OBC non-creamy layer VS OBC creamy layer And OBC non-creamy layer Income Limit & Eligibility

OBC non-creamy layer VS OBC creamy layer | OBC non-creamy layer Income limit: India is a country where people are segregated with different religions and castes. Caste system was very much prevalent during the precolonial rule. With this governemtn of India, made two different division of OBC category; OBC non-creamy layer and OBC creamy layer. In this article we have talked about the OBC category in India. Read below, difference between OBC-NCL and OBC-CL, how to apply for OBC certificate and
OBC non-creamy layer eligibility criteria with income limit, document required and online/offline process.

What is full form of OBC?

Full form of OBC is Other Backward class. It is a term that is used collectively by the government of India to identify or to classify castes which are educationally or socially deprived or disadvantaged. Other Backward class is an official classification done by the government. Other classification consists of Scheduled Casts (SC) and scheduled tribes (ST). Though Schedule class and Schedule tribes too avail the advantages presented to them by the government. Other Backward Class Category is divided into two categories namely creamy layer OBC and non-creamy layer OBC by the government of India.


Difference between obc-cl and obc-ncl 

OBC-CL – OBC creamy layerOBC-NCL – OBC non-creamy layer
Income: Above 8 LakhIncome: Below 8 Lakh
Family Income: Above 8 lakh when added together
(Income from farming not to be included)
Family Income: Below 8 lakh When total of all family member income
(Income from any farming sources are not included)
Treated as equivalent to general category hence get few or no benefit in government scheme and examination.Get Benefit in government released scheme and competitive examination.

OBC Non Creamy Layer

If a total family income is less than 8 lakh per annum limit, the family is considered to be in non-creamy OBC category. That very family will be getting a certificate of OBC non-creamy layer. The person belonging to the non-creamy OBC category will be enjoying all the benefits and will be getting the relaxation of age in competitive exams as well.

If anyone falls under the category of non-creamy OBC category, they will be getting reservations while applying for government jobs or government posts. However, to avail all these benefits, they will have to obtain a certificate that is called an OBC certificate. The certificate is valid in every state of India except for Tamil Nadu. The validity of the certificate is for one year, and it starts from the very day of receiving it.

OBC Non-creamy layer Eligibility

Non-creamy layers have a certain eligibility criteria to ensure that a right and deserved candidate gets the certificate. Here are some points, which are looked upon while categorizing the people if they fall into the category of OBC non-creamy layer, or not.

OBC Non-Creamy Layer Income Limit

  1. INCOME OF PERSON AND FAMILY COMBINED: A person can apply for an OBC certificate only if the annual income of the family is less than rupees eight lakhs per annum. If it were more than the given figure, they would not be getting the non-creamy category certificate. (Income from agriculture/farming is not included in this)
  2. PARENTS EMPLOYED UNDER CENTRAL GOVERNMENT: If a person’s wither of the parents, is a part of central government or is working under Group C and Group D category under the central government, the person is eligible to apply for the non-creamy OBC certificate.
  3. EMPLOYEE UNDER CENTRAL GOVERNMENT: If a person himself or herself is a part of central government or is working under central government’s group B category, then that very person is eligible to apply for an OBC non creamy layer certificate. It is to be noted that it is valid only if the person’s parents do not receive any income like that of pensions.
  4. HUSBAND EMPLOYED UNDER CENTRAL GOVERNMENT: If a women’s husband isemployed under the Central Government, then that very women would be eligible to apply for the certificate provided that her parents do not receive any kind of income.

OBC Creamy Layer

Other Backward class creamy layer is a category of OBC, people belonging under this are better off or wealthier. They are way better than the other people belonging to the OBC category. The creamy layer OBC are better educated. Creamy layer OBC has annual income of more than 8 lakhs per annum. OBC creamy layer does not get any benefit anymore. They are treated the same way general category is treated.

Citizens who are not eligible to apply OBC certificate.

  • Certain castes that come under BC and MBC.
  • Parents employed under Group A services like IPS, IAS, and IFS.
  • Parents working under Group B and C of the Central Government and,
  • Parents working under Group 1 of the State Government.
  • Parents’ income exceeds 8 lakhs, they are not eligible to apply for this certificate.

How to apply for OBC certificate

The application for the OBC certificate can be done by both online and offline methods only if a person is eligible for the application.

Offline method to get OBC certificate

  • For getting the caste certificate or the OBC certificate through offline mode, a person has to visit his or her nearby tehsil office, SDM office, Revenue office or SETU/CSC centers.
  • The person will be getting an application form for caste certificate which he or she has to fill with correct details like contact information, address and other personal details.
  • In the section of caste detail, a person has to fill the caste details of your father. If the father is no more, then, the person will be needing his or her other blood relative caste certificate or documents.
  • According to the caste certificate that the person gets, has to tick mark the caste option that the person is applying for.
  • If the person has changed the state or has migrated from one state to another, then it must be specified in the form as well.
  • A self-declaration part has to be signed and filled.
  • Lastly, the person has to paste a passport size photograph and submit the local address and reference for the further verification of the process.
  • After that, the person has to submit the original application form with self-attested documents in the office.
  • The person has to wait for 30 to 35 days for the caste certificate to get.

Online Method to apply for OBC certificate

  • Only a few states offer the online mode of registration.
  • If a person belongs to that state in which online mode is available, he or she can visit state’s backward class welfare portal.
  • The person has to click on link which shows “apply for caste certificate online”.
  • The person can either create an account in the portal itself or can start filling online application form provided within the site.
  • The person then has to fill his or her details such as contact details, address, personal details and other required details.
  • The verification has to be done by the person of the details he or she has provided so far.
  • After having check on the details, the person can submit the data with the proof of documents as well.
  • After submitting, the person will be getting a slip of acknowledgement in addition to the application number.
  • The person could print out the slip if he or she wants or can save it offline. The person needs to save the application number so as to keep a check on application status.
  • After having the verification done, the person can directly download his or her caste certificate from the link or the portal itself.
  • An email or SMS will be generated on the completion of the process.

Documents Required

You are required to attach these certificates and document while applying for the OBC certificate

  • Community certificate.
  • School Leaving Certificate.
  • Ration Card.
  • Income Certificate.

The lower caste people had to suffer a lot because of this differences the upper class people created to maintain a hierarchy. Keeping in mind all the sufferings these people have suffered so far was empowered by Mandal commission. In early 1979, the government of Morarji Desai selected Bindeshwari Prasad Mandal so as to head the Second Backward Class Commission, directing to “identify the socially or educationally backward classes” in India. This commission proposed to give 27% Reservation to the OBC which resulted in 49% job opportunities for them in public universities and public services. 

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46 thoughts on “OBC non-creamy layer VS OBC creamy layer And OBC non-creamy layer Income Limit & Eligibility

  1. Sir,
    I belong to BC but doesn’t comes under central OBC list. If I want to apply for central government jobs, I have to apply in General category or OBC.

  2. Why there is limit in case of obc , creamy and non creamy layer . But in case of sc and st why there is no such mention of income. Mother , father are doctor and still there son/ daughter get reservation everywhere. But for obc and ews there are restrictions. This should be equal for all . 8 lakh is much for a family of 8 to 10 member . Number of members in a family and working member should also be considered for this.

  3. Sir my name is Naresh And I am belongs to OBC (category IIIB) Maratha cast non creamy layer .Sir can I eligible for central cast certificate (OBC Certificate). Please reply sir.

  4. Sir,
    I am an MBC Category in Tamilnadu. My family income is more than 8 lakhs. As there are columns provided for SC/ST/OBC/UR in NEET application so my daughter applied for NEET 2019 under Unreserved category. Whether it is correct or wrong?

  5. Sir,
    With due respect I beg to state that I belog to OBC in U.P. State Government as well as Central Government. Age my father is more then 40 years and annual income of my parents more than 8.0 lakhs. My father is UP State Government employee as Class III / Group C and my mother is house wife. Sir I blog to OBC as per Central Government/ UP State Government rules from beginning to till date. Kindly inform to me than I am eligible for issue the OBC (non-creamy layer) certificate from Central Government/ UP State Government, how it is possible. Please reply as soon as possible.
    thanking you

    Yours faithfully
    Amrita Yadav
    B.I.E.T,Jhansi-284128 U.P.
    E-mail : [email protected]

  6. Sir I am service in Lic (psu) as class 3 but my family income exceed 8 lakh can my son eligible for non creamylar certificate .please reply

  7. Sir,
    With due respect I beg to state my age is 40 years above and I am also UP State Government employee as Class III / Group C. My Annual Income is more than 8.0 Lacks. I blog to OBC as per central / UP State Government rules from beginning to till date. Kindly inform to me my son and daughter are eligible for issue the OBC (non-creamy layer) certificate from central/ UP State Government it is possible.
    Please reply as soon as possible.
    thanking you

    With Regards,
    [email protected]

  8. If father’s jobs in coal india limited as a senior mechanical fitter..and salary is more than 8lakh rupees so this time we are in creamy layer or non creamy layer plz rly…

  9. Hello sir.. I am working in central PSU-FCI and annual salary exceeds 8 lakh after 7th pay revsion. But my parents income Mother and father joitly is hardly 5 lakhs per annum and posted in any central or state Govt. So whether I am eligible for OBC Non creamy layer benefit for central Govt job. Whether salary of only parents is considered as family income or person applying for the benefit, his income is also to be added in family income for the benefit. Plus reply..

  10. Sir,my OBC certificate is shows that i am obc b category.
    So what i am OBC creamy layer or OBC non creamy layer?

  11. I want to clarifying one doubt. Family income means only the income of the applicant and his/her parents only, or including brothers and sister’s income? Please clarify.

  12. Hi I want to know that if married women parent is pensioner, and her husband is group B in central government and she is working as group A officer in state ,then will she able for NCL

    • My financial year 2016_17 Income is RS 673500; Financial year 2017-18. Income is RS 745800 & Financial year 2018-19 Income is RS 752000 Should I get Non Creamilayer Certificate

      • Hi I’m KRISHNAVENI now my salary is 6.5 lakh per annum and our family is agriculture labour group under obc non creamy layer..after two years it exceeds to more than 8 lakh am I able to write upsc under obc for taking age relaxation..in my family in the only one doing job..all are labours..

  13. Hi Sir, I am working in PSU(Indian Oil). My salary is more than 8 lakhs but I am not an officer. Is my son eligible for OBC non-creamy layer category? Please tell as soon as possible.

  14. Hi,
    My mother got retired and was a govt. school teacher in Bihar, how the annual income will be calculated now ?? and non-creamy layer also depends on class of Job apart from annual income ??

    Thanks in advance.

    • Sir, I belong to backward class in Punjab but my parents are private school teachers … Their salary is more than 8 lakh per year but no other income … Am I eligible for OBC non creamy layer certificate?

  15. sir, I am a class II officer in haryana education department my wife is a housewife . My salary income more than 1200000/- . Is my daughter eligible for OBC- NCL certificate . I think salary income & agriculture income not included in obc income limit . Am I right ?

  16. sir,
    I belong to OBC, but i forgot to upload OBC certificate.I was only upload community certificate.will my application disqualified? for postal recruitment 2019

    • I (OBC Category) am an officer in State Bank of India. My Annual income is more than Rs. 8 lacs.

      My son / daughter is applying for Central Govt / Bank services.

      If applied, may I get Non Creamy Layer OBC certificate ?

  17. Sir,
    I belong to “Koch” tribe of Assam. Our family is B.P.L. Am I eligible for OBC NCL certificate?
    How to apply for this certificate in Assam?

  18. Hi, My father was a govt university lecturer. He got retired last year and he is not getting any pension, my mother is a housewife. So am I eligible for OBC NCL or not?

  19. Sir, I and my wife working in a.p state government as Sericulture officer and teacher respectively and getting 10 and 6 lakhs per annum.But we recruited as group III employees .At present whether my son is eligible for obc ncl or not

  20. I am a Christian (roman catholic) from Kerala. my family income below 6 lakh and BPL card holder, any eligibility for age reservation( UPSC exam ).

  21. I m belong to caste Jaat nd my husband salary below from 8lacks nd he is non govt teacher may i apply for obc ncl certificate by online mode for JRF NET..I m 34year old ..m i eligible for it. nd how many days I can get it

    • I am Police Inspector in Bihar Police and my gross annual income is more than 8 lakh rupees, my caste is listed in Extreme Backward Caste (EBC) whether my daughter is eligible for Non Creamy Layer Certificate.
      Kindly Reply..

  22. promotes class 1 after 40 and my comunity belongs to central lists and present salary more than 8 lakh can i apply? Pls tell i can apply or not ??if not can i apply after retirement?

  23. I am a state government employee of Tamilnadu (group 2)and my annual income is above 8 lakhs am I applicable for the OBC NCL for jeemain application

  24. Sir ,
    My income is 12 lakhs per annum, as per your article Iam coming under creamy layer, for creamy layer also I have to get certificate from MRO to apply govt jobs please suggest.

    • Sir, I am retired from defence service and presently working in PSU bank clerical post, I am OBC, my annual income more than 8 lakh. Can my son get obc non creamy layer certificate ?

    • I (OBC Category) am an officer in State Bank of India. My Annual income is more than Rs. 8 lacs.

      My son / daughter is applying for Central Govt / Bank services.

      If applied, may I get Non Creamy Layer OBC certificate ?

  25. I am working in one of the Central Government as Group [III) employee and my annual income is more than 8.00 Lakhs and belongs to Most Backward Community in Tamilnadu and listed in Central OBC list, Please clarify whether my son is eligible for applying under OBC (Non Creamy Layer) in UPSC (Civil Services) 2019?