Caste Certificate

 

The system of issuing permanent Community Certificate was introduced in the year 1988 in Tamil Nadu for the reduction of unnecessary pressure on the persons and also on the official machinery. This is valid for securing admission in all Educational Institutions and other professional institutions and also for employment.

 

  What is a Caste Certificate and Why is it Needed ?

 

A 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. This will applicable to other categories also.

 

  Eligibility

 

This system of issuing permanent Community Certificates will apply to the institutions in Tamil Nadu coming under the control of the State Government. It will not have any binding on the institutions of the Government of India, its undertakings and other State Governments.  

 

  Procedure

 

The applicant can make the request to the Tahsildar with or without the recommendation of the Revenue Inspectors/Village Administrative Officers.

 

The Tahsildar will fix a time when the certificate shall be issued either by him or by the Deputy Tahsildar. However, it may not exceed 15 days for all communities except the Scheduled Tribes. For the Scheduled Tribes, the maximum limit is 30 days.

 

The list of applicants for Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe Certificates may be published in the notice boards of Taluk and Panchayat Union Offices and Panchayats and Chavadi in the Village concerned inviting objections from the public before enquiry is made.

 

The Community is determined with reference to the documents registered, Community Certificates obtained earlier by the parents/relatives, school Certificates of the person concerned or of parents, open inquiries in the village including the members of the local body, verification of their place of residence, personal inquiry of the applicant, etc.

 

  Department Concerned

 

Taluk Office under the Revenue Department.

 

  Application Format

 

Caste Certificate Application Format (in Acrobat PDF Format)

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