OBC non-creamy layer income limit raised to Rs 8 lakh

Government of India has increased the OBC non-creamy layer income limit to 8 lacs p.a. Earlier the limit was 6 lacs p.a. Now students whose parents annual income is less than 8 lacs p.a. can avail the benefit of reservation at IIMs and other Government institutes.

The income limit to be eligible for reservation has been revised from time to time taking various economic factors into consideration.

The income limit was initially set at 1 lakh p.a. in 1993, thereafter it was raised to 2.5 lakhs p.a. in 2004 and then it was increased to 4.5 lakhs p.a. in 2008 and then to 6 lakhs p.a in 2013.

The income in this definition refers only to the income of the parents and not the candidate's income.

OBC candidates who fall under creamy layer are treated as general category and they do not have any reservation at the Government institutions.

CAT aspirants can check if they fall under OBC category or not by using the following link.

The following table shows reservation policy of all the Central Government educational institutions ( including IIMs and IITs )

Category Percentage of seats reserved
SC 15
ST 7.5
DA 3

The following are some of the good B-schools which offer reservation to OBC-NC category applicants

  • IIMs
  • IITs
  • FMS Delhi
  • NITIE-Mumbai
  • IIFT
  • TISS Mumbai
  • FMS BHU Varanasi
  • IIFM Bhopal
  • Department of Financial Studies (DFS), University of Delhi, South Campus
  • Department of Commerce,University of Delhi,Delhi School of Economics
  • Department of Management Studies (DOMS), Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (IISc)