OBC Certificate


Drying cattle dung for household fuel in West ...

Drying cattle dung for household fuel in West Bengal (Photo credit: ILRI)


WHAT IT IS : In the constitution, OBCs are described as “socially and educationally backward classes”. The Central Government of India categorizes some of its citizens into SC/ST/OBC, taking into account their economic and social condition. The government is enjoined to ensure their social and educational development by providing social and economic security and welfare schemes. Under Article 340 of the Indian Constitution, it is obligatory for the government to promote the welfare of the Other Backward Classes (OBC).


The OBC Certificate is a form of Caste Certificate. This Certificate contains the fact that one belong to the OBC i.e. Other Backward Community. This is an important document for the person belonging to the OBC’s.


IMPORTANCEA person belonging to the OBC caste and who has the certificate can avail the reservation facilities provided by the Government of India in schools, colleges and offices which are wholly or partly funded by the government. Peoples with an OBC certificate are entitled to certain reservations regarding the following:


  • reservations in educational institutes
  • reservations in government service
  • reservations in legislatures
  • To obtain relaxation in the upper age limit for certain jobs.




  1. The applicant must be a citizen of India.
  2. He is a permanent resident of West Bengal since 15-03-1993.
  3. He is an ordinary resident at the address currently residing.
  4. He belongs to the said community/ class. (annexe 1: http://www.anagrasarkalyan.gov.in/htm/obc_list.html)
  5. His identity.
  6. The applicant does not fall under ‘creamy layer’. (Determination of creamy layer is guided by the points laid out in http://www.anagrasarkalyan.gov.in/htm/reserv-4.html)


Where to applyThe applications will be received in concerned block office, SDO office and office of the District Development Officer (Kolkata) if the applicants (OBC) are from a block municipal area under a subdivision and Kolkata respectively. The District Development officer (Kolkata) may have some arrangements to receive applications through borough offices.


HOW TO GET IT:  (The procedure is similar to that of SC/ST Certificate).


For Kolkata, applications can be submitted to the office of the District Welfare Officer, Kolkata.


The documents that are required to verify the criteria are:


  • Citizenship Certificate.
  • Voter I card of self or parent(s).
  • Authenticated Voter list of self or parent(s).
  • PAN Card of self or parent(s).
  • Birth Certificate from Competent Authority.
  • Caste certificate of parent(s).
  • Any Govt. Document proving citizenship.
  • Land deed or land tax receipt.
  • Voter list proving residence since 1993.
  • Birth Certificate proving residence since 1993.
  • Ration Card proving residence since 1993.
  • Caste certificate of parent(s).
  • Any Govt. Document proving permanent residence since 1993.
  • Land deed or land tax receipt of local residence.
  • Voter I card of self or parent(s).
  • Certificate from Competent Authority.
  • Rent receipt of local residence.
  • Pass Book of a Nationalised Bank, Gramin Bank, Post Office or Co-operative Bank.
  • BPL Card.
  • Any Govt. Document proving local residence.
  • Caste certificate of any paternal blood relation and proof of such relation.
  • Copy of old land deed (prior to 1950) specifying community name in that document.
  • Any Govt. Document proving class identity.


Class Identity-


  • Caste Certificate of any person of parental lineage and proof of that relation.
  • Copy of old land deed (pre 1950) where class name was mentioned.
  • Any government document in support of class identity.


For identity –


  • Admit Card.
  • Voter I card.
  • PAN Card.
  • Birth Certificate from Competent Authority.
  • Identity Card by employer/ educational Institution.
  • Pass Book of Bank Account.
  • Any Govt. Document proving identity.


Creamy Layer- (OBC applicants should not belong to the ‘creamy layer’).


  • Income Certificates of parents from employers (not more than three months old from the date of filing application.
  • Income Tax Return for last three years of parents.
  • If not employed, income certificate from any competent authority (not more than three months old from the date of filing application).
  • Any Govt. Document proving income of parents.


NB: If the annual income of parents of an applicant is less than Rs. 4.5 lakh p.a. and their income from other sources in less than Rs. 4.5 lakh p.a. then the applicant will not be considered as belonging to ‘creamy layer’ even if the total of such incomes exceeds Rs. 4.5 lakh p.a. for the last three years. Incidentally it needs a mention that income from agricultural resources is not considered when such proof of income is applied.


The eligibility of an applicant can be determined on the basis of certificates issued by gram pradhan, municipality chairman, Councillor, MLA or MP together with investigation report and hearing if any one of documents stated above is not available. An application may be submitted without any document. In that case the certificate issued by gram pradhan and the investigation report will be under consideration. Age proof is not necessary for issuing a OBC certificate.


WHEN DO I GET IT: Ordinarily, an application for OBC certificate is to be disposed of within eight weeks from the date of its submission. The applicant has a right to know the status of his application, once filed. Hence, if demanded, status of his application has to be provided to the applicant.





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65 responses to “OBC Certificate

  1. Gopi

    I am from west Bengal,Now I am settled in Visakhapatnam, I want cast certificate in Andhra Pradesh plz tell me how

  2. sanu modi

    Sir I had made my OBC certificate in 2011 and nothing is mentioned there about creamy or non-creamy. will you tell me the procedure of applying for non-creamy OBC certificate?

  3. Shubham Bhunia

    sir my app no:OBCWB15032015/9498
    i apply 30/12/2015

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