Non-Creamy Layer (NCL) Certificate, also known as the Other Backward Class (OBC) Certificate, was introduced by former Prime Minister V.P. Singh in 1993. The purpose of obtaining this certificate is to avail of various benefits provided by the state government. Any person belonging to the non-creamy layer OBC category will be eligible for many benefits along with age relaxation in competitive exams.
A portion of jobs is reserved within the Central Government and Public Sector for people with this certificate. However, the validity of the NCL certificate is only for one year, and it starts from the day you receive the certificate.
Top educational institutions like IITs and IIMs offer certain allocations to students with Non-Creamy Layer Certificates. The Tehsildar of the particular State Government issues NCL certificates, however, the process of obtaining the certificates varies from state to state.
Note: A caste certificate and an Income certificate (creamy layer certificate) are two different certificates and cannot be treated alike.
Non-Creamy Layer certificate in Karnataka
Non-Creamy Layer Certificate in Karnataka is legal proof for the person to whom it is issued. It is an important document that helps certificate holders in availing certain benefits provided by the state government for the class of people derived under this category. The benefits include- educational and employment opportunities for their betterment. Students in Karnataka need this certificate to claim their seats in an educational institution as per the quota.
What are the documents required for a non-creamy layer certificate?
Documents required to apply for the Non-Creamy Layer certificate are as follows:
- Application form
- Aadhar Card
- Residence Proof
- Identity Proof
- Ration card
- Community certificate
- Income certificate or proof
- Passport size photograph
- Self-declaration of the applicant
Apart from the above-mentioned documents, concerned authorities may ask for additional documents or information.
How to get an OBC non-creamy layer certificate in Karnataka?
The application procedure for obtaining a non-creamy layer certificate differs from one state to another. There are a few states in which the application form can be downloaded from the online portal or obtained from the state local government bodies, which then has to be filled and submitted. While in other states, including Karnataka, the procedure to get the NCL certificate is completely online with a nominal application fee.
These documents must be verified and signed by the applicant’s parent or guardian before submitting them to the Village Administrative Officer (VAO). The VAO, Revenue Inspector, and Tehsildar must sign all these documents.
Who is eligible for a non-creamy layer certificate?
- Eligibility criteria for obtaining a Non-Creamy Layer certificate include some terms and conditions.
- Applicants with parents having no source of income can apply for a non-creamy layer certificate.
- An individual’s income has to be less than 8 lakhs per annum to be eligible for a Non-Creamy Layer certificate. Income from farming and agriculture will not be considered while calculating the annual income.
- If both or one of the parents of the applicant works under Group C or D of the central government and Group II, III, or IV of any of the state governments.
- If the husband is working under a central government, his wife is eligible to get an NCL certificate considering her parents don’t have a steady source of income.
How to apply for Non-Creamy Layer Certificate in Karnataka?
- Visit the Seva Sindhu Services portal
- Click the “Register here” icon, if the applicant is a new user.
- To register, the applicant has to enter the Aadhar card details, mobile number, email id, etc., and submit.
- Now, log in using the set username and password.
- Select the department and the certificate to apply for.
- Fill out the application form and upload all the necessary documents.
- Once completed and duly reviewed, click the “Submit” button.
- Pay the mandatory application fee that costs Rs. 25 for online mode.
- The applicant can get a further notification through SMS or mail after successful verification.
- The service/processing time for this procedure usually takes 21 days.
Apply in-person or Offline Procedure
- An applicant has to approach their respective revenue office for Non-Creamy Layer Certificate.
- Visit the concerned Tehsildar office.
- Collect the application form or write an application on a plain A4 sheet.
- Attach all the required documents and submit the application to the designated receiving authority/officials.
- Upon receiving the application, authorities will review the application and documents. If everything is correct, the application will be accepted, with the applicable fees.
- Acknowledgment receipt will be given to the applicant against the application form. Keep it safe for future reference.
- The applicant will also be informed of the expected date for collecting the certificate.
- The designated authority will send the application to the concerned Circle Officer for verification.
- After field verification, the Circle Officer will create a report, which will be sent back to the issuing authority.
- Based on the outcome of the report, the issuing authority will make a decision.
- The status of the application, whether Approval or Rejection will be conveyed to the applicant through an SMS.
- If approved, the Non-Creamy Layer certificate will be hand delivered or sent through the post to the applicant’s address.
Can I get a non-creamy layer certificate online?
In a few states like Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, the process to get Non-Creamy Layer Certificate is completely online. However, in Karnataka, the NCL certificate will be hand delivered or delivered through the post to the applicant’s registered address.