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Everything you need to know about E-awas

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If you are a government employee, in this article, we give you details to get a government allotted home on a bidding basis close to your workspace if you are based in and around Delhi NCR. 

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This allotment happens in a hassle-free manner via a governance tool called e-awas and an online portal called e-sampada under the General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) system. E-awas ensures a transparent, corruption-free allotment of houses from the government to employees (G-2-E).

General Pool Residential Accommodation

The central government, under the GPRA, holds as many as 65,000 residential units, all of which are steadily allotted as holiday homes or tax-free residential areas through the directorate of estates (DoE).

The Directorate of Estates’ core service administers the Government Residential Accommodation allotment to the officers/officials of eligible Government of India offices. The allotment process is entirely automated, done through the online allotment application.

Not everyone, however, is eligible for allotment. There is a strict process of perusal and review to which the DoE subjects the applications. Based on several factors, a waiting list is prepared, and the residential units are subsequently awarded based upon the eligibility criteria.

Read on to know more about e-awas and what conditions you must fulfil to avail of the government allotted housing facilities.

Eligibility criteria for GPRA 

Eligibility GPRA

One must negotiate many hurdles to avail the government allotted residential accommodations. Of them, the primary criteria to keep in mind are-

  • The applicants must be staff members of the central government or staff members employed within the NCT boundary. The applicants have to get their location approved by the Cabinet Committee on Accommodation (CCA).
  • For applicants working in government offices outside the boundary of Delhi, their proposals must be forwarded to the directorate after being approved by the CCA. Relevant information such as the status of office date of retirement must also be provided along with the proposals mentioned above.
  • The applicant must be based within the allocation zone. In Delhi, the entire NCT region is an allocation zone. The allocation region would comprise the city limits as mandated by regional offices in other cities.
  • The department for which the applicant works must not have an accommodation system for its employees. It is implemented to prevent an excessive hoarding of multiple properties.
  • All allotments are subjected to a prioritised waiting list. There are several priorities in availing housing facilities, with the residences differing accordingly.

Now that you are well-acquainted with the eligibility criteria for a GPRA through an e-awas facility let us look at the types of residences and grade pays accommodated by the automated e-awas system.

Types of residences and grade pay scales 

Residences and pay scales

It is pertinent to say that not all are equal among the 65,000 residences owned by the central government. Ergo, there are several stages or types of places allotted according to the grade pay scales of the applicant. The steps or types of places assigned by the automated e-awas are listed accordingly below :

Type 1

This type of residence is the most basic and abundantly available. The grade pay scale or basic pay allocated to applicants in this category ranges from Rs 1,300 to Rs 1,800 per month.

Type 2

This type of residence is of slightly higher stature than a type 1 residence and is, therefore, somewhat less in number. However, it is very abundant in number nonetheless. The grade pay scale or basic pay allocated to applicants in this category ranges from Rs 1,900 to 2,800 per month.

Type 3

This type of residence is lesser in number and is drastically more comfortable. The grade pay scale or basic pay allocated to applicants in this category ranges from Rs 4,200 to 4,800 per month.

Type 4

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Further up in the comfort scale is this type of residence. The grade pay scale or basic pay allocated to applicants in this category ranges from Rs 5,400 to 6600 per month.

Special type 4

This type of residence is allotted to applicants with a Rs 6,600 per month grade pay scale and above. Technically it is a part of type 4 government housing facilities.

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Type 5

This type of residence is highly comfortable and relatively less in number. The CPWD uses modern technologies to construct these houses, and these technologies are very cost-effective and speedy. It contains two subsections depending on the grade pay scales :

V-A (D-II)

Applicants will be allocated a monthly pay of Rs 7,600 to 8,000.

V-B (D-I)

Applicants will be allocated a monthly pay of Rs 8,700 to 8,900 INR.

Type 6

This type of residence onwards is an elite affair. To avail of this, you must be a senior officer. This type also contains two subsections depending on the grade pay scales :


Applicants will be allocated a monthly pay of Rs 10,000 

VI-B (C-I)

Applicants will be allocated a monthly pay of Rs 67,000 to 74,999.

Type 7

From this residence type onwards, the minister of urban development decides the general allocation of residences. Applicants are entitled to a monthly pay of Rs 75,000 to 79,999.

Type 8

The applicants are further entitled to a monthly pay of Rs 80,000 or above, one of the most elite and rare allocations.

Priority for accommodation allotment

In the case of the lower types of accommodations (types 1-4), the only factor is seniority or the date of joining the service.

In the case of higher types of accommodations, there are several factors such as:

  • Officers’ grade pay
  • Basic pay
  • Service joining date
  • Date from which the candidate is drawing his current pay

If all factors are found similar between two or more candidates, higher priority on the waiting list is granted to officers retiring earlier.

E-awas: How to log in/register?

The process of application for e-awas is a relatively simple and hassle-free one. The several steps involved are :

Step 1

Visit the official portal

Step 2

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You will be asked to click ‘ok’ on three slides. Read these carefully, as this would come in handy later. It is preferable to take a screenshot of these slides on your phone or pc (press ctrl + prtscn keys).

Step 3

Scroll down and click on the ‘read more’ option under the Government Residential Accommodation heading.

Step 4

You will be redirected to the page titled ‘our services’. Scroll down and select the ‘click here to login’ option.

Step 5

Enter your mobile no. or email on the sign-in prompt and fill the ‘i am not a robot’ captcha. Then click on get OTP and enter the OTP accordingly to sign in.

Remember: this must only be done if you already have an account created. If not, click on ‘register here’ to create an account. 

Step 6

If your first account, click on ‘register here’ and fill up the details accordingly. You must verify your email and phone number respectively to complete the process. 

The name used must be registered and used in your workspace.

Step 7

After everything is completed, click on submit.

Step 8

You will be required to create a login id. The password would be sent to your mobile number or email. You can change your password later if you wish.

Step 9

Fill in the service joining date or the date you commenced your service.

E-awas: How to apply for a residence?

After creating your login id, all you have to do is fill out a DE-2 form. After filling out the DE-2 form, take a clear print of this form and send it to the Director of Estates Office, Delhi.

After your form’s successful submission, you will be added to the waiting list.

Some points to remember

  • After successful allotment, the allottee must accept the house and collect the authority slip by the 18th of each month.
  • Technical possession must be taken by the 20th of the month, failing to carry the vacancy forward.
  • If the bidding process allows houses, the applicant must submit their updated profile by the last day of the previous month. (Let’s take the example of March 2022 bidding. The applicant must submit their details by February 28th, 2022.)
  • The bidding period goes on from the 1st day of the month to the 9th day (From March 1st to March 9th) up to 5 pm.
  • The houses are allotted from the 10th day of the month (for the march bidding cycle, allotment starts from 10th march, 2022 on a waiting list basis)

E-awas benefits for applicants serving at the same station for long period

In reference to Type I (Existing grade pay/basic pay in the range of INR 1300-INR 1800) and Type IV (Existing grade pay/basic pay in the range of INR 5400-INR 6600) employees who have served continuously at a specific station for a period of five years as on 1st January of the same year are given a special advantage.

As of 1st January on the year of completion of five years of constant employment at a specific station, they are given a one-year edge over and above their dates of joining the Central Government service when it comes to calculating their levels of priority in the allotment waiting list. 

E-awas contact details

If you face any difficulties, you may contact these numbers and emails for a comprehensive, in-depth solution to your problems :

  • For any application, registration, and bidding-related query, applicants can write to  
  • To directly get across queries to the Directorates of Estates (E-Awas Delhi), write to 
  • Contact numbers of e-awas Delhi – 011-23022199; 011-23062231; 011-23061319.

Through this digitised approach to government housing allotments, the government of India has greatly alleviated the hassle and paper-pushing, which was a characteristic of such allotments. Through its e-awas and e-sampada, the government has, in this post-pandemic period, struck a chord with its employees, ensuring increased productivity and incentive to join government offices, leading to an overall rise in functionality and national welfare as a whole.


What is General Pool Residential Application (GPRA) or Government Residential Application (GRA)?

GPRA or Government Pool Residential Application refers to the Central Government Residential Application that comes under the auspices of the Directorate of Estates in Delhi and 39 stations outside Delhi that contain metropolitan cities and tier-1 cities like Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, Chandigarh, etc.

What are the rules that govern the GPRA Accommodation?

The allotment of the GPRA accommodation is done according to the provisions declared in the Central GPRA Rules, 2017, and every other revision and executive instructions issued under those rules from time to time.

Who is eligible to apply under the GPRA Accommodation scheme?

Every Central Government employee employed under the government in any department or office and declared eligible to work under the General Pool are entitled to the GPRA Accommodation scheme.

What is the eligibility zone for applying for GPRA?

When it comes to the GPRA of Delhi, the entire area of Delhi NCT is applicable for those who want to avail themselves of the accommodation scheme. When it comes to cities outside Delhi NCR, the entire limits of the city or the area governed by the regional offices of the Directorate of Estates or the CPWD are considered for the allotment of accommodation.

Are the employees of the offices having departmental residential accommodation of their own also eligible for the GPRA?

Every employee and officer enjoying their own departmental pool residential accommodation is also eligible for the GPRA.

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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