The objective is to award scholarships to meritorious students of economically weaker sections to arrest their drop out at class VIII and encourage them to continue the study at secondary stage.
One lakh scholarships of Rs.12,000/- per annum (Rs.1000/- per month) per student are awarded to selected students of class IX every year and their continuation/renewal in classes X to XII for study in State Government, Government-aided and Local body schools under the scheme.
There is quota of scholarships for different States/UTs. State-wise details of Quota of Scholarship enclosed.
The scholarship will be disbursed in one instalment in a year by the State Bank of India directly by electronic transfer into the accounts of students through Public Financial Management System (PFMS). The quarterly basis payment pattern will no longer be applicable for the scholarship.
Students whose parental income from all sources is not more than Rs. 1,50,000/- per annum are eligible to avail the scholarships.
There is reservation as per State Government norms.
The selection of students for award of scholarships under the scheme is made through an examination conducted by the State Governments. The students shall have minimum of 55% marks or equivalent grade in Class VII examination for appearing in selection test for award of scholarship (Relaxable by 5% for SC/ST).
At the time of selection for the award of scholarship the candidate must have scored at least 55% marks or equivalent grade in Class VIII examination. There will be 5 % relaxation for SC/ST.
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 with 55% marks (relaxable by 5% for SC/ST). The awardees must obtain a minimum of 60 per cent marks in Class X (relaxable by 5% for SC/ST) examination or equivalent examination for continuation of the scholarship at higher secondary stage. 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 consists of the following two tests. (i) Mental Ability Test (MAT)
(ii) Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) The students must pass NMMSS Exam with an aggregate of Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and Mental Ability Test (MAT) to be taken together at minimum of 40% (32% for SC/ST students). 100% funds are provided by the Central Government for the Scheme.
Application Submission/ registration on NSP.
The students, who had not applied on NSP Portal, are required to register themselves with the option “New Registration” on the NSP Portal and then select the option “Login to Apply”. For School / Institution: Student Application Verification and submission of application to District Education officer