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Central Sector Scheme Of 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. A number of plans and programmes are being
implemented for assisting them so as to enhance their skills and capabilities for
ensuring rapid economic development and integration in the national mainstream.
ii) A scheme for providing free coaching to students belonging to Scheduled Castes (SCs) was started during 6th Five Year Plan.
Central Sector Scheme Of Free Coaching For SC And OBC Students
Similar schemes were also being implemented to provide free coaching to students belonging to Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and Minorities. With a view to ensure effective implementation and monitoring and to assist the students in a better manner, the separate coaching schemes for SCs, OBCs and Minorities were amalgamated and a combined Scheme, namely, 'Coaching and Allied Assistance for Weaker Sections' including Scheduled Castes, Other Backward Classes and Minorities was introduced with effect from September, 2001.iii)After creation of a separate Ministry to handle matters relating to the Minorities viz.
Central Sector Scheme Of Free Coaching For SC And OBC Students
the Ministry of Minority Affairs, the Scheme underwent further revision in April 2007
for removing the minority component from the ambit of the scheme and to accommodate other changes deemed necessary at that point of time. The last revision of the Scheme came into effect from 01.04.2016.
The objective of the Scheme is to provide coaching of good quality for economically 
disadvantaged Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) candidates 
to enable them to appear in competitive examinations and succeed in obtaining an 
appropriate job in Public/Private Sector.

Course 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 Cerita For Students

  • (i)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. 
However,SC/OBC candidates belonging to a Minority community shall not be eligible 
under this scheme and can apply under the similar scheme of Ministry of Minority 
Affairs.Following guideline shall be followed for income certificate-Income declaration of self-employed parents/ guardian should be in the form of a certificate issued by Revenue Officer not below the rank of Tehsildar.Employed 
parents/guardians are required to obtain income certificate from their employer. 
Employed parents/ guardians should obtain consolidated certificate from Revenue 
Officer for any other additional source of income.
  • ii)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. However, if the student has still not appeared for the said qualifying examination,or if the student has appeared and the result has not been declared,the marks obtained in the Board/Degree exam just prior to the qualifying exam shall be taken into account. If the number of eligible applications received is more than the given slots,the selection will be done in the decreasing order of the marks obtained in the qualifying exams. 
  • (iii)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 cheme. Further, in case of competitive exams for which the qualifying exam is at bachelor level, only students/candidates having completed the bachelor level course or 
  • studying in the final year of the bachelor degree course at the time of receiving the benefits under the scheme shall be eligible. 
  • iv)For such examinations which are conducted in two parts, Preliminary and Mains,priority in the selection will be given to those students who have at least once qualified the preliminary examination.
  • v)Benefits under the Scheme can be availed by a particular student not more than twice, irrespective of the number of chances he/she may be entitled to take in a particular competitive examination. The student will be required to submit an affidavit that he/she has not taken benefit more than twice under the Scheme. 
  • vi) The candidate shall be precluded from availing any other scholarship benefits of similar scheme of the Centre or State Governments.The candidate will be required to upload an affidavit indicating that he/she is not availing scholarship from any other similar scheme of the Centre/State.A list of beneficiaries availing the scheme will also be uploaded on the website of the Ministry and shall be shared with States/UTs to avoid possibility of simultaneous availing benefits of similar scheme by the candidate.
vii)Where the competitive examination is conducted in two stages viz. Preliminary and Mains,the candidates will be entitled for free coaching for both the examinations. They will be entitled for free coaching upto two times each for Preliminary and Main examinations as per their convenience. However, there will be no restriction in number of chances for coaching for Interview,if the candidate is selected for interview.
Maximum Fee And Minimum Duration Under The Free Coaching Scheme For SC And OBC Students:
Central Sector Scheme Of Free Coaching For SC And OBC Students


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.

Special Allowance:

Students with disabilities would also be eligible for Special Allowance of Rs. 2000/- per month towards reader allowance, escort allowance, helper allowance etc. having valid disability certificate (equal to or more than 40% disability). This will be in addition to the stipend mentioned in para 8 ii) above.

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.
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Important Dates: 
The Last Date Of Submission Of Application Under Mode 2 Of FCC Has Been Extented Upto 30.09.2020.
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