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SKOCH Award, instituted in 2003, is the highest civilian honour in the country conferred by an independent organisation. It recognises people, projects and institutions that go the extra mile to make India a better nation.

SKOCH Award covers the best of efforts in the area of digital, financial and social inclusion. It encompasses the best of governance, inclusive growth, excellence in technology and applications, change management, corporate leadership, corporate governance, citizen service delivery, capacity building, empowerment and other such softer issues that get normally lost in the glamour and glitz of industry sponsored or advertising focussed jamborees.

SKOCH Award comes with a backing of reputation of more than two decades. It is distinctive for its approach of selection of awardees, which is based on nomination, jury evaluation, presentation of shortlisted nominees, focus group discussions, interactions and peer evaluation.

The SKOCH Award not only acknowledges exceptional achievers – organisations and individuals – but also spurs institutional guidance and best practices in the industry.

Methodology for SKOCH Award

Step 1

Call for Nomination
Newspaper Advertising
Social Media

Step 2

First Shortlist
Internal Evaluation
Check for Completeness
Check for Eligibility
Check for Category
Desk Research
Telephonic Feedback

Step 3

Evaluation (0-10)*
Face to face interaction and presentation
Jury evaluation
Peer evaluation

Step 4

Popular vote (Weightage 15%)*
Voting on twitter by Stakeholders
Voting on twitter by Beneficiaries
Voting on twitter by Larger Ecosystem

Step 5

SKOCH Order-of-Merit
Uniform Cut-off is decided
All nominations getting more than Cut-off, qualify for SKOCH Order-of-Merit.
SKOCH Order-of-Merit means that you have won the following rounds:
1. Early Bird for Speed
2. Documentation
3. Accuracy
4. Jury Evaluation
5. Peer Evaluation
6. Popular Vote
This means that you are amongst the top 30% performing projects/nominations in the country and qualify to compete for the SKOCH Award.
In the overall State of the Sector Report, the weightage given to the SKOCH Order-of-Merit varies depending upon the size/impact of the project. Accordingly, SKOCH Order-of-Merit is given as Copper, Bronze, Silver or Gold.
Weightage of SKOCH Order-of-Merit is lower than that of SKOCH Award.

Step 6

Participating and promoting the nomination during SKOCH Summit.
Exhibiting and promoting the nomination during SKOCH Summit.
Expert votes given only by registered conference delegates (weightage 15%)*.
Cutoff is decided. All nominations getting more than cutoff are conferred SKOCH Award.
Depending on total score this can be silver, gold or platinum.
Nominations compete across sub-categories and main category for the SKOCH Award.
SKOCH Award is conferred on the top 10%.


1. Why SKOCH Award?

SKOCH Award remains the most credible independently instituted award in the country for the last 25-years. Its receivers have come from across the political spectrum and party lines. It has been conferred on the ordinary and mighty alike. Each SKOCH Award recipient has been doing phenomenally well in their respective areas. Our methodology and evaluation spans four months – more than any other award in the country. Our experts and juries are domain experts and devote hours and days of their time evaluating each project in great detail as opposed to celebrity juries, which don’t provide either time or commitment to the process.

2. What is the difference between SKOCH Order-of-Merit and SKOCH Award?

SKOCH Order-of-Merit is the recognition of your efforts in the applied sub-category for the award. SKOCH Orders-of-Merit are provided to the top 30% best performing projects in the country. The difference between a SKOCH Order-of-Merit and SKOCH Award is that while nominations compete within their sub-category for SKOCH Order-of-Merit, for SKOCH Award, the evaluation is done for the main category as well as across sub-categories.

3. Can I qualify for the award without participating in the exhibition?

Yes, you can qualify for the award without participating in the exhibition, which is optional but an integral part of the process. Several nominees, who do not participate in the exhibition also go on to win SKOCH Award. The reasons could be any of the following:

i. All judges give 10/10 combined score
ii. Jury and Peer Evaluation coming to 10/10 score
iii. SKOCH Order-of-Merit score is 10/10
iv. SKOCH Award score is 10/10

All scores are confidential and not shared with anyone including the nominees.

4. Why is the exhibition important?

Exhibition is an important part of the award evaluation process not only because it provides an opportunity for you to showcase your work in the presence of thought leaders from the industry, stakeholders and the wider ecosystem but also because it provides an opportunity for the delegates to see your work live and vote on the spot, which carries a 15% weightage in the process for evaluation.

Often, people lose out on awards due to a fraction of scores and hence, these scores from the exhibition become even more crucial.

SKOCH Award isn’t based on any commercial considerations. Participation in exhibition doesn’t influence the jury decision. It can, however, provide precious marks, which often make the difference between a winner and a loser.

Exhibition participation provides another unmatched opportunity to learn from the best practices in your industry. Nothing delivers on sharing best practices better than exhibition.

5. Why do I have to sit through all peer evaluations?

The idea behind SKOCH Awards is two fold – learning from peers and learning from the best. For best practices sharing and learning, we encourage all participants to sit through presentations of their counterparts and learn from them. Sitting through peer evaluation provides you an opportunity to learn from the best practices in the country.

6. Why is twitter voting important, if we are a non-media savvy organisation?

As the world moves forward, it adopts contemporary technologies to drive value for the humankind and so should we. On twitter voting, same categories of organisations, individuals and nominations are competing with each other so the playing field is level. If you are not competent on social media, your peers aren’t likely to be savvy either.

Moreover, we encourage people to adopt more and more contemporary technologies and move forward with the times to digital inclusion.

7. Does participation in exhibition guarantee an award?

SKOCH Award is India’s highest independent civilian honour. The awards have been non-controversial and non-partisan for 25 years. All nomination go through a rigorous evaluation process, which spans four months.

Exhibition is an integral but an optional part of the process. There are enough number of award winners, who didn’t participate in exhibitions.

8. What happens if you receive a complaint about a potential awardee?

We take such issues seriously and with utmost concern. Any complaint received is liable for a detailed editorial investigation by the SKOCH Group and a report is presented to the jury before they make their final decision.