Ministry of Human Resource
Department of Higher Education
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
To provide financial assistance to meritorious students from low income
families to meet a part of their day-to-day expenses while pursuing higher
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 who are above 80th percentile of successful candidates in the
relevant stream for a particular Board of Examination, 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 9th 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’.
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 merit list. The Boards/Universities in
the State/Union Territory will send to each candidate shortlisted for
consideration for award of scholarships the following :
- Entitlement Card
- Income Affidavit form
- A Form for ‘Statement of Particulars’.
The shortlisted scholars shall present the Entitlement Card (Annexure-II),
Income Affidavit form (Annexure-III) 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’ along with 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 National 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 Board along
with the list.
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.