Definition of scheduled caste in English:

scheduled caste


  • The official name given in India to the lowest caste, considered ‘untouchable’ in orthodox Hindu scriptures and practice, officially regarded as socially disadvantaged.

    • ‘Scheduled tribes and scheduled castes were more likely to consume tobacco than other caste groups.’
    • ‘A study of health care among scheduled castes showed that 38% sought private medical help when their children became ill, compared with 28% for government health facilities.’
    • ‘A higher proportion of intervention children came from the scheduled caste or tribes.’


scheduled caste