is a Caste Certificate and Why is it Needed?
Caste Certificate is the proof of one’s belonging to a particular caste,
especially in case one belongs to any of the ‘Scheduled Castes’, as specified
in the Indian Constitution. The Government felt that the Scheduled Castes and
Tribes need special encouragement and opportunities to progress at the same
pace as the rest of the citizenry. As a result, as part of the Indian system
of Protective Discrimination, there exist certain special privileges granted
to this category of citizens, such as reservation of seats in the
Legislatures and in the Government Service, waiving off a part or the whole
of the fees for admission to schools and colleges, quotas in educational institutions,
relaxation of upper age limits for applying to certain jobs, etc. To be able
to avail these privileges, a citizen belonging to a Scheduled Caste must be
in possession of a valid Caste Certificate.
statutory lists of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes, in
pursuance of Articles 341 and 342 of the Indian Constitution, were notified
for the first time under the Constitution (Schedule Castes) Order, 1950 and
the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950. These lists have been
modified/amended/supplemented from time to time. On the reorganisation of the
States, the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes List (Modification) Order
came into force from 29th October, 1956. Thereafter, a few other orders in
respect of the Scheduled Castes and Tribes list in some individual States
also came into force.
You Need to Do to Get a Caste Certificate
application forms are available either online or from the concerned local
office in the City/Town/Village, which is usually the office of the SDM
(Sub-Divisional Magistrate) or of the Tehsil or Revenue Department. In case
none of your family members have earlier been issued a Caste Certificate, a
local enquiry is conducted before issuing the Certificate to you. Proof of
residence in your State for a minimum specified period, an affidavit stating
that you belong to a Scheduled Caste, and the specified court stamp fee are
required at the time of application.
Select a State to Download the Caste Certificate, for that State.