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Organization : School Education Department
Scholarship Name : National Merit Scholarship Scheme
Applicable For : Classes IX & X
Applicable States : Madhya Pradesh

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National Merit Scholarship Scheme :

The National Scholarship Scheme is being implemented since 1961-62. The objective of this Scheme is to provide scholarships for post-metric studies to the brilliant but poor students so that they can pursue their studies inspite of their poverty. The Scholarship Scheme for Talented Children from Rural Areas for Class VI to XII is an on-going scheme since 1971-72 with the objective to achieve equalization of educational opportunities, and to provide fillip to the development of talent from rural areas by educating talented rural children in good schools. The schemes were implemented as Centrally Sponsored Schemes upto IX Plan. The Department has merged these schemes to form the ‘National Merit Scholarship Scheme’ for implementing within the approved outlay of Rs. 52.00 crores during the X Plan. The Revised Scheme prescribes changes in the eligibility criteria and rate of scholarships etc.

Objective :

The objective of the scheme is to provide financial assistance to the meritorious students of rural areas studying in classes IX & X and also to meritorious students studying at post-matric to post-graduate level in Government schools, colleges and Universities.

Scope :

The scholarships for classes IX & X are available for schools in rural areas, in government schools, in each development block. The scholarships from post-matric to post-graduate level courses on state-wise merit are available for schools, colleges and Universities in the States/UTs in India. The scholarship will be awarded by the Government of State/Union Territory in which the applicant is domiciled or passed the examination based on the result of which he/she has been awarded the scholarship. The schools in rural areas will be identified by the State Government/UT Administration.

Allocation Of Scholarships :

The scholarships at post-matric to post-graduate level available will be first allocated among the various States and Union Territories on the basis of student population. Within the same State and Union Territory, these will be further distributed proportionately among the various courses/examinations on the basis of number of candidates who enroll/appear for those courses/examinations in the preceding years.

Two scholarships are provided for the 9th class per block to the meritorious students studying in schools in rural areas. The break-up of 5488 blocks in rural areas amongst various States/UTs in India is at Annexure –I. Thus, in all 10976 scholarships will be awarded to students studying in classes IX and X in Government schools in rural areas. The number of scholarships and amount earmarked for providing scholarships to students in rural areas cannot be diverted to students studying in schools situated in urban areas.

(A) The students for scholarships in the IX class in rural areas under the scheme will be selected from block-wise merit list prepared on the basis of marks obtained in the VIII class examination for students studying in the designated Government schools in rural areas.

(B) The scholarships for the post-matric to post-graduate studies are made on the basis of state-wise merit list prepared from the results of the following examinations:-
(i) 10th Class/Matriculation/High School – For award of scholarship in + 2 level/pre University/pre Degree.
(ii) 12th Class of 10 + 2 pattern Senior Secondary Board Examination/ Intermediate/pre University/pre Degree – For award of scholarship in first year B.A./B.Sc./B.Com./B.Archeology etc. courses onwards.
(iii) 12th Class of 10 + 2 pattern/Intermediate/pre University/pre Degree /Graduation level examination – For award of scholarship in first year Diploma/Professional and Engineering Studies/Diploma in Hotel Management/Diploma in Homeopathy/B.D.S/ B.E./ B.Tech. /M.B.B.S.
(iv) Graduation – For award of scholarship for courses after graduation like LL.B/B.Ed/Post-Graduation.

The break-up of 17000 scholarships under this component is given in Annexure-II.

Coverage & Eligibility :

The scholarships for classes IX & X will be open to students studying in Government schools in rural areas only. However, the scholarship from class XI to post-graduate level will be available throughout the State on state-wise merit basis for Indian Nationals.

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(ii) Only those students who obtained 60% or more marks in aggregate in the Science and Commerce stream and 55% or more marks in aggregate in Humanities Stream in the examinations mentioned in para 4 (B) for the classes/courses for which scholarships have been allocated will be considered for award of National Merit Scholarship subject to fulfillment of the other conditions stipulated.

(iii) A student shall not receive any other scholarship/stipend for a course of study for which he is in receipt of National Merit Scholarship.

(iv) A student in full time employment will not be eligible for award of a scholarship.

(v) A scholar under the scheme while availing scholarship can enjoy fee concession given by the institution in which he is studying.

(vi) Candidates studying privately or in unrecognized institutions will not be eligible for scholarship. However, students studying in regular correspondence courses will be eligible subject to fulfillment of the condition regarding employment etc. laid down under the scheme.

(vii) Candidates who have passed qualifying examination in a year prior to the year of award of scholarship will not be eligible for consideration.

Selection Procedure :

The examining bodies will draw up a merit list of scholars (Annexure-III) likely to be eligible for scholarship within five weeks after the results of the examinations announced by the Boards/Universities/Authority for rural students. For rural students, the State Government will prepare block-wise merit list of students on the basis of marks obtained in VIII class in rural areas. The income of the students’ parents will be taken into account before preparing the list.

(ii) The Boards/Universities/Authority in the State/Union Territory will write to the eligible students from the top of the merit list equal to double the number of awards available (to provide for possible refusal and ineligible cases) through a registered letter to confirm within 15 days that he/she is prepared to accept the National Merit Scholarship. For rural students based on the block-wise merit list prepared, the State Government will write similar letters.

(iii) The candidates from whom replies are not received within 15 days will not be considered for scholarship and the award will be given to the next eligible candidates in the merit list.

(iv) The Boards/Universities/ Authority in the State/Union Territory will send a list of selected candidates to the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations within a maximum period of 10 weeks from the date of declaration of result.

(v) The District authorities will send the list of selected rural students from each block in the State/UT within a maximum period of 10 weeks from the date of declaration of result.

(vi) The Boards/Universities/ Authority/District Administration in the State/Union Territory will send to each candidate selected for award of scholarships:
(a) Entitlement Card
(b) Income Affidavit form
(c) Statement of Particulars

(vii) The selected scholar shall present the Entitlement Card (Annexure-IV), Statement of Particulars (Annexure-V) and Income Affidavit form (Annexure-VI) duly filled in to the Head of the Institution joined by him. The Head of the Institution will complete the Entitlement Card and send it to the Director of Collegiate Education/Higher Education/Secondary Education/Public Instruction / Education Department of the State/UTs as the case may be, who will make the final selection.

(viii) The officer of the above Department of the State Government/UT Administration will arrange to pay scholarship money to the scholar on receipt of the joining report (Annexure-VII) alongwith the completed ‘Statement of Particulars’ and ‘Income Affidavit’.

(ix) If the State/Union Territory Government concerned 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 will not be considered. The scholarship will then be offered to the next eligible candidate in the merit list.

Tenability :

A scholarship under the scheme has to be availed of in the year it is made in said Scheme for the duration of the course subject to fulfilling eligibility criteria.

The holder of a National Merit Scholarship is free to study a higher course in any recognized institution any where in India, and the responsibility for the payment of his scholarship will continue to be that of the State Government or the UT Administration in whose jurisdiction he is domiciled or passed the examination based on the result of which he/she has been awarded the scholarship.

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  1. Vaibhav Shrivastava

    I want to know, when will you issue the scholarship form for this year.

  2. How to get my scholarship? Because I have passed 12th with 84.4 percentage in MP board. I belong to OBC category. Please help me.


    What is the income limit for national scholarship for Minorities post metric scholarship class XII?

  4. How to get my scholar? Because I have passed 12th and get 84.4% in mp board. I belong to gen category. Please help.

  5. I have passed in NMMS but I don’t get the scholar. Only one year scholar is given 6000 and now I have passed 12th with 75% but scholar not get.
    How to complaint and where can I complaint in MP?

    A/C NO-33049513853


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