New, first time applicants are eligible to apply for a scholarship only when they are in the first year of a professional degree course in engineering, technology or medicine. To qualify for a scholarship, applicants must meet certain academic excellence and family income requirements.
Academic Eligibility Criteria
The academic eligibility criteria for professional courses in engineering, technology and medicine are:
Only the professional degree courses BE, B Tech, BCA, MCA, MBA and MBBS are eligible for scholarships. Diploma students admitted to BE, B Tech courses on a lateral basis are not eligible.
Only first year applicants beginning their studies in BE, B Tech, MBA BCA, MCA or MBBS in the academic year 2013-14 are eligible.
The applicants should have passed their Higher Secondary/Pre-University/Intermediate/ CBSE/ISC or equivalent board qualifying examination not earlier than in 2012.
The applicants should have scored not less than 60% marks at the qualifying examination.
The applicants' admissions to their professional degree courses/institutions should be on the basis of the open/general merit rank awarded to them at the state or national level entrance tests or through a counselling process conducted at the state level (as in the case of Tamil Nadu), as per the table given below.
Applicants who have obtained admission to IITs and medical colleges on the basis of national level tests (JEE, AIPMT, etc.) will be considered as special cases on the basis of their respective merit ranks/marks scored and financial need.
For students joining IITs, the eligibility/selection cutoff criteria will be the total marks scored at the IIT JEE by the last ranked General Category student admitted.