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Maharashtra Scholarship

Like most other states in India, Maharashtra provides many kinds of scholarships to its students. Most of the scholarships provided are for those students who come from SC/ST/OBC/Minority families. Further, these scholarships are mainly for those students whose family income falls below a certain benchmark. This allows the government to provide scholarships not only to the most deserving students but also to those who require the scholarships the most.

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Maharashtra Scholarship Exam

Maharashtra Scholarship Exam

The Maharashtra State Council of Education (MSCE) provides a scholarship to students studying in the 5th and 8th grades. This scholarship is provided to a pre-determined number of top-ranking students from both classes every year. 

In order to determine the candidates eligible for the scholarship, the Maharashtra State Council of Education conducts the scholarship exam every year for which willing students from all government recognized schools appear. The scholarship exam is usually held during the first half of the year.

Initially, only the top few students from certain schools were allowed to give the exam. However, all students studying in the 5th and 8th grade in government recognized schools are allowed to appear for the scholarship exam. The students in the 5th grade appear for the Pre-Upper Primary (PUP) Scholarship Exam; while those in the 8th grade appear for the Pre-Secondary Scholarship (PSS) Exam. 

Exam Details

The scholarship exam can be answered in Marathi, Urdu, Hindi, Gujarati, English, Sindhi, Telugu and Kannada. It has 2 papers. The first paper has questions on the student’s 1st language and mathematics. The first language is the language the student is writing the paper in. There are 25 questions regarding the first language and 50 questions regarding mathematics.

The second paper has questions on the third language and an intelligence test. The third language is usually English. However, if the student is writing the paper in English, then the second paper will have questions on Marathi instead of English. There are 25 questions regarding the third language and 50 questions for the intelligence test in the second paper.

Thus, each paper has 75 questions worth a total of 150 marks and is for 90 minutes. Hence, each question is for 2 marks. The paper is given in an offline mode and students have to go to various centres in the state to give the exam. There is no negative marking for wrong answers.

The papers have a 30-40-30 level of difficulty. That is, 30% of the questions will be easy, 40% of the questions will be of moderate difficulty and 30% of the questions are of a higher level of difficulty. The syllabus for the exam can be found on the scholarship website. There are also sample papers to look at for reference. 

Maharashtra Scholarship Exam 2022

The Maharashtra scholarship exams for the year 2022 were postponed. Initially, they were to be held on the 20th of July 2022. However, due to heavy rains and warning of severe downpour, the exams were postponed to 31st July.

Application for Maharashtra Scholarship Exam

To apply for the scholarship exams, students need to go online to the MSCE scholarship website. Students then need to:

  1. Select the relevant scholarship exam (PUP or PSS).
  2. Fill details like UDISE Code, Name, standard and upload photograph and relevant documents.
  3. Fill online forms with the required personal and academic details.
  4. Pay the scholarship application fee.
  5. Submit after rechecking 
  6. save the application form.
  7. Print the form.

How To Apply for A Maharashtra Scholarship

Step 1

Apply for A Maharashtra Scholarship
New Applicant Registration
  • Visit the Mahadbt scholarship website.
  • Click on “New Applicant Registration”.
  • Enter and authenticate your Aadhaar details to proceed.
  • Fill the registration form.
  • Create your username and password.
  • Verify your email ID and mobile number

Step 2

  • After logging in, you will be directed to the user dashboard.
  • Click on “Profile” to update your profile.
  • If your profile is completed, you will get the list of suggested eligible scholarship schemes.
  • Select apply for the scholarship you want.
  • Provide necessary information and upload the required documents
  • Submit the application

Step 3

  • After submitting the application, you can check the status by clicking on “Applied Schemes”.
  • Applications under scrutiny will be visible under the title “Under Scrutiny Applications”.
  • Approved applications will be visible under the title of “Approved Applications”.
  • Rejected applications will be under the title “Rejected Applications”.

Some Maharashtra Scholarships-

1. The Post-Matric Scholarship to Special Backward Class Students, Maharashtra

  • This Maharashtra Scholarship is provided by the Social Justice and Special Assistance Department, Government of Maharashtra.
  • It is for students from the Special Backward Class.
  • The eligibility criteria include:
    • Students studying at the post-matriculation level can apply.
    • Students cannot have a full-time job or be repeating the same class.
    • Students must have 75% attendance for the current year

2. The Tuition and Examination Fees to Special Backward Class Students, Maharashtra

  • This is provided by the Vimukta Jati and Nomadic Tribes, Other Backward Class and Special Backward Class Welfare Department, Government of Maharashtra.
  • It is for students from the Special Backward Class.
  • The eligibility criteria include:
    • The student must be studying at the post-matriculation level in a government/government-aided institution.
    • The family’s annual income should be under than INR 8 Lakh.
    • The students must have taken admission through Common Admission Process.

3. The Dr. Punjabrao Deshmukh Vasatigruh Nirvah Bhatta Yojna, Maharashtra

  • Being a Maharashtra Scholarship, it is provided by the Directorate of Higher Education, Government of Maharashtra.
  • This is available to all students who fulfil the eligibility criteria which are: 
    • The scholarship is applicable to the children of registered labour or child of Alpabhudarak or both.
    • The family’s annual income should be less than INR 8 Lakh.
    • Students must have taken admission in a professional, non-professional or technical course at graduation or postgraduation level.

4. The Tuition Fees and Examination Fees to Vimukta Jati and Nomadic Tribes Students, Maharashtra

  • Being another Maharashtra Scholarship, it is provided by the Vimukta Jati and Nomadic Tribes, Other Backward Class and Special Backward Class Welfare Department, Government of Maharashtra.
  • It is for students from Vimukta Jati and Nomadic Tribes.
  • The eligibility criteria include:
    • It is open for students studying at post-matriculation level in a government/government-aided institution. 
    • The family’s annual income should be under than INR 8 Lakh.
    • Students must have taken admission through Common Admission Process.

5. The Education Concession to the Children of Ex-Servicemen, Maharashtra

  • This is provided by the Directorate of Higher Education, Government of Maharashtra.
  • It is for family members of ex-servicemen.
  • The eligibility criteria include:
    • The immediate family of Ex-Servicemen can apply.
    • They must be studying in Maharashtra at a government/aided college.

6. The Vocational Education Maintenance Allowance to Scheduled Tribe Students, Maharashtra

  • This Maharashtra Scholarship is provided by the Tribal Development Department, Government of Maharashtra.
  • It is for students belonging to the Scheduled Tribes.
  • The eligibility criteria include:
    • Students pursuing vocational courses are eligible to apply.
    • They must have passed the previous examination.
    • The annual income of the family should be less than or equal to INR 2.5 Lakh.

7. The Vocational Education Fee Reimbursement, Maharashtra

  • This is provided by the Tribal Development Department, Government of Maharashtra.
  • It is for students belonging to the Scheduled Tribes.
  • The eligibility criteria include:
    • The student must be enrolled in vocational courses like Pharmacy, Engineering, MBA, MCA, Vaastu Shastra, etc.
    • The annual income of the family should be less than INR 2.5 Lakh.

8. The Jawaharlal Nehru University Scheme, Maharashtra

  • This Maharashtra Scholarship is provided by the Directorate of Higher Education, Government of Maharashtra.
  • It is for all students provided they are eligible.
  • The eligibility criteria include:
    • Graduate or postgraduate students can apply.
    • They must have taken admission at Jawaharlal Nehru University.

9. The Education Concession to Children of Freedom Fighter, Maharashtra

  • This is provided by the Directorate of Higher Education, Government of Maharashtra.
  • It is for all students provided they are eligible.
  • The eligibility criteria include:
    • The immediate family of freedom fighters can apply for this scheme.
    • They must be studying in Maharashtra.

10. The Government Research Adhichatra, Maharashtra

  • This is provided by the Directorate of Higher Education, Government of Maharashtra
  • It is for all students provided they are eligible.
  • The eligibility criteria include:
    • The scholarship is open for postgraduate students.
    • They must be studying in Maharashtra at certain specified institutes
    • Students must have scored 60% or more in postgraduation.

11. The Maintenance Allowance for Scheduled Caste Students in Professional Courses, Maharashtra

  • This is provided by the Social Justice and Special Assistance Department, Government of Maharashtra.
  • It is for students belonging to the Scheduled Caste.
  • The eligibility criteria include: 
    • The scholarship is open for students enrolled in professional courses.
    • The annual income of the family should be less than INR 2.5 Lakh from all sources. 
    • The students must be residing in a hostel and be a scholarship holder of Government of India.

12. The Maintenance Allowance to Vimukta Jati and Nomadic Tribes and Special Backward Class Students in Professional Courses, Maharashtra

  • This is provided by the VJNT, OBC and SBC Welfare Department, Government of Maharashtra.
  • It is for students belonging to Vimukta Jati and Nomadic Tribes / Special Backward Class.
  • The eligibility criteria include:
    • The students pursuing professional courses like engineering, medical, animal husbandry, etc. can apply for the scholarship.
    • The annual income of the family should be less than or equal to INR 1 Lakh.
    • The applicant must be residing in a government hostel attached to the professional college.

13. The Government Vidyaniketan Scholarship, Maharashtra

  • This is provided by the Directorate of Higher Education, Government of Maharashtra.
  • It is for all students who are eligible.
  • The eligibility criteria include:
    • Students must have studied in Government Vidyaniketan in their 10th grade.
    • They must have scored at least 60% in the 10th grade.

14. The Tuition Fees and Examination Fees to Scheduled Tribe Students, Maharashtra

  • This is provided by the Tribal Development Department, Government of Maharashtra.
  • It is for students belonging to Scheduled Tribes.
  • The eligibility criteria include:
    • Students must have passed their previous examination.
    • The annual income of the family should be less than INR 2.5 Lakh.

15. The Post Matric Scholarship Scheme Government of India, Maharashtra

  • This is provided by the Tribal Development Department, Government of Maharashtra.
  • It is for students belonging to Scheduled Tribes.
  • The eligibility criteria include:
    • Students who have passed class 10 examination can apply for this scholarship.
    • They must be studying at post-matric level.
    • The annual income of the family should be less than or equal to INR 2.50 Lakh.

16. The Tuition Fees and Examination Fees to OBC Students, Maharashtra

  • This is provided by the VJNT, OBC and SBC Welfare Department, Government of Maharashtra.
  • It is for students belonging to Other Backward Class.
  • The eligibility criteria include:
    • Students studying in class 11 to postgraduation level can apply.
    • The annual income of the family should be less than or equal to INR 8 Lakh.

17. The Government of India Post-Matric Scholarship for Scheduled Caste Students, Maharashtra

  • This is provided by the Social Justice and Special Assistance Department, Government of Maharashtra.
  • It is for students belonging to the Scheduled Caste.
  • The eligibility criteria include:
    • Students studying after the 10th grade can apply.
    • They must be pursuing their education in the 11th grade or later.
    • The family’s annual income should be less than INR 2.50 Lakh.

18. The Post Matric Scholarship to Other Backward Class Students, Maharashtra

  • This is provided by the VJNT, OBC and SBC Welfare Department, Government of Maharashtra.
  • It is for students belonging to Other Backward Class.
  • The eligibility criteria include:
    • Students pursuing studies at post-matriculation level can apply.
    • The annual income of the family should be less than INR  1 Lakh.

19. The Post-Matric Scholarship for Persons with Disability, Maharashtra

  • This is provided by the Social Justice and Special Assistance Department, Government of Maharashtra.
  • It is for all students who fulfil the eligibility criteria.
  • The eligibility criteria include:
    • Students with disability studying from the 11th grade till postgraduation can apply. 
    • The student must at least have a 40% level of disability.

20. The Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Merit Scholarship, Maharashtra

  • This is provided by the Social Justice and Special Assistance Department, Government of Maharashtra.
  • It is for students belonging to Scheduled Caste.
  • The eligibility criteria include:
  • Students belonging to scheduled caste can apply.
  • The applicants must score at least 75% in the SSC examination and applied to the 11th grade for admission.

21. The Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Shikshan Shulk Shishyavrutti Yojna, Maharashtra

  • This is provided by the Directorate of Higher Education, Government of Maharashtra.
  • It is for all eligible students.
  • The eligibility criteria include:
  • The scholarship is applicable for students who have taken admission to a professional or non-professional course can apply.
  • They must have taken admission under the general category.
  • The annual income of the family should be less than INR 8 Lakh.

22. The Post-Matric Scholarship to Vimukta Jati and Nomadic Tribes Students, Maharashtra

  • This is provided by the VJNT, OBC and SBC Welfare Department, Government of Maharashtra.
  • It is for students belonging to Vimukta Jati and Nomadic Tribes.
  • The eligibility criteria include:
  • Students who are pursuing studies at post matriculation level can apply for this scholarship.
  • The annual income of the family should be less than INR 1 Lakh.
  • The students engaged in full-time employment or repeaters are not eligible to apply for the scholarship.

23. The Chief Minister Fellowship (CMF) Program, Maharashtra

  • This is provided by the Government of Maharashtra.
  • It is for all students who fulfil the eligibility criteria, which include:
  • Students must be between 21 to 26 years.
  • Students must have graduated with at least 70%.
  • Students must have worked for at least 1 year.
  • Students must be proficient in Marathi language.

24. The State Government Daxshina Adhichatra Scholarship, Maharashtra

  • This is provided by the Department of Higher and Technical Education, Government of Maharashtra.
  • It is for all students who fulfil the eligibility criteria.
  • The eligibility criteria include:
    • Studenst must be studying at the graduate level in non-agricultural universities in Maharashtra.

25. The Eklavya Scholarship, Maharashtra

  • This is provided by the Directorate of Higher Education, Government of Maharashtra.
  • It is for all students.
  • The eligibility criteria include:
  • Students who have completed their graduation in arts, science, law and commerce stream and have taken admission in a postgraduate program can apply for the scholarship.
  • The minimum percentage of marks to be obtained by them is 60% (for arts, commerce and law stream) and 70% (for science stream).
  • The annual income of the family should be less than INR 75,000 from all sources.
  • Students engaged in full-time or part-time employment cannot apply.

26. The Post-Matric Tuition and Examination Fee (Freeship), Maharashtra

  • This is provided by the Social Justice and Special Assistance Department, Government of Maharashtra.
  • It is for students belonging to Scheduled Caste.
  • The eligibility criteria include:
  • Students who have passed SSC or equivalent matric are eligible for this scholarship.
  • They must be studying in a government recognized institute located in Maharashtra.
  • The annual income of the family should be less than INR 2.50 lakh.

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About the author

Scholarship Writer at Rinnegan Industries

I am a writer who understands how hard it is to cope up with educational finances. Most of the students fail to avail scholarships due to lack of information. I write articles on scholarships to help such students. My articles about scholarships are well searched and written in easily understandable language. They will provide you everything you need to know including - scheme names ,when to apply , from where to apply , benefits and much more .


Mantisha Nida

I am a writer who understands how hard it is to cope up with educational finances. Most of the students fail to avail scholarships due to lack of information. I write articles on scholarships to help such students. My articles about scholarships are well searched and written in easily understandable language. They will provide you everything you need to know including - scheme names ,when to apply , from where to apply , benefits and much more .

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