What Is the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) Quota?

Safalta Expert Published by: Blog Safalta Updated Sun, 20 Nov 2022 08:51 AM IST

The economically Weaker section is the un-reserved section of Indian society other than SCs, STs, and OBCs having annual family incomes less than 8 lakhs. EWS was introduced for the general category to provide the privileges, reserved category get in education and job employment. One thing to remember is that EWS does not include people belonging to caste categories SC/ST/OBC who already enjoy reservation privileges. This article gives detailed information on EWS. Daily Current Affair Quiz-Attempt Now with exciting prize

Table of contents:

  1. When EWS was implemented?

  2. Who comes under EWS?

  3. Benefits EWS gets.

Basically, the Economically weaker Section (EWS) is that un-reserved section of society whose annual family is less than 8 lakhs. It focuses on the population that doesn’t get covered in the 50% reservation policy for Scheduled castes (SCs), Scheduled tribes (STs), and Other backward classes (OBCs).  

When EWS was implemented?

EWS came into force when Supreme Court declared a 10% reservation to the Economically Weaker Section in education and public employment under the 103rd amendment act, 2019.

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The articles amended were Article 15 and Article 16. It enables both Central as well as state governments to provide reservations to EWS. 
 

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Who comes under EWS?

As mentioned above, EWS was introduced for the General category but even for the general category, there is an eligibility criterion to leverage the benefits under EWS. Here is a list of conditions to be fulfilled to come under EWS:

  • The first and foremost condition is, you must fall in the general category and not be covered in SC, ST, and OBC sections. Also, the MBC category of Tamil Nadu is not included in EWS. 
  • Secondly, the annual income of the family should not be more than 8 lakh rupees including all sources of income. 
  • Thirdly, If you have any agricultural land then it should not be more than 5 acres. 
  • Fourthly, You should not have any residential apartment having an area of more than 1000 square feet. 
  • Lastly, your residential plot should not be located in a designated municipality sector, more than 100 square yards. 

If you are meeting all the above points then you come in the Economically weaker section category. 

Benefits Economically weaker section gets:

What is EWS?

The economically Weaker section is the un-reserved section of Indian society other than SCs, STs, and OBCs having annual family incomes less than 8 lakhs.

When was EWS introduced?

EWS came into force when Supreme Court declared a 10% reservation to the Economically Weaker Section in education and public employment under the 103rd amendment act, 2019.

For which category EWS was introduced?

EWS was introduced for the General category. It does not include Scheduled castes (SCs), Scheduled tribes (STs), and Other backward classes (OBCs). 

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