EWS Certificate Application Form | How to apply for EWS certificate 2020

EWS certificate is issued to the persons belonging to the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category of the society. EWS is a new reservation sub-category under the General category. It is a kind of reservation scheme came into effect from the year 2019. The EWS bill was approved by the President of India on 12th January 2019. On 14th January 2019, Gujarat became the first state to enact this law.   

EWS reservation scheme has been introduced to provide 10% reservation in direct recruitment in civil posts & services in the Govt. of India to persons who belongs to the EWS category and are not covered under any other reservation scheme such as SC, ST and OBC category. 

Basically, EWS certificate is an income and asset certificate issued to the citizens belonging to the economically weaker sections of the society (EWS category under General category). EWS certificate is just like an income certificate and should not be confused with caste certificate. On the basis of EWS certificate, an individual can avail the benefit of reservation of 10% for EWS section in government jobs and higher educational institutions across the country. To claim the benefit of 10% EWS reservation in any govt. job or admission in higher education, candidates have to essentially produce the valid EWS certificate issued by the competent authority.     

The application form can be accessed online and offline from various designated sources. If you are also eligible for EWS certificate and wish to apply for it, you must know all the crucial points related to the issue of EWS certificate. You can collect all the relevant information from this post. Here we have shared details such as application form, eligibility requirements, validity, important document, etc.       

EWS Certificate  

Eligibility Criteria-

Check who are covered under EWS category and are eligible to apply for EWS certificate given below-  

  • Persons who are not covered under the reservation scheme for SC, ST and OBC category and the gross income of their family is less than 8 Lakh per annum. (Here family income includes earning from all sources such as agriculture, salary, profession, business etc.)   
  • Persons whose families have possession of following assets (irrespective of family income) will be not categorized under EWS category-
    • 5 acres of agricultural land & above,
    • Residential plot of 100 square yards & above in notified municipalities,
    • The residential area of 1000 square feet & above,
    • Residential plot of 200 square yards & above in areas other than the specified municipalities.  
  • 5 acres of agricultural land & above,
  • Residential plot of 100 square yards & above in notified municipalities,
  • The residential area of 1000 square feet & above,
  • Residential plot of 200 square yards & above in areas other than the specified municipalities.  

How to fill EWS Certificate application form?

The application for the issue of an EWS certificate can be submitted online or offline. It totally depends upon the state government. For online application, you have to visit the official website of the issuing authority and select the relevant link and proceed further as per the provided instructions. States like Andhra Pradesh provide an online facility through which citizens can easily submit application Click Here.   

In case of offline applications, persons have to collect the application form from the issuing authorities. They can also download the application format from the official websites. The link for application form is also shared below in this section. They have to print the application form and fill all the asked details. They must be careful while filling the information in the form.

The format of EWS certificate provided by the Govt. of India is same for the entire country.   

The information that is required to be filled in EWS application form includes- Name of the state govt., Name of the applicant, name of the father/husband, address, financial year, caste, and attested passport-sized photograph.   

Application form- Download the application form from the given link- Click here

Application fee

Applicants are also required to make a payment of a nominal application fee. The amount of application fee depends on the authority issuing the EWS certificate and also on the State Government.  It simply means application fee will not be uniform in all the states.

EWS Certificate Issuing Authorities

Income and Asset certificate will be issued and verified by the various identified authorities in each state. However, the issuing authorities are different but the format of the application form has been prescribed by the concerned ministry of the Government of India which is same for all the states.  

Have a look at the names of all the authorities given below which has been identified for the issue of the certificate-

  • District Magistrate (DM) /Additional District Magistrate (ADM) / Collector/ Deputy Commissioner/ Additional Deputy Commissioner/ 1st Class Stipendary/ Magistrate/ Sub-Divisional Magistrate / Executive Magistrate/ Taluka Magistrate/ Extra Assistant Commissioner
  • Chief Presidency Magistrate/Additional Chief Presidency Magistrate/ Presidency Magistrate
  • Revenue Officer not below the rank of Tehsildar
  • Sub-Divisional Officer or the area where the applicant or his family normally resides.

EWS Certificate Document Required    

Applicants are required to enclose all the necessary documents with the application form. They must have following documents and details along with them at the time of filling the application form-  

  • Aadhaar Card   
  • Id Proof  
  • Affidavit/Self Declaration
  • Land/property documents
  • Residential proof/Domicile Certificate    
  • Passport-sized photograph    
  • Other relevant documents        

The aforementioned list of documents varies state to state as per their rules. Applicants are therefore advised to visit the EWS certificate issuing authority and collect all the important information.

EWS Application Form Status Check

There are various states in which EWS applications can be submitted online. The online portal also provides them an opportunity to track the application status. They can track their application status just by using the application number.

It is compulsory for all the applicants to retain their application numbers so that they can check the application status online.    

Validity of EWS Certificate

Income and asset certificates will be valid for a specific period of time. The validity of EWS certificate is decided by the designated authority of the states. However, the validity of EWS certificate is generally one year from the date of the issue. Before using the EWS certificate for the purpose of admission or recruitment, applicants must check whether the income certificate is valid or not.

For more information about the validity of the certificate, the person must contact the issuing authority of the concerned state/UT. 


Economically Weaker Section (EWS)

No, you are not eligible as EWS certificate is only issued to persons who are covered under the 10% reservation only in the general category.  

EWS certificate is issued for a particular financial year hence the validity of this certificate is expected to be of one year from the date of issue.

The processing time for the issue of EWS certificate varies state to state. Generally, it takes the processing time of maximum 21 days from the date of submission of application. To know the exact processing time, you must visit the concerned issuing authority of your state.    

You can submit it at your tehsildar office or at the designated issuing authority or at the nearest CSC center.   


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