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Vokkaligas, Lingayats Share In Reservation

Vokkaligas, Lingayats Share In Reservation:

Karnataka has categorized the two dominant communities, Vokkaligas and Lingayats, as “moderately backward” from the “backward” category in a move that could increase their share in reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBC).

  • Karnataka currently has 32% quota for OBC, and 17% and 7% quota for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, respectively, taking the total to 56%.
  • The Panchamasali sub-sect of Veerashaiva Lingayats has demanded inclusion in the 2A category which has 15% quota from their current 3B category which has 5% quota.
  • The Cabinet’s decision is based on the recommendations of the Karnataka State Commission for Backward Classes
  • The Vokkaliga community, which is currently in the 3A category, will be moved to a newly-created 2C category with 4% reservation.
  • And the Lingayat community, which is in the 3B category, will now be in a new 2D category with 5% reservation.
  • The Cabinet decision ensures that there is no sub-categorisation of the Lingayat community.
  • The Lingayats are a dominant community who make up nearly 17% of Karnataka’s six crore population- followed by Vokkaligas.
  • The new categories will not affect the existing reservation provided to other communities.
  • The reservation will be applicable only in education and jobs, and “not political reservation.


  • The term Lingayat denotes a person who wears a personal linga, an iconic form of god Shiva, on the body which is received during the initiation ceremony.
  • Lingayats are the followers of the 12th-century social reformer-philosopher poet, Basaveshwara.