Chief Minister’s Special Merit Scholarship Scheme:
Hundreds of parents, children and
teachers annually look forward to the Chief Minister’s Special Merit
Scholarship Scheme. The scheme, launched in 2009, provides full government
scholarship to Sikkimese children from Class VI till they pass out from the
best public schools within and outside Sikkim.
Every winter, the Class V toppers of
government schools prepare and participate in the scholarship entrance test and
the best 200 among them are selected on merit basis. The scheme started with an
initial intake of 50 students but now, the scholarship has been enhanced to 200
The scheme is basically a ticket to
the Sikkimese students, many of whom are from underprivileged families studying
in government schools for better and quality education in reputed public
schools in and outside Sikkim with the full expenses borne by the State
government. The scheme is also one of the early milestones of the Sikkim
Democratic Front (SDF) government in its fourth term.
Cash awards for CBSE toppers:
Recognizing the excellent results
annually, the Government of Sikkim is providing cash incentives to Sikkimese
students who topped the CBSE Class X and XII exams from 2012 as announced by
the Hon’ble Chief Minister. The scheme is only for government schools
affiliated with the CBSE and is an initiative of the Hon’ble Chief Minister to
inspire and motivate Sikkimese students.
As per the incentive, a cash award
of Rs. 1 lakh each would be given to Class XII students who top the State in
Science, Humanities, Commerce and Vocational subjects.
Cash awards of Rs. 75,000 and Rs. 50,000 would be given to each student who
secures second and third positions in the four subjects.
The top three Class X students would
be rewarded with Rs. 1 lakh, Rs. 75,000 and Rs. 50,000 respectively.
The cash awards not only offer an
additional motivation for the students but also facilitate them in pursuing
higher education courses they want.
Cash awards & Training for UPSC exams
The Government of Sikkim is offering
cash awards to Sikkimese youths who secure an officer’s rank in Union Services.
A sum of Rs. 2 lakhs will be providing to any Sikkimese youth who get in All
India Services. The cash award for getting into other Central Services, Armed
Forces, Banking, Railways, Postal Services, etc is
Rs. 1 lakh. The cash awards are to encourage the competitive spirit of the
The Government of Sikkim is also
providing best coaching facilities to Sikkimese youths for appearing in Union
Public Service Commission and Staff Selection Commission exams. The Hon’ble
Chief Minister had announced to provide training to Sikkimese students in
reputed coaching centres for appearing in the
national services exams.
The first batch of 150 youths are
already undergoing State sponsored coaching classes in New Delhi, Hyderabad and
Tamil Nadu. The Government of Sikkim is also bearing accommodation and food
expenses besides giving a one-time grant of Rs. 10,000 to each candidate as