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NMMS Exam 2023

The authorities had scheduled the NMMS exam for various states to start on Sep 24, 2023, and it will later conclude on Dec 17, 2023. NMMS stands for National Means cum Merit Scholarship examination and the olympiad was established in 2008. The registration process for the NMMS exam took place in August 2023 and September 2023.

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About NMMS Exam 2023

National Means cum Merit Scholarship Scheme is a government-sponsored scheme first launched in May 2008. This scholarship program is to support students financially in their secondary level education: class 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th. It is proposed to award 100,000 NMMS scholarship amount to the meritorious students. Students whose parental income is not more than INR 3,50,000/- per annum from all sources at the time will be considered for NMMS scholarship eligibility. 

The highlights of the NMMS exam have been tabulated below.

NMMS Exam 2023 Highlights
Exam Name NMMS
Full-Form of NMMS National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme
NMMS Objective To decrease students' dropout rate in classes 8 & 9 and encourage them to continue their studies to improve India's overall literacy rate
Conducting Body Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD)
Examination Level National Level
Award INR 12,000 per annum
Application Mode Online
Application Process Through the official government portal, NSP

NMMS Exam 2023 Dates

Students must be well aware of the important dates for the NMMS Exam. Therefore, going through the table given below will prepare them for what to expect.

Particular NMMS Exam Date
NMMS Karnataka January 2024
NMMS West Bengal Dec 17, 2023
NMMS Odisha February 2023
NMMS Maharashtra June 2023  
NMMS Gujarat December 2023
NMMS Telangana November 2023
NMMS Kerala 3rd week of December 2023
NMMS Arunachal Pradesh December 2023 or January 2023
NMMS Andhra Pradesh Feb 5, 2023
NMMS Assam December 2023
NMMS Bihar December 2023
NMMS Chhattisgarh Dec 10, 2023
NMMS Haryana November 2023
NMMS Delhi November 2023  
NMMS Jharkhand Jan 22, 2023
NMMS Jammu & Kashmir December 2023 or January 2023  
NMMS Punjab December 2023
NMMS Chandigarh 1st week of November 2023
NMMS Himachal Pradesh Mar 6, 2023
NMMS Uttarakhand 4th week of November 2023
NMMS Andhra Pradesh Feb 5, 2023
NMMS Tamil Nadu Feb 25, 2023
NMMS Puducherry Mar 18, 2023  
NMMS Nagaland Nov 4, 2023
NMMS Andman  November 2023
NMMS Tripura November 2023  
NMMS Uttar Pradesh Nov 13, 2023
NMMS Manipur TBA

NMMS Exam 2023 Eligibility Criteria

NMMS exam is designed to provide financial support to the students. However, students must qualify for the NMMS eligibility criteria to apply for the exam.

The NMMS exam eligibility criteria has been given below.

  • Students must be studying in class VIII with a minimum 55% score (50% for reserved categories) in class VII.
  • The applicant’s parent's annual income must not be more than INR 3,50,000.
  • Further, students must obtain 55% (50% for reserved categories) in class IX and XI and 60% (55% for reserved categories) in the class X exam to keep this scholarship.
  • Those studying in the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Kendriya Vidyalaya and Sainik Schools cannot register for the NMMS scholarship online application.
  • Those studying in residential schools run by state government institutions with facilities like boarding, lodging and education cannot apply as well.
  • Furthermore, students pursuing their education in private schools cannot apply for the NMMS exam as well.

NMMS Exam 2023 Registration

The NMMS registration process took place in August 2023 and September 2023. To apply for NMMS registration in offline mode and attempt the test on NMMS exam date, students must fill out the NMMS application form and submit it with all the necessary documents to their respective schools.

Steps to Register for NMMS Exam 2023

Students must follow the step-by-step procedure below to register for the NMMS exam.

  1. First, visit the official website of NMMS.
  2. Once on the homepage, tap on the “NMMS application form” link.
  3. After that, fill in the NMMS exam form.
  4. Next, students must attach documents such as domicile, caste certificate, income proof, and mark sheet with the NMMS application form.
  5. Finally, pay the application fee.
  6. Last, save and download the NMMS application form and take a printout for future reference.

NMMS Exam 2023: Documents Required

Students must upload the documents mentioned below in the specified format. It is important to keep a hard copy of all the documents.

  • Photocopy of SC/ST Certificate
  • Two passport-size photographs
  • Photocopy of SC/ST Certificate
  • Photocopy of the Report Card of the last passed examination
  • Disability Status Certificate from the Competent Authority
  • Income certificate not exceeding Rs. 1.5 lakh from the Competent Authority

Read More: NMMS Registration

NMMS Exam 2023 Syllabus

Students must refer to their school curriculum or NCERT books for classes 7 and 8 to start their NMMS preparation. However, it is always a good idea to refer to the NMMS previous year question papers available online for practice. The NMMS exam syllabus for the Mental Ability Test (MAT) is designed to assess a candidate's verbal and nonverbal abilities.

  • Analogy
  • Classification
  • Numerical series
  • Hidden figures
  • Pattern
  • Perception

Note that SAT is inclusive of the syllabus for both classes, 7th and 8th. All three sections of the paper i.e., Science, Social Science, and Mathematics, are included in the NMMS exam syllabus.

NMMS Exam 2023 Pattern

The NMMS exam pattern for SAT and MAT will give students an insight into what they can expect. Each question will carry one mark, and the marks will be deducted in case of an incorrect response. 

The NMMS exam pattern is designed to check the academic aptitude and mental ability of a student. Participants have to complete the MAT and SAT sections, respectively in 90 minutes. However, students who have any disability are given extra time to complete the NMMS examination. NMMS syllabus is completely based on the school curriculum of the students.

The NMMS exam details are given below. 

  • Mental Ability Test (MAT): The test examines the critical thinking and cognitive ability of students. It includes a total of 90 MCQs. The main topics are hidden figures, analogy, numerical series, classification, and hidden figures.
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): The SAT syllabus covers questions based on mathematics, social science, and science based on the student's syllabus.

NMMS Exam 2023 Pattern for SAT

Students must go through the NMMS exam pattern for SAT before attempting the exam so that they know what to expect from the Olympiad. Students can refer to the NMMS exam pattern 2023 for SAT from the table below.

Sections Number of Questions
Science 35
Social Studies 35
Mathematics 20
Total 90

NMMS Exam 2023 Pattern for MAT

It is important to go through the exam pattern before attempting the MAT exam so that the students know what to expect from the Olympiad. Students can refer to the NMMS exam pattern 2023 from the table below.

Sections Number of Questions
Mental Ability 45
English Proficiency 20
Hindi Proficiency 25
Total 90

NMMS Exam 2023 Sample Papers

Those preparing for the NMMS exam must practice the sample papers to understand the exam pattern and the level of difficulty. Through practice, students can build a mindset of how to attempt the NMMS exam and prepare accordingly. 

Benefits of the NMMS exam are given below:

  • Real-time Experience: The NMMS exam sample paper provides the student with a real-time experience.
  • Better Understanding: By solving the NMMS exam sample papers, the student will have a basic idea of how to take the final examination.
  • Building Strategy: Solving the NMMS exam sample papers will give students a proper analysis of their strengths and weaknesses. This will help them improve and perform better in the final examination.

Read More: NMMS Sample Papers

NMMS Exam 2023 Admit Card

The NMMS exam admit card is an important document without which the students cannot enter the examination hall. To download the admit cards, students must visit the state-specific NMMS official websites. To log in, students must enter their registered credentials in the candidate portal.

State-wise NMMS Exam 2023 Admit Card Date (Tentative)
NMMS Puducherry March 2024
NMMS Madhya Pradesh September 2023
NMMS Delhi November 2023
NMMS Nagaland October 2023
NMMS Telangana December 2023
NMMS Andhra Pradesh December 2023
NMMS Chhattisgarh December 2023
NMMS Jharkhand December 2023
NMMS Haryana November 2023
NMMS Punjab November 2023
NMMS Odisha October 25, 2023 to November 5, 2023
NMMS Karnataka November 2023
NMMS West Bengal December 2023
NMMS JK December 2023
NMMS Himachal December 2023
NMMS Gujarat December 2023
NMMS Maharashtra December 2023

Read More: NMMS Admit Card

NMMS Exam 2023 Answer Key

Students can refer to the NMMS exam answer key to estimate their marks. The answer key helps a student analyze their strengths and weaknesses and prepare for their NMMS results. This also allows students to prepare for more competitive exams in the future.

Students can calculate their scores for the NMMS exam by referring to the table given below.

Marks Calculation NMMS Exam 2023 Pattern Remarks
Marks in MAT Total number of correct answers x 1 90 questions (each question carries 1 mark each) No negative marking
Marks in SAT 90 questions (each question carries 1 mark each)
Total Marks Marks obtained in MAT + Marks obtained in SAT

NMMS Exam 2023 Results

Through the NMMS exam results, students can understand the scholarship details and the level 2 qualification status. Further, they will get selected for the NMMS scholarship based on the merit list of the NMMS exam.

How to Download NMMS Exam 2023 Result?

Candidates must follow the procedure below to download the NMMS exam result.

Step 1: First, visit the official website of NMMS.

Step 2: Once on the homepage, log in using the registered credentials. 

Step 3: After that, tap on the “NMMS exam result” link.

Step 4: Then, the NMMS exam result will be displayed on the candidate’s screen.

Step 5: Finally, save and download the NMMS exam result and take a printout for future reference.

NMMS Exam 2023 Preparation Tips

To score well in the NMMS exam, students must refer to the preparation tips given below. 

  • There is no specific NMMS syllabus to complete. However, students must go through the important topics that are generally covered. 
  • It is advisable to complete the NMMS exam on important topics for Class 7th and 8th at least one month in advance. 
  • Students must practice the previous year’s sample papers, as they will help them get a better grasp of the NMMS exam.
  • It is important to go through the NMMS exam pattern to identify the type of questions asked, the number of questions, the total marks, and the syllabus.
  • Regular reading of books and newspapers helps in practicing grammar and vocabulary drills for the language part of the SAT.
  • Practicing brain teasers and riddles for logical reasoning from numerous books and websites helps to sharpen mental abilities.
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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the NMMS Exam?

  2. What is the selection procedure for NMMS?

  3. How to renew NMMS and NTSE scholarships?

  4. What is the NMMS exam pattern?

  5. How to check NMMS results?

Discussion Forum


How much scholarship can I get from NMMS?

Asked By: Anonymous 06 Feb 2021


NMMS scholars will be offered INR 1000 per month for a maximum period of four years. The eligibility to avail the NMMS scholarships are,

  • General category students must have secured a minimum of 40% marks in MAT and SAT sections separately.
  • Students from the reserved category should score a minimum of 32% of marks in each section, i.e., MAT and SAT.
  • The student must be pursuing their school education in India.

Answer By: Vishag

08 Feb 2021

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