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National Means-Cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme

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A scholarship scheme by the Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Education wherein 1,00,000 scholarships is offered to the gifted or meritorious students whose parental income is not more than ₹3,50,000/- per annum from all sources at the time of selection of awardees for a scholarship. Each State /UT has a fixed quota of scholarships for the concerned age group of class 7th and 8th. The scheme will provide reservations to different categories of students as per the State/UT norms; as different States/UTs have their own norms of reservation. The scholarship is being implemented since 2008 with an objective to award scholarships to meritorious students of economically weaker sections to arrest their drop out at class 8th and encourage them to continue their studies at the secondary stage. The scheme has been approved for continuation for another 5 years during the period of the 15th Finance Commission cycle from 2021-22 to 2025-26.
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