Post Matric Scholarship for Schedule Caste Students (PMS-OBC) – UPSC Prelims

Ministry : Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
Aims to provide financial assistance to SC students studying at post-matriculation or post-secondary stage to enable them to complete their education.
Scheme:
  • It is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme with a funding pattern of 60-40 for the Centre and States.
  • These scholarships are available for studies in India only and are awarded by the government of the State/Union Territory to which the applicant actually belongs i.e. permanently settled.
  • Some revision has been made in scheme recently.
  • The revision in PMS-SC scheme aims to ensure effective implementation and better monitoring of the schemes.
  • It will cover larger numbers of eligible and deserving poor SC students who will be able to pursue higher studies.
  • It will also ensure effective implementation, achieve de-duplication and enhanced monitoring.
  • Under revised PMS-SC, annual parental income ceiling has been increased to Rs. 2.5 lakh.
  • Disbursement of scholarships will be now through Aadhaar seeded bank accounts.