EWS Certificate: The full form of EWS is the Economically Weaker Section. The EWS certificate is provided to those candidates who belong to the economically weaker section in society. This category is separated from other backward classes or SC and ST categories. It is a new kind of reservation that falls under the General category.
The EWS sub-category is effective from 2019. On 12th January 2019 EWS bill was passed by the president of India. Gujarat is the first state to pass the bill, on 14th January 2019. The Indian government has given 10% of reservation for General category candidates under the EWS sub-category. This 10% do not cover OBC, SC and ST categories.
This 10% is not considered as a caste certificate but as an income certificate. Candidates who want to attempt for government jobs or want to get admission in schools or colleges and who fall under the EWS category can avail of the reservation issued by the government. To avail of these benefits, candidates have to provide a valid EWS certificate issued by government officials or competent authority.
Candidates can apply online and offline to get an EWS certificate through different designated resources. Here, we are going to discuss who is eligible to apply, how to apply, documents required, the validity of the certificate, etc., in this article.
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EWS Certificate Eligibility Criteria
The eligibility criteria to get an EWS certificate is defined by the government of
India. Candidates should go through the criteria to claim the reservation under this category. The requirements are given below:
- Candidate should belong to the general category
- Candidate should not belong to any other reserved categories such as OBC, SC and ST
- Candidate’s family income should be less than 8 lakhs per annum
- The income of the family includes all the resources such as salary, agriculture, business, profession, etc.
- All the candidates whose family are the owner or have possession of such assets will be excluded from the EWS category, irrespective of family income:
- 5 acres of agricultural land and above
- Residential at of 1000 sq ft. and above;
- Residential plot of 100 sq. yards and above in notified municipalities
- The residential, plot of 200 sq. yards and above in areas other than the notified municipalities.
- All the property of the family will be clubbed together to determine the EWS status
- The term “Family” for this purpose will include the candidate who seeks the benefit of reservation, his/her parents and siblings below the age of 18 years as also his/her spouse and children below the age of 18 years.
How to Apply for an EWS Certificate?
Candidates who want to claim for EWS certificate under the general category can apply for the same through online and offline mode. The application procedure is completely dependent on the respective state government. To apply online, visit the respective portal and click on the link as per provided to apply for the certificate. The related instructions will be provided in the portal itself. Keep a scanned copy of all the required documents which will be required to be uploaded while applying for the certificate, online.
To apply offline, candidates have to visit the nearby certificate issuing authorities and collect the application form. Also, they can download the application form, from the official website and take a printout of it. Fill the details in the application form and submit the form along with the required documents.
Candidates should make sure that the details are filled correctly in the application form. If there are any discrepancies found by the issuing authorities, the application form will be rejected.
EWS Certificate Application Fee
The application fee will be declared by the issuing authority of the state government. The fee will be dependent on the officials issuing the EWS certificate. Hence, we can define a particular fee here.
Documents Required for EWS Certificate
The necessary documents required to apply for the application form are listed here.
- Passport-sized photograph
- Aadhaar card
- ID Proof (Pan card, Voter ID, etc.)
- Land/property documents
- Affidavit/Self Declaration
- Residential proof/Domicile Certificate
And other related documents
Authorities Issuing the EWS Certificate
The EWS certificate is issued by a Competent Authority, where they produce the Income and Asset certificate to the candidates. Then only the candidates can avail of the benefits under the EWS category. These competent authorities are:
- District Magistrate (DM) /Additional District Magistrate (ADM) / Collector/ Deputy Commissioner/ Additional Deputy Commissioner/ First Class Stipendiary/ Magistrate/ Sub-Divisional Magistrate / Executive Magistrate/ Taluka Magistrate/ Extra Assistant Commissioner
- Chief Presidency Magistrate/Additional Chief Presidency Magistrate/ Presidency Magistrate
- Revenue Officer (not below the rank of Tehsildar)
- Sub-Divisional Officer (or the area where the applicant or his family normally resides).
EWS Certificate Validity
The EWS category certificate validity is defined by the issuing competent authority. Each certificate will be having a specific period of time. Usually, the validity of such certificates is for one year. If a candidate uses the certificate for any purpose such as for admission or employment, the officials will be verifying the validity of the certificate. Hence, the candidates should cross-check the validity before using it for any purpose.
EWS Application Form Status
To check the status of the application form, candidates who have applied for it have to check the online portal or visit the nearby issuing authority office. Candidates can check the status using their application number, provided while applying for the EWS certificate.
EWS Certificate Format
The format of the application form formulated by the Indian government is provided here. Candidates can go through it, to get an idea of the details required. Also, you can see the requirements demanded as per the government of India to apply for an EWS certificate in the same application form. Candidates who are not fulfilling the criteria will not be considered eligible.
EWS Certificate Example
An example of an EWS certificate is given here.
| Government of Chhattisgarh|
Income and Asset Certificate to be produced by Economically Weaker Sections (EWS)
Certificate No. 123xxx90 Date: 30th September 2020
Valid for the Year:
This is to certify that Shri/Smt./Kumari Arjun Singh son/daughter/wife of Vivek Singh permanent resident of #23, Veera Nagar, Village/Street Raipur Post Office Veera Nagar District Raipur in the State/Union Territory Chhattisgarh, Pin Code 490020 whose photograph is attested below belongs to Economically Weaker Sections since the gross annual income of his/her family is below Rs. 8 lakh (Rupees Eight Lakh only) for the financial year 2019-2020.
His/her family does not own or possess any of the following assets:
2. Shri/Smt./Kumari Arjun Singh belongs to the caste which is not recognized as a Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Classes (Central List).
[Attested Photograph Signature and Seal of
with name and date] Office:
FAQ’s on EWS Certificate
What is the EWS category?
Under the general category, the government has put a 10% reservation for the candidates who belong to the Economically Weaker Section of the society to avail of the benefits. These candidates have a quota for admissions in school, colleges and also in employment sectors.
Who is eligible for an EWS certificate?
Candidates who belong to the General category and do not belong to any other reserved category such as OBC, SC and ST, whose family annual income is less than 8 lacs per annum are eligible. Also, the candidate’s family should not possess any of these assets:
- 5 acres or above of agriculture land
- Residential flat of 1000 sq.ft and above
- Residential plot of 100 sq.ft and above in area under notified municipalities
- Residential plot f 200 sq.ft and above in the area that does not fall under notified municipalities
What is the application procedure to apply for an EWS certificate?
Candidates can apply through both online and offline to get an EWS certificate. They can visit the official website (http://www.rrcps.nic.inas/) or to the nearby issuing authority office to get the application form.
What documents are required to apply for an EWS certificate?
Passport-sized photograph, Aadhaar card, ID Proof (Pan card, Voter ID, etc.), Land/property documents, Affidavit/Self Declaration and Residential proof/Domicile Certificate
What is the validity of an EWS certificate?
What is the difference between OBC and EWS?
The other backward classes (OBC) is a category that falls below the General category and it has reservation up to 27%, as per provided by the government of India. EWS is a subcategory of the General category whose family income is below 8 lacs per annum.