Caste Certificate is a government approved proof of one’s belonging to a particular caste or community. This certificate is issued by the particular state governments to the occupants who affiliate themselves as ‘Schedule Caste’ or ‘Other Backward Classes.’ The individuals having place in SC/OBC/ST can acquire Caste Certificate to avail the benefits of reservation provided to them under the Constitution of India. Government Schemes exclusively for underprivileged can be applied only if you have caste certificate. It is significant for reserved quotas in schools and universities, scholarships and fee consideration. These incentives and opportunities are given in order to help them progress equally as the rest of the citizens.
Important documents required for caste certificate
- Identity Proof ( Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voter ID, PAN Card, MNREGA Card)
- Address Proof ( Electricity Bill, Water Bill, Passport, Ration Card, Telephone Bill)
- Affidavit of Caste Certificate ( Declaration of personal information)
- Proof of Caste (School Leaving Certificate of self or blood relative, Birth Certificate)
- Passport Size Photograph
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How to apply for Caste Certificate?
There are two methods to apply for Caste Certificate. You can either apply offline or online though only some states have a provision for online application for caste certificate.
Applying Offline for Caste Certificate
You need to visit the Tehsil/ Jan Seva Kendra office or SDM office and fill the form with attaching all the required documents. Later on, the individual can pick the certificate for the authority.
Applying Online for the certificate
You can visit the online portal of state government websites and fill the form with required documents.
Websites To apply for Caste Certificate
Following are the websites for Gujarat, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Maharashtra, rest can be found easily online –
Gujarat Caste Certificate Website
West Bengal Website
Online Portal for Rajasthan
Website for Caste Certificate – Maharashtra
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