Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana {दीन दयाल उपाध्याय ग्रामीण कौशल्या योजना}


Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana is popularly known as the DDU-GKY. Union Minister Hon launched this scheme. Nitin Gadkari and Hon. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on 25th September 2014 on the occasion of the 98th birth anniversary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya. This scheme mainly targeted rural people who are poor, especially youth, in the age group of 15-35 years. Under this scheme, skills will be given to the people so that they can be economically independent and stand on their feet. DDU-GKY is a part of National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM)- a mission for chopping poverty, tasked with a dual objective of adding diversity to the incomes of the rural low-income families and cater to the career aspirations of rural youth. Approximately 55 million rural poor people will be benefited under this scheme. Also, this scheme is a significant contributor to the Prime Minister’s “Make in India” campaign.


  • There is a huge demand for employment for the poor.
  • An increase in the number of industries has plenty of opportunities for work.
  • Quality skill delivery is the paramount focus to make rural people first preference of Indian and global employees.
  • To enable the poor for a permanent regular income to reduce poverty.
  • Villagers are trained with high-quality faculty members without any discrimination of caste and creed.
  • The Government aims to make a secure network by running this scheme.
  • It is expected that the demographic surplus will be strengthened.
  • Improve the livelihood of rural poor and marginalized people.
  • A guaranteed job will benefit about 75% of educated people under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana.
  • SC/ST 50%, women 33%, and minority 15% are included in this scheme. 
  • More than 250 trade sectors such as electricity, industry, water department, jewellery, automobiles, leather, health, hospitality, and construction will go along with this scheme. 


  • Recognizing rural youth who are poor and marginalized.
  • Counselling of both candidates and parents.
  • Spreading awareness within the communities about the opportunities.
  • Selection based on merits.
  • Encourage interested in rural youth.
  • Providing knowledge, industry-linked skills, and attitude to boost employment.
  • Providing jobs that can be verified through independent inspection and pays more than the minimum wages.
  • Assisting the person for sustainability after the placement.

Project Funding of DDU-GKY

DDU-GKY provides funding support to placement linked skilled-based industries that have high market demand. Such industries include Retail, Hospitality, Electricity, Jewellery, Construction, Leather, Automotives, Plumbing, etc. DDU-GKY funds projects with training duration from 3 months to 12 months and whether the project is residential or non-residential. High demand skill training and the placement of 75% trainees are mandatory.


  • Foreign placement
  • Captive Employment- PIAs or organizations that commence training skills to meet up Human Resource needs.
  • Champion employers- PIAs who can assure skill training and placement for a minimum of 10,000 DDU-GKY trainees in 2 years.
  • Industry Internship- Support for internships with co-funding from the industry.
  • Industries that are highly reputed- Community Colleges with University Grants Commission (UGC), institutes with minimum 3.5 gradings from National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) are showing interests to take up DDU-GKY projects. 

Approach of DDU-GKY

  • Enable poor and marginalized to retrieve benefits from growth.
  • Adapting a change in priority- From training to career progression
  • Contract the pain of migration, especially when migration is unavoidable.
  • The dynamic approach to building partnerships.
  • Monitoring input and output where output is mainly highlighted.i.e., placements.
  • Allows the state to take full ownership of DDU-GKY projects.
  • Chief Accessor is the State Government - From Single State Project (SSP)to Annual Action Plans (AAP).
  • Magnifying Project Implementing Agencies (PIAs).
  • Consent and State share is mandatory.

The Implementation Model

The DDU-GKY includes a 3-tier implementation process. Ministry of Rural Development, National Unit of DDU-GKY, performs as the policy-making, technical support and facilitation agency. The DDU-GKY State Mission provides implementation support, and the Project Implementing Agencies (PIAs) execute the program through skilling and placement projects.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates must be rural youth.
  • Candidates must be within 15-35 years of age. 
  • The maximum age of SC/ST/Women/PVTG/PWD should be up to 45 years of age.

Documents Required

  • Aadhaar Card
  • Voter ID
  • PAN Card
  • Passport Size Photo
  • Email ID
  • Phone Number

Application Process for Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana

1. Visit the official website by clicking here and click the Apply button or go the form page directly here.

2. Enter all the information correctly. 

3. After uploading a photo, a captcha is mandatory to fill.

This is how you can register for DDU-GKY online.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the critical focus of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana?

The critical focus of this scheme is to employ the village youth who are poor.

Q: How this scheme will affect the Indian Economy?

Providing placement to a large section of the society will eventually increase the Indian Economy, mainly when the large part includes the youth.

Q: Why should anybody need skill training?

In a world of industrial development, skill learning is an utmost requirement to start earning, become independent, find your passion, build a career, and improve lifestyle.

Q: I have not completed Primary Schools, can I join training under this scheme?

All candidates who come from low-income families, and are between 15-35 years of age are eligible for training programmes. For women and other groups such as SC/ST or disabled people, the age limit is 45 years.

Q: Is there any training fees?

No, it is entirely free. There are no registration fees. There are no examination fees and placement fees. However, all the candidates must attend all the classes and score a minimum of 70% marks in the final examination to pass.