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New, first time applicants are eligible to apply for a scholarship only when they are in the first year of a professional degree course in engineering, technology or medicine. To qualify for a scholarship, applicants must meet certain academic excellence and family income requirements.

Academic Eligibility Criteria

The academic eligibility criteria for professional courses in engineering, technology and medicine are:

  • Only the professional degree courses BE/B Tech, Integrated 5-Yr Dual-Degree M Tech and MBBS are eligible for scholarships. Diploma students admitted to BE, B Tech courses on a lateral basis, B Arch, BDS & B Pharma students are not eligible.
  • Only first year applicants beginning their studies in BE, B Tech, Integrated 5-Yr Dual-Degree M Tech or MBBS in the academic year 2016-17 are eligible.
  • The applicants should have passed their Higher Secondary/Pre-University/Intermediate/ CBSE/ISC or equivalent board qualifying examination not earlier than in 2015.
  • The applicants should have scored not less than 70% marks at the qualifying examination.
  • The applicants' admissions to their professional degree courses/institutions should be on the basis of the open/general merit rank awarded to them at the state or national level entrance tests or through a counseling process conducted at the state level (as in the case of Tamil Nadu), as per the table given below.

Maximum eligible ranks for entrants to professional courses in AY 2016-17

Course Category and States Maximum Eligible Rank
Engineering and Technology (BE, B Tech and Integrated M Tech) Courses
Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Odisha, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Nagaland - JEE (Main) (Overall All India Rank - Not State or Category Rank) 75,000
For students joining the IITs, the eligibility/selection cutoff criteria will be the total marks scored at the JEE (Advanced) by the last ranked General Category student admitted as well as their JEE (Main) Overall All India Rank of a Maximum of 75,000.
Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka 5,000
Kerala, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Chattisgarh 2,000
Bihar, Puducherry, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Jharkhand, Assam and Jammu & Kashmir 600
Goa, Chandigarh, Sikkim, Tripura, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Andaman & Nicobar Islands 500
Medicine (MBBS) Course
Applicants admitted based on National Level Tests like AIPMT/NEET (Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Odisha, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Chandigarh and Meghalaya), and AIIMS, BHU PMT, JIPMER, etc., will be considered on the basis of their relative Merit Marks and Ranks in the respective Entrance Tests.
Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu 750
Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, West Bengal, Bihar, Puducherry and Punjab 200
Chattisgarh, Assam, Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Tripura, Goa, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh 150

The above state-wise rank cut-off limits are based on the official seat intake capacities of the various states as authorized by the AICTE (All India Council of Technical Education) for degrees in engineering/technology and by the MCI (Medical Council of India) for degrees in medicine.