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Centrally Sponsored National Means-Cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme

Offered by


Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Govt.of India



Background of the Scheme


This scheme is proposed to award 1,00,000 scholarships to the gifted or meritorious students whose parental income is not more than Rs 1,50,000/- per annum from all sources. Each State /UT shall have fixed quota of scholarship which will be decided on the basis of enrolment of students in Class VII and VIII in the State/UT concerned and population of children of concerned age group of class VII and VIII.



Coverage of the Scheme


For students in classes 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th.The scholarship is paid for a maximum period of four years.



General Eligibility Conditions


  •An Awardee is eligible for the scholarship provided he/she:


         a)Takes up studies in approved courses


         b)Maintains good conduct as certified by the Head of the College/Institution and continues his/her studies as a regular student in Government/Local Body/Government aided school.


         c)Does not absent himself/herself without proper leave.


         d)Takes up studies on a whole time basis.


         e)Does not take up any job.


         f)No scholarship shall be available for studies abroad for any course.


         g)No claim for scholarship arrears will be entertained after the expiry of 12 months of the academic session for which one has applied for the claim.


         h)In case any awardee leaves his/her course of study within one month of registration/admission, no scholarship shall be paid to him/her.


         i)In case awardee is not able to appear at the annual examination due to serious illness, one should send the medical certificate through the Head of the Institution within three months of one's falling ill. The duration of illness should be clearly certified by a specialist, who is a Registered Medical Practitioner. The facility will be available to the awardee to continue the same course in which one is studying provided the principal or the head of the institution certifies that the overall performance of the awardee during the year is 50% or above.


         j)The awardee must join the next class/desired course within 3 months of the declaration of the result of the previous class/course


         k)Scholarship shall be deemed to be discontinued with any gap of one academic session in studies at any time due to any reason.


         l)Scholarship once discontinued on the basis of the rules of disbursement of scholarship cannot be revived under any circumstances.


         m)All rules are subject to change from time to time, as and when required, which will be binding on all awardees.


continuing of Scholarship at Secondary and Higher Secondary Stage


      1)The awardees should get clear promotion from class VIII to Class IX for being eligible for starting the scholarship.


      2)The scholarship at the Secondary and higher Secondary stage or equivalent Classes IX to XII is payable for a maximum period of four years for studies in India only.


      3)No scholarship at this stage is payable for studying diploma/certificate level courses.


      4)For continuing the scholarship in class X and XII the awardees should get clear promotion from class IX to class X and from class XI to class XII in the first attempt with 55% marks (relaxable by 5% for SC/ST)


      5)The awardees must obtain a minimum of 60 per cent marks in Class X (relaxable by 5% for SC/ST) examination or equivalent examination for continuation of the scholarship at higher secondary stage.


      6)In case an institution does not conduct an examination at the end of Class IX and /or Class XI, the scholarship for the second year will be continued on the submission of a certificate to this effect from the Head of the Institution.





Contact Person: Deputy Secretary

Contact No: 01123161336

Contact Address: Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Shastri Bhawan, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road, New Delhi.


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