National Means-Cum-Merit Scholarship (NMMS) is a scholarship instituted by the Department of School Education and Technology. The Department functions under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. The objective of the scheme is to award scholarships to meritorious students of economically weaker sections. This can arrest their drop out at class VIII and encourage them to continue the study at secondary stage. Scholarship of Rs. 6000/- per year (Rs.500/- per month) is awarded to selected students every year. Scholarship will continue for 4 years for study in classes from IX to XII in State Government, Government aided and local body schools.

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General Structure of NMMS Examination

Each State/UT will conduct its own test for selection of students for the award of the Means-cum-Merit Scholarship. The State Level Examination may consist a Mental Ability Test (MAT) and a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

Mental Ability Test may consist of 90 multiple-choice questions testing verbal and non-verbal meta-cognitive abilities like reasoning and critical thinking. The questions in the test may be on analogy, classification, numerical series, pattern perception, hidden figures etc.

Scholastic Aptitude Test may consist of 90 multiple-choice questions covering subjects namely, science, social studies and mathematics as taught in classes VII and VIII.

Duration of the Test Each test will be of 90 minutes duration. Children with disability will be given extra time, as applicable. NCERT will provide a uniform set of guidelines to all States/UTs for carrying out the examination and promote evenness of evaluation.

More Details About NMMS

General Instruction regarding NMMS examination can be obtained from the MHRD website.

Each states will have slightly different guidelines and selection procedures for NMMS. So, it is essential that the applicants must go through their respective state education department website more specific instruction.

For students of Kerala, detailed information regarding NMMS and the examination can be found at SCERT website as a downloadable link.