Inspire Scholarship 2020-21
Updated on Jan 29, 2020 - 9:55 a.m. IST by Dinesh Goyal

Inspire Scholarship 2020-21 - Department of Science and Technology (DST) provides financial assistance for further studies through Inspire scholarship. It stands for Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research. Inspire scholarship 2020 is a merit-based scholarship. Students who fulfil the given eligibility conditions can apply for SHE Inspire 2020 scholarship. The main objective of the DST Inspire program is to attract students to study in Basic science and give them a chance to make a career in Science research. The eligible students pursuing UG in Basic and Natural Sciences subjects will be provided DST Inspire scholarship. The application forms for Inspire Scholarship 2020 will be released in the first week of November 2020. Inspire scholarship 2020 last date will fall in the last week of December 2020. Rs. 80000 per year are provided as Inspire scholarship amount. Read below to know more about Inspire scholarship 2020-21, amount, duration, eligibility and application process.

Inspire Scholarship 2020-21 Dates

Here is the timeline of events and dates pertaining to Inspire 2020 scholarship which will aid to track upcoming events.

DST Inspire Scholarship Dates



Online Inspire scholarship application release date

First week of November 2020

Last date to apply for Inspire fellowship 2020

Last week of December 2020

Inspire scholarship result release date

Last week of June 2021

Inspire scholarship Cutoff date

Last week of June 2021

Inspire Scholarship Eligibility 2020

Only the students who fulfil the following eligibility conditions can apply for Inspire scholarship program.

Age Criteria: Student’s age should be between 17-22 years

Educational Eligibility

  • The top 1% meritorious students of 12th class of any state or central education board.

  • Students who have secured JEE or NEET rank within 10000 ranks can also apply for the Inspire scholarship 2020.

  • Students who fulfil any of the above eligibility conditions and pursuing BSc, BS, and Int.MSc/MS in basic and natural science are eligible for the Inspire scholarship program 2020.

  • Students of ISERs, NISER and Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Basic Sciences studying integrated M.S. course are also eligible.

  • Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY), Jagadish Bose National Science Talent Search (JBNSTS), National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) scholars and International Olympiad medalists who are studying UG or PG course in Natural science can also apply for Inspire scholarship program.

Following Courses are Accepted

  • BSc/BS/Int. MSc/Int. MS course in Mathematics/ Geology/ Physics/ Statistics/ Chemistry, Astrophysics/ Botany/ Biology/ Astronomy/ Zoology/ Microbiology/ Electronics/ Geophysics/ Bio-chemistry/ Geochemistry/ Atmospheric Sciences/ Anthropology/ Oceanic Sciences.

  • Only regular course students are eligible for Inspire scholarship 2020.

Following Courses are not Supported

  • Other courses in any other subjects such as Medicine, Agriculture, Psychology, Engineering, Seed Technology, Military Science, Anthropology, Defense Studies, Home Science, Biotechnology, Bio-informatics, Geography, Economics, Physical Education, Education, Computer Science, Information Technology, Computer Applications, Instrumentation.

  • Distance Education students can not apply for this scholarship.

UP students can also apply for post matric UP scholarship 2020.

Inspire Scholarship Application Form 2020

The registration form of Inspire scholarship 2020 will be released in the first week of November 2020. Students can register online for fresh scholarship and they can also renew their scholarship through the same window.

Here are the major steps to apply for Inspire scholarship 2020-21

  • Open the official website:

  • Click on the new user registration link for fresh scholarship else follow from step no. 4.

  • Enter all the basic details as asked and submit it.

  • Now login with the credentials generated and candidate dashboard will open on the screen.

  • Open scholarship link and enter personal details, current educational information, 12th class details/National level competitive exam details, other details and contact details.

  • Now verify all the details and submit it.

  • Students should note down application reference number/IVR No. to track Inspire scholarship status 2020.

  • Take a printout of the application form to refer later.

Visit the National scholarship portal to apply for other state level and national level scholarships.

Documents required for Inspire Scholarship 2020

The scanned copy of the documents listed below are to be uploaded while applying for Inspire 2020 scholarship:

  • Passport size photograph (Compulsory for all)

  • 10th class mark sheet (Compulsory for all)

  • 12th class mark sheet (Compulsory for all)

  • Caste Certificate (for OBC/SC/ST)

  • Certificate specifying rank in National level competitive entrance exam (if applying under this category).

  • Certificate specifying award in KVPY/ JBNSTS/ NTSE/ International Olympic Medallists (if applying under this category).

  • Endorsement form signed by Principal/Director/Registrar of current College/Institute/University (Mandatory for all)

  • Eligibility Note/Advisory Note (Not mandatory)

  • Any other documents

Inspire Scholarship 2020 Selection Process

  • There is no exam conducted to provide this scholarship. Students are selected on the basis of their marks secured in 12th class.

  • Board-wise cutoff marks are released on the official website as a pdf file. Students who have attained equal or more than the cutoff marks are selected for DST Inspire scholarship.

  • They will have to open a savings bank account in SBI bank only and link the same with Aadhar. Now upload the scanned file of self-attested photocopy of passbook’s first page on the DST web portal.

Check the list of scholarship in India to know about other scholarships.

Inspire Scholarship Amount 2020

  • After selection, each student will be provided with Rs. 80000 per annum. The Inspire scholarship amount is segregated into annual scholarship (Rs. 60000) and summertime attachment fees (Rs. 20000).

  • The annual scholarship of Rs. 60000 is deposited to student’s account at Rs. 5000 per month.

  • Summertime attachment fees of Rs. 20000 is paid to the students who have attended the summer time research project.

  • A total of 12000 Inspire SHE scholarships are made available to eligible students.

  • The scholarship is provided for a maximum of five years or until the completion of course.

Inspire Scholarship Cutoff 2020

The cutoff are the minimum marks to get selected for DST Inspire SHE scholarship. Students who have achieved the same or more marks in 12th board result are selected for the scholarship. They can check their names in the Inspire selection list. Students can check the past year Inspire cutoff marks for reference:

Previous years’ Inspire scholarship Cutoff


Inspire Scholarship Result 2020

The result of DST Inspire scholarship will be declared in the last week of June 2020 in online mode. Students can access their result through the online portal by logging in. The selection list and rejection lists can also be downloaded from the official website. These lists will mention the IVR number, name and father’s name of the selected student. Students can also check the reason for rejection in the rejected list.

Renewal of Inspire Scholarship 2020

  • The renewal of the scholarship mainly depends on the candidate’s performance.

  • Students will have to submit their performance report and result marksheet within 12 months of the result announcement.

  • Only students who have achieved 60% or more marks (7.0 GPA or above) in the University/College exams will be eligible for continuation of DST Inspire scholarship 2020.

  • The scholarship is not given to the students who have not attended the exams or failed to achieve minimum marks.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - Inspire Scholarship 2020-21

Question: What is the password format for Inspire scholarship 2020-21?


The password must contain at least one upper case letter, one lower case letter, one digit, one special character with minimum and maximum length of 8 and 20 characters respectively.

Question: Can I apply for Inspire scholarship 2020 in 12th?


No, the minimum eligibility for Inspire scholarship program is 12th completed.

Question: Who is selected for Inspire scholarship?


Top 1% in 12th who achieve the cutoff marks are selected for DST Inspire scholarship.

Question: Can I apply for Inspire Scholarship with a gap after 12th?


No, students are not eligible for DST Inspire scholarship with a gap after 12th.

Question: When will I receive my 1st year scholarship?


After the approval of the 1st year performance report and mark sheets.

Question: Are students eligible for Inspire scholarship 2020-21?


No, or engineering students can not apply for this scholarship.

Question: What will happen if I do not achieve 60% or more marks in College?


Then your scholarship will be forfeited and it will be resumed in the next year subject to performance in the exam.

Question: Can I avail Inspire scholarship along with other scholarships?


No, you will have to surrender other scholarships to avail Inspire scholarship 2020-21.

Question: How to renew Inspire scholarship?


Students need to send their performance report signed by the Head of Institution and self-attested result marksheet.

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