PM Scholarship Scheme 2021 – Dates, Eligibility, Application Process, Selection Criteria

PM Scholarship Scheme 2021 has been launched by our Hon’ble Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi to encourage higher and professional studies amongst the dependent wards and widows of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), Assam Rifles (AR), and State Police Personnel (SPP). The scholarship aims at providing financial assistance to those who protect the country. Follow this article for complete information on PM Scholarship Scheme, dates, scholarship eligibility, how to apply for the scholarship, and selection criteria.

What is PM Scholarship Scheme (PMSS)?

The PMSS is an online scholarship programme under WARB, Ministry of Home Affairs. The scholarship targets the dependent wards or widows of the CAPFs, Assam Rifles and SPP(martyred during any terror or Naxal attacks).

The scholarship grants 2000 new scholarships every academic year in addition to the renewal applications to encourage the beneficiaries to pursue higher technical and professional courses.

The scholarship funds are regulated under National Defence Funds. A total sum of INR 80,52,320 was disbursed among the 335 beneficiaries in the year 2018-19.

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The PM Scholarship Scheme was introduced in academic session 2006-07 that would benefit the wards or widows of AR & CAPFs only and granted INR 15,000 to boys and INR 18,000 to girls annually. In the year 2019-20 onwards, the existing amount of scholarships has been increased to INR 30,000 to boys and INR 36,000 to girls annually. Also, the dependent wards of State Police Personnel (martyred in any Naxal or terror attack) were also included to avail the benefits of the scheme.

PM Scholarship Merit List 2021

Distribution of PM Scholarship Scheme

A total number of 5500 scholarships are granted per academic year. This number of scholarships is distributed equally between boys and girls. Under PMSS, 2000 scholarships (1000 each) are awarded to CAPFs and AR and 500 scholarships (250 each) to SPP.

A monthly amount of INR 3,000 and INR 2,500 is paid to the beneficiary girls and boys respectively.

PM Scholarship Scheme 2021- Overview

ScholarshipPrime Minister Scholarship Scheme
DepartmentWelfare and Rehabilitation Board (WARB), Ministry of Home Affairs
Launched byPrime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi
BeneficiariesDependent wards/widows of CAPFs, AR & SPP
Courses UG & PG professional and technical courses
Academic Session2020-21
Online Registration startedAug 16, 2020
Online Registration endedOct 31, 2020
Mode of Application Online
Official Websitewww.scholarships.gov.in

PM Scholarship Scheme Important Dates

PMSS EventsDates
Online Registration 16 Aug, 2020
Last date to submit online applications31 Oct, 2020
Verification of defective online applications15 Nov 2020
Scrutiny & Confirmation by University/ Institute15 Nov, 2020
Scrutiny & Confirmation by CAPFs and ARFirst – second week of Jan 2021*
Merit List Preparation and Lot Generation phaseThird – fourth week of Jan 2021*
Sanction of the scholarship by R&W Directorate, MHA First week of Feb 2021*
Generation of Payment fileSecond week of Feb 2021*
Division of scholarship fundsThird – fourth week of Feb 2021*
Dispatchment of personal letters by PMMarch 2021*
*The confirmation of the dates shall be provided soon.

Eligibility Criteria

The interested beneficiaries must check the eligibility criteria before registering themselves for the scholarship. Following is the list of eligibility criteria that must be fulfilled by the candidate to avail the benefits of the scholarship scheme.

(i) Dependent wards or widows of retired/ in-service/ deceased CAPFs, Assam Rifles and State Police personnel.

(ii) The candidate must be enrolled in any one of the professional courses enlisted by the WARB.

(iii) The candidate must qualify the MEQ (Minimum Entry Qualification). MEQ, as per the officials, is an aggregate 60% marks in previous appearing examination.

For the renewal category of applicants, it is obligatory to qualify each subsequent academic year with at least 50% of marks.

PMSS-eligibility

Exclusions

The category of candidates that will not considered eligible of the scholarship is:

  • Wards of civilian employees of CAPFs, Assam Rifles and SPP.
  • Applicants must be pursuing the courses via regular institute.
  • Applicants who have already availed the scholarship before.
  • Applicants who are availing some other scholarship.
  • Applicants getting stipend for their course.
  • Applicants pursuing any Diploma course, or a master degree course (except MBA, MCA).
  • Applicants who are studying abroad.
  • The institute must be UGC or AICTE approved.

List of Eligible Courses

Under PMSS, only some of the professional degree courses are included. The candidates must the enlisted degree courses from the link provided at the end of the page.

PM-Scholarship-Scheme-courses

Application Process

The interested beneficiaries must follow the procedure given below to apply for the PMSS.

Step 1: Visit the National Scholarship Portal.

Step 2: “New Registration” tab is provided on the page as shown. Click on it.

Pmss-register

Step 3: A page regarding the Guidelines of NSP will appear. All the instructions and guidelines must be carefully read and check the declaration boxes and then continue.

Step 4: The candidates must register themselves as fresh applicants. Fill-in all the details correctly.

Step 5: After successful registration, the candidates need to login to the same portal with their application number and password.

Step 6: Once logged in, the candidates need to fill-in their personal and academic details.

Step 7: The scanned copies of the essential documents must be uploaded by the candidates.

Step 8: Submit the application form for the PMSS.

Online Process Flow for Scholarship

After successful submission of the application form , the university/ institute will verify all the attached documents followed by CAPFs, AR and SPP.

A merit list will be prepared on the basis of the order of preference and the qualifying marks by the candidates.

The list of the shortlisted candidates will be forwarded to the R&W Directorate and MHA for the sanction of the scholarship amount.

The beneficiaries will be granted their scholarship funds via PFMS.

The Prime Minister will dispatch personal letters to all the selected beneficiaries.

Selection Criteria

The selection criteria for availing of the scholarship under new category will be based on an order of preference and MEQ, as mentioned in the eligibility section.

(i) Order of Preference

PMSS-order-of-perference

(ii) Dependent wards of State Police Personnel died in terror/ Naxal attacks.

Important Points

  • No rank restrictions from category A to E and for SPP.
  • Under category F-G, the wards of Assistant Commandant (local rank) can apply.
  • The scholarship will be granted to two members per family.

Documents Required

The following list of documents will be required by the candidate to avail the PM Scholarship scheme:

  • Aadhar Card
  • DOB Proof
  • Academic Marksheets
  • Bank account details

For CAPFs & AR:

(i) Service Certificate – H.O.O. issued

(ii) PMSS-documents

For State Police Personnel:

(i) A certificate claiming the death of a SPP during terror/ Naxal attack.

For Renewal

For CAPFs & AR:- Service Certificate – H.O.O. issued

For SPP:– A certificate issued by the educational institute.

PM Scholarship Scheme Guidelines

  • The scholarship is implemented only up to the course duration of maximum five years.
  • The scholarship is applicable only for the first professional degree courses only.
  • The candidate’s Aadhar Card must be linked to his /her bank account.
  • If any application is found guilty of providing any false information, the candidate will be blacklisted from availing of any scholarship up to tenure of five years.
  • The scholarship amount is transferred to the shortlisted candidate’s personal account via Public Finance Management System (PFMS) under DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer) programme.

Important Links

Official Website of MHAClick here
Official Website of WARB Click here
Official Portal of NSPClick here
Guidelines of PMSSClick here

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the beneficiaries of PMSS?

The beneficiaries of PMSS include the dependent wards or widows of Assam Rifles, CAPFs and State Police Personnel.

Which is the conducting authority of the PMSS?

Welfare and Rehabilitation Board (WARB), Ministry of Home Affairs

Which department is responsible for regulating the scholarship funds?

The PMSS funds are regulated under National Defence Funds.

What is the amount of the scholarship being offered annually?

The scholarship awarded to girls and boys is INR 36,000 and INR 30,000 per year respectively.

What is the mode of application?

The application form has to be submitted via online mode only.

What is MEQ?

MEQ stands for Minimum Educational Qualification. For PMSS, the MEQ is 60% average in previous appearing examination.

Can I want to avail the PMSS for integrated courses like BA+B.Ed. ?

No, the PMSS is applicable only to first professional degree courses.

I am pursuing MBA via distance learning mode. Am I eligible to qualify for the scholarship benefits?

No. The scholarship will be offered to only those applicants who are pursuing their respective course via regular mode.

I want to pursue M.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering. Can I apply for the PM Scholarship Scheme?

No. A limited number of master degree course programmes are included in the list and M.Tech. is not included.

I am a retired CAPF. Can I avail this scholarship for all my three children?

No. The scholarship will be disbursed to two members per family.

How will the scholarship amount be transferred to the beneficiaries?

The scholarship amount will be provided to the beneficiaries’ bank account via DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer) mode.

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