The cabinet, on Tuesday, approved a new scholarship scheme for Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) aspirants in Maharashtra. The scheme is aimed at encouraging young aspirants to join the civil services in the country and pushing up Maharashtra’s contribution to the civil society pool.
Under the scheme, meritorious students will now get financial assistance in three parts, through the preliminary exam, the main exam and the final interview.
According to the decision, the state government’s scholarship programme also seeks to tie up with private institutions. The government, however, is yet to work out its final details and has only approved the scheme’s basic framework. The state government will incur at least Rs 23.46 crore expenditure for the scheme.
“We are not just looking at financial assistance but also intending to tie up with reputed private educational institutions to ensure that the scholars we choose can gain entry into these places easily. These institutions will help train our scholars for all the three examinations,” said a state government official.
In addition, the State government has also worked out a monthly stipend of Rs 10,000 while they are getting trained in appearing for these examinations.
This scholarship, the State government said, would be released in three phases. “One would be before the preliminary exam, the other before the main exam and the third before the final interview. If a student fails in any of these, the scholarship will be discontinued and will be resumed only the following year, before the exam,” said a State government official.
Incidentally, only those who have unsuccessfully appeared for the UPSC examinations before are eligible for the scholarship. According to the cabinet’s decision, the candidate must have appeared for the main exam and failed at the interview level in the last year.