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Maharashtra Non-Creamy Layer Certificate


Maharashtra Non-Creamy Layer Certificate

Under the constitution of India, the concept of reservations was introduced to address the inequality, discrimination faced by the underprivileged communities that are designated by the Government of India. The primary objective of the reservation system in India is to uplift the social and educational status of those disadvantaged communities listed as Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), and thus improve their lives. The people belonging to the OBC community are given equal opportunities in every field, the same as the General Category. Based on the annual income of the family, the Other Backward Class (OBC) is sub-categorised as Creamy Layer, and Non-Creamy Layer wherein the people belonging non-creamy layer should obtain the caste certificate to benefit from the facilities provided by the Government. In this article, we look at the procedure of getting the Maharashtra Non-Creamy Layer Certificate in detail.

Creamy and Non-Creamy Layer Difference

The creamy layer is not applicable for any of the benefits of the reserved category as they are treated equally as the General Category. In contrast, the non-creamy layer is called merely as the OBC (Other Backward Class). The creamy layer or the non-creamy layer certificate is issued for the people belonging to the OBC community based on their socio-economic status. Apart from the income, there are specific other criteria to be considered for government servants to fall under the non-creamy layer. This was done to distribute the benefits of the reservation among the weaker sections of the Backward Class.

Criteria for Non-Creamy Layer

  1. The annual income of the parents that includes salaries as well as income from other sources, should not exceed Rs. 8 Lakhs.
  2. None of the parents of the recipient should be a Group A / Class I Officer under the Central / State Government.
  3. None of the parents of the recipient should belong to any service in any PSU, Bank, Insurance Company, Educational Institution or in private employment, comparable with Group A / Class I service under Central / State Government or holds any Constitutional post.
  4. The person will be treated as belonging to non-creamy layer if none or only one of the parents is a Group B / Class II Officer under Central / State Government.
  5. The person will be treated as the non-creamy layer, if none or only one of the parents belong to any service in any PSU, Bank, Insurance Company, Educational Institution or in private employment, comparable with Group B / Class II service under Central / State Government.
  6. A person will not come under the non-creamy layer if parents of whom only the father is a Group-B officer gets into Group-A at the age of 40 or earlier.
  7. For government employees, only their cadre in the office is the criterion for non-creamy layer status and not the income limit. All other government servants who are having income higher than 8 lakhs are still eligible for the OBC non-creamy layer certificates if they fall under class 3 cadre under Central or State Government.

Benefits of Non-Creamy Layer

Those belonging to the Non-Creamy Layer are eligible for all the benefits provided by the Government and other sectors for the reserved category, unlike the Creamy Layer.

Compared to the Creamy-Layer, Non-Creamy Layer section has better access to education, employment and sponsors of the Government.

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Eligibility Criteria for Maharashtra Non-Creamy Layer Certificate

To acquire the Non-Creamy Layer Certificate in the state of Maharashtra, the following conditions of eligibility should be satisfied.

  1. The applicant should be a citizen of India.
  2. The applicant should be a permanent resident of Maharashtra.
  3. The applicant must belong to the said community/ class to be eligible.
  4. The applicant must be an ordinary resident at the address currently residing
  5. The annual income of the applicant’s parents (in case of a minor) or the yearly income of the applicant’s family should not exceed Rs.8 Lakhs including the income from other sources (Land, property, business).
  6. The agricultural income is not included under consideration.
  7. The applicant should comply with other criteria of non-creamy layer mentioned below.

Documents Required for Maharashtra Non-Creamy Layer Certificate

Attach the list of documents with the application form as below.

Mandatory Documents

  1. Identity Proof- Voter ID card/ Passport/ Aadhaar Card
  2. Address proof- Electricity Bill/ Water Bill
  3. Proof of caste for self – School leaving certificate mentioning caste / Bonafide certificate (mentioning caste) issued by school / self-attested Xerox of caste certificate / If uneducated birth registration extract / Caste and residence certificate issued by Sarpanch/Local Police/Corporator
  4. Income proof – Income tax return for last 3 financial years, if the applicant is salaried or self-employed or businessman /Affidavit mentioning income for last 3 years / Income certificate from Tahsildar for 3 years, if the applicant is farmer or labourer
  5. Affidavit for caste

Additional Documents to be Furnished

  1. Property tax receipt
  2. If proof of father’s caste is unavailable, a relative’s caste certificate and genealogical affidavit with details of relation to the relative
  3. Caste certificate of applicant’s father issued by the competent authority in that state/district if the applicant has migrated from another district/state.
  4. In the case of married women,
    1. Proof of caste before marriage, as prescribed in point no. 3
    2. Proof of marriage – marriage registration certificate and name change notification in Gazette
  5. If the applicant is Muslim (either of the following documents may be submitted)
  6. An Investigation report of Tehsildar if his/her father’s caste certificate is not available
  7. Caste certificate issued by registered Muslim Societies
  8. Proof of caste of a relative- Grandfather/Father/Brother/Sister/Uncle/Aunt or any other blood relation
    1. School leaving certificate
    2. Birth/death extract
    3. If in Government service, extract of the first page of service book
    4. Document certifying caste issued by the department of social justice

Competent Authority

The Revenue Department is responsible for the issuance of Non-Creamy Layer Certificate (OBC Certificate) in Maharashtra. Concerned Tehsildar of the applicant’s district processes the application. The Sub-Divisional Officer is the authorised official for the approval or the rejection of the application for non-creamy layer certificate in Maharashtra. Additional Collector is the First Appellate Officer and Collector is the Second Appellate Officer.

Service Charge

In Maharashtra, the service charge for the issuance of Non-Creamy layer certificate falls within Rs. 50.

Processing Time

The certificate will be processed and issued within the time limit of 21 days from the date of application.


Non-Creamy Layer certificate does not have a fixed validity period. Currently, the certificate issued by the authority has the validity of 3 years from the date of issuance.

Application Procedure for Maharashtra Non-Creamy Layer Certificate

The individual desiring to obtain the Maharashtra non-creamy layer certificate can apply in either offline or online mode.

Offline Application Process

The applicant should visit the office of Sub-Divisional Officer to apply for the certificate. The application form should collect the application form from the office or can download from the copy given below.

Application for Non-Creamy Layer Certificate

On filing the form, submit it to the concerned officer along with the documents and fee.

Online Application Process

The Government of Maharashtra offers online services through its official website’ aaple sarkar’.

To apply online for Maharashtra non-creamy layer certificate, follow the given steps.

Step 1: Visit the official website of aaple sarkar to apply for Maharashtra non-creamy layer certificate

User Registration

To apply to this portal, the citizen should be a registered user.

Step 2: Click ‘Register Here’ on the login page to register. The page redirects to the registration page.


Note: For Marathi keyboard press Ctrl + Y.

Step 3: It displays two options for registration.  Select anyone from the given options.

  1. Registration Using UID Number:

This creates user id and password by verifying UID. After completion of eKYC, download the citizen’s information and save it in the user profile.



The citizen should self-complete providing details to create their user profile using OTP verification on the registered mobile number.


Step 4: On selecting self-registration, the registration form appears. Fill out the necessary details that include the following.

  1. Applicant Detail
  2. Applicant’s Address [As per document]
  3. Mobile No. & Username Verification
  4. Upload Photograph

Note: The size of the photograph should fall between 5KB to 20KB. Photograph format should be JPEG. The width of the photograph should be 160 pixels. The height of the photograph should fall between 200 to 212 pixels.

5.Proof Of Identity (Any -1)

6.Proof Of Address (Any -1)

While applying online for any service after this process, there is no need to attach the photo, identity proof and address proof.

Step 5: On completing the registration form, click Register.


Step 6: In the Login section, enter the login credentials and select the district from the drop-down list. Click Login that directs to the portal for application.

Step 7: Select the Revenue Department and click Non-Creamy Layer service.


Step 8: The application form for the Non-Creamy Layer certificate appears. Enter the required details and click submit.

Upload the mentioned documents in the prescribed format.

Make the necessary payment. Click submit.


Track Application Status


Select Revenue Department from the drop-down list.

Select Revenue Services from the drop-down list.

Select Non-Creamy Layer from the drop-down list.

The application status can be tracked by entering the Application ID you have received while applying for the certificate. After entering the valid Application ID, you can find the status of your application.

Verify Certificate:

After the completion of all application processes, the digitally signed certificate will be released.


Select Revenue Department from the drop-down list.

Select Revenue Services from the drop-down list.

Select Non-Creamy Layer from the drop-down list.

Enter the 18-digit barcode value to verify your certificate authentication.

Upon verification, download the certificate and print it.

Application for Appeal Three

As per the Right to Service Act, citizens can file the first appeal and the second appeal with senior officers within the department and third and final appeal can be filed before this commission in case of a delay in providing the services or denial of the services without adequate justification.