NEW DELHI (DIVYA SAINI): Aspirants from the Scheduled Castes (SC) and Other Backward Classes (OBC) reserved category, who are preparing for competitive exams such as the UPSC, IIT-JEE will receive free coaching under a central government scheme, where they could have the option to choose the coaching centers of their own choice.
According to Sources, Under the Scheme for Free Coaching for SC and OBC students, candidates are randomly allotted coaching centers that are enrolled with the government, the Centre is planning to launch this scheme so that 2,000 aspirants can select the institutes of their own choice. These institutes doesn’t need to be enrolled with the government.
This scheme is run by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, the government provides free coaching to 4,000 economically weaker section SC and OBC candidates to help them to appear in competitive examinations and succeed in obtaining an appropriate job in the public and private sectors.
According to officials “Some of the best institutes do not get enrolled with the government because they feel it could impede their business… As a result, students end up going to institutes that don’t necessarily cater to their coaching needs, who did not wish to be named. So, the government has worked out a plan whereby candidates can pick their own institutes, and the government pays the entire amount to these institutes for coaching the candidates.”
The exams covered under this scheme include Group A and Group B examinations conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), Railway Recruitment Boards (RRB), State Service Commissions, Public Sector Units and the exams conducted for admission in IIT-JEE, NEET etc. This scheme also covers examinations like the GMAT, SAT etc. 70 per cent of the candidates under the scheme belong to the SC community, and 30 per cent belong to the OBC community.
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