EWS certificate is an income/ asset certificate that is issued to people categorized as the economically weaker sections of the society. The format of the certificate is the same for all of the Indian states. It is valid for one year after the date of issue, though there may be certain variations for some States. This post discusses the EWS Forms, EWS Certificate, How to Apply Online, Eligibility Criteria, and other information related to the EWS certificate issued to the Economically Weaker Section by the Government.


Application for EWS Certificate

The Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category is a subunit under the General category. It came into effect in 2019, after the President of India passed the EWS bill on 12 January 2019. Two days after the bill was passed, i.e., on 14 January 2019, Gujarat became the first Indian state to acknowledge and adopt the bill. EWS should not be confused with Economically Backward Class (EBS) and Most Economically Backward Class (MEBC).

The certificate can be obtained both online and offline. Before applying for it, please ensure that you meet all the eligibility criteria.

EWS Certificate – Overview
Name of the Certificate EWS Certificate
Issuing Authority State Governments/UT
Launched by Government of India
Beneficiaries Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) from General Category
Benefit 10% Reservation in Direct Recruitment in Jobs and Higher Education
Mode of application Online/Offline
Validity  of the Certificate 1 Year
EWS Official Website https://dopt.gov.in/


The applicants from the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) who belong to the general category and not covered under the Government reservation quota must fulfil specific eligibility criteria to be eligible to apply for the EWS Certificate. Given below are the requirements set by the Central Government that determine the eligibility criteria of EWS Certificate.

  • Applicant’s annual family income must be below INR 8 lakhs.
  • He/she must not belong to any other reserved category ( SC/ST/OBC Central list)
  • His/her family must not be entitled to agricultural land/lands of more than 5 acres.
  • If he/she resides in an apartment or a rented room, it must not be larger than 1000 sq. ft.
  • If the residential area falls under a notified municipality sector, the area of residence should be less than 100 square yards. However, if it falls under a non-notified municipality sector, the size of the house must be less than 200 square yards.

Benefits of EWS Certificate

  • 10% Reservation for admission in School/Colleges/Universities etc.
  • 10% Reservation in Government Jobs.

Documents Required to Apply

  • Aadhar Card
  • PAN Card
  • ID Proof
  • Domicile Certificate
  • Bank Statement
  • Income Certificate
  • BPL Ration Card
  • A declaration by the self.
  • Photo

Application fee

The Government of India has proposed a nominal application fee for EWS certificate. The application fee varies from state to state. Most of the states charge Rs-10 as the application fee for EWS Certificate. Applicants have to fill the information like the Name of the Applicant, Name of the Father/Husband, Religion, Name of the State, Address etc. in the EWS Application.

Application Forms for EWS Certificate

The application for EWS Certificate can be submitted online and offline. The formalities to apply for the EWS certificate are same.  The details about the application form, documents required, validity of the certificate, how to download the certificate etc. are shared on this post.

EWS Form Download PDF

Suppose you belong to the economically weaker section as prescribed by the Government Of India. In that case, you are eligible to apply for the EWS Certificate and get a reservation in Government Jobs and reservation for admission in educational institutions, including the Indian Institute of Technologies and Indian Institute of Management. Interested individuals can download the application format from the official website and can also collect the application form from the authorities concerned.

You can download the EWS form PDF  here.

EWS Certificate Online

Visit the official website of the concerned State/Union Territory to apply for EWS Certificate Online. Before filling up the form, read the instructions carefully, follow the instructions, and attach the required documents before submitting the application form online.

EWS Certificate Format


EWS Portal Login Procedure

  • Visit the State EWS portal of the applicant.
  • Click on the “Login” button.
  • A login form will be opened on the screen.
  • Enter your information.
  • You will be logged in to the portal.

Online Application Procedure

  • Applicants should first open the official link of the portal to apply online.
  • The screen will display the homepage of the portal.
  • Click on the login tab.
  • The screen will show a login form.
  • Applications must fill up all the details that the application form seeks.

Those applicants who applied online can track the status of their application by using their application number. For this reason, applicants should retain their application number.

EWS Application Status Online

In most of the State’s EWS department provide the EWS Certificate Status Check facility online. The applicant will be provided with an application ID at the time of the submission, and the applicant can check the status of the application using this application ID.

EWS Certificate Issuing Authorities

  • District Magistrates
  • Additional District Magistrates
  • Deputy Commissioner s
  • Additional Deputy Commissioners
  • District Collector
  • 1st Class Stipendiary
  • Magistrate Level Officers
  • Sub- Divisional Magistrates
  • Executive Magistrates
  • Taluk Magistrate
  • Extra Assistant Commissioners
  • Chief Presidency Magistrates
  • Additional Chief Presidency Magistrates
  • Presidency Magistrates
  • Revenue Officers,Tehsildars or Officials above Tehsildar.
  • Sub- Divisional Officer of the applicant’s area.

EWS Application Forms  & State EWS Website Links

Listed below are the links to download the EWS forms online forms and related circulars of different States in India.

SL No Apply Online EWS Forms Links
1 Circular https://dopt.gov.in/sites/default/files/ewsf28fT.PDF
2 EWS Application Format https://studysure.in/wp-content/uploads/2020/
3 EWS Criteria of Income & Assets https://dopt.gov.in/sites/default/files/ewsf28fT.PDF
4 EWS Application Forms Download PDF https://studysure.in/wp-content/uploads/2020/
5 Reservation in Jobs & Higher Education Circular https://dopt.gov.in/sites/default/files/ewsf28fT.PDF
6 EWS Application Form Delhi https://edistrict.delhigovt.nic.in/in/en/Public/
7 EWS Form A.P. http://www.esevaonline.ap.gov.in/htmlpages/
8 EWS Application Form Orrissa http://revenueodisha.gov.in/sites/default/files/
9 EWS Application Form Kerala https://kerala.gov.in/application-forms
10 EWS Form Tamil Nadu http://www.iitrpr.ac.in/sites/default/files/
11 EWS Application Form Karnataka https://tumkur.nic.in/en/service/apply-for
12 EWS Form Telangana https://ccla.telangana.gov.in/
13 EWS Application Form Assam http://onlineedistrict.amtron.in/download-e-form
14 EWS Application Format Punjab https://punjab.gov.in/forms/
15 Rajasthan EWS Form http://emitra.rajasthan.gov.in/content/emitra/en/
16 U.P EWS Application Format https://ghaziabad.nic.in/en/forms/
17 EWS Form Haryana http://revenueharyana.gov.in/Downloads-Forms
18 EWS Form West Bengal https://edistrict.wb.gov.in/PACE/login.do
19 Himachal Pradesh EWS Form http://edistrict.hp.gov.in/
20 Madhya Pradesh (M.P) EWS Form Download https://mponline.gov.in/Portal/Content/
21 Chhattisgarh EWS Format https://edistrict.cgstate.gov.in/PACE/login.do
22 Maharashtra EWS Form https://www.maharashtra.gov.in/Site/Upload/
23 Gujarat EWS Form https://sje.gujarat.gov.in/downloads/gr_11022019_a.pdf
24 Format of  EWS Application Bihar https://serviceonline.bihar.gov.in/
25 Jharkand EWS Application Form https://garhwa.nic.in/forms/
26 EWS Application Form Uttrakhand https://edistrict.uk.gov.in/Edistrict-EN/MainSecureSewaLogin.aspx

EWS Certificate -FAQs

1.What is the full form of EWS?
Answer: Economically Weaker Section

2. What is a EWS Certificate?
EWS Certificate issued by the Government to the citizens or households with a low-level income. Though there are other factors in deciding the financial status of the applicant/household, the income of the applicant is the prime criteria in issuing the EWS Certificate.

3. Am I eligible to apply for the EWS certificate if I belong to the OBC category?
Answer: No. Applicants from the OBC Categories are not eligible to apply for EWS Certificates as the persons belonging to OBC/ST/SC etc. are already covered under various government welfare schemes.

4. For how long the certificate will be valid?
Answer: Generally, the EWS certificate is valid for one year. However, it does differ from one Indian state to another.

5. How long will the processing of the EWS certificate take?
Answer: It is not possible to say how long the processing of the certificate will take as it varies from state to state. However, the maximum period that can be taken to finish the process is 21 days. To know the details, the applicant can visit the Tehsildar office or any of the designated issuing authorities.

6. Is the criteria for EWS Certificate uniform across all states in India?
Answer: Although the Central Government has set the EWS Reservation Eligibility criteria, the State Governments are free to modify the income cut off to decide the EWS beneficiaries of their States.

7. What are the other benefits for EWS Categories?
Answer: EWS candidates will get a 10% reservation in Jobs and Higher educations. They are not eligible for any other relaxations that are not provided to the General category candidates.

8. Is there any Age limit for EWS Certificate?
Answer: There is no age limit for applying for EWS Certificate.

9. What is the difference between EWS Reservation and OBC Reservation?
Answer: The terms Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and Other Backward Communities (OBC) are not meant to be confused with each other.  The candidates from the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) category are eligible 10% reservation whereas the Non-creamy layer candidates from the Other Backward Communities (OBC) Category are eligible for 27% reservation.

Apart from the reservation, the OBC candidates are given many other benefits like Age relaxation, Relaxation in the number of chances to clear the exams, Relaxation in Cut off marks etc.  The income of the applicant is the main criteria in determining the EWS status of the applicant, whereas the income of the candidate is not a factor in OBC Reservation.


I hope this article has helped you learn about EWS Certificate formalities like, How to apply for EWS Certificate Online and Offline, Eligibility, etc.  If you have any doubts about the procedures about the EWS, you can contact us through the comment box, and we will be happy to assist you in the best possible ways. If you are eligible for EWS Certificate, then apply for the EWS Certificate that provides various benefits. If necessary, you can take the print out the Government orders related to EWS posted on this page.

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