- Students with a parental income of less than Rs 3,50,000 per annum qualify for this scholarship
Ministry of Education’s Department of School Education and Literacy has started the registration process for the National Merit Cum Means Scholarship Scheme (NMMSS) for the academic year 2023-24. The scholarship will be given to deserving students from classes 9 to 12 who come from economically disadvantaged families. Students will be able to apply through the National Scholarship Portal’s (NSP) official website.
Students with a parental income of less than Rs 3,50,000 per annum qualify for this scholarship. To be eligible for the scholarship, students are required to have achieved a minimum of 55 per cent marks or equivalent grades in their Class 7 examination in order to be eligible to participate in the selection test. It should be noted that for SC and ST students, the eligibility criteria are adjusted with a 5 per cent relaxation.
There are two levels of verification for the applications on NSP — the first being institution/ School level by the Institute Nodal Officer (INO) which will be conducted on 15 December and the second by the District Nodal Officer (DNO) which will be held on 30 December.
Each year, one lakh new scholarships are offered to selected students in Class 9 and upon continuation/renewal in Classes 10 to 12 at state government, government-aided and local body institutions. The scholarship is worth Rs 12,000 every year.
The deadline for applying for the scholarship is 30 November. The purpose of this scholarship is to lower Class 8 dropout rates and encourage students to continue their studies at the secondary level.