How To apply for Merit Cum Means Scholarship?

Merit Cum Means Scholarship:


Main objective of Merit Cum Means Scholarship is to give assistance to financially weak, poor but meritorious students belonging to communities which are deemed as Minority by the Government of India to help students study seamlessly their professional and technical courses.


This scholarship can only be availed by a student residing in India and studying in India. It will be channeled to the student through through State Government/UT Administration or an Agency designated by the State Government/UT Administration for this purpose.


According to data made available for 12th Five Year Plan, a staggering 60000 merit cum means scholarship(fresh) has to be awarded each financial year, alongside renewals to the minority community students in all of the states/UT all over the country.

4. Eligibility

i)Scholarship amount in the form of assistance (financial) will be given to candidates to carry out their graduate level or postgraduate level technical and professional courses from a renowned institution. Other fees such as course and maintenance fee is also paid and is directly transferred in the accounts of students which are linked through AADHAAR

ii) Those students who procured admission in colleges to study technical/professional courses through a competition are eligible.( Very much Preferred).

iii) Students who got in the professional/technical courses without any competitive examination are also eligible to apply for merit cum means scholarship but they must have at leats 50% marks in their previous final examination.

iv) The candidate after receiving this scholarship is entitled to receive again, but it will depend upon his performance in current course and its completion.

v) Candidate who avails this scholarship should under no circumstances avail any other scholarship of any kind. If it is found, the scholarship stands cancelled and the amount that has been sanctioned to student will be taken The overall annual income from all sources of the candidate’s parents/guardian must not exceed Rs. 250000.

vii) The Income Certificate issued remains valid for 1 Year only.

viii) Please note that you must have AADHAAR card which is a necessary condition for payment of scholarship.

ix) It is the duty of concerned State Government and Union Territory Administration to verify application forms of merit cum means scholarship furnished by students and prepare list of proposal of eligible students to be sent to Ministry in concerned time deadline.


i) Around 30% of the total scholarship amount sanctioned is reserved for girl students belonging to every minority community in all the States or UT’s, which is liable to be given to male applicants only in case of if any amount of this 30% is left from disbursement.

ii)The amount is liable to distribute to a minority community in a different state if the target (in terms of amount) is not reached for the same community in a state.

iii) A student can avail scholarship only once in a year and only from the State/UT of his residence irrespective of the location of college of his study.

iv) Amount and quantity of scholarship is fixed already by State/UT according to population of minority candidates. Within these states are Listed institutions which can only send a fixed and predetermined number of applications only. The list of these Institutions is available on the website  i.e.

6.Rate of Scholarship:


S.No. Type of Financial Assistance Rate for hostler Rate for Day Scholar
1. Maintenance Allowance (For 10 months only) Rs.10,000/-per annum ( Rs.1000 p.m.) Rs.5,000/- per annum. ( Rs.500 p.m.)
2. Course Fee* Rs.20,000/- per annum or Actual whichever is less Rs.20,000/- per annum or Actual whichever is less
Total Rs.30,000/- Rs.25,000/-

7.Documents Required:

a) Photo of Student. (Mandatory)
b)  Verification Form of Institution. (Mandatory)
c) Self declaration of Income Certificate of parents/guardians by the student. (Mandatory)
d) Self declaration of community by the student. (Mandatory)
e) If Fresh: Self Attested ‘Previous Examination Mark sheet’ as filled in the Form. (Mandatory)
f) If Renewal: Self-Attested  last Year Mark sheet as filled in the Form. (Mandatory)
g) Current course year Fee Receipt . (Mandatory)
h) Bank passbook in the name of student. (Mandatory)
i) Aadhaar Card (Mandatory)
j)  Certificate of Resident. (Mandatory)

8.Steps to Apply to Merit Cum Means Scholarship

i) Open web browser and go to the official website of National Scholarships Portal

Merit Cum Means Scholarship for minority students and girls which is government scholarship given my ministry of minority affairs India to financially weak students
Merit Cum Means Scholarship Homepage

ii) Go to New User/Register button and click on it, you will see following page open.

Merit Cum Means Scholarship for minority students and girls which is government scholarship given my ministry of minority affairs India to financially weak students
Merit Cum Means Scholarship Registration Page

iii) Fill in all the details and don’t forget to mention your AADHAAR card number. In the scholarship category drop down menu you have to choose Post Matric Scholarship for Merit Cum Means Scholarship too. Once filled click on submit button.

iv) A confirmation page appears saying registered successfully and registration ID is generated, note it down, you will need it for future references and login.

v) Open homepage of National Scholarships Portal, this time click on Login to Apply, following webpage opens, fill the details and click on login.

Merit Cum Means Scholarship for minority students and girls which is government scholarship given my ministry of minority affairs India to financially weak students
Merit Cum Means Scholarship Login Page

vi) Once you have logged in successfully you have to fill in your remaining details the form asks for.

vii) After this click on save and continue. Upload relevant documents as you have filled in the form.

viii) Once completed you can review your application form one last time before final submission.See it for corrections and then submit it. Take a print out for future references.


Last Date of Scholarship: Last date of Registration/Submission is 30 October 2017 (May extend as observed in previous years).

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