Swami Vivekananda Scholarship 2021: SVMCM, Application Form, Eligibility & Awards

Last Modified: 21 May 2024

Swami Vivekananda Merit-cum-Means Scholarship (SVMCM) is offered by the Government of West Bengal to meritorious students from economically backward sections of the state. The scholarship is also known by the name Bikash Bhavan Scholarship. The scholarship is applicable for students studying at the higher secondary, undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral levels. The scholarship was revamped in 2016 when the number of seats and rewards was increased. The sanctioned amount under the scheme was increased from ₹ 45 crore to ₹ 2,000 crore. Further details related to eligibility, important dates, application process, awards for the Swami Vivekananda Scholarship are mentioned in the article ahead.

Note: There is another variant of the scholarship for minority communities including students belonging to Buddhists, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Jain, and Parsi.

SVMCM Latest Update - The application process for the SVMCM Scholarship 2021 will start tentatively in October 2021.

Swami Vivekananda Scholarship - Quick Overview

Scholarship Name

Swami Vivekananda Scholarship

Also Known As Bikash Bhavan Scholarship

Scholarship Provider

Government of West Bengal

West Bengal Higher Education Departmenttment (WBHED)

Official Website


wbmdfcscholarship.org (for minority communities)

Scholarship Type

Merit cum Means Based Scholarship

Application Mode


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SVMCM Scholarship 2021-22 Important Dates


Important Dates

Online application process begins

October 2021

Online application process ends

February 2022

For Minority Communities

Online application process begins

August 2021

Online application process closes

March 2022

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Swami Vivekananda Merit-Cum-Means Scholarship: Quick Overview

Deadline 15 Feb 2022
Class / Course Class 11, Class 12, Post Graduates, Undergraduates
Scholarship Type Need Based Scholarship
Awarded Amount Up to ₹ 60,000 per Annum (varies as per the course level)
Age Limit N/A
Gender All
Religion All
State West Bengal
Country India
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Swami Vivekananda Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility criteria for the scholarship scheme are as under:

  • Applicants must have a domicile of West Bengal.
  • Must be pursuing studies at the post-madhyamik level and above at recognised institutes in the state.
  • Candidates must have passed the pre-madhyamik level education from a state board/ council of secondary/ higher secondary, or Madrasah education, or a state university.
  • Annual family income (from all sources) must be less than or equal to ₹ 2.5 lakh.
  • Only for Minority Communities - Applicants must belong to Minority Community (Muslim/ Sikh/ Christian/ Buddhist/ Parsee/ Jain)

Course-Specific Eligibility


Educational Qualification

Class 11th or equivalent (higher secondary level)

  • Must have passed Madhyamik Pariksha or equivalent examination with 75% aggregate marks

Diploma (Polytechnic level)

  • Must have passed Madhyamik Pariksha or equivalent exam with 75% marks for one-year diploma course
  • Must have passed the higher secondary exam or equivalent with 75% marks for a two-year diploma course in Pharmacy, 3-D animation & Graphics, Modern Office Practice and Management

Undergraduate courses

  • Must have qualified higher secondary exam or equivalent with 75% aggregate marks in the best five subjects

Postgraduate courses

  • Passed honours subjects at graduation level with 53% marks (general education)
  • Passed honours in engineering at graduation level with 55% marks (engineering courses)

Kanyashree applicants

  • Must be in receipt of a valid sanctioned K-2 ID
  • Must be pursuing PG course in Science, Commerce, or Arts
  • Must have passed graduation with 45% marks in aggregate

M.Phil./ Non-NET/ NET-LS Research Fellow

  • Must have enrolled for a PhD or M.Phi. programme at a state-aided institution

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Swami Vivekananda Merit-Cum-Means Scholarship Benefits

The amount of scholarship varies as per the course level. The course-wise details of scholarship amount are as under:

Course Level


Scholarship Amount

Higher Secondary

Directorate of School Education (DSE)

₹ 1,000 per month

Higher Madrasah

Directorate of Madrasah Education (DME)

₹ 1,000 per month

Undergraduate in Science


Directorate of Public Instruction (DPI) for general degree courses

₹ 1,500 per month

Undergraduate in Commerce

₹ 1,000 per month

Undergraduate in Arts

₹ 1,000 per month

Undergraduate in Professional courses approved by UGC

₹ 1,500 per month

Postgraduate in Science

₹ 2,500 per month

Postgraduate in Commerce

₹ 2,000 per month

Postgraduate in Arts

₹ 2,000 per month

Postgraduate in Professional courses

₹ 2,500 per month

Non-NET M.Phil./ Non-NET Ph.D.

₹ 5,000 to ₹ 8,000 per month

Undergraduate (Polytechnic)

Directorate of Technical Education and Training (DTE & T)

₹ 1,500 per month

Undergraduate in Medical stream/ Diploma courses

Directorate of Medical Education

₹ 5,000 per month/ ₹ 1,500 per month, respectively

Undergraduate in Engineering, Postgraduate in engineering and AICTE approved professional courses

Technical Education at Colleges or Universities

₹ 5,000 per month

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Swami Vivekananda Scholarship 2021 Application Process

Applications for the Swami Vivekananda Scholarship will be accepted online only through the official website. Candidates are advised to submit only one application form. In case multiple applications are submitted, all applications will be considered duplicate and will be rejected. Here is the application process.

  • Visit the official website at https://svmcm.wbhed.gov.in/ and click the ‘Registration’ button.
  • Read the instructions, tick the declaration, and click the ‘Proceed for Registration' button.
  • Provide the details asked for and submit the form. On successful submission of the registration form, an applicant ID will be generated.
  • After generation of application ID, log in using the applicant ID, password, and Captcha.
  • Fill in the required details, upload the scanned images of the applicant's photograph, and signature. The image and signature must be in JPG/ JPEG format and size 20KB-50KB and 10KB-20KB, respectively.
  • Upload the scanned images of supporting documents in PDF format not exceeding 400KB.
  • Check the entire application carefully and submit the application form to complete the process.

Documents to be Uploaded

  • Marksheet of Madhyamik Exam
  • Marksheet of last board/ Council/ College/ University exam
  • Admission Receipt
  • Family Income Certificate
  • Domicile Certificate (as Voter ID/ Aadhaar ID/ Ration Card/ Certificate issued by Concerned Authority
  • Scanned copy of bank passbook (page continuing Account Number and IFSC code)

SVMCM Scholarship Selection Process

For selecting the candidates, both academic merit and financial need will be taken into consideration. The selection process comprises:

  • Sorting of applications in descending order based on the marks obtained in the qualifying exam and income criteria.
  • After the merit list is prepared, the scholarship amount will be disbursed into candidates’ bank accounts.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question 1: When will the SVMCM scholarship process begin?

The SVMCM scholarship process will begin tentatively in October 2021.

Question 2: What is the last date for SVMCM scholarship submission?

The last date for SVMCM scholarship submission will be in February 2021.

Question 3: Do I need to complete the application form in one go?

No. After completing the registration process, you can complete the application process in parts. However, do save the data you enter in one go.

Question 4: Will the registration details be sent to my email Id.


Question 5: Do I need to renew the application every year?