Level of Study
Stage (including +2 stage)
Number of Scholarships- 43000 per year
This scheme has been in
operation since 1971-72. The objective of the scheme is to provide
opportunities to school students from rural areas to pursue secondary
stage education. The number of scholarships allocated is communicated to
the State Govts./UT Administration every year.
A student studying in a
school in a community development block in class VI to VIII is eligible
to compete for the scholarship. Category-wise distribution of 43,000
scholarships is as under:-
||4 Scholarships per Community
Development Block (4x 5000)
||Children of Landless Labourers
||2 scholarships per Community
Development Block (2x 5000)
||Scheduled Castes Children
||2 Scholarships per Community
Development Block (2x 5000) and 1 additional scholarship per CDB
having 20% or more SC population(1x 1500)
||Scheduled Tribes Children
||3 Scholarships per Tribal
Community Development Block (3x 500)
Eligible students are
required to appear in a two stage examination: First Stage: Examination
is conducted by the State Govts/UT Administration. The number of
selected students is generally ten times the number of scholarship to be
examination is conducted at the National level by NCERT. The local unit
set up in the State Institutes of Education in consultation with the
national level unit in the NCERT, prepare the test papers and organise
the examination throughout the States/UTs. The test consists of two
papers of 1 1/2 hours each for testing the innate abilities of students.
It is common to the entire State/UT. The final selection is made with
the Community Development Block as the Unit and top students in each
block are awarded scholarships.
Rs. 30 to 100 per month.
The scholarship is paid to the scholar through institution. Scholarship
commences from the month in which the admission is obtained in a School
and is paid up to the month in which last examination of the secondary
stage education is held. In the case of renewal in the succeeding year,
scholarship is paid from the month following that for which the
scholarship was paid during the previous academic year. The scholarship
is renewed subject to good academic progress.
If the scholar does not
make satisfactory progress, the scholarship is suspended.
District Inspector of
School/Director of Education State/UT Government.