Various of the government application form including for government jobs, scholarships and other benefit schemes will have a column or question regarding, Whether you belong to BC Non-Creamy Layer? Its most commonly applicable for BC (Backward Classes) and OBCs (Other Backward Classes) in India.
Government of India, Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) revises and maintains the definition of Creamy Layer categorization in the context of provisioning benefit of reservations to OBC children.
- The Creamy Layer status of a candidate is determined on the basis of the status of his parents ONLY. and
- NOT on the basis of his own status or income or
- NOT on the basis of status or income of his/her spouse.
while determining the creamy layer status of a person, the status or income of the candidate himself or of his/her spouse shall not be taken into account.
You can find the above terms and complete definition, clarification of terms related to Creamy Layer in the Memorandum send by the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) which is maintained here by National Commission for Backward Classes.
In simple terms, Creamy Layer is a income criteria to exclude socially advanced persons/sections from the purview of reservation for the OBCs (Other Backward Classes).
A OBC or BC caste candidate will belong to Creamy Layer, if his/her parents combined earnings are 6 lakh rupees (Rs. 6,00,000/-) and above, for a period of three consecutive years. Otherwise, the candidate falls under NON Creamy Layer.
Illustration: You’ll fall under Creamy Layer if your
Mother + Father combined earnings 6,00,000 or above, in last financial year (say for 2014) +
Mother + Father combined earnings 6,00,000 or above in 2 year ago (say for 2013) +
Mother + Father combined earnings 6,00,000 or above in 3 year ago (say for 2012)
for you to fall under Creamy Layer, your parents should have earned 6,00,000 in 2012 + 6,00,000 in 2013 + 6,00,000 in 2014, then in 2015 you’ll fall under Creamy Layer and can NOT avail any of the benefits of reservations.
The term “Creamy Layer” was introduced by Sattanathan Commission in 1971, The Supreme Court of India defined it further clearly.
PDF of Memorandum send by the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT):
Format of Revised OBC Caste Certificate with mention about Creamy Layer Status
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