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SC ST Scholarship is given to the students belonging to the Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) to pursue their higher studies. The Government of India has opened a lot of opportunities for the SC/ST students to pursue their higher studies. SC ST scholarships are generally provided to those students whose parent’s Annual Income ranges from 2 Lakh to 4 Lakh. The scholarship amount varies from one scholarship to the other. 

The SC Scholarship for SC students are provided by the Ministry of Social Justice and the ST Scholarships are provided by Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

About SC/ST: SC and ST are two types of Castes in India. These terms are mentioned in the Constitution of India. The term Scheduled Caste is mentioned in the Article 341 and the Scheduled Tribe is mentioned in the Article 342 of the Constitution. SC/STs are generally termed as the disadvantageous sections of the society and were looked down upon in the primitive ages. But in the present era, both the two classes i.e., SC and ST are given equal importance as that of the upper caste sections of the society. 

SC/ST Scholarship

SC Scholarship for Students

Scholarship Name

Classes Offered

Annual Family Income

Pre Matric Scholarship for SC Students studying
in Class 9 and 10

9 & 10

2 Lakh

Pre-Matric Scholarships to the Children of those
Engaged in occupations involving cleaning and prone to health hazards

Till Class 10


Post Matric Scholarship for SC Students

Passed Class 10

2.5 Lakhs

Upgradation of Merit of SC Students


3 Lakhs

Scholarship Scheme of Top Class Education
for SC Students - For Professional Courses

After Class 12

4.5 lakhs

National Fellowship for SC Students

M.Phil, Ph.D


National Overseas Scholarship for SC students

Master’s & P.h.D

6 Lakh


ST Scholarship for Students

Scholarship Name

Classes Offered

AnnualFamily Income

Pre Matric Scholarship for ST Students studying in Class 9 and 10

9 & 10

2 Lakh

Post Matric Scholarship for ST Students

Passes Class 10

2.50 Lakh

Upgradation of Merit of ST Students

9-12 (Special Coaching)

2 Lakh

Scholarship Scheme of Top Class Education for ST Students - For Professional Courses

Students admitted in notified Institutes

2 lakh

National Fellowship for ST Students

Passed PG


National Overseas Scholarship for Overseas

Post-Graduation, Ph. D and Post-Doctoral research programmes

2.50 Lakh


SC/ST Scholarships in Detail

Pre Matric Scholarship for SC/ST Students

The Pre-Matric Scholarship is generally provided to the SC/ST students of class 9 & 10 to pursue their studies. This Scholarship is given to those SC/ST Students whose family’s annual is less than 2 Lakh per annum. The scholarship is provided for a period of 10 months. The Scholarship Amount ranges from Rs. 150 o Rs.350 per month. The Book & Ad-hoc Grant ranges from Rs.750 per annum to Rs. 1000 per annum.

Post Matric Scholarship for SC/ST Students

Post Matric Scholarship is given to the SC/ST students who have passed class 10 and the annual income of their parent’s from all sources should be less than 2.5 Lakh. The amount of the scholarship ranges from Rs 230 to Rs 1200.

Upgradation of Merit Scholarship for SC/ST Students

Upgradation of Merit scholarship is for class 9 to 12 SC/ST students to provide them special coaching classes with a view to preparing the students for competitive examinations for seeking entry into professional courses like Engineering and Medical streams. To avail, this scholarship, the annual income of the parents’ of the students should be less than 3 Lakh. The total amount of scholarship ranges from 19,000 to 25,000 per students.

Top Class SC/ST Scholarships

Top Class SC/ST Scholarships are given to those students who have passed class 12 who have got admission in the top institutes in India such as IIMs, IITs, IISER, Commercial Pilot training etc. The amount of scholarship for students studying in a private sector institutions is Rs 2 Lakh per student and those in Commercial Pilot Training is 3.72 Lakh per student.

National Fellowship for SC/ST Students

National Fellowship for SC/ST students is implemented by University Grants Commission (UGC). The fellowship is given to the students who have taken admission in M.Phil and PhD and Post-Doctoral studies. The fellowship is given to both Junior Research Fellow (JRF) and Senior Research Fellow (SRF). The amount of fellowship for the different subjects ranges from Rs 16,000 to Rs 25,000.

National Overseas Scholarship for SC/ST Students

National Overseas Scholarship for SC/ST students who want to pursue their studies abroad. This scholarship is meant for students to pursue Master Degree, PhD and Post-Doctoral Studies abroad. The students selected for the National Overseas Scholarship are mostly granted tuition cost and other educational fees charged by Foreign University, Travel and other maintenance expense.  

Post-Matric Scholarship Data

Post Matric Scholarship Data

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