Ministry of Minority Affairs’ Nai Udaan Scholarship for Minority UPSC Aspirants

Posted in on August 19, 2017

Government of India, Ministry of Minority Affairs

Description :

Government of India, Ministry of Minority Affairs is implementing the scheme Nai Udaan- Scheme for Support to Minority Students for preparation of Main Examination, who clear Prelims conducted by Union Public Service Commission, Staff Selection Commission, State Public Service Commissions etc. The objective of the Scheme is to provide financial support to the minority candidates clearing prelims conducted by Union Public Service Commission, Staff Selection Commission and State Public Service Commissions to adequately equip them to compete for appointment to Civil Services in the Union and the State Governments and to increase the representation of the minority in the Civil Services.


  • The candidate should belong to one of the Minority Communities notified under Section 2 (C) of National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992 and should have passed the Prelims Examination conducted by UPSC; SPSC or SSC etc.
  • Total family income of the candidates from all sources should not exceed Rs. 4.5 lakh per annum.
  • The financial support can be availed by a candidate only once. The candidate will not be eligible to benefit from any other similar Scheme of the Central or State Governments /UT Administrations.
  • In case the candidate decides to opt for other Schemes; he/she will have to forgo the claim from this Ministry and refund the amount if already availed with 10% interest. He / she needs to give an affidavit to the effect, that he /she is not availing such benefit from any other source.

Cost/Number of Beneficiaries:

Every year up to a maximum of 800 candidates will be given financial support under the scheme throughout the country on fulfilling the eligibility criteria till the budgetary allocation is exhausted.

Selection of the candidates will be based on merit in case of limited number of slots available for any particular community. Till the Census of 2011 is available the Ministry will use the figures of 2001 Census.

The rate of financial assistance will be maximum Rs. Fifty thousand (Rs. 50,000/- for Gazetted Post; and Rs 25,000/- for Non- Gazetted Post) only as support to the minority candidates who have cleared the Prelims conducted by Union Public Service Commissions; Staff Selection Commissions or State Public Service Commissions etc for Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ Civil Services

Conditions for payment of Financial assistance to the Candidates:

  1. The financial benefit will be given to the candidate only once and for one examination only i.e. if a candidate qualifies prelims exam of Civil Service conducted by UPSC and simultaneously qualifies Combined Graduate Level Prelims Exam conducted by SSC, the financial benefit will be given for only one exam.
  2. Payment of financial benefit may be linked with Aadhar Number if available.
  3. In case of non availability of candidates of particular community, the unutilized quota of that particular community may be transferred to eligible candidates belonging to other community/ies.
  4. A mechanism of getting Feedback of beneficiaries may also be developed to assess its impact.
  5. Candidates who have availed the benefit of this Scheme shall not be eligible to avail the benefit of free coaching for Civil Services(Mains) conducted by UPSC/ SSC/State PSCs etc.
  6. Payment of financial benefit may be given in one installment. However, in the award letter, the candidate may be instructed to inform the Ministry about the outcome/result of Mains Exam through e-mails or through Performa to be devised for this purpose.

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