A method based on the application of Kötter's equation is proposed to evaluate active earth pressure on an inclined wall retaining horizontal cohesionless backfill with uniform surcharge. This method considers only the effect of surcharge for the analysis. It is successfully used to evaluate the magnitude and point of application of reaction on the failure surface. The coefficient of active earth pressure and point of application of the active thrust are computed for different combinations of soil and wall properties and the results are presented in dimensionless forms. A fairly good comparison is seen with the available solutions.