National Scholarship Portal (NSP) is a digital scholarship platform which carries multiple scholarships offered by central government, state governments and different government agencies like UGC (University Grants Commission), AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education), etc. The National Scholarship Portal hosts about 50 scholarships worth hundreds of crores among the scholarship seekers registered on the platform. According to officials, the platform has, so far, helped government implement and disburse scholarships worth more than INR 2000 crores. The platform boasts of more than 125 Lac applications out of which 105 Lac applications are verified also.
Do these facts excite you? If yes, then find out more about the national scholarship portal by reading further.
National Scholarship Portal – What it is?
Introduced as the Mission Mode Project under the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP), the National Scholarship Portal emerges as one of the most prominent scholarship portals that offer a variety of services ranging from student scholarship application to the disbursal of scholarships to them. Offering a SMART (Simplified, Mission-oriented, Accountable, Responsive & Transparent) system for effective and faster disposal of scholarships, the portal ensures direct delivery of funds to the beneficiary’s account thereby avoiding any chances of leakage.
The NSP can benefit you in the following ways –
- You can find all kinds of scholarships information on one platform.
- You have to make a single integrated application for all scholarships which simplifies the application process.
- The portal renders enhanced transparency to all its users.
- You can find the master data for all courses and institutions at an all-India level on this single platform.
- It also serves as a great tool for departments and ministries in the form of DSS (Decision Support System)
National Scholarship Portal – Why it was created?
What was the need to create this portal? This is an obvious question to occur in your mind. The key objectives behind the creation of this National Scholarship Portal include –
- To ensure that the scholarships are being disbursed to students on the timely basis
- To offer a common platform for both Central and State Government scholarships
- To create a transparent scholars’ database
- To avoid duplication that occurs while processing the applications
- To harmonize the variety of scholarships and their norms
- To ensure the application of DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer)
National Scholarship Portal – How students can benefit from it?
Now when you are aware of the benefits that the National Scholarship Portal renders to the students, here is how you can get the best out of this portal –
- Check the eligibility for the NSP scholarships available.
- Register yourself with National Scholarship Portal and apply for the scholarship you are eligible for.
- Make hassle-free submission of application online.
- The authorities will do the verification of the online application. Meanwhile, you can also track the status of your application through the portal.
- If successfully verified, the scholarship amount will be directly credited to the account of the student through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). Know the current status of NSP scholarship payment through the portal.
National Scholarship Portal – Various scholarships it covers
Known for its nationwide reach, the National Scholarship Portal covers almost all types of scholarships for students studying in class 1 to PhD level. The variety of scholarships that the NSP covers are majorly categorized under the following sections –
- Central schemes
- UGC schemes
- AICTE schemes
- State schemes
National Scholarship Portal – Central Schemes
Different department operating under the Government of India runs a number of scholarships to help students pursue their dream academic career without any financial constraint. The renowned providers in the realm of scholarships include the Ministry of Minority Affairs (MOMA), Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MSJE), Ministry of Labour and Employment (MLE), Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MTA), Department of Higher Education (DHE) and more.
You can apply for all scholarships that are being offered by the central government through National Scholarship Portal under the Central Schemes section. Please find the cumulative list of central NSP scholarships in the table given below.
National Scholarship Portal – List of Central Schemes
|S.No.||Scholarship Name||Provider||Application Deadline|
|1.||Pre-Matric Scholarships Scheme for Minorities||Ministry of Minority Affairs||31 October 2018|
|2.||Post Matric Scholarships Scheme for Minorities||Ministry of Minority Affairs||31 October 2018|
|3.||Merit Cum Means Scholarship for Professional and Technical Courses CS||Ministry of Minority Affairs||31 October 2018|
|4.||Pre-matric Scholarship for Students with Disabilities||Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities||31 October 2018|
|5.||Post-matric Scholarship for Students with Disabilities
|Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities||31 October 2018|
|6.||Scholarships for Top Class Education for students with disabilities||Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities||31 October 2018|
|7.||Top Class Education Scheme for SC Students||Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment||15 January 2019|
|8.||Financial Assistance for Education of the Wards of Beedi/Cine/IOMC/LSDM Workers – Post-Matric||Ministry of Labour & Employment||31 October 2018|
|9.||Financial Assistance for Education of the Wards of Beedi/Cine/IOMC/LSDM Workers – Pre-Matric||Ministry of Labour & Employment||31 October 2018|
|10.||Aam Aadmi Bima Yojna Scholarship for Andhra Pradesh||Ministry of Labour & Employment||Apply offline|
|11.||National Fellowship and Scholarship for Higher Education of ST Students – Scholarship (Formally Top-Class Education for Schedule Tribe Students) – only for scholarships||Ministry of Tribal Affairs||31 October 2018|
|12.||National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education (NSIGSE)||Department of School Education & Literacy||Will open soon|
|13.||National Means Cum Merit Scholarship||Department of School Education & Literacy||15 December 2018|
|14.||Central Sector Scheme of Scholarships for College and University Students||Department of Higher Education||31 October 2018|
|15.||Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme for Central Armed Police Forces and Assam Rifles||WARB, Ministry of Home Affairs||31 October 2018|
|16.||Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme For RPF/RPSF||RPF/RPSF, Ministry of Railway||31 October 2018|
National Scholarship Portal – UGC Schemes
The University Grants Commission (UGC) is a prominent statutory body of Indian government functioning under MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development). It has been set up with an objective to coordinate, determine and maintain the standards of higher education in India. It is the authority that offers recognition to universities across India and also provides them with funds. Besides this, the UGC also offers some scholarship schemes for students pursuing college-level education.
The UGC schemes listed at the National Scholarship Portal are mentioned in the list given below.
National Scholarship Portal – List of UGC Schemes
|S.No.||Scholarship Name||Provider||Application Deadline|
|1.||ISHAN UDAY – Special Scholarship Scheme for North Eastern Region||University Grants Commission||30 November 2018|
|2.||PG Indira Gandhi Scholarship for Single Girl Child||University Grants Commission – MHRD||30 November 2018|
|3.||PG Scholarship for University Rank Holders (1st and 2nd Rank Holders)||University Grants Commission – MHRD||30 November 2018|
|4.||PG Scholarship Scheme for SC ST Students for Pursuing Professional Courses||University Grants Commission – MHRD||30 November 2018|
National Scholarship Portal – AICTE Schemes
Regarded as the national-level council for technical education and a statutory body, AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) functions under the Department of Higher Education, MHRD. Operating since 1945, AICTE looks after the coordinated development and proper planning for both technical as well as management education systems in India. Despite offering approval to postgraduate and undergraduate programs under specified categories, AICTE also offers a number of scholarships for students to ensure that financial constraint does not become a blocking stone in their professional career.
The National Scholarship Portal also lists the schemes run by AICTE under a separate section. Please find the names of those NSP scholarships in the list hereunder.
National Scholarship Portal – List of AICTE Schemes
|S.No.||Scholarship Name||Provider||Application Deadline|
|1.||Pragati Scholarship Scheme for Girls (Degree) for Technical Education||Ministry of Human Resource Development – AICTE||Will open soon|
|2.||Pragati Scholarship Scheme for Girls (Diploma) for Technical Education||Ministry of Human Resource Development – AICTE||Will open soon|
|3.||Saksham Scholarship Scheme for Differently Abled Students (Degree) for Technical Education||Ministry of Human Resource Development – AICTE||Will open soon|
|4.||Saksham Scholarship Scheme for Differently Abled Students (Diploma) for Technical Education||Ministry of Human Resource Development – AICTE||Will open soon|
National Scholarship Portal – State Schemes
Just like the central government, the state government also offers scholarships for students who are domicile of that respective state. While many state governments operate their own scholarship portal for applications, some prefer inviting applications through the National Scholarship Portal. At present, the national scholarship portal covers state schemes of 6 different states namely, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Tripura, Karnataka, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.
Please find the detailed list of state-level NSP scholarships in the table hereunder.
National Scholarship Portal – List of State Schemes
|S.No.||Scholarship Name||State||Application Deadline|
|1.||Post-Matric Scholarship (PMS) for BC/EBC Students||Bihar||15 March 2019|
|2.||Post-Matric Scholarship (PMS) for ST Students||Bihar||15 March 2019|
|3.||Post-Matric Scholarship (PMS) for SC Students||Bihar||25 March 2019|
|4.||Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme for Minority (100 percent State Sector)-Uttarakhand||Uttarakhand||28 February 2019|
|5.||Post Matric Scholarship for EBC Students-Uttarakhand||Uttarakhand||20 January 2019|
|6.||Pre-Matric Disability Scholarship (State Sector)-Uttarakhand||Uttarakhand
|20 January 2019|
|7.||Pre-Matric Scholarship for SC Students (State Sector)-Uttarakhand||Uttarakhand||20 January 2019|
|8.||Pre-Matric Scholarship for ST Students (State Sector)-Uttarakhand||Uttarakhand||20 January 2019|
|9.||Pre-Matric Scholarship for OBC Students (State Sector 50% and Central Sector 50%)-Uttarakhand||Uttarakhand||20 January 2019|
|10.||Pre-Matric Scholarship for SC Students (Center Sector)-Uttarakhand||Uttarakhand||20 January 2019|
|11.||Pre-Matric Scholarship for ST Students (Center Sector)-Uttarakhand||Uttarakhand||20 January 2019|
|12.||Post-Matric Scholarship for ST Students-Uttarakhand||Uttarakhand||20 January 2019|
|13.||Post-Matric Scholarship for SC Students-Uttarakhand||Uttarakhand||20 January 2019|
|14.||Post-Matric Scholarship for OBC Students-Uttarakhand||Uttarakhand||20 January 2019|
|15.||Pre-Matric ST Scholarship Schemes||Tripura||31 December 2018|
|16.||Post-Matric ST Scholarship Schemes||Tripura||31 December 2018|
|17.||Post-Matric Scholarship for SC Students||Tripura||31 December 2018|
|18.||Post-Matric Scholarship for OBC Students||Tripura||31 December 2018|
|19.||Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Post Matric Scholarship for Economically Backward Classes (EBC)||Tripura||12 December 2018|
|20.||NEC Merit Scholarship||Tripura||31 January 2019|
|21.||Centrally Sponsored Scheme for Pre-Matric (9 & 10) Scholarship for ST Students||Karnataka||Will open soon|
|22.||Post-Matric Scholarship (PMS) for ST Students||Karnataka||10 February 2019|
|23.||Umbrella Scheme for Education of ST Children – Pre-Matric Scholarship (Class 9 and 10) for ST Students||Meghalaya||28 February 2019|
|24.||Umbrella Scheme for Education of ST Children – Post-Matric Scholarship (PMS) for ST Students||Meghalaya||28 February 2019|
|25.||Umbrella Scheme for Education of ST Students-Pre-Matric Scholarship (Class IX & X) for ST Students||Arunachal Pradesh||31 December 2018|
|26.||Umbrella Scheme for Education of ST Children -Post Matric Scholarship (PMS) for ST Students||Arunachal Pradesh||31 December 2018|
|27.||Scheme for Award of Stipend to the Scheduled Tribe Students||Arunachal Pradesh||31 December 2018|
Here are some more state-level scholarships that have been added to the National Scholarship Portal recently.
National Scholarship Portal – List of More State Scholarships
|S.No.||Scholarship Name||State||Application Deadline|
|1.||Pre-Matric Scholarship to Children of those Engaged in Uncleaned Occupation, Assam||Assam||25 January 2019|
|2.||Pre-Matric Scholarship for SC Students (Class 9 & 10) – Assam||Assam||11 February 2019|
|3.||Post-Matric Scholarship for SC Students – Assam||Assam||11 February 2019|
|4.||Pre-Matric Scholarship to OBC Students – Assam||Assam||20 January 2019|
|5.||Pre-Matric Scholarship to ST Students – Assam||Assam||20 January 2019|
|6.||Pre-Matric Scholarship to ST Students (Class 9 & 10) – Assam||Assam||20 January 2019|
|7.||Post-Matric Scholarship to OBC Students – Assam||Assam||20 January 2019|
|8.||Post-Matric Scholarship to ST Students – Assam||Assam||20 January 2019|
|9.||Post-Matric Scholarship for SC Students – Chandigarh||Chandigarh||15 January 2019|
|10.||Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme for Transgender Students – Chandigarh||Chandigarh||31 December 2018|
|11.||Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme for OBC Students – Chandigarh||Chandigarh||20 January 2019|
|12.||Dr. Ambedkar Post-Matric Scholarship for EBC Students – Chandigarh||Chandigarh||20 January 2019|
|13.||Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme for SC Students of Class 9 and 10 – Chandigarh||Chandigarh||15 January 2019|
National Scholarship Portal – How can you apply for a scholarship?
In order to stay advantaged with the scholarships mentioned above, you need to register yourself on NSP through Student Login. What are the steps to be followed to apply for a scholarship? Well! Here is a step-by-step description of how you can apply for an NSP scholarship through national scholarship portal –
Step 1: Registering with National Scholarship Portal (NSP)
- All fresh users need to visit the Home Page of National Scholarship Portal to register.
- Click on ‘New Registration’.
- A page of Guidelines for Registration on NSP will open.
- Go through the guidelines carefully.
- Click on ‘Continue’ to proceed.
- Fill in all required details.
- Click on ‘Register’.
- You will receive a student application ID and password on your registered mobile number.
Step 2: Logging in with National Scholarship Portal
- Click on the login button to start scholarship application.
- Enter the application ID and password received on your registered number.
Step 3: Change the password (A mandatory step)
- Upon successful login, you will receive an OTP on your registered mobile number.
- Verify the OTP.
- You will be directed to change the password page.
- Change the password and continue.
Step 4: Enter the Dashboard
- Once the password is changed, you will be directed to Applicant’s Dashboard Page.
- Click on ‘Application Form’ to start the application.
- Fill in all registration details, academic details and basic details.
- Click on ‘Save & Continue’.
- Add contact details, scheme details and upload necessary documents.
- Click on ‘Save as Draft’ (To confirm if you have entered correct information)
- Once confirmed, click on ‘Final Submit’ button.
Note: The applications finally submitted cannot be edited again. So, the applicants are advised to be double sure while clicking on final submit as no change of information will be entertained after final submission.
National Scholarship Portal – Scholarship registration tracking
Once you are done with the complete application, the NSP also offers the provision for tracking your current application status through ‘Check Your Status’ tab. Whether your application has been finally submitted or not will be visible under this section.
National Scholarship Portal – Apply through its Mobile App
Considering the advent of mobile technology, the Government of India has launched its ‘National Scholarship Portal Mobile App’ in the year 2018 to make scholarship application easier and more convenient for the students. The students can download and install the mobile app through the Google Play Store on their respective mobile devices. Also, there is an availability of NSP mobile app in the ‘UMANG’ app launched by the government earlier. So, if you already have the UMANG app installed on your mobile devices, you can start applying for the scholarships too by registering at NSP mobile app. The app covers end to end services of the National Scholarship Portal. You can not only get access to NSP scholarships but also apply for them in just a few simple steps.
National Scholarship Portal – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Here are the answers to some of the most common questions that come up in the minds of students about the portal.
Q1. Who can apply for NSP Scholarships?
All NSP scholarships are being offered by different department functioning under the Government of India. Thus, the eligibility criteria for each NSP scholarship may vary. Please check individual scholarships to know their eligibility criteria.
Q2. When can a student apply for NSP scholarships?
The application period for each NSP scholarship may also vary accordingly. Please refer to the list of scholarships to know their respective application period.
Q3. Is Aadhaar a mandatory requirement for all NSP scholarships?
No, Aadhaar number is not a mandatory requirement to apply for any NSP scholarship. If the students do not have an Aadhaar number, they can still apply for the scholarships by providing the Aadhaar enrollment id.
Q4. Where can the students apply for NSP scholarship renewal?
The students applying for renewal also need to apply through NSP. Please refer the application process given above to know more.
Q5. What should an applicant do if he/she forgets the application id or password?
In case the students forget their application id or password, they can click on “Forget Application ID” or “Forget Password” button on the login page to retrieve it.
Q6. Can a student track the status of his/her NSP scholarship application form?
Yes, the students can track their application status through ‘Check your status’ tab.
Q7. Can a student edit the form after final submission?
No, once the applicant submits the application form, no changes in information will be entertained. Thus, the students are required to properly check the application form before submitting.
Q8. If selected, how is the scholarship amount disbursed to the students?
The scholarship amount is disbursed to students through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in the accounts of the beneficiaries.
Q9. What is the amount of scholarship that a student can receive through NSP?
The amount of scholarship that you will receive may vary from scholarship to scholarship. Please refer to respective scholarship guidelines to know details about the award.
Q10. Which are the states that offer scholarships through the National Scholarship Portal?
Assam, Chandigarh, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Tripura, Karnataka, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.
National Scholarship Portal – Contact Details
If you come across any technical problem while applying for any scholarship or registering with the NSP, you can contact its dedicated help desk on phone number 0120-6619540 or through email at email@example.com. Furthermore, the portal also has a separate complaints section for the benefit of users with the help of which you can register your respective complaints online and track its status too.