The last date to apply for the National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme (NMMSS) has been extended to 31 October. Candidates interested to apply can do so via the Ministry of Education's (MoE) official NMMSS portal– https://dsel.education.gov.in/nmmss
"Students whose parental income from all sources is not more than Rs 3,50,000/- per annum are eligible to avail of the scholarships. The students must have a minimum of 55% marks or equivalent grade in Class VII examination for appearing in the selection test for award of scholarship (relaxable by 5% for SC/ST students)", as per a press release by MoE.
Additionally, meritorious students from economically weaker sections are awarded Rs 12,000 per annum to help and encourage them to continue their education after Class VIII and prevent their dropping out of school, the press release further stated.
One lakh fresh scholarships are awarded to selected students of Class IX every year under NMMSS. "NMMSS is boarded on the National Scholarship Portal (NSP) — a one-stop platform for scholarship schemes given to students. NMMSS scholarships are disbursed directly into the bank accounts of selected students by electronic transfer through the Public Financial Management System (PFMS), following the DBT mode. This is a 100% centrally sponsored scheme," the release concluded.
Students are advised to visit the official website for more information on the eligibility criteria and the application process.