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The Ministry of Education, Singapore, is offering scholarships for a two-year pre-university course in selected junior colleges in Singapore. The course leads to the Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education ‘Advanced’ (GCE ‘A’) Level (or equivalent), which is recognised internationally. Thereafter, students have the opportunity to apply for further scholarships / loans to pursue an undergraduate course in either the National University of Singapore or the Nanyang Technological University.

The SIA Youth Scholarship, for two years of pre-university studies, is renewed annually, subject to the satisfactory performance of the scholar. Indian students, born between 1994 and 1996, who have completed Class X in 2012 and having an outstanding academic track record (at least an average of 85 per cent with English as the first language) are eligible to apply for the scholarship.

Short-listed applicants will be required to sit for selection tests in general ability, English and mathematics in August / September 2012. Candidates who do well in the selection tests will be invited for an interview in October / November 2012. The written test and interview will be held in Calcutta, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai. Successful candidates will be informed of the scholarship award by late November 2012.

Selected candidates will be provided hostel accomodation. In addition, they will receive an annual allowance of 2,400 Singapore dollars (about Rs 1,05,530) as well as a one-time settling-in allowance of 500 Singapore dollars (approximately Rs 21,980). School fees and Singapore-Cambridge GCE fees will also be waived. Candidates will be entitled to economy class air fare to Singapore and back upon completion of the term. Subsidised medical benefits and accident insurance will also be provided.There is no bond attached to the scholarship.

Application on the prescribed form must be accompanied by certified copies of birth certificate, identity card or passport (if any) and copies of examination results of the last two years. Applications can be made online or through post. Those who Candidates do not need to submit a hardcopy application if they have chosen to apply online and vice versa.

Original documents that are not in English must be translated. The translations must be accompanied by a photocopy of the original. Applicants are not required to send original documents, which must be produced upon request at the time of interview.

Applicants should complete all the items in the form and write N/A, if the item is not applicable. Applicants need to fill in the form in capital letters using black ink. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

The deadline for applications is July 15. The selection test will be held between end August and early September. The session starts in mid-January 2013. Candidates should mail a hardcopy of their applications to SIA Youth Scholarships, c/o School Placement and Scholarships Branch, Ministry of Education, 1 North Buona Vista Drive, Level 3 Podium Block, Singapore-138675.

Interested students can also apply online at www.moe.gov.sg.