New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday held that
the minimum eligibility percentage for admission in central
universities for OBC category should be at most 10 per cent
less than that of general category students.
A bench headed by Justice R V Raveendran said that the
eligibility criteria for OBC category students should not be
decided on the basis of admission given to the last candidate
in general category.
The bench, however, clarified that there would be no
disturbances in the admissions which have already been done by
the universities for this academic session.
The court`s clarification came a petition filed by P V
Indersan, a former professor of IIT Madras, seeking its
direction in the light of discrepancies in implementation of
OBC quota in different educational institutions.
Indersan had approached the apex court challenging a
Delhi High Court judgement which said the cut-off marks for
OBC candidates should be 10 per cent less than the minimum
eligible marks for general category candidates.
He pointed out that there are discrepancies in
implementing OBC quota in central universities.
He had submitted that Delhi University is following a
different yardstick by which the gap in cut-off for OBC
students and general category students should not be more than
10 per cent where as in JNU, the practice of 10 per cent
relaxation in minimum eligibility criteria is being followed.
The apex court, after hearing all the sides, upheld the
Delhi High Court order.