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Apply In-Person:

  1. The applicant may contact the concerned employment office to apply.
  2. Obtain the application form from the respective counter OR write on a plain paper
  3. A duly completed application form or written application along with required documents may be sent by post or delivered personally to the officer in charge of concerned employment office.
  4. The submitted application form and documents will be verified. If all are OK, authority will process the application and provide you with the receipt. Please keep it safe for future requirement.
  5. The claim of Unemployment Allowance of the candidate will be forwarded to the concerned Treasury / applicable department office to process further.
  6. Once approved, the amount gets credited in the bank account of the candidate.

  • Every claimant to the unemployment allowance shall be required to give an undertaking in the form of an affidavit duly attested, in every subsequent quarter to the effect that no change has occurred in the facts relating to self, his/her family’s income and unemployment status. Such undertaking shall be filed by the Claimant in the employment exchange of his registration.
  • In some states applicant shall approach over the counter services like CSC centres/e-seva etc to apply.
  • In some states applicant shall apply using the respective state department online portal.
  • Find the contact details and application form from the respective state portal procedures by using the link provided under respective states below.

Please select the state name for respective State Procedure.
AssamBiharChandigarhChhattisgarh – [XXXX Daman and Diu] – GoaHaryanaHimachal PradeshJammu and KashmirJharkhandKeralaLakshadweepMadhya PradeshManipurMeghalayaMizoramNagalandNew DelhiOdishaPuducherryPunjabRajasthanTripura – [XXXXX Uttar Pradesh] – Uttarakhand

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Required Documents[edit]

  • Application form.
  • Three specimen signatures, duly attested by a Gazetted Officer.
  • Domicile certificate issued by a competent authority (As applicable)
  • An affidavit duly attested by a Magistrate/ Oath Commissioner in support of his/her claim for unemployment allowance.
  • A medical certificate from Medical Officer of Government hospital/ dispensary (to be furnished duly by blind, deaf and dumb &ortho applicants registered with the special Employment Exchange for Physically Handicapped persons, as applicable)
  • Aadhaar card.
  • Bank account details
  • Mobile number.
  • Passport size photograph of applicant (please take 5 copies).
  • Certificate to prove the place of residence.
  • Certificate to prove age.
  • Certificate to prove caste, if they belong to reservation communities.
  • In case of disabled persons, Medical Certificates to prove Disability.
  • Any other document to claim benefits offered by respective state government as advised by authorities.


  • All original and copy of original with self attestation as advised by respective authorities to be submitted as per requirement.
  • Apart from the above documents authorities may ask to submit additional information or documents. Please provide them for processing.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Ministry of Labour & Employment,
Govt. of India,
Shram Shakti Bhawan, Rafi Marg,
New Delhi-110001.
For contact details : online link

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  • A candidate must pass 10th or the norm fixed by respective state and must be between the age of 17 to 40 years (Please refer respective state norms).
  • The annual family income of candidates must be less than Rs.12000/ or as per the state norms.
  • Candidate should not be a regular student and he must be unemployed.
  • Candidates avail unemployment allowance according to as follow:
  • For Blind, Deaf & Dumb impaired candidates:
    • After first quarter from the date of registration.
  • For Orthopedically Handicapped candidates:
    • After one year from the date of registration.
  • For Other category candidate:
    • After 3 years from the date of registration.


Service is free.


Age limit :

  • 30 years for general candidate or as per norms.
  • 35 years for SC/ST/Disabled/Women or as per norms

Documents to Use[edit]

Please attach documents which can be used by people who would like to follow this procedure.    
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Sample Documents[edit]

  1. Name of the applicant (In Block letters):
  2. Father’s Name (In respect of men and unmarried women):
  3. Husband’s Name (In respect of married women):
  4. Permanent address:
  5. Name of Employment Exchange where registration is continuing:
  6. Current Registration number allotted by the Exchange:
  7. Occupation and N.C.O. in which registered.
  8. Applicant’s educational qualifications:
    Qualifications ---- Date from which registered at the Exchange.
    • Matric or equivalent As Matric As Graduate
    • Graduate
  9. Documents to be attached with the application form.
    • Three specimen signatures, dully attested by a Gazetted Officer.
    • Domicile Certificate issued by a competent authority.
    • An affidavit duly attested by a Magistrate/ Oath Commissioner in support of his/her claim for unemployment allowance.
    • A Medical Certificate from Medical Officer of Government Hospital/ Dispenser(To be furnished duly by blind, deaf and dumb applicants registered with the Special Employment Exchange for Physically Handicapped persons, Punjab, Chandigarh).
    • A certificate of being of Assam origin (To be furnished by blind, deaf and dumb applicants only).
    • Three passport size photographs of the applicant, “dully attested by a Gazetted Officer”.
Signature of applicant

Processing Time[edit]

As notified by the department authority.

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications.
Attach videos using the following tag <&video type="website">video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites.
Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
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The eligible unemployed candidate who has registered with employment exchange can apply for this procedure.

Required Information[edit]

  • Name(as per certificate)
  • Fathers name(as per certificate)
  • Mobile number
  • Address(as per Family card)
  • Income related document as applicable.
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Need for the Document[edit]

  • The Departments of Employment in various States of India allow unemployed educated youth residing in the respective States to pre-register for impending job vacancies occurring in different sectors of that State.
  • Those who are registered with employment exchange and not provided employment are provided with allowance.
  • Candidates who possess educational qualifications other than those of professional and executive standards can register their educational qualifications with the respective Employment Exchanges in their districts

Information which might help[edit]

  • No candidate shall be allowed to register at more than one employment exchange
  • Whenever government vacancies are announced, list of registered members with suitable educational profiles are forwarded to respective employers for consideration.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

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More information which might help people.