PM Scholarship Scheme 2021 – Dates, Eligibility, Application Process, Selection Criteria

PM Scholarship 2020-21 – The Prime Minister Scholarship Scheme (PMSS), run by the Welfare and Rehabilitation Board,  Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, is a scholarship scheme that aims at encouraging higher professional and technical education for the dependent wards and widows of Central Armed Police Forces & Assam Rifles (CAPFs & AR) and State Police Personnel. Initiated in the year 2006-07, the PM scholarship scheme has by far influenced lakhs of students and helped them pursue their dream career with ease.

What are the benefits rendered to students under PM scholarship? What are the eligibility conditions that need to be fulfilled? How can one apply for the PM scholarship? When can you apply for it? Get an answer to all these questions in this article.

Latest Update: The applications for PM Scholarship Scheme 2020-21 have started from 16th August 2020 and will continue till 25th April 2021. Read more to know how to apply. 

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PM Scholarship – Important Dates

When is the right time to apply for the PM scholarship? Can you apply for the scholarship all through the year? What are some key dates about the scholarship that you must know? The answers to all these questions are covered in this section. The list given below contains the details of important dates related to the Prime Minister Scholarship Scheme. While the fresh applications are accepted within a defined time limit, the renewal applications can be made all through the year.

Details of PM Scholarship Important Dates

S.No.ParticularsImportant Dates
1.Online Registration/Filling of Application Form Starts16th August 2020
2.Last date to submit online application31 October 2020

Extended till 25 April 2021New Scholarship 2019

3.Last date for verification of defective applications15 November 2020

Extended till 30 April 2021

4.Last date for institute verification15 November 2020

Extended till 30 April 2021

5.Verification of application by CAPFs & ARTo be announced
6.Preparation of merit list and Lot generation phaseTo be announced
7.Sanctioning of scholarship by R&W Directorate, MHATo be announced
8.Payment file generationTo be announced
9.Disbursement of scholarship amountTo be announced
10.Dispatch of personal letters from Honourable Prime MinisterTo be announced

*The above-mentioned dates are applicable for this year. This may or may not change every year on the discretion of the scholarship provider.

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PM Scholarship 2020-21 Dates
PM Scholarship 2020-21 Dates

PM Scholarship – Key Eligibility

Who are the candidates eligible for the PM scholarship? What are the key eligibility conditions that one needs to follow to get this scholarship? Which are the courses for which the scholarship is applicable? The answers to all these questions are covered in this section. The key eligibility conditions that you need to fulfil for this scholarship include –

  • You must be a dependent ward/widow of deceased CAPFs & AR/ Ex-CAPFs & AR/ retired and serving CAPFs & AR/ State Police Personnel.
  • You must be pursuing professional courses mentioned in the list below. (Note: Not applicable for lateral entry and integrated courses).
  • The minimum education qualification to apply for these courses should be class 12/ diploma/ graduation.
  • The applicants should have obtained at least 60% marks or above in the minimum educational qualification. (Note: For renewal in subsequent years, the applicants need to obtain at least 50% marks in the qualifying examination).

Note: As per the decision made by the Government of India last year, the scholarship scheme will also cover the wards of State Police officials who are/were martyred during Naxal/terror attacks. A total of 500 scholarships in a year will be given to the wards of State Police officials.

Furthermore, the list of courses for which the scholarship is applicable is given in the list below.

List of all eligible courses for PM scholarship


S.No.Course Name & Duration
1.BTech (4 years)
2.BE (4 years)
3.BArch (4 to 5 years)

Medical Courses

S.No. Course Name & Duration
1.MBBS (4.5 years)
2.BDS (5 years)
3.BAMS (4.5 years)
4.BHMS (4.5 years)
5.BSMS (4.5 years)
6.BUMS (5 years)
7.BSc, BPT (4 years)
8.BSc MLT (Medical Lab Technology) (4 years)
9.BVSc & AH (5 years)
10.B.Pharma. (4 years)
11.BSc Nursing (4 years)
12.BNYS (5 years)
13.Doctor of Pharmacy (4 years)
14.BSc Optometry (3 years)
15.Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (4.5 years)

Management Courses

S.No.Course Name & Duration
1.MBA (2 years)
2.BBA (3 years)
3.BBM (3 years)
4.BCA (3 years)
5.MCA (3 years)
6.BPlan (4 years)

Other Professional Courses

S.No.Course Name & Duration
1.BSc Agriculture (4 years)
2.BFSc/B.Fisheries (4 years)
3.BSc Horticulture (4 years)
4.Coy Secretary (4 years)
5.BSc Bio-Tech (3 years)
6.B.Ed. (1 year)
7.BMC (3 years)
8.Hotel Management Degree (4 years)
9.BPEd (1 year)
10.BASLP (4 years)
11.BFT (3 years)
12.BSc Microbiology (3 years)
13.BSc HHA (3 years)
14.LLB (2 to 3 years)
15.Bachelor of Elementary Education (3 to 5 years)
16.BFA (4 years)
17.BFD (3 years)
18.BA LLB (5 years)

PM Scholarship – Application Process

What are the steps to be followed to apply for the PM scholarship? Can a student apply for the scholarship offline? No, the applications for PM scholarship is made online only. For the academic year 2019-20, the application will be made through the National Scholarship Portal. Here is the step-by-step guide for you to apply for the scholarship –

Step 1: Registering on NSP

  • Visit the official website of NSP.
  • Click on “New Registration”.
  • Go through the application guidelines carefully.
  • Continue to proceed.
  • Fill in all required details.
  • Click on “Register”.

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Step 2: Complete the application

  • Log in to the portal using application id and password received on your registered mobile number.
  • An OTP will be generated on your registered mobile number for successful login.
  • Verify the OTP and change the password.
  • Once logged in, fill in the scholarship application form.
  • Upload the scanned copy of all supporting documents.
  • Finally, submit the application.


PM Scholarship – Documents Required

Once you are aware of the step-by-step application process, you must be further willing to know about the necessary documents that you need to submit to apply for the Prime Minister Scholarship Scheme. Since the applications are accepted online, it is advised to the applicants that they prepare the scanned copies of all the supporting documents before starting the application. Here is the list of all supporting documents that you must provide during PM scholarship application –

  • Serving Certificate (in case of serving personnel) issued by HOO
  • Certificate issued by the concerned state government indicating that the State Police personnel was killed in Naxal /Terror attacks
  • Certificate of Minimum Educational Qualification (MEQ) as applicable – Class 12th mark sheet, Graduation mark sheet (for all years) or diploma mark sheets (for all semesters)
  • PPO/Discharge Certificate/Book (Mandatory for Category A to F)
  • Death Certificate (Applicable for deceased personnel)
  • Disability Certificate (Applicable for disabled personnel)
  • Certificate of Gallantry Award (Applicable for Gallantry Award winners)

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PM Scholarship – Rewards

How much scholarship amount will you receive under the Prime Minister Scholarship Scheme? How many numbers of scholarships are disbursed every year? Is there any reservation for girls? These questions are obvious to occur in your mind. While a total of 2,000 eligible candidates get benefit under this scheme every year, the number of girls receiving this scholarship is equal to the number of boys receiving this scholarship. However, the amount of scholarship given to girls is INR 3,000 per month and the amount of scholarship given to boys is INR 2,500 per month, paid annually. Furthermore, the duration of the scholarship may vary from one year to five years depending on your course duration. Adding to this, 500 more scholarships (250 for boys and 250 for girls) will be given to the wards of the State Police Personnel who are martyred during Naxal/Terror attacks from 2019-20 onwards.

PM Scholarship – Selection Criteria

What are the criteria that are considered while shortlisting the students for PM scholarship? Who is responsible for the final selection of students? While end-to-end implementation and disbursement of the scheme is taken care of by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the preference is given to students in the following order –

Category A: The first preference is given to the wards and widows of CAPFs & AR personnel who were killed in action.

Category B: The second preference is given to the wards of Ex-CAPFs & AR personnel who got disabled in action.

Category C: The third preference is given to the wards and widows of deceased CAPFs & AR personnel who died during their service for causes attributable to Government service.

Category D: The next preference is given to the wards of Ex-CAPFs & AR personnel who got disabled during their service with disability attributable to Government service.

Category E: Further, the preference is given to the wards of Ex-CAPFs & AR personnel who have received gallantry awards.

Category F: The next preference is given to the wards of Ex-CAPFs & AR personnel (PBOR only).

Category G: Lastly, the preference will be given to the wards of serving CAPFs & AR personnel (PBOR) subject to the availability of the scholarship.

Note: The dependents wards of State Police Personnel who died during Naxal/Terror attacks will also be given preference.

PM Scholarship – Renewal

Is there a need for renewal of scholarship? If yes, then how can you apply for the renewal? While the selected scholars will get the first instalment of the PM scholarship immediately after the merit list is announced, the subsequent payments are made only if the students apply for the renewal after the completion of each academic year. Just like the fresh application, you can also apply for the renewal online. However, to be eligible for the renewal application, it is mandatory for you to fulfil certain conditions that include –

  • You should obtain at least 50% marks in each semester or academic year.
  • You need to pass all subjects in each year/semester in one attempt.

The best thing about renewal is that you can apply for it within one year of the declaration of results and the applications can be made throughout the year except for the months between January and April.

PM Scholarship – Frequently Asked Questions

Are there still some questions that have not been answered yet? If yes, then this section covers almost every important question related to the Prime Minister Scholarship Scheme. Here is a compilation of some frequently asked questions about the scheme that you must not miss. Furthermore, if you are left with more queries, you can contact the scholarship provider on their respective contact details.

✔️ Can a student apply offline for the PM scholarship?

No, only online applications are accepted for PM scholarship through the official website of KSB (Kendriya Sainik Board).

✔️ If a student is studying in the 2nd year of professional course, can he/she apply for the Prime Minister Scholarship?

No, the student in the first year of professional courses only can apply for the scholarship, except for the lateral entries and integrated courses.

✔️ Is the PM scholarship applicable for diploma courses?

No, the prime minister scholarship scheme is not applicable for diploma courses. It only covers professional degree courses that are recognised by a central regulatory body like AICTE, UGC, MCI, etc.

✔️ Is the scholarship open for PG courses?

No, only MCA and Management (MBA) courses are eligible under this scheme.

✔️ Can a student use PM scholarship to study abroad?

No, the scholarship is paid to carry out studies in India only.

✔️ Can a PMSS scholar apply for the same scholarship again?

No, a student can avail the scholarship only for one course.

✔️ What are the criteria to be fulfilled to get the scholarship for the subsequent years?

The students have to secure a minimum of 50% marks in each academic year/semester to the scholarship for subsequent years failing which the scholarship will be closed for them.

✔️ Is the scholarship available for civilians or wards of Para-military personnel/central armed forced police?

No, the scholarship is only applicable to the wards and widows of Ex-servicemen who have served the Coastguards, Air Force, Army or Navy.

✔️ What are the documents required to apply for PM Scholarship?

While applying for the PM Scholarship, the students need to support their application with the documents like academic certificates, bank account details, and death certificate/service certificate/deceased certificate/certificate of gallantry award/disability certificate (whichever is applicable).

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PM Scholarship – Contact Details

In case, you have any query related to the PM scholarship, its eligibility, award details, selection criteria, application process and more, you can directly contact the Welfare and Rehabilitation Board (WARB) on the below-mentioned contact details –

Phone number – 011-23063111

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List of State Scholarship portal are as follows:

Scholarships for Uttar Pradesh
UP Scholarship
Scholarships for Maharashtra
Post Matric Scholarships disbursements through ePass
Epass Scholarship
Jnanabhumi online portal of Government of Andhra Pradesh
scholarship portal of Jharkhand
E Kalyan Scholarship
Government of Madhya Pradesh, MP scholarships
MP Scholarship
Karnataka education board, ePASS Karnataka
Epass Karnataka Scholarship
TS epass scholarship is offrering by Telangana Govt
Telangana Epass
Scholarship Portal Government of Punjab
Punjab Scholarship
E-Grantz portal, Government of Kerala
E Grantz
Minorities under Government of Karnataka, GOKDOM
Oasis scholarship portal, West Bengal scholarships
Oasis Scholarship
Chhattisgarh Scholarship Portal
CG Scholarship Portal
SJE Rajasthan Scholarship Portal, Government of Rajasthan
SJE Scholarship
Digital Gujarat scholarship, Government of Gujarat.
Gujarat Scholarship
HP ePass scholarship portal, Himachal Pradesh
HP Epass Scholarship
West Bengal Scholarship Schemes, West Bengal
West Bengal Scholarship
Government of Bihar Post-Matric scholarship SC/ST/BC/EBC
Bihar Scholarship
Scholarship for BC, MBC and Minorities, Govt of TamilNadu
TN Scholarship

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PM Scholarship Scheme for RPF/RPSF

PM Scholarship Scheme for State/UTs Police Personnel