Indian nationals belonging to certain categories are admitted under the seats reserved for them in accordance with the rules of the Government of India. The categories and the extent of reservation are as follows:

• Other Backward Classes belonging to the Non- Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL) - 27% of seats in the course. The backward class should be in the current central list of OBCs (http://www.ncbc.nic.in).

• Candidates belonging to the creamy layer of OBC are NOT entitled for reservation. Such candidates are treated as belonging to the OPEN (i.e., unreserved) category.

• Scheduled Caste (SC) - 15% of seats in the course.

• Scheduled Tribe (ST) - 7.5% of seats in the course.

• The benefit of reservation will be given only to those castes and tribes that are mentioned in the respective central list of corresponding states published by the Government of India. (http:// socialjustice.nic.in/sclist.php and http://tribal.nic. in/Content/list of Scheduled Tribes in India.aspx).

• The 3% reservation for PwD candidates is cycled over in a 4-year period, category-wise, as per rules pertaining to the admitting institute. If a PwD seat remains unfilled in a particular year, it will be reverted back to the category from which the PwD seat was assigned for that year.

• Leprosy-cured candidates who are otherwise fit to pursue the course are also included in PwD category.

• Candidates belonging to the OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PwD categories will be declared as qualified on the basis of a relaxed criterion [see RANK LISTS].

• Unfilled seats in the OBC-NCL category can be allotted to OPEN category candidates whereas seats remaining vacant under the SC and ST categories shall NOT be allotted to candidates belonging to other categories.

• The category chosen by a candidate at the time of registration for UCEED 2016 will be final and requests for any change of category will NOT be entertained at a later date.

• Candidates holding OCI/PIO cards are treated as belonging to the open (OPEN) category, and they will be eligible only for the seats for which everyone is eligible.

• Foreign nationals and OCI/PIO card holders are outside the ambit of reservation of seats under the OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PwD categories as specified herein.