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SHRESHTHA SCHEME (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – Govt Schemes)

News-CRUX-10     29th December 2023        

Context: Recently, the Government announced its successful facilitation of the admission of over 2500 Scheduled Castes (SCs) students in private schools under the SHRESHTA scheme.


  • Objective: Its primary objective is to enhance the socio-economic standing of Scheduled Castes individuals by offering top-tier education to their children in the finest private residential schools across the nation.
  • Ministry: Ministry for Social Justice and Empowerment
  • Type: Central Sector Scheme
  • Eligibility: Students must belong to the marginalized income groups within the SC community.

oParental annual income must be less than Rs.2.5 Lakh annually.

  • Mechanism: This mechanism is referred to as the National Entrance Test for SHRESHTA (NETS).

oThe National Testing Agency (NTA) will be responsible for conducting NETS.

  • Beneficiaries: The government has targeted that every year around 3000 students belonging to the SC category will be admitted to Class 9 and Class 11 under this system.
  • Selection of Students: National Entrance Test for SHRESHTA (NETS) conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA)
  • Implementing agency –

oMode 1: District Administration

oMode 2: Voluntary organisation (VO)/ Non-Government Organisation (NGO)/ Other organisation

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