The state government will award scholarships to Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) aspirants from Maharashtra in a bid to encourage youngsters to join the civil services.
The scholarship will be available for candidates preparing for the main exam and continue up to the last stage of personal interviews. The aspirants will get financial assistance of Rs 10,000 per month and free private specialized coaching in institutes based in New Delhi.
The government announced the scheme in a government resolution (GR) on April 16. A decision to this effect was taken in a cabinet meeting in January.
The GR states that the candidates selected for the scholarship will be able to choose from Delhi-based coaching institutes that have been approved by the state government. After getting the scholarship, the candidates will have to appear for the UPSC exam. If they don’t, they will have to return the amount to the government. The candidates will also have to submit a monthly report of their studies to the government.
Candidates residing in Maharashtra with family income of less than one lakh per annum will be eligible for the scheme. The aspirants must have cleared the UPSC preliminary exam in the last three years.
The cabinet had earlier decided that a specially empowered committee headed by additional chief secretary of the state planning department would screen the applicants. The committee will also have the powers to frame the guidelines and conditions to be followed to avail the scholarship.
News Courtesy: Times of India (link)