EWS Certificate | Application Process, Documents Required, Download Format

EWS Certificate Application Form, Check Eligibility, How to Apply?, Documents Required, Download Format

Recently, the central government has taken a major decision for the general class people of the country.

People of the general class have been demanding to implement the reservation system on economic basis for a long time.

Finally, the EWS reservation system has got the approval of the central government.

Now, like ST, SC and OBC, people of general category will also be able to take full advantage of reservation.

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.

The benefit of reservation should be given to those who need it most, for this, the government has made certain rules, which the general class people will have to follow. If one does not follow the rules, he/she will not be able to avail the reservation.

The benefit of reservation to the general category will be given only to those who are financially weak. A 10 percent reservation will be given in direct recruitment in civil posts & services  or admission in higher education as per the government order to them.

To get the benefit of reservation, people belonging to the economically weaker section have to prove that they are indeed financially weak.

The government has made arrangements to issue EWS certificates to check the eligibility of all the economically weaker citizens of the general category and provide benefits to them.

Those in the general category who are financially weak and want to take advantage of the reservation must first obtain an Economically Weaker Section (EWS) certificate to prove that they are indeed financially weak. Only then they can take advantage of reservation.

How to get EWS certificate? What do you need to do to get an EWS certificate? And what documents will you need to get an EWS certificate?

To get answers to all these questions, you must read this article till the last. You will be provided full information here so that there will be no doubt in your mind about the EWS online Form.

What is an EWS certificate?

Before going deeper into the subject and get to know how to get an EWS certificate? Let’s first look at what is an EWS certificate?

The full form of EWS certificate is the economically weaker section (इकोनॉमिकली वीकर सेक्शन).

The EWS certificate form is similar to the income certificate which reflects your financial condition.

The main objective of the government to issue this certificate is to provide the benefit of reservation to the weaker sections of the general caste as per the new bill by the central government.

As you know, many jobs applications come from time to time by the central and state government. In which the quota of SC, ST and OBC is fixed. Now 10% quota of general category citizens will also be fixed.

The benefit of this reservation will be given to such citizens of general category who are financially weak.

If you fall in the general category and want to get reservation provided by the government, then you have to get an valid EWS certificate form.

EWS certificate form format pdf

What is the eligibility criteria to get EWS certificate?

Some special criteria have been specially prepared for EWS reservation, on the basis of which reservation will be given to only a few upper castes who fall under the following written criteria: –

Annual Income:- Annual reservation up to eight lakhs has been fixed for upper caste reservation. Whoever can earn less than 8 lakhs of income in a year, only those people will be given the benefit of this facility.

But during the passage of this bill in Parliament, Ravi Shankar Prasad had said that in future state governments could increase or decrease the annual income limit of eight lakhs.

At the moment, there is no new confirmation on this issue and a limit of eight lakhs has been set.

Agricultural land:- Under the ten percent upper caste reservation, the extent of agricultural land of the person has also been fixed.

Reservation will be given to those under general category only if the agricultural land is less than 5 acres.

Despite being a Savarna, if a person has more than five acres of land, he does not come under this scheme nor can he apply for reservation.

Living House:- A limit of 2000 square feet has been set for the upper castes in the village. A person’s house should be built only within the prescribed limit.

The reservation limit has also been fixed for the general class people living in the city, but only those urban people are covered under it, whose house is within the 1000 square feet.

Having all these criteria is compulsory for general category people and only then they can be included in the list of EWS reservation.

Which family member’s income will count for the EWS certificate?

As has already been clarified by the government that the annual income of the entire family should be less than ₹ 800000.

Only then the members of such families will be provided with the benefit of EWS reservation system.

But there will still be a question in the minds of many citizens, after all, which members of the family will be added to their income.

Income of the following persons will be added to the annual income of ₹ 800000 –

  • Your own income
  • Your parents income
  • Income of your siblings who are unmarried
  • Spouse Income
  • And your children’s income (unmarried)

What is the application process for EWS certificate?

If you want to take advantage of the reservation given to the economically weaker section of the General category i.e. EWS reservation, then for this you have to get an EWS certificate first.

And only then you will be able to take benefits of the EWS reservation offered by the government for general category.

The application for the issue of an EWS certificate can be submitted online or offline. It totally depends upon the state government.

Online Application Process for EWS Certificate

#Note: The online application for EWS certificate is not available for all states.

Talking about the online process of applying for EWS certificate, for this you must first go to the official website of ServicePlus https://serviceonline.gov.in/ by the Government of India.

After the ServicePlus website opens, you will see the option to Register Yourself in the Citizen section on the Home tab of the website, where you will have to register yourself.

After registration, you will see the option of login on the right side upwards on the same page, from there you login to the website.

As soon as you login, a page will open in front of you, the option for Apply for Services will appear in the left side of the page, as soon as you click on it, you will see the option of View All Available Services, which you have to press on.

On clicking, many citizen services will be visible to you, here you will first have to select your state and then type the economic weaker section in the given search bar. You will get two services as soon as you search, namely,

1- Issuance of Economically Weaker Section Certificate at CO level

2- Issuance of Economically Weaker Section Certificate at SDO level

Then, Click on any level from which you have to get an EWS certificate. The application process for both levels are same.

On clicking any one of the above options, a new page of EWS application form will open in front of you, in which you have to fill the details asked.

After filling the correct information in the EWS application form, you have to submit the application form by clicking on the submit button below.

As soon as you click on Submit Button, an application number with filled details will appear in front of you, which you should check thoroughly whether your details are correct or not!

If you feel that you have entered something wrong in the EWS form and want to edit it, there is an option to edit below, from there you can edit and if all the details are correct, then take a print of it and keep it for future reference.

After this, next to Edit, you will see the option of Attach Annexure in which you have to click.

As soon as you click, a page of the attachment will open, in which you will have to upload a scanned copy of your identity and click on the Save Annexure.

You can give all these documents in the identity card:

  1. Voter ID
  2. Aadhar Card
  3. MNREGA job card
  4. Driving license
  5. Pan Card
  6. Passport
  7. Service Identity Card (Center, State, Public) 
  8. Passbook (issued by bank or post office with photos)
  9. Smart Card (released under the scheme of Ministry of Labor)
  10. Health Insurance Smart Card (issued under the scheme of Ministry of Labor)
  11. Pension documents (including photos)
  12. Government ID (issued to MPs, MLAs and MLAs)

Note: If you have asked for other relevant documents, you should scan and upload it as stated. The above list of documents varies from state to state according to their rules. Applicants are therefore advised to visit the EWS certificate issuing authority and collect all important information.

After this, you will again get a receiving page with the details of the applicant, where you will have to go down and click on the submit button!

By clicking on submit button, finally your EWS certificate form will be submitted! And once approved, you will get the EWS certificate in a few days!

That’s it !! Friends, following these steps, you can apply for EWS Certificate online from home!

Offline Application Process for EWS Certificate

Talk about the process of making EWS certificate offline, for this you will have to download the EWS certificate format by clicking on the EWS certificate format.

Take a print of the EWS certificate format from the nearest cyber shop, along with necessary documents like

  • Identity card
  • income certificate
  • caste certificate
  • Pan Card.
  • Bpl card
  • Bank statements (if asked), take a copy of these as well.

After filling all the information asked in the EWS certificate correctly, you can apply for the EWS certificate offline by going to any of the departments below with the EWS certificate and documents copy

1. 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

2. Chief Presidency Magistrate/Additional Chief Presidency Magistrate/ Presidency Magistrate

3. Revenue Officer not below the rank of Tehsildar

4. Sub-Divisional Officer or the area where the applicant or his family normally resides.

#Note: If you are going to apply for EWS certificate offline remeber to take the original documents with the EWS certificate.

What is the Application fee for EWS Certificate?

EWS Certificate 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.

What is the Validity of EWS Certificate?

The validity of the EWS category certificate is defined by the competent authority issuing it. Each certificate will have a specific period of validity time. Typically, an EWS certificates are valid for one year.

If a candidate uses the certificate for any purpose such as for admission or employment, the officials will confirm the validity of the certificate. Therefore, candidates should check the validity before using it for any purpose.

How to Check EWS Application Status?

To check the status of the application form, the candidates applying for it will have to check the online portal or visit the certificate issuing authority office.

Candidates can check the status using their application number provided while applying for EWS certificate.


There is also a very large section in India which is financially weak and does not come under the SC / ST / OBC / PH and Ex-servicemen (Central List / MBC) operating in the country. Due to which they do not get any kind of benefit, the EWS bill has been implemented in the country to help these people.

If you also want to get your EWS reservation certificate, then its complete information has been given to you here.

We hope that this information of EWS Certificate has been useful for you. If you have any question about it, write us in the comment box.

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