To provide financial assistance to meritorious students from weaker section for pursing higher studies and professional courses, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has started Central Sector Scholarship Scheme for college and University Students. From the academic year 2010-11, the eligibility criteria has been revised from 80 percent to 80th percentile in the relevant stream for a particular Board of Examination, in class XII of 10+2 or equivalent. Students, whose parent’s income is less than Rs.4.50 lakh per annum, pursuing higher studies or professional courses from recognized institutions as regular candidates, are eligible under this scheme.
There will also be reservation as per Reservation Policy of the Government, subject to internal earmarking. At present, reservations for the various categories are as follows: SCs-15%, STs-71/2%, OBCs-27% and horizontally 3% for physically Handicapped in all the categories. The income-ceiling is Rs.4.5 lakh per annum.