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DCE scholarship 2024 - Renewal, Status & Registration Process


Government of Kerala

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Scholarship Amount

₹ 10,000 to ₹ 4.5 lakhs

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UG, PG and PhD Courses

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Last Date

10th January 2024

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About DCE Scholarship

The DCE scholarship is an esteemed program to assist learners of higher enlightenment in their quest for excellence. As the name of this program shows, it is for those who pursue higher education, known in Kerala as Collegiate Education, and use Department of (College) Scholarship eligibility. This scholarship program aims to ensure that the financial burden does not stand in their way and provide opportunities so everyone gets a quality education. With the help of a DCE scholarship, students could obtain funding for studying and cover expenses such as tuition fees and textbooks. Through financial aid, the program aims to support student confidence and emphasise having a tremendous academic outcome that stimulates career development and thus changes in society.

Eligibility Criteria of Scholarship

The DCE Scholarship has various sub-schemes that articulate different eligibility criteria.

  1. Sanskrit Scholarship (SSE): Candidates must study Sanskrit as one of the subjects in their UG or PG courses to qualify for this program.
  2. Music Fine Arts Scholarship (MFAS): Made available for trainees enrolled in state-owned music or fine arts colleges.
  3. Blind/PH Scholarship: The blind, physically disabled, or deaf only.
  4. District Merit Scholarship (DMS): For HS, VHSC, or ITI students. Students should have gotten an ‘A +’ grade in all the subjects during SSLC examinations.
  5. State Merit Scholarship: Available to first-year undergraduate and postgraduate students at government or aided institutions. A minimum of 50% eligibility percentage in the qualifying test is required for candidates.
  6. Hindi Scholarship (HS): Candidates who satisfy the criterion should be studying Hindi as a subject in their undergraduate or postgraduate courses.
  7. Post-Matric Scholarship (PMS) for Minorities: For those first-year students in 12th grade or above enrolled for UG/Ph.D. program. Students should be in government or legitimate private, unaided institutions. The determining factors of eligibility are financial and community standards specified by a given state.
  8. Suvarna Jubilee Merit Scholarship (SJMS): For BPL Family Members and first-year students enrolled in UG/PG courses across government or aided institutions. To qualify for admission, students must score at least 50% average in the particular qualifying exam.
  9. Central Sector Scholarship (CSS): For the registered students who have scored more than 80 percentile points in XII examinations. Students who qualify should be enrolled in UGC-recognized education platforms for a regular graduation or post-graduation program.
  10. APJ Abdul Kalam Scholarship (APJAK): Open to very talented minority students who have secured a merit seat in government/aided Polytechnic colleges.

Scholarship Benefits

Scholarship Benefits
PMS- Post Matric Scholarship for Minorities

To pay for admission and tuition/course fees up to Rs 10,000 annually.

Offers a monthly maintenance allowance of INR 1,200 (for ten months).

CSS - Central Sector Scholarship

For UG students: INR 10,000/year

For PG students: INR 20,000/year

SMS - State Merit Scholarship

For UG students: INR 1,250/year

For PG students: INR 1,500/year

DMS - District Merit Scholarship Rs 1,250/year
HS - Hindi Scholarship Provide financial assistance to students pursuing Hindi studies at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
MFAS - Music Fine Arts Scholarship Supports Music or Fine Arts students financially
SJMS - Suvarna Jubilee Merit Scholarship Rs 10,000/year
BPHFC - Blind/PH Scholarship

Offers fee concessions to any blind students if the annual family income is below 2.5 lakhs/year

Offers hostel charge assistance to PH students whose yearly family income stays below Rs.4.5 lakhs per annum

Offers economic boarding fee waiver for PH day scholars with a yearly income of less than INR 4.5 lakhs/year

IWCS - CA/ICWA/CS Scholarship Providing scholarships for minority students who are studying professional courses

Eligibility Criteria of the Scholarship

There are criteria students need to meet to qualify for the award. Each scholarship program has specific eligibility criteria. Apart from a Kerala permanent resident, students who meet additional eligibility conditions apply for the DCE scholarship. Other conditions for the scholarship are given below.

  1. PMS – Post Matric Scholarship for Minorities
  • Minority groups include Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, Parsis, Jain Buddhists, and so on.
  • The result of studying from class 11 to the doctorate level; their performance in final tests should not be lower than fifty per cent
  • A family’s annual income cannot exceed one million dollars.
  1. CSS - Central Sector Scholarship
  • Needs to obtain 80% on the board number twelve test.
  • Registering for regular undergraduate or post-graduation in the only traditional universities and colleges accredited by AICTE, UGC, MCI DCI, or any other governing authorities.
  • The average family income should not exceed 8 lakh per annum.
  1. SMS - State Merit Scholarship
  • government or assisted college study in the first year of undergraduate or graduate enrollment
  • The minimum value of the last exam score must be 50%.
  • A family’s yearly income cannot exceed one million.
  1. DMS - District Merit Scholarship
  • To join them in VHSC, ITI upper secondary school or a polytechnic course, you must pass the SSLC exam offered by Kerala State Examination Board with an A+ in all subjects.
  1. HS - Hindi Scholarship: admission to graduate and undergraduate programs
  2. MFAS - Music Fine Arts Scholarship: enrolled in either a government music or fine arts college
  3. SJMS - Suvarna Jubilee Merit Scholarship
  • Those first-year undergraduate or graduate students must be born into a BPL household.
  • At least 50% should be achieved on the latest test.
  1. BPHFC - Blind/PH Scholarship: Scholarships are given to physically impaired, deaf, or blind students who have enrolled in music colleges funded by the government of arts and science schools and vocational/higher secondary schools.
  2. IWCS - CA/ICWA/CS Scholarship 
  • A minority student studying CA, ICWA, or CS must be an awardee of the scheme.
  • The final grade of their test should not be lower than 60%.
  • The family income cannot exceed 8 lakhs annually.

Application Process of DCE Scholarship

The application process for the DCE Scholarship is relatively straightforward.

  • Register on the relevant scholarship internet site.
  • When given your password and ID code, enter the information for yourself.
  • Provide details on personal-related facts and educational boards.
  • It is mandatory to check the information that DCE Scholarships have offered as instructions.
  • Select the scholarship to apply for and provide all requisite information.
  • For the sixth and final time, review all sources of information you have provided on your application form.
  • Send the completed application along with a copy of your file.

Documents Required for the Scholarship

Make sure you have the following crucial paperwork before submitting an application for the scholarship or extending it:

  • Birth certificate
  • A copy of the first page of your bank passbook.
  • Caste certificate
  • A form of identification documentation and an Electronic Clearing Service (ECS) from the bank where you have your account
  • The last qualifying test marking sheet
  • Certificate of domicile
  • Your course certificate of the current educational program you are attending
  • Certificate of Parent's Income
  • The course of study enrollment evidence

Renewal of the Scholarship

If you are awarded the DCE scholarship, you must renew it every year using the procedures listed below:

  1. Log in to the DCE portal.
  2. For an updated scholarship renewal process, visit the notification section.
  3. To modify your scholarship details, click the notification.
  4. Submit your renewal application, a copy of the most recent qualifying exam transcript, and any other required documents.
  5. Print this out for your future reference.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the DCE scholarship awarded to students?

If you look at the objectives of a specific scholarship, the DCE (Department of College Education) award amount may differ. DCE scholarships aim to provide financial assistance for students pursuing higher education.

When does the DCE Scholarship 2023–24 close?

Different deadlines are set for each scholarship under the DCE Scholarship 2023. The application process for a scholarship is generally in November and December of the year, with a deadline in either December or January.

What will our scholarship grant amount be?

The scholarship amounts for different programs can vary significantly. Some scholarships provide a smaller amount to cover specific educational needs, while others may offer more substantial funding for living and tuition.

What happens if I send the applications to institutes and discover some mistakes?

Notify the organisation of mistakes. If the establishment decides to reverse the verification status, you can have an opportunity to change details. Correct the errors, print them out, and send them to the organisation for further online inspection.

How can I obtain multiple scholarships?

Since you have registered online, after logging in to your account using the registration ID and selecting scholarship information, apply for the necessary scholarships by applying it.

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