Scheme of Post Matric Scholarships to the Students Belonging to Scheduled Castes


Scheme of Post Matric Scholarships to the Students Belonging to Scheduled Castes gives post-matric scholarship to the students belonging to Scheduled Castes


The prime goal of this scheme is to provide financial assistance to the Scheduled Caste students studying at post matriculation or post-secondary stage to enable them to complete their education.


Student should fulfill the following conditions:

  1. Students belonging to Scheduled Castes i.e. permanently settled and who have passed the Matriculation or Higher Secondary or any higher examination of a recognised University or Board of Secondary Education can avail the benefits of this scheme.
  2. The student should be the citizen of India
  3. These scholarships will be given for the study of all recognized post-matriculation or post-secondary courses pursued in recognized institutions with the following exceptions:
  4. "Scholarships are not given for training courses like Aircraft Maintenance Engineer's Courses and Private Pilot license Courses. Courses at Training - Ship Dufferin (Now Rajendra), courses of training at the Military College, Dehradun, courses at Pre-examination Training Centres of all India and State levels."
  5. Candidates who after passing one stage of education are studying in the same stage of education in different subject e.g. I.Sc. after I.A. or B.Com. after B.A. or M.A. in another subject will not be eligible.
  6. Students who, after having completed their educational career in one professional line, e.g. L.L.B. after B.T./B.Ed. will not be eligible. From the academic year 1980-81, studies in two professional courses are allowed.
  7. Students studying in Class 12th standard of the Higher Secondary School courses of the 12th Class of the Multipurpose High School will not be eligible for it being a continuous school course. However, in cases where 12th class examination of such courses is treated as equivalent to Matriculation and students who after passing 10th class join other courses, such students will be treated as post-matric students and will be eligible for the award of scholarships.
  8. Students pursuing Post Graduate courses in medicine are eligible if they are not allowed to practice during the period of their course.
  9. Students who after failing or passing the undergraduate/post-graduate examinations in Arts/Science/Commerce join any recognised professional or Technical certificate/diploma/degree courses will be awarded scholarships if otherwise eligible. No a subsequent failure will be condoned except courses in Group 'I'.
  10. Students who pursue their studies through correspondence courses are also eligible. The term correspondence includes distant and continuing education.
  11. The annual income of the employed students combined with the income of their parents/guardians should not more than the maximum prescribed income ceiling is made eligible to post-matric scholarships to the extent of reimbursement of all compulsorily payable non-refundable fees.
  12. All children of the same parents/guardians are eligible under this scheme.
  13. A scholarship holder under this scheme will not hold any other scholarship/stipend. If awarded any other scholarship/stipend, the a student can exercise his/her option for either of the two scholarships/stipends, whichever is more beneficial to him/her and should inform the awarding authority through the Head of the Institution about the option made. No scholarship will be paid to the students under this scheme from the date he/she accept another scholarship/stipend. The student can, however, accept free lodging or a grant or ad-hoc monetary help from the State Government or any other source for the purchase of books, equipment or for meeting the expenses of board and lodging in addition to the scholarship amount paid under this scheme.
  14. Scholarship holders who are receiving coaching in any of the pre-examination training centres with financial assistance from the Central Government/ State Government will not be eligible for stipend under the coaching schemes for the duration of the coaching programme.
  15. The annual income of the students' parents/guardians' income from all sources should not more than Rs. 2,50,000/- (Rupees Two lacs Fifty thousand only).


Students Belonging to Scheduled Castes


Value of Scholarship:

The value of scholarship includes the following for complete duration of the course:-

  1. maintenance allowance
  2. reimbursement of compulsory non-refundable fees
  3. study tour charges
  4. thesis typing/printing charges for Research Scholars
  5. book allowance for students pursuing correspondence courses
  6. book bank facility for specified courses, and
  7. additional allowance for students with disabilities, for the complete duration of the course.

The details are as follows:

Maintenance allowance:

Maintenance allowance
Groups Rate of Maintenance allowance (in Rupees per month)
Hostellers Day Scholars

Group I

  1. Degree and Post Graduate level courses in Medicine (Allopathic, Indian and other recognized systems of medicines), Engineering, Technology, Planning, Architecture, Design, Fashion Technology, Agriculture, Veterinary & Allied Sciences, Management, Business Finance /Administration, Computer Science/ Applications.
  2. Commercial Pilot License (including helicopter pilot and multiengine rating) course.
  3. Post Graduate Diploma courses in various branches of management & medicine.
  4. C.A./I.C.W.A./C.S./I.C.F.A. etc.
  5. M. Phil., Ph.D. and Post Doctoral Programmes (D. Litt., D.Sc. etc.), Group I, Group II and Group III courses
  6. L.L.M.
1200 550

Group II

  1. Professional Courses leading to Degree, Diploma, Certificate in areas like Pharmacy (B Pharma), Nursing(B Nursing), LLB, BFS, other para-medical branches like rehabilitation, diagnostics etc., Mass Communication, Hotel Management & Catering, Travel/Tourism/Hospitality Management, Interior Decoration, Nutrition & Dietetics, Commercial Art, Financial Services (e.g. Banking, Insurance, Taxation etc.) for which entrance qualification is minimum Sr. Secondary (10+2).
  2. Post Graduate courses not covered under Group I eg. MA/M Sc/M.Com/M Ed./M. Pharma etc.
820 530

Group III

All other courses leading to a graduate degree not covered under Group I & II eg. BA/B Sc/B Com etc.
570 300

Group IV

All post-matriculation level non-degree courses for which entrance qualification is High School (Class X), e.g.senior secondary certificate (class XI and XII); both general and vocational stream, ITI courses, 3-year diploma courses in Polytechnics, etc.
380 230

Additional Allowances for SC students with disabilities

  • Reader Allowance for blind Scholars
  • Provision of transport allowance up to Rs.160/- per month for disabled students, if such students do not reside in the hostel, which is within the premises of educational institution. The disability as per the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 is defined as blindness, low vision, leprosy-cured, hearing impairment, locomotor disability, mental retardation and mental illness.
  • Escort Allowance of Rs.160/- per month for severally handicapped day scholar students with low extremity disability.
  • Special Pay of Rs.160/- per month is admissible to any employee of the hostel willing to extend help to a severely orthopedically a handicapped student residing in the hostel of an educational The institution, who may need the assistance of a helper.
  • Allowance of Rs.240/- per month towards extra coaching to mentally retarded and mentally ill students.
Reader Allowance
Level of Course Reader Allowance (Rs. Per month)
Group I,II 240
Group III 200
Group IV 160


Scholars will be paid enrolment/registration, tuition, games, Union, Library, Magazine, Medical Examination and such other fees compulsorily payable by the scholar to the institution or University/Board. Refundable deposits like caution money, security deposit will, however, be excluded.

Note: Compulsory non-refundable fee charged by recognised institutions against free and paid seats of recognised courses can be fully reimbursed as per the fee structure approved by the competent State/Central Government authority. However, while sanctioning scholarship against paid seats, State Governments should make the income verification compulsory.

Study Tours

Study tour charges up to a maximum of Rs.1600 per annum, limited to the actual expenditure incurred by the student on transportation charges etc. will be paid to the scholars studying professional and technical courses, provided that the head of the institution certifies that the study tour is essential for the scholar for completion of his/her course of study.

Thesis Typing/Printing Charges

Thesis typing/printing charges up to a maximum of Rs.1600 will be paid to research scholars on the recommendation of the Head of the Institution.

Book Allowance for Students pursuing Correspondence /Distance Education Courses

The students pursuing such courses are also eligible for an annual allowance of Rs.1200/- for essential/prescribed books, besides reimbursement, of course, fees.

Book Banks

Book Banks are to be set up in all the Medical, Engineering, Agriculture, Law and Veterinary Degree Colleges and Institutes imparting Chartered Accountancy, MBA and alike Management courses and Polytechnics where Scheduled Caste students are in receipt of Post Matric Scholarship. The set of textbooks will be purchased for 2 such SC students at various stages except in respect of Post-graduate courses and Chartered Accountancy where it will be one set for each student. However, the ratio of sets and students will have to be adjusted to the total number of sets that could be procured within the total resources allocated to the State concerned.

The details of courses covered by setting up of Book Banks, ceiling of admissible expenditure per set of books and sharing criteria are given below:

Book Banks
S.No. Courses Sharing criteria Ceiling per set (or actual cost whichever is less) (In rupees)
1. Degree courses in Medical/Engineering 1 set for 2 students 7,500
2. Degree courses in veterinary -do- 5,000
3. Degree courses in Agriculture -do- 4,500
4. Polytechnics -do- 2,400
  1. Post Graduate courses in Medical, Engineering, Agriculture and veterinary courses and such other technical/alike courses as are approved by the Universities/institutes of higher learning.
  2. Law courses, L.L.B. (3 years and 5 years) LL.M. (2 years)
  3. Chartered Accountancy (intermediate and final)
  4. M.B.A. (2 years ) and similar courses
  5. Bio-Sciences
One set per student 5,000

Note: The said sets of books also include Braille Books, Talking Books. Cassettes for the visually Handicapped students.

The Book Banks are to be set up in all the recognised colleges/institutions where these courses are being offered as recognised courses.

Purchase of books for these Book Banks will be restricted to the prescribed text books for the entire courses.

The State Governments may constitute Expert Groups consisting of members from selected colleges/educational institutions of different regions to decide the adequate number of textbooks in a set (not reference books) required for each course.

The life period of one set of books has been fixed at 3 years. Thereafter the books may be disposed of by the institutions in the same manner as the books in the library subject to the guidelines if any, of the State Government/UT Administration in this regard.

These books are to be supplied to SC students in installments, depending on the course, semester structures etc.

The following rules shall govern the distribution of books to the students:

  1. Each SC student will be provided with an identity card for this purpose.
  2. Each SC student will be required to submit requisition for borrowing books from the Book Bank in a form to be provided for this purpose.
  3. The books would be returned to the Book Bank at the end of each term. The Principal of the college/institution will make every effort to ensure that those students who complete their course or those who drop out in the middle, return the books belonging to the Book Bank
  4. It is the responsibility of the student concern to maintain the books supplied to them from the Book Bank, in good condition.
  5. Any case of loss or damage to the books would attract penalty. In case of serious damage or loss of books, the student concerned will have to bear the cost of the book.

How To Apply

Contact to Head of the Institution/School

Sponsored By

Central Government of India


Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

Date of Launch

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