UGC Merit PG Scholarship 2017-18 for Rank Holders

Introduction to UGC Merit Scholarship:

UGC is granting merit scholarship to those candidates who are performing very well in undergraduate courses and holding 1st or 2nd rank but are staying behind for the deficiency in their financial state to go for post graduate courses. UGC providing incentives in form of UGC Merit Scholarship to the students to fortify not only the future of the students but with the motive to build our nation stronger by magnifying the knowledge in the country.


UGC Merit Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria:

a) The student must have hold first or second rank in his/her undergraduate course and must have taken admission in non-professional PG course for the first time.

b) The student must have completed his/her graduation under one of the following streams.

 Life Sciences
 Physical Sciences
 Chemical Sciences
 Earth Sciences
 Mathematical Sciences
 Social Sciences

c) Student should not exceed 30 years of age.

d) UGC Merit Scholarship shall not be permissible for the admission in distance learning or open university.

e) Student must have studied under Affiliated Universities (State/ Central) where at least 100 students have appeared in th

e examination and 25 students in case of Deemed Universities/ Private Universities /Autonomous Colleges / Non-affiliated colleges.

f) Applied candidate should have at least 60% marks in graduate course.


The last date for this application is 30/01/2018. You can apply for UGC Merit Scholarship from here.

Scholarship Tenure:

UGC is distributing total 3000 scholarships with amount of Rs. 3100/-per month for 2 years, 10 months in an academic year i.e. 20 months in 2 years.

Documents required at the time of application:

a) Class Xth certificate.

b) Attested copy of university undergraduate-degree.

c) Prescribed format of provisional Rank certificate from the university / autonomous college.

d) A verification certificate from the institute where he/she has taken admission in P.G. course.

Every year University/Institution will submit a compiled statement for the following:

a) Statement giving the names of the students selected for the scholarship along with their receipt of scholarship amount.

b) Progress Report to be submitted after the first year of the award giving percentage of marks obtained by the candidates.

c) Utilization certificate.


a) The fellowship amount shall be paid directly into the bank account of the student with effect from the date of joining in the first year of Post graduate course as certified by the host institution
in the joining report.

b) The student have to approach the designated branch along with a Copy of the Award Letter,  Joining Report with photograph, address and contact number in the prescribed proforma Annexure-I.

c) The student will also have to submit the following documents at the stipulated period interval to the designated branch of the UGC designated Bank.

c1) The student is required  to submit a ‘Continuation Certificate’ in the prescribed proforma Annexure-II at the end of every three months to be eligible to draw fellowship for the next three months.

c2) The student will submit and present his/her Progress Report in the proforma prescribed by the UGC as given in Annexure-III after completion of one year of the award of fellowship.

UGC Merit Scholarship Annexure-1
Annexure I
UGC Merit Scholarship Annexure-2
Annexure II
UGC Merit Scholarship Annexure-3
Annexure III


The UGC may cancel the scholarship of any student in any of the following cases:

a) If University/ Institution reports any misconduct of the student.

b) If the student doesn’t progress and gains less than 60% marks.

c) Students being found ineligible at a later date shall face the penal action and shall also be liable to refund the entire Scholarship amount paid.


a) The student taking UGC Merit Scholarship will not be restricted from taking any other scholarship.

b) Students desirous of leaving the studies mid-way without completing the PG degree will have to take prior approval from the UGC by submitting an application along with justification through the concerned university.

c) Student will have to refund the whole amount if he/she discontinues studies without prior approval of the UGC and the concerned institution will be responsible for this.

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