Swami Vivekananda Scholarship (SVMCM) – A Merit-cum-means Based Scheme

Swami Vivekananda Scholarship (SVMCM), also known as Bikash Bhavan Scholarship is a merit-cum-means based scholarship scheme for the meritorious and economically backward students of West Bengal studying at the higher secondary level, undergraduate level, postgraduate level and above. Revamped in the year 2016, the Swami Vivekananda Scholarship now comes with a significantly increased number of seats and enhanced rewards.

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This article comprises detailed information about Swami Vivekananda Scholarship, its eligibility, its key dates, its application process, its awards and benefits, its selection procedure and its renewal. Furthermore, if one has any doubts or queries related to the scholarship information or application, one can contact the provider at the given contact details.

Swami Vivekananda Scholarship- What is it?

Announced with a view to assisting the meritorious students of West Bengal state who belong to economically backward sections of the society, the Swami Vivekananda Scholarship benefits students of Class 11, 12, undergraduate level, postgraduate level, doctoral level and Kanyashree recipients. Functional under the Government of West Bengal, this scholarship is an initiative to encourage studies at UG/PG/M.Phil./Doctoral level within the state.

Latest Update: The registration for the Swami Vivekananda Scholarship (SVMCM) has begun on July 12, 2023. Eligible candidates can apply for the scholarship through the official website.

Swami Vivekananda Scholarship (SVMCM) – Eligibility

 The general eligibility criteria that imply to this scholarship include –

  • Applicants must be a resident of West Bengal.
  • Candidates must be pursuing studies at the post-madhyamik (post-secondary) level and onwards at an educational institute in West Bengal after passing out from a state board, the council of secondary/higher secondary, Madrasah education or a state university.
  • Institutions must also be located in West Bengal.
  • The family income of the candidates’ should not be more than INR 2.5 Lakh.

Note: Another variant of this scholarship is also open to Minority community students including Buddhists, Muslims, Christians, Jain, Sikhs and Parsi. 

Besides these, there are some course-specific eligibility criteria that one needs to follow. Find out complete details about them in the table given below.

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Swami Vivekanand Scholarship – Specific Eligibility

Current course of study Specific eligibility Percentage of marks obtained in the last exam
For Higher Secondary Level of studies (Class 11th or its equivalent)
  • Candidates must have passed Madhyamik Pariksha or equivalent examination
75% in aggregate
For Diploma (Polytechnic) Level
  • Candidates must have passed out Madhyamik Pariksha or equivalent examination for first-year diploma courses.
  • Candidates must have passed out higher secondary examination or equivalent for 2-years diploma in –
  1. Modern Office Practice and Management
  2. Pharmacy
  3. 3-D Animation & Graphics
75% in aggregate
For Undergraduate courses Candidates must have qualified higher secondary examination or equivalent. 75% in aggregate (Best of five)
For Postgraduate courses
  • Honours subjects at graduation level (general education)
  • Honours in Engineering subjects at graduation level
For Kanyashree applicants (K-3 component)
  • Students must be in receipt of a valid sanctioned K-2 ID
  • Students must be pursuing a PG course in Arts, Science and Commerce
  • Students must have passed graduation
45% in aggregate
For M.Phil./ Non-NET/NET-LS Research Fellow
  • The students enrolled for a PhD or M.Phil. programme at a state-aided institution can apply.
Not Applicable

Swami Vivekananda Scholarship (SVMCM) – How to Apply?

The applications for Swami Vivekananda Scholarship are accepted online through its official website’s homepage – https://svmcm.wbhed.gov.in/. Depending on the category for which one is applying, the applications can be made on their respective hyperlink. However, for students belonging to minority communities, the applications are accepted through the official website of West Bengal Minorities’ Development & Finance Corporation. Also, one should keep this fact in mind that no hard copies of the applications are acceptable under this scheme.

Here is a step-by-step guide to the online application for Swami Vivekananda Scholarship –

Step 1: Registering for the scholarship

To register as a new user, one needs to visit the official website and click on the respective category for which one wants to apply.

Swami Vivekananda Scholarship - Registration
Swami Vivekananda Scholarship – Registration

Step 2: Logging into account

Once registered successfully, one can log in to account through the registered user id and password.

Swami Vivekananda Scholarship - Applicant Login
Swami Vivekananda Scholarship – Applicant Login

Step 3: Filling the required details

Once the candidates have logged into their accounts, they can access the scholarship application form. Fill in all the fields that are marked as mandatory.

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Step 4: Uploading the supporting documents

One needs to update all the documents that are required in support of the online application. One must upload the correct documents in specified format and size.

Step 5: Final submission of application form

Once the candidates have updated the Institute verification form duly attested by the head of the institution, they can finally submit the online application form. Their form will only be considered complete if they have uploaded the duly attested institute verification form.

Swami Vivekananda Scholarship (SVMCM) – Important Documents

When the candidates apply for Swami Vivekananda Scholarship or Bikash Bhavan Scholarship, they must support their application with some mandatory documents, without which their application may get rejected. The list of important documents that they must upload with their online application includes –

  • Front and back sides of the marksheet for the last examination passed
  • Admit card of Madhyamik or equivalent examination
  • Income certificate (in the format specified)
  • Income affidavit (in the specified format)
  • The first page of their bank passbook clearly mentioning the account number and IFSC details
  • Aadhaar card/Ration card/Voter ID card
  • Recent photograph with the size not more than 10 -50 KB
  • Institute verification form (in the prescribed format) duly authenticated by the HOI (Head of Institution) (Note: The students can obtain the institute verification form online from the portal after the submission of the online application. Get it authenticated by the HOI and finally upload to the portal).

Swami Vivekananda Scholarship (SVMCM) – Selection Process

Since Swami Vivekananda Scholarship is a merit-cum-means based scholarship, it takes academic merit and financial need into consideration for the selection process. The selection of the scholars is made through the following steps –

  • The applications made online under different categories are initially arranged in descending order based on the marks one has obtained in the qualifying examination and income criteria.
  • Once the merit list is prepared, the scholarship is disbursed to students in their respective accounts, subject to the availability of all documents.

Swami Vivekananda Scholarship (SVMCM) – Award & Benefits

The amount of award that one will receive under the Swami Vivekananda Scholarship scheme majorly depends upon the course or level of study one is currently pursuing. Generally, this scholarship amount may vary from INR 1,000 per month to INR 5,000 per month. How much amount of scholarship will a candidate get? Find out detailed information about the awards and benefits rendered under this scheme in the table given below. It contains course-wise details of the scholarship amount that a student can receive.

Swami Vivekananda Scholarship – Course-wise awards
Category Course/Level of Study Scholarship amount
Directorate of School Education (DSE) Higher Secondary INR 1,000 per month
Directorate of Madrasah Education (DME) High Madrasah INR 1,000 per month




Directorate of Public Instruction (DPI) (For General degree courses)

Undergraduate in Arts INR 1,000 per month
Undergraduate in Commerce INR 1,000 per month
Undergraduate in Science INR 1,500 per month
Undergraduate in other professional courses (UGC approved) INR 1,500 per month
Postgraduate in Arts INR 2,000 per month
Postgraduate in Commerce INR 2,000 per month
Postgraduate in Science INR 2,500 per month
Postgraduate in other professional courses (UGC approved) INR 2,500 per month
Non-NET M.Phil./Non-NET PhD INR 5,000 per month to INR 8,000 per month
Technical education at college or universities Undergraduate in Engineering, Postgraduate in Engineering and other professional courses (AICTE approved) INR 5,000 per month
Directorate of Technical Education and Training (DTE &T) Undergraduate (Polytechnic) INR 1,500 per month
Directorate of Medical Education Undergraduate in Medical stream/Diploma courses INR 5,000 per month/INR 1,500 per month respectively


Swami Vivekananda Scholarship (SVMCM) – Renewable

Every year, the winners of Swami Vivekananda scholarship (Bikash Bhavan Scholarship) have to apply for its renewal. Applicable only for some particular level of studies, the renewal cases are subject to one’s decent academic performance. The minimum score for renewal that one should obtain at the promotional level during one’s transition from higher secondary level to UG and Diploma level is 60% marks. However, to get a renewal at postgraduate level, one needs to obtain minimum 50% marks at the promotional level. Furthermore, one should pass/clear all semester examinations in the first attempt to be eligible for renewal.

How can one apply for the scholarship renewal? Is the renewal process different from the general application procedure? No, the process of renewal is more or less similar to the general application procedure. Here is how a candidate can apply for Swami Vivekananda Scholarship renewal –

Step 1: Visit the online application portal for Swami Vivekananda Scholarship.
Step 2: Click on the “Renewal Application” button.
Step 3: Log in using the registered Login ID and password.
Step 4: Fill in all required details and upload all supporting documents.
Step 5: Finally, submit the renewal application.

Important documents to be submitted for renewal

  • Marksheet of the first and second semester for 2nd-year renewal and marksheet of the third and fourth semester for 3rd-year renewal at UG level.
  • Marksheet of the first and second semester for 2nd-year renewal at PG level
Also Read: SVMCM Scholarship Criteria Revised – Minimum 60% Marks Required

Swami Vivekananda Scholarship (SVMCM) – FAQs

Q. How can a student check the scholarship status? 

The students who have applied for the Swami Vivekananda Scholarship can check their application status online only after logging into their user dashboard.

Q. How can a student renew the scholarship? 

To renew the Swami Vivekananda Scholarship, the applicants have to follow a similar process as that of the fresh application. They don’t have to register again on the portal. Rather, they can log in using their registered email id and password and proceed with the renewal application.

Q. What are the documents required to apply for Swami Vivekananda Scholarship? 

The key documents required to apply for Swami Vivekananda Scholarship include academic marksheets, income certificate, Aadhaar card, income affidavit, a recent photograph of the applicant, etc.

Swami Vivekananda Scholarship (SVMCM) – Contact Details

Furthermore, if one has any queries or doubts related to Swami Vivekananda Scholarship details, application procedure or any other information, feel free to contact at –

Higher Education, Science & Technology and Biotechnology Department
Bikash Bhavan, 6th Floor, Salt Lake, Kolkata – 700091
Swami Vivekananda Scholarship helpline number – 1800-102-8014 (Toll-Free Number)
Email ID – helpdesk.svmcm-wb@gov.in

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