SHRESHTA Scheme 2024: Check Its Fees, Registration, Benefits & Selection Process

The government of India has approved the scheme named SHRESHTA for the benefit of candidates belonging to the SC category. The full form of SHRESHTA is a Scheme for Residential Education for Students in High Schools in Targeted Areas. Under the SHRESHTA Scheme, the government will provide seats to students belonging to the SC category.

The selected students will get admission to some of the best private residential schools situated in the country. Many students apply for the scheme every year with the hope of getting selected.

Let’s learn more about the SHRESHTA Scheme 2024 by reading the following article. Information like the application process, selection process, and others can be checked on this page.

SHRESHTA Scheme 2024

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The officials have adopted a certain procedure for the selection of students. The whole selection process is conducted by the NTA, i.e., the National Testing Agency, every year. The Department of Social Justice and Empowerment looks upon the scheme. Under the scheme, the concerned officials provide admission to students in Classes 9 and 11.

According to the studies, around 3000 students get admission in Class 9 and 11 of the prestigious schools. To become a part of the scheme, applicants will have to become eligible for the scheme and then apply for it. Get the latest updates about the scheme by scrolling down the page.

SHRESHTA Scheme 2024: An Overview

Name of the SchemeScheme for Residential Education for Students in High Schools in Targeted Areas
Concerned DepartmentDepartment of Social Justice and Empowerment
Conducting AuthorityNational Testing Agency
Beneficiaries of the Schemestudents belonging to the SC category
Application Process ModeOnline Mode
Status of the Application ProcessYet to open for 2024
Authorized Portal

Benefits of the SHRESHTA Scheme 2024

In the following section, we are going to provide some of the key objectives of the scheme. Below is the list of key objectives:

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  • The scheme is going to increase the reach of government initiatives made for development.
  • The officials aim to fill the gap available in service-deprived dominated by SC in the education sector. This will happen by collaborating with the voluntary organizations.
  • The scheme will provide the development of candidates belonging to the SC. The social-economic environment will also be uplifted with the help of the scheme.
  • Bright and capable students belonging to the SC category will be provided with a high-quality education so that good opportunities will be provided to them in the future.

Eligibility Criteria of SHRESHTA Scheme 2024

The officials also mention the eligibility criteria which helps in shortening the number of applications and getting applications from suitable aspirants only. In case the concerned authority receives any applications from the eligible candidates, then their candidature will be rejected no matter whether the candidates have cleared any stage or not. Below is the detailed eligibility conditions mentioned by the officials:

  • Candidates belonging to the SC category can apply for the scheme and must have proof of category.
  • Applicants must be studying in Classes 8 and 10 in the current academic year.
  • The annual income of the candidate’s family must not be more than Rs. 2.5 lakhs.
  • Students applying for admission to Class 9 must not be younger than 12 years old and older than 16 years old.
  • Students applying for admission to Class 11 must not be younger than 14 years old and older than 18 years old.

Process to do online registration for SHRESHTA Scheme

Readers who will be applying for the scheme for the first time must understand the process which needs to be followed carefully. So, the applicants will first have to do online registration before getting hold of the application form. The following are the steps to complete the online registration process:

  • Start the process by going to the official website of the SHRESHTA NTA with this link address:
  • Now, the home page of the respective screen will open on the screen.
  • Thirdly, scroll down the home page and locate the application link for the SHRESHTA.
  • After locating the link, tap on it once, and you will get redirected to a new screen.
  • There, you will see a login section on the right side and a registration section on the left side of the screen.
  • Click on the New Registration link, and a new page will open on the respective device.
  • You will be able to see all instructions on a new page. Read them carefully and proceed further with the registration process.
  • The registration form will finally appear on the screen. Start noting down the details asked there carefully.
  • Once you are done entering the details, provide the captcha code and click on the submit button.
  • Afterwards, the officials will send an OTP to the registered mobile number or email address. Provide the same OTP carefully to the available space and verify it.
  • After the successful verification, submit the form and you will get successfully registered.

How to apply for the SHRESHTA Scheme?

Applicants who have completed the registration process provided above will be able to move further with the application process. Below are the steps which need to be followed step-by-step to complete the application process:

  • Now, you need to land on the SHRESHTA NTA official website with this link:
  • Secondly, you will land on the home page of the website.
  • Thirdly, start locating the application link for the same scheme of the respective year.
  • Afterwards, click on the link and the login page will form on the respective device.
  • Please provide the login credentials received at the time of registration and click on the login button.
  • Finally, the dashboard of the respective registered candidates will form on the device.
  • After that, access the application form and start providing the details on it carefully.
  • Once you are done entering the details, click on the cities in which you wish to take the exam.
  • After that, you will be asked to upload the documents within the specified limit.
  • Finally, take a look back at the whole form and tap on the submit button to complete the process.

Required Documents to Upload in the Application Form

Let’s check out the list of documents which the applicants will have to upload in their respective application forms. The following is the list of required documents:

  • Passport-Sized Photographs
    • The image file size should lie between 10 kb to 200 kb and must be uploaded in JPG or JPEG format.
    • Applicants who use spectacles regularly can upload an image of them wearing them.
    • If any picture is uploaded in Polaroid or computer-generated one will not be accepted.
    • No application without a photograph will be accepted.
  • Specimen Signature
    • Applicants must provide their signatures in running hand using a black pen on clear white paper. 
    • The signature must not be done in capital letters.
    • The size of the signature file should lie between 4 to 30 kb in jpg or jpeg format. 
    • Applications received without signature will not be considered.
  • Category Certificate/ Undertaking
    • The size of both files must lie between 50 to 300 kb in pdf format only.
    • No application with these certificates will be considered.
  • Income Certificate
    • The attachment of the income certificate is an option and can be shown at the time of the document verification process.
    • The size of the file must not be lower than 50 kb and higher than 300 kb. It must be uploaded in the pdf format.

SHRESHTA Selection Process

In the following paragraph, we are going to understand the whole selection process adopted by the authority to select candidates for the SHRESHTA Scheme. Below is the detailed process:

Application Process

The officials started the process by releasing a notification that notifies the interested candidates about the application process. The notification will include the application process dates. Afterward, the officials will attach the online application link to the SHRESHTA NTA portal.

Applicants will be able to access it and apply for the scheme after submitting the application form. The authority is going to conduct the application process for a limited period. After the deadline, the officials are not going to accept any applications. Once, the application process is concluded, the authority will evaluate the applications and accept the eligible ones for further processes.

Issuance of Admit Card

After the application process, the concerned authority will provide the admit card to the candidates provisionally if they will fulfill the eligibility conditions. Applicants will have to download the admit card by visiting the SHRESHTA NTA portal. There will be an exam date and timing written on the admit card. No candidates will get permission to appear for the exam if they do not carry the admit card.

If any candidate is having trouble downloading the admit card, they can use the contact details for guidance. The contact details are Help Line Number: 011-40759000 (Timing: 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM). Applicants must read and follow the instructions mentioned in the admit card.


The officials will conduct the National Entrance Test for the Scheme to select eligible candidates. All candidates who will receive the admit card will be allowed to appear for the NETS. The officials will conduct the exam in one paper consisting of a total of four sections. Those four sections will be Mathematics, Social Science, General Awareness/ Knowledge and Science.

The officials will conduct the exam to provide admission in some of the best private residential schools available under Residential Education for High School students in targeted areas. The whole question paper will be based on the NCERT syllabus of Class 8th for Class 9 admission and Class 10 for Class 11 admission.

Publication of the Result

After the completion of the exam, the officials will take some days to evaluate every answer sheet carefully. After the evaluation, the officials will provide the results to candidates on the official website of the NTA. Applicants will have to provide their login credentials to check the respective scores scored in the exam.

Candidates are informed that the officials are not going to consider requests for re-evaluation of answer sheets. Candidates who will score the cut-off marks or more than the cut-off marks will be considered for the next stage of the selection process. Make sure that the printed particulars in the result are correct to avoid post-process delay.

Counselling Process

Afterwards, all shortlisted candidates will be called for the counselling process. The officials usually conduct two rounds of counselling. The number might increase or decrease according to the availability of seats. Shortlisted aspirants will first have to register themselves online for the counselling process.

They will also have to choose the schools after the registration process. After that, the authority will release the allotment result. The allotment result can be accessed after the successful login. Now, candidates satisfied with the allotment result will have to appear at the allotted school and complete the admission process.

Number of Seats available for SHRESHTA Scheme

The numbers provided in this section are tentative. In the following paragraph, we are providing the available number of seats for fresh admission for every year upto the 2025-26 academic session. Below is the table showing the information:

Academic Session9th Class11th ClassTotal Seats
2023 – 2024150015003000 Seats
2024 – 2025150015003000 Seats
2025 – 2026150015003000 Seats

“If the officials observe that there are several vacant seats in any categories of class 9 and 11 admissions then they will adjust the same towards the other category if there will be the availability of other eligible students in the particular category.”

SHRESHTRA Scholarship for Students

Selected students will also be getting scholarships as prescribed by the officials for the respective scheme. The scholarship offered to students will cover the school fee and hostel fee. It will include the tuition fee and mess charges as well as subject to the highest limit as mentioned below:

Class 9Rs. 1,00,000
Class 10Rs. 1,10,000
Class 11Rs. 1,25,000
Class 12Rs. 1,35,000

The scholarship amount mentioned above is applicable for per student per year. The amount of the scholarship towards the hostel and tuition fee will be disbursed by the officials according to actual charges by the respective school. Or, the prescribed limit which is provided in the above table. Preference will be given to the amount which will be less. Beneficiaries will not be asked for any fee or other charges by SHRESHTA School.

The concerned authority is going to release the scholarship amount in a single installment directly into the account of the respective school by using the e-Anudaan Portal of the ministry online mode. The amount released of the scholarship for the following years will be subject to the furnished Utilized Certificate according to the GFR provisions.

SHRESHTA Scheme: Important Dates

Let’s check the whole schedule of the SHRESHTA Scheme:

Events2023 Session2024 Session
Application Form Commencement Date3 May 2023May 2024
The last date to submit the application form27 May 2023May 2024
Availability of application correction window28 and 29 May 2023May/ June 2024
Display of the Examination Cities5 June 2023June 2024
Publication of the Admit Card14 June 2023June 2024
Date of the NETS Examination18 June 2023June 2024
Declaration of the Result8 July 2023July 2024

SHRESHTA Scheme NETS Exam Pattern

In the following section, we are going to provide a detailed exam pattern of SHRESHTA NETS. Readers can use this scheme to prepare for the exam. Below is the exam pattern explained in detail:

The officials are going to conduct the examination in offline mode i.e., with pen and paper. The question paper will be provided to candidates in English and Hindi language. The officials will consider the NCERT Class 8 Syllabus for admission into Class 9 and the NCERT Class 10 Syllabus for admission to Class 11. The authority is going to award 4 marks for correct or most appropriate answers.

No marks will be awarded for incorrect answers or unanswered questions. In case two more candidates score the same marks, then the tie will be resolved by preferring candidates who will be older and then preferring Application Number in ascending order. Let’s take a look at subject-wise marks allotment details:

Mathematics30 Marks
Science20 Marks
Social Science25 Marks
General Awareness/ Knowledge25 Marks

SHRESHTA Scheme 2024: Important Links

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Please note that the information provided above regarding the schedule, eligibility, application process, and others is based on the SHRESHTRA Information Bulletin of the 2024 academic session. We will update our article accordingly if there is any update in the upcoming session.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the officials release the SHRESHTA Scheme Application form?

The admission process for the SHRESTA Scheme is almost over. Now, the officials will release the application form for the next session. The schedule is yet to be announced by the officials.

If there is any error while using the service provided under the SHRESHTA NTA Portal, who should you contact?

The officials have separately released a Contact Us section where you can see the details of how you can contact them. Below are the same contact details:
NSIC-MDBP Building, First Floor, Okhla Industrial Estate, New Delhi-110020
E-mail ID: and Contact No. : 01169227700, 011-40759000

What documents will be allowed while appearing for the SHRESHTRA NETS?

Applicants will be allowed to carry a copy of the admit card, a passport-sized photograph, and any photo identification card such as an Aadhaar Card, PAN Card, Voter ID, driver’s license, and others. Do not carry any electronic devices to avoid cancellation of candidature.

Can the Candidate correct/ change his/her particulars, including the City of Exam Centre in the Online Application Form?

After completing the application process, the authority will open a one-time correction window for a day or two. The correction schedule will be provided in the information bulletin.

If one does not get an Admit Card, whom should be contacted?

Please note that the officials will not send the admit card to any candidate via post. Applicants must download the admit card by visiting the official website of the SHRESHTA NTA portal. If any error occurs while downloading the admit card, then they can call the NTA Helpline Number: 011-40759000 or 011-69227700 and write a mail to NTA using this email id:

What should I do if a ‘continuous timeout’ or ‘file not found error’ occurs while filling out the SHRESHTA Scheme Application Form?

If any users face this kind of situation, they should try using an updated version of Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. Make sure that the internet connection is good while applying for the scheme. If the website is still showing continuous time out, try clearing cookies and history of the browser and again submit the form in off-peak hours.

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