Last date to apply for national merit scholarship extended till Oct 31

NEET UG 2023

New Delhi: The department of school education under the Union ministry of education has extended the last date of submission of application for National Means cum Merit Scholarship scheme (NMMSS) till October 31. The earlier date of submission of forms was till October 15.

The NMMSS are awarded to meritorious students of economically weaker sections to arrest their drop out at class VIII and encourage them to continue their education at secondary stage. One lakh fresh scholarships are awarded to selected students from class IX every year and their continuation / renewal in classes X to XII for students studying in state government, government-aided and local body schools.

Students get ₹12000 per annum scholarship

The amount of scholarship is ₹12000/- per annum. The NMMSS is boarded on the National Scholarship Portal (NSP)-a one stop platform for scholarship schemes given to students. NMMSS scholarships are disbursed directly into the bank accounts of selected students by electronic transfer through public financial management system (PFMS) following direct benefit transfer (DBT) mode. This is a 100% centrally sponsored scheme.

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Children of parents’ with less than ₹3.50 lakh income qualified for scholarship

Students whose parental income from all sources is not more than ₹3,50,000/- per annum are eligible to avail the scholarships. The students must have minimum of 55% marks or equivalent grade in Class VII examination for appearing in the selection test for award of scholarship (relaxable by 5% for SC/ST students).

The last date of level 1 verification is November 15 and the 2nd level verification is scheduled to complete on November 30.

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NMMSS started in 2008 to arrest drop out

The NMMSS is continuing since its implementation in 2008 with an objective to award scholarships to meritorious students of economically weaker sections to arrest their drop out at class Vlll and encourage them to continue the study at secondary stage. The earlier ceiling of parents annual income was ₹1.50 lakh, which has been raised to ₹3.50 lakh per annum now.

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