Students Scholarships Guidelines – List of Scholarship

Scholarship is a boon for students, belonging to the weaker sections of the society, who are unable to further their education for some reason or the other. Scholarship is an incentive as well as encouragement for students, who are talented, but do not have the means to study further. There are a variety of scholarships – merit-based, need-based, student-specific, career-specific, and college-specific. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) Government of India offers National as well as External Scholarships to the needy students.

The National Scholarships of the Ministry are :

  • Central Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students
  • Scheme for Scholarship to Students From Non-Hindi Speaking States for Post Matric Studies in Hindi
  • Scholarship Scheme for Students with Disabilities – A Scheme of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
  • Special Scholarship Scheme for Jammu & Kashmir

The External Scholarships offered through the Ministry are :

At present, the Ministry is administering scholarships from three main sources:

  • Commonwealth Scholarships for United Kingdom and New Zealand
  • Scholarships offered by China, Korea, Israel, Japan, Belgium, Italy, Mexico, Turkey and Sri Lanka.
  • Agatha Harrison Memorial Fellowship which is fully funded by Government of India

The Ministry also issue No Obligation to Return to India (NORI) Certificate required by Indian Immigrants in Canada, USA, Singapore, etc.

In addition all the above, the Ministry also runs the Central Scheme to provide Interest Subsidy (CSIS) on Educational Loans.


National Merit Scholarship Scheme was introduced by Department of Education in 1961 -62. lt was available to brilliant but poor students from class Xl to Post-Graduation level. ln 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. tt was available to talented but poor students from rural areas from class Vl to class Xll. 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 lX to PostGraduation 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 !X to Xtt. The Department of Higher Education has introduced a new scheme for meritorious students from tow income families going to colleges / universities for implementation during the Xl 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”.


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.


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 Xll of 10+2 pattern or equivalent and not belonging to the creamy layer  would be eligible for consideration under this Scheme. This is applicable to all categories of students both ‘general’ and’reserved’.

Reservation : 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 Lakh (Rs. 6 Lakh from academic year 2013-14) 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.


  • The examining bodies will draw up a merit list of scholars 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 : (a) Entitlement Card (b) lncome Affidavit form (c) A Form for’Statement of Particulars’.
  • The shortlisted scholars shall present the Entitlement Card, lncome Affidavit form and Statement of Particulars, duly filled-in to the Head of the lnstitution joined by him/her.
  • The Head of the lnstitution 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 ‘lncome Affidavit, the concerned Board will 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.
  • lf the concerned Board does not receive the joining report from the candidate duty signed by the Head of lnstitution, within 30 days from the date of closure of admission in the lnstitution, 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.


The rate of scholarship would be Rs.1000/- p.m. at Graduation level forfirst three years of College and University courses and Rs.20001- per month at Post- Graduation level. Students pursuing professional courses would get Rs.2OOO/- per month in the 4th and 5th year. The scholarship would be paid for 10 months in an academic year.


  • A scholarship under the scheme is renewable from year to year upto Post Graduate level in the same stream.
  • For all professional courses, scholarship wil! be renewed till the graduation level of that course.
  • For all the courses the scholarship would be renewed up to 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 preceding semesters or of the annual examination which determines his promotion to the next class.
  • lt will also be subject to discipline and maintenance of attendance of at least 75% by the scholar.
  • lf 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 lnstitution who will certify that the student would have passed with 60% or equivalent Grade Point Average, had he appeared in the examination.
  • A scholar would be allowed to continue/renew his scholarship if he changes the course of study to a stream not offered by his school Board in Class Xll (e.9. Law, Fashion Technology, etc.)
  • Students pursuing courses in which the duration is 5 years, would get scholarship of Rs.1000/- per month for the first three years and Rs.2000/- per month for the subsequent two years
  • Students changing their college/institute of study would be allowed to continue/renew the scholarship provided the course of study and the institution is recognized. A student will be eligible for the scholarship for a total duration not exceeding 5 yearc regardless of the course and stream of study.


  • 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 up to 10 months in an academic year.



Awards and value
National Scholarship for Persons with
Disabilities (2008-09)
Indian students with at least 40% disabilities certified as per definition under Persons with Disabilities Act 1995
Five hundred awards that range from Rs. 400 to 1,000 per month to be given annually through institutions, depending on the study undertaken. Also course fee is reimbursed to a maximum of Rs. 10,000. Facility for accommodation is also offered, subject to conditions
National Merit-cum- Means Scholarship Scheme
Meritorious students from low income families, securing a minimum of 80% of marks in 10+2 pattern or equivalent and not belonging to the creamy layer as defined by the Dept. of Personnel and Training applicable to all categories of students both &quotgeneral” and &quotreserved&quotparental income-ceiling is Rs. 4.5 lakhs per annum
82,000 scholarships annually (41,000 for boys and girls each) is awarded for graduate/postgraduate studies in colleges/universities for professional courses (Medical, Engineering etc) Rs. 1,000 p.m. at graduation level for first three years Rs. 2000 per month at  Postgraduation level and those pursuing professional courses would get Rs.2,000 p.m in 4th and 5th year.
Post-matric scholarship for students belonging to Scheduled Castes for studies in India
Annual income ceiling of Rs. 1,00,000 for students belonging to Schedule Castes who are willing to pursue post-secondary courses in recognised institutions
Full maintenance allowance and full fee for all courses annual study tour charges of Rs. 1,000 thesis typing/printing charges of Rs. 1,000 etc.
Indian Oil Academic Scholarships
Bright students selected on &quotmerit-cum-means&quotbasis pursuing full-time courses in different streams in recognised institutions age should be between 15 and 30 years
Awards 450 Scholarships for meritorious students of 10+ / ITI, Engineering, MBBS and MBA all over India and zone wise Rs. 2,000 per month for 4 years in case of  Engineering & MBBS 2 years for MBA courses and Rs 1,000 per month for 2 years in case of 10+ and ITI courses
National Talent Search Scheme by NCERT
All students of Indian nationality studying in Class VIII in any type of recognised school selected through a two-stage process: the individual State/UT and the NCERT
Normally 1,000 scholarships are awarded Rs. 500/- per month for all the students studying in Class IX onwards (irrespective of the class/course) except for Ph.D., wherein it is paid as
per UGC norms

Foundations that offer assistance for studies in India and abroad

Ramakrishna Mission, Gol Park, Kolkata – 700 029
(Scholarships for higher studies and research abroad)


K.C Mahindra Scholarship Trust. C/o Resident General Manager, Mahindra &
Mahindra Ltd., Jeevan Deep Building, 8, Parliament Street, New Dehi- 110001.
(Scholarships for School students as well as higher studies osverseas)


Secretary, Sahu Jain Trust, 4th floor, Times House,
7 Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi – 110 002
(Loan scholarships for higher studies in India and overseas)
Nehru Trust for Cambridge University, Teen Murti House,
New Delhi -110001
(Scholarships for higher studies at University of Cambridge)
Asst. General Manager, Personal Banking Centre, State Bank of India,
B Block, Ground Floor, 11, Sansad Marg, New Delhi – 110 001.
(Loans for school, college and postgraduate studies in India and overseas)
ITC Scholarships, Public Relations Dept., ITC Ltd., ITC Centre, 37, Chowringhee, Kolkata – 700 071
(Scholarships for higher studies abroad)
Eveready Welfare Services, 2, Rainey Park, Kolkata – 700 019
(Scholarships for studies in India)


Director. J.N Tata Endowment, Bombay House,
24, Homi Mody Street, Mumbai- 400 001
(Loan Scholarships for higher studies abroad)


Mariwala Trust, Kanmoor House, 281/87, Narsi Natha Street, Mumbai – 400 009
(Loan Scholarships for higher studies overseas)


Chief Executive, RD Sethna Scholarships Fund,
29, H. Somani Marg, Fort, Mumbai – 400 001
(Loan Scholarships for higher studies)


Sir Muthuradas Visaanji Foundation, Commercial Union House, 9,&nbspWallance Street, Fort, Mumbai – 400 001
(Scholarship for higher studies)


National Institute of Sports, Moti Bagh, Patiala – 147 001
(Sports Scholarships for school students)
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