NMMS Exam 2023

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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 NameNational Means Cum Merit Scholarship Examination
Conducting Body Ministry of Human Resource Development
Mode of Application Offline
Duration 3 hours
Offered To IX to XII class [Economically Weaker Sections]
Scholarship Amount 12,000 INR (annually)
Maximum Period 4 years 

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. This 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

Event Date
Registration3 March 2023
Admit card available13 March 2023
Exam 18 March 2023
Result Available 5 July 2023

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 2023 will be continued in Class 11th, if students secures a minimum of 60% in Class 10th (50% for SC/ST students).

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 QuestionsTotal Duration Assessment Areas
Mental Ability Test9090 MinsNon-verbal and Verbal cognitive skills
Scholastic Aptitude Test9090 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

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 2023
  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:

Open Merit Candidates40%

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 2023

NMMS results are announced on different dates in different states.

  • Students can check NMMS Results on the official website of the respective state.
  • Enter all your required details
  • Click on “submit”
  • The result sheet will appear on your screen, print or download for the future.
  • Students in the NMMS are selected as per their merits.

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 Pradeshmain.bseap.org
NMMS Sikkimsikkimhrdd.org
NMMS Assammadhyamik.assam.gov.in
NMMS Tripurascertonline.tripura.gov.in
NMMS Jammu and KashmirSchedujammu.nic.in
NMMS Haryana scertharyana.gov.in
NMMS Keralascert.kerala.gov.in
NMMS Odishantse.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 Uttarakhandscert.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- 

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.

Benefits And Features Of NMMS Scholarship

  • The Department of school education and Literacy under the Ministry of human resource Development have launched the NMMS scholarship
  • The full form of the 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

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


What are the passing marks of the NMMS exam?

In order to qualify for the scholarship, a candidate needs to clear both, SAT and MAT with a minimum of 40% marks in aggregate for both tests. 

How to check scores obtained in the NMMS exam?

To check the score you obtained in the NMMS exam, you need to log in to the NSP portal with the credentials provided during registration.

How many students get selected for NMMS Scholarships?

A total of 10,000 applicants are being selected every year for the NMMS scholarships.

Is there any negative marking in the NMMS Scholarship Exam?

No, there is no negative marking.

While the NMMS exam is a gateway to continue education beyond the 8th class for those who are financially weak, there are scores of scholarships for Indian students who want to pursue higher education abroad after school. Not sure which one you can opt for? Or are you confused about the application process for scholarships abroad? Then reach out to our experts at study abroad who will help you find the most suitable scholarship/financial aid, which aligns with your educational qualifications, and in the country where you want to pursue higher education!

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