Income Certificate online – Application, procedure & format

Last Updated at: Sep 29, 2020
Income Certificate Online
On 23rd July, the Tamil Nadu government informed the Madras High Court that Income Certificates for EWS (Economically Weaker Sections) are valid only for central jobs and educational institutions. The State said it was for the Centre to clarify whether the certificate issued by the state government was valid in other states or not.

Ms. Sushma Kumari, a B.ED student has an annual income of rupees forty-eight thousand rupees. She applied for a scholarship and got the same by showcasing her income certificate. The scholarship covered her entire amount of tuition fees. Like Sushma, there are many beneficiaries in our country.

The primary objective of our Government is to carry the people of the country along the path of continuous progress. Therefore, it needs to find out the needs of the people and launch various schemes to address these needs. However, in a country as populous as India, it’s difficult to find out people who are in genuine need of these beneficiary schemes.

However, in a country where the population is in billions, it is difficult to identify who is genuinely eligible for what type of benefit. Therefore, the Government has issued different types of certifications upon submission of valid documentary proofs. The income certificate is one such certification based on which the annual income of a person can be assessed. This, in turn, can be used to determine his eligibility for certain beneficiary schemes. Thus, the income certificate helps eliminate discrepancies in the distribution of these schemes and ensures that only the deserving and needy individuals can avail them.

Income Certificate Online Application

The application for income certificates can be done both offline and online. The Income Certificate online application can be done through a simple process and has been launched to save people from the hassles of visiting the revenue office/ district magistrate office physically,  just to gather the application form.  Most of the Indian states maintain a dedicated website to facilitate Income certificate up online apply.

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Income certificate online application procedure

The procedure for Income certificate online application is mentioned below-

  • Visit the official online portal of your state/district to apply for the income certificate. For instance, Tamilnadu official website)
  • Register yourself by creating an account on the portal, along with a username and password that is secured with your mobile number.
  • Log in to your newly created account and click on the link “Apply for income certificate”.
  • You will be lead to the online application page where you will need to fill your personal details such as:
    • Name
    • Age or Date of Birth
    • Address ( inclusive of your district, village, taluka, etc)- as mentioned in your proof of address
    • Gender
    • Details of your ID proof ( Ration card/voter’s ID/Driving license)
    • Aadhar card – It is made compulsory in the majority of the states as it can identify a person uniquely and stop fraudulent claims.
    • Religion
    • caste and sub-caste – whether OBC/SC/ST
    • Income details based on the Income-tax return, salary certificate, Form 16 by the employer or other proofs of income
  • After the above-mentioned details are filled, you will be directed to upload valid documents against your address proof, income proof and other documents as deemed necessary.
  • Click ‘Save’
  • Choose your preferred mode of payment and make the statutory payment
  • An acknowledgement slip, with an acknowledgement number, will then be generated. You can use this number to track the status of your online income certificate application.
Please note:

If the online infrastructure provided by your state/district does not support online uploading of documents, you will need to submit the hard copies of the same at the office of your concerned district authority. The application fee is nominal and may vary from one state to another. Some states may also require you to submit an affidavit stating that all the particulars mentioned in the application are true to your knowledge and belief. The income certificate is normally issued within 10 to 15 official days.

How to track your income certificate application online?

You need to follow the below-mentioned steps to track your income certificate application online:

  • Visit the official online portal of your state/district
  • Login to your account using the username and password created earlier
  • Click on the ‘Get Status’ tab
  • Enter the application number/acknowledgement number printed on your acknowledgement slip
  • Click ‘submit’ and the status of your application will be displayed on the screen.

Format of Income Certificate

The format of the Income Certificate may vary among the States and Union Territories. However, an illustrative format has been reproduced below:

Income Certificate

This is to certify that Mr. / Miss / Mrs.             S/o / D/o                resident of father/guardian of, his /her annual income from all sources is Rs.       only.




Signature (with official seal)


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