About NMMS 2019

NMMS 2019:  Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) offers the National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship (NMMS) annually to provide scholarships to students of economically weaker sections. Each state/UT government conducts its separate NMMS Exam in the month of November/ December. Eligible students can apply for NMMS 2019 through NSP till October 15, 2019. Students studying in class VIII & IX examination can apply for the NMMS scholarship. 

Students studying in class VIII from any recognized board with parental income less than or equal to Rs. 1,50,000 could apply for the exam. 

  • Students studying in “Kendriya Vidalayas and “Jawahar Vavodaya Vidlayas” are not eligible for the NMMS scholarship scheme.
  • NMMS 2019 Exam will be conducted for 180 marks and has two paper sets - Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Ability Test (SAT). 
  • Students who qualify NMMS 2019 are awarded a scholarship of Rs. 12000/- per annum @ Rs. 1000 per month from class IX till class XII. 
  • Students should have attained a minimum of 55 % marks or equivalent grade in Class VII exams for appearing in the NMMS Scholarship 2019.

The objective of NMMS is to provide scholarships to students belonging to economically weaker sections of society so that they do not drop out of school.

Exam level: Matriculate
Frequency: Once a year
Languages English, Hindi
Conducting Body: Ministry of Human Resource Development
Duration 3 Hours

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NMMS 2019 Important Dates

15 Jul, 2019 - 15 Oct, 2019 Application | Mode: Online

NMMS 2019 Eligibility Criteria

MHRD issues guidelines which are to be followed by students to be eligible for NMMS and avail scholarship further as well. NMMS 2019 eligibility criteria is given below:

  • Students must be studying in class VIII and must have minimum 55% score (50% for reserved categories) in class VII.

  • Annual Income of the applicant’s parents must not be more than Rs. 1,50,000

  • In order to continue the scholarship, students must obtain 55% (50% for reserved categories) in class IX and XI and 60% (55% for reserved categories) in class X exam.

  • Students of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Kendriya Vidyalaya and Sainik Schools cannot apply for the scholarship.

  • Students studying in residential schools run by state government institutions with facilities like boarding, lodging and education cannot apply as well.

  • Students pursuing their studies in private schools cannot apply for NMMS 2019 exam as well.

Mode of Application : Offline

Mode of Payment : Other

NMMS 2019 application form is available on National Scholarship Portal. Students can download the application form pdf from the official website of state/UTs’ SCERT. The last date to submit the application form is October 15, 2019. Read below for some key points information on the application process of NMMS 2019:

  • Students can download the NMMS application form 2019 online but it has to be submitted in offline mode only.
  • Students may also get the application form from the school they are enrolled in itself, thus, ask your teachers for information about NMMS 2019 first.
  • Depending on the state, candidates might have to give a fee of Rs. 50/100. 
  • NIOS students can download the form, fill it up and regional NIOS office they are enrolled in for NMMS Exam.

NMMS Application form Link (State-wise)

Andhra PradeshClick HereMeghalayaClick Here
Andaman & Nicobar IslandsClick Here
MizoramClick Here
Arunachal PradeshClick Here
NagalandClick Here
AssamClick Here
OdishaClick Here
BiharClick Here
PuducherryClick Here
ChandigarhClick Here
PunjabClick Here
ChattisgarhClick Here
RajasthanClick Here
Dadra & Nagar HaveliClick Here
SikkimClick Here
Daman & DiuClick Here
Tamil NaduClick Here
DelhiClick HereTelanganaClick Here
HaryanaClick Here
TripuraClick Here
Himachal PradeshClick Here
UttarakhandClick Here
GujaratClick Here
Uttar PradeshClick Here
GoaClick Here
West BengalClick Here
Jammu & KashmirClick Here
LakshadweepClick Here
JharkhandClick Here
Madhya PradeshClick Here
KarnatakaClick Here
MaharashtraClick Here
KeralaClick Here
ManipurClick Here

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
General, ST, OBC, SC Online, Offline Male, Female, Transgender ₹ 100
General, ST, OBC, SC PWD Online, Offline Male, Female, Transgender ₹ 100

NMMS 2019 Preparation Tips


To be well prepared for the NMMS Exam, it is important to follow strategies and try different methods to see which you feel comfortable with. You will be able to study with focus and concentration only when you are comfortable with your surroundings and study strategy. Here are a few nifty tips and tricks to help you with your preparation of NMMS Exam:

  • Analyse the syllabus: NMMS 2019 does not a specific syllabus and the questions come from a few outlined topics and subjects. The difficulty level is the syllabus of class VII and VII. Thus, you need to analyse the syllabus of class VII and VIII along with previous year question papers and syllabus provided by MHRD.
  • Go through the exam pattern: Now that you have figured out the syllabus for NMMS 2019, you should go through the syllabus to prioritise which topics you will begin to prepare for first and which topics you will prepare later on. Once you have done that, things will be much easier for you.
  • Make a study plan: After dividing the syllabus for NMMS 2019 exam, you need to allot time to it according to its weightage, the time required and overall importance of the topic/subject. If it has less weightage, you can do it at the end of your preparation, before you start revising. This study plan will give discipline to the way you study and help you succeed.
  • Practice from sample papers: Following your study plan, after you have finished your entire syllabus, you should start solving sample question papers for NMMS 2019 or the previous year's question papers. Turn on a stopwatch and track how long it takes you to complete an exam. This will help you in self-evaluation, through which, you can work on weak parts of your preparation. 
  • Take ample rest and eat healthily: Remember a healthy body is a home to a healthy mind. Thus, to succeed in the exam, it is important to take care of your physical as well as mental health. Add short breaks in your study plan and follow your hobbies for some part of the day.

NMMS 2019 Exam Pattern

NMMS 2019 exam pattern is important for success in the NMMS exam. Exam pattern guides students about the standard of questions, number of questions, marking scheme, syllabus and much more. This helps students plan their studies according to weightage and time required for any particular topic. NMMS 2019 exam will have two sections, Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Abilities (SAT). For more details on these two particular topics, read below:

  • MAT - The Mental Ability Test section will have 90 objective type, multiple choice questions. Each question is for one mark. These questions will be based on analogy, pattern perception, classification, hidden figures etc. and they will test a student’s reasoning and critical thinking skills.
  • SAT - Scholastic Ability Test also consists of 90 objective type, multiple choice questions of one mark each. These questions will come from subjects and topics taught in class VII and VII Science, Social Science and Mathematics and will test the scholastic aptitude of a student.

To succeed in a competition like the NMMS exam, students need to have an edge over the competition. To do that, they need to solve question papers and get familiar with the types of questions that will come in the NMMS 2019 exam. Students can also practice from previous year question papers to get a better idea about the question paper. Students can visit the link provided on this page to download free sample papers, previous year question papers and ebooks for NMMS 2019 free of cost.

The admit card will be released in October 2019 in the offline mode. Students whose applications will be accepted before the last date will be able to collect the NMMS 2019 admit card from their school/institution in which they are enrolled in. 

NMMS admit card 2019 consists of information about the student’s name, centre details, the schedule for exam, roll number etc. 

It was crucial to carry the admit card of NMMS 2019  in the exam hall as students were not be allowed to give the exam if they don't have their admit card. 

After the exam ends, students had to submit their NMMS admit card to the invigilator, thus, they are advised to keep a photocopy of the admit card beforehand.

Documents Required at Exam

  • NMMS Admit Card
  • Govt. Issued Photo ID card or School ID card
  • Aadhar card

NMMS 2019 Answer Key

Some state/UT SCERTs release the NMMS 2019 answer key a few days after the exam. Students can access the answer key and calculate their tentative scores. They can access the available answer keys on the link provided on this page. To calculate their result using NMMS answer key, candidates need to download the answer key and analyse the correct answers. They need to mark all the right answers and add them together as each question weighs one mark. This will be done for both MAT and SAT sections. After this procedure is complete for both sections, candidates will be able to see their tentative NMMS 2019 result.

SCERT of all states/UTs will release the NMMS result between February-April 2020. NMMS 2019 result can be check in the online mode and students will have to enter their roll number and school code in the login window to access their result. Some states/UTs announce a final merit list which includes the names of students who qualified NMMS 2019. Steps to check the result are given below:

Step 1: Go to the official website of the state SCERTs

Step 2: Enter your roll number and school code as mentioned in your NMMS 2019 admit card.

Step 3: Click on submit.

Step 4: NMMS result will load on your screen.

Step 5: Download and save the result for future references.

NMMS result will consist of information like the applicant’s name, roll number, qualifying status, section-wise marks obtained against total marks etc.

NMMS 2019 Cutoff

State/UT SCERTs publishes the NMMS cutoff along with the result. NMMS cut off is released state-wise and carries the marks against which students will be granted NMMS scholarship. The cutoff of NMMS 2019 is released online in pdf format and students can check the state-wise NMMS cutoff using the link provided on this page. Steps to download NMMS cut off 2019 are given below:

Step 1: Click on the link provided on this page.

Step 2: A page will load. On the page, find the link titled ‘Check NMMS 2019 Cutoff here’. Click on it.

Step 3: Pdf of NMMS cutoff will load on your browser.

Step 4: Find the download button or a downward arrow and click on that.

Step 5: Save the cutoff for further uses.

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