The Union Cabinet had approved India’s largest Skill Certification Scheme, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), on 20 March, 2015. The Scheme was subsequently launched on 15 July, 2015, on the occasion of World Youth Skills Day by Honorable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. PMKVY is implemented by National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) under the guidance of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE). With a vision of a “Skilled India”, MSDE aims to skill India on a large scale with speed and high standards. PMKVY is the flagship scheme that is driving towards greater realisation of this vision.


The objective of this Scheme is to encourage and promote Skill Development for the youth throughout the country by aligning itself with the Common Norms guidelines. The scheme also needs to be aligned to complement all other Missions of the Government, such as Make in India, Digital India, Swachh Bharat, and Smart Cities. Specifically, the Scheme aims to:

  • Enable and mobilize a large number of youth to take up industry designed quality skill training, become employable and earn their livelihood.
  • Increase productivity of the existing workforce, and align skill training with the actual needs of the country.
  • Encourage standardisation of the Certification process and put in place the foundation for creating a registry of skills.
  • Benefit 10 million youth over the period of four years (2016- 2020).


Target Beneficiaries

In line with the objectives stated above, this Scheme is applicable to any candidate of Indian nationality who:

  • Is an unemployed youth or, school/college dropouts.
  • Possesses an Aadhaar card and a bank account.
  • Has a verifiable alternate ID such as PAN or Voter ID (applicable only for the states of North-East region and J&K - Additional IDs may be added from time to time).
  • Any other criteria, as defined by the SSCs for the respective job roles College students should not be allowed or enrolled under PMKVY as the Scheme focuses on school/college dropouts. Additionally, in case of corporates or factory premises, candidates cannot be their own employees or daily wagers.


Post Placement Support

In order to enable the newly skilled persons to settle into their new jobs/vocations, post placement support would be provided directly to the candidates at the rate of INR 1450 per month for the duration mentioned in Table bellow-


Post Placement Support @ INR 1450 per month Men Women
Placement within the District of Domicile 1 month 2 months
Placement outside the District of Domicile 2 months 3 months


Conveyance Support

Upon successful completion and certification of non-residential skill training programmes, all women candidates and PWD will be provided an allowance for expenses incurred in travelling to and from the TC as per the Table bellow-


Conveyance Support per month Amount (in INR)
1. Training Centre within the District of Domicile 1000
2. Training Centre outside the District of Domicile 1500