National Means-Cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme

National Means-Cum-Merit Scholarship (NMMS) scheme provides 100,000 (One Lakh) scholarships to the meritorious candidates whose parental annual income is below Rs 1,50,000/- (One Lakhs and Fifty Thousand).

Each State/Union Territory shall have a fixed scholarship quota which will be given based on enrollment of candidates in 7th and 8th Class in the State/Union Territory concerned.

This scholarship scheme would provide reservation to the students of different categories as per the State/ Union Territory norms. The grant will be offered quarterly to the candidates studying as regular in class 9th in Govt. local body and Govt. aided schools.

Out of total scholarships, each State/Union Territory will be allocated a fixed quota of scholarships based on the enrollment of students. States/Union Territories are already conducting the exam for nominating the candidates for the national level examination conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training.

The same exam shall be used for the selection of students for the award of National Means-cum-Merit Scholarships. Each State/Union Territory will conduct its examination for the selection of candidates for the award of the National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship.

MAT: The state-level exam may consist of 2 tests one is MAT (Mental Ability Test) and another is (SAT) Scholastic Aptitude Test. MAT (Mental Ability Test) may consist of 90 (Ninety) multiple-choice questions like reasoning and critical thinking.

SAT: The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) also consists of 90 (Ninety) multiple-choice questions subjects like science, social, and math areas taught in 7th and 8th class. The time duration for each test is 90 minutes (Extra time will be given for disabled students).

National Means-Cum-Merit Scholarship

NMMS Scheme Details:

Organization Name: Department of School Education

Scheme Name: National Means-Cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme

Notification: Scholarship Scheme 2020-21

Official Website:

Last Date: 15th January 2021

Scholarship Amount: Rs. 6000/- per year

Email Address:

Phone Number: 0120 6619540

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Candidates must pass both tests.
  • The parental annual income of the students should not exceed Rs 1,50,000/- (One Lakhs and Fifty Thousand) from all sources.
  • Students should not be absent without proper leave and cannot take up any job.
  • Applicant must get clear promotion from 8th class to 9th Class.
  • For Secondary & higher Secondary stage classes 9th to 12th the scholarship is payable for a maximum duration of 4 years to study in India only.
  • Students must clear IX to X class and from XI to XII class in the 1st attempt with at least 55% marks to continue the scholarship scheme.
  • The student should obtain a minimum of 60% marks in the 10th Class examination for continuation of the scholarship scheme at the higher secondary stage.

Scholarship Amount:

The scholarship amount is proposed to be Rs. 6000/- (Six Thousand) per annum at Rs.500/- (Five Hundred) per month. The amount will be paid from the 9th class till the 12th class for a maximum duration of 4 years.

Selection Process:

  1. The candidates must pass both the tests Mental Ability Test and Scholastic Aptitude Test with a minimum of 40% marks on each test.
  2. The parental annual income of the students should not exceed Rs 1,50,000/- (One Lakhs and Fifty Thousand) from all sources.
  3. Students must have scored a minimum of 55% marks in the Class 8th examination.
  4. Candidates can avail of only 1 Scholarship under any scheme.
  5. The students have to open a Joint account with parents in any SBI. Wherever State Bank of India does not have its branches in their location then students need to open an account in any other public sector banks which have an ECS facility.

How to Apply NMMS Online?

Eligible students may visit the NSP’s official website and apply NMMS scheme online.

Last Date: 15th January 2021

Important links:

Visit Here to Apply for NMMS Scholarship Online
Visit Here for Renewal
Visit Here to Guidelines PDF

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