A scheme for granting free coaching to students belonging to Scheduled Caste (SCs) was started during the 6th Five Year Plan. Similar schemes were also being implemented to give free coaching to students belonging to other backward classes (OBCs) and minorities. With a light to ensure effective implementation and monitoring and to assist the students in a better manner, the separate coaching schemes for SCs, OBCs, and Minorities were amalgamated and a combined Scheme, namely Coaching and Allied Assistance for Weaker Sections including Scheduled Castes, Other Backward Classes and Minorities was introduced with effect from September, 2001.
The objective of the project is to provide coaching of good quality for economically disadvantaged Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) candidates to enable them to appear in the Competitive examination and succeed in obtaining an appropriate job in the Public/Private sector.
The courses for which the Coaching will be imparted shall be as follows:
i) Group A and B examinations organized by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) and the various Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs);
ii) Group A and B examinations organized by the State Public Service Commissions;
iii) Officers’ Grade examinations organized by Banks, Insurance Companies and Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs)
iv) Premier Entrance Examinations for admission in (i) Engineering (eg. IIT-JEE & AIEEE),(ii) Medical (eg. AIPMT), (iii)professional courses like Management (eg. CAT) and Law (eg. CLAT) and (iv) such other disciplines, Ministry may decide from time to time.
v) Finishing courses/Job oriented courses for employment in the private sector like IT, Biotechnology etc. is required of soft skill and other professional courses specified by the Government from time to time.
i) The students must have achieved a percentage of marks in the qualifying examinations as prescribed for the courses/examinations for which free coaching is being imparted under the scheme;
ii) The students should be selected based on merit prepared on the basis of marks got by them in the qualifying examinations for appearing in the relevant competitive examinations for which coaching is to be imparted;
iii) Only students belonging to SCs and OBCs having a total family income of Rs.3.00 lakh per annum will be eligible under the project;
iv) Advantages under the scheme can be availed by a particular student, not more than twice, irrespective of the number of chances; he/she may be entitled to in a particular competitive examination. The coaching institution will also be needed to take an affidavit from the students that they have not taken benefit more than twice under the scheme.
v) Where an examination is organized in two stages viz. Preliminary and Main, the candidates will be entitled to free coaching for both the examinations. However, coaching for the main examination will be available only to those candidates who have cleared the preliminary examination; and
vi) The selected students shall have to attend all classes. In the event of any student remaining absent for more than 15 days, without any valid reason, advantages of free coaching to him/her shall be discontinued and another student shall be taken in his/her place.