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Means-cum-Merit Scholarship: Centre Planning to Make More Students Eligible

From the previous success of the National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Programme, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has done some modifications to make a larger number of students eligible for the scholarships. The Government has started a process of enhancing the criteria of annual parental income from the current Rs. 1.5 lakh and the rate of scholarships.

The scholarship scheme is sponsored by central government and scheme will be critically reviewed after two years. One lakh scholarships of Rs. 6,000 (Rs. 500 per month per student) are given annually to eligible students enrolled in government, government-aided and local body schools from Class IX to XII.

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The objective of the Scheme is to provide financial assistance to the poor and meritorious students belonging to minority communities. This scheme will help students  to pursue professional and technical courses whose parental income is not more than Rs 1,50,000/- per annum from all sources.

These scholarships are available to study in India only and will be awarded through an Agency designated by the State Government/UT Administration.

The Ministry is considering increasing the rate of scholarships under the scheme. No specific time frame for its implementation can be indicated at this stage as the decision would depend on availability of funds among other issues.

This information was given by Shri Dr. D. Purandeswari, Minister of State for Human Resource in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha .


  • Each state will conduct its own tests for the selection. The examination rules & evaluation has set by NCERT guidelines.
  • The selection of the candidate will depend on the clearance of Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

The main Eligibility conditions are as follows:

  • An Awardee is eligible for the scholarship provided he/she:
    (i) Takes up studies in approved courses.
    (ii) 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.
    (iii) Does not absent himself/herself without proper leave.
    (iv) Takes up studies on a whole time basis.
    (v) does not take up any job.
  • No scholarship shall be available for studies abroad for any course.
  • 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.

Some other criteria should be followed before applying. Do follow the links ‘http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=38682’ and ‘http://mhrd.gov.in/sites/upload_files/mhrd/files/Scheme_NMMS.pdf‘ for complete information.

Vaishali Arora