Indian Government to revisit ‘₹ 8 lakh income’ cap for EWS quota


“considered decision” has been taken by the Union Government to revisit the criterion for determining the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in terms of the provisions of the Explanation to Article 15 of the Constitution (103rd Amendment) Act 2019.

Key Points:

  • NEET Counselling was put off as the court was hearing a case filed by NEET aspirants challenging a July 29 notification announcing 27% quota to OBCs and 10% reservation to the EWS in the All India Quota (AIQ) category.
  • The bench was led by Supreme Court Justice D.Y. Chandrachud. 

103rd Amendment Act, 2019

The One Hundred and Third Amendment of the Constitution of India, officially known as the Constitution (One Hundred and Third Amendment) Act, 2019, introduces 10% reservation for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) of society for admission to Central Government-run educational institutions and private educational institutions (except for minority educational institutions), and for employment in Central Government jobs.


  1. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Undergraduate) or NEET (UG), formerly known as the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT), is an all India pre-medical entrance test for students who wish to pursue undergraduate medical (MBBS), dental (BDS) and AYUSH (BAMS, BUMS, BHMS, etc.) courses in government and private institutions in India and also, for those intending to pursue primary medical qualification abroad.
  2. This exam is conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA).

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