There are thousands of scholarships offered to a vast number of students in India every year, With the boom in the education and educational institutions across the country the number of scholarships offered is also increasing. There is a myth circling about the scholarships that it is only applicable to meritorious and underprivileged students. No, with the swiftly increasing cost of education, a number of competent students are incapable to fulfil their ambitions of higher studies. As these educational expenses are going up we can see a gradual movement in the dropout rates of students in these times. 

To deal with the situations, the governments and various public organisations are coming up with interesting measures to cope with the situation. The provision of a wide range of scholarships to empower the scholars and financially support them in education is being done regularly. 

Scholarships are available to many students but most of the people are not knowing about it. Most of the people are misguided by their myths about scholarships. Most common myths surrounding scholarships are 

  • Scholarships are available only for students who belong to economically backward categories or underserved sections of the society.
  • The students that are meritorious are eligible to get a scholarship.
  • The amount of scholarship that a student receives is comparatively low as compared to tuition fees or whole expenses.
  • There are a lot of rules and regulations for applying in a scholarship and it requires a lot of paperwork.
  • The candidate will be able to apply for one scholarship at a time as applying for more will cancel the scholarship.

The scholarship is divided into merit-based, means-based, talent-based, merit-cum-means based, sports-based etc. The advent of technology had made the application process for all these scholarships easy and reliable. Applying can be done online even through a smartphone. The applicant can opt for various scholarships but can avail only one. This ruleset varies from various scholarship providers. 

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Scholarships in India Based on Merits

These scholarships are most common and are easily available if you are having good grades in your academics. There are a lot of merit-based scholarships in India and to pick the best scholarship that can match your needs is sort of a cumbersome task. We have made a list of scholarships that can be a very good reference material while seeking for merit-based scholarships.

Name of the Scholarship Application Period Eligibility 
Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellowship April to August This scholarship is applicable to professionals working in the Engineering profession in public-funded institutions
Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme for Central Armed Police Forces and Assam Rifles August to December Applicants willing to pursue a professional program in graduation or post graduation in india
Swami Dayanand College Scholarship for Delhi/NCR November to December 12th passed students with 85% marks
SOF Scholarship of Excellence in English (S.E.E) July to December Students of class 1 to 10
L&T Build India Scholarship November to December Students for final year BE/BTech degree in Civil/Electrical Engineering
INSPIRE Scholarship For Higher Education (SHE) November to December Class 12 passed students who are pursuing BSc/BS/MS/Int. MSc 
Siemens Scholarship Scheme June to August Eligible for 1st-year Govt. college B. Tech students
Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) June to August Class 11, 12 (PCM/B), BSc 1st year, Int. MSc 1st year students
11th All India Maths Science (AIMS) Talent Examination July to August Students of class 1 to 10th
Dhirubhai Ambani Scholarship Programme June to August Class 12th passed students
National Scholarship Exam April to September School students of class 5 to 12 and diploma/degree students
BTSE Bihar Talent Search Examination June to August Students of class 7th to 10th
National Science Concours (NSC) July to November Students of class 6th to 12th
J C Bose National Fellowship (Science & Engineering Research Board) Always Open Citizens up to 68 years of age
Nagaland State Merit Scholarship May to July Class 11th to Post Graduate
JM Sethia Merit Scholarship Scheme May to July Students enrolled in class 9 to 12, Graduation, Postgraduation
JSPN Scholarship May to July Class 11th to graduation
SIA Youth Scholarship in Singapore June to July Class 10th passed students
A-STAR India Youth Scholarship June to July Class 8th passed students
NBHM Scholarship for Post Graduate Studies in Mathematics June to July Graduates in Mathematics or students enrolled/pursuing PG in Mathematics
J N Tata Endowment Loan Scholarship December to March Graduates/final year undergraduates
G.P. Birla Education Foundation Scholarship May to July Class 12th pass students from West Bengal
Bighelp National Merit Scholarship April to June Class 10th passed students
RGIPT M. Tech Fellowship March to June B. Tech/BE
KSCSTE Prathibha Scholarship Programme December to January Class 12th passed students (Science)

Means-Based Scholarships in India

The scholarship is categorized into means based scholarship when the student gets the reward after considering their financial needs. These Scholarships are mostly favourable to students coming from economically backward classes. The major criteria for selecting the applicant in granting this scholarship is considered by the annual family income of their family.

The various means-based scholarships are given below:

Name of the Scholarship Application Period Eligibility 
Pre-Matric Scholarships Scheme for Minorities August to September Students of class 1st to 10th
Post Matric Scholarships Scheme for Minorities August to September Students of Class 11th to PhD
HDFC Educational Crisis Scholarship June to August Students of class 6 to 12 / undergraduates/ postgraduates
Financial Assistance for Education of the Wards of Beedi/Cine/IOMC/LSDM Workers – Pre-Matric August to October Students of class 1st to 10th
Financial Assistance for Education of the Wards of Beedi/Cine/IOMC/LSDM Workers – Post-Matric August to October Class 11th to post-graduation including diploma
Dr. Ambedkar Post Matric Scholarship for Economically Backward Classes (EBC), Tripura November to January Class 11th to post-graduation
National Overseas Scholarship for SC Students April to May SC, Denotified Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes, Landless Agricultural Labourers and Traditional Artisans
AMP Higher Education Scholarship Fund May to July Muslim students pursuing graduation
SHDF Scholarships June to August Students pursuing diploma, degree or postgraduate degree
INSEAD Deepak & Sunita Gupta Endowed Scholarships June to August MBA applicants
IDFC First MBA Scholarship July 1st year MBA Students (India)
The G.S.B Scholarship July to October Students from class 5 to graduate level
Azim Premji University Undergraduate Scholarship March to April Bachelor’s degree applicants
Nurturing Talent Programme February to April Eligible to class 5th passed students
Joining Hands Higher Education Scholarship Program March to April Undergraduate and postgraduate applicants
Padala Charitable Trust Scholarship March to May Class 11th, 12th, diploma and graduate students
Kind Circle Meritorious Scholarship January to March Students studying in Class 9 to 12, Graduation or Vocational programs (all years)
Jauhar National Fellowship September to November Muslim minority students (UG and PG)
Harvard Need Blind Scholarship December to February Undergraduates of Harvard University
AICTE-Saksham Scholarship Scheme October to December Differently-abled students
Loan for Professional/Educational/Training Courses to Disabled Persons Runs all through the year Candidates with 40% or more disability
Dr. Radha Krishnan Scholarship, HP Board of School Education December to January Class 10th/12th passed students
Medley Pharma Scholarship October to December Class 10th passed onwards
Sindhutai Sapakal Scheme for Educating Orphans and Children with Special Needs October to December Class 1st to post-graduation
Sitaram Jindal Foundation Scholarship Runs all through the year Class 11th to post-graduation

Merit-cum-Means Based Scholarships in India 

We had heard about merit-based scholarship and means-based scholarship, This is another category of scholarships that offer money to the applicant by considering their academic merit and also their financial needs. These Scholarships are available to students and the list is given below to read and understand about the various scholarships coming in this category. 

Name of the Scholarship Application Period Eligibility 
LIC HFL Vidhyadhan Scholarship November to December Students of Class 8 to postgraduation
Merit Cum Means Scholarship for Professional and Technical Courses CS (Minorities) August to September Students pursuing Professional and technical course
Keep India Smiling Foundational Scholarship Programme July to January Meritorious and deserving students
North South Foundation (NSF) Scholarship July to September Class 12th passed students
Nirankari Rajmata Scholarship Scheme July to September Class 12th passed and graduate students
IndusInd Foundation Merit-cum-Means Scholarship July to September Class 12th passed students
Baba Gurbachan Singh Scholarship Scheme July to September 1st year degree/diploma students
Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students August to October Class 12th passed students
Nurture Merit cum Means Scholarship June to December Students pursuing graduation
Vidyadhan Scholarship Program May to July Class 10th passed students
Shubh Aarambh Scholarship May to August Class 12th passed students
LIC Golden Jubilee Scholarship November to December Class 12th passed students pursuing UG/Vocational courses
Nirmaan Scholarship and Mentorship Program (NSMP) May to July Students who’ve passed class 12th
Early Success Merit cum Means Scholarship May to July Students studying in class 6 to class 12
DAIICT Admission Cum Scholarship April to July Class 12th passed or appearing students
Ryan Merit cum Means Scholarship April to June Students studying in Class 8 to 12
SRM University Socio-Economic Scholarships March to June Students applying for an undergraduate course in SRM University
Inspire Merit cum Means Scholarship March to June Students pursuing graduation
National Means Cum Merit Scholarship August to October Class 9th students
Swami Vivekananda Merit Cum Means Scholarship for Minorities (West Bengal) December to January Class 11 onwards students
KEI High school Scholarship Program January to March Students studying in class 9
Schindler Igniting Minds Scholarship Program January to March Class 10th/12th passed students pursuing diploma courses
Foundation for Excellence Scholarship October to December Students enrolling in BE/B.Tech and MBBS degree program
Federal Bank Hormis Memorial Foundation Scholarships September to December MBBS, B.E/B.Tech, B.Sc(Agri/Nursing) MBA Students
South Indian Bank (SIB) Scholarship Scheme September to October Undergraduates belonging to economically backward families of Kerala

Talent Based Scholarships in India

If you are a talented individual this is the scholarship category you should refer to. The talented individual can fulfil their career ambitions without any barriers in financing their studies. There are various scholarships which belong to this category and we have handpicked a few scholarships that provide good opportunities to students. 

Name of the Scholarship Application Period Eligibility 
GEMS Genius Scholarship July to August School students
Cultural Talent Search Scholarship Scheme November to January Students in the age group of 10-14 years
Toto Music Award June to August Young and talented applicants under 30 years of age
National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement June to August Students between 5 to 18 years of age
Kalakriti Fellowship Runs all through the year Young artists of age 25 to 40 years
Madhobi Chatterji Memorial Fellowship Runs all through the year Young artists from any genre of Indian Classical Music or Dance
Mani Mann Fellowship Runs all through the year Young musicians of 25 to 40 years
Young Artistes Scholarship September to November Young artists between 18 and 25 years of age
Inlaks Fellowships for Indian Classical Music September to October Young vocal musicians
Lalit Kala Akademi Scholarship February to March 21 years to 35 years artists.
Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar June to August Young Indian authors of age 35 years or below
FICA Emerging Artist Award July to August Young artists (age 18 to 35 years)
New India Foundation Fellowships 2018 April to June Scholars and writers
Comix competition (International) December to January Comic creators
The Hindu Playwright Award March to May Playwrights above the age of 18 years

Sports-Based Scholarships in India

These scholarships are available for the young sports people of the nation. This category of scholarships are dedicated to the spirited youth who wants to earn a nice reward for their excellence in the field of sports. Various scholarships coming under this category are given in the table below.

Name of the Scholarship Application Period Eligibility 
AAI Sports Scholarship Scheme in India December to February Players above 14 years who represent India in Sub-Junior / Junior / Senior National Championships, All India Inter University Tournaments, National School Games
GEMS Genius Scholarship July to August School students
MKG Chess Scholarship June to July Girl chess player below the age of 18 years
University of Sussex Sports Scholarships Scheme (UK) August to October Master’s degree applicants (performing athletes)
ASA International Scholarship (Australia) November to December Students willing to study in Australia
Symbiosis Society Foundation Sports Scholarships June to July Sportsperson enrolling/studying at Symbiosis International University

Scholarships for Women in India

This scholarship is offered as a voice of empowerment of women in India. This scholarship ensures that no women will drop out of education because of financial issues. The scholarship is granted based on the academic merit/ financial need of the girls.  

There is the list of scholarships that are available in India for women.

Name of the Scholarship Application Period Eligibility 
Dr. Reddy’s Foundation Sashakt Scholarship July to August Class 12th passed girls
Santoor Women’s Scholarship July to August Class 12th passed girls
Begum Hazrat Mahal National Scholarship Scheme for Minorities Girls July to September Minorities’ girl students studying in Class 9th to 12th
Post-Graduate Indira Gandhi Scholarship for Single Girl Child February to March Single girl child of the family up to 30 years of age
Women Scientists Scheme-C (WOS-C) November to January Women scientists above 27 years of age
SOF Girl Child Scholarship Scheme (G.C.S.S) June to October Girls of class 1 to 10
L’Oréal India For Young Women in Science Scholarship June to July Class 12th passed girls (Science)
UGAM – Legrand Scholarship Program June to July Class 12th passed girls
AICTE-Scholarship Scheme to Girl Child (SSGC) under Pragati October to December Girl students entering into the first year of technical courses
Marubeni India Meritorious Scholarship November to January Class 12 pass-outs pursuing the 1st year of graduation
Smt. Geeta Lochan Girl Child Scholarship Programme May to June Girl candidate of Arunachal University of Studies
Sasakawa India Leprosy Foundation Nursing Scholarship Programme March to May Girls who want to pursue B.Sc. (Basic Nursing)
Prabha Dutt Fellowship Runs all through the year Women journalists of the age group 25 to 40 years
Kalpana Chawla Memorial Award March to May Girl students appearing in class 12th
Lady Meherbai D Tata Education Scholarship February to April Women graduates
Tata Housing Scholarships for Meritorious Girl Students January to March Girl students in the 2nd year of BE/B.Tech/B.Arch
Muslim Nadar Girls Scholarship, Kerala July to August 1st year girl students of HSC/ VHSC/ undergraduate course
Bigyani Kanya Medha Britti Scholarship (JBNSTS), West Bengal May to July Class 12th passed girls
Merit Scholarship for Undergraduate Girl Students January to February Undergraduate girl students
Women as Cyber Leaders Scholarship (UK) May to June MSc degree applicants (Female)
Facebook Grace Hopper Scholarship May to June Women pursuing a CS degree program
Said Business School Scholarships for Women (UK) April to June Women pursuing M.Sc. in Major Programme Management
International Women Forum Fellows Program April to June Emerging women leaders having  at least 10 years of experience
Scholarship for Women: Professional MBA Facility Management December to January Female candidates
Women’s Cybersecurity Scholarships January to March Class 12 (studying or passed), graduate and postgraduate female applicants
MKG Chess Scholarship June to July Girl chess player below the age of 18 years

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