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How to apply for NMMS Scholarship 2023 – National Means Cum-Merit Scholarship

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NMMS Scholarship 2023

The Directorate of Secondary Education, Assam, has officially announced the Centrally Sponsored “National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship (NMMS)” Scheme for the financial year 2023-2024. This scheme aims to provide scholarships to talented and meritorious students currently studying in classes IX, X, XI, and XII as regular students in Government, Government-aided, and local body schools. To be eligible, the parental income of the students should not exceed Rs. 3,50,000/- per annum.

If you are interested and meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply for the NMMS Scholarship by visiting the official website ( ). This scholarship opportunity serves to support deserving students in pursuing their education and realizing their potential, irrespective of their economic background.

NMMS Scholarship Details

Name of Exam: National Means Cum Merit Scholarship Examination, 2023

Name of Scholarship: National Means-Cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme

Academic Session: 2023 – 2024

Nodal Agency: Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India

Exam Level: National Level

Class: Class VIII (8th Standard)

Application Method: Online

Number of Scholarships for Assam: 2411

Date of Exam: 18th November 2023

Category-wise reservation:

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The National Means-Cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme, organized by the Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India, aims to support and encourage meritorious students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue their education. The scholarship is available for students in Class VIII and provides financial assistance to deserving candidates. The exam for the scholarship will be held on 18th November 2023, and interested students can apply online for this opportunity.

Scholarship value Of NMMS Scholarship

The National Means-Cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme offers a scholarship amount of Rs. 12,000/- per annum to selected students. This scholarship is provided at a rate of Rs. 1,000 per month, aimed at supporting and incentivizing deserving students to continue their education and excel academically. The scholarship amount serves as financial assistance to help students cover their educational expenses and pursue their studies with dedication.

Eligibility Criteria to Apply for NMMS Scholarship

The minimum eligibility criteria for applying for the NMMS Scholarship are as follows:

Class: Students must be studying in Class VIII and attending Government, Local Body, and Government-Aided schools.


  • A minimum of 55% marks or equivalent grade in the Class VII examination is required to be eligible for the NMMS examination. (The requirement is relaxed by 5% for SC/ST students.)
  • Awardees of the scholarship should attain a minimum of 55% marks in Class IX and XI, and 60% marks in Class X for the scholarship to continue. (For SC/ST candidates, the requirement is relaxed by 5%.)

Family Income: The scholarship is awarded to gifted or meritorious students whose parental income does not exceed Rs. 3,50,000/- per annum.

Type of School: Students must be regular attendees of Class IX, X, XI, and XII in Government, Government-aided, and local body schools, for a maximum period of four years.

These criteria are set to identify deserving students who have both academic potential and financial need, ensuring that the scholarship benefits those who require it the most to continue their education and excel in their studies.

Which students Can’t Apply For NMMS Scholarship?

Categories of students who are not eligible for the NMMS Scholarship:

  1. Students Studying in Private Schools: Students studying in private schools are not eligible to apply for this scholarship even if they appear for the scholarship exam.
  2. Kendriya Vidyalaya and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas Students: Students studying in “Kendriya Vidyalayas” (Central Schools) and “Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas” are not entitled to receive this scholarship.
  3. Students of Residential Schools: Students studying in Residential Schools operated by State Government Institutions, where facilities like boarding, lodging, and education are provided, as well as students studying in private schools, are also not eligible for this scholarship under the NMMS Scheme.

These restrictions are in place to ensure that the scholarship benefits students from specific categories and backgrounds, primarily focusing on those who attend government schools, have limited financial resources, and are in need of financial support to continue their education.

NMMS Scholarship Examination Fee 2023

UR/ OBCRs 200/-
SC/ STRs 180/-
PWDRs 175/-
Payment ModeDebit/Credit card, Internet Banking

How to Apply For The NMMS Scholarship?

Steps to apply for the NMMS Assam Scholarship and the list of documents required for the online application:

  1. Visit the Official NMMS Assam Scholarship Portal.
  2. Follow these steps to apply:
    • Scroll down and find the “Important Web-Links” section.
    • Click on the “Online Application Form” link.
    • Complete the registration process by clicking “Register Now.”
    • Fill in your personal and educational details in the next stage.
    • Upload necessary documents.
  3. Payment of Application Fee:
    • After completing the application steps, candidates need to pay the application fee according to their category.
  4. Submission:
    • After completing all the required steps, submit the online application form.

Documents to Be Uploaded:

  1. Scanned copy of the Candidate’s Photograph.
  2. Scanned copy of the Candidate’s Signature.
  3. Scanned copy of the Candidate’s Caste certificate (Only for OBC, SC, and ST candidates).
  4. Scanned copy of the Candidate’s Disability certificate (For disabled candidates).
  5. Scanned copy of Declaration Form.

These documents are necessary to validate the information provided during the application process and to ensure that the candidates meet the eligibility criteria for the NMMS Scholarship.

Important Dates Of NMMS Scholarship Exam 2023

Important dates related to the NMMS Assam Scholarship application and examination:

  • Starting Date of Submission of Application Form: 17th August 2023
  • Last Date of Submission of Application Form: 10th October 2023
  • Date of Issue of E-admit Cards: 1st November 2023
  • Date of Examination: 18th November 2023

These dates are essential for candidates to keep track of the application and examination timeline to ensure they submit their applications and prepare for the examination accordingly.

Selection Process Of NMMS Scholarship 2023

  • Written Examination Date: 18th November 2023
  • Language of Question Paper: The question paper will be available in both Assamese and English mediums, while the OMR sheet will be in English medium.
  • Availability of Previous Question Papers: The Previous 5 years’ question papers are accessible through the ‘Bidyarthi’ app on the Google Play Store.
  • Extra Time for Disabled Candidates: Children with disabilities will be provided with extra time as applicable.
  • Examination Structure: There are two papers in the examination: Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

Selection criteria for the NMMS Assam Scholarship:

  • Both MAT and SAT Tests: Students must pass both the Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with at least 40% marks in aggregate taken together for these two tests. For SC/ST students, the minimum required marks are 32%.
  • Class VIII Examination Score: The student must have scored at least 55% marks or equivalent grade in the Class VIII examination. For SC/ST students, the minimum required marks are 50%.
Question PaperTotal MarksTime
Mental Ability Test (MAT)90 Marks10.00 AM to 11.30 AM
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)90 Marks01.00 PM to 02.30 PM

Important Links for the NMMS Scholarship Exam

Online Application FormClick Here
Official NotificationClick Here
Declaration FormClick Here
Official GuidelinesClick Here
Official WebsiteClick Here

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