From time to time Job seekers come across recruitment notifications form various Government Organizations and see that there is a mention of age relaxation for candidates belonging to reserved categories. This move is brought forward by the
Government of India to encourage candidates from such categories who were deprived of many benefits in the past.
The general relaxation in age seen in any Government company’s notification is as follows:
3 years for candidates belonging to OBC
5 years for candidates belonging to SC/ST
10 years for candidates belonging to PWD (General)
13 years for candidates belonging to PWD (OBC)
15 years for candidates belonging to PWD (SC/ST)
Example: In some recruitment notification, it is mentioned that the maximum age of applicants should be less than 28 years. This 28 years is for General (Unreserved) candidates. Applying the relaxations mentioned above, the maximum age of OBC applicant can be up to 31 years, 33 years for SC/ST applicant, 38 years for PWD applicant and so on.
Please note that these relaxations are only applicable for Central Government recruitment notifications and those Individual state recruitments may have different relaxation rules. For example, in Andhra Pradesh, OBC’s are given at par relaxation of 5 years in age along with SC/ST’s.
While it is not necessary for private companies to follow these rules, some companies implement their own relaxations for reserved candidates.