Pre-Matric Scholarship for ST Students for class 9 & 10 Sikkim 2024

The Pre-Matric Scholarship for ST Students (Class 9 & 10) in Sikkim for the academic year 2023-24, orchestrated by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India, aims to curtail dropout rates, particularly during the transition from elementary to secondary education. This initiative stands as a beacon of financial support for students belonging to Scheduled Tribes (ST) in the state.

Pre-Matric Scholarship for ST Students Application Deadline

15th March 2024

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Domiciled in Sikkim
  • Belong to the Scheduled Tribe (ST) category of the state
  • Enrolled as a regular, full-time student in Class 9 and 10 in a government school or a school recognized by the government or a Central/State Board of Secondary Education (CBSE/SBSE)
  • Annual parent(s)/guardian(s) income not exceeding ₹2,50,000 from all sources

Benefits Breakdown

Selected scholars will receive the following benefits:

  • Monthly scholarship grant: ₹350 for 10 months
  • Books and Ad-hoc Grant (per annum):
    • Day Scholars: ₹750
    • Hostelers: ₹1,000

Additional Allowances for Students with Disabilities

Under the ‘Inclusive Education of the Disabled at Secondary Stage’ (IEDSS) scheme by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), students with disabilities attending government, government-aided, and local body schools receive financial aid of ₹3,000 per annum. However, students in un-aided schools are not covered under this scheme. Hence, SC students with disabilities studying in Class 9 and 10 in private un-aided recognized schools are eligible for various allowances.

Pre-Matric Scholarship for ST Students 2024 Application Process

Eligible students can apply for the scholarship through the following steps:

  1. Click on the ‘Apply Now‘ link and complete the registration process.
  2. Fill in the required details and upload necessary documents.
  3. Submit the application.

Selection Criteria

Candidates will be selected based on the fulfillment of the eligibility criteria.

Terms and Conditions

  • The scholarship tenure is for 10 months in an academic year.
  • No scholarship will be awarded to students who fail to get promoted to the next class/level.
  • Change in the course of study is not permitted.
  • The scholarship will be cancelled in case of discontinuation of studies due to personal reasons or false information provided in the application.
  • Income certificate is required only at the time of admission to courses continuing for more than one year.
  • Family income computation varies based on the family’s situation.

Expert Editorial Comment

“This scholarship initiative in Sikkim signifies a crucial step towards ensuring equitable access to education among ST students. By providing financial assistance, it paves the way for a brighter future, fostering academic excellence.”

Renewal of Scholarships

Scholarships will be renewed for Class 10 after the student is promoted to Class 11, subject to good conduct and regular attendance.


Applicants are advised to refer to the ‘Scholarship Guidelines’ for detailed information and to verify details from official sources before applying.

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