Pre- Matric Scholarships Scheme for Scheduled Castes & Others

Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme for Scheduled Castes & Others is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme and implemented through State Governments and UT administrations. The Objectives of the scheme are:

  • To support, parents of children belonging to Schedules Caste and other disadvantaged categories for education of their wards studying at the Pre-Matric stage so that their participation improves,
  • The incidence of drop-out - especially in the transition from the primary to the next level and elementary to the secondary stage - is minimized,
  • Students perform better and have a better chance of progressing to the Post-matric stage of education.

The Scheme is available for students pursuing studies in India only and will be awarded by the Government of the State/Union Territory to which the applicant belongs i.e. where he is domiciled.


Component 1: Pre Matric Scholarship for SC students

i. The students should be studying in class IX and X on a full time basis.
ii. Students should belong to Scheduled Caste.
iii. Their Parent/Guardian's income should not exceed Rs. 2.50 lakh per annum.

Component 2: Pre-Matric scholarship for children of parents/guardians engaged in Unclean and hazardous Occupation

i. The students should be studying in classes I to X on a full time basis
ii. Scholarship will be admissible to the children/wards of parents/guardians who, irrespective of their caste/religion belong to one of the following categories;
a. Persons who are Manual Scavengers as defined under section 2(I) (g) of Manual Scavengers Act 2013
b. Tanners & Flayers;
c. Waste pickers and
d. Persons engaged in hazardous cleaning as defined in Section 2(I) (d) of Manual Scavengers Act 2013.

The eligible candidates will be required to submit a certificate from District Social Welfare officer/ identified officer of Local body/ Civic Agency/ any such authority as designated by State Government.

Income Ceiling:

Component 1 - Parents/guardians’ income from all sources does not exceed Rs. 2,50,000/- (Rupees two lakh fifty thousand only) per annum.

Component 2 - No family income ceiling.

Rate of Scholarship:

With effect from 2022-23, the students shall be given a consolidated academic allowance, as follows:


Day Scholars


Component 1

Component 2

Scholarship (Rs. per annum)



  8000(for class III-X)

How to apply:

The Scheme is implemented through State Governments/U.T. Administrations. The applications will be invited on National Scholarship Portal (NSP) ( in the month of April every year where the initial registration of the application shall be done. Details of registered candidate will be shared with the States for allowing the applicant to fill the applications on the State portal. For more information, please go through the Scheme guidelines.

Details Scheme/Guidelines are as under;

Guidelines Pre- Matric Scholarships Scheme For Scheduled Castes & Others