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The constitution of India gives us the right to education. That means that irrespective of caste, creed, religion, gender or race, every citizen of India has the right to be educated. The government has also taken many steps, like giving city and state level scholarships like the Delhi Scholarships, in order to ensure that children can get educated till the 12th grade and beyond.

Article 21-A in the Constitution of India provides free and compulsory education to children in the age group of six to fourteen years. That is, even those children who cannot afford to pay for their education must be given free education if they are between the ages of 6 and 14.

What are Scholarships?

Dehli Scholarship students

Scholarships are financial aid given to meritorious students who apply for them. Students who cannot afford to pay the entire fees for their education usually apply for them.

This is because education is essential. While we may not use every single bit of information we learn in school in our daily life, we definitely use a lot of it. Education helps us grow and develop as a society. It helps us learn our history and make improvements on past accomplishments. It is essential not only because of the facts that we learn but also the many other things such as manners and values that we learn along the way during our education.

While the law encourages people to pursue their education, there comes the point past which the law cannot do much. This is because sometimes students may be willing to pursue their higher education, but they may not have the means to do so. In these instances, it becomes difficult for the government to keep track of all the students with such problems. Hence, governments provide grants and scholarships to deserving students who wish to pursue their higher education but cannot afford to do so.

How do scholarships work?

Many students apply for scholarships; however, the number of scholarships given is limited. Depending on the type of scholarship applied, it may be given based on marks, extra-curricular activities or a combination of both. Scholarships may be partial or full. A partial scholarship implies that the body providing the scholarship will only pay a certain amount of the fees for the candidate’s education.

For example, if the student’s fee is 40,000 rupees, the organization may pay 25,000 rupees. On the other hand, a full scholarship implies that the body will incur the full cost of the candidate’s education. For example, if the student’s fee is 40,000 rupees, the organization will pay 40,000 rupees. Additionally, some scholarships provide items like stationery to students who cannot afford to regularly spend money on them.

Who provides scholarships?

Many individuals and organizations provide scholarships to deserving students. These scholarships can be provided by the school or college the student studies at, a private organization (e.g., Tata Trust) or even the state and central governments. The Delhi Scholarship is provided by the Government of Delhi.

What are the eligibility criteria for scholarships?

Depending on the type of scholarship provided, there are various criteria that students have to fulfil to be eligible to get scholarships. Some of the criteria that the applicants have to fulfil include:

  1. Domicile: Some scholarships require students to live within a certain area in order to be eligible to get the scholarship. This is usually applicable when the state government provides the scholarship. Here, the student is expected to have stayed in the state for a certain period of time in order to be eligible to apply for the scholarship.
  2. Marks/Percentage: A lot of scholarships require students to score more than a certain benchmark percentage. Here, the scholarships are awarded to only those who score more than the benchmark set. Sometimes, there are multiple benchmarks, and as the students clear each benchmark, the scholarship amount increases.
  3. Merit: There are some scholarships given based on merit. These are more common with scholarships given by private organizations or the educational institute the student is studying in. Here, scholarships are given to a certain pre-determined number of students. Based on their results, the students are ranked, and those at the top get the scholarship.
  4. Income: Many scholarships, especially those provided by the state and central governments, have a criterion regarding the annual income of the applicant’s household. This is usually implemented to make sure that the scholarship is available to only those students who cannot afford to pay the fee for their education.
  5. Gender: There are quite a few scholarships given by the government and private organizations that are based on gender. Most of these scholarships are for girls. They help encourage girls to complete their higher education.

Delhi Scholarships

Delhi Scholarships are provided by the government of the NTC of Delhi

Delhi is one of the many states to provide scholarships to its students. There are many scholarships that students can apply for. Most of the scholarships provided are for those students who come from SC/ST/OBC/Minority families. Further, these scholarships are mainly for those students whose family income falls below a certain benchmark. This allows the government to provide scholarships not only to the most deserving students but also to those who require the scholarships the most.

These scholarships make it easy for financially disadvantaged students to enrol and study in the best schools in Delhi.

Major Delhi Scholarships:

Delhi Ladli Scheme

Delhi Ladli Scheme

The Delhi Ladli Scheme was launched by the Delhi government in 2008. This scholarship is for the girl child.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. The girl should be born in Delhi.
  2. The applicant must be a bonafide resident of the National Capital Territory of Delhi for at least three years preceding the date of birth of the girl child.
  3. The annual family income should not exceed Rs. 1 lakh.
  4. The girl’s school must be recognized by Delhi Govt./MCD/NDMC.
  5. The benefit of the scheme is limited to two surviving girls per family.

Pattern of Financial Assistance

  1. For Institutional Delivery – Rs. 11,000 (provided the girl is born in the last one year)
  2. For Delivery at Home – Rs. 10,000 (provided the girl is born in the last one year)
  3. On admission in Class I – Rs. 5,000
  4. On admission in Class VI – Rs. 5,000
  5. On admission in Class IX – Rs. 5,000
  6. On passing Class X – Rs. 5,000
  7. On admission in Class XII – Rs. 5,000

Required Documents

  1. Three years residence proof in Delhi prior to registration
  2. Income Certificate/Affidavit showing annual income of the family
  3. Birth certificate of the girl child issued by the Registrar of MCD/NDMC
  4. Group photo of parents with the girl child.
  5. Caste certificate in case of SC/ST/OBC.
  6. Copy of Aadhar Card of the parents and the child, if available.

Free stationery to SC/ST/OBC/Minorities students in schools

This scholarship is given to those students from the SC/ST/OBC minorities who cannot afford to spend too much on stationery.

Free stationery to SC/ST/OBC/Minorities students in schools

Eligibility Criteria

  1. The student must belong to the SC/ST/OBC/Minority category
  2. The student must be between the 6th and 12th grades
  3. The student must have been a resident of Delhi for the past 3 years
  4. The annual family income should not exceed Rs. 1 lakh
  5. The student’s school must be recognized by Delhi Govt./MCD/NDMC
  6. The student must not have less than 70% attendance in the previous year

Pattern of Financial Assistance

  1. Students from Class VI to VIII will be given Rs 1000/year.
  2. Students of Class IX to XII will be given Rs 2000/year.

Required Documents

  1. Aadhar Card.
  2. Permanent residence proof.
  3. Income certificate
  4. Previous year’s marksheet.
  5. Caste certificate.
  6. Bank details (Account Number, Account Holder Name, Bank Name, Branch Name, IFS Code, MICR Code).
  7. Domicile Certificate.
  8. Proof of attendance.
  9. Minority declaration certificate.
  10. Passport size photograph.

Merit scholarship to SC/ST/OBC/Minorities

Merit scholarship to SC/ST/OBC/Minorities

Eligibility Criteria

  1. The student must belong to the SC/ST/OBC/Minority category.
  2. The student must be between the 6th and 12th grades.
  3. Family income limit is not applicable in case of SC/ST students. But family income should not exceed Rs. 1.00 lakh per annum in case of OBC and minorities students.
  4. The student’s school must be recognized by Delhi Govt./MCD/NDMC.

Pattern of Financial Assistance

  1. Students in classes 6th to 8th will get:
    1. Rs. 600 if they score between 55% and 60%
    2. Rs. 720 if they score above 60%
  2. Students in classes 9th to 12th will get:
    1. Rs. 1620 if they score between 55% and 60%
    2. Rs. 2040 if they score above 60%

Required Documents

  1. Residence Proof
  2. Aadhaar Card
  3. Caste Certificate
  4. Income certificate (if applicable)
  5. Bank details of students (Aadhar seeded) 
  6. Previous class mark sheet 
  7. Fee structure (if applicable) 
  8. Fee receipt (if applicable)

Reimbursement of tuition fees for SC/ST/OBC/Minorities students

Eligibility Criteria

  1. The student must belong to the SC/ST/OBC/Minority category
  2. The student must be between the 1st and 12th grade
  3. Students between the 6th and 12th grades must score more than 50%
  4. Students between the 6th and 12th grades must have an attendance of not less than 80% in the preceding year.
  5. The student’s school must be recognized by Delhi Govt./MCD/NDMC
  6. The family income should not exceed Rs. 1.00 lakh per annum

Pattern of Financial Assistance

  1. The reimbursement is 100% to the students whose family income does not exceed Rs. 60,000 per annum.
  2. The reimbursement is 75% to the students whose family income is between Rs. 60,000 and Rs. 1.00 lakh per annum.

Required Documents

  1. Domicile certificate of Delhi
  2. Copy of Mark sheet Certificate related to SC/ST/OBC Category
  3. Copy of Pass-Book / E-Statement of the student bank account
  4. Aadhar Card Details
  5. Copy of valid annual family income certificate
  6. All previous mark sheets/certificates from the concerned University/institution of the current programme

Scheme for stipends to physically handicapped students

Eligibility Criteria

  1. The student must be between the 1st and 8th grade
  2. The family income should not exceed Rs. 6,000 per annum if the student scores below 55%
  3. The family income should not exceed Rs. 12,000 per annum if the student scores 55% or more
  4. Monetary assistance is provided to the blind, deaf and orthopedically handicapped students
  5. The student’s school must be recognized by Delhi Govt./MCD/NDMC

Pattern of Financial Assistance

  1. Students here get regular stipends

Required Documents

  1. Domicile certificate of Delhi
  2. Aadhar Card Details
  3. Copy of disability certificate

Other Delhi Scholarships

In addition to this, the Delhi government provides many more scholarships to students, they include:

  1. Vocational and Technical scholarships to SC/ST/OBC/Minorities students for Technical education in Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) being run by Govt. of NCT of Delhi.
  2. Merit scholarship to College / Professional insitutions’ students belonging to SC / ST / OBC / Minorities for:
    1. Graduate and post-graduate courses in Medical/Engineering/B. Sc. (Agri.)
    2. Diploma Level courses
    3. Engineering Technology, Architecture, Agriculture, Medicine
    4. General Graduate and Post-Graduate level courses
  3. Dr B. R. Ambedkar State Award to SC/ST/OBC/Minorities students for Graduate courses in select government institutes

The government of Delhi also provides financial assistance to students who plan on appearing for competitive exams. for this, it provides:

  1. Pre-Exam coaching for SC/ST/OBC/Minority students for:
  1. All India services entrance exam
  2. Medical and Engineering Entrance exam

Under this scheme, those students who are eligible get free coaching for their respective entrance tests. They also get a monthly stipend of Rs. 250.

List of scholarships provided by the government of Delhi.

Scholarship Name Provider Name Application Period
Reimbursement of Tuition Fee for SC/ST/OBC/Minority, Delhi Department for the Welfare of SC/ST/OBC/Minority, Government of Delhi December to February
Financial Assistance to SC/ST/OBC/Minority, Delhi Department for the Welfare of SC/ST/OBC/Minority, Government of Delhi December to February
Merit Scholarship for SC/ST/OBC/Minority Students (Class 1 to 12), Delhi Department for the Welfare of SC/ST/OBC/Minority, Government of Delhi December to February
Reimbursement of Tuition Fee for SC/ST/OBC/Minorities, Delhi Department for the Welfare of SC/ST/OBC/Minority, Government of Delhi December to February
Merit Scholarship to SC/ST/OBC/Minority, Delhi Department for the Welfare of SC/ST/OBC/Minority, Government of Delhi December to February
Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme for OBC Students, Delhi Department for the Welfare of SC/ST/OBC/Minority, Government of Delhi December to February
Post Matric Scholarship for OBC Students Department for the Welfare of SC/ST/OBC/Minority, Government of Delhi December to February
Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme for SC Students, Delhi Department for the Welfare of SC/ST/OBC/Minority, Government of Delhi December to February
Post Matric Scholarship for SC Students, Delhi Department for the Welfare of SC/ST/OBC/Minority, Government of Delhi December to February
Financial Assistance to Educationally Backward Minority Students, Delhi Directorate of Education, Government of NCT of Delhi October to November

Central Government Scholarships applicable to students in Delhi

In addition to state-funded scholarships, students in the national capital territory of Delhi can also apply for scholarships provided by the central government. In fact, the scholarships provided by the central government are applicable to Indian citizens irrespective of the state to which they belong.

Some of the scholarships here include:

Scholarship Name Provider Name Application Period
Pre-Matric and Post-Matric Scholarship for Students with Disabilities Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disability, Government of India August to November
Pre-Matric and Post-Matric Scholarships Scheme for Minorities Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India August to November
Merit Cum Means Scholarship for Professional and Technical Courses CS Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India August to November
Central Sector Scheme of Scholarships for College and University Students Department of Higher Education August to November
National Fellowship and Scholarship for Higher Education of ST Students Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India August to November
Financial Assistance for Education of the Wards of Beedi/Cine/IOMC/LSDM Workers (Pre-Matric and Post-Matric) Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India August to November
PG Scholarships for Professional Courses for SC/ST University Grants Commission (UGC) December to January
Post-Graduate Merit Scholarship for University Rank Holders University Grants Commission (UGC) December to January
AICTE Pragati Scholarship for Girls Ministry of Human Resource Development – AICTE September to December

While most often, state and central governments provide different scholarships to students, there are also some scholarships that are shared by the state and central governments. That is, students can apply to get the same scholarship from either one of the governments (state or central). However, a student can only apply for it through one government at a given time.

Steps to apply for scholarships in Delhi

Steps to apply

  1. Visit the e-district official website http://edistrict.delhigovt.nic.in to apply online.
  2. Register your name and details
  3. Apply for the scholarship you wish to get
  4. Provide the necessary documents
  5. Track your application

Steps to track your application

  1. Visit https://edistrict.delhigovt.nic.in.
  2. Click on “Track your Application”.
  3. Select the department.
  4. Select the scholarship scheme.
  5. Enter your application number.
  6. Enter the student’s full name.
  7. Type the verification code.
  8. Click on “Search” to get the application status.

Things to remember

There are several important points to keep in mind while applying for your scholarship. Some of the important things to remember are:

  1. You cannot apply for scholarships provided by the Delhi government if you have applied for the same scholarship through the central government during the same academic year.
  2. It is important to have an identity proof, especially your Aadhar Card.
  3. Proof of residence is also very essential.
  4. Make sure you fulfil all the criteria to be eligible for the scholarship so that you don’t spend time waiting for it while you are ineligible, only to miss out on a scholarship.
  5. Keep tracking your application status so that you constantly know what is happening and are up-to-date about your scholarship.

Tips to get scholarships

While most government scholarships require you to fulfil limited criteria to be eligible, there are many other scholarships that are a bit more demanding. The scholarship criteria get particularly demanding when it comes to private scholarships or higher education government scholarships.

This is because private organizations have a limited amount of funds they can allocate towards scholarships and higher education is relatively more expensive. Therefore, when it comes to bigger scholarships, it becomes more and more difficult to get them. Further, the more amount that a scholarship costs, the more demanding its criteria are. Thus, better scholarships require students to excel in their field of study.

The first thing to keep in mind if you want to apply for scholarships is to study hard. The harder you study, the more you learn and understand, and the better your grades. Getting better marks allows you to compete for better scholarships and learn at better institutes as well.

The next thing to keep in mind is to take part in extra-curricular activities. These activities could range from sports to other areas of interest, such as research. Writing research papers in your field of study is extremely helpful. Not only will it allow you to get recommendations from your professors, but many scholarships are given to those students who have written research papers. Writing a research paper shows that you are interested in your field of study and aim to contribute to it.

Take part in competitions related to your field of study. If you are aiming to get a scholarship for your higher education, it will be very helpful if you have taken part in competitions related to your field of study. Competitions related to research are especially given heavy weightage while looking at scholarship applications.

Other Scholarships

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About the author

Scholarship Writer at Rinnegan Industries

I am a writer who understands how hard it is to cope up with educational finances. Most of the students fail to avail scholarships due to lack of information. I write articles on scholarships to help such students. My articles about scholarships are well searched and written in easily understandable language. They will provide you everything you need to know including - scheme names ,when to apply , from where to apply , benefits and much more .


Mantisha Nida

I am a writer who understands how hard it is to cope up with educational finances. Most of the students fail to avail scholarships due to lack of information. I write articles on scholarships to help such students. My articles about scholarships are well searched and written in easily understandable language. They will provide you everything you need to know including - scheme names ,when to apply , from where to apply , benefits and much more .

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