The Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students (CSSS) is a centrally funded scholarship scheme implemented by the Department of Higher Education (DOHE) branch of the MHRD since 2008. The main aim of the scheme is to provide monetary assistance to meritorious students, to aid their day to day expenses, thus reducing the financial stresses they may face while pursuing their higher studies.
- The National Scholarship Portal (NSP) will be opened for online applications during June, July, and August. Students who have completed their Class XII in the current Academic Year and who are above the 80th percentile of the respective Board of Education (SEB, CBSE, ICSE) are eligible for the scholarship and can apply on the portal before the cut-off date. Physical applications for the admissions will not be accepted.
- The online applications are verified by the Institute, where the student is studying as well as by the respective Board of Education. The applicants are also required to submit requisite documents like Class XII mark sheet, income certificates, etc. to the Institute. Failure to complete verification of application by either Institute, the concerned Board of Education or both will result in the application becoming invalid.
- Those students who have completed Class-XII in the current academic year and are ranked in the top 20th percentile merit list of Class-XII results in the relevant stream from a Board of Examination (SEB/CBSE/ICSE) are eligible to apply for a new scholarship. Candidates who are not covered in the merit list will not qualify for the CSSS scholarship scheme.
- The candidates must be pursuing a regular course, and the annual family income must be less than Rs. 8 lakh annually. The candidates must also not be the beneficiary of any other scholarships.
- The scholarship is generally announced during June, July, and August. The deadline for submission of the required documents falls typically in October. At the discretion of the Department of Higher Education, the application period may vary.
The Central Sector Scheme Scholarship awards a total of 82,000 scholarships every year, with an equal number of scholarships being awarded to male and female candidates (41,000 scholarships each). These scholarships are divided amongst the State Education Boards based on the state population in the age group of 18-25 years, after segregating the share of CBSE and ICSE students, which is based on the number of students passing out of the respective boards.
Also, the scholarships allotted to a State Education Board are distributed amongst graduates of the Science, Commerce, and Humanities streams in a 3:2:1 ratio. The students who are selected receive the scholarship amount directly into their account through the Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) mode, which ensures the money is deposited directly into their accounts. Given below are the scholarship rates provided under the Central Sector Scholarship scheme.
At the Graduation level, for the first three years of College and University courses, the rate of scholarship is Rs. 10000/- per annum. At the Post-Graduation level, the rate is Rs. 20000/- per annum. Students pursuing professional courses, where the duration of the course is five years, are paid Rs. 20,000/- per annum in the 4th and 5th year.