An income certificate is a document issued by a state’s respective office-bearer certifying the income of an individual or his family from all sources. The person or body authorized by the state government to issue income certificates varies from state to state. The state government may bestow Village Tehsildar, District Magistrate, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Collector, Revenue Circle Officer, or any other authority the power to issue such certification. With recent technological advancements, and Income certificate can also be obtained online.
Why should you get an Income Certificate?
An income certificate acts as eligibility proof for various schemes of the government. In certain states, it is also known as “EWS Certificate” or “Economically Weaker Section Certificate”. Some of the benefits that one can avail using the income certificate are:
- An income certificate needs to be produced to avail tax relaxation at the time of property purchase.
- Helps in securing admissions in educational institutions. Most universities in India have a 10% quota in seats for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) students. For securing an EWS Certificate, the income level varies state-wise. For instance, in Haryana, people having income less than 8 lakhs from all sources annually are eligible for the certificate but in Kerala, the limit is 4 lakhs per annum.
Certain central and state scholarship programmes for UG and PG college students are also open for students belonging to the EWS category.
- In the union territory of Delhi, state-sponsored coaching for JEE, NEET, Civil Services, and Judicial Examinations can be availed too, subject to other eligibility criteria.
- For availing free or concessional medical benefits like subsidized medicines, free treatment, and hospitalization.
- Helps in securing loans for personal and business consumption at concessional rates of interest.
- Receiving relief benefits like ration and rehabilitation among others from state and non-state agencies in times of a natural calamity, disaster, or pandemic.
- Widows and the elderly can apply for pension schemes, wherever applicable.
- Claiming entitlement to residence in government flats and under other housing schemes.
Documents Required for Online Income Certificate
- Valid Identity Proof
- Valid Address Proof
- A passport-sized coloured photograph of the applicant
- Income Proof
- Income tax return statement, or
- Salary slip, or
- Form 16 (if salaried)
- Certificate from concerned authorities for persons having income from agriculture, horticulture and veterinary sources
- Valid Age Proof
- Self Declaration
- Other Documents, as per the state’s requirements
Steps to get an income certificate online:
- Check Eligibility. One should not be a beneficiary of any of the government’s schemes for the unemployed. Employment, including self-employment, is a prerequisite for obtaining an income certificate for most of the states.
- Calculate your income from all sources. Before applying for an income certificate, the applicant must calculate the aggregate income earned by the family members. The income of the family is a sum of income from the applicant, spouse, father, mother, and unmarried family members. To calculate income, the total income from the following sources are necessary:
- Salary of the family member
- Income from Land
- Pension amount
- Income from business
- Income from labour
- The income of NRI Member
- Rental income
The following incomes are generally not necessary while calculating the income of a family:
- The income of widow daughter or sister
- Family pension
- Surrender leave salary
- Festival allowance
- Terminal benefits
- Visit your state’s District/Citizen portal on the web.
State-wise Online Application Portal Detail:
|S.No.||State||Where to apply?|
|Andhra Pradesh||Apply through the MEESEVA app of the Government of Andhra Pradesh.|
|2.||Arunachal Pradesh||Apply through Arunachal eServices portal of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh.|
|3.||Assam||Apply through e-District services of Assam state portal.|
|4.||Bihar||Apply through RTPS portal of Bihar Government.|
|5.||Chhattisgarh||Apply through the e-district portal of Chhattisgarh state.|
|6.||Goa||Apply through Goa Online portal.|
|7.||Gujarat||Apply through the Digital Gujarat portal.|
|8.||Haryana||Apply through the e-Disha portal of Haryana.|
|9.||Himachal Pradesh||Apply online through Himachal Online Seva (e-District) portal.|
|10.||Jharkhand||Apply online through Jharkhand e-District (JharSewa) portal.|
|11.||Karnataka||Apply online through the official website of Nadakacheri AJSK.|
|12.||Kerala||Apply online through Akshaya portal of the Government of Kerala.|
|13.||Madhya Pradesh||Apply online through MP e-District portal.|
|14.||Maharashtra||Apply online through Aaple Sarkar portal of the Government of Maharashtra.|
|15.||Manipur||Apply through the e-District portal of Manipur.|
|16.||Meghalaya||Apply through the e-District portal of Meghalaya.|
|17.||Mizoram||Apply through the e-District portal of Mizoram.|
|18.||Nagaland||Apply through the e-District portal of Nagaland.|
|19.||Odisha||Apply through the e-District portal of Odisha.|
|20.||Punjab||Apply through the state portal of Punjab.|
|21.||Rajasthan||Apply through e-Mitra portal of the Government of Rajasthan.|
|22.||Sikkim||Apply through the e-Services portal of Sikkim.|
|23.||Tamil Nadu||Apply through the Tamil Nadu e-Sevai center.|
|24.||Telangana||Apply through the MeeSeva portal of the Government of Telangana.|
|25.||Tripura||Apply through e-District portal of Tripura.|
|26.||Uttar Pradesh||Apply through e-Saathi web portal or mobile app.|
|27.||Uttarakhand||Apply through the e-District portal of Uttarakhand.|
|28.||West Bengal||Apply through West Bengal e-District portal.|
|29.||Andaman and Nicobar Islands||Apply through the official portal of Andaman & Nicobar Administration.|
|30.||Chandigarh||Apply through Sampark portal of Chandigarh.|
|31.||Dadra and Nagar Haveli||Apply through the official portal of Dadra and Nagar Haveli Administration.|
|32.||Daman and Diu||Apply through the official portal of Daman and Diu Administration.|
|33.||Delhi||Apply through e-District portal of Delhi.|
|34.||Jammu and Kashmir||Apply through Jammu & Kashmir State e-Services.|
|35.||Ladakh||Apply offline through the Revenue Department.|
|37.||Puducherry||Apply through the e-District portal of Puducherry.|
- Register yourself on the portal and log in with the credentials you set.
- Under Revenue Department, click on Income Certificate (for educational or other purposes, as the case may be).
- Read the instructions and upload all the relevant documents. You shall receive the certificate, if approved, within 3-15 days depending upon a state’s timeline.
In case you wish to apply offline, download the form that may have popped up on your screen. Fill out the form and take it to the concerned office bearer (Tehsildar, District Magistrate, or Collector in most cases). For exact details of your state, click here.
- What is the application fee for an Income Certificate?
Depending upon the state governments, the fees may vary from INR 7 to INR 60.
- Can an individual apply for an income certificate?
Yes, an individual can apply online for income certification.
- What qualifies as valid identity proof?
The following, subject to state rules and regulations, qualifies as valid documents for identity proof:
- Aadhaar Card
- Voter ID Card
- Driving License
- PAN Card
- Identity card issued by a government or semi-government organization
- What qualifies as valid age proof?
The following, subject to state rules and regulations, qualifies as valid documents for proof of age:
- Birth Certificate
- High School Marksheet
- School Leaving Certificate
- Bonafide Certificate
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