Prachi - While most non-resident aliens are not allowed to claim the standard deduction here are some exceptions:
- Students from India under Article 21
- Business Apprentices from India under Article 21
IRS Law under Article 21:
Payments Received by Students and Apprentices
- A student or business apprentice who is or was a resident of one of the Contracting States immediately before visiting the other Contracting State and who is present in that other State principally
for the purpose of his education or training shall be exempt from tax in that other State, on payments
which arise outside that other State for the purposes of his maintenance, education or training.
- In respect of grants, scholarships and remuneration from employment not covered by paragraph
1, a student or business apprentice described in paragraph 1 shall, in addition, be entitled during such
education or training to the same exemptions, reliefs or reductions in respect of taxes available to
residents of the State which he is visiting.
- The benefits of this Article shall extend only for such period of time as may be reasonable or
customarily required to complete the education or training undertaken.
- For the purposes of this Article, an individual shall be deemed to be a resident of a Contracting
State if he is resident in that Contracting State in the taxable year in which he visits the other Contracting
State or in the immediately proceeding taxable year.
This falls under the U.S.A.-India Tax Treaty.
I hope this helps. So, yes, I do believe you would be able to claim the standard deduction, although it's always good to check with a tax adviser.