(The Gist of PIB) National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme [FEBRUARY-2020]
(The Gist of PIB) National
Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme
National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship
The Central Sector Scheme ‘National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme’
(NMMSS) is being implemented since 2008 with the objective to award
scholarships to meritorious students of economically weaker sections to
arrest their drop out at class VIII and encourage them to continue the study
at secondary stage.
• Under the Scheme one lakh fresh scholarships @ of Rs.12000/- per annum per
student are awarded to selected students of class IX every year and their
continuation/renewal in classes X to XII for study in a State Government,
Government-aided and Local body schools.
There is a separate quota of scholarships for each State/UT. The
selection of students for award of scholarships under the scheme is made
through an examination conducted by the States/UTs Governments. As on date
approx 16.93 lakh scholarships have been sanctioned to the Students across
The scheme has been on National Scholarship Portal (NSP) since 2015-16.
The NSP has been developed by the Department of Electronics and
Information Technology (DeitY) for streamlining and fast tracking the
release of Scholarships across Ministries / Departments with efficiency,
transparency and reliability.
The eligible students from different States/UTs register themselves on
The Scheme was evaluated by the National Institute of Planning and
As per the evaluation study report, the scheme helped poor families in
sending their meritorious children for secondary and senior secondary
education and has therefore recommended for increasing the scholarship
amount from Rs. 500/- to Rs. 1000/- per month for class IX and class X
students and Rs. 1500/- per month for Class XI and XII students to make the
scheme more attractive and effective.
Accordingly, with the approval of the Expenditure Finance Committee the
rate of scholarship has been enhanced from Rs. 6000/- to Rs. 12000/- per
annum with effect from 1st April, 2017.