Frequently Asked Questions

The objective of the STAR Scheme is to encourage skill development for youth by providing monetary rewards for successful completion of approved training programs. Specifically, the Scheme aims to:
  • encourage standardization in the certification process and initiate a process of creating a registry of skills; and
  • increase productivity of the existing workforce and align the training and certification to the needs of the country.
  • provide Monetary Awards for Skill Certification to boost employability and productivity of youth by incentivizing them for skill trainings
  • reward candidates undergoing skill training by authorized institutions at an average monetary reward of ₹ 10,000 (Rupees Ten Thousand) per candidate.
  • benefit 10 lakh youth at an approximate total cost of ₹ 1,000 Crores.
Upon successful assessment, the candidate will be given a certificate as well as a monetary reward of an average of 10,000 per candidate.
Sectors NSQF Levels 1&2 NSQF Levels 3&4
Manufacturing courses Rs.10,000 Rs.15,000
Service & other sectors Rs.7,500 Rs.10,000
The monetary reward will be wholly funded by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, and will be affected through direct bank transfer to the beneficiaries’ accounts.

After assessment and certification of a candidate, NSDC will disburse the monetary reward into the trainee’s bank account.

In case the trainee has undergone training on credit with the training partner, the training partner is expected to make suitable arrangements with the trainee, to ensure that any credit amount is repaid to the training partner on receipt of the eligible monetary reward by the trainee. A suitable Undertaking needs to be signed by the trainee and accepted by the trainee’s bank.

This scheme is available to any candidate of Indian nationality who:

  • Undergoes a skill development training in an eligible sector by an eligible training provider
  • Is certified during the span of one year from the date of launch of the scheme by approved assessment agencies;
  • Is availing this monetary award for the first and only time during the operation of this scheme.
There is no age criterion under the Scheme. However, the minimum and maximum eligibility for the course is mentioned in the Qualification Pack of the course and must be adhered to.

While the Scheme is intended to cover all job roles in all sectors, it will initially cover only a limited number of high-market-demand Job Roles in specified economic sectors from Levels 1 to 4 in the NSQF. The list of Job Roles is available on the STAR Scheme website at http://nscsindia.org/Documents.aspx

Trainee will need to pay for the training and assessment fees upfront to the Training Provider. Upon certification, instruction will be sent to bank to credit the eligible monetary award to the registered account number with 10 working days.

The Training Partner can also provide credit to such candidates and waive off the course fee but still need to collect the Assessment fee. The Training Partner would then be paid from the award money by the trainee after getting certified.

Any eligible candidate can get registered with any of the approved Training Providers for the approved courses. Training Partner captures all the candidate details in the SDMS system and facilitates the training.

The instructions will be sent to the bank to credit the award money to the certified trainee’s bank account within 10 working days after the certificate generation, provided the bank details are updated on the SDMS system.

Training is intended to develop and certify skills against industry standards. It is to be viewed as an opportunity to becoming employable. The scheme in itself doesn’t guarantee any placement.

The objective of this Scheme is to encourage skill development for youth by providing monetary rewards for successful completion of approved training programs. Specifically, the Scheme aims to:

  • Encourage standardization in the certification process and initiate a process of creating a registry of skills
  • Enable and mobilize a large number of Indian youth to take up skill training and become employable and earn their livelihood. Increase productivity of the existing workforce and align the training and certification to the needs of the country.
  • Provide Monetary Awards for Skill Certification to boost employability and productivity of youth by incentivizing them for skill trainings
  • Reward candidates undergoing skill training by authorized institutions at an average monetary reward of Rs. 8,000 (Rupees Eight Thousand) per candidate
  • Benefit 24 lakh youth at an approximate total cost of Rs. 1,500 crores

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