National Merit Scholarship Scheme was introduced by Department of Education
in 1961-62. It was available to brilliant but poor students from class XI to Post-
Graduation level. In addition, a Scheme of Scholarship at the Secondary stage
for talented children from rural areas was also introduced by Department of
Education in 1971-72. It was available to talented but poor students from rural
areas from class VI to class XII. These two Schemes were merged and a single
Scheme, namely, the ‘National Merit Scholarship Scheme’ was established by
Department of Education for implementation from 2005-06. This was available to
meritorious students from class IX to Post-Graduation level. However, since
funds were not provided by the Planning Commission for the year 2007-08, the
Scheme has been discontinued w.e.f. 1.4.2007. School Education has come
under a new Department, namely, Department of School Education & Literacy
w.e.f. the year 2007-08. The Department of School Education and Literacy has
introduced a new Scheme: ‘National Means-Cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme’.
This Scheme will cover students from class IX to XII. The Department of Higher
Education has introduced a new scheme for meritorious students from low
income families going to colleges / universities for implementation during the XI
Five Year Plan period with an approved outlay of Rs. 1000 crore. This is a
Central sector scheme titled ” Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College
and University Students”.
2. OBJECTIVE: -
To provide financial assistance to meritorious students from low income families
to meet a part of their day-to-day expenses while pursuing higher studies.
3. SCOPE: -
The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the results of senior secondary
examination. 82000 fresh scholarships per annum [41000 for boys and 41000
for girls] will be awarded for graduate / postgraduate studies in colleges and
universities and for professional courses, such as Medical. Engineering etc.
4. ALLOCATION OF SCHOLARSHIPS: -
The total number of scholarships will be divided amongst the State Boards based
on the State’s population in the age group of 18-25 years, after segregating
share of CBSE and ICSE on the basis of number of students passing out from
various Boards in the country. 50 % of the scholarships would be earmarked
for girls The number of scholarships allotted to a State Board would be
distributed amongst pass outs of the Science, Commerce and Humanities
streams of the State Board in the ratio of 3:2:1.
Students securing a minimum of 80% of marks in class XII of 10+2 pattern or
equivalent and not belonging to the creamy layer as defined by the Deptt. of
Personnel and Training in their Notification No. 36012/22/93-Estt. (SCT)^ dated
8 11 93 (Annexure IV). and as modified vide their OM No. 36033/3/2004-Estt.
(Res) dated 9,h March, 2004 (Annexure V), and as may be further modified from
time to time, pursuing regular courses (not correspondence or distance mode)
from recognised educational institutions and not availing of any other scholarship
scheme, would be eligible for consideration this Scheme. This is applicable to all
categories of students both ‘general’ and ‘reserved’.
Students belonging to reserved categories / weaker sections/minorities are
eligible on the basis of merit, subject to Central Reservation Policy and internal
earmarking. The scholarship would be available to students belonging to ‘non-
creamy layer’. As per the latest guidelines on the subject, the income-ceiling for
‘non-creamy layer’ is Rs. 4.5 lakhs per annum. At present, reservations for the
various categories are as follows : SC 15 % ST 71/2 % OBC 27 % and
horizontally 3 % for Physically Handicapped in all the categories.
6. SELECTION PROCEDURE
The examining bodies will draw up a merit list of scholars [Annexure - I] likely to
be eligible for scholarship within five weeks after the results of the examinations
announced by the Boards/Universities/Authority for all students. The income of
the students’ parents will be taken into account before preparing the list.
The Boards/Universities/Authority in the State/Union Territory will write to the
eligible students from the top of the merit list up to twice the number of
scholarships available (to provide for possible refusal and ineligible cases)
through a registered letter to confirm within 15 days whether he/she is prepared
to accept the scholarship.
The candidates from whom replies are not received within 30 days of the State
Board / CBSE / ICSE seeking their willingness will not be considered for scholarship and the award will be given to the next eligible candidates in the
The Boards/Universities in the State/Union Territory will send to each candidate
shortlisted for consideration for award of scholarships the following :
(a) Entitlement Card
(b) Income Affidavit form
(c) A Form for ‘Statement of Particulars’.
The shortlisted scholars shall present the Entitlement Card (Annexure-ll).
Income Affidavit form (Annexure-lll) and Statement of Particulars (Annexure-IV)
duly filled-in to the Head of the Institution joined by him/her. The Head of the
Institution will complete the Entitlement Card and send it to the concerned State
Board. CBSE, ICSE. as the case may be. *
On receipt of the ‘joining report’ alongwith the completed Statement of
Particulars’ and ‘Income Affidavit, the concerned Board wil then compile the list
of scholarship awardees of that Board on the basis of merit, eligibility criteria and
reservation guidelines of the Central Govt, and send the same to the Nationa
Scholarship Division of MHRD. Department of Higher Education which will
arrange to pay the scholarship to the scholar through a designated bank. The
Name Address for communication and details of bank account of the student in
which the scholarship is to be paid, is to be furnished by the Baord alongwith the
If the concerned Board does not receive the joining report from the candidate
duly signed by the Head of Institution, within 30 days from the date of closure of
admission in the Institution, the case for award of scholarship to him/her will not
be considered. The scholarship will then be offered to the next eligible candidate
in the merit list.
7. RATE OF SCHOLARSHIPS
The rate of scholarship would be Rs. 10007- p.m. at Graduation level for first three
years of College and University courses and Rs.2000/- per month at Post-
Graduation level. Students pursuing professional courses would get Rs.2000/-
per month in the 4,h and 5th year. The scholarship would be paid for 10 months in
an academic year.
8. PARENTAL INCOME CEILING
Scholarships will be paid only to those students who belong to non-creamy layer
as defined by the Department of Personnel & Training in their Notification No.
36012 / 22 / 93 – Estt. [SCT], dtd. 8.11.1993 and as modified vide their O.M. No.
36033 / 3 / 2004 / Estt. [Res] and as may be further modified from time to time
and not availing of any other scholarship scheme. At present, the income-ceiling
is Rs 4.5 lakhs per annum. A fresh income certificate each year will not be called
for, provided the scholar fulfils all other terms and conditions stipulated for the
9. DURATION OF SCHOLARSHIPS AND ITS RENEWAL
A scholarship under the scheme is renewable from year to year upto Post
Graduate level in the same stream. For all professional courses, scholarship will
be renewed till the graduation level ofthat course. For all the courses the
scholarship would be renewed uptio a maximum of five years. The renewal will
depend on promotion to the next class provided the scholar secures 60% or
more marks or equivalent Grade Point Average in aggregate for the two
proceeding semesters or of the annual examination which determines his
promotion to the next class. It will also be subject to discipline and maintenance
of attendance of at least 75% by the scholar. Complaints against the scholars
regarding indiscipline including any complaints of having indulged in ragging
would lead to forfeiture of scholarship.
If a scholar is unable to appear in the annual examination owing to illness and or
on account of any unforeseen event, the award may be renewed for the next
academic year on submission of medical certificate and other proof to satisfy the
Head of the Institution who will certify that the student would have passed with
60% or equivalent Grade Point Average, had he appeared in the examination.
If a scholar gives up the chosen course of study before its completion or if he
changes the course of study without the approval of the MHRD the scholarship
will be cancelled. Good conduct and regularity in attendance as mentioned
above are also required for continuance of the scholarship. The decision of the
MHRD will be final and binding in all such matters. Scholarship once cancelled
will not be revived under any circumstances.
10. PAYMENT OF SCHOLARSHIP
Scholarship will be paid to the selected students directly by the Central
Government into a Bank Account opened by them.
The payment of scholarship will start from the month the admission is obtained.
The scholarship will be paid for a period maximum of upto 10 months in an