Free Coaching for SC and OBC Students
The empowerment of the weaker sections has been a priority area of concern for the
Government since independence.
The objective of the Scheme is to provide coaching of good quality for economically
disadvantaged Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) candidates.
Courses for Coaching
The courses for which the Coaching will be imparted shall be as follows:
i) Group A and B examinations conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) and the various Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs).
ii) Group A and B examinations conducted by the State Public Service Commissions.
iii) Officers’ Grade examinations conducted by Banks, Insurance Companies and Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs);
iv) Premier Entrance Examinations for admission in (a) Engineering (eg. IIT-JEE), (b) Medical (eg.NEET), (c) Professional courses like Management (eg. CAT) and Law (eg. CLAT), and (d) Any other such disciplines as Ministry may decide from time to time.
v) Eligibility tests/examinations like SAT, GRE, GMAT and TOEFL.
vi) Entrance examination tests for CPL courses/ National Defence Academy and Combined Defence Services.
Eligibility criteria for students
-Only students belonging to SCs and OBCs having total family income from all
sources of Rs.8.00 lakh or less per annum will be eligible for benefits under the Scheme.
-The students must have secured the minimum marks in the qualifying
examination of the competitive exam for which coaching is sought, as prescribed in the
guidelines of the said competitive exam.
-For the competitive exams for which the qualifying exam is class 12th, benefits
under the scheme will be available to a candidate only if the candidate has passed class
12th or is studying in class 12th as on the date of receiving the benefit under the scheme.
Mode of implementation
The Scheme will be implemented in two distinct Modes and the student shall be free to choose any one mode for obtaining benefit under the Scheme. The Modes are as follows:
Mode 1: A total of two thousand slots (seats) will be distributed amongst reputed coaching institutes empanelled under the Scheme. The method of implementation is detailed in para 9 of the Scheme.
Mode 2: The Ministry will directly select a total of two thousand students as laid down in para 10 of the Scheme. These students shall have the liberty to pursue the coaching course in any institute of their choice.
Monthly stipend of Rs. 3000/- per student will be paid for local students for attending the coaching class. Similarly, Rs.6000/- per student will be paid per month for outstation students. The stipend will be paid till the duration of the course or for one year, whichever is less. The stipend to each student shall be paid directly by the Ministry through DBT.
Selection of Institutes
The composition of Selection Committee will be as follows:
a. Joint Secretary, SCD-B, D/o SJE – Chairperson
b. Director/DS, IFD, D/o SJE – Member
c. Director/DS, Deptt. of Higher Education – Member
d. A representative of Niti Aayog – Member
e. Two representatives from relevant background to be decided by the Ministry – Members
f. Director/ DS, Scheduled Caste Division, D/o SJE – Convener
Process of application
(i)The scheme will be widely advertised through electronic media etc. giving summarized information about the Scheme. The applicants shall, after assessing their eligibility and suitability as per the eligibility conditions of the Scheme, will be required to apply online on this Ministry’s portal, i.e. coaching.dosje.gov.in., along with details of course he/she intends to join.
(ii) The portal will remain open for one month twice a year i.e. during July, 2020 and January, 2020 for receiving applications.
(iii) The applicants will be required to upload their applications alongwith prescribed supporting documents.
(iv) No offline applications will be entertained. Only online applications complete in
all respects, shall be considered for assistance. All the incomplete applications will be summarily rejected. However, the rejected candidates will have the option to apply in
the subsequent phases of selection.
Selection of candidates:
(i) On closure of the application portal, separate merit lists shall be drawn up of eligible candidates belonging to the SC and OBC categories, and within these categories for both the levels of competitive exam mentioned in para 4 of the Scheme,by the IT system itself, based on information submitted by the candidates.
(ii) The applications will be scrutinized in the order of merit for ascertaining eligibility. Those applications not found complete, or if the applicants are found ineligible, will be rejected.
(iii) The order of merit willbe as detailed in para 6 (ii) of the Scheme.
(iv) The merit lists so finalized will be placed before a Screening Committee set up by the Ministry, for making recommendation about selection of the candidates.The assigned number of candidates in the merit will be given the benefit of the scheme subject to verification of their credentials. The merit list shall be uploaded on the website of the Ministry.
(v) Keeping in view the slots available for the year 2020-21, 1000 candidates will be provided assistance in each of the two phases in the year. Separate merit lists will be drawn up for each phase.
Maximum Fee and Minimum Duration under the Free Coaching Scheme for SC and OBC students