EWS certificate: Who can get EWS certificate for government jobs

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The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has issued a series of FAQs that may be useful when the responsible authorities issue Income & Asset Certificates to candidates. DoPT issued the FAQs on September 19, 2022.

Who is eligible for EWS certificate in India?

There is a provision for 10% reservation for economically weaker sections (EWSs) in direct recruitment to civil posts and services in the Central Government, who are not covered by the reservation plan for SCs/STs/OBCs.

In addition to the asset test, individuals must be classified as EWSs in order to qualify for reservation benefits if their family’s gross yearly income is less than Rs 8.00 Iakh (Rupees eight lakh only). Income for this purpose includes earnings from all sources, such as salaries, businesses, professions, and income from agriculture for the fiscal year prior to the year of application. Gross income that has been taken into account for income tax purposes will be the income used for this purpose.

Whether money earned through Provided Fund, Gratuity or other pensionary benefits in a particular financial year at the time of retirement will be counted as family income?

As per Para 4.1 of DoPT O.M. No. 36039/1/2019-Estt.(Res.), dated 31.01.2019, apart from asset holding test, persons whose family has gross annual income below Rs 8.00 Iakh (Rupees eight lakh only) are to be identified as EWSs for benefit of reservation. Income for the purpose shall include income from all sources i.e. salary, agriculture, business, profession, etc. for the financial year prior to the year of application. The income for this purpose will be. gross income taken into account for the purpose of Income Tax.

Will monthly pension/family pension be counted for family income?


Gross salary is Rs.1O Lakh but as per income tax return total income comes out to Rs.6 Lakh. In that case, can a candidate apply for Income and Asset certificate?

It is always gross salary/gross income.

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