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Central Sector Scholarship Scheme for Students from Scheduled Tribe

Name of the scheme: Top Class Education for ST Students

Purpose: It is a central government scholarship scheme for students belonging to Scheduled Tribes to encourage meritorious ST students for pursing higher studies at Under-Graduate and Post Graduate level in any of the Institutes identified by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs for the purpose.

Salient features:

  • It supports meritorious ST students who gain admission in 213 identified quality educational institutions.
  • The scholarship will continue till completion of the course depending upon satisfactory performance.
  • The scholarship covers tuition fees, boarding and lodging expenses, book grant and a one-time grant for purchase of a Computer along with its accessories.
  • 100% funding is provided by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs according to the norms.
  • Each identified Institute has been allocated 5 awards, however, it can be increased subject to an overall cap of 625 scholarships per year.


  • Family income- The total family income from all sources must not exceed Rs. 2 lakh per annum.
  • Only those Scheduled Tribe students who have secured admission in notified Institutions will be eligible for the scholarship.

Financial Benefits:

  • Full amount of tuition fee and other non-refundable dues in respect of Government/Government-funded institutions are paid.
  • If a student is studying in private sector institution, a maximum amount of Rs. 2 lakh per annum per student will apply normally.
  • If a student is studying in private sector flying clubs for Commercial Pilot Training the ceiling is Rs. 3.72 lakh per annum per student.
  • Living expenses are paid as per actual with a maximum amount of Rs. 2,200/- per month per student.
  • An annual grant of Rs. 3,000/- per student will be provided for expenditure on Books and stationery.
  • A one-time grant of a maximum Rs. 45,000/- will be provided to students during the entire course for purchase of computer along with accessories.

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