Art teachers working in recognised primary/middle/high/higher secondary schools in Tamil Nadu under the following categories:
- Schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Matriculation, ICSE and other boards (other than government schools)
- Schools affiliated to Council for Indian Schools Certificate Examination (CISCE)(Other than those above)
- Normally retired teachers are not eligible for the award but those teachers who have served a part of the calendar year (at least for four months i.e. up to 30th September in 2021) may be considered if they fulfil all other conditions.
- Contractual Teachers will not be eligible.