1.0 The Scheme
1.1 Under this scheme, it is proposed to award 100,000 scholarships to the gifted or meritorious students whose parental income is not more than Rs.1,50,000/- per annum from all sources. Each State / UT shall have fixed quota of scholarship which will be decided on the basis of enrolment of students in Class VII and VIII in the State/UT concerned and population of children of concerned age group of class VII and VIII. The scheme would provide reservation to different categories of students as per the State / UT norms; as different States / UTs have their own norms of reservation. However, the total number of scholarships to a particular State/UT may be restricted to the allocation made by the Central Government.
1.2 These scholarships will be provided quarterly to the students studying as regular students in class IX in government, local body and government-aided schools. The scholarships will be paid from class IX till class XII for a maximum period of four years.
1.3 For fixing the scholarship to States / UTs, 2/3rd weightage would be given to enrolment of students in classes VII and VIII and 1/3rd weightage would be given to population of children of relative age group for class VII and VIII.
1.4 For fixing the 2/3rd weightage on the basis of enrolment of students in classes VII and VIII. For fixing the 1/3rd weightage population figures as per 2001 census may be relied upon.
1.5 Out of total scholarships each State / UT will be allocated a fixed number of scholarships on the basis of the criteria prescribed above. Each State / UT will further allocate their quota of scholarship district wise on similar basis.
1.6 The amount of scholarship is proposed to be Rs.6000/- per annum @Rs.500/- per month.
1.7 The State / UTs are already conducting the examination for nominating the students for the national level (second stage) examination conducted by the NCERT. The same examination shall be used for selection of candidates for the award of Means-cum-Merit Scholarships in the State / UT.
2.0 Procedure for Selection of Awardee Students
2.1 Each State / UT will conduct its own test for selection of students for the award of the Means-cum-Merit Scholarship. The State Level Examination may consist of the following two tests.
(i) Mental Ability Test (MAT)
(ii) Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
2.2 Mental Ability Test may consist of 90 multiple-choice questions testing verbal and non-verbal meta-cognitive abilities like reasoning and critical thinking. The questions in the test may be on analogy, classification, numerical series, pattern perception, hidden figures etc.
2.3 Scholastic Aptitude Test may consist of 90 multiple-choice questions covering subjects namely, science, social studies and mathematics as taught in classes VII and VIII.
2.4 Duration of the Test
Each test will be of 90 minutes duration. Children with disability will be given extra time, as applicable.
2.5 NCERT will provide a uniform set of guidelines to all State/UTs for carrying out the examination and promote evenness of evaluation.