NSP National Means Cum Merit Scholarship Scheme 2023-24

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EligibilityStudents enrolled in Class 9
AwardINR 12,000 per annum

About the Program


Last Updated On : 09-02-2024   Posted By : Disha Bhatt

NSP National Means Cum Merit Scholarship Scheme 2023-24 is an initiative of the Department of School Education and Literacy, Government of India for students enrolled in Class 9 in Government, Government-aided, and local body schools. The scheme aims to provide financial assistance to meritorious students belonging to economically weaker sections to detain their dropout at Class 8 and encourage them to continue their studies at the secondary stage. The selected candidates will receive a scholarship of INR 12,000 per annum.

Source: National Scholarship Portal

  • NSP National Means Cum Merit Scholarship Scheme 2023-24

    To be eligible, an applicant must -

    • be enrolled in Class 9 in a government, government-aided or local body school
    • have secured at least 55% of marks or equivalent grades in Class 9 and 10 (Note - Relaxation of 5% will be given to SC/ST students)
    • have an annual family income of less than INR 3,50,000 from all sources

    A total of 1 lakh scholarships will be disbursed under this scheme. The selected scholars will receive INR 12,000 per annum (INR 1,000 per month).

    • Marksheet of previous qualifying examination
    • Income certificate
    • Caste certificate (if applicable)
    How can you apply?

    Eligible students can apply for the scholarship through the following steps -

    Step 1: Click on the 'Apply Now' link below. 
    Step 2: Click on the 'Register' button and fill in the required registration details. (Note: If already registered, log in using Gmail/Mobile number/Email ID).
    Step 3: Navigate to 'Applicant Corner'and click on 'New Registration' tab.
    Step 4: Read the details carefully, tick the checkbox and click on the 'Continue' button. 
    Step 5: Enter mobile number, captcha code, and OTP, then submit.  
    Step 6: Fill in the required details and click on 'Save & Register' to complete the registration process. 
    Step 7: Now click on the 'Fresh Application' tab and log in using the application ID and password.
    Step 8: Fill in the required details, upload the necessary documents and submit the application.

    Note - All the applicants are advised to fill the form correctly, no changes can be made once submitted. The applicants are also advised to fill in only one application as multiple applications will cancel the form.

Important Dates

Application Deadline: 9th February 2024

Selection Criteria

Each State/UT will conduct a test at the stage of Class 8 for the selection of students for the award of the scholarship. The state level examination may consist of the following two tests -

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

The duration of each test will be 90 minutes. Children with disabilities will be given extra time, as applicable.

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Terms and Conditions
  • A student can avail only one scholarship under any Central Government scholarship scheme.
  • The awardees will be required to open bank accounts preferably in SBI/any public sector bank or any scheduled bank which provides core banking facilities.
  • No scholarship will be available for studies abroad for any course.
  • No claim for scholarship arrears will be entertained after the expiry of 12 months of the academic session for which one has applied for the claim.
  • In case any awardee leaves the course of study within one month of registration/admission, no scholarship shall be paid to them.
  • The student must join the next class/desired course within 3 months of the declaration of the result of the previous class/course.
  • The scholarship will be discontinued if any gap of one academic session occurs in studies at any time due to any reason.
  • The scholarship once discontinued on the basis of the rules of disbursement of scholarship cannot be revived under any circumstances.
  • All rules are subject to change from time to time, as and when required, which will be binding on all awardees.
  • For continuing the scholarship in class X and XII, the awardees should get clear promotion from class IX to class X and from class XI to class XII in the first attempt.
  • If any student's application is marked fake by the District Nodal officer (DNo)/ state Nodal officer (SNO), the application against the said Institute/School may be put on hold until re-verification is complete.
  • The State Bank of India disburses the scholarship to students in their accounts through PFMS (Public Finance Management System). 
  • Reservations are applicable as per state government norms.
  • For renewal/continuation of the scholarship in Class 10 and 12, the awardees are required to get a clear promotion from Class 9 to 10 and from Class 11 and 12 in the first attempt with 55% marks. (Note - Relaxable by 5% for SC/ST).
  • For continuation of scholarship at the higher secondary stage (class 10), the awardees must obtain a minimum of 60% marks in class 10 (Note:- Relaxation of 5% will be given to SC/ST students). 

Note - For more information, kindly refer to the 'Scholarship Guidelines' document.

This scholarship is closed for further applications. It is expected to be launched by October, 2024. You can follow this scholarship for further updates.

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