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Merit cum Means Scholarship for Minority Students 2016

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open31-Oct-2016
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What is Merit cum Means Scholarship for Minority Students 2016?

Merit cum Means Scholarship for Minority Students 2016 main objective is to provide financial assistance to the poor and meritorious students to enable them to pursue professional and technical courses from a recognized institution. Student have to renew their scholarships every year.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

  1. Financial assistance will be given to pursue graduate level or post graduate level technical and professional courses from a recognized institution. Course fee and Maintenance allowance will be credited/transferred directly into the bank account of selected students.
  2. Students who get admission to a college to pursue technical/professional courses, on the basis of a competitive examination will be eligible for the scholarship.
  3. Students who get admission in technical/professional courses without taking any competitive examination will also be eligible for scholarship. However, such students should have not less than 50% marks at higher secondary/graduation level. Selection of these students will be done strictly on merit basis.
  4. Continuation of the scholarship in subsequent years will depend on successful completion of the course during the preceding year.
  5. A scholarship holder under this scheme will not avail any other scholarship/stipend for pursuing the course.
  6. The annual income of the beneficiary/parent or guardian of beneficiary should not exceed Rs.2.50 lakh from all sources.
  7. The Income Certificate would remain valid for One Year.
  8. The State Department will advertise the Scheme every year and receive the applications online through the concerned institutions as per the timeline.
  9. Aadhaar Number is also required for payment of scholarship.
  10. The concerned State Government/Union Territory Administration will be responsible for processing and scrutinizing the applications submitted by the students (as per the work flow opted) and send the proposal of eligible students online to this Ministry for sanction of the scholarships as per timelines.
  11. The online proposal for release of fund from the State Department must be forwarded to and received in the Ministry as per the timeline fixed by this Ministry every year.
  12. Fund for Administrative Expenses in subsequent year will be released after receipt of the Utilization Certificate for the fund released in the previous year. 

How can you apply ?

Application can be done online only.

  1. The scheme is implemented through National Scholarship Portal (NSP). It is mandatory for all students to apply online on the website of this Ministry i.e.
  2. The list of documents to be scanned & uploaded for both Fresh and Renewal Scholarships as under:-
  • Student Photo. (Mandatory)
  • Institution Verification Form. (Mandatory)
  • Self declaration of Income Certificate by the student. (Mandatory)
  • Self declaration of community by the student. (Mandatory)
  • In case of Fresh: Self Attested Certificate of ‘Previous Academic Mark sheet’ as filled in Form. (Mandatory)
  • In case of Renewal: Self-Attested Certificate of Previous Year Marksheet as filled in the Form. (Mandatory)
  • Fee Receipt of current course year. (Mandatory)
  • Proof of Bank Account in the name of student. (Mandatory)
  • Aadhaar Card (optional)
  • Residential Certificate. (Mandatory)
  • The scheme is implemented through National Scholarship Portal (NSP)


Who are eligible to apply for Scholarship Schemes?
Students fulfilling the Scheme guidelines of various Ministries are eligible to apply for these scholarships.

What is the last date for submitting applications online?
Closure dates for acceptance of various scholarship applications are available in National Scholarships Portal.

How can I apply online for scholarship?
In order to apply online, please visit the website through URL

How to submit the online application? Should I need the user id and password to apply for scholarship?
Applying procedures for Scholarship Schemes for both Fresh and Renewal are given below: 
Fresh: 1st step - Student have to go with the option “Student Login”, on the home page of National Scholarships Portal. Fill up the application as per the instructions given by the system then click on save button. After saving, student will get a “Temporary ID”. The system will instruct the applicant to submit his/her Temporary ID and date of birth to fill subsequent details. Once registration is complete on click of submit button, a Permanent Registration ID is generated which can be used for Renewal and tracking the status of application 
Renewal: 1st step - Renewal Students have to apply with their Bank Account No and Date of Birth which they registered previous year. Student can also use Forgot Registration ID to retrieve their ID.

Can I edit the information already saved and up-to what time?
All the information can be edited till the closure of application form. After final submission, your application will be forwarded to the next level and application hereby cannot be edited.

How should I open my saved application for editing?
Use Temporary ID for editing the application. Further, Forgot ID can be used to retrieve Registration ID.

Which fields in the application form are mandatory?
Fields provided with red asterisk (*) mark are mandatory fields.

What happens, if I detect mistakes after forwarding the applications to the next level?
You should separately inform the mistakes detected by you to the Institute/District/Region/State. The software provides facility at the level of the Institute & State to edit & correct limited information.

Which fields Institute/State can edit?
Except some basic parameters like religion, name of institution, parental annual income & bank details, the Institute/State can edit other fields. However, corrections made by the Institute/State, if any, would be conveyed instantly to the student through SMS/email.

Do I have to fill up the online application in one sitting?
No. You can fill up the online application in as many sittings as you wish, until you are satisfied that you have entered all desirable fields correctly. The software provides facility to save your application at every stage.

What is UID number/Aadhaar Number?
UID number otherwise known as ‘Aadhaar’ number is Unique Identification Number given by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). Aadhaar is unique 12 digit number assigned after de-duplication of biometrics.

Do I need to get my Aadhaar Card to apply for Scholarship?
Aadhaar no. is Mandatory for the Students in order to Register and fill up the application form online. Students cannot apply for Scholarship without entering the Aadhaar no.

Is there any permanent ID?
Yes. An Application ID (Permanent ID) will be provided to the candidate once his/her Registration is done. It will be conveyed to candidates through SMS and e-mail. Students should memorize their Application ID as it will be required while applying for Fresh/renewal scholarship.

Can I apply as a Fresh if I am a Renewal candidate?
No, you cannot apply as a fresh if you are a Renewal candidate. Your application will be rejected in that case.

What should I do, if I do not find my institute name in the drop-down menu?
You should immediately approach the institute to contact with the nodal officer of the State where the institute is located. You can also approach the Nodal Officer of that State directly through e-mail under intimation to the Ministry. If your institute is an eligible institution, the State Government concerned would enter it into the database and then you can apply.

How do I know the name and address of Nodal Officer/ State Department of my State?
The name and contact details of the Nodal Officer/State Department of all States/UTs are available in “Services->Know your State Nodal Officer” option.

How to check the status of my application?
Student can check the status of Online Application by submitting his/her Permanent id.

How and when will I know whether my application is selected or rejected?
Status of application can be checked signing-up with Permanent Registration ID.

How to view the details of a particular scheme?
click on Guidelines link of particular Scheme displaying in On-Boarded schemes section on the home page

Terms and Conditions

During 12th Five Year Plan, 60000 fresh Scholarships will be awarded each financial year, besides renewals among the students of minority communities in States/UTs throughout the country based on the State/UT-wise population of these communities.


  1. 30% scholarship is earmarked for girls students of each minority community in a State/UT which is transferable to male students of that community in case of non-availability of female students in that community in the concerned State/UT. 30% is the floor and not the ceiling for eligible girl students.
  2. If the physical target of scholarship for a particular minority community in a state/UT is not utilized, it will be distributed among the same minority community in other States/UTs strictly in accordance with merit and without disturbing the national ratio.
  3. A student residing in a particular State/UT will be entitled for scholarship under the quota of that State/UT only irrespective of his/her place of study.
  4. The number of scholarship has been fixed State/UT-wise on the basis of minority population of the States/UTs. Within the State-wise allocations, the applications from Listed Institutions will be exhausted first. The list of such Institutions is available on the website of this Ministry i.e.

The Scheme will be evaluated at regular intervals and the cost of the evaluation
will be borne by the Ministry of Minority Affairs under the provision of the Scheme. A provision of 2% of the total budget will be made to meet the Administrative and Allied costs viz. expenditure on monitoring of the Scheme, impact study, evaluation study, purchase of office equipments, engaging of contract employees, if necessary and other expenditure to run the Cell etc. This will be shared between the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India and the State Governments/UT Administration. 

Minor modification in the Scheme with no financial implication may be made by the Competent Authority in the Ministry without seeking recourse to SFC/EFC/Cabinet. However, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure would be consulted.

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