Minority Scholarship 2018 - List, Scholarship Amount, New Schemes

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Minority Scholarship in India was started from the year 2006 when Prime Minister’s New 15 Point Programme for the Welfare of Minorities was announced. It stated that scholarship schemes for meritorious students from the minority communities would be implemented in India.

  • Minority scholarship is from pre matric to doctorate level and encourages parents from minority communities to send their children to school/colleges/universities whatsoever is applicable.
  • The minority scholarship grant is to reduce the financial burden on parents as well as the respective institution and sustain their efforts to support their children to complete education till the level they wish to.
  • The scholarship schemes will form the foundation for their educational attainment and provide a level playing field in the competitive employment arena.

Minority Scholarship application form can be downloaded/filled online by visiting the respective links given below.

Minority Scholarship 2018 - Eligibility 

Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Jains, and Zoroastrians (Parsis) have been notified as minority communities under Section 2 (c) of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992. The distribution of scholarship among the States/Union Territories will be made on the basis of the population of minorities in the States/Union Territories of Census 2001.

Minority Community in India


Religion Percentage in Total Population in Census 2011
Islam 14.23%
Christianity 2.30%
Sikhism 1.72%
Buddhism 0.70%
Jainism 0.37%


List of Minority Scholarships in India

Under MOMA Pre Matric, Post Matric and Merit cum Mean Scholarship, the government has sanctioned Rs. 5164.45 crores, Rs. 2326.01  crore and Rs 1634.99 respectively from the session of 2012-13 to 2017-18.

Minority Scholarship : Number of Beneficiary (2012-2017)

Scholarship from 2012-13 to 2017-18 Amount Released until 31 January 2018 Number of Beneficiary
Pre Matric Scholarship Rs 5164.45  crore 3,40,56,999
Post Matric Scholarship Rs 2326.01  crore 42,23,730
Merit cum Means Scholarship Rs 1634.99 Crore 6,13,472


How Many students availed the Minority Scholarship in 2018

Total Students who have received the minority scholarship - As per Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Minority Affairs Minister, approximately 25.2 million students in past 4 years have availed the three scholarships - Pre-Matric, Post-Matric and Merit-cum-Means based scholarships. Out of the total students, 50% are girls

  • In 2017-18: 600 million scholarships were provided under three schemes
  • Target of Scholarship until 2020 - Next target of Minority scholarship is 700 million scholarships and the expenditure is going to be Rs. 53.38 billion.

MOMA Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme

This minority scholarship is provided by Ministry of Minority Affairs provide financial aid to students from Class 1 to Class 10  who belong to the minority community and are from economically backward families Under Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme. It covers two components i.e.course fee/ tuition fees and maintenance allowance and is directly credited to the bank account of the school. Ten months of maintenance allowance is also paid directly to students. Renewal is subjected to a minimum score of 50% in the previous examination.

Apart from renewal, every year 30 lakhs new scholarships are provided to the candidates whose family income is less than 1 lakhs per annum, a further 30% scholarship is only reserved for girls. The scholarship amount under MOMA Pre Matric Scholarship is Rs. 10,000-10,700 per annum.

Ministry is making efforts for Direct Benefit Transfer under Pre-Matric Scholarship scheme by linking with the parent’s account under “Jan Dhan Yojana” as the younger children in schools do not have a bank account. Click here for complete details on  MOMA Pre-matric Scholarship Scheme.

MOMA Post Matric Scholarship scheme

This minority scholarship is provided by Ministry of Minority Affairs provide financial aid to students from Class 11 (studying in government or private schools)  up to Ph.D. level and who belong to the minority community and are from economically backward families. The full tuition fee of the course is covered and is directly credited to the bank account of the school/college/ university/institution. Ten months of maintenance allowance is also paid.

Under MOMA Post Matric Scholarship, every year, 5 lakhs fresh scholarships are distributed to the candidates whose family income is less than 2 lakh rupees per annum. 30% scholarship is also reserved for girls. The scholarship amount under this section is from Rs. 5000 to Rs. 16,000 per annum.

Renewal is not subjected to any terms and conditions. Online Scholarship Management was made operational for the post-matric scholarship since 2014-15. Click to get complete details on MOMA Post Matric Scholarship scheme.

MOMA Merit Cum Means Scholarships

Merit Cum Means Scholarships is commonly known as MOMA Scholarship is awarded to meritorious minority community students for pursuing their undergraduate and postgraduate courses like Engineering/ Architecture/ MBBS/ Medical & Para Medical Courses/ Veterinary Sc. & Animal Husbandry/ CA/CS/ ICWA/ Fashion Technology/ Design/ Pharmacy/ Law/ Management/MCA.

Apart from renewal, every year, 60,000 fresh scholarships are awarded. 30% of the scholarship is reserved for girls. The scholarship amount is Rs. 20,000 per annum under MOMA Merit cum Means Scholarship. The scholarship scheme is managed online since 2010-11.  Click to get complete details on MOMA Merit Cum Means Scholarships

Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minority Students

This minority scholarship is provided by Maulana Azad Education Foundation (MAEF), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Minority Affairs provide financial aid to Post Graduate students who belong to the minority community and are from economically backward families who wish to pursue higher studies such as regular and full-time M.Phil/ Ph.D. degrees in Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences and Engineering & Technology. The total fellowships offered are 756 out of which 35 are reserved for physically handicapped.

From 2018-19 session, the number of scholarships distributed to the candidates has increased from 756 to 1,000. The maximum limit of family income is also increased from Rs 2.5 lakhs per annum to Rs 6 lakh rupees. 

Maulana Azad National Fellowship covers all Universities/ Institutions recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and also which are not under the purview of UGC. Click to get complete details on Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minority Students

Maulana Azad Scholarship for Minority Girl Students

This minority scholarship is provided by Maulana Azad Education Foundation, and it offers the scholarship to Girl students belonging to National Minorities who have completed their secondary education and secured regular admission in class 11. Selected students will receive Rs.12,000 each (Rs. 6000 in Class 11 and Rs. 6000 in Class 12) as reward money. After successful completion of class 11, the scholars have to send the renewal form to the Foundation Office for availing the second instalment of their scholarship i.e. Rs.6000 in class 12. The scholarship is given to 35000 girl students every year. Click to get complete details on Maulana Azad Scholarship for Girls

Nai Udaan Minority Scholarship 

Nai Udaan Minority Scholarship is a scheme to support for Minority Students clearing Prelims of Group A and B (Gazetted and non-Gazetted post) of UPSC, SPSC, SSC, etc. conducted by Union Public Service Commission, Staff Selection Commission, State Public Service Commissions, etc. The candidates have to apply for Nai Udaan Minority Scholarship 2016 within 30 days from the date of announcement of the result of Preliminary Exam. Nai Udaan Minority Scholarship is given to up to maximum 800 candidates every year.

West Bengal Talent Support Stipend Minority Scholarship

West Bengal Talent Support Stipend Scholarship or commonly known as TSP is offered by The West Bengal Minorities Development and Finance Corporation, and TSP is one of the latest initiatives by Government of Bengal to provide financial Support to the Minority Students of West Bengal who have passed their last final examination having less than 50% marks. In TSP scheme 30% quota has been earmarked for the girl student belonging to the minority group. The Students eligible for this stipend will be awarded one time in a year.

Other Initiatives for the Minority Students by the Ministry

Padho Pardesh - An Interest Subsidy Scheme

It is a scheme under interest subsidy is provided on educational loans to minority students for higher studies. The scheme became operational through Canara Bank during 2014-15. Till December 2014, Rs. 2.28 Crore has been released benefitting 573 candidates.

Fee Coaching and Allied Scheme

This scheme of the Ministry prepares the minority students for professional courses and higher services. Since 2007-08 till date, about 50853 students have been provided coaching in reputed institutions.  

Financial Support for UPSC Exam

Financial support is also provided to minority candidates clearing Preliminary exams conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), Staff Selection Commission (SSC) and State Public Service Commission’s (SPSCs). Twelve candidates supported by the Ministry in 2013, were selected in the Civil Services Exams.

During 2014-15 till 19.12.2014, total 444 students have been awarded financial assistance for clearing Prelims exams conducted by UPSC/SSC and State PSCs and an amount of Rs. 128.50 lakhs was released.

Statistics Regarding the Minority Scholarship

The Statistics are for the following courses, aggregate for all the states & UTs

  • Engineering & Technology
  • Pharmacy
  • Management
  • MCA
  • Architecture & Planning
  • Applied Arts & Crafts
  • Hotel Management & Catering
Head Statistics
Approved Institutes Count 10,325
Approved Intake 39,50,671
Minority Male Students 1,04,411
Minority Female Students 32,354
Total Students 20,81,210
Total Minority Students 1,36,765
Percentage of Minority Students in the higher ed Institutes 6.6%


Minority Student enrolment in 2014-15

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