The government has implemented a 10% EWS quota for the general category. This refers to all applicants who are not subject to any reservations such as OBC, SC, ST, and excluding PH and Ex-Service Criteria and who pertain to economically backward sections. Today, the focus will be on EWS age relaxation and requirements to be eligible for EWS.

EWS Age Relaxation Latest News

The Government has officially dropped its proposal to relax the threshold for qualifying age and attempts at public jobs for top-ranking applicants under 10% of the Economically Weaker Sections quota. The plan was moved in the form of a cabinet note from the Ministry of Social Justice and was supposed to be cleared quickly, but political reconsideration seems to have given it away for now.

R Subrahmanyam, Secretary for Social Justice and Empowerment, said the cabinet note had been withdrawn. It said it needs to be explored in more depth.

The proposal specified that the age limit for eligibility for public jobs and education should be lowered by three years for EW persons, at the same time as the benefits available to OBS under the 27 percent Mandal quota. The plan was distributed to all ministries for input in the light of assurances from the Ministry of Justice that it would be cleared as soon as possible.

Also Read: Is UPSC Age Limit Reduced to 26?

UPSC Extra Attempt 2021 Granted or Not?

A team of 24 IAS applicants submitted a petition to the Supreme Court of India for an extra attempt at UPSC 2021. The UPSC claimed in the previous petition that the extra attempt could be considered for the Corona Fighters, but that it needs the consultation and consent of the Department of Personnel and Training.

The Supreme Court Judge AM Khanwilkar allowed the petition to be heard and a copy of the petition was sent to the counsel of the Union Public Service Commission a. UPSC must respond on the next date of the hearing. The hearing of the case will continue after the response of the UPSC to the Supreme Court of India.

Who is Eligible for EWS Quota?

In order to claim your EWS certificate you would need to meet these below-listed requirements:

  1. You should fall under the general category.
  2. Your family annual income should fall below Rs. 8 lakhs which comprises all the sectors such as agriculture, business, salary etc.
  3. Your family doesn’t own the 5 acres or more of agricultural land.
  4. Your family does not own a residential apartment of 1,000 square feet or more.
  5. Your family does not own a residential plot of 100 square yards or more.
  6. Your family does not own a commercial plot with an area of 200 square yards or more.

Once you satisfy all the requirements, you can apply for the EWS certificate which is known as the income and assets certificate. You would need to get it signed by the local tehsildar and provide identity proof documents as well.


It is a great initiative by the government to support the economically weaker individuals of the society falling under the general category. If you are someone who falls in the general category and meets all the conditions for the eligibility of EWS, then you should definitely take advantage of this quota and create awareness about this quota among your friends because it is a newly added quota so not many people would be aware of it. This quota has the potential to encourage people who are not economically privileged and increase their chances of making it to the Indian police or administrative services.

Read Also: How to Claim EWS Reservation in UPSC?

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EWS Age Relaxation In UPSC: Find Out to Know If You Can Get a UPSC Extra attempt 2021
Why should you know about this quota specially made for economically weaker sections? Find out if you are eligible or not. It offers 10% reservations for UPSC exams. Can you get an extra attempt in 2021 for UPSC?
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