National Means - Cum - Merit Scholarship Scheme (NNMSS) 2017-2018 to Complete Your Higher Secondary Education

Published on : 12 Jul 2018
National-Means-Cum-Merit Scholarship

The Means-cum-Merit is a national level scholarship programme for socially and economically disadvantaged children’s of the society. Owing to the poor economic conditions, there is a high dropout rate among such children from Class 8th onwards. To arrest the dropout rate at the secondary level of education, the government has started the Means-cum Merit scholarship programme in 2008. Under this scholarship programme, students studying in the government, government aided or local body schools and institutions are given direct financial assistance on the monthly basis. However, it should be noted that those students who are studying in the ‘Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, or ‘Kendriya Vidyalaya, or Residential Government schools with lodging and food facilities are not eligible for this scholarship.

National-Means-Cum-Merit Scholarship: Quick Overview

Deadline 31 Oct 2017
Class / Course Class 9
Scholarship Type School
Awarded Amount ₹ 6000 per Annum
Age Limit 15 - 16 Years
Gender All
Religion All
State All
Country India
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Features of the Means-cum-Merit scholarship 2017- 2018

  • It is a centrally sponsored scholarship scheme.
  • The total number of the scholarship are 1,00,000.
  • It is distributed among all States/ UT in the proportion of the population of the children in that age-group enrolled in the Class 8th.
  • The scholarship is given to the beneficiary students on the quarterly basis.
  • It can be availed by the students from Class 9th to Class 12th.
  • The total duration of the scholarship is 4 years.

Reservation in the Means-cum-Merit Scholarship

There is the provision for reservation in the allocation of the scholarships to the children. Each State/UT is given the freedom to follow their own principles of reservation.

Benefits under the Means-cum-Merit scholarship 2017- 2018

Those students who are selected for this scholarship are given ₹500 on the monthly basis. In a year, they get ₹6,000.

Eligibility for the Means-cum-Merit scholarship 2017- 2018

  • This scholarship can be availed by those students whose annual family income is not more than ₹150000.
  • The student should be studying in the Class 9th.
  • A student should have a minimum score of 55% aggregate marks in Class 8th exam.

Distribution of the Means-cum-Merit scholarships among States/ UT -

  • While allocating the number of scholarships among different states, 2/3 rd weightage is given to the total number of the students enrolled in the Class 7th and Class 8th.
  • The 1/3rd weightage is given to the total number of the population of the children in that age group. The population Census 2001 is taken into consideration for calculating the percentage of the children in a State/ UT.
  • Once the centre allocates the fixed number of the scholarships to the States/ UT, it can be further distributed by State/ UT among various districts following the above-mentioned principle of allocation.

Means-cum-Merit scholarship 2017- 2018: Selection Procedure

Each State/ UT conducts its own exam to select the beneficiary students for this scholarship. The NCERT prescribes uniform procedure of selection among all States/ UT. It provides a set of guideline common to all states for conducting the exam. As per the instructions of the NCERT –

At the State/UT level, the exam can be –

  1. MAT (Mental Ability Test)
  2. SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)

MAT Examination Pattern

  • Total number of questions – 90 questions
  • Type of questions – 90 MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions)
  • Total time period – 90 minutes
  • Topics of questions – Critical Reasoning, Logical Thinking, Analogy, Classification, Pattern Perception, Numerical Reasoning, Hidden Figures etc.

SAT Examination Pattern

  • Total number of questions – 90 questions
  • Type of questions – MCQ type
  • Total time period – 90 minutes
  • Topics of questions – Question will be asked from Social Science, Mathematics, and Science of the Class 7th and Class 8th

Means-cum-Merit scholarship 2017- 2018: Declaration of Results

  • To get selected for this scholarship, a student should pass both the tests separately. To pass each test, a student should score minimum 40% marks.
  • There is a relaxation of marks for the reserved category SC/ ST students. They should have a minimum aggregate of 32% marks in each test to become eligible for this scholarship.

How to continue to avail Means-cum-Merit scholarship at the Secondary and Higher Secondary Level

A student should get enrolled in the approved courses within the stipulated time after the allocation of the scholarship. If a student leaves the school after the allocation of the scholarship, it will be cancelled.

  • A beneficiary student should attend the school on the regular basis for full-time.
  • He/ She should not be on leave without approval.
  • The student should not take any job while studying.
  • The scholarship amount cannot be availed after the expiry of the 12 months.
  • A student shall not be absent from the school for more than 3 months provided, he/ she provides a medical certificate of illness issued by the head of the medical institution.
  • The scholarship will be deemed to be discontinued if a student fails to attend school for one complete academic session.
  • A student should obtain at least 60% (SC/ST 55%) aggregate marks in Class 9th and should pass the Class on the first attempt to continue the scholarship in the Class 10th.
  • Similarly, a student wishing to continue the scholarship in the Class 12th should obtain a minimum aggregate of 60% aggregate marks (SC/ST 55%) and should get promoted to the Class 12th in the very first attempt of the exam.

Means-cum-Merit scholarship 2017-2018: Implementation Process

  • Benefits under the scholarship are disbursed to students in the association of Central Government, State Government, and SBI (State Bank of India).
  • One student is eligible for availing benefits for only one scholarship.
  • Those students who are selected for the scholarship are instructed to open a Joint Bank Account with their parents in SBI or any of its associate banks. The bank should have an ECS (Electronic Clearing System).
  • It is the responsibility of the SBI Bank to ensure that its branches open the bank account without charging any initial deposit from students. The SBI should ensure that each student is issued ATM Cards.
  • In case, the SBI bank is not having any bank branch in an area then it should help the student to open his/her bank account in any Public Sector banks.
  • Each concerned state should prepare a list of the beneficiary students and hand it over to the SBI bank.

The SBI should ensure that ₹1500 is deposited on a quarterly basis into every student bank account. It should coordinate with the state education department to provide scholarships to the students.


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