Vidyasiri Scholarship 2019: Eligibility, Amount & How to Apply

Vidyasiri Scholarship 2019: Vidyasiri (KarePass) is a type of scholarship scheme which is provided by the Department of Backward Classes  Welfare, Government of Karnataka. The scholarship is specifically designed for students who are studying in post matriculation courses and belongs to backward classes. The main objective of this scholarship is the educational upliftment of the students of Karnataka who are financially weak and belongs to SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD.

Vidyasiri Scholarship 2019 (ePass Karnataka): Eligibility & Amount

Moreover, here the Govt is trying to make the scholarship distribution system very simple through ePass (Electronic Payment and application system of Scholarships). The ePass Karnataka system connects all welfare departments such as treasury, databases of Secondary Scholarship Leaving Certificate (SSLC), colleges and banks to hassle-free delivery of scholarship to beneficiary students.

To apply for this scholarship every candidate needs to fulfil some eligibility conditions. Here you will able to check, Important dates, Eligibility criteria, Amount, Application form, Documents required, Status, Contact details and how to apply for ePass Karnataka scholarship.

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Vidyasiri Scholarship 2019

The whole scholarship is divided into three types such as:
  1. Post-Matric Scholarship which includes FC, FAAS, and NUR.
  2. Prathibha Puraskar Scholarship for SSLC/Secondary PUC/Degree
  3. Free Hostel Accommodation/Fee for Post-Matric Courses
Where PMS stands for Post Matric Scholarship, FAAS for Food and Accommodation Scholarship, FC for Fees Concession and NUR for Nursing Stipend.

All these KarePass scholarships are accessible for the students who are pursuing Post-Matric courses (After 10th) across Karnataka state. Moreover, the various schools and colleges of Karnataka are associated with this scheme.

Eligibility Criteria

1. Post-Matric Scholarship (PMS, FAAC, FC, NUR)

The candidates must have to full fill the following conditions to become eligible for full course fees concession.
  • Candidate should be a permanent resident of the Karnataka State.
  • For SC / ST candidates, the income of the parents should be up to 2 lakh per year.
  • For backward class/PWD candidates, the income of parents should be up to 1 lakh per year.
  • Candidates should be studying in post-matric courses recognized by the Karnataka Government.
  • To apply for the scholarship, the candidate should have 75% attendance.

2. Prathibha Purskar Eligibility

To get D. Devaraja Urs Prathibha Purskar a candidate must have to fulfil these eligibility conditions that are given below.
  • The candidate should be a permanent resident of the state of Karnataka.
  • Candidate belongs to backward class related to Category-1, Category 2A, 3A and 3B.
  • The candidate who score 90% or above in SSLC/ Secondary PUC exam held in March/April 2019. OR
    General Degree/ Master Degree/ Professional Degree with 70% marks or above.
  • Total annual income limit of the family - Category-1 is up to Rs 2.50 lakhs, Category 2A, 3A and 3B are up to Rs 1 Lakh.
  • The candidate must study in Karnataka Govt./ Private Schools/Colleges.
  • The Pratibha Purskar facility is offered only one-time per student for equivalent courses.

3. Free Hostel Accommodation Eligibility

Karnataka government provides free Hostel accommodation/fee for the meritious students belongs to backward classes/SC/ST's.
  • Candidate should belong to Backward Class, Category 1, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, SC or STs.
  • The annual income limit of the parents of the students should be Rs 2.50 Lakh.
  • The student should be at least 5 KM away from the college where the admission is made.
  • The free Hostel Accommodation/Fee scheme available for post-matric courses after 10th.

Karepass Scholarship Amount

1. PMS FAAS, FC and NUR Scholarship Amount

Accordingly, around 20000 candidates will take advantage of this scholarship every year. The scholarship includes full course fee concession in which the candidate is pursuing. It also includes monthly maintenance allowances such as Food and Accommodation. Whenever the eligible candidate will be shortlisted for scholarship, the amount will be deposited directly in his/her accounts.

2. Pratibha Purskar Amount

SSLC1000Rs. 10,000
Secondary PUC500Rs. 15,000
General Degree250Rs. 20,000
Master Degree250
Professional Degree300Rs. 25,000
Professional Master Degree200

The Pratibha Purskar provides Rs. 10,000 to 1000 SSLC students and Rs. 15,000 to 500 Secondary PUC students on merit basis.

3. Free Hostel Accommodation Amount

Free Hostel Accommodation/Fee is provided by the Karnataka government to selected candidates on the basis of merit.

Eligible Course for Scholarship

Students who are pursuing the following courses given below can avail this scholarship scheme.

Group A

Group A includes the following courses:

i) Degree and Postgraduate level courses including M.Phil,, P.hD. and Post Doctoral research in Medicine (Allopathic, Indian and other recognized systems of medicines), Engineering, Technology, Planning, Architecture, Design, Fashion Technology, Agriculture, Veterinary and Allied Sciences, Management, Business Finance/ Administration, Computer Science/ Applications.
ii) Commercial Pilot License (including helicopter pilot and multi-engine rating) courses are also included.
iii) Post Graduate Diploma courses in various branches of management and medicine.
iv) C.A/ I.C.W.A/C.S. /I.C.F.A etc.
v) M.Phil., PhD and Postdoctoral Programmers (D.Litt., D.Sc., Etc.)
vi) L.L.M.

Group B

Group B includes the following courses:

i) graduate courses leading to Degree, Diploma, Certificate in areas like Pharmacy (B. Pharma), Nursing (B Nursing), LLB, BFS, other paramedical branch-es like rehabilitation, diagnostics etc., Mass Communication, Hotel Management & Catering, Travel/Tourism/Hospitality Management, Interior Decoration, Nutrition & Dietetics, Commercial Art, Financial services (e.g. Banking, Insurance, Taxation etc.) for which entrance qualification is minimum Sr. Secondary 10+2.
ii)Post Graduate courses not e.g. MA/M.Sc., / M.Ed., /M. covered under Group Pharma., etc.

Group C

All other courses under Group A & leading to a graduate degree not covered B e.g. BA/B. Sc., /B.Com etc.

Group D

All post-matriculation level non-degree courses for which entrance qualification is High School (Class X) e.g. Senior Secondary Certificate (Class XI and XII); both general and vocational stream, ITI courses, 3-year diploma courses in Polytechnics, etc.

So, the scholarship is provided for above all courses.

ePass Karnataka Application Form

It is mandatory for all candidates to apply online through the official website of the scholarship portal. Before applying online, each candidate requires to ensure their eligibility.

How to Apply

Step 1: Select the Type of Scholarship
  • First of all, visit the official website of Vidyasiri/ KarePass.
  • On the homepage, three options will be given: i) Free Hostel Registration ii) Pratibha Purshkar Registration and iii) Fresh & Renewal Registrations for PMS FAAS, FC and NUR.
Step 2: Fill Application Form
  • Follow the suitable option and visit "Apply Now" on the next page.
  • After then, fill your Personal details, Income details, Aadhaar no, SSLC details, etc.
  • A person with a disability has to apply in the PWD category.
Step 3: Final Submission
  • Finally, press the "Submit" button for final submission. The system will generate an application number, note down it to check application status.
Note: Candidates who are applying through colleges and institutions have to apply one week before the ending date.

Documents Required

The following documents are required while filling the application form.
  • Family income certificate issued by Tahsildar or Sub-Tahsildar.
  • SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD certificate issued by Tahsildar or Sub-Tahsildar.
  • Senior Secondary leaving certificate (SSLC)
  • School or College issued Transfer Certification. (TC)
  • Candidate bank passbook copy for Account details.
  • Latest photographs of the candidate.
After then, interested and eligible candidate follow these steps to apply Vidyasiri or KarePass scholarship.

Key Dates 2019

ActivityKey Dates
Notification for PMS FAAS,
FC and NUR Released on
Last Date to Apply for
Notification of Prathibha
Purskar Released On
Last Date to Apply for
Prathibha Purskar
Notification of Fresh Hostel
Registration Released On
June 2020
Last Date to Apply for
August 2020

The online application form for Prathibha Purskar is available from the month of November. Whereas, the eligible and interested candidate can apply up to the last date 31 November 2019. Let's check the eligibility criteria for these scholarships.

Vidyasiri Scholarship Status

Check your application status by following these simple steps:
  • To check the scholarship application status, you have to visit the official website
  • After then follow the link to "Student Services >> Application status".
  • In the next step, you have to enter your application number, academic year, SSLC details and date of birth.
  • Finally, hit "Get Status" and your scholarship application status will be displayed on the screen.

ePass Karnataka Contact Details

For any query, candidates can contact the Karnataka ePass support team between 10:00 AM to 05:30 PM.
Contact No:
  • Hostel Contact No: 8050370006
  • Scholarship Contact No: 8050770005
  • Prathibha, IAS/KAS Contact No: 8050770004
Karnataka Backward Classes Welfare Department
No. 16/D, 3rd Floor, Devraj Urs Bhavan,
Millers Tank Bed Road, Vasanth Nagar,
Bangalore - 560052

Frequently Asked Question

Qn. What is PMS, FAAS, FC & NUR?
Ans. PMS stands for Post-Matric Scholarship, FAAS for Food and Accommodation Scholarship, FC for Fee Concession and NUR for Nursing Stipend.

Qn. What are the Post-Matric Courses?
Ans. All courses after 10th are called as Post-Matric Courses.

Qn. What is Karepass Scholarship?
Ans. Karepass stands for Karnataka ePass (Electronic Payment and Application System of Scholarships). The scholarships available on this portal often called as Karepass Scholarships.

Qn. What is the ePass Karnataka Scholarship?
Ans. ePass Karnataka stands for Electronic Payment and Application System of Scholarship of Karnataka.

Here, you got full information of Vidyasiri Scholarship 2019. In conclusion, now money will not come between your education and you. The Vidyasiri scholarship will increase the literacy rate among the backward classes/ and SC/STs. The Scholarship will help in to provide better opportunities for employability to its user.

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  1. What is NUR,PMS,FAAS,FC..??? Is it for UG level students??

    1. PMS- Post Matric Scholarship
      FAAS - Food and Accommodation Scholarship
      FC - Fees Concession
      NUR - Nursing Stipend

  2. Sir am not eligible for pms and FAAS and eligible for fc will I get the same amount of scholarship as my friends get


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