Scholarship Scheme in India |Means scholarship|Merit based scholarship


 In India scholarships worth thousands of crores are available for both meritorious and underprivileged students whether MALE OR FEMALE. With the fast increase in the cost of education of different levels, a number of meritorious students are unable to fulfil their aspirations of higher studies in India or outside India. In fact, As per report by Institute for Policy Research Studies (PRS), New Delhi, the percentage of students enrolled in class 10th is 77% while the percentage of students enrolled in class 11 is limited to 52%. 

This clearly shows that some students drop-out their education after 10th class due to lack of money for getting admission in 11th class, Students need for scholarships scheme in India after 10th for 12th and graduation.


To stop this drop-out situation, the government and various other public, as well as private organizations, came with suitable aids  to meet their financial needs. You are open to a wide variety of scholar-ships to continue your education such as merit-based, means-based, talent-based ,sports-based,Cast based etc. You can see all the details about all types of scholarships available in India below.

Scholarships in India –scholarship scheme  based on Merit(Toppers student or percentage-based scholarships) 


What do you understand by scholarships based on Merit? The scholar-ships which are given on the basis of a student’s academic merit /percentage are categorized under merit-based scholar-ships. Now the question is how can you identify these types of scholar-ships in India out of the thousands of options available out there. We make it easier for students, here we provided a selective list of some renowned merit-based scholar-ships announced every year and year.

So, if you are the topper of your class and school, and you are looking for a scholar-ship to fund your education further, this list we provided here for merit-based scholar-ships available in India is positively going to help you.

List of merit-based scholarships scheme in India for Meritorious students:-



S.No.Scholarship NameApplicable Availability forApplication Open Period*
1SOF Scholarship of Excellence in English (S.E.E)Class 1 to 10July to December
2Siemens Scholarship ProgramB. Tech students -1st year govt collegeJune to August
3BTSE Bihar Talent Search Examinationclass 7th to 10thJune to August
4National Science Concours (NSC)class 6th to 12thJuly to November
5Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY)Class 11, 12 (PCM/PCB), BSc 1st year, Int. MSc 1st year studentsJune to August
611th All India Maths Science (AIMS) Talent ExaminationClass 1 to 10thJuly to August
7National Scholarship Examclass 5 to 12 and diploma/degree studentsApril to September
8Bighelp National Merit ScholarshipClass 10th passed studentsApril to June
9L&T Build India ScholarshipStudents for final year BE/BTech degree in Civil/Electrical EngineeringNovember to December
10J C Bose National Fellowship (Science & Engineering Research Board)All Citizens of  india age up to 68 years of ageAlways Open
11Nagaland State Merit ScholarshipClass 11th to Post Graduate(PG)May to July
12J N Tata Endowment Loan Scholar-shipGraduates/or in final year  of graduationsDecember to March
13Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme for Central Armed Police Forces and Assam RiflesStudents willing to pursue a professional program in graduation or post graduationAugust to December
14RGIPT M. Tech FellowshipB. Tech/BEMarch to June
15KSCSTE Prathibha Scholarship ProgrammeClass 12th passed  (Science)December to January
16A-STAR India Youth Scholar-shipClass 8th passedJune to July
17G.P. Birla Education Foundation Scholar-shipClass 12th pass from West BengalMay to July
18INSPIRE Scholar-ship For Higher Education (SHE)Class 12 passed students pursuing BSc/BS/MS/Int. MSc courseNovember to December
1911th All India Maths Science (AIMS) Talent ExaminationClass 1 to 10thJuly to August
20Swami Dayanand College Scholarship for Delhi/NCRClass 12th passed with minimum 85% marksNovember to December



21SIA Youth Scholar-ship in SingaporeClass 10th passed studentsJune to July
22JM Sethia Merit Scholar-ship SchemeStudents enrolled in class 9 to 12, Graduation, Post GraduationMay to July
23JSPN Scholar-shipClass 11th to graduationMay to July
24NBHM Scholar-ship for Post Graduate Studies in MathematicsGraduates in Mathematics or students enrolled/pursuing PG in MathematicsJune to July
25Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National FellowshipProfessionals working in the Engineering profession in public-funded institutionsApril to August
26Prime Minister’s Scholar-ship Scheme for Central Armed Police Forces and Assam RiflesStudents want to pursue a professional program in graduation or Post-graduationAugust to December




 Scholarship Scheme in India – Means-based scholarships application

Scholar-ships is also categorized into means-based scholar-ships which provide financial assistance to the poor and meritorious students belonging to minority communities to enable them to pursue professional and technical courses after considering their financial need. There are some scholar-ships available in India specifically for the students which are coming from the economically backward locality. 

These scholar-ships determine whether a student is eligible for such scholar-ships as the annual family income of the family. The scholar-ship will be awarded to those students who have secured not less than 50% marks or equivalent grade in the previous final examination and the annual income of whose parents/guardians from all sources does not exceed Rs.2.50 lakh.


Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Jain and Zoroastrians (Parsis) have been notified as minority communities under Section 2 (c) of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992. A total of 60,000 scholar-ships are targeted to be distributed as ‘Fresh’ Scholar-ships, besides, Renewal scholarships.

 The distribution of scholar-ship among the States/Union Territories will be made on the basis of population of minorities in the States/Union Territories as per Census 2001 for 2017-18 and as per the population of minorities in the States/Union Territories of Census 2011 for 2018-19 and 2019-20

 Here we have given some Lists of Means- based scholar-ships in India. This list can give you knowledge of what are the scholar-ships that fulfil your financial requirements in your studies.


 List of means-based scholarships in India

S.No.Scholarship NameApplicableApplication Time Period*
A. 1Dr. Radha Krishnan Scholarship application, HP Board of School EducationClass 10th/12th passed studentsDecember to January
B. 2SHDF Scholarships applicationStudents pursuing diploma, degree or postgraduate degreeJune to August
C. 3Sindhutai Sapakal Scheme for Educating Orphans and Children with Special NeedsClass 1st to post-graduationOctober to December
D. 4Jauhar National FellowshipMuslim minority students (UG and PG)September to November
E. 8.AMP Higher Education Scholarship FundMuslim students pursuing graduationMay to July
F.  6.Dr. Ambedkar Post Matric Scholarship for Economically Backward Classes (EBC), TripuraClass 11th to post-graduationNovember to January
G. 7.National Overseas Scholarship for SC StudentsSC, Denotified Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes, Landless Agricultural Labourers and Traditional ArtisansApril to May
H. 11.IDFC First MBA Scholarship application1st year MBA Students (India)July
I.   10.INSEAD Deepak & Sunita Gupta Endowed Scholarships applicationMBA applicantsJune to August
J.   12.The G.S.B Scholar-shipStudents from class 5 to graduate levelJuly to October
K. 14.Nurturing Talent ProgrammeClass 5th passed studentsFebruary to April
L. 23.Medley Pharma Scholar-shipClass 10th passed onwardsOctober to December
M.   16.Padala Charitable Trust Scholarship applicationClass 11th, 12th, diploma and graduate studentsMarch to May
N. 1.        Pre-Matric Scholarships application Scheme for MinoritiesStudents of class 1st to 10thAugust to September
O. 2.        Post Matric Scholarships application Scheme for MinoritiesStudents of Class 11th to PhDAugust to September
P.  19.Harvard Need Blind ScholarshipUndergraduates of Harvard UniversityDecember to February
Q. 20.AICTE-Saksham Scholarship SchemeDifferently-abled studentsOctober to December
R. 21.Loan for Professional/Educational/Training Courses to Disabled PersonsCandidates with 40% or more disabilityRuns all through the year
S.  15.Joining Hands Higher Education Scholarship ProgramUndergraduate and postgraduate applicantsMarch to April
T.  5.Financial Assistance for Education of the Wards of Beedi/Cine/IOMC/LSDM Workers – Post-MatricClass 11th to post-graduation including diplomaAugust to October
U. 13.Azim Premji University Undergraduate ScholarshipBachelor’s degreeMarch to April
V. 25.Sitaram Jindal Foundation ScholarshipClass 11th to post-graduationRuns all through the year
W.   3.HDFC Educational Crisis Scholarshipclass 6 to 12 / undergraduates/ postgraduatesJune to August
X. 4.Financial Assistance for Education of the Wards of Beedi/Cine/IOMC/LSDM Workers – Pre-Matricclass 1st to 10thAugust to October

Scholarships scheme in India – for women scholarship applications

Indian government provides scholar-ships to encourage and empower girls/women . Government provides scholar-ship in the field of education and to ensure that no girl drops out of formal education, numerous scholar-ships. This scholar-ship is provided to women also being offered by the government as well as private organizations. These scholar-ships application lists are given on the basis of academic merit or/and financial need of the girls.

List of Top Women and Girls Scholarship Scheme 2020

ScholarshipEligibility Rewards
Begum Hazrat Mahal Scholarship SchemeNational Minority communities (Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Parsis, Jains, and Buddhists)Class 9th and 10th – up to ₹10,000.

Class 11th and 12th – up to ₹ 12,000.

AICTE Pragati Scholarship Schemetechnical degree or diploma courseTuition fee up to ₹ 30, 000
Clinic Plus ScholarshipStd. VI – X₹ 1.00 lakh.
Avasar ScholarshipCurrently studying in Class X or Class XII 
Internshala Career Scholarship for Girls ₹ 25,000
Fair and Lovely Foundation for Higher Educationfor Women scholarshipUndergraduate and Post-graduate education₹25,000 to ₹40,000.
L’Oreal Scholarship for Young Women in Sciencewomen in the Science and Technology


Passed standard XII (Science) from India

Graduated in the current academic year (March 2018)

Minimum 85% in PCB / PCM

₹ 2.5 lakhs
Prabha Dutt Fellowshipopen to women who are Indian Nationals in the age group of 25 to 40. ₹1.00 lakh
Tata Housing scholarship for meritorious girlsenrolled in the Civil Engineering, Architecture or Construction Management courses₹ 60,000 annually
Santoor Scholarshipprofessional courses after Class 12th 
CBSE Single Girl Child Scholarship schemethe single child of their parent and have passed Class 10thget ₹ 500 on the monthly basis for 2 years
Postdoctoral Fellowship for Women unemployed


Ph. D women

initial 2 years, ₹ 38,800 per month

Rest 3 years, up to ₹ 46,500 per month

Swami Vivekananda Single Girl Child Scholarship Schemepursuing higher education₹ 25,000 (as JRF) and ₹ 28,000 (as SRF) monthly basis for 5 years
CBSE Udaan get paid for their admission fee, tuition-fee, and cost of study materials, tablets or other miscellaneous expenses
Kalpana Chawla  National ScholarshipClass 12th get a financial support to pursue technical education21 winners get an opportunity to attend the NASA camp.
Adobe India Women in Technology Scholarshipbringing women in the engineering and technology domain.tuition fee for the B. Tech/ integrated M. Tech course is paid.
Kiran Girls Scholarship Schemepursuing B.E/ B. Tech in IT and Computer Science, or ENTC from the engineering colleges in Pune, Nagpur, Goa or Hyderabad₹40,000 on the annual basis.
Women Scientist Scheme who have suffered break in their career due to the family and children responsibilities.·         Group A’ – Get ₹ 55,000

·         ‘Group B’- Get ₹ 40,000 .

·         ‘Group C’ – Get ₹ 30,000

on the monthly basis for a period of 3 years.

Grace Hopper scholarshipgraduate and undergraduate girl students of Computer Science, IT, MIS, Math, Physics, Human-Computer interaction and Electrical Engineering