NMMS Scholarship 2023 Registration Underway in Delhi, Odisha, UP & Nagaland

New Delhi, August 23, 2023 – NMMS Scholarship 2023 – The registration process for the National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme (NMMS) examination is underway in Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Delhi, and Nagaland. 

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Meritorious students from economically weaker sections enrolled in Class 8 in government, government-aided, and local body schools can apply for the scholarship through the official websites of their respective State/UT.

Under this scheme, it is proposed to award 100,000 scholarships to the gifted or meritorious students whose parental income is not more than ₹3,50,000 per annum from all sources at the time of selection of awardees for scholarship.

Each State/UT has fixed quota of scholarship for the concerned age group of Class 7 and 8. The scheme will provide reservation to different categories of students.

The NMMS scholarship exam is conducted to grant annual scholarships worth ₹12,000 to the students of Class 9 to 12. The scheme aims to prevent students from dropping out after Class 8 and motivate them to pursue their education further.

A total of 1 lakh scholarships are disbursed every year under this scheme. There is no application fee for appearing in this examination.

The last date of application for the NMMS scholarship exam in Odisha, Delhi and Nagaland is August 31, 2023. Students from Uttar Pradesh can submit their application until September 18, 2023. 

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This article shares details about the NMMS scholarship examination, procedures for selection including eligibility criteria, rewards, application processes, and more.

NMMS Scholarship 2023 – General Overview

Particular  Details
Name of Scholarship National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme (NMMS)
Objective To prevent students from dropping out after Class 8
Award  The amount of scholarship is ₹12,000 per annum @ ₹1000 per month 
  • Students in Class 8 from general category with at least 55% marks
  • SC/ST students in Class 8 with at least 50% marks
  • Annual income of the parents must be less than ₹3.5 lakh
States Currently Accepting Applications
  • Uttar Pradesh
  • Odisha
  • Delhi
  • Nagaland
Last Date of Application in Odisha, Delhi and Nagaland August 31, 2023
Last Date of Application in Uttar Pradesh September 18, 2023
UP NMMS Exam Date November 5, 2023
Delhi NMMS Exam Date November 19, 2023
Nagaland NMMS Exam Date November 4, 2023
Odisha NMMS Exam Date November 5, 2023
Where to Apply?
  • entdata.co.in/
  • ntse.scertodisha.nic.in/
  • edudel.nic.in/
  • scert.nagaland.gov.in/ 

NMMS Scholarship 2023 – General Eligibility Conditions

General Eligibility Criteria At the time of selection for the award, students must have secured a minimum of 55% marks (50% for SC/ST) or an equivalent grade in their Class 7 examination for selection test in Class 8. 
Students should be enrolled as a regular student in a government, government-aided, or schools run by the local bodies.
In order to continue availing scholarship for 10th and 11th grades, recipients need to be successfully promoted from 9th to 10th grade and from 11th to 12th grade in their first attempt.
Scholarship awardees must secure a minimum of 60% marks in their 10th-grade examination or an equivalent examination to continue receiving the scholarship during the higher secondary stage. 

Students from the SC/ST communities have a relaxation of 5%.

Annual income of the parents of the applicant should not exceed ₹3,50,000.
Students enrolled in ‘Kendriya Vidyalayas’ and ‘Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas’ are not eligible for scholarships through NMMS program. 
Students of residential schools operated by central or state government institutions and those pursuing their studies in private schools are not eligible for scholarships under this scheme.
Students can avail only one scholarship under any Central Government Scholarship scheme.
Students must take up their studies in approved courses on a whole time basis.
Maintenance of good conduct of the student certified by school authorities.
A candidate who does not absent himself/herself without approval of proper leave.

NMMS Scholarship 2023 – Selection Process

Each State/UT will organise its own test at the stage of 8th-grade to select students for the National Means-cum-Merit scholarship. States or UT-level examination will have two tests:

  • Mental Ability Test (MAT)
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

The Mental Ability Test will have 90 multiple-choice questions to assess verbal and non-verbal metacognitive abilities, including reasoning and critical thinking. These questions may cover topics on analogy, classification, numerical series, pattern perception, hidden figures, and more.

The Scholastic Aptitude Test will have 90 multiple-choice questions covering subjects of science, social studies, and mathematics taught in Class 7 and 8.

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Each test will last for 90 minutes. Children with disabilities will receive additional time as necessary.

To qualify, students must pass both the tests MAT and SAT and achieve a minimum of 40% marks in aggregate taken together. However, cut off marks for SC/ST will be 32%.

Students can check details about the NMMS scholarship scheme here.

NMMS Scholarship 2023 – How to Apply?

  • A candidate is advised to visit the NMMS official websites of respective states.
  • Select the ‘Apply’ button on the homepage.
  • A fresh window will pop up. Candidates must enter their login credentials and hit the ‘Submit’ option.
  • They should continue and complete the online application form and upload all necessary documents.
  • Download the confirmation page for future use.

NMMS Scholarship 2023 – Documents Required

  • Two recent passport-size photographs
  • Copy of caste certificate
  • Income certificate issued by the competent authority
  • Disability status certificate issued by the competent authority
  • Photocopy of the Class 7 report card

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Also Read: NMMS Scholarship 2023 – Check Result, Award, Eligibility, Application Process

NMMS Scholarship 2023 – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship (NMMS) scheme?

The National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme (NMMSS) is a centrally sponsored scholarship program in India. It aims to provide financial assistance to meritorious students from economically weaker sections to continue their secondary and higher secondary education.

Who is eligible to apply for the NMMS exam?

Students must attain a minimum of 55% marks (50% for SC/ST) or an equivalent grade in their Class 7 examination in order to be eligible for the selection test held during Class 8 for consideration under the scholarship scheme. The annual income of the parents of a student must not exceed ₹3,50,000 from all sources.

How can students apply for the National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship?

Students can apply for the NMMS through an online or offline application process, depending on the states or union territories in which they are pursuing their studies. Detailed application procedures are made available by the respective education departments.

What are the benefits of the NMMS scholarship 2023 for selected students?

The benefits of the NMMS scholarship 2023 are meant for selected candidates studying as regular students and entering in class 9. The amount of scholarships is ₹12,000 per annum provided at the rate of ₹1000 per month to selected candidates on yearly basis.

Can students from all States/UTs in India apply for the NMMS scholarship 2023?

Yes, the NMMS is a centrally sponsored scheme, and students from all the states and union territories in India are eligible to apply. However, the implementation and specific eligibility criteria may vary respectively

What is the funding source of the National Means Cum Merit Scholarship Scheme?

The central government provides funds to the States/UTs for implementation of the scholarship program at the regional level.

Is there any provision for renewal of the NMMS scholarship 2023?

Yes, there is a provision of renewal of scholarship for students who continue to meet the eligibility criteria and maintain satisfactory academic performance in subsequent years of their education. Renewal procedures may vary in respective States/UTs.


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