Government of India

Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment

(Backward Classes Division)





                                                                              I)             OBJECT

                                                                            II)             SCOPE

                                                                           III)             CONDITIONS OF ELIGIBILITY

                                                                         IV)             VALUE OF SCHOLARSHIP

                                                                           V)             SELECTION OF CANDIDATES

                                                                         VI)             DURATION AND RENEWAL OF AWARDS

                                                                        VII)             PAYMENT

                                                                      VIII)             OTHER CONDITIONS FOR THE AWARD

                                                                          IX)             ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE SCHEME

                                                                            X)             PROCEDURE FOR APPLYING

                                                                          XI)             MONITORING

                                                                         XII)             EVALUATION





I.       OBJECT

         The Government of India has since independence initiated a number of steps for improving the level of literacy and education. In this context, the Government has recognized that educational and economic support for backward classes has not been adequate and that there is disparity between them and the non-backward sections of the population at every level. It is self-evident and universally accepted that education is one of the key instruments of effective development of weaker sections.

         Based on the recommendations of the Working Group on Development and Welfare of Backward Classes, it is proposed to launch a new centrally sponsored Scheme of Post-matric Scholarship for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) students.

         The objective of the Scheme is to provide financial assistance to the Other Backward Classes (OBC) students studying at post matriculation or post secondary stage to enable them to complete their education.




II.      SCOPE

         These scholarships shall be available for studies in India only and will be awarded by the Government of State/ Union Territory to which the applicant actually belongs, i.e. permanently settled, 100% central assistance will be provided to State Governments/UT Administrations for this purpose.





(i)       The scholarships will be open to Indian nationals belonging to Other Backward Classes as notified by the Central Govt./ State Govt./ UT Admn.

(ii)      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 –

"Scholarships shall not be awarded for training courses like Aircraft Maintenance Engineer's Courses and Private License Courses, Courses at Training-Ship Dufferin (now INS Rajendra), Courses of training at the Military College, Dehradun, courses at Pre-examination Training Centers of All India and State levels and Trade Courses at the Industrial Training Institutes."

(Iii)     Only those candidates who belong to Other Backward Classes so specified in relation to the State/Union Territory to which the applicant actually belongs i.e. permanently settled and who have passed the Matriculation or Higher Secondary or any higher examination of a recognized University or Board of Secondary Education, will be eligible.

(iv)      Candidates who after passing one stage of education are studying in the same stage of education in a different subject e.g. I.Sc after I.A. or B.Com. after B.A. or M.A. in other subject will not be eligible.

(v)      Students who, after having completed their educational career in one professional line, e.g. LLB after B.T./B.Ed. will not be eligible.

(vi)      Students studying in Class XI of the Higher Secondary Schools which courses or the XII class of the Multipurpose High School will not be eligible for it being a continuous school courses. However, in cases, where tenth class examination of such courses is treated as equivalent to Matriculation and students who after passing tenth class join other courses, such students will be treated as post-matric students and will be eligible for the award of scholarships.

(vii)     Students pursuing Post-graduate courses in medicine will be eligible if they are not allowed to practice during the period of their course.

(viii)    Students who after failing or passing the under graduate/post-graduate examinations in Arts/Science/Commerce join any recognized professional or Technical certificate/diploma/degree courses will be awarded scholarships if otherwise eligible.  No subsequent failure will be condoned except courses in Group ‘A’, and no further change in the course will be allowed.

(ix)     Students who pursue their studies through correspondence courses will be eligible towards reimbursement of non-refundable fee. The term correspondence includes distant and continuing education. Besides reimbursement of non-refundable fee, such students will also be eligible for an annual allowance of Rs. 500 for essential/ prescribed books, as applicable.

(x)            Employed students whose income combined with the income of their parents/guardians does not exceed Rs. 44,500 per annum shall be eligible for post-matric scholarships to the extent of reimbursement of all compulsorily payable non-refundable fees.

(xi)     Only two children of the same parents/ guardian will be entitled to receive scholarships. This restriction will, however, not apply to girls. Accordingly, scholarships availed by girls of same parents/ guardians will not adversely afect admissibility of availing scholarship upto two boys of same parents/ guardian.

(xii)    A scholarship holder under this scheme will not hold any other scholarship/stipend.  If awarded any other scholarship/stipend, the students 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 dates he/she accepts another scholarship/stipend.  The student can however, accept free lodging or a grant or adhoc monetary help from the State Government or any other source for the purchase of books, equipment or for meeting the expenses on board and lodging in addition to the scholarship amount paid under this scheme.

(xiii)    Students who have already received coaching in any of the pre-examination training centers with financial assistance from the Government will not be eligible.

(xiv)    In case of unemployed students whose parents/ guardians' income from all sources does not exceed Rs. 44,500 per annum will be entitled for the scholarship under the scheme.

Note 1:

So long as either of the parents (or husband in the case of married unemployed girl student) are alive, only income of the parents/ husband, as the case may be, from all sources has to be taken into account and of no other members even though they may be earning. In the form of income declaration, income is to be declared on this basis. Only in the case where both the parents (or husband in the case of married but unemployed girl student) have died, the income of the guardian who is supporting the student in his/her studies has to be taken into consideration. Such students whose parent's income is affected due to unfortunate death of one of earning parents and resultantly comes within the income ceiling prescribed under the scheme, shall become eligible for scholarship, subject to their fulfilling other conditions of eligibility, from the month in which such sad incidence takes place. Applications for scholarships from such students can be considered even after lapse of last date of receipt of applications, on compassionate grounds.

Note 2:

House Rent Allowance received by the parents of a student shall be exempted from the computation of "income" if the same has been permitted to be exempted for purpose of Income Tax.

Note 3:

Income Certificate is required to be taken once only, i.e. at the time of admission to courses which are continuing for more than one year.





The value of scholarship includes maintenance allowance, reader charges for blind students, reimbursement of compulsory non-refundable fees, study tour charges, thesis typing/printing charges and book allowance for students pursuing correspondence courses, for complete duration of the course. The details are given below :-

(i)            Maintenance allowance :

Course of

Rate of Maintenance allowance

(Rupees per month)


Day Scholars

Group A

Medical/Engineering including Degree level courses in Indian Medicine, B.A.M.& S. and Comparable courses in Ayurvedic, Unani/Tibbia and Homeopathic System of Medicines.

B.Sc. (Agriculture/B.V. Sc./B.F.Sc. (Fisheries)

Higher Technical and all professional studies like degree and post graduate courses in Agricultural and Veterinary Science





Group B

Diploma level courses in Indian Medicine and Comparable courses in Ayurvedic, Unani/Tibbia and Homeopathic System of Medicine.

Diploma & comparable courss in Engineering, Technology, Architecture, medicine, diploma level courses in printing technology and courses for overseer draftsman, surveyor, commercial pilot license, diploma and higher courses in Hotel Management catering technology and applied nutrition.

Degree and post-graduate course in nursing and pharmacy.

Wireless and television operators/ sound recording and sound engineering motion picture, photography, film direction/ acting/ screenplay/ writing. Degree/post graduate Diploma courses in business management, chartered and cost/works accountancy.

  Post Graduate courses in Science subjects





Group C

Certificate course in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture and Medicine Diploma and Certificate courses in Agriculture, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Fisheries, Dairy Development, Hygiene and Public Health, Sanitary Inspector's course, Courses for Rural Services, Cooperation and Community Development, Sub-Officers' Course at the National Fire Service College, Nagpur, Library Science.

Degree/ Post Graduate Diploma and Post Graduate Courses in Teacher's Training, Library Science and Physical Education, Music Fine Arts and Law, Craft Instructor's Training Course, Certificate Course in Hotel Management/ Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition. Passenger Transport Management, Associate Degree in Pharmacy. Post Graduate courses in Arts and Commerce subjects.



Group D

General Courses upto Graduate level (2nd year and onward).







Group E

Classes XIth and XIIth in 10+2 System

Intermediate courses and first year of General courses upto graduate level



Note 1   Commercial Pilot License Course (CPL)

CPL course shall be covered under Group ‘B’.  The number of awards for CPL will be 20 per annum. Consequent upon receiving applications from concerned students concerned State Governments/ UT Admns. should scrutinize them for determining their eligibility under the Scheme and thereafter intimate the number of eligible applications for CPL training (with their names) for each financial year to Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment (the applications themselves need not be sent to the Ministry). Upon receipt of such information, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment will give clearance to the concerned States/UTs on the first-come first-serve basis upto 20 awards for the country as a whole. The selected candidates will be provided a maintenance allowance at rates applicable to Group "B" courses, i.e. Rs.290 per month for hostlers and Rs. 190 per month for day scholars. In addition all compulsory fees, including flight charges are to be provided in fee.

Note 2   M.Phil and Ph.D courses are post-graduation courses. Scholarship to such students may be paid at the rates of maintenance allowance for Group ‘A’, 'B' or ‘C’ depending on the course under these groups.

Note 3   Scholars who are entitled to free board and / or lodging will be paid maintenance charges at 1/3rd of Hostlers' rate.

(ii)           Reader Charges for blind students (Blind Scholars)

The blind scholars will be given additional amount as "Readers Charges" as mentioned below :


Reader Allownace (Rs. per month)

Group A, B, C


Group D


Group E


(iii)         Fees :

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 deposit like caution money, security deposit will, however, be excluded.

(iv)          Study Tours :

Study tour charges upto a maximum of Rs.500 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.

(v)            Thesis Typing/Printing Charges :

Thesis typing/printing charges upto a maximum of Rs.600 will be paid to research scholars on the recommendation of the Head of the Institution.





All the eligible Other Backward Classes candidates will be given scholarships subject to the condition of eligibility prescribed in para III of this scheme. Candidates belonging to one State but studying in other State will be awarded scholarship by the State to which they belong and will submit their applications to the competent authorities in that State. In the matter of exemption from fees or other concessions also they will be treated as if they were studying in their own State.





                      i)            The award once made will be tenable from the stage at which it is given to the completion of course subject to good conduct and regularity in attendance.  It will be renewed from year to year provided that within a course which is continuous for a number of years, the scholar secures promotion to the next higher class irrespective of the fact whether such examinations are conducted by a University of the Institution.

                     ii)            If an OBC scholar pursuing Group-A courses fails in the examination for the first time, the award may be renewed. For second and subsequent failures in any class, the student shall bear his/her own expenses until he/she secures promotion to the next higher class.

                   iii)            If a scholar is unable to appear in the annual examination owing to illness and/or on account of any other unforeseeable event, the award may be renewed for the next academic year on submission of medical certificate and/or other required sufficient proof to the satisfaction of the Head of the Institution and his/her certifying that the scholar would have passed had he appeared in the examination.

                    iv)            If according to the Regulations of a University/Institution, a student is promoted to the next higher class even though he/she may not have actually passed in lower class and is required to take examination of the junior class again after sometime, he/she will be entitled to scholarship for the class to which he/she is promoted if the student is otherwise eligible for scholarship.





                      i)            Maintenance charges shall be payable from 1st April or from the month of admission, whichever is later, to the month in which the examinations are completed, at the end of the academic year (including maintenance during holidays), provided that if the scholar secures admission after the 20th day of a month, the amount will be paid from the month following the month of admission.

                     ii)            In case of renewal of scholarship awarded in the previous years, maintenance charges will be paid from the month following the month upto which scholarship was paid in the previous year, if the course of study is continuous (e.g. from inter-mediate, Jr. Inter-mediate Sr. Class).

                   iii)            All scholars are exempted to purchase the necessary text books, stationary, etc. out of the maintenance allowance sanctioned. If it is reported by the Head of the concerned Institution that a scholar is without text-books stationary etc. the value of the scholarship may be reduced at the discretion of the authority sanctioning the scholarship.

                    iv)            The scholarship money will be paid to the selected students by the Government of the State/Union Territory's Administration to which they belong in accordance with the procedure laid down by them in this regard.

                     v)            Scholarship will not be paid for the period of internship/ housemanship in the M.B.B.S. course or for a practical training in other course if the student is in receipt of some remuneration during the internship period or some allowance/stipend during the practical training in other course.





                      i)            The scholarship is dependent on the satisfactory progress and conduct of the scholars.  If it is reported by the Head of the Institution at any time that a scholar has by reasons of his/her own act of default failed to make satisfactory progress or has been guilty of misconduct such as resorting to or participating in strikes, irregularity in attendance without the permission of the authorities concerned etc., the authority sanctioning the scholarships may either cancel the scholarships or stop or withhold further payment for such period as it may think fit.

                     ii)            If a student is found to have obtained a scholarship by false statements, his/her scholarship will be cancelled forthwith and the amount of the scholarship paid will be recovered, at the discretion of the concerned State Government.  The student concerned will be blacklisted and debarred for scholarship in any scheme forever.

                   iii)            A scholarship awarded may be cancelled if the scholar changes the subject of the course of study for which the scholarship was originally awarded or changes the Institution of study, without prior approval of the State Government.  The Head of the Institution shall report such cases to them and stop payment of the scholarship money.  The amount already paid may also be recovered at the discretion of the State Government.

                    iv)            A scholar is liable to refund the scholarship amount at the discretion of the State Government, if during the course of the year, the studies for which the scholarship has been awarded, is discontinued by him/her.

                     v)            The regulations can be changed at anytime at the discretion of the Government of India.





All the State Governments/UT Admns. will announce in May-June, the details of the scheme and invite applications by issuing an advertisement in the leading newspapers of the State and through other media outfits.  All requests for application forms and other particulars should be addressed to the concerned State/UT to which students actually belong.  The applicant should submit the completed application to the prescribed authority before the last date prescribed for receipt of applications.






i)                An application for scholarship should comprise :

a)       One copy of the application for scholarship in the prescribed form (separate application forms have been prescribed for ‘fresh’ and renewal scholarship).

b)       One copy of the passport size photograph with signatures of the student thereon (for fresh scholarship).

c)       One attested copy of certificates/ diploma/ degree etc. in respect of all examinations passed.

d)       A certificate (in original) of Caste duly signed by an authorized Revenue Officer not below the rank of Tehsildar.

e)       An income declaration by the parents/guardians, stating definite income from all sources.

f)         A receipt in acknowledgement of the scholarship in the previous year on the form attached to the application only duly counter-signed by the Head of the Institution concerned, if the application was in receipt of a scholarship under this scheme in the preceding year.

ii)                   Application complete in all respects shall be submitted to the Head of the Institution being attended or last attended by the candidates and shall be addressed to an officer specified for this purpose by the Government of State/Union Territory to which the student belongs, in accordance with the instructions issued by them from time to time.

iii)                  Incomplete applications or applications received after the prescribed date will not be considered.





The monitoring of the financial and physical performance of the scheme will be done through seeking detailed information from the Agencies implementing the Scheme. On the physical aspects the Agencies implementing the scheme will be required to furnish quarterly progress reports regarding the number of beneficiaries receiving award under the scheme, both class-wise and gender-wise. On the financial side details of actual expenditure incurred during the last financial year and expenditure proposed for the present financial year will be submitted by the Agencies concerned. The Agencies implementing the scheme will also be insisted upon to submit the latest audited accounts.





The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment may get the scheme evaluated by entrusting a research study to reputed institutions/ agencies, on the performance of the Scheme in different parts of the country, under this Ministry's centrally sponsored Scheme of Research and Training.




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