Merit-cum-Means Scholarship for Minorities (MOMA Scholarship 2021)

Merit-cum-Means Scholarship for Minorities: This scholarship is provided by the Ministry of Minority Affairs (MOMA) to encourage the students of minority communities to pursue professional and technical courses.

The students who belong to the below-listed minority communities can apply for this scheme by providing the necessary documents.

Go through the Eligibility Criteria, Required Documents, Application Procedure given on this page.

Merit-cum-Means Scholarship for Minorities 2021

The Merit-cum-Means scholarship for Minorities is provided to the students who are pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate level technical/ professional courses in the country. The selection procedure and release of funds will be organized through the State Government Administration.

Merit cum Means Scholarship for Minorities

Every year, around 60,000 scholarships are distributed to the minority community students through this scheme. Based on the population in the state, the scholarships are distributed among the states. 30% of the scholarships are reserved for the girl students.

The application process is carried out online mode on the official website (National Scholarship Portal).

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Eligibility Criteria

The applicants must fulfill the following factors to apply for the Merit-cum-Means scholarship.

  • Must belong to any of the below-mentioned minority communities
  • Students must have scored at least 50% marks in the previous academic year
  • The income of the family/ guardian must not cross Rs. 2.5 Lakh per annum from all the sources
  • The student must be studying any of the technical or professional courses of undergraduate/ postgraduate level
  • Only 2 students from a single-family are eligible to apply for this scheme

Eligible Communities

The following is the list of eligible communities to apply for the Means-cum-Merit Scholarship. Make sure you are from one of the below-listed communities and a valid community certificate is required during the application submission.

  • Muslims
  • Sikhs
  • Christians
  • Buddhists
  • Jains
  • Zoroastrians (Parsis)

List of Eligible Courses:

Mer-cum-Means scholarship is applicable to the candidates who have taken the technical or professional courses only.

Before submitting the application, the candidates have to make sure that the course taken is from the below-mentioned list.

Download the list of eligible courses using the below button

Required Documents

The following are the required documents to be uploaded at the time of registration

Note: Uploading invalid or inappropriate documents may lead to the cancellation of the application.

  • Community Certificate of the Parent/Guardian
  • A self-certified community of the student if he/she crosses 18 years of age
  • A valid Income Certificate
  • Aadhar Card
  • All the Educational Documents
  • Bank’s Pass Book
  • Bonafide Certificate


ItemScholarship Amount
Course Fee
(Day Scholars)
Rs. 20,000/- per annum
(Compared to the actual fee, whichever is less)
(Day Scholars)
Rs. 500/- per month
Course Fee
Rs. 20,000/- per annum
(Compared to the actual fee, whichever is less)
Rs. 1000/- per month
Scholarship Amount for listed InstitutesFull Tuition Fee will be provided for the students pursuing at listed colleges

Note: The maintenance allowances will be provided for only 10 months in an academic year.

How to Apply for Merit-cum-Means Scholarship 2021

After arranging the required documents, eligible candidates have to visit the National Scholarship Portal website to submit the application online.

Official Website of the National Scholarship Portal:

  • On the home page of the website, you will find the “New Registration” button, click on it
  • Go through the guidelines provided on the new page
  • Agree to the terms and conditions at the bottom of the page
  • Click on the Continue button
  • Now the Registration Form opens
  • Fill out all the mandatory details in the form and submit
  • You will get notified with the Login Credentials to your mobile number and Email ID
  • Use the above button to go to the login page
  • Enter the credential received into the page & login to your dashboard
  • Select the scholarship from a list and click on it
  • Fill the empty fields and upload the necessary documents
  • Submit the Application
  • The confirmation SMS will be sent to your mobile number
  • You will get notified if you are shortlisted

Scholarship Renewal

The Merit-cum-Means scholarship is valid for the entire course duration only when the candidates renew it every year.

The renewal process is also carried out on the same website. This time, the candidates have to choose the login button to renew the scholarship.

The primary eligibility to apply for the renewal process is to score at least 50% marks in the previous year.

The pass certificate is mandatory to upload during the renewal of the application.

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Merit-cum-Means Scholarship: Guidelines

Go through the below-mentioned guidelines carefully to avoid application rejections.

  • Only the students pursuing technical or professional courses are eligible to apply for this scheme
  • The courses must be undergraduate or postgraduate level only
  • Those who are failed to score 50% aggregate in the 1st year will not be able to renew the scholarship for the next year.
  • The applicant must not be benefited from any of the other central govt. scholarship schemes
  • The student should be regular to the college/ institution with a satisfactory attendance percentage
  • The students should not change the institution/ college during the course
  • Uploading improper documents or entering invalid/ false details in the application may lead to cancellation of scholarship and will be blacklisted
  • Be careful while entering the bank account details
  • Entering wrong account number/ IFSC will be lead to cancellation of scholarship even though you are in the selected list
  • The bank account provided should be linked with your Aadhar number
  • Make sure you must have finished the KYC (Know Your Customer) process for your bank account

FAQ on Merit-cum-Means Scholarship 2021

Q1: When will MOMA release the notification for Merit-cum-Means Scholarship 2021?

Ans: Generally, the Ministry of Minority Affairs releases the notification in the month of August or September every year. This year, we may expect it in August 2021.

Q2: How can I apply for Merit-cum-Means Scholarship 2021?

Ans: The applications are accepted through online mode only. The interested and eligible candidates can submit their applications on the National Scholarship Portal website.

Q3: What are the eligible courses to apply for Merit-cum-Means Scholarship 2021?

Ans: Only the students pursuing technical and professional courses are eligible to apply for this scheme. Check the list of courses eligible for this scheme using the below link.
List of Eligible Courses

Q4: I am studying an Engineering course and I belong to the minority community, am I eligible to apply for this scheme?

Ans: Yes, you are eligible. Check the list of required documents and submit the application online on the given dates.

Q5: How can I get the full tuition fee under Merit-cum-Means Scholarship?

Ans: The students who are pursuing courses at the 85 shortlisted institutions by MOMA can get the full tuition fee. Check the list of institutions on the official website

Q6: How to renew Merit-cum-Means Scholarship?

Ans: The candidates who scored above 50% marks in the previous year are eligible to renew their scholarship on the NSP portal.
The application renewal procedure has been given on this page.

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