provide them better opportunities for higher education abroad and enhance their employability.
      For the eligibility of OBC candidates, total income from all sources of the employed candidates,
      or his/her parents/guardians in case of unemployed candidate, shall not exceed present creamy
      layer criteria. For the eligibility of EBC candidates, total income from all sources of the
      employed candidate or his/her parents/guardians in case of unemployed candidate, shall not
      exceed ₹ 2.50 lakh per annum. Out of the total outlay for a year, a minimum of 50 per cent
      amount is earmarked for interest subsidy to the girl students.
      Post-Matric Scholarship to the EBC Students
            This is a centrally sponsored Scheme being implemented through the state governments and
      UT administrations. The objective of the Scheme is to provide financial assistance to the EBC
      students studying at post-matriculation or post-secondary stage. The income ceiling of
      parents/guardians for eligibility is ₹ 1.00 lakh per annum (including self income, if employed).
      Dr. Ambedkar Scholarship for DNTs
            This is a centrally sponsored Scheme launched in 2014-15 for the welfare of those DNT
      students who are not covered under SC, ST or OBC. The income ceiling for eligibility is ₹ 2.00
      lakh per annum. It is implemented through state governments/UT administrations. The
      expenditure is shared between centre and state in 75:25 ratio.
      Nanaji Deshmukh Scheme of Construction of Hostels
            This is a centrally sponsored Scheme launched from 2014-15 being implemented through
      state governments/UT administrations/central universities. The Scheme aims at providing hostel
      facilities to those DNT students who are not covered under SC, ST or OBC, to enable them to
      pursue secondary and higher education. The income ceiling for eligibility is ₹ 2.00 lakh per
      annum. The central government will provide a maximum of 500 seats per annum throughout the
      country. The cost norm under the scheme is ₹ 3.00 lakh per seat for the hostel (which is shared
      between centre and state in 75:25 ratio) and ₹ 5,000/- per seat for furniture. The construction
      work of the hostel has to be completed within eighteen months from award of work order or two
      years from the release of central assistance, whichever is earlier. In no case the time will be
      extended beyond 2 years. Any cost escalation due to delay in project will be borne by the state /
      institute.
      National Backward Classes Finance and Development Corporation
            National Backward Classes Finance and Development Corporation (NBCFDC) was
      incorporated in 1992 as a Company not for profit with an objective to promote economic and
      developmental activities for the benefit of backward classes and to assist the poorer sections of
      these classes in skill development and self employment ventures. It is a Government of India
      Undertaking under the aegis of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. The Corporation
      extends various types of loans to the target group i.e., members of backward classes. The
      members of backward classes having annual family income of less than double the poverty line
      (i.e. ₹ 98,000/- in rural areas and ₹ 1,20,000/- in urban areas) are eligible to obtain loan under
      NBCFDC schemes through SCAs. Besides other developmental activities, the Corporation is
      promoting, marketing facilities for the artisans of the target group by providing opportunities to
      participate in the country’s leading fairs like India International Trade Fair, Dilli Haat, Surajkund
      Crafts Mela as well as in the exhibitions/fairs organized in their respective states.
            NBCFDC helps traditional artisans by way of providing them platform to exhibit their
      products in these exhibitions to establish marketing linkages. The stalls are allotted free of cost to