College Admissions: OBC Creamy Layer Bar Might Be Raised To 8 LPA

College Admissions: OBC Creamy Layer Bar Might Be Raised To 8 LPA

The "creamy layer" bar for OBC might soon be raised from 6 LPA to 8 LPA. Is this the start of a new debate? How will it affect college admissions?


Nowadays, reservation plays an important role during college admissions.
Nowadays, reservation plays an important role during college admissions.

DISCLAIMER: The things expressed in this article are based on searched facts and the opinion of the author.

Reservation has been a touchy topic in India for quite some time now. Every year, especially during college admissions, reservation emerges as a brand new topic. Started as a temporary arrangement by the newly independent government of India to allow the people sidelined by the society to make their way to the fore has become more of a political vote bank now. Politics is being played in the name of reservation and riding on the wagon of caste.

From 6 LPA to 8 LPA

While in the recent times people have taken numerous stands against reservation, signing petitions and protesting being a few of them, the government seems to be in no mood to relent. If the recent news is to be believed then the “creamy layer” bar for OBC reservation might be raised to Rs. 8 lakh per annum.

The proposal which has been lying with the government for nearly a year is now in the final stages of approval. The application states that families belonging to the other backward caste and earning more than 8 lakh per annum should be classified as the “creamy layer”. Earlier the ceiling for “creamy layer” stood at Rs. 6 lakh per annum.

In the year 1993, the bar was at Rs. 1 lakh per annum which was further raised to Rs. 2.5 lakh per annum in 2004, Rs. 4.5 lakh per annum in 2008 and then Rs. 6 lakh per annum in 2013.

Reservation and its (non) benefits

Being in the creamy layer will mean that these families would not be able to avail the benefits of the Mandal reservation which allows members from OBC families to seek reservation in employment and education.

Giving reservation to OBCs and those belonging to schedule caste and schedule tribes has always been a sore thorn in the Indian education system. Very recently Delhi University announced the cut-off list for SC and ST students was announced at 0% while that for students belonging to general category stood at 94/200. There was a lot of hue and cry and the matter kicked off a grand debate, questioning the profitability of such a measure.

“While OBCs want the salary bar to be liberal to include relatively affluent families in the quota ambit, the upper castes complain that “forwards among backwards” are benefiting from the quota regime while the “backwards among forwards” (the economically weaker sections) are not extended any such government help. “ – Economics Times

What can be done

It remains to be seen as to what the final decision will be, but whatever turn it takes it is sure to affect college admissions. While you cannot escape the reservation policy during college admissions, you can prepare yourself for it when it comes to bagging a good job. You can do great internships, virtual internships or summer internships or any internship you can lay your hands on and which will enhance your employability skills and make you a better candidate to make yourself irreplaceable.

Your talents and hard-work will speak for you louder than any reservation.