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Prime Minister's (PM) Scholarship Scheme



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Scholarship Amount

Rs.3,000/- Per Month

Course Names

diploma/ graduation

Contact Details, 23011804, 23015933 (Fax)

Last Date

31st October 2024

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About Prime Minister's Scholarship Scheme:

Administered by the Welfare and Rehabilitation Board under the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, the Prime Minister Scholarship Scheme (PMSS) is designed to promote higher professional and technical education for the dependents, including widows, of Central Armed Police Forces & Assam Rifles (CAPFs & AR) and State Police Personnel.

Initiated by the Government of India in the academic year 2006-07, the PM scholarship scheme has been instrumental in facilitating numerous students to seamlessly pursue their academic aspirations.


  • Applicants must be dependent wards or widows of deceased CAPFs & AR, Ex-CAPFs & AR, or retired and serving CAPFs & AR, and State Police Personnel.
  • Candidates should be pursuing professional courses listed below. (Note: Not applicable for lateral entry and integrated courses)
  • Minimum educational qualifications for these courses should be class 12/diploma/graduation.
  • Attainment of at least 60% marks or above in the minimum educational qualification is required. (Note: For renewal in subsequent years, applicants need to secure at least 50% marks in the qualifying examination)

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Prime Minister Scholarship Scheme Selection Criteria:

The Ministry of Home Affairs oversees the comprehensive implementation and disbursement of the scheme, with preference given to students in the following order:

Category A: First preference is accorded to the wards and widows of CAPFs & AR personnel who were killed in action.

Category B: Second preference is given to the wards of Ex-CAPFs & AR personnel who became disabled in action.

Category C: Third preference is extended to the wards and widows of deceased CAPFs & AR personnel who died during their service for causes attributable to Government service.

Category D: Subsequently, preference is given to the wards of Ex-CAPFs & AR personnel who became disabled during their service with a disability attributable to Government service.

Category E: Additionally, preference is granted to the wards of Ex-CAPFs & AR personnel who have received gallantry awards.

Category F: Following this, preference is given to the wards of Ex-CAPFs & AR personnel (PBOR only).

Category G: Finally, preference will be given to the wards of serving CAPFs & AR personnel (PBOR) based on the availability of the scholarship.

Note: Dependents' wards of State Police Personnel who died during Naxal/Terror attacks will also receive preference.

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Benefits :

The Prime Minister's Scholarship Scheme (PMSS) was introduced in 2006, awarding five thousand five hundred (5500) scholarships annually. Initially, the scholarship amount was Rs.2,000/- for boys and Rs.2,250/- for girls per month, paid annually. However, starting from the financial year 2019-20, the scholarship amount has been increased to Rs.2,500/- per month for boys and Rs.3,000/- per month for girls. The payment is disbursed through ECS directly into the bank accounts of the selected students. The scheme transitioned from offline to online mode starting from the Academic Year 2016-17.

PM Scholarship Scheme Amount :

Rs.2,500/- per month for boys & Rs.3,000/- per month for girls

Application Process of Scholarship Scheme:

Step 1: Registration on NSP

  1. Visit the official NSP website:
  2. Click on "New Registration."
  3. Carefully review the application guidelines.
  4. Proceed and fill in all required details.
  5. Click on "Register."

Step 2: Application Completion

  1. Log in to the portal using the application ID and password received on the registered mobile number.
  2. An OTP will be generated on the registered mobile number for successful login.
  3. Verify the OTP and change the password.
  4. Once logged in, complete the scholarship application form.
  5. Upload scanned copies of all supporting documents.
  6. Finally, submit the application.

PM Scholarship – Renewal

Is scholarship renewal required? If yes, how can a candidate apply for renewal? While selected scholars receive the first installment of the PM scholarship immediately after the merit list is announced, subsequent payments are made only if students apply for renewal after completing each academic year. Similar to the fresh application, candidates can apply for renewal online. However, to be eligible for the renewal application, they must fulfill certain conditions, including:

  • Attaining at least 50% marks in each semester or academic year.
  • Passing all subjects in each year/semester in one attempt.

Documents Required for Scholarship:

Certificate of Service (for serving personnel) issued by the Head of Office (HOO)Certificate issued by the respective state government indicating the demise of State Police personnel in Naxal/Terror attacks Certificate of Minimum Educational Qualification (MEQ) as applicable – Class 12th mark sheet, Graduation mark sheet (for all years), or diploma mark sheets (for all semesters)Pension Payment Order (PPO)/Discharge Certificate/Book (Mandatory for Category A to F)Death Certificate (Required for deceased personnel)Disability Certificate (Required for disabled personnel)Certificate of Gallantry Award (Required for Gallantry Award winners)

Additional Information

PM Scholarship for Integrated Courses

The Minimum Educational Qualification (MEQ) required for eligibility is 10+2. However, when applying, students must upload mark sheets for 10+2 in all cases, including 1st year and 2nd year (all semesters) when the 1st course is non-professional.

There are two types of Integrated Courses (dual degree) outlined below:

  1. Integrated courses (dual degree) with both courses as Professional/Technical, such as BE+ME, B.Tech+M.Tech, BBA+MBA, etc. In such cases, the scholarship will be granted only for the first professional degree.
  2. Integrated Courses (dual degree) with the first degree as Academic (Non-Professional) and the second degree as Professional/Technical, for example, BA+LLB, B.Com+LLB, B.Sc.+B.Ed. In such cases, students will be funded for the professional part of the course, not the non-professional/academic part.

For students pursuing Integrated courses where one degree is professional and the other is non-professional, the scholarship will be awarded only for the professional portion of the dual degree course, not the academic portion. This is illustrated with an example:

In BA+LLB (dual degree course), the first degree is BA, which is non-professional, and the 2nd degree is LLB, which is professional. Therefore, the scholarship will be provided only for the professional portion (i.e., LLB).

For cases where the 1st degree is non-professional and the 2nd degree is professional, students must have successfully completed the previous two years of the non-professional course without fail when applying for the PM scholarship from the third year onwards. Repetition/RA/Failure will render students ineligible to apply for a scholarship. Additionally, students must clear all subjects of the 1st & 2nd year in the first attempt and within the stipulated time frame from the date of admission; otherwise, they will not be considered for the award of the scholarship, and their application will be rejected.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

How to apply for PM Scholarship?

To apply for PMSS, the candidate has to register first to National Scholarship Portal and then fill and submit the application form online.

What is the Minimum Educational Qualification (MEQ)?

The Minimum Educational Qualification (MEQ) for admission to different professional courses varies; for example, it is 10+2 for MBBS, 10+2/Diploma for BE/B Tech, and graduation for B.Ed and MBA. To be eligible for the PM Scholarship Scheme 2020, a candidate must have a minimum of 60% marks in MEQ. The calculation includes all subjects, including optional subjects, and is not based on the best subjects.

What does the PM Modi Scholarship 2024 offer for students who have completed their 12th grade?

The deadline for applying to the PM Scholarship Scheme 2024 is July 2024. The government plans to grant financial assistance to 5500 candidates annually, providing Rs. 30,000 per year for male candidates and Rs. 36,000 per year for female candidates.

Does the PM scholarship apply to diploma courses?

No, the Prime Minister Scholarship Scheme does not extend to diploma courses. It exclusively encompasses professional degree courses recognized by central regulatory bodies such as AICTE, UGC, MCI, etc.

Can a student use PM scholarship to study abroad?

No, the scholarship is paid to carry out studies in India only.

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