Eligibility Criteria for the Reservation for SC/ST/OBC candidates for Higher Education | Apply Caste Certificate


Eligibility Criteria for the Reservation  for SC/ST/OBC candidates for Higher Education

We have seen at many times that the central government and the education boards for higher education have keen to provide various assistances to the backward classes of the society. The students who belong to the backward classes like scheduled caste or scheduled tribes or other backward classes will now get age and marks relaxation to pursuit their higher education. Also the central government has declared that the applicants who are trying to get into the government school as teachers will also get marks relaxation on their educational background.

Eligibility Criteria for the Reservation

People have already seen that in every section of the education board there is one or more relaxation available for the SC/ST candidates than the general category candidates. This time the government has declared the relaxation to fulfil the posts and designations for the reserved candidates that are still left. Also the DOPT stated that the relaxation is given to the candidates under the SC / ST and OBC is to increase the representation of such category in all sectors in the nation.

Eligibility Criteria for the Reserved SC/ST/OBC candidates for Higher Education

  • In earlier days according to the University Grant Commission all the candidates who are willing to appear for the National Eligible Test or NET to pursuit PhD after finishing master’s degree are required to score at least 55% (without rounding off) in post-graduation of equivalent degree from the universities or any institution recognised by the UGC.
  • The UGC has declared the rules for the candidates who belong to scheduled caste, scheduled tribe or other backward classes will be given 5% score relaxation in this regard. That means if the candidate belonging reserved category scored 50% (no rounding off) then he / she will be eligible to appear for the NET to pursuit higher education.
  • According to the Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT) the relaxation has been made to increase the representations of such reserved categories in all sectors under central government.
  • In case of age relaxation, the upper age limit for the higher education for the candidates belonging under SC / ST / OBC has been declared as 5 years. In other sectors the upper age limit for the candidates is 3 years.
  • This relaxation has been made to fulfil the 50% place under the reserved positions. According to the UGC rules the reserved positions cannot be unreserved by any means. So it is necessary to fulfil the posts and places under the reserved category by relaxing the marks and age limit for the reserved candidates.

Eligibility Criteria for the Reserved SC/ST/OBC candidates as Teaching Staff and other recruitments

  • In case of recruiting teaching staff in government educational institutions and universities the marks relaxation has been declared as 5%. That is the required mark now needed is 50% instead of 55%.
  • This 5% relaxation in total marks will be provided for the candidates under SC / ST / OBC and differently physically able or blind candidates. For the gradation system grade equivalent to 55% will be applicable for the teachers’ recruitment.
  • It has been considered that the jobs which have direct recruitments already offer age and marks relaxation for the SC / ST / OBC candidates. In case of direct recruitment SC candidates will get 5 years age relaxation where as the candidates belonging the other backward classes will get 3 years of age relaxation.
  • Vice chancellor of the education institute will be paid Rs. 75, 000/- per month as basic salary and will be able to receive Rs. 5000/- as allowances per month.

The age and the marks relaxation for the candidates under reserved category has always been there in all the sectors under central government rules. Previously it was started to secure the place of such candidates who are unable to move forward because of their social status and financial problems.

According to the UGC the change in rules and relaxation has been revised now just to fulfil the positions under the reserved category. Also it has been said that if anyone does not get into the university to pursuit the higher education through direct enrolment under reserved category, can be eligible to apply again after the relaxation has made.

Table of content for the SC / ST / OBC students

Age relaxation 5 years for SC / ST, 3 years for OBC
Percentage marks 50% (without grace marks or round off) instead of 55%
Minimum education Post graduation or equivalent from any UGC recognised university or equivalent institution
Maximum age 50 years

Table of Content for the SC / ST / OBS Teachers’ recruitment

Age relaxation 5 years for SC / ST, 3 years for OBC
Percentage marks 50% (without grace marks or round off) instead of 55%
Minimum education Graduation or Post graduation or equivalent from any UGC recognised university or equivalent institution

How to apply for SC St and OBC caste certificate 

A caste certificate is relevant in the fact that it allows the person to avail the benefits given by the government to the respective castes. It is basically a form of social stratification recognition certificate. Usually such caste certificate is essentially while applying for government jobs, admissions in state or central Universities, or while getting scholarships in India.

About OBC and SC/ST

Both SCs and STs belong to backward classes along with OBCs. These backward classes are entitled to get special privileges under the Indian scheme. There are a lot of fee concessions and special quotas which these castes can take advantage of.

However to prove that you belong to these castes, you will have to provide your caste certificate. This is basically what you need to have. If you don’t have a caste certificate till now and you want to take advantage of all the special privileges, then you can apply for the same.

How to get this certificate:

  1. Documents: First of all you must have all the necessary documents required for applying for a caste certificate. These are mentioned below. These documents need to be handed over either offline or online for verification process.
  2. Application form: For the SCs, STs and OBCs there are special (but different) forms available online. You can download these application forms and fill it out without any mistake. Submit the error free application form to get the certificate.
  3. Filling form correctly: Filling the form correctly is another challenge. We suggest you take a few photocopies of the form first and then fill the photocopies out first. This way any errors done on the photocopies can be avoided in the original copy.
  4. Submission: Once the form has been filled, you will have to submit it in any nearby e-seva office. You can also submit it in any municipal office. Once at the regional office, you will be asked to submit it at the appropriate booth.

Documents needed:

  • ID proof: You will need passport/driver’s license/voter ID card/Aadhar card to prove your identity. You can also submit your Pan Card or MNREGA job card.
  • Address proof: For address proof once again your can provide your voter ID card/electricity bill/water bill/telephone bill etc. You can also provide your property tax receipt.
  • You may need to give the details of any previous caste certificate applicant. For example, the application of your father or grandfather, if any.

These are some of the documents which maybe asked for. Some other than these may be asked depending upon the requirement.

  Sc/St OBC
Sub category None 5
Fee None Rs. 100
Submit at e-seva or municipal office e-seva or Mandal revenue office
Form name 1A 2A

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