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The Central Universities, institutions of national importance and deemed to be universities admit students on an all-India basis. So also do the autonomous institutions offering AICTE approved management courses. On the other hand, in almost all the States, students seeking admission to educational institutions, particularly those offering professional courses, are required to fulfil domicile requirements as specified by the State Governments concerned. However, the specifications vary from State to State.

For purposes of admission, domicile is often defined as the place of permanent residence. In some cases, this is determined by the specified period of continuous stay in the State concerned. Often, the place of birth is the determining factor. In some States, passing the qualifying examinations from institutions located in the State is enough to earn the domicile status.

The number of years a candidate must study in the State is often specified as the necessary requirement. But exceptions are made in respect of candidates if their parents are permanent residents of the State. However, all the States admit the children of employees of Central Government and Central public sector undertakings and the United Nations posted in States. The information bulletins for the common entrance tests contain detailed information about domicile requirements.



There was a time when the private professional institutions, mostly in Karnataka and Maharashtra, used to admit students from other States against payment of what came to be known as “capitation fee”. With the introduction of common entrance tests by the State Governments for regulating admission procedures, the domicile rule was extended to such private institutions also. Some States permitted admission of students from outside the state but were charged higher rate of tuition fees.

For example, the Karnataka Government specified that Karnataka students admitted to government seats to be charged Rs.2,000 per annum and those admitted to non-government seats should pay Rs.25,000 per annum. Non-Karnataka students, on the other hand, were required to pay a tuition fee not exceeding Rs.60,000 per annum. The Division Bench of the Supreme Court quashed the Karnataka Government order on the ground that the amount specified for non-Karnataka students was not tuition fee but “capitation fee”.

The decision of the Division bench, in turn, was quashed by the Constitution bench of the Supreme Court in the case Unnikrishnan JP and others vs State of Andhra Pradesh and others ((1933) 1, Sec 645). The Supreme Court directed the creation of two categories of seats in professional institutions – “free seats” (also called “merit seats”) and “Payment seats”. Generally, all seats in university institutions and government institutions and 50% of the seats in private institutions are “free seats”. The remaining 50% of the seats in private institutions are “payment seats”. In some States (e.g., Maharashtra) even 50% of he seats in university institutions and government institutions are also treated as “payment seats”.

Almost all the states admit students from outside of it only to the “payment seats”. Generally, the candidates from the States, get the first preference in payment seats. Often the upper limit of seats open to outsiders is also specified. For example, Karnataka Government specifies that “Forty five% of Engineering seats falling under the payment category and available in Private Unaided Institutions, other than minority institutions, shall be allocated to Karnataka quota, Seats remaining unfilled after admissions to Karnataka quota shall be allocated to non-Karnataka quota subject to the maximum of Fifteen% of the payment seats”. Children of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) are eligible only for “payment seats”.



In some states students from other states are admitted in accordance with the “reciprocal quota” basis. Such candidates are sponsored by the State Governments concerned. Some states admit students to certain professional courses on an all-India basis. For example, Madhya Pradesh Government has allocated 50% of the seats in MBA and MCA courses in university institutions for students belonging to other States.

I dont have domicile what can i do ?
Posted by:-Anjali kadiyan.     On: May 14, 2017 - 6:24:33 PM
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sir i born in bihar and studied 1-6 class in bihar and now i am in ahmedabad and study in12th class how to make my domicile please guide me
Posted by:-shailesh kunar.     On: Apr 8, 2017 - 10:04:19 PM
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I am residing in Odisha since last 50 years and at present also own a house on lease from Development Authority My daughter is studying in class - VIII at Rourkela , Can she get a Domicil Certificate here,
Posted by:-MADAN SHARMA.     On: Jun 30, 2016 - 9:35:58 AM
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my father working in Central govt so domicile certificate is necessary for me or not for medical entrance exams
Posted by:-alok kumar rajak.     On: Dec 18, 2015 - 1:28:27 AM
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We r from telangana state born and brought up in hyderabad oftelangana state 12 years back we moved to uae as my husband was employed there My daughter studied from the beginning in Uae Now she is in grade 9 I want know the domicile period for her to take admission In any professional course I also want a list of professional courses which require domicile period
Posted by:-sameera.     On: Apr 14, 2015 - 6:53:50 PM
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Cast based reservation to outside staters who resides in Maharashtra since last 30 years
Posted by:-p.a.naik.     On: Mar 12, 2015 - 5:05:00 AM
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i am born in Mumbai and studied until 6th standard Now i reside in Karnataka and will pass my 12th Std exams from Karnataka what is my domicile status??
Posted by:-sandeep sinha.     On: Feb 27, 2015 - 8:51:08 AM
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which children not stay from birth in other then that child cannot thing to being a engineer why domicile is give to the college when that child passed sec & higher education from maharashtra state he is not having domicile certificate then he is not having chance to being engineer why
Posted by:-ravi.     On: Jan 21, 2014 - 10:47:14 PM
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which documents required for this card
Posted by:-shaikh tarique.     On: Jul 25, 2013 - 1:18:38 AM
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For Engg college admission in Karnataka, what % of seats are reserved for domicile folks? My Son is studing in Bangalore from grade 7 & has completed 4 years will he be domicile even if he moves to another state for 11 & 12?
Posted by:-Anirudh Dutta.     On: Feb 4, 2013 - 7:34:56 PM
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how to determine domicile of armed forces personal children
Posted by:-shilpee.     On: Feb 12, 2012 - 10:16:20 PM
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Am a Nigerian, i live in Nigeria and i wish to futher my education in india with national diploma from a polytecnic in Nigeria into a university in idian to study any food technological course
Posted by:-Gift.     On: Nov 22, 2011 - 3:44:11 AM
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very good info, can u guide me , my daughter is in 9 th grade, we have to move her to karnataka from tamilnadu, how her luck will turn when she passes 12 th w r t engineering addmission specially concerned w r t karanataka domicile rule
Posted by:-kapil.     On: Sep 12, 2011 - 1:42:16 PM
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i am a nigerian and i live in nigeria i have higher national diploma in ststistics from a polytechnic in nigeria i am seeking admission into any university in india to further my education with my qualification can i be admitted into a computer class of any level in technology, i respect india
Posted by:-kazeem.     On: Dec 4, 2010 - 11:23:26 PM
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