National Merit Scholarship Scheme was introduced by the Department of Education in 1961-62. It was available to brilliant but poor students from class XI to Post-Graduation level. In addition, a Scheme of Scholarship at the Secondary stage for talented children from rural areas was also introduced by the Department of Education in 1971-72.

Online application for “Central Sector Scheme for Scholarship for College and university students” for the year 2018, 1st Renewal for the year 2017, 2nd renewal for the year 2016 and 3rd Renewal for the year 2015 is available on National Scholarship Portal ( Students may visit the National Scholarship Portal to apply for fresh & renewal of scholarship.

Latest: Last date for submission of online application form for renewal and for fresh scholarship 2018 has been revised upto October 31, 2018. Link to fill the application form will be available at “Application Form” page.

CBSE CSSS Scholarship 2018

The Department of School Education and Literacy has introduced a new Scheme ‘National Means-Cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme’. This Scheme will cover students from class IX to XII. The Department of Higher Education has introduced a new scheme for meritorious students from low-income families going to colleges/universities for implementation during the XI Five Year Plan period with an approved outlay of Rs. 1000 Crore. This is a Central Sector Scheme titled “Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students.”


Students who have scored above 80% in the relevant stream for a particular Board of Examination in class XII of 10+2 pattern or equivalent and not belonging to the creamy layer as defined by the Department of Personnel and Training in their Notification No. 36012/22/93-Estt.(Res), dated March 9, 2004 (Annexure-V) and as may be further modified from time to time, pursuing regular courses (not correspondence or distance mode) from recognized educational institutions and not availing of any other scholarship scheme, would be eligible for the consideration this Scheme. This is the application for all the categories of students both ‘General’ and ‘Reserved’.

Payment of Scholarship

  • The scholarship will be paid to the selected students directly by the Central Government into a Bank  Accounts opened by them.
  • The payment of scholarship will start from the month the admission is obtained.
  • The scholarship will be paid for a period maximum of up to 10 months in an academic year.

 Scholarship Fee

The rate of the scholarship will be approximately Rs. 1000/- per month at Graduation level for first three years of College and University courses and Rs.2000/- per month in the 4th and 5th year (approximately). The scholarship will be paid for 10 months in an academic year.

Selection Procedure

The examining bodies will draw up a merit list of scholars (Annexure-I) who will be eligible for scholarship within five weeks after the results of the examinations announced by the Boards/Universities/Authority for all students. The income of the student’s parents will be taken into account before preparing the list.

The Boards/Universities/Authority in the State/Union Territory will write to the eligible students from the top of the merit list up to twice the number of scholarship available (to provide for possible refusal and ineligible cases) through a registered letter to confirm within 15 days whether he/she is prepared to accept the scholarship.

The replies from the candidates if not received within 30 days of the State Board/CBSE/ICSE seeking their willingness will not be considered for scholarship and the ward will be given to the next eligible candidates in the merit list.

The Board/Universities in the State/Union Territory will send consideration for the award of scholarship to each shortlisted candidate with following pieces of information:

  • Entitlement Card
  • Income Affidavit form
  • A form for ‘Statement of Particulars.’

The shortlisted scholars shall present the Entitlement Card (Annexure-II), income Affidavit form (Annexure-III) and Statement of Particulars (Annexure-IV) duly filled-in to the Head of the Institution joined by him/her. The Head of the institution will complete the Entitlement Card and send it to the concerned State Board, CBSE, ICSE as the case may be.

On receipt of the joining report along with the competed ‘Statement of Particulars’ and ‘Income Affidavit, the concerned Board will then compile the list of scholarship awardees of the Board on the basis of merit, eligibility criteria and reservation guidelines of the Central Government and send the same to the National Scholarship Division of MHRD, Department of Higher Education which will arrange to pay the scholarship to the scholar through a designated bank. The name, address for communication and details of bank account of the student in which the scholarship is to be paid, is to be furnished by the Board along with the list.

If the concerned Board will not receive the joining report from the candidate duly signed by the Head of Institution, within 30 days from the date of closure of admission in the institution, the case for an award of scholarship to him/her will not be considered. The scholarship will then be offered to the next eligible candidate in the merit list. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of information available with the Board.


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Students belonging to reserved categories/weaker sections/minorities are eligible on the basis of merit, subject to Central Reservation Policy and internal earmarking. The scholarship would be available to students belonging to ‘non-creamy layer.’ As per the latest guidelines on the subject, the income-ceiling for ‘non-creamy layer’ is Rs. 4.5 lakhs per annum (revised to Rs. 6 lakhs per annum). At present, reservations for the various categories are as follows. The percentage mentioned is not exact but an approximate percentage:

For SC-15%, ST 7.5%, OBC 27% and horizontally 3% for Physically Handicapped in all the categories.

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For more details on CBSE CSSS Scholarship 2018, download Notification.

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