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Introduction: The need to be computer literate is very essential with the exponential growth of information technology in every aspect of human life. To cope up with the rapid integration of information technology in day to day life, the competencies to computer literacy and efficient usage of computers is much more needed. The purpose of the study was to assess the computer literacy among the Below Poverty Line (BPL) community of Malda district for their compliance to IFLA information literacy model and its need.

Methodology: Survey research method was adopted for this study enquiring through structured questionnaire which contained 20 numbers of questions in 5 sections including demographic and computer literacy skills and aspects related to role of library in their life. Some questions comprising the computer literacy skills with relevance to IFLA E8 model test area as the E8 model is developed distinctively for Asia and Pacific region. The population of the study comprised of Below Poverty Line (BPL) community of Malda district within its 15 blocks. 385 respondents were selected through random sampling. Likert Scale has been used to transform qualitative data to quantitative data and mean score is used. Data analysis was done by using frequency counts and simple percentages.

Originality/ Value: The study is the community survey conducted in Malda district that needed to test the computer literacy skills of the Below Poverty Line (BPL) community. The findings are useful in assessing the effectiveness of computer literacy and the demand for the more effective approaches toward computer literacy and also the training and skill development for computer literacy in Malda district.