CENTRAL SECTOR SCHEME NATIONAL MEANS-CUM-MERIT SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME
1.0 The Scheme:
2.0 Procedure for Selection of Awardee Students:
2.1 Each State/UT will conduct its own test for selection of students for the award of
the National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship. The State Level Examination may
consist of the following two tests:
(i) Mental Ability Test (MAT)
(ii) Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
2.5 Duration of the Test
Each test will be of 90 minutes duration. Children with disability will be given extra time, as applicable.
(i) The students must pass both the tests i.e. MAT and SAT with at least 40 % marks
in aggregate taken together for these two tests. For the SC/ST students, this cut off will be 32% marks.
(ii) At the time of selection for the award of scholarship the student must have
scored at least 55% mark or equivalent grade in Class VIII examination. There will be 5 % relaxation for SC/ST students.
(iii) The awardees should satisfy the eligibilities and the conditions mentioned in the
4.0 Disbursement of Scholarships
4.3 The State Governments / UT Administrations shall normally send the proposals/ list of
beneficiaries on-line on the Scholarship Portal. The Ministry will scrutinize the proposal and sanction funds from Annual Budget Provision for releasing them to SBI, the implementing bank for scheme for disbursal of scholarships to students directly into their bank accounts by electronic transfer.
4.4 The awardees should get minimum of 55% marks in Class IX and XI and 60% in Class
X for continuance of scholarship (relaxable by 5% for SC/ST candidates) in next
4.5 SBI will ensure that the scholarship is paid to awardees in one go (Rs. 12000)
immediately after getting the funds and the lists from the Ministry.
4.6 SBI will instruct some of its branches to coordinate with the State Education Department
in connection with the payment of scholarships.
5. General Eligibility Conditions
5.1 An awardee is eligible for the scholarship provided he/she:
i. takes up studies in approved courses.
ii. maintains good conduct as certified by the Head of the College/Institution and continues his/her studies as a regular student in a Government/Government-aided /Local Body school. iii. does not absent himself/herself without proper leave. iv. takes up studies on a whole time basis. v. does not take up any job.
5.2 No scholarship shall be available for studies abroad for any course.
7.0 The scheme will be further in operation beyond March 2017 from the financial year
2017-18 and the selection test for the awarded of scholarship will be conducted for Class IX students in November every year as a separate test by the State Governments/UT Administrations.
8.0 A Technical Support Group (TSG) consisting of Consultants / support staff etc. may be
constituted for assisting in effective implementation and monitoring of the scheme.
9.0 The scheme will be monitored in the Department at regular intervals with the
concerned Stake holders.
10.0 The scheme may be reviewed after three years.