OBC Scholarships are awarded to students/professionals from OBC category with financial constraints to help them pursue a quality education. The government has disbursed OBC scholarships worth about INR 850 crores for the welfare of the economically weaker sections of the country and lakhs of students were able to avail these scholarships.
The OBC students are awarded these scholarships on the basis of merit and means. Mainly, there are 6 types of OBC scholarships awarded to students: National Fellowship for OBC, Central Sector Scheme of National Overseas, ONGC Scholarships, Pre-matric & Post-matric OBC scholarships and Merit Scholarships for OBC, Delhi. This article highlights every significant information related to these OBC scholarships such as application period, eligibility criteria, application process, awards and more.
The following table provides information on all the types of scholarships available for OBC students in India or abroad. You can look up for scholarship that fits your requirements and apply for them within the stipulated timeline. Also, you will get to know about the number of OBC scholarship being offered by the governments.
|S.No.||Scholarship||Government/Private||Number of Scholarship||Tentative application period*|
|1.||National Fellowship for OBC||Government||1,000||October-December|
|2.||Central Sector Scheme of National Overseas||Government||25||July-October|
|3.||Merit Scholarship for OBC Students Pursuing Professional and Technical Courses (Delhi)||State Govt Delhi||NA||March- April|
|4.||Dr B.R. Ambedkar State Award to SC/ST/OBC/Minorities Students, Delhi||State Govt Delhi||NA||March-April|
|5.||ONGC Scholarship||Non-Government||1000||September- October|
|6.||Pre-Matric Scholarship||Every State Government||NA||September-December|
|7.||Post-Matric Scholarship||Every State Government||NA||September-December|
*subject to change
It is an initiative of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India to financially aid OBC students and enable them to pursue higher education leading to degrees such as M.Phil. and PhD. The government provides 300 scholarships for Junior Research Fellow (JRF) and Senior Research Fellow (SRF) and the scheme covers all universities recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC). The JRF students can avail the fellowship for 2 years and if the research work is progressive then the students can continue as SRF for another 3 years. The scheme is also applicable to PwD students who belong to OBC category (they get 3% reservation out of 300 slots). The selected students also receive allowances such as HRA, medical and leave apart from the scholarship stipend.
|Value of Fellowship||Faculty||Time Period (yrs.)|
|INR 31,000 per month (JRF) |
INR 35,000 per month (SRF)
|Respective faculty of Science, Humanities, Social Science, Engineering and Technology||Initial 2 years |
Rest of the tenure
|INR 10,000 per annum |
INR 25,000 per annum
|Contingency for Humanities & Social Science||Initial 2 years |
Rest of the tenure
|INR 12,000 per annum |
INR 25,000 per annum
|Contingency for Science, Engineering & Technology||Initial 2 years |
Rest of the tenure
|INR 3,000 per annum per student to the host institution||Department assistance (all subjects)|
|INR 2,000 per month in case of physically and visually handicapped students||Reader’s assistance (all subjects)|
Note: The candidates don’t have to submit a hard copy of the application to UGC
The selection of the candidates is based on merit-cum-means basis. UGC has its own mechanism for verifying the genuineness of the OBC candidates in order to give the scholarship to the deserving candidates.
This scheme is for selected OBC students or professionals who wish to pursue a Masters or PhD in a foreign university. The fields of study eligible under this scheme are Engineering, Management, Agricultural Science and Medicine. 30% of the scholarships are allotted to female applicants and 25 scholarships are provided per subject per year. The PhD candidates are offered a fellowship for 4 years and the master’s candidates are offered a fellowship for 3 years. The scholars also get other allowance apart from the scholarship prize such as incidence journey allowance, visa fees, poll tax, medical insurance, airfare, local travel allowance and other benefits.
The following table provides information on the rewards and number of scholarship to students belonging to different courses:
|S.No.||Course||No. of Scholarships||Maintenance allowance US (annually)||Maintenance allowance in the UK (annually)||Research Allowance |
|Research Allowance in the US (annually)|
|1.||Engineering||7||USD 15,400 |
plus USD 1500 additional for books etc
|GBP 9,900 plus GBP 1100 additional for books etc||GBP 1,560||USD 2,400|
The students who have already got admission in the foreign institution will be preferred. The candidates will be selected by the selection committee formed by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.
The objective of the scheme is to motivate OBC students studying at the pre-matric stage in government schools or private schools recognized by appropriate authorities to pursue a quality education. The students receive a monthly stipend up to INR 500 per annum. The scholarship is tenable only in institutions which have been recognized by State Governments or Union Territory administration. Also, there is a 50% contribution of the Central Government in this scheme. The governments have spent INR 79 Lacs of rupees through this fellowship.
The following table provides information on the value of the scholarship award:
|Class||Value of scholarship||Time period (months)|
|Class I to IX||INR 100 per month||10|
|Class III to IX||INR 500 per month||10|
The aim of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students studying in the post-matric or post-secondary stage to enable them to complete their education. This is a 100% centrally sponsored scheme implemented through State Government and Union territories. The scholars are paid non-refundable fees (for tuition, games, union, library etc), charges for study tours and thesis typing. The OBC candidates belonging to one state but pursuing the course in another state are awarded a scholarship by competing authorities in that state.
The government has spent about INR 720 crores through this scholarship and lakhs of students have been awarded with it. The following table provides information on the different groups of courses eligible for the scholarship and maintenance allowance for day scholars and hostellers individually:
|Group A- |
(I) Degree and postgraduate degree level course such as M.Phil., PhD in Medicine
(II) Commercial pilot license
(III) Postgraduate diploma course in Management and Medicine
(IV) CA/ICWA/CS etc
(V) M.Phil., PhD and postdoctoral programmes
|Group B- |
(I) Graduate and postgraduate course in Pharmacy, Nursing etc
(II) Postgraduate courses (MA, M.Sc., M.Com)
|INR 510||INR 335|
|Group C- All other courses such as B.A, B.Sc., B.com etc||INR 400||INR 210|
|Group D- All post matriculation level non-degree courses such as ITI, 3-year diploma in Polytechnics etc.||INR 260||INR 160|
The Department of the welfare of SC/ST/OBC/Minorities, Delhi offers merit-based scholarships for OBC students of class 6th to 12th and professionals in colleges or technical institutes. The maximum allowance for technical students is up to INR 1,620 per month and up to INR 4,500 per annum for other OBC students.
The scholarship is divided into 3 categories: pre-matric, post-matric and merit-cum-means. We will cover the merit-cum-means category for OBC students in this section.
The OBC students in technical or professional institutes are not eligible for the merit-cum-means scholarship. The following table provides information on the scholarship reward to the OBC candidates:
|Courses||Day Scholar allowance (per annum)||Hostellers allowance (per annum)|
|Group A– Degree courses – |
Medical, Engineering, B.Sc. Agri, Forensic science etc
|INR 1,620||INR 900|
|Group B– |
(I) Postgraduate course in a technical/professional course
(II) Diploma Level courses- Engineering, Architecture, Applied Nutrition, Printing technology etc
|INR 1,860 |
|INR 960 |
|Group C– |
(I) Certificate course – Engineering and architecture
(II) Medicine diploma courses- Agriculture/Veterinary Science, Dairy, Fishery, public health etc
(III) Degree or postgraduate diploma or postgraduate courses- Music, Fine Arts, Law, etc
(I) General course to undergraduate level
(II) Postgraduate course in arts and commerce
|INR 930 |
|INR 630 |
Oil and Gas Corporate Limited (ONGC) offers 1000 scholarships to OBC and economically backward general students who are in their first year of graduation or post-graduation course. The students are awarded a maintenance allowance of INR 4,000 per month.
|Graduate in Engineering||4|
|Master in Geology/Geophysics||2|
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