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Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students

The Scheme is in operational since 2008. The objective of the scheme is to provide financial assistance to the meritorious students having family income of less than Rs.6 lakh per annum, to meet a part of their day-to-day expenses while pursuing higher studies. Annual target is 82000 scholarships per year (41000 for boys and 41000 for girls) which has been divided amongst the State Education Boards based on the State’s population in the age group of 18-25 years. Students who are above 80th percentile of successful candidates in the relevant stream from a particular Board of Examination in class XII and pursuing regular course and not availing benefit of any other scholarships, are eligible to apply under this Scheme. The rate of scholarship is Rs. 10,000/- per annum for the first three years and Rs. 20,000/- per annum for the fourth and fifth year.

The Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students is covered under the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) w.e.f. 1.1.2013 wherein the scholarship is being disbursed directly into the bank account of the beneficiaries.

For receiving scholarship benefit under Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Student an individual shall furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar or undergo Aadhaar authentication by 30.06.2017. Till the time Aadhaar is assigned to the individual following alternatives can be used :-

  • Aadhaar Enrolment ID slip
  • Application made for Aadhaar enrolment
  • Voter identity card
  • Permanent Account Number
  • Passport
  • Driving License
  • Certificate of identity having photo of such member issued by a Gazetted Officer or a Tehsildar on an official letter head;
  • Identity Card issued by the college or institute or university
  • Any other document with photo specified by the State Government.

‘Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students’ has on boarded the National Scholarship portal with effect from 1.8.2015 wherein the Class XII pass out students of academic year 2015 onwards are required to apply online.

Class XII pass out students of academic year 2008 to 2014, are required to obtain the renewal application blank form from the respective State Education Board and submit their renewal application form duly certified from the respective institutions to the effect that the student has secured 60 % marks in the previous exam, has 75 % attendance and not involved in any ragging activities. The certified application form is required to be submitted to his/her respective State Education Board.

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Schedule indicting opening, closing and verification of online applications in National Scholarship Portal under the "Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students" for fresh and renewals - View

Top 20th percentile list for academic year 2019-20 in respect of “Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE)” under the Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students - View

Special Scholarship Scheme for Jammu & Kashmir

The Special Scholarship Scheme for Jammu & Kashmir aims at encouraging the youth from Jammu & Kashmir to take advantage of the educational institutions outside the State, which would provide them an opportunity, to interact with their counterpart from the rest of the country, thereby be part of the mainstream. It is envisaged to provide 5000 fresh scholarships every year. There is a provision of inter-changeability of slots among Medical and Engineering stream, subject to the savings accruing from any shortfall in the number of students opting for General Degree courses. Scholarship is provided towards Tuition fee and Maintenance allowance. The rate of scholarship towards tuition fee for General Degree courses is Rs.30,000 per annum, for Engineering course Rs.1.25 lakh per annum and for Medical studies Rs.3.0 lakh per annum. Fixed Maintenance allowance of Rs. 1.0 lakh per annum is provided to all students under the scheme. Inter Ministerial Committee is constituted to oversee the implementation and monitoring of the scheme.

Eligibility criteria

The students of Jammu & Kashmir whose family income is less than Rs.6.0 lakh per annum and have passed class XII from the State and secured admission outside the State in the institutions which are either approved under Section 12 B of the UGC Act or recognized by AICTE or respective regulatory body are eligible to apply for the scheme. The students are required to apply online on the AICTE web portal –

Categories of Students NOT eligible under the scheme are:

  • Students pursing courses through Open Universities.
  • Students availing benefit of other scholarships schemes.
  • Students gaining admission through ‘management quota’.
  • Students pursuing courses, such as Diploma Courses, not leading to award of a Degree.
  • Students pursuing Post Graduate level studies, in any discipline.
  • Students having family income over Rs. 6 lakhs per annum.
  • Students admitted to non 12B of UGC Act and non approved AICTE institutions.

Technology is being used extensively to bring in transparency and accountability of the process. For greater participation of the students, certain initiatives have been taken viz. students had an option, to either go to the institutions allotted through centralised counselling or take admission on their own in institutions which are either approved under 12 B of the UGC Act or approved by AICTE or by the respective regulatory body. Scholarship amount towards maintenance allowance is disbursed directly into the bank account of the students through the Direct Benefit Transfer mode. Ten supernumerary quota and two to three supernumerary quota are created in Engineering and Nursing Colleges respectively. Further, to bring awareness about the scheme, workshops are organised across the state. These initiatives aim to ensure that no deserving students are deprived of the benefits under the scheme.

An Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) – on Special Scholarship Scheme for Jammu & Kashmir has been constituted for better and effective implementation and monitoring of this Scheme.

Scheme of Scholarship to students from Non-Hindi Speaking States for Post-Matric Studies in Hindi

The objectives of the Scheme is to encourage the study of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking States and to make available to the State Governments, suitable personnel to man teaching and other posts where knowledge of Hindi is essential.

The Scheme was revised from 2004-05. Under the revised Scheme, 2500 Scholarships are provided to meritorious students studying at Post-Matric to Ph.D level, for recognized fulltime courses of education for study of Hindi as one of the subjects on the basis of the results of “examinations next below” conducted by a Board of Education or a University or a Voluntary Hindi Organisation. The rate of Scholarship ranges from Rs.300/- to 1000/- per month depending upon the course/stage of study. This scheme is implemented through the State Government /UT Administrations.

In case of any grievances/complaint regarding the above schemes the same may be registered to the following link

Contact us:
National Scholarship Division,
Ministry of Education,
Department of Higher Education,
West Block 1, 2nd Floor, Wing 6, Room No. 6,
R. K. Puram, Sector 1, New Delhi 110066.
Tele: 011-26172917, 26172491, 26165238