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Ministry of Education Invites Applications for 2023-24 NMMS Scholarships for Classes 9-12

The Ministry of Education’s Department of School Education and Literacy has initiated the registration process for the National Merit cum Means Scholarship Scheme (NMMSS) for the 2023-24 academic year. This scholarship program is aimed at supporting academically accomplished students in grades 9 to 12 who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Aspiring students can submit their applications through the official National Scholarship Portal (NSP) website at scholarships.gov.in.

The deadline for scholarship applications is November 30. The primary objective of this scholarship is to minimize the dropout rate among students after Class 8 and encourage them to pursue their education through the secondary level.

Every year, one lakh new scholarships are granted to deserving students starting from Class 9, with the possibility of renewal for classes 10 to 12, particularly for those attending state government schools, government-aided institutions, and local body schools. The scholarship award amounts to Rs 12,000 per annum.

The scholarship funds are directly transferred to the selected students’ bank accounts through electronic transfer using the Public Financial Management System (PFMS) and the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode.

To be eligible for this scholarship, students must have a parental income not exceeding Rs 3.50 lakh per annum. Additionally, applicants should have secured a minimum of 55 percent marks or equivalent grades in their Class 7 examinations to qualify for the selection test. There is a relaxation of 5 percent in the eligibility criteria for SC and ST students.

The application process involves two levels of verification on the NSP platform. The first level of verification, conducted by the Institute Nodal Officer (INO), will take place on December 15. The second level of verification, overseen by the District Nodal Officer (DNO), is scheduled for December 30.

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