All that you need to know about a Non-Creamy Layer Certificate

Last Updated at: Sep 29, 2022
All that you need to know about a Non-Creamy Layer Certificate
The Central government has recently recommended action against a 2016-batch IAS officer of the Kerala cadre for allegedly submitting a fake ‘Non-Creamy Layer’ OBC certificate to improve his UPSC rank. This was after it came to light that he belonged to the ‘creamy layer’ among the OBC, and thus, were not eligible for quota benefits


India is a country with diverse cultural and social heritage. Various religious sects and castes live in India in harmony. And so our social fabric is one that is complex, yet well-integrated at the same time. Class divisions and separation still exist in certain areas in the country. With this in mind, the government provides specific benefits to people belonging to castes and backgrounds that have been exploited in the past. The Non-Creamy Layer Certificate is also known as Other Backward Class Certificate. It is one such document that can help people who belong to the OBC category so that they can avail the benefits. Here’s a look at what is non creamy layer certificate, how to get non creamy layer certificate and so on.

History and reason

The idea for such a certificate was propagated and then implemented by the former Prime Minister of India, V.P.Singh, way back in 1993. The motive behind this document was to allocate jobs in the Central Government, Public Sectors, offer subsidies and free education. The certificate holders get a particular concession and enjoy the relaxation of marks in entrance exams which will help them get into top colleges and universities such as NITs, IITs and IIMs. The Non Creamy Layer Certificate is issued by the Tahsildar of the concerned State Government. Hence, the procedure for obtaining the Non-Creamy Layer Certificate differs from state to state. 


    1. Besides being a citizen of India, the applicant should belong to the OBC category.
    2. Applicant’s parents or any one of the parents must be working under Group C and D of the Central Government. 
    3. If the individual works under Group B of the Central Government and if their parents do not have a steady source of income, then they may apply.
    4. Anyone with an income above 8 lakh falls under the Creamy Layer. But earning less than 8 lakh per year makes you come under the Non-Creamy Layer.
    5. If the husband is a Central Government employee, his wife is eligible. It is to be noted that the wife’s parents must not have a steady source of income source. 

Who cannot apply for Non Creamy Layer Certificate? 

  • Applicants belonging to castes that do not fall under the Central Government’s list of OBC category.
  • Individuals who are a part of IPS, IAS, IFS designations cannot apply.
  • If parents work under Group B or C of Central or Group 1 of the State Government, the children may not be eligible.
  • If parents’ annual income exceeds eight lakhs. But the income from farming is not considered while calculating annual income. 

How to apply for OBC certificate? 

To apply for the certificate, the applicant has to: 

  1. Buy an Rs. 20 Stamp Paper
  2. Procure an affidavit from the Notary Advocate 
  3. Attach the required documents signed by either the parent or guardian 
  4. Submit to the VAO
  5. Consequently, from VAO, it is passed on to the RI and finally to the Tahsildar

How to get OBC certificate offline? 

To apply for the certificate offline, the applicant has to: 

  1. Visit any nearby Tehsil office, SDM office or Revenue office to collect the required application form.
  2. File an application for a caste certificate.
  3. Specify migration from the home state in case of shifting. 
  4. Obtain a blood relative’s caste certificate, if the father is deceased. 
  5. Sign the self-attestation part. 
  6. Affix a passport size photograph and submit for verification. 
  7. As a result, wait for 30 to 35 days and subsequently, you will get the caste certificate

To apply for the OBC certificate online, the applicant has to: 

  1. Visit the state’s social welfare portal.
  2. Click on “apply for caste certificate”.
  3. Create an account and fill the online application.
  4. Submit the required data with proof.
  5. After submitting, you will receive an application number which you can use to track the progress of the application.
  6. Finally, after the verification, download the caste certificate from the portal.

What are documents required?

Following are the required documents:

Proof of identity (any -1)
  1. PAN Card
  2. Passport 
  3. Water Bill 
  4. Aadhaar Card 
  5. Voter ID Card 
  6. Driving License 
Photo of applicant 
Proof of address (any -1)
  1. Passport 
  2. Ration Card 
  3. Aadhaar Card 
  4. Voter ID Card 
  5. Telephone Bill 
  6. Electricity Bill
  7. Property Tax Receipt 
Other documents (any -1)
  • Proof of caste of a relative if the father’s certificate is not available.
  • In case of migration, appropriate documents from home state.
  • For married women, caste certificate from before marriage + marriage certificate + name change proof.
  • For Muslims, the registered Muslim Societies provides a certificate. The government accepts it.
Mandatory documents
  • Income proof 
  • Affidavit for caste 
  • Proof of caste

Check out this blog: All you need to know about Nadakacheri Service Portal

Creamy layer

A family in the creamy layer is if every member of the family contributes to a total amount of eight lakhs per annum, regardless of whether they are from a backward class or not. In general, they are in the General category and therefore will receive fewer benefits. However, they will also receive fewer economic benefits. However, they have benefited from government jobs and competitive exams.

In addition to this, get to know about the caste certificates in Karnataka in Nadakacheri service portal.

Caste Certificate through Nadakacheri:

Every citizen belonging to the scheduled castes, scheduled tribes or OBCs require a caste certificate to prove that they belong to that particular class category. Since in Karnataka, people have reservations up to 15% for SCs/STs and 3% for OBCs. Also, you can download Nadakacheri caste certificate through the official website of Nadakacheri Karnataka.

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