Monday, 3 September 2012

New Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students has been introduced during XI Five Year Plan. The objective of the new scheme is to provide financial assistance to meritorious students from low income families to meet a part of their day-to-day expenses while pursuing higher studies.
The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the results of senior secondary examination. 82000 fresh scholarships per annum [41000 for boys and 41000 for girls] will be awarded for graduate/postgraduate studies in colleges and universities and for professional courses, such as Medical, Engineering etc.
Last Date of Receipt of Online Application for CSSS-2012 31st Oct, 2012
The total number of scholarships will be divided amongst the State Boards based on the State’s population in the age group of 18-25 years, after segregating share of CBSE and ICSE on the basis of number of students passing out from various Boards in the country.  
50 % of the scholarships would be earmarked for girls.  The number of scholarships 2 allotted to a State Board  would be distributed amongst  pass outs of the Science, Commerce and Humanities streams of the State Board in the ratio of 3:2:1.
 Students who are  above 80th  percentile  of  successful candidates in  the relevant stream  for a particular Board of Examination, in class XII of 10+2 pattern or equivalent and not belonging to the creamy layer as defined by the Deptt. of Personnel and Training and as may be further modified from time to time, pursuing regular courses (not correspondence or distance mode) from recognised educational institutions and not availing of any other scholarship scheme, would be eligible for consideration this Scheme. 
This is applicable to all categories of students both ‘general’ and ‘reserved’. 
Minimum Total Aggregate Marks for all categories (SC/ST/OBC/UR) to apply for Scholarship  (Marks in first five subjects)
Science : 418
Commerce: 396
Others: 332
Students belonging to reserved categories / weaker sections/minorities are eligible on the basis of merit, subject to Central Reservation Policy and internal earmarking. The scholarship would be available to students belonging to ‘non-creamy layer’.  As per the latest guidelines on the subject, the income-ceiling for ‘non-creamy layer’ is Rs. 4.5 lakhs per annum. At present, reservations for the various categories are as follows : SC 15 %   ST 71/2 %  OBC 27 % and horizontally 3 %  for Physically Handicapped in all the categories.
The examining bodies will draw up a merit  list of scholars [Annexure – I] likely to be eligible for scholarship within five weeks after the results of the examinations announced by the Boards/Universities/Authority for all students. The income of the students’ parents will be taken into account before preparing the list.  The Boards/Universities/Authority in  the State/Union Territory will write to the eligible students from the top of the merit list up to twice the number of scholarships available (to provide for possible refusal and ineligible cases) through a registered letter to confirm within 15 days whether he/she is prepared to accept the scholarship. 
The candidates from whom replies are not received within 30 days of the State Board / CBSE / ICSE seeking their willingness will  not be considered for  scholarship and the award will be given to the next eligible candidates in the merit list.
The rate of scholarship would be Rs.1000/- p.m. at Graduation level for first three years of College and University courses and Rs.2000/- per month at  Post- Graduation level.  
Students pursuing professional courses would get Rs.2000/- per month in the 4th and 5thyear.  The scholarship would be paid for 10 months in an academic year. 

Details and online application form available at CBSE website


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