria 6 alone corresponds to results in HR Excellence Model.

2. Processes and Practices for Approach

This covers what an Organization plans to do and the reasons for it. In an excellent Organization, the approach will be sound-having a clear rationale with well-defined & developed processes & a clear focus on stakeholders needs. The approach is to be integrated to support HR strategy and policies in line with Organizational purpose & linked to other approaches where appropriate.

3. Processes & Practices for Deployment

This covers what an Organization does to deploy/ implement the approach. In an excellent Organization, the approach will be implemented in all relevant areas across employee segments and applicable HR Processes in a systematic way with flexibility built in.

4. Evaluation & Learning

This covers what an Organization does to evaluate, assess & learn, thereby reviewing both the approach & the deployment. In an excellent Organization, the approach & its deployment will be assessed for regular measurement & thereby generating learning triggers. The review from the measurement, & learning will be used to identify, prioritize, plan & implement improvements/ Innovations to Approaches & Deployment as appropriate.

Fees Structure
Business Organizations with turnover Participation Fees for CII Members Participation Fees for Non-Members
Exceeding Rs. 20000 Cr Rs 3,45,000 + 18% GST Rs 3,60,000 + 18% GST/a>
Between Rs. 10000 – 20000Cr Rs 3,15,000 + 18% GST Rs 3,30,000 + 18% GST
Between Rs. 5000 – 10000 Cr Rs 2,85,000 + 18% GST Rs 3,00,000 + 18% GST
Between Rs. 2000 – 5000 Cr Rs 2,50,000 + 18% GST Rs 2,65,000 + 18% GST
Between Rs. 1000 – 2000 Cr Rs 1,95,000 + 18% GST Rs 2,10,000 + 18% GST
Between Rs. 500 – 1000 Cr Rs 1,50,000 + 18% GST Rs 1,65,000 + 18% GST
Less than Rs. 500 Cr Rs 1,25,000 + 18% GST Rs 1,40,000 + 18% GST
Please Note
  • The Application Fee is payable along with the Application Form.
  • Application Fee is charged to meet the expenses to conduct the assessment. Payment of fees neither indicates nor implies any chance of winning a recognition.
  • Travel, Boarding and Lodging and other administrative arrangements to be organized and settled directly by the Applicant.
  • Accommodation to be made in a minimum 3 Star-rated Hotel or equivalent.
  • Travel to be Organized by Air wherever Air connectivity is available.
  • Other incidental expenses such as base location travel, incurred by the Assessors, in connection with the Onsite Assessment, is also to be borne by the Applicant.
  • CII will provide further guidelines on hospitality, which needs to be adhered to by all applicant to ensure Safety and Comfort of Assessment team.