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Guidelines on issue of domicile and caste certificate to SC/ST students

Draft guidelines on issue of domicile / caste certificate to SC/ ST school students at Class VIII itself – DoPT invites comments, suggestions before 21.12.2015

DoPT has issued an OM regarding the proposed for modifications in the issue of domicile/caste certificates to SC/ ST school students at Class VIII itself .   Request for issue of certificate will be recommended by the School Authorities and issued by the revenue or State Govt Authorities.

No. 36028/1/2014-Estt.( Res)

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions

Department of Personnel and Training

Establishment (Reservation-I) Section

North Block, New Delhi

Dated November 20, 2015


Subject: Proposed guidelines on issue of domicile/caste certificates to SC/ ST school students – regarding

It is proposed to issue guidelines to State Governments/ Union Territories for institutionalization of the process of issue of domicile/caste certificates to SC/ ST school students while they are in Class VIII. A copy of the draft guidelines is enclosed.

2. It is requested that the draft guidelines may be posted on the website of the Department for inviting comments/ suggestions from stake-holders. Comments/suggestions received upto 21.12.2015 will be considered before the guidelines are finalized.

Encl. as above .

(G. Srinivasan)

Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Tel : 23093074

Draft Advisory/Guidelines to be issued to States/Union Territories on issue of Domicile/Caste Certificate to SC/ST students

  • Government of India has been receiving representations-from time to time, regarding difficulties faced by Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates, in obtaining caste/domicile certificates, while applying for admission, posts and services under the Central Government.

  • The Domicile/Residence Certificate is issued by the concerned authority of the State Government/ Union Territory to prove that the person bearing the Certificate is a domicile/resident of the State/Union Territory by which the certificate is being issued.

  • Such certificate is issued as proof of residence to avail Domicile/Resident quotas in educational institutions and in the State/Central Government services, as also in the case of jobs where preference to local residents is available as per government instructions from time to time.

  • With a view to ease the difficulties faced by the SC/ST students in obtaining certificates, it is proposed that Caste Certificate” and the ” Residency (Domicile)” certificate may be issued to SC,and ST students, all over the country, when they are studying in Class VIII.

  • The School Head/Head Master of the School in which the student is studying would get the necessary documents/papers filled up- from the students studying in Class VIII.

  • A window of two months in September/October or any other time frame decided by the concerned State Government/Union Territory may be allocated/decided for completing this exercise.

  • The School Head/Principal will get the documents collected from all the SC and ST students and arrange to submit them to the relevant State government authority/revenue authorities for making the requisite certificates.

  • The concerned revenue/state government authorities would scrutinise those documents and within a period of 30-60 days, would issue the certificates.

  • If the certificate of any student is rejected, reasons will be provided and provision for one time-appeal may be allowed by the state authorities.

  • Once the certificate is made, it would be given to the students through the School authorities and would be kept with them for safe custody for availing the benefits/concessions and facilities available to the concerned category of students.

  • It is understood that some states are already following this practice.

  • The possibility may also be explored to indicate the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe status in the Birth certificate.

Download DoPT letter No. 36028/1/2014-Estt.( Res) dated 20.11.2015