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Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students

Government of India
Ministry of Human Resource Development
Department of Higher Education

Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students: To provide financial assistance to meritorious students from low income families to meet a part of their day-to-day expenses while pursuing higher studies

Scope: The scholarships are awarded on the basis of the results of the Senior Secondary Examination. 82000 fresh scholarships per annum [41000 for boys and 41000 for girls] are awarded for pursuing graduate / postgraduate studies in colleges and universities and for professional courses, such as Medical, Engineering etc.

Scope of Scholarship:

The total number of scholarships are divided amongst the State Education Boards based on the State’s population in the age group of 18-25 years, after segregating share of CBSE and ICSE on the basis of number of students passing out from various Boards in the country. 50 % of the scholarship is earmarked for girls. The number of scholarships allotted to a State Education Board is distributed amongst pass outs of the Science, Commerce and Humanities streams in the ratio of 3:2:1. In case of shortfall in the number of applications, the scholarship slots could be inter-changed.


Scholarship Rate

The rate of scholarship is Rs.10000/- per annum at Graduation level for first three
years of College and University courses and Rs.20000/- per annum at Post Graduation level. Students pursuing professional courses, in case, where the
duration of course is five (5) years/Integrated course would get Rs.20000/- per
annum in the 4th and 5th year. However, students pursuing technical courses such
as B.Tech., B.Engg would get scholarship up to graduation level.


Students who are above 80th percentile of successful candidates in the relevant stream from the respective Board of Examination in Class XII of 10+2 pattern or equivalent and pursuing regular courses (not correspondence or distance mode) in Colleges/Institutions recognized by All India Council of Technical Education, UGC Act, 1956, Medical Council of India, Dental Council of India and respective regulatory authorities and not availing benefit of any other scholarship scheme including State run scholarship schemes/Fee waiver and reimbursement scheme are eligible under the scheme. Students pursuing Diploma courses are not eligible under the scheme.

Parental Income: The parental/family income ceiling is Rs. 8 lakh per annum for all categories under the scheme and would be applicable from the Academic Session 2018-19. Income certificate would be required for the fresh applicants only


Students belonging to reserved categories/weaker sections /minorities are eligible on the basis of merit, subject to Central Reservation Policy and internal earmarking. Reservations for the various categories are as follows : Scheduled Castes (SCs) 15 % , Scheduled Tribes ( STs) 7.5 %, Other Backward Classes(OBCs) 27 % and horizontally 5 % for Physically Handicapped / Persons(s) with Disabilities (PwDs) in all the categories.

Documents Required:

(i) Aadhaar Enrolment ID slip
(ii) Application made for Aadhaar enrolment
(iii) Voter identity card
(iv) Permanent Account Number
(v) Passport
(vi) Driving License
(vii) Certificate of identity having photo of such member issued by a Gazetted Officer or a Tehsildar on an official letter head;
(viii) Identity Card issued by the college or institute or university.
(viii) Any other document with photo specified by the State Government: Further, the students are required to have the bank accounts opened, especially, in their name for availing the benefits under the scheme. The scholarship will be disbursed directly into the bank accounts of the beneficiaries through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode. The student can track their payment status from the template “Know Your Payment” in the Public Financial Management System (PFMS) portal [] either by indicating Aadhaar number or bank account number.

How to Apply

1) National Scholarship Portal (NSP) will be opened for online application in the month of June-July every year.
2) Class XII pass out students of the current Academic Year, who are above 80th percentile of the respective State Education Boards (SEBs) are eligible under the scheme and can apply on National Scholarship Portal (, before the cut-off date. Physical application would not be accepted.
3) The online applications would be verified at two levels: (i) By the Institute where the student is studying. (ii) By the respective State Education Board.
4) Applicant is required to submit requisite documents, such as [ Class 12th mark sheet, Income Certificate] to the Institute.
5) Application which is not verified either by the institute or by the concerned State Education Board or by both will be treated as “Invalid”.
6) Merit list as per the State allocated quota would be generated from the verified applications.

Scheme Closing Date: Open till 30-11-2021

Defective Verification: 15-12-2021

Institution Verification: 15-12-2021