NMMS Exam 2021

Under the list of MHRD scholarships, the National Means Cum Merit Scholarship or NMMS is a Central government-sponsored scheme that financially assists the students of class 9th to 12th belonging to economically weaker sections so that they don’t drop out of higher secondary school. However, to avail of the benefits of this scheme, one needs to clear the NMMS exam. So, in this blog, we will walk you through all the essential details pertaining to the exam.


Exam Name National Means Cum Merit Scholarship Examination
Date January 21, 2020
Offered To  IX to XII class [Economically Weaker Sections]
Scholarship Amount  12,000 INR (annually)
Maximum Period  4 years 
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NMMS Scholarship Amount

NMMS gives a total of 1,00,000 scholarships to students every year. These scholarships pay INR 12,000 per annum i.e. INR 1,000 per month. Thi scholarship is paid for by the State Bank of India. It is directly transferred to the student’s account through the Public Financial Management System (PFMS). Each state is allocated a different number of scholarships depending on the number of students in classes 7 and 8 and the population of that state. This Scholarship is renewed every year till the student completes their class 12th.

NMMS Important Dates

Application Form 31st October 2020
Last Date for Application Form 31st December 2020
Defective Application Verification Last Date 15th January 2021
Last Date to Verify Institute 15th January 2021
Release of Admit Card 14th January 2021
Date of Entrance Exam 21st January 2021 
Date of Declaration of Result January to March 2021

Benefits And Features Of NMMS Scholarship

  • The department of school education and literacy under the ministry of human resource Development have launched NMMS scholarship
  • The full form of NMMS scholarship is national means cum merit scholarship scheme
  • Through this scholarship financial incentives are awarded to a meritorious student who belongs to the economically weaker section of society
  • The main objective of launching this scholarship is to reduce the dropout rate at class 8
  • With the help of this scholarship scheme, students will encourage to pursue their education at the secondary stage
  • Under the NMMS scholarship scheme, Rs 12000 financial assistance will provide from class 9th to class 12th
  • This scholarship will provide only to those students who are studying in state government-aided and local body schools
  • Only those students whose annual family income is Rs 150000 or less can apply for this scholarship scheme
  • This scholarship scheme has launched in May 2008
  • Every year around 1 lakh scholarships are disbursed
  • The state government conducts examination and on the basis of this examination they award scholarship amounts to the student
  • The scholarship is directly disbursed into the bank account of the beneficiary through the PFMS method by the State Bank of India

Eligibility Criteria of NMMS Scholarship

Here are the important details pertaining to the eligibility criteria of the NMMS exam. 

  • The candidate’s family income should not exceed 1.5 Lakh annually.
  • The applicant should clear the 8th class examination with at least 55% of aggregate marks. 
  • The applicant should be enrolled in the 9th class under regular mode and should be pursuing regular education from government-affiliated, state government, or local body institutions. 
  • In order to continue the scholarship in higher classes, candidates are required to obtain at least 60% aggregate marks in class 10th. 5% relaxation is given to SC/ST candidates.
  • Those who secure 55% aggregate marks in the class 9th and 11th examination and are promoted in one go are eligible to continue with the scholarship in 10th and 12th class respectively. 
  • Candidates pursuing education is KVS and NVS are not eligible to apply for the NMMS exam. 

Eligibility Criteria for Renewal of NMMS Scholarship

  • To continue the NMMS Scholarship in Class 10th and 12th, students must have scored at least 55% aggregate marks in the previous standards (50% for SC/ST students).
  • NMMS Scholarship 2020 – 2021 will be continued in Class 11th, if students secures a minimum of 60% in Class 10th (50% for SC/ST students).
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NMMS Examination Pattern 

NMMS exam has 2 parts to it namely, Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Since both the tests assess the candidates on different parameters, let us take a look at the NMMS exam pattern in detail. 

Exam Name  Number of Questions Total Duration  Assessment Areas
Mental Ability Test 90 90 Mins Non-verbal and Verbal cognitive skills
Scholastic Aptitude Test 90 90 Mins Science, Social Studies and Mathematics of class 7th and 8th 

NMMS Exam Syllabus 

Now that you are familiar with the structure of the examination, let’s understand the NMMS exam syllabus in detail. 

  • Mental Ability Test

The Mental Ability Test of the NMMS exam evaluates the critical thinking and reasoning ability of the candidates through topics like Analogy and Classification, Numerical Series, Hidden Figures, Pattern Perception, etc. This section of the exam has 90 multiple-choice questions.

  • Scholarship Aptitude Test

As discussed, there are 90 multiple-choice questions in the SAT which are framed from Social Science, Science, Mathematics subjects. You can prepare for the aforementioned subjects by referring to the topics mentioned in class 7 and class 8 Science, class 7 and 8 SST, and class 7 and 8 Maths

Books for NMMS Exam

Here is a quick list of books that you will need-

  • State Level National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Exam – Class VIII (Buy Here)
  • NMMS National Means Cum Merit Scholarship Examination (Buy Here)
  • Upkar State NMMS Class 8 (Hindi) Book
  • NMMS Exam Guide for (8th) Class VIII Paperback – 1 January 2021

NMMS Registration

Before you fill the application form, you should scan and keep all the documents in order. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to apply for the National Means Cum Merit Scholarship: 

  • Visit the official website and create an account.
  • Fill in the requisite details like educational qualifications, Aadhaar number, bank details, etc and.
  • Upload the scanned documents. Verify before submitting it. 
  • Once you have filled in all the relevant credentials, an automated NSP number will be generated. It is used as a login ID for future reference. 

NMMS Scholarship Documents Required

  1. Age proof of student
  2. Educational documents
  3. Aadhar Card/ Bonafide Student Certificate from School.
  4. Permanent Residence Proof
  5. Scholarship Catagory
  6. Name of Student
  7. Mobile Number
  8. Email ID
  9. Bacnk Account Details
  10. Identification Details

NMMS Admit Card

NMMS Admit Card is crucial when applying for the scholarship test. You need to take it with you to the examination centre as proof of identity. NMMS Admit Card is available on state-wise websites where you can easily download them following the below-mentioned procedure:

  1. Visit the NMMS website of your state.
  2. On the homepage, you will see a section on NMMS Admit Card 2021
  3. Click on that link, following which you will reach a portal to fill your Application Number and Name or Username and Password.
  4. Click on Submit after you have filled the details. Download the admit card from the next portal.

Details Mentioned on your Admit Card

There will be certain details mentioned in your admit card that you need to thoroughly check for correctness. The details will be as follows: 

  • Scheme code
  • State code
  • Centre code
  • Examination Centre
  • Serial number
  • Postal address
  • Name of their schools
  • Father’s name
  • Date and time of the exam
  • Pin code
  • Candidate’s name

NMMS Cut Off

NMMS has a uniform cut off in every state. In order to qualify for scholarship, you need to have a minimum cut off in both the exams. The cut off is mentioned below:

Category Marks
Open Merit Candidates 40%
SC/ST/ OBC 32%

For all the candidates who are eager to apply for the NMMS scholarship, there are certain details and requisites that one must be familiar with. Listed below are some of it-

  • Students must have obtained at least 55% in the Class 8 examination. 
  • There is 5% relaxation in the class 8 marks for SC and ST students.
  • The family annual income should be less than or equal to 1,50,000 for the applicants.
  • Students who wish to continue the NMMS scholarship for Class 11 and 12 must have secured at least 60% in the Class 10th board examination.
  • For renewal of scholarship, students must have secured 55% marks in the previous academic year’s annual exam. Relaxation of 5% marks will be given for SC/ST students.
  • In order to get the scholarship even after Class 10, students must get admission within 3 months from the result declaration date.

NMMS Results 2021

NMMS results are announced on different dates in different states. Students can check NMMS Results on the official website of the respective state. Students in the NMMS are selected as per their merits.

NMMS Result 2021 Date
NMMS Chandigarh Result 2021 Result HERE
Students Selected by NMMS Chandigarh.
NMMS Madhya Pradesh Result 2021 March 2021
NMMS HP Result 2021 March 2021
NMMS Meghalaya Result 2021 March 2021
NMMS Karnataka Result 2021 March 2021
NMMS Haryana Result March 2021
NMMS AP Result 2021 March 2021
NMMS West Bengal Result 2021 March 2021
NMMS Karnataka Result 2021 March 2021
NMMS Gujarat Result 2021 March 2021
NMMS Maharashtra Result 2021 April 2021
NMMS Chhattisgarh Result 2021 May 2021
NMMS JK Result 2021 May 2021
NMMS Telangana Result 2021 May 2021
NMMS Odisha Result 2021 June 2021
NMMS Bihar Result 2021 June 2021
NMMS UP Result 2021 June 2021
NMMS Daman and Diu Result 2021 June 2021
NMMS Delhi Result 2021 June 2021
NMMS Punjab Result 2021 June 2021
NMMS Goa Result 2021 June 2021
Other States To be Announced

NMMS Official Website

Here are the official websites of all the NMMS Exams:

NMMS Chandigarh   siechd.nic.in
NMMS Madhya Pradesh   mponline.gov.in
NMMS HP   himachalservices.nic.in/scert/en-IN/nmms.html
NMMS Andhra Pradesh main.bseap.org
NMMS Sikkim sikkimhrdd.org
NMMS Assam madhyamik.assam.gov.in
NMMS Tripura scertonline.tripura.gov.in
NMMS Jammu and Kashmir Schedujammu.nic.in
NMMS Haryana  scertharyana.gov.in
NMMS Kerala scert.kerala.gov.in
NMMS Odisha ntse.scertodisha.nic.in
NMMS West Bengal   scholarships.wbsed.gov.in
NMMS Gujarat   sebexam.org
NMMS Maharashtra   www.mscepune.in
NMMS Chhattisgarh   scert.cg.gov.in
NMMS Telangana   bse.telangana.gov.in/NMMS.aspx
NMMS Uttarakhand scert.uk.gov.in
NMMS Bihar   scholarships.gov.in
NMMS UP   examregulatoryauthorityup.in
NMMS Daman and Diu   daman.nic.in
NMMS Delhi   edudel.nic.in
NMMS Punjab  ssapunjab.org
NMMS Goa  scert.goa.gov.in

Selection Criteria 

The NMMS scholarship is a national level grants scheme that is regulated by the central government but the state/ UT level authority overlooks the selection process of the applicants. There are certain parameters that are put under consideration while examining the applicants. Below is a table depicting them- 

Particulars Details
Mental Ability Test (MAT) This test examines the reasoning abilities and critical thinking of students through 90 multiple-choice questions.
Most of the questions may be based on topics like analogy, classification, numerical series, pattern perception, hidden figures, etc.
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) SAT consists of 90 multiple-choice questions.
The syllabus of SAT covers the subjects of science, social studies and mathematics as per the syllabus of classes 7 and 8.

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