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West Bengal - Apply for Unemployment Allowance

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In India, unemployment allowance shall be provided to the candidates who have registered with employment offices with various norms.
Apply In-Person:

  1. Eligible applicant shall approach their respective employment registration office where they have registered.
  2. Please go to the respective employment registration office to consult with authorities about the unemployment allowance applying updated process.
  3. Link for List of Employment exchanges with Jurisdiction and Skill Development Institutions : Link for list
  4. Usually an educated unemployed applicant may give an application for the grant of unemployment allowance to the officer in-charge of the employment exchange where he/she is registered.
  5. A duly completed application form may be sent by post or delivered personally at the employment exchange against a receipt.
  6. 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.
  7. The claim of Unemployment Allowance of the candidate will be forwarded to the concerned Treasury / applicable department office to process further.
  8. Once approved, the amount gets credited in the bank account of the candidate as per norms..

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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.
  • e-mail ID.
  • 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.
Note : Please show above mentioned documents in original and attested copies thereof (to be submitted) at the time of applying.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Professional & Executive Office.
Directorate of Employment, West Bengal,
67, Bentinck st, (3rd floor), Kolkata – 69
Ph: 2237-6313 / 2237-6314 / 2237-6315

Link for Contact details: Contacts Link

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  • Different state has different norms for applying. The age limit, annual income of the family, registered candidate must be unemployed for a given period etc.
  • Please follow respective employment exchange office for details.


Service is free.


  • Unemployed allowance will be given for a specified period of time.
  • Rs.1,500 will be provided to the unemployed youth in the state under rhe 'Yuvashree'

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/ Dispensary(To be furnished duly by blind, deaf and dumb applicants registered with the special Employment Exchange for Physically Handicapped persons.
    • A certificate of being of West Bengal 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.
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Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
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sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
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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.