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MHRD Central Sector Scheme of Scholarships for College and University Students: Apply by Oct 31

About the Scholarship

The objective of the MHRD Central Sector Scheme of Scholarships for College and University Students is 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.


The scholarships are awarded on the basis of the results of 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.

Allocation Of Scholarships

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.


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 Councilof India, Dental Council of India and respective regulatory authorities.

Also the student should not be 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.

Announcement of the Scholarship and Selection Procedure

  • National Scholarship Portal (NSP) www.scholarships.gov.in will be opened for
    online application in the month of June-July every year.
  • 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 (www.scholarship.gov.in),
    before the cut-off date. Physical application would not be accepted.
  • 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.
  • Applicant is required to submit requisite documents, such as [ Class 12th mark sheet,
    Income Certificate] to the Institute.
  • Application which is not verified either by the institute or by the concerned State
    Education Board or by both will be treated as “Invalid”.
  • Merit list as per the State allocated quota would be generated from the verified applications.

Rate of Scholarship

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.

How to apply

The Class 12 pass out students of the current academic year, who are above 80 percentile of their respective State Education Boards (SEBs) are eligible under the
scheme and can apply on National Scholarship Portal link given here by filling out the online application.


October 31, 2018

Parental Income Ceiling
The parental/family income ceiling is Rs. 6 lakh per annum for all categories under the
scheme. Every year a fresh income certificate is not required.

Duration of Scholarship and its renewal

A student will be eligible for the scholarship for a total duration not exceeding 5 years. A scholarship under the scheme is renewable on year basis to year up to Post Graduate level in the same stream (except for the students pursuing technical courses leading to degree at graduation level).

The renewal will depend on:

  • Scholar securing 50 % or more marks in the preceding examination.
  • 75% attendance.
  • Not indulged in ragging activities.

Other Requirement

For receiving the scholarship benefit under Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students, an individual shall furnish proof of possession of Aadhaaror undergo Aadhaar authentication. Till the time Aadhaar is assigned to the individual, following alternative identifiers can be used:-

  • Aadhaar Enrolment ID slip.
  • Application made for Aadhaar enrolment.
  • Voter identity card.
  • Permanent Account Number.
  • Passport.
  • Driving License.


National Scholarship Division,

Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education,
West Block 1, 2nd Floor, Wing 6, Room No. 6,
R. K. Puram, Sector 1, New Delhi 110066.
Phone: 011-26172917, 26172491, 26165238

For more information, see the brochure herel and visit the official website here.

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