General Cultural Scholarship Scheme (GCSS) for International/foreign students to study in India

Are you a foreign student willing to pursue higher education in India? Do you want to avail scholarship scheme for higher studies in India? Then, you can apply for the General Cultural Scholarship scheme offered by Government of India. To know more about the scholarship, read the complete article.

Every year, Government of India announces several scholarships for the students of other countries who desire to take admission in Indian universities for higher education. One such scholarship scheme is General Cultural Scholarship Scheme (GCSS). The foreign students belonging to Asian, African and Latin American countries can take benefit of this popular scholarship program for pursuing higher education in India. The foreign students can take admission in undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes in different subjects except medical studies.

What is the eligibility criteria for General Cultural Scholarship Scheme(GCSS)?

  1. Candidates should have secured minimum of 60% marks or equivalent grades in Higher Secondary (12th standard) or equivalent, which are recognized by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).

  2. The candidates should have studied the essential subjects at the qualifying examination level to pursue a particular course of study. The candidate must have studied Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics subjects in qualifying examination and must have been mentioned the same in school leaving subject for applying scholarship for engineering courses i.e. Bachelor of Engineering(B.E.).

  3. The candidate should have good knowledge of English and must have cleared the English Proficiency Test conducted by the High Commission of India located in the respective country.

  4. The candidate must have cleared the medical fitness test and should not have serious health problems.

How many scholarships are given under General Cultural Scholarship Scheme(GCSS)?

The General Cultural Scholarship Scheme(GCSS) is available in 73 countries. The total number of scholarship under General Cultural Scholarship Scheme(GCSS) is 546. To know about the number of scholarship provided in each country, visit the link

What are the expenses covered in the General Cultural Scholarship Scheme(GCSS)?

The following expenses will be provided to the students as per the rate decided by ICCR. These expenses will be provided by the council, till the final result is not declared.
  1. Tuition fees

  2. Living Allowance

  3. House Rent Allowance

  4. Contingent allowance for purchase of stationery , books, etc.

  5. Thesis and Dissertation Expenses

  6. Study Tour expense

What is the procedure to apply for General Cultural Scholarship Scheme(GCSS)?

  1. Download the application form for scholarship for foreign students from the official website of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) ( ). The application form can also be obtained from High Commission of India of the country to which the applicant belongs to.

  2. Fill the application form correctly and provide all the required information. Do not forget to mention the course for which the scholarship application has been filled.

  3. Submit the duly filled application form with the prescribed number of copies and photographs in the office of High Commission of India of the respective country. Those application which are send directly to ICCR through embassy or is posted via local authorities will not be acceptable.

  4. Applications received by the Indian diplomatic missions are send to ICCR and are considered for nomination.

To know more details of the for General Cultural Scholarship Scheme(GCSS), visit the official website of Indian Council of Cultural Relations. The scholarship is announced every year in the month of February-March. Read the guidelines and instructions to be followed by the scholar for applying /after the approval of the scholarship. After the scholarship is approved by ICCR, the students have to submit the joining report within seven days in the ICCR office.

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