PG Scholarship for University Rank Holders 2024 (Ist and IInd Rank Holders)

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The postgraduate (PG) scholarship for university rank holders is provided by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to 1st and 2nd rank holders at the graduation level. The main purpose of this scheme is to offer scholarships to talented students who performed well in their undergraduate studies to pursue their post-graduate education. The university rank holders are provided with financial aid to encourage them to study further. Let’s explore this blog to learn more about the PG Scholarship for university rank holders.

Scholarship NamePG Scholarship for University Rank Holders
Offered byUniversity Grants Commission
Beneficiaries1st and 2nd Rank holders

General Information About the Scholarship

The scholarship is provided to the 1st and 2nd rank holders in a university. For the consideration of their rank holders, all the universities and colleges should provide a certificate to the 1st and 2nd rank holders in the BSc, BCom and BA courses in their respective institutions. The scholarship is awarded to students who have recently completed their graduation and are looking for postgraduate admissions. The scholarship is awarded for a tenure of two years.

Eligibility Criteria for the PG Scholarship for University Rank Holders 2024

PG scholarship for university rank holders helps students pursue their studies. These are the following eligibility criteria for the scholarship:

  • The student can avail of the scholarship for the first PG degree only.
  • The student’s age should not be more than 30 years at the time of admission to the postgraduate course.
  • The 1st and 2nd rank holders from Universities/Institutions and non-affiliated/ autonomous colleges would be considered according to the number of students who appeared in the UG examination. Refer to the table below:
InstitutionNumber of students who
appeared in the UG examinations
Affiliating University (Central/State)100
Deemed Universities/ Autonomous colleges/
Private Universities/ Non-Affiliated colleges

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Application Procedure for the Scholarship 2024

Students can apply for the PG scholarship for university rank holders by following the steps given below:

  1. Visit the National Scholarship Portal to apply as a new user. 
  2. Click on the scholarship schemes hosted on NSP
  3. Read all the guidelines and click on ‘continue.
  4. Provide all the information and provide the bank details.
  5. After verifying the mobile number fill out the application form.
  6. An application ID and password will be generated, it can be used for future reference.

Documents Required

The student should have the following documents to apply for the scholarship:

  • Attested copy of the student’s undergraduate degree.
  • Higher secondary certificate.
  • A verification certificate is issued by the PG institute where the student has been admitted.
  • Scanned copy of Aadhar card or Aadhar enrollment. 

Application Fees

Usually, there is no application fee for the PG scholarship for university-rank holders. Candidates are selected for the awards on the basis of their merits and the course that they are selecting. The authorities release only a limited number of scholarship grants and there is a huge scholarship t committee that looks over the applications and decides the grants to be awarded. There are 3000 slots of the said scholarship.

PG Scholarship for University Rank Holders 2024 Dates

Below are the dates for the scholarships provided by UGC for the university rank holders for the year 2024. We have also listed the dates for 2023 for reference.

Dates: 2024

Scholarship ParticularsDates, 2024 (Tentative)
Scheme Closing Date3rd Week January  2024
Defective Application Verification Date4th Week January 2024
Institute Verification4th Week January 2024
DNO/SNO/MNO Verification2nd Week February 2024

Dates: 2023

Scholarship ParticularsDates (2023)
Scheme Closing Date17 January 2023
Defective Application Verification Date31 January 2023
Institute Verification31 January 2023
DNO/SNO/MNO Verification15 February 2023

Benefits of the Scholarship

The eligible students who are selected for the scholarship will receive an amount of INR 37,200/- per annum for two years only, which is the full duration of the PG course. For more information, candidates may visit the link

Disbursal of the Scholarship

After the completion of the selection process, the scholarship amount is distributed in the following manner:

  • The list of selected students will be given to the Public Financial Management System (PFMS) by NIC.
  • PFMS will generate payment files for the students and the amount will be paid for the complete duration of the PG course. The payment will be generated annually.
  • The students will get the scholarship through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode in their respective bank accounts.

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PG Scholarship for University Rank Holders Terms and Conditions

The terms and conditions for this scholarship are listed below:

  1. Incomplete applications will be rejected and only verified online applications will be considered.
  2. The concerned university or institution must verify that the candidate is a first or second-rank holder.
  3.  The scholarship can be renewed during the PG course if the candidate maintains the prescribed attendance.
  4. UGC will implement and monitor the scholarship scheme.
  5. The scholarship can be cancelled if:
  • University/Institution reports any misconduct by the awardee.
  • A progress report is unsatisfactory(if the student scores less than 60% in the first year of the PG course).


How are the scholarship awardees chosen?

The eligible candidate will be chosen on the basis of academic performance and other factors. Only complete applications will be selected.

What are the eligibility criteria for applying for the PG Scholarship for University rank holders?

The eligibility criteria are mentioned in the blog. Candidates can refer to that particular section.

If a candidate doesn’t attend the PG course every day his/her scholarship will be cancelled?

Yes, if a student does not maintain prescribed attendance or misconduct of the awardee is reported by the university, the scholarship will be cancelled.

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