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Merit cum Means Scholarship for Minority Students 2016

Deadline: 31-Oct-2016

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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.


  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 to 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)

More Information

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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