1. When does Civil Services Scholarship Test (CST) take place?

CST happens once a year only. The dates are decided keeping college students in mind. CST 2020 will be conducted across the country on 1st March 2020.

2. Is the exam conducted online?

No. CST is conducted only in offline/pen and paper invigilated mode across 25 cities. To check the list of Test centers, visit cst.nextias.com

3. For which courses is CST applicable?

CST is applicable on the tuition fees of the following courses only –

  • GS Pre cum Main Foundation Course 2021 – Classroom/Offline
  • GS Pre cum Main Foundation Course 2021 – Live/Online
  • GS Pre cum Main Foundation Course 2021 with CSAT – Classroom/Offline
  • GS Pre cum Main Foundation Course 2021 with CSAT – Live/Online

4. What does scholarship in tuition fee mean?

The GS Foundation course fees at NEXT IAS has three components i.e. Admission fee, Books fee and Tuition fee. The scholarship offered is applicable on Tuition fee only, which is approximately 85 percent of total fees.

5. How much scholarship is being awarded?

Scholarship of up to 100 percent is being offered. There are 5 slabs of discounts –

Category Scholarship % in Tuition Fee Offline / Classroom Scholarship % in Tuition Fee Live / Online
A 100% 50%
B 75% 25%
C 50% 10%
D 25% -
E 10% -

Students with scores below 10 percent (20 marks out of 200) will not be considered of scholarship.

6. Is the scholarship transferable?


7. Is the scholarship applicable on Live/online courses too?


8. How can the scholarship be availed?

Scholarship winners need to contact NEXT IAS either through phone (8800338066) or email ([email protected]) with their personal details and CST result. Thereafter, the scholarship amount will be subtracted from total fees. Then remaining fee can be paid online or at NEXT IAS center to get enrolled.

9. Are Scholarship test marks disclosed after the test?

No. CST marks or percentile or rank will not be disclosed to the students. We have made such a policy with respect to this test to discourage the candidates who are misusing this test as a mock test for the preliminary examination. It defeats the whole purpose of scholarship as most of the top scholarships are captured by such students. So after thorough deliberation we came out with this policy for protecting the interests of genuine candidates who are in need of scholarship. We conduct CST every year so that genuinely needy and deserving candidates get scholarship.

10. Is there any provision for Weekend class or special classes for college going students?

There is no provision for weekend classes. College goers are advised to join Live/Online classes – evening batch which starts from July. Students can watch the classes live steamed from our New Rajinder Nagar Classroom. Missed classes can be viewed later.

11. Can I get access to 2019 resources if I avail 2020 program?

Yes. As a special gesture towards the deserving candidates, we will allow complimentary/free online access to Current Affairs Plus Plus (C++) Course for Prelims 2020 and Current Affairs for Mains 2020 for students appearing in 2020 UPSC CSE.