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 Name Applicable Availability for Application Open Period*
1 SOF Scholarship of Excellence in English (S.E.E) Class 1 to 10 July to December
2 Siemens Scholarship Program B. Tech students -1st year govt college June to August
3 BTSE Bihar Talent Search Examination class 7th to 10th June to August
4 National Science Concours (NSC) class 6th to 12th July to November
5 Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) Class 11, 12 (PCM/PCB), BSc 1st year, Int. MSc 1st year students June to August
6 11th All India Maths Science (AIMS) Talent Examination Class 1 to 10th July to August
7 National Scholarship Exam class 5 to 12 and diploma/degree students April to September
8 Bighelp National Merit Scholarship Class 10th passed students April to June
9 L&T Build India Scholarship Students for final year BE/BTech degree in Civil/Electrical Engineering November to December
10 J C Bose National Fellowship (Science & Engineering Research Board) All Citizens of  india age up to 68 years of age Always Open
11 Nagaland State Merit Scholarship Class 11th to Post Graduate(PG) May to July
12 J N Tata Endowment Loan Scholar-ship Graduates/or in final year  of graduations December to March
13 Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme for Central Armed Police Forces and Assam Rifles Students willing to pursue a professional program in graduation or post graduation August to December
14 RGIPT M. Tech Fellowship B. Tech/BE March to June
15 KSCSTE Prathibha Scholarship Programme Class 12th passed  (Science) December to January
16 A-STAR India Youth Scholar-ship Class 8th passed June to July
17 G.P. Birla Education Foundation Scholar-ship Class 12th pass from West Bengal May to July
18 INSPIRE Scholar-ship For Higher Education (SHE) Class 12 passed students pursuing BSc/BS/MS/Int. MSc course November to December
19 11th All India Maths Science (AIMS) Talent Examination Class 1 to 10th July to August
20 Swami Dayanand College Scholarship for Delhi/NCR Class 12th passed with minimum 85% marks November to December



21 SIA Youth Scholar-ship in Singapore Class 10th passed students June to July
22 JM Sethia Merit Scholar-ship Scheme Students enrolled in class 9 to 12, Graduation, Post Graduation May to July
23 JSPN Scholar-ship Class 11th to graduation May to July
24 NBHM Scholar-ship for Post Graduate Studies in Mathematics Graduates in Mathematics or students enrolled/pursuing PG in Mathematics June to July
25 Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellowship Professionals working in the Engineering profession in public-funded institutions April to August
26 Prime Minister’s Scholar-ship Scheme for Central Armed Police Forces and Assam Rifles Students want to pursue a professional program in graduation or Post-graduation August 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 Name Applicable Application Time Period*
A. 1 Dr. Radha Krishnan Scholarship application, HP Board of School Education Class 10th/12th passed students December to January
B. 2 SHDF Scholarships application Students pursuing diploma, degree or postgraduate degree June to August
C. 3 Sindhutai Sapakal Scheme for Educating Orphans and Children with Special Needs Class 1st to post-graduation October to December
D. 4 Jauhar National Fellowship Muslim minority students (UG and PG) September to November
E. 8. AMP Higher Education Scholarship Fund Muslim students pursuing graduation May to July
F.  6. Dr. Ambedkar Post Matric Scholarship for Economically Backward Classes (EBC), Tripura Class 11th to post-graduation November to January
G. 7. National Overseas Scholarship for SC Students SC, Denotified Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes, Landless Agricultural Labourers and Traditional Artisans April to May
H. 11. IDFC First MBA Scholarship application 1st year MBA Students (India) July
I.   10. INSEAD Deepak & Sunita Gupta Endowed Scholarships application MBA applicants June to August
J.   12. The G.S.B Scholar-ship Students from class 5 to graduate level July to October
K. 14. Nurturing Talent Programme Class 5th passed students February to April
L. 23. Medley Pharma Scholar-ship Class 10th passed onwards October to December
M.   16. Padala Charitable Trust Scholarship application Class 11th, 12th, diploma and graduate students March to May
N. 1.         Pre-Matric Scholarships application Scheme for Minorities Students of class 1st to 10th August to September
O. 2.         Post Matric Scholarships application Scheme for Minorities Students of Class 11th to PhD August to September
P.  19. Harvard Need Blind Scholarship Undergraduates of Harvard University December to February
Q. 20. AICTE-Saksham Scholarship Scheme Differently-abled students October to December
R. 21. Loan for Professional/Educational/Training Courses to Disabled Persons Candidates with 40% or more disability Runs all through the year
S.  15. Joining Hands Higher Education Scholarship Program Undergraduate and postgraduate applicants March to April
T.  5. Financial Assistance for Education of the Wards of Beedi/Cine/IOMC/LSDM Workers – Post-Matric Class 11th to post-graduation including diploma August to October
U. 13. Azim Premji University Undergraduate Scholarship Bachelor’s degree March to April
V. 25. Sitaram Jindal Foundation Scholarship Class 11th to post-graduation Runs all through the year
W.   3. HDFC Educational Crisis Scholarship class 6 to 12 / undergraduates/ postgraduates June to August
X. 4. Financial Assistance for Education of the Wards of Beedi/Cine/IOMC/LSDM Workers – Pre-Matric class 1st to 10th August 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

Scholarship Eligibility  Rewards
Begum Hazrat Mahal Scholarship Scheme National 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 Scheme technical degree or diploma course Tuition fee up to ₹ 30, 000
Clinic Plus Scholarship Std. VI – X ₹ 1.00 lakh.
Avasar Scholarship Currently studying in Class X or Class XII  
Internshala Career Scholarship for Girls   ₹ 25,000
Fair and Lovely Foundation for Higher Educationfor Women scholarship Undergraduate and Post-graduate education ₹25,000 to ₹40,000.
L’Oreal Scholarship for Young Women in Science women 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 Fellowship open to women who are Indian Nationals in the age group of 25 to 40. ₹1.00 lakh
Tata Housing scholarship for meritorious girls enrolled in the Civil Engineering, Architecture or Construction Management courses ₹ 60,000 annually
Santoor Scholarship professional courses after Class 12th  
CBSE Single Girl Child Scholarship scheme the single child of their parent and have passed Class 10th get ₹ 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 Scheme pursuing 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 Scholarship Class 12th get a financial support to pursue technical education 21 winners get an opportunity to attend the NASA camp.
Adobe India Women in Technology Scholarship bringing women in the engineering and technology domain. tuition fee for the B. Tech/ integrated M. Tech course is paid.
Kiran Girls Scholarship Scheme pursuing 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 scholarship graduate and undergraduate girl students of Computer Science, IT, MIS, Math, Physics, Human-Computer interaction and Electrical Engineering