This is one of the best and the most beneficial scholarship programs for students from economically weaker sections. The pre-matric scholarship scheme for Scheduled Caste (SC) students is an opportunity for them to pursue their education and help them in becoming a part of society. This program is implemented by many states to support the academic aspirations of Scheduled Caste students who aspire to continue their secondary education by pursuing their Class IX or Class X curriculum.
The state government provides financial assistance in two installments, once at the beginning of each academic session. Students who wish to avail of this scholarship program must be a citizen of India, belong to the SC category, and reside in that particular state/UT as per their Aadhaar card or voter ID card. Students should also have a qualifying exam score (10th standard), as well as meet residence and age criteria, among others.
What is the Pre-Matric Scholarship for SC Students?
Basically, the pre-matric scholarship is a form of financial assistance provided by the state governments to students belonging to the scheduled caste category. Under this scheme, the government will pay the entire tuition fee, including the examination fee and other school-related expenses.
Students who wish to avail of this scholarship program must be a citizen of India, belong to the SC category and reside in that particular state/UT as per their Aadhaar card or voter ID card. Students should also have a qualifying exam score (10th standard), as well as meet residence and age criteria, among others. The scholarship amount is calculated on the basis of the number of students who have opted for it, the average income/family income of SC students and, the total number of seats available for SC students.
i) Students must be members of a scheduled caste
ii) The parent (s) or guardian (s) of the child should not earn more than Rs. 2.50 lakh annually.
He/she should not be receiving any further Centrally-Funded Pre-Matric Scholarships.
iii) However, recipients of the Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme for SC children may also be eligible for benefits under the National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Program of the Department of School Education.
iv) In accordance with the requirements of Section 7 of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits, and Services) Act 2016, a student must provide documentation proving they have an Aadhaar or submit to Aadhaar authentication. Students are expected to submit an application for Aadhaar enrolment if they have not already done so.
v) She or he must be a regular, full-time student enrolled in a government school, a school accredited by the government, or a school that is recognised by a Central or State Board of Secondary Education.
vi) Scholarships for taking any class will only be offered for a single academic year. A student who needs to repeat a class will not be eligible for a scholarship for that class in the following year.
For the whole period of the course, the following are included in the value of the scholarship:
i)scholarships and other grants;
ii) a special allowance for kids with disabilities enrolled in accredited private schools but receiving no government assistance.
Here are the specifics:
The following rates will apply to grants and other scholarships:
|Scholarship (Rs. p.m.) (for 10 months)||225||525|
|Books and Ad hoc Grant (Rs. p.a.)||750||1000|
(iii) Supplemental Allowances for SC Disabled Students Attending Private Unaided Schools –
Financial aid is already being provided to students with disabilities enrolled in government, local authority, and government-aided secondary schools under the Centrally-sponsored Scheme of “Inclusive Education of the Disabled at Secondary Stage” (IEDSS) being carried out by the M/o HRD.
IEDSS does not, however, apply to pupils in schools without outside assistance.
Therefore, the following allowances will be available to SC children with disabilities enrolled in classes IX and X of private, independent, recognised schools under this Scheme:
|Allowances for students with disabilities studying in Private unaided Schools||Amount (In Rs.)|
|(i) Monthly Reader Allowance for Blind students 160||160|
|(ii) Monthly Transport Allowance for students with disabilities|
(as defined in the Persons with Disabilities Act 1995), if such
students do not reside in the hostel which is
within the premises of the Educational Institution.
|(iii) Monthly Escort Allowance for Severely Disabled (i.e. with|
80% or higher disability) Day Scholars/Students with low
|(iv) Monthly Helper Allowance admissible to any of the hostel|
willing to extend help to a severely orthopaedically
handicapped student residing in the hostel of an Educational
Institution who may need the assistance of a helper.
|(v) Monthly Coaching Allowance to Mentally Retarded and|
Mentally ill Students.
If a State or UT scholarship site is accessible, applicants may submit their applications online; if not, they must do so in writing. The paperwork can be scanned and uploaded if you’re applying online. In accordance with the portal’s requirements, a hard copy of the application will be submitted.
The following must be included in every application, whether it be submitted online or on a paOncopy of the scholarship application in the required format.
- A single photo the size of a passport bearing the student’s signature (for fresh scholarship).
- A single self-attested copy of each certificate, diploma, degree, etc. for all exams passed.
- A caste certificate that has been properly signed by an authorised revenue officer with at least the Tehsildar rank.
- Income declaration for parents or guardians who are self-employed should be made on a certificate from a revenue officer with at least the Tehsildar rank. Parents and guardians who are employed must have an income certificate from their employment. For any other additional sources of income, employed parents or guardians should get a consolidated certificate from the revenue officer.
- In accordance with Section 7 of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act 2016, students are expected to provide documentation proving their Aadhaar ownership or submit to Aadhaar authentication. Students must submit an application for Aadhaar enrolment if they haven’t already.
- Students must submit their scholarship applications by November 30th of the academic year in which they are enrolled, though state officials may extend the deadline if necessary.
(Note: When submitting a hard copy, all copies must be self-attested.)
Applications that are complete in every way must be submitted to the head of the institution or school that the candidates are currently enrolled in or last attended. The head of the institution will review the applications and forward them along with his recommendation to the sanctioning authority.
Duration and Renewal of Scholarship
- During an academic year, the scholarship will be paid for 10 months.
- The award, once given, is subject to continued good behaviour and attendance consistency. After the student completes Class IX, it will be reissued for Class X.
Payment of Scholarship
i) Scholarships are paid from April 1st or, if later, from the month of admission to the month in which exams are finished, at the conclusion of the academic year (including holidays).
However, if a scholar is admitted after the twentieth day of a given month, the amount will be paid from the month following the month of admission.
ii) If a scholarship is renewed, it will begin to be paid in the month that comes after the month that it was in the prior year.
iii) The scholarship funds will be awarded to the chosen students by the State/Union Territory Administration, to which they belong, in accordance with the guidelines they have established in this respect.