Children Education Allowance Scheme (CEA) Latest FAQ
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment (Allowances) Section
Children Education Allowance Scheme (CEA)
|Si. No.||Frequently asked Questions||Answer|
|1.||Whether Reimbursement of
Children Education Allowance
(CEA) for 3rd child is
permissible if CEA has not
been claimed for 1st and or 2′
child? As per OM dated
2.9.2008 CEA is admissible
for two school going children
does it mean any two school
|No. Reimbursement of CEA is not permissible for
third child even if reimbursement has not been
claimed in respect of first and/or second child.
However, as per OM No.12011/03/2008-
Estt.(AL) dated 11.11.2008, the Children
Education Allowance would be admissible for
more than two children where as a result of the
second child birth results in birth of twins or
multiple children. Further, reimbursement of
CEA for the 3′ child is also admissible in case of
failure of sterilization operation. Such
reimbursement• is admissible only for the first
child birth after failure of sterilization operation.
This point was further clarified vide O.M.
No.12011/16/2009-Allowance) dated 13.11.2009.
|2.||What types of fee are
Whether Annual Charges and
Transportation fees are
towards purchase of school
bag, water bottle, uniform,
shoes and stationery is
|As per OM No.12011/03/2008-Estt.(AL) dated 2.9.2008, tuition fee, admission fee, laboratory
fee, special fee charged for agriculture,
electronics, music or any other subject, fee
charged for practical work under the programme
of work experience, fee paid for the use of any aid
or appliances by the child, library fee,
games/sports fee and fee for extra-curricular
activities are reimbursable subject to the condition
that the aforementioned fee are charged by the
school directly from the student.
No reimbursement is permissible for Annual
Charges and Transportation fees. Besides,
reimbursement for purchase of one set of text
books and notebooks, two sets of uniforms
prescribed by the school in which the child is
studying, one pair of shoes, in an academic year
are reimbursable. Uniform include all items of
clothing prescribed for a day, as uniform by the
school, irrespective of colours/winter/summer/PT
uniforms. Reimbursement of school bags,
pens/pencils, water bottle, stationery etc., may not
|3.||Whether CEA has been
increased by 25% as a result of
|This Department’s OM No.12011/03/ 2008-
Estt.(AL) dated 2.9.2008 clearly indicates that the
enhancement of Dearness
Allowances beyond 50%?
limits “would be automatically raised by 25%
every time the Dearness Allowance on the revised
pay structure goes up by 50%”. There is no need
for any separate order from this Department
to effect enhancement of CEA as a result of
increase in DA by 50%. However, O.M.
No.12011/01/2011-Estt.(Allowance) dated 4th May, 2011,
has been issued to clarify this further.
|4.||Whether CEA can be claimed
for the child for the same class
|The reimbursement of CEA is not linked to the
performance of the child in his class. Even if a
child fails in a particular class, the reimbursement
is permissible. However, if the child is admitted
in the same class in another school, although
the child has passed out of the same class in
previous school or in the mid-session, CEA
shall not be reimbursable.
|5.||Whether CEA/Hostel Subsidy
is allowed for initial two years
of Diploma Courses?
|Children Education Allowance/Hostel Subsidy is
allowed for the initial two years of a diploma/
certificate course from Polytechnic/ITI/
Engineering College, if the child pursues the
course after passing 10th •standard and the
Government servant has not been granted
CEA/Hostel Subsidy in respect of the child for
studies in 11th and 12th standards. This is further
subject to fulfillment of other conditions laid
down in the
and subsequent instructions issued
from time to time.
|6.||What is hostel subsidy?||The term Hostel Subsidy would mean expenses
incurred by the Government servant if he/she
keeps his/her children in a hostel of a residential
school/institution located beyond a distance of 50
kilometers from his/her residence.
|7.||Whether Hostel subsidy is
reimbursable irrespective of
|Hostel Subsidy is reimbursable to all Central
Government Employees covered by the scheme,
for keeping their ward in the Hostel of a
residential school away from the station in which
the employee is posted or residing irrespective of
any transfer liability.
|8.||Whether Hostel subsidy can be
reimbursed if the child is ‘
staying in a Hostel which is
not part of residential school
where he is studying?
|No. Hostel subsidy is reimbursable only in case
of child studying in a residential school and
staying in hostel of the said residential school.
|9.||What are the components of
|Hostel subsidy includes fee charged for boarding,
lodging in addition to fee as mentioned in para
1(e) of OM No. 12011/03/ 2008-Estt.(AL) dated 2.9.2008.
|10.||Whether a Government servant
is allowed to get 50% of the
|Reimbursement of 50% of the entitled amount for
the academic year can be allowed in the first
|total amount subject to the
overall annual ceiling in the
first quarter and the remaining
amount in third and/or fourth
|and/or second quarter and the remaining amount
can be reimbursed in the third and/or fourth
quarter. The entire entitled amount can also be
reimbursed in the last quarter. However,
frontloading of the entire admissible amount is
not permissible. O.M. No.12011/07(0/2011-
Estt.(AL) dated 21.02.2012 refers.
|11.||Whether any age limit has
been prescribed for
reimbursement of CEA in
respect of children studying in
|There is no minimum age prescribed for
reimbursement of CEA in respect of children
admitted in nursery classes.
However, with regard to physically challenged
children the minimum age of 5 (five) years was
prescribed for disabled children undergoing non‑
formal/vocational education. With effect from 21st
February, 2012, the minimum age stipulated as 5
years for disabled children stand removed.
Hence, there is no minimum age of child for
whom reimbursement is claimed irrespective of
the fact whether the child is disabled or not.
The maximum age for normal child is 20 years
and for physically challenged children the
maximum age is 22 years. O.M.
No.12011/07(ii)/2011-Estt.(AL) dated 21.02.2012 refers.
|12.||Whether the school/institution
should be recognized?
|The school/institution has to be recognized by the
Central or State Government or UT
administration or by University or a recognized
educational authority having jurisdiction over the
area where the institution is situated. This also
applies in respect of children studying in two
classes prior to Class-I, i.e., nursery/LKG/UKG,
etc. OM No.
12011/03/ 2008-Estt.(AL) dated 23.11.2009.
|13.||Whether CEA is payable for
The children of Central
Government employees and
studying abroad, including
children of citizens of
Nepal/Bhutan but working in
Government of India, and their
children are studying in the
schools in their native place?
|The CEA is payable for the children of all Central
Government employees including citizens of
Nepal and Bhutan, who are employees of
Government of India, and whose children are
studying in the native place. However, a
certificate may be obtained from the concerned
Indian Mission that the school is recognized by
the educational authority having jurisdiction over
the area where the institution is situated.
|14.||What constitutes “Fee” as per
para 1(e) of the O.M. dated
2/9/2008 and whether fee paid
|“Fee” shall mean fee paid to the school in which
the child is studying, directly by the
parents/guardian for the items mentioned in para
|for extra-curricular activities to
some other institute and
reimbursement of, school bags,
pens/pencils, etc., can be
allowed? Is there any item-
|1(e) of the O.M. dated 2/9/2008. Reimbursement
of school bags, pens/pencils, etc., may not be
allowed. There is no item-wise ceiling.
O.M. No.12011/07(i)/2011-Estt.(AL) dated 21.02.2012
|15.||Whether reimbursement can be
allowed in case the original
receipts are misplaced and
duplicate receipts are produced
by the Government servant?
Are the original receipts
required to be attested/
countersigned/ rubber stamped
by the school authorities?
|In case of misplacement of receipts given by the
school/institution towards charges received from
the parents/guardian, reimbursement may be
allowed if the Government servant produces a
duplicate receipt, duly authenticated by the school
authorities. Receipts from private parties, other
than the school, if misplaced shall not be
entertained, even if a duplicate receipt is
produced. Original receipts from school
authorities need not be attested/
countersigned/rubber stamped by the school
charged by the
|Reimbursement of Development Fee/Parents’
Contribution is allowed w.e.f. 21st February,
on pro-rata basis, subject to the
condition that the Government servant will have
to certify that the school does not charge tuition
However, in respect of children studying in
Kendriya Vidyalaya, the Vidyalaya Vikas Nidhi
is reimburseable as it forms part of para 1(e) of
O.M. No.12011/3/2008-Estt.(Allowance) dated
2.9.2008. O.M. No.12011/16/2009-
Estt.(Allowances) dated 13.11.2009 refers.
|17.||Whether reimbursement of fee
charged directly by the school
for catering to the special
needs of the child with
disabilities duly certified by
the concerned school
authorities, in addition to items
mentioned in para 1(e) of O.M.
dated 2.9.2008, is permissible?
|Reimbursement of fee charged directly by the
school for catering to the special needs of the
child with disabilities duly certified by the
concerned school authorities, in addition to items
mentioned in para 1(e) of O.M. dated 2.9.2008, is
allowed w.e.f. 21st February, 2012.
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