Special Category Status and States

Special Status vs. Special Category Status – What’s the difference?

  1. Special Status is guaranteed by the Constitution of India through an Act passed by the two-third majority in both houses of the Parliament (example – J&K)
  2. Special Category Status is granted by the National Development Council, an administrative body of the government.


While Special Status empowers legislative and political rights, Special Category Status deals only with economic, administrative and financial aspects.

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