The Scheme for Residential Education for Students in Targeted Areas (SHRESHTA) has been formulated by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment with the objective to provide quality education and opportunities for even the poorest Scheduled Caste students , as per the Constitutional mandate.



The scheme for Residential Education for Students in High Schools in Targeted Areas (SHRESHTA) has been conceived to provide access to high quality residential education to the meritorious poor students from Scheduled Caste communities, whose parental annual income is up to Rs. 2.5 Lakh per annum, at free of cost from class 9th to class 12th.


Procedure for selection

  • Under this, each year a specified number of meritorious SC students (Approximately 3,000) in States/UTs are selected through a transparent mechanism of a National Entrance Test for SHRESHTA (NETS), conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).
  • Selected students are admitted in the Best Private Residential Schools, affiliated by CBSE, in classes 9th and 11th for completion of education till 12th standard.
  • Thereafter, the students may be connected to Post Metric Scholarship Scheme or Top – Class Education Scheme of the Ministry to continue their further studies with adequate financial aid from the Government of India.