Punjab Scholarships

Key Information

Conducted By The state government of Punjab
Eligibility Candidates from class I to postdoctoral level
Region Punjab, India
Rewards Up to INR 20,000
Last Date of Application December 20, 2021

The Punjab scholarships, run by the Punjab government, offer monetary benefits to the natives of the state. The candidates can apply online through the E-Punjab scholarship portal, Dr Ambedkar Punjab scholarship portal or the National Scholarship Portal (NSP). Students from class I to those pursuing a postdoctoral degree can apply to the Punjab scholarships. Additionally, the government offers several schemes to students belonging to the SC/ ST, OBC and minority categories. The tentative last date to apply for Dr. Raj Kumar Verka, provided by the Social Justice, Empowerment and Minorities Minister of Punjab, is December 20th, 2021. 

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List of Punjab Scholarships 

The state government of Punjab is committed to encouraging students to pursue higher education. Therefore, they offer several schemes under the Punjab scholarships. These schemes are based on the students' category and class levels. The list of Punjab scholarships are as follows: 

  1. Pre-Matric Scholarship for SC Category
  2. Pre-Matric Scholarship for OBC Category
  3. Pre-Matric Scholarship for Minorities
  4. Post-Matric Scholarship for SC Category
  5. Post-Matric Scholarship for OBC Category
  6. Post-Matric Scholarship for Minorities
  7. Merit-cum-Means Scholarship for Minorities
  8. Chief Minister Scholarship Scheme
  9. Attendance Scholarship for Primary Girl Students from BC/EBC Category
  10. Attendance Scholarship for Primary Girl Students from SC Category 

Pre-Matric Punjab Scholarships 

The state government offers pre-matric Punjab scholarships for students belonging to the SC, OBC and minority categories. They are available to students from class I to X. However, the class levels may vary based on the reserved categories. 

Eligibility Criteria for Pre-Matric Punjab Scholarships 

The students who are domiciled or residents of Punjab and are studying in government/ government-aided schools can apply to the pre-matric Punjab scholarships. Tabulated below are the eligibility criteria for the SC, OBC and minority categories: 

Punjab Scholarships Eligibility Criteria
Pre-Matric Scholarship for SC
  • The candidates should belong to the SC category.
  • They should either be in class IX or X.
  • The annual income of the family should not exceed INR 2,00,000.
  • Students receiving any other scholarships funded by the central government cannot apply to the pre-matric Punjab scholarships.
Pre-Matric Scholarship for OBC
  • Students should be from the OBC category.
  • They should be between classes I to X.
  • The family income should not exceed INR 44,500 per annum.
Pre-Matric Scholarship for Minorities
  • Minority students who are Sikhs, Parsis, Jains, Christians, Buddhists and Muslims can apply to this Punjab scholarship scheme.
  • The family income should not be more than INR 1,00,000 per annum from all the sources.
  • Students from class 1 to class X can apply.
  • They should have obtained at least 50% marks in their previous exam.

Benefits of Pre-Matric Punjab Scholarships 

The government offers monetary aid to students studying in schools. It aims to motivate young children to pursue higher education and thereby reduce the number of dropouts. Tabulated below are the benefits of pre-matric Punjab scholarships for the SC, OBC and minority students: 

Benefits Punjab Scholarships
Pre-Matric Scholarship for SC Students
  • The state government will grant the following Punjab scholarship amount:
    • Day scholars - INR 150
    • Hostellers - INR 350
  • The Punjab scholarship amount for ad hoc expenses are as follows:
    • Day scholars - INR 750
    • Hostellers - INR 1,000
  • The government will also grant an additional allowance for students with disabilities.
Pre-Matric Scholarship for OBC Students
  • Students from class I to X will receive the following benefits:
    • Class I to V - INR 25 per month
    • Class VI to VIII - INR 40 per month
    • Classes IX and X - INR 50 per month
  • Ad hoc grant - INR 500 per annum
Pre-Matric Scholarship for Minorities
  • The day scholars and hostellers will receive the following maintenance allowance every month:
    • Day scholars in class I to X - INR 100
    • Hostellers in class VI to X - INR 600
  • Students in classes VI to X will receive an INR 500 per annum admission fee or the actual cost.
  • Students between classes VI to X will receive a tuition fee of INR 350 per month or the actual fee.

Post-Matric Punjab Scholarships 

The natives of Punjab belonging to the SC, OBC and minority categories can avail post-matric Punjab scholarships. Candidates from class XI to the postdoctoral level can apply to these Punjab scholarship schemes. However, the students should study in an institution recognised by the Indian government. 

Eligibility Criteria for Post-Matric Punjab Scholarships 

The applicants should ensure they fulfil all the requirements before applying for the post-matric Punjab scholarships. Tabulated below are the details of the eligibility criteria for SC, OBC and minority categories: 

Post-Matric Punjab Scholarship for SC Students 

Punjab Scholarships Eligibility Criteria
Post-Matric Punjab Scholarship for SC Students
  • The candidates should be studying class XI or above.
  • They should belong to the Scheduled Caste (SC) category.
  • The family income of the employed candidates and their parents should not exceed INR 2,50,000.
Post-Matric Punjab Scholarship for OBC Students
  • OBC category students studying from class XI and above are eligible.
  • The income of the employed candidates and their families should not exceed INR 1,00,000 per annum.
Post-Matric Scholarship for Minorities
  • Minority category students belonging to Sikhs, Parsis, Buddhists, Jains, Muslims, Christians and Jains can apply to this post-matric Punjab scholarship.
  • Minorities between class XI and postdoctoral levels are eligible to apply.
  • The family income should not exceed INR 2,00,000 per annum from all sources.

Benefits of Post-Matric Punjab Scholarships 

The post-matric Punjab scholarships offer financial aid to support candidate's maintenance allowance, non-refundable fee, thesis, study tour, book and printing charges. The details of the post-matric Punjab scholarships benefits are as follows: 

Benefits Punjab Scholarships
Post-Matric Scholarship for SC Students
  • The SC category students pursuing the post-matric studies will receive the following maintenance allowance every month:
    • Hostellers - INR 1,200
    • Day scholars - INR 550
  • The government will refund the non-fundable fees of the selected candidates.
  • Additionally, they will offer up to INR 1,600 per annum towards the study tour.
  • The research scholars will receive INR 1,600 per annum.
  • Students studying through correspondence will receive up to INR 1,200 per annum.
Post-Matric Scholarship for OBC Students
  • The government grants the following maintenance allowances to the OBC students:
    • Hostellers - INR 750
    • Day-scholars - INR 350
  • Visually impaired students will receive INR 175 per month as readers charges.
  • Research students will receive up to INR 1,000 towards thesis typing.
  • The government will grant INR 900 per annum for the study tour.
Post-Matric Scholarship for Minorities
  • The government will offer admission and tuition fees of up to INR 7,000 per annum to students between XI and XII classes.
  • The government will grant INR 10,000 per annum towards admission and tuition fees for students pursuing technical and vocational courses.
  • Those pursuing UG or PG will receive up to INR 3,000 per annum towards admission and tuition fee.
  • The maintenance allowance are as follows:
    •  Class XI and XII
      • Hostellers - INR 380 per month
      • Day scholars - INR 230 per month
    •  UG and PG Level
      • Hostellers - INR 570 per month
      • Day scholars - INR 300 per month

Merit-cum-Means Punjab Scholarship for Minorities 

Minorities in Punjab who pursue bachelor's/ masters in professional or technical courses can apply to the merit-cum-means Punjab scholarship. The minority community in Punjab includes Sikhs, Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, Parsis, Buddhists and Jains. Interested candidates can apply through the official National Scholarship Portal (NSP)

Eligibility Criteria for Merit-cum-Means Punjab Scholarship for Minorities 

Tabulated below are the Punjab scholarship eligibility criteria for merit-cum-means scheme for minorities: 

Punjab Scholarships Eligibility Criteria
Merit-cum-Means Punjab Scholarship for Minorities
  • The candidates should be pursuing a course in nursing, pharmaceutical, management, technical, professional, etc.
  • The family income, including the beneficiary's, parents or guardians', should not exceed INR 2,50,000 from all sources.
  • They should have obtained at least 50% or equivalent in the last qualifying exam.
  • The students should not avail any other scholarships while applying for this Punjab scholarship scheme.
  • The candidates applying for this Punjab scholarship renewal process should have secured at least 50% marks in the previous qualifying exam.

Benefits of Merit-cum-Means Punjab Scholarship for Minorities 

The selected students for the merit-cum-means Punjab scholarship will receive the following benefits: 

Punjab Scholarships Benefits
Merit-cum-Means Punjab Scholarship for Minorities
  • The state will grant the following maintenance allowances every month for ten months:
    • Hostellers - INR 1,000
    • Day Scholars - INR 500
  • Additionally, the Punjab government will grant INR 20,000 per annum or the actual fee, whichever is lesser, to the day scholars and hostellers.

Chief Minister Punjab Scholarship 2021 

The state government launched the chief minister Punjab scholarship in 2017-18. Punjab residents pursuing diploma courses in government institutions can apply to the chief minister Punjab scholarship 2021. In this scheme, the government will waive the tuition fee of the selected students based on their marks. 

Chief Minister Punjab Scholarship Eligibility Criteria 

The candidates can refer to the table below to know the chief minister Punjab scholarship eligibility criteria: 

Punjab Scholarships Eligibility Criteria
Chief Minister Punjab Scholarship
  • The candidates should be pursuing diploma courses in government polytechnic colleges.
  • They should have obtained at least 60% in the Class X board exam.

Benefits of Chief Minister Punjab Scholarship 

The Punjab state government will waive off the students' fees based on their class X marks. Tabulated below are the details of the fee waiver: 

Percentage in Class X Exam Fee Waiver
60% to 70% marks 70%
70% to 80% marks 80%
80% to 90% marks 90%
90% to 100% marks 100%

Attendance Scheme for Primary Girl Students 

The state government of Punjab has launched the attendance scheme for primary girl students belonging to the backward classes, economically weaker sections and Scheduled Caste (SC) categories. The government executed this Punjab scholarship scheme to motivate young girls and prevent them from dropping out of school due to their financial conditions. 

There are two attendance schemes for primary girl students under the Punjab scholarships. One scholarship scheme supports the girls in the BC/ EBC category, and the other scheme helps students belonging to the Scheduled Caste (SC) category. Below are the details of the attendance scholarship schemes for girls in primary schools under the Punjab scholarship 2021. 

Attendance Scheme for Primary Girl Students in BC/ EBC Category 

The eligibility criteria for the attendance scheme for primary girl students in backward classes and economically weaker sections are as follows: 

Punjab Government Scholarships Eligibility Criteria
Attendance Scheme for Primary Girl Students in Backward Classes
  • The candidates should be domiciles of Punjab.
  • They should be in primary school.
  • The students should have at least 75% attendance to receive the benefit of this Punjab scholarship.
  • The parents/guardians of the students should not own more than five acres of land.
  • The family income should not exceed INR 1,00,000 per annum.
  • Candidates should not receive any other scholarship benefits.

Attendance Scheme for Primary Girl Students in Scheduled Caste (SC) Category 

The eligibility criteria of the attendance scheme for primary girl students belonging to the SC category are as follows: 

Punjab Scholarships Eligibility Criteria
Attendance Scheme for Primary Girl Students in SC Category
  • The candidates should be residents of Punjab.
  • The students should have a minimum of 75% attendance in their classes.
  • The candidate's family should not own more than five acres of land.
  • The student's parents/ guardians should not fall under the income tax bracket.

Benefits of Attendance Schemes for Primary Girl Students 

As per this Punjab scholarship scheme, each female student belonging to the BC/ EBC and SC categories will receive INR 50 per month for ten months in a year. 

How to Fill Punjab Scholarship Form? 

The candidates can apply to the Punjab government scholarships online through Dr Ambedkar Punjab scholarship portal, E-Punjab scholarship portal and National Scholarship Portal (NSP). Moreover, they can scroll down to learn how to fill a Punjab scholarship form on different official websites. 

E-Punjab Scholarship Portal 

The students applying to the following Punjab scholarships can use the E-Punjab scholarship portal

  1. Pre-Matric Scholarship for SC Students
  2. Pre-Matric Scholarship for OBC Students
  3. Pre-Matric Scholarship for Minorities
  4. Attendance Scholarship for Primary Girl Students of BC/EBC Classes
  5. Attendance Scholarship for Primary Girl Students of SC category 

Dr Ambedkar Punjab Scholarship Portal 

The list of Punjab scholarships available on Dr Ambedkar Punjab scholarship portal are as follows: 

  1. Post-Matric Scholarship for SC Students
  2. Post-Matric Scholarship for OBC Students 

National Scholarship Portal 

Eligible candidates can apply to the Punjab scholarships for minorities on the National Scholarship Portal (NSP). The list of Punjab scholarships for minorities are as follows: 

  1. Post-Matric Scholarship for Minorities
  2. Merit-cum-Means Scholarship for Minorities 

How to Apply on E-Punjab Scholarship Portal? 

The candidates can apply to the attendance scholarship schemes for primary girls, pre-matric scholarships for SC, OBC and minority categories through the E-Punjab scholarship portal. The school incharge will apply for the scholarships on behalf of the students. The stepwise procedure to apply for the E-Punjab scholarship are as follows: 

Step 1: The school-incharge should visit the official E-Punjab scholarship portal.

Step 2: They should click on the school office login button under the login tab. 

 

E-Punjab Scholarship Portal - School Login

 

Step 3: Next, they should log in by providing the school/office's username, password and click on the login button. 

Punjab Scholarship - Login

Step 4:  After logging in, the officials should click on opt scholarship under the student tab.

Step 5: They should fill up the details and click on the show button.

Step 6: Now, the officials can view the list of applicants and their details.

Step 7: Next, they should click on the opt button against the selected student's name.

Step 8: The system will direct the officials to an application page with the student's basic details.

Step 9: They should select the scholarship type from the dropdown menu and fill in the other details.

Step 10: After making the changes, the school incharge should click on the submit button.

How to Apply on Dr Ambedkar Punjab Scholarship Portal? 

Eligible students applying for the post-matric scholarships for SC and OBC categories should visit the official Dr Ambedkar Punjab scholarship portal. Besides the application, the candidates can also visit the portal to receive the latest Punjab scholarship notifications. The stepwise process to apply for these scholarships are as follows: 

Step 1: The candidates should visit the official Dr Ambedkar Punjab scholarship portal.

Step 2: Every candidate, both fresh and renewal applicants, should register by clicking on the student registration button available under the student corner section.

Step 3:The applicants will receive the Punjab scholarship login credentials consisting of a username and password after completing the Punjab scholarship new registration process.

Step 4: Next, the candidates should click on apply for the scholarship.

Step 5: They should duly fill in all the details on the application form.

Step 6: After filling in the Punjab scholarship form, the candidates should submit it by clicking on the register scholarship application form.

Step 7: Lastly, the candidates should upload the essential documents by clicking on the tab available on the left side of the Punjab scholarship form.

Step 8: After uploading the documents, they should click on submit to complete the application process.

Application Process for National Scholarship Portal (NSP) 

The minorities who want to apply for the Punjab government scholarships can use the NSP portal. Those applying for the first time should register themselves on the portal. After registration, the candidates will receive the login credentials on their registered phone number. Further, they can apply to the Punjab scholarships for minorities by logging into the portal with their username and password.

Read more on National Scholarship Portal-NSP 2021

Essential Documents for Punjab Scholarships 

The candidates applying for the pre-matric Punjab scholarships should manually submit their documents to the head of the institution. In contrast, those applying for the post-matric Punjab scholarships can upload the documents online in the prescribed format. Listed below are the essential documents for the application of Punjab scholarships: 

  • A passport size photo of the candidate
  • Aadhaar card
  • Copy of the mark sheets
  • Proof of residence
  • Admission letter/ fee receipt
  • Caste certificate (if applicable)
  • Family income certificate
  • Bank details of a nationalised bank, including the IFSC code 

Contact Details for Punjab Scholarships 

In case of any queries regarding the pre-matric Punjab scholarships and attendance schemes, the candidates can click on the link to know the Punjab scholarship contact number for different districts in the state. 

For any other queries, the candidates can contact the department of social justice, empowerment and minorities under the government of Punjab. In addition, they can find the Punjab scholarship helpline number of the district welfare officers for all the districts by clicking on the link.

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