OBC Reservation Eligibility – where do you stand under the social ladder when it comes to the non-Creamy Layer?

Do you belong to Other Backward Classes (OBC) and what makes you eligible to achieve OBC reservation?

Non-Creamy Layer candidates from OBC are entitled to reservations throughout their lives for several job opportunities as well as educational entries in institutions. This blog sheds light on the provisions promised by the OBC reservation and how many candidates can benefit from them. Also, it is seen that even after so many years many candidates or at times even some bureaucrats are ignorant or unaware about the privileges that are available to the people with OBC reservations.

If one happens to be a deserving candidate that belongs to the OBC category, under no circumstances should they let go of their benefits. This post sheds light to determine whether one falls under the OBC Creamy Layer or the OBC Non-Creamy Layer.

Thorough detailing with regards to Other Backward Classes (OBC).

The Other Backward Classes (OBC) are socially and educationally backward classes in India. OBCs are kind of distinct when placed in comparison to Scheduled Classes (SC) or Scheduled Tribes (ST). The Central Government of India maintains a list of castes and communities that can be considered under the category of OBC.

A plethora of benefits of being included in the OBC list:

To uplift Other Backward Classes (OBC), both the Central Government and the State Governments have been running a lot of programs and beneficial schemes for quite some time now. Though there are many benefits, some of them are as mentioned below:  

  • There is an availability of a 27% Reservation Quota concerning the seats when it comes to Government Jobs like IAS, IPS etc. There’s also reservation for Government institutes like the IIMs and IITs.
  • We are very aware of the fact that almost every competitive exam comes with an upper age limit. There is relaxation concerning this upper age limit for OBC candidates when it comes to various examinations like UPSC Civil Services Exam.
  • Also in comparison to kids from the general section, there’s a good amount of relaxation concerning the number of attempts for exams.
  • There is also the presence of a much-appreciated relaxation concerning cut-off marks. A pretty lower cut-off mark is usually needed to clear exams efficiently. 

Who all are worthy of accessing the OBC benefits? 

Not everyone under the OBC categories possesses the power of claiming the benefits. Only if one happens to be a part of the Non-Creamy Layer OBC, only shall they then be eligible for the reservations via their respective quotas. These reservations are available in the case of educational institutions and jobs. Sadly, if someone happens to fall under the Creamy Layer of OBC, then benefits shall be scarce to get their hands on through the OBC reservation.

The Origin of Creamy Layer concept concerning OBC

There were recommendations of the Mandal Commission which pushed the Central Government to issue an Office Memorandum. This indeed would reserve 27% posts in central government services. 

The constitutional bench of the apex court upheld the decision to reserve a 27% reservation for OBC’s in Central Government service. But in the verdict that was later placed, it was cleared that the creamy layer among OBC’s should be excluded from the reservation.

How can one find out if they are eligible for getting an OBC Reservation?

The Central Government maintains a list of castes or communities who can avail the facilities and benefits via the OBC status. Check the Central List of OBCs – as per the state one resides in to find out if they’re an active part. If one’s caste or community is mentioned there, then they can apply under the OBC quota – provided that they are again listed below the Non-Creamy Layer criteria.

How to find out if one belongs to the Creamy Layer OBC or Non-Creamy Layer OBC?

The creamy layer is based on the status of one’s parents. It’s granted by the virtue of one’s birth. For the jobs under the Central Government, if an individual applicant’s parents have a history of entering the service as a Class I officer before the recorded age of 40 via direct recruitment, then the applicant is considered to be a part of the creamy layer.

Also, if both the parents of the candidates are in services as class II officers, before the set age of 40 through direct recruitment, then the applicant is considered as a creamy layer.

Who comes under Non-Creamy Layer OBC?

Except for the above-mentioned wards, almost all the other children under the Obd quota get the benefits of the “Non-Creamy Layer” Status. For instance, if the applicant’s parents are not employed by the government, their income should be within the limits by the government boundaries to be treated as Non-Creamy Layer OBC.

Income Limit is essential for determining the Non-Creamy Layer Status of OBCs. The applicant’s parents’ annual revenue should be smaller than Rs. 8 lakhs to authorize as an OBC non-creamy layer candidate.

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