National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme

Submitted by shahrukh on Fri, 25/03/2022 - 13:35
Prime Minister of India
Table of contents
  1. Scholarship of Rs. 12,000/- per annum to students.
  2. Scholarship will continue from Class 9th to Class 12th.
  3. Every year scholarship will be provided to 1,00,000 students.
Customer Care
  • National Scholarship Portal Help Desk :- 0120-6619540
  • Nodal Officer :- 0112-3383363
Overview Of The Scheme
Name Of The Scheme National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme.
Launched on May, 2008.
  • Scholarship to students belongs to economically weaker section.
  • Assisting students monetarily so that they complete their basic education
Total Number of Scholarship 1,00,000.
Amount of Scholarship Rs. 12,000/- per year per student. (Rs. 1,000/- per month)
Time Period of Scholarship 4 years (From Class 9th to Class 12th).
Nodal Agency/Ministry Department of School Education & Literacy.
Mode of Applying Only Online mode are available through National Scholarship Portal.


  • National Means-cum-merit Scholarship Scheme is Central Scheme of Department of School Education & Literacy.
  • It was launched in May, 2008.
  • The Scheme is available for the students belongs to economically weaker sections.
  • Scholarship amount of Rs. 1000/- per month will be paid to the selected students.
  • The scheme is available for the period of 4 years from Class 9th to Class 12th.
  • Every year scholarship will be provided to 1,00,000 students.
  • Students will be selected through a test.
  • Disbursement of the scholarship amount will be paid through Direct Benefit Transfer.
  • State Bank of India is the implementing bank for the scheme.

Eligibility Conditions

  • Parent income of the student should be below Rs. 3,50,000/- per annum.
  • Students will have to secure minimum of 55 % marks in Class VIII examination.
  • For SC and ST students minimum marks percent required is 50 %.
  • Only those students are eligible who are studying in :-
    • Government Schools.
    • Government-aided Schools.
    • Local Body School.
  • Students studying in Kendriya Vidyalaya and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya are not eligible for scholarship.
  • Students studying in private school are also not eligible.

Selection Procedure

  • Every State and Union Territory conducts a separate test at the stage of Class VIII for selection.
  • Exam consist two test:-
    1. Mental Ability Test (MAT).
      • It consist 90 multiple-choice questions
      • Questions asked on verbal and non-verbal meta-cognitive abilities.
      • The questions are based on :-
        • Reasoning.
        • Critical Thinking.
        • Analogy.
        • Classification.
        • Numerical Series.
        • Pattern Perception.
        • Hidden Figure etc.
    2. Scholastic Aptitude Test.
      • It also consist 90 multiple-choice questions
      • Questions are based on subjects covering :-
        • Science.
        • Social Studies.
        • Mathematics.
  • Duration of test is 90 minutes.
  • Children with disability given extra time as mandated by the respective State Governments.
  • It is mandatory to pass in both the test.
  • Cut off is 40% marks aggregate for both the test.
  • The cut off for students belongs to Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe is 32% marks.
  • Students qualified in the MAT and SAT then register themselves on National Scholarship Portal.
  • Applications subject to verify on the portal.
  • After verification final list of eligible candidates uploaded on the National Scholarship Portal.
  • Ministry then sanction the fund and releases to SBI for allocation.
  • State Bank of India disburse the scholarship amount directly to the bank account of the students under Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT).

Feature of the Scheme.

  • The operational time period of the scheme is from 2021-22 to 2025-26, i.e. for the period of 5 years.
  • This scheme is only for the students who studying in Government or Government aided schools.
  • The amount of scholarship is increased from Rs. 6000/- to Rs. 12,000/- on 1st of April 2017.
  • Student can avail only one scholarship of any Central Scholarship Scheme.
  • Students required to open bank account preferably in SBI or any public sector bank.
  • No scholarship shall be awarded for studying abroad for any course under this scheme.
  • In case, student leave his/her course of study within 1 month, then no scholarship shall be paid to him/her.
  • It is mandatory for the student to join the next class within 3 months after the result of the previous class.
  • Scholarship will get discontinue if student take gap for any reason in single academic session.
  • Once the scholarship discontinued by the government then it cannot be revived under no circumstances.

Renewal Criteria of the Scheme.

  • From Class 9th to Class 10th, student required to get clearly passed the exam in first attempt.
  • Minimum 60% marks in Class 10th is mandatory to secure by the student for renewal of the scheme.
  • For Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe students minimum marks required for renewal is 55%.
  • From Class 11th to Class 12th, student must clear the final exams in first attempt.
  • If students fulfill these above criteria then the scholarship will renew every year.

Seat Allocation to the States/UTs.

S.No. States/UTs Number of Seats
1 Andhra Pradesh 4087
2 Arunachal Pradesh 122
3 Assam 2411
4 Bihar 5433
5 Chhattisgarh 2246
6 Goa 144
7 Gujarat 5097
8 Haryana 2337
9 Himachal Pradesh 832
10 Jammu & Kashmir 1091
11 Jharkhand 1959
12 Karnataka 5534
13 Kerala 3473
14 Madhya Pradesh 6446
15 Maharashtra 11682
16 Manipur 255
17 Meghalaya 231
18 Mizoram 103
19 Nagaland 180
20 Orissa 3314
21 Punjab 2210
22 Rajasthan 5471
23 Sikkim 58
24 Tamil Nadu 6695
25 Telangana 2921
26 Tripura 351
27 Uttar Pradesh 15143
28 Uttarakhand 1048
29 West Bengal 7250
30 A & N Islands 42
31 Chandigarh 85
32 D & N Haveli 22
33 Daman & Diu 16
34 Delhi 1576
35 Lakshadweep 10
36 Pondicherry 125

Important Links

Contact Details

  • National Scholarship Portal Help Desk :- 0120-6619540.
  • Nodal Officer :- 0112-3383363
  • Email :-
  • Address :- Department of School education & Literacy, Ministry of Education
    Shastri Bhawan, Dr Rajendra Prasad Rd, Rajpath Area, Central Secretariat
    New Delhi-110001.
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i received a message that my scholarship got cancelled. i tried lot of times to contact the officials. but no one is picking up the phone. plz help me


helpline numbers are not wroking. i want more information on national means cum merit scholarship

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