National Scholarship Portal (NSP)
1. What is National Scholarship Portal (NSP)?
NSP is one-stop solution through which various services starting from student application, application receipt, verification, processing, and disbursal of various scholarships to students are facilitated. National Scholarship Portal is taken as Mission Mode Project (MMP) under Digital India. This initiative aims at providing a Simplified, Mission-oriented, Accountable, Responsive and Transparent 'SMART' System for faster and effective disbursal of Scholarship to eligible applicants directly into their account through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) without any leakages.
2. Purpose of the Document for NSP:
This document defines Roles and Responsibilities of all users of NSP, and briefly conveys the high-level processes involved while operating NSP.
3. Overall NSP Workflow
The steps involved in NSP are as follows:
➢ Step-1: Student Registration and Application Submission
➢ Step-2: Level 1 Verification of Application at Institute Level
➢ Step-3: Level 2/3 Verification of Application at District/State/Ministry Level
➢ Step-4: Beneficiary Records Creation and Account Validation by PFMS
➢ Step-5: Applications Deduplication and Merit List Generation
➢ Step-6: Payment File Generation and Financial Approval
➢ Step-7: Scholarship Disbursement through DBT
*Kindly refer User manual(s) for steps involved at each of the above steps.
4. Users of NSP and their Roles and Responsibilities
This section enlists the essential users of NSP, and enumerates their brief roles and responsibilities.
4.1. Users of NSP
The primary users of NSP are as under:
a) Student / Applicant
b) Institute Nodal Officer
c) District/ State/ Ministry Nodal Officer
d) Scheme owner Ministries / Departments / Other Govt. bodies
e) Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology
f) Direct Benefit Transfer(DBT) Mission, Cabinet Secretariat
g) National Informatics Center (NIC)
h) Help Desk
4.2. Roles & Responsibilities
The user-wise Roles & Responsibilities are as per the subsections below:
4.2.1. Student/ Applicant
The primary role of the Student/ Applicant is to register and submit the application at NSP. The student/applicant who is applying for the first time on NSP portal, is referred to as Fresh Students, and the students who have been granted scholarship in any of the scheme on-boarded at NSP in the immediately preceding Academic Year, are referred to as Renewal students. The student/applicant using the NSP must adhere to the following:
1. NSP Scholarship Registration Process for Fresh Students:
- Students applying for scholarship for the first time need to "Register" on the portal as fresh applicant, using the icon “New Registration” at NSP Portal URL - https://scholarships.gov.in/, by providing accurate and correct information as per their documents.
- Before initiating registration process, students are advised to carefully go through the “Guidelines for Registration on National Scholarship Portal” and keep their Educational and other documents such as Aadhaar number, Enrolment number, Bank passbook etc. in hand.
- Fields marked as ‘*’ are mandatory.
- Students who have been assigned Aadhaar shall mandatorily provide their Aadhaar number in their application.
- Student(s)/The Student who do not possess Aadhaar shall provide the enrolment ID (if available), and upload scanned copy Bank Passbook with Photograph, in PDF or JPEG format (Maximum size 200 KB). The student will also be required to upload bonafide student certificate from Institute / School in along with their application form.
- Upon submitting all the details on registration page, student will get a unique application ID and password through SMS on the provided(registered) mobile number.
- The student shall login to NSP using application ID and password received. The student must change the password upon first login. This password has to be kept safely and confidentially. The student can change the mobile number only before the first login, i.e. before changing the received password.
- The student can apply in any of the scheme on-boarded on NSP by providing accurate and correct information as per their documents, and shall submit the documents to the Institute after Final submission of the application at NSP portal.
- The detailed procedure for filling the application form has been provided in the User Manual for Applicants.
2. NSP Scholarship Process for Renewal Students:
> Renewal Students are the students who have been granted scholarship in any of the scheme on-boarded at NSP, in the immediately preceding Academic Year.
> Renewal Students can only apply for renewal of scholarship in the same scheme, for which they have been granted scholarship in the previous Academic Year. Student is required to update their marks obtained in previous year and submit the application on NSP Portal. The student must keep the account in which scholarship was received in previous year as active (i.e. non-dormant) and functional to receive scholarship amount.
> In case the student wish to apply for any other scheme, he/she must login using their previous year’s application ID and password, select the option for withdrawing the renewal application, and then register as a Fresh Student in the current Academic Year. Thereafter, they shall follow the process for Fresh Application.
3. Precautions to be taken
a) The student/applicant must ensure that the Bank Account details (A/c Number, IFSC Code) submitted is correct and keep the account active (i.e. non-dormant) and functional to receive scholarship amount (i.e. Any condition imposed on accounts by bank, like seeding of AADHAAR, any limit on receiving credit in accounts etc., which may hamper scholarship credit in account should be complied with).
b) The student/applicant must ensure that the resolution/quality of documents uploaded is adequate so that they are clear and readable.
c) The student/applicant must ensure that the mobile number provided in the application is correct and belongs to the student/ applicant.
d) The student/applicant must select the desired scheme from list of schemes available as per the eligibility criteria of the scheme(s).
e) The student/applicant must take timely action(s) on the SMS received from NSP.
f) The student/applicant must follow up with Institutes for application verification before the deadlines.
g) The student/applicant must rectify the error(s) and comply with the remarks made in the application in case the application is marked as defective in NSP.
h) The student/applicant shall note that applications marked rejected / fake by the nodal officer during the verification / re-verification process will not be considered for further processing on NSP.
i) The student/applicant must carefully select their institute. If applicant selects some other institute by mistake, he or she will have to get their application marked defected from the selected institute and then Institute can be corrected.
j) The student/applicant shall note that priority for Scholarship Disbursement will be given to the Aadhaar seeded bank accounts.
k) The student/applicant shall note that NSP provides only one chance for updating bank account details (only in case when bank accounts details are not validated by PFMS). Applicants should be cautious to exercise this option, failing which the application will not be considered for scholarship.
4.2.2. Institute Nodal Officer
The primary role of the Institute Nodal officer is 1st Level verification of the applications submitted by applicants at NSP. The application form for student has been simplified with minimal uploading of scanned documents by students on NSP. Hence, the role of the Institute
Nodal officer becomes very critical in the entire chain of verification process. The Institute Nodal officer using NSP must adhere to the following:
1. Institute Registration Process
a) The Institute/School/ITI shall possess a valid AISHE/DISE/NCVT/SCVT code, before registering on NSP.
b) The Institute/School/ITI with valid AISHE/DISE/NCVT/SCVT codes can register on NSP. To know whether Institute/School/ITI is registered on NSP Portal or not, go to https://scholarships.gov.in and click on “Search Institute/School/ITI”.
c) The Institute/School/ITI, with valid AISHE/DISE/NCVT/SCVT code and not registered on NSP can request the District or State Nodal Officer, of any Scholarship scheme on boarded on NSP, to add it on NSP.
d) The District or State Nodal Officer will search for the Institute based on AISHE/DISE/NCVT/SCVT code. In case the institute is not registered, the Nodal Officer can add it by providing the requisite details. The system generated User credentials and password will be sent on the mobile number provided.
e) Colleges/Universities/Institutes/Schools and any other educational establishments on boarded on NSP shall be referred to as Institutes.
2. Institute Nodal Officer: Registration process
a) From Academic Year 2019-20 onwards, Institute logging in the first time will have to mandatory fill the Institute Nodal Officer Registration Form.
b) The Institute Nodal officer will login on NSP using the user credentials, and complete Institute Nodal Officer Registration Form by entering his/her details and uploading the identity document. The Institute Nodal officer after locking the form using the OTP received, will take the print, paste his/her photograph on the Form, get it attested by the Institute Head (Signature and Institute seal/stamp), will submit the physical form to the respective District/ State/ Ministry Nodal officer of any scheme on boarded on NSP.
c) The District/ State/ Ministry Nodal Officer will verify the physical form and the details entered in system, and approve/reject the Institute Nodal Officer Registration Form details on NSP using the option “Verify Institute Registration Form” under the Administration section in his login. The User credentials and new password will be sent to the registered mobile number of the Institute Nodal officer. The original physical copy of the form should be kept with District/ State/ Ministry Nodal Officer and a duplicate copy is to be shared with Institute Nodal officer, who shall keep the same in Institute’s records.
d) The institute Nodal officer can login using the new User credentials, password and OTP received on his/her mobile number. The concerned officer can reset the password by clicking the “Forgot Password” on Institute Login page on NSP.
e) For the cases of registration, where previous Institute Nodal has been transferred and has not provided the login credentials to the new Institute Nodal Officer, the new Institute Nodal Officer shall formally request District/ State/ Ministry Nodal Officer to change the mobile number and send the login credentials to the new mobile number.
The new Nodal Officer is responsible for updating the profile with his/her credentials.
f) In case the new Institute Nodal Officer has access to the previous Nodal Officer, the registered mobile number can be changed by existing Nodal Officer. The system asks for the OTP on previous mobile number and the new mobile number to be registered. The existing Nodal Officer is also primarily responsible for updating the profile with credentials of the new Nodal Officer.
3. Institute Nodal Officer: Profile updation
a) The Institute Nodal Officer shall submit the Institute details in the profile, and select the Course Levels offered by the Institute.
b) The Institute Nodal Officer shall ensure that the profile details of the Institute are updated from time to time.
c) The Institute Nodal Officer shall submit the correct bank account details of the Institute.
d) The Institute Nodal Officer shall update the offered courses and course fee charged for each course Level.
e) The Institute Nodal Officer shall regularly change the password.
f) The Institute Nodal Officer shall ensure that the profile is updated profile with the details of the New Nodal officer before updating the mobile number and email ID, in case of change of Nodal officer.
4. 1st Level Verification Process & Steps
a) The Institute Nodal officer must verify the correctness of details in the application form and uploaded documents submitted by the student/ applicant, and maintain physical copies of supporting documents submitted by the student/ applicant. The District/State/Ministry Nodal Officer can ask for copies of these documents from the Institute Nodal Officers, as and when required.
b) The Institute Nodal officer has the option to either Verify the application, Reject the application or Defect the application. In case she/he chooses to Reject or Defect the application, the reasons for rejection or defect must be provided, so that the same can be displayed to the student/applicant.
c) The Application defected by the Institute will be returned to student/applicant for correcting the same, and once submitted by the student/applicant, the application will be shown under Reverification section of NSP application.
d) The Institute Nodal Officer shall ensure that appropriate due diligence is done before verification of applications in accordance with the Scheme guidelines, and internal procedure as prescribed by Institute authorities / Government are followed.
e) The Institute Nodal Officer shall ensure that the applications are scrutinized well-in-time by the Institute, thus avoiding the last-minute rush to verify the applications.
f) The Institute Nodal Officer shall ensure that there are no pending applications, as on last date of L1 verification for that particular scheme, and all applications submitted by students/applicants to the Institute are scrutinized (verified/rejected/defected along with appropriate reason, as the case may be).
g) The Institute Nodal Officer can mark any application as Fake at any stage before the payment is made, using the option “Mark as Fake” under the Verification section in his/her profile, in case a fraud is suspected in the application.
4.2.3. District/ State/ Ministry Nodal Officer
The primary role of District/ State/ Ministry Nodal officer is 2nd/3rd Level verification (as per the scheme guidelines) of the applications submitted at NSP and verified by Institutes. The District/ State/ Ministry Nodal officer using NSP must comply with the following-
1. District/ State level Nodal Officer User Creation Process
a) The login credentials for State Nodal Officers are created when the Ministry Nodal officers create the user for State. The Ministry Nodal officer enters the following details create the State user – State Name, State Nodal Officer Name, Designation, Mobile No., Email ID and Address of the State Nodal Officer. Once these details are entered in the system, a unique User name is generated by the system, and username and password is sent to the mobile no. of State Nodal Officer as registered by the Ministry Nodal officer.
b) The login credentials for District Nodal Officers are created when the State Nodal officers create the user for District. The State Nodal officer enters the following details to create the District user – District Name, District Nodal Officer Name, Designation, Mobile No., Email ID and Address of the District Nodal Officer. Once these details are entered in the system, a unique User name is generated by the system, and username and password is sent to the mobile no. of District Nodal Officer as registered by the State Nodal officer.
c) In case of change in District Nodal officer, she/he shall approach the State Nodal Officer with a request to reset the password and change mobile number.
d) Similarly, in case of State Nodal Officer, she/he shall approach Ministry level Nodal officer with a request to reset the password and change mobile number.
2. District/ State/ Ministry Nodal Officer: Adding / Verification of Institute(s)
a) The District/ State/ Ministry Nodal Officer reset the password of a registered Institute using the option “Reset Institute Login Password” under the Administration section in his/her profile. He/She shall search for the Institute using Institute Name or AISHE/DISE/NCVT/SCVT Code. He/She can select the Institute from the list displayed in search results, and click on reset the password. He/She also has the facility to change the mobile number of Institute Nodal Officer through this option, so that the OTP is received on the mobile number of current officer.
b) The District/ State/ Ministry Nodal Officer can add new Institute using the option “Add Institute/School” under the Administration section in his/her profile. He/She shall search for the Institute using Institute Name or AISHE/DISE/NCVT/SCVT Code. If the Institute is already registered, the District/ State/ Ministry Nodal Officer can reset the password. If Institute is not registered, he/she can register the Institute and create User credentials of the Institute by providing details such as Institute Nodal Officer Name and Mobile number. The User credentials will be generated by the system, and will be sent as an SMS to the provided mobile number. The Institute Nodal Officer can then proceed for the Institute Nodal Officer registration as per the process.
c) The District/ State/ Ministry Nodal Officer shall ensure that the Institute Nodal Officer registration is approved on the NSP portal after physically verifying the certified Institute Registration form submitted by the Institute Nodal Officer, along with photograph and identity proof.
3. 2nd Level Verification Process & Steps
a) The District/ State/ Ministry Nodal Officer shall verify the correctness of details in the application form and uploaded documents submitted by the student/applicant as per guidelines of the related scheme.
b) The District / State / Ministry Level Nodal officer can either Verify the application, Defect the Application, Reject the applications or Mark the application as Fake. In case she/he chooses to Defect the Application, Reject the application or Mark the application as fake, the reasons must be provided, so that the same can be displayed to the student/applicant.
c) The District / State / Ministry Level Nodal officer shall monitor overall pendency of the applications for the scheme at Institute Level.
d) The District / State / Ministry Level Nodal officer shall ensure that the applications are scrutinized well-in-time by the Institute, thus avoiding the last-minute rush to verify the applications.
4. 3rd Level Verification Process & Steps
a) For the schemes that require third level of verification, the State/ Ministry Nodal Officer shall follow the same process as followed for 2nd Level Verification.
4.2.4. Scheme owner Ministries / Departments / Other Govt. bodies
The primary role of the Scheme Owner Ministries/ Departments/Other Govt. bodies is to onboard the scheme at NSP, and monitor the overall progress of the scheme. This includes all three types of schemes, i.e. Central Schemes, Centrally Sponsored Schemes and State Schemes.
The Scheme Owner Ministries/ Departments/ Other Govt. bodies must:
a) The Scheme Owner Ministries/ Departments/ Other Govt. bodies shall provide confirmation for adherence to the NSP guidelines.
b) The Scheme Owner Ministries/ Departments/ Other Govt. bodies shall provide Scheme guidelines, Configuration details, FAQs to NIC.
c) The Scheme Owner Ministries/ Departments/ Other Govt. bodies shall provide PFMS configuration details (agency ID, Agency name, PFMS scheme code, DBT mission code, beneficiary type, payment purpose code) at the time of onboarding schemes only.
d) The Scheme Owner Ministries/ Departments/ Other Govt. bodies shall ensure that the given PFMS details are properly configured at PFMS Portal.
e) The Scheme Owner Ministries/ Departments/ Other Govt. bodies shall act as Data fiduciary for all data at NSP, for their scheme(s).
f) The Scheme Owner Ministries/ Departments/ Other Govt. bodies shall verify the correctness of Scheme configuration on NSP, including but not limited to the eligibility criteria, important dates etc.
g) The Scheme Owner Ministries/ Departments/ Other Govt. bodies shall monitor overall progress of the scheme, including L1 and L2/L3 verification progress.
h) The Scheme Owner Ministries/ Departments/ Other Govt. bodies shall issue timely instructions to District/State/Ministry Nodal Officers.
i) The Scheme Owner Ministries/ Departments/ Other Govt. bodies shall provide trainings to State/District Nodal officers from time to time.
j) The Scheme Owner Ministries/ Departments/ Other Govt. bodies shall provide name of Central / State Nodal Officers along with contact details to be displayed on the portal, and validate the same from time to time.
k) The Scheme Owner Ministries/ Departments/ Other Govt. bodies shall provide data and reports concerning the scheme to Govt. organizations, as may be required, using different pre-defined standard reports/ query generated by NSP.
l) The Scheme Owner Ministries/ Departments/ Other Govt. bodies shall abide by IT Act, Aadhaar Act and all other Government rules and regulations, from time to time.
m) The Scheme Owner Ministries/ Departments/ Other Govt. bodies shall operate NSP portal for all activities.
n) The Scheme Owner Ministries/ Departments/ Other Govt. bodies shall answer the queries of any law enforcement agency / RTI related to Scheme(s), Applications received at NSP, Timelines of the scheme(s), workflow, operations, servers, the content data and transaction data, etc.
4.2.5. Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology
The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) is the overall owner of National Scholarship Portal (NSP), and shall oversee the end-to-end processes of NSP.
Designated officers from MeitY shall:
a) Provide administrative approvals for NSP to NIC.
b) Provide inputs for value addition in NSP.
c) Monitor and review the NSP.
4.2.6. Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) Mission, Cabinet Secretariat
The Direct Benefit Transfer(DBT) Mission, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India plays pivotal role in administration of National Scholarship portal, and is primarily responsible for overall coordination with all the Scheme Owner Ministries/ Departments/ Other Govt. bodies, streamline the processes, and provide guidance to MeitY and NIC from time to time.
Designated officers from DBT mission shall:
a) Provide approval for the Important dates and deadlines for all Schemes on-boarded on NSP.
b) Review the Standard Operating Procedures / Guidelines / User Manuals and other key documents, which are to be circulated to NSP users.
c) Provide guidance and coordinate for integration and data sharing with key bodies such as AISHE, DISE, NCVT, PFMS, UIDAI, etc.
d) Provide time-to-time guidance and suggestions for improvisations in NSP.
e) Review the forms/report/workflows etc. for NSP.
4.2.7. National Informatics Center (NIC)
National Information Center (NIC) is the technical agency for developing and maintaining the NSP, as per the guidance provide by Scheme Owner Ministries/Departments/Other Govt. bodies, DBT Mission and MeitY. NIC shall:
a) Develop and Maintain NSP infrastructure, including software and hardware components.
b) Receive the requests for onboarding of schemes at NSP.
c) Share the NSP guidelines with the Scheme Owner Ministries/ Departments/ Other Govt. bodies.
d) Configure the Scheme as per details provided by the Scheme Owner Ministries/Departments/ Other Govt. bodies.
e) Make changes in NSP application as per the recommendations of Scheme Owner Ministries/Departments/Other Govt. bodies, DBT Mission and MeitY.
f) Draft important documents such as Standard Operating Procedures, Guidelines, User Manuals etc. in English language, and regularly update the same.
g) Undertake security audit of NSP from time to time.
h) Manage the integrations and data exchange with external applications.
i) Manage helpdesk for operations at NSP.
4.2.8. Help Desk
Help Desk for NSP is maintained by NIC, with support from external call center agency. The primary role of the helpdesk is to provide first level assistance to the users of NSP. The helpdesk shall:
a) Assist the student(s)/applicant(s) for filling the registration and application forms, and provide technical support.
b) Escalate the critical issues to NSP team, as and when required.
c) Maintain a list of User category-wise FAQs for several users of the portal.
d) Keep the operators of call center agency updated about the processes at NSP.
5. General Terms and Conditions in respect of stakeholders:
1. The source code/ technical artifacts/ utilities of the application software developed by NIC will be the property of NIC. NIC can reuse the common and standard code/ artifacts/ utilities used in the software applications in other Govt. Projects wherever these are needed.
2. All parties undertake to act in good faith in respect of/with respect to each other’s rights under this understanding and to adopt all reasonable measures to ensure the realization of the objectives of this project as per the roles and responsibilities.
3. Government may take action against any illegal or unauthorized activity on the NSP portal.
4. NIC will not be directly answering any RTI related queries/ clarifications/ law enforcement agency/ court cases and cannot be asked by respective Scheme Owner
Ministries/ Departments or Other Govt. bodies whose Scholarship Schemes are operational to be present before the Information Commission/ Courts either at State/National levels or any other such body.
5. The outcome of validation(s) done by external agencies like PFMS, UIDAI will be treated as final. Any grievance related with such outcome should be dealt with by nodal verifying agency.
6. NIC shall be entitled for full disclaimer and immunity from all aspects of data and its safety along with its handling by any functionary of the respective Scheme Owner Ministries/ Departments or Other Govt. bodies.
Guidelines for Registration on National Scholarship Portal
# How to Apply NSP Scholarship?
Students applying for scholarship for the first time (Fresh Students) need to "Register" on the portal as fresh applicant by providing accurate and authenticated information as printed on their documents in the "Student Registration Form".
The registration form is required to be filled by parents / guardian of students who are below the age of 18 years on the date of registration. Before initiating registration process, students / Parents / guardian are advised to keep the following documents handy:
1. Educational documents of student
2. Student's Bank account number and IFSC code of the bank branch
Note: For pre matric scholarship scheme, where students do not have their own bank account, parents can provide their own account details.
However, parents account number can only be used against scholarship applications for maximum two children.
3. Aadhaar number of the Student
4. If Aadhaar is not available, then Bonafide student certificate from Institute / School and
5. Aadhaar Enrolment ID or Scanned copy of Bank passbook
6. If Institute/School is different from domicile state of the applicant, then Bonafide student certificate from Institute / School.
Brief instructions for filling up the online Application Form are given below (Fields marked with * are Mandatory fields):
1. Date of Birth (DOB)*: Provide DOB as printed in educational certificates.
2. State of Domicile*: Domicile state means the state in which students have their permanent address.
Students are required to provide their domicile state correctly as the "Application Id" allotted to them will be based on domicile state.
This application Id will also be used as "Login Id" on the portal and for future references.Once allotted the student will not be allowed to change the domicile State under any circumstances.
The student needs to provide a Bonafide Certificate in the prescribed proforma if the Students domicile state is different from the state of Institute/School, he/she is studying.
3. Scholarship Category*: Scholarship schemes are divided in following major categories described below (Students are required to select the relevant category based on their class/course in which they are studying):
1 Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme: For students studying from Class 1st to Class 10th.
2 Post - Matric Scholarship scheme/Top Class Scholarship Scheme/Merit Cum Means Scholarship Scheme: For students studying from Class 11th, 12th and above including Courses like ITI, B.SC, B. Com., B. Tech, Medical /students studying top level colleges such as IITs and IIMs/ students doing Technical and Professional courses etc.
4. Name of Student*: Provide name as printed in educational certificates. For students applying for Post Matric, Top Class and MCM scholarship scheme preferably provide name as printed in class 10th certificate.
For students providing Aadhaar number to ensure that your name is correct in your Aadhaar card.
5. Mobile Number*:
Provide correct and authenticated mobile number, as all the communications and One-time passwords related to portal activities will be sent as SMS on this mobile number.
#(i) In case of Post Matric, Top Class and MCM scholarship scheme only one registration is allowed with one mobile number.
# (ii) For pre-matric scholarship scheme, where students do not have mobile number, parents' mobile number can be provided. The parents' mobile number can only be used for filling scholarship applications for maximum of their two children only.
6. Email Id: Provide correct and authenticated email id, as all the communications and One-time passwords related to portal activities will be sent on this email Id.
7. Bank account details:
Provide active bank account number and IFSC code of the bank branch of the student. The name of bank will be automatically mentioned based on your IFSC code. If not, then write it as printed on the bank passbook.
In case of Post Matric, Top Class and MCM scholarship scheme one registration must be done with one bank account number.Whereas, for pre matric scholarship scheme, where students do not have their own bank account number parent's account number can be used.
However, parent's account number can only be provided for maximum of their two children.
Select and provide the information in this field very carefully. You are required to select one of the following methods for identification details:
Aadhaar Number: Students who have Aadhaar number are required to provide 12-digit Aadhaar number as printed on Aadhaar card.
Upon submitting the registration form, the system will match the personal identification details of the applicant with the Aadhaar records.
Only one registration is allowed with one Aadhaar number. However, if multiple applications of a student are found in the system at a later stage, all his/her applications are liable to be rejected.
It may be noted that your Aadhaar Number could also be used for crediting scholarship amount in the bank account linked* to your Aadhaar number in fast track mode.
For all such cases, where student does not possess Aadhaar, he is required to provide a bonafide certificate issued by his Institute/ School in the prescribed proforma along-with Aadhaar enrolment number or scanned copy of first page of his Bank passbook (containing the photograph of the applicant)
*To link your bank account with Aadhaar number for receiving scholarship in the same, please visit you bank branch and submit a "bank consent form for receiving DBT". You can check which bank is linked to your Aadhaar number on NPCI mapper here https://resident.uidai.gov.in/bank-mapper or through Aadhaarenabled micro-ATM machine of any of these banks.
1. After submitting the application, the default login id and password to log into NSP will be sent to the provided mobile number. In case the password is not received, the option for forgot password at login page shall be used.
2. Students are advised to provide "Annual Family Income" as per the Income Certificate issued by competent authority in their scholarship application.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions regarding NSP):
Question 1: Who are eligible to apply for Scholarship Schemes?
Answer : Students fulfilling the Scheme guidelines of various Ministries are eligible to apply for these scholarships.
Question 2 : What is the last date for submitting applications online?
Answer : Closure dates for acceptance of various scholarship applications are available >Scheme Information
Question 3 : How can I apply online for scholarship?
Answer : In order to apply online, please apply through www.scholarships.gov.in
Question 4 : How to submit the online application? Should I need the user id and password to apply for scholarship ?
Answer : Applying procedures for Scholarship Schemes for both Fresh and Renewal are given below:
Fresh: Student have to Click on the option “Fresh Registration”, on the home page of NSP .Fill up the application as per the instructions given by the system then click on save button. After saving, student will get a “Application ID”. The system will instruct the applicant to submit his/her
Application ID and date of birth to fill subsequent details. Once registration is complete on click of submit button,a Permanent Registration ID is generated which can be used for Renewal and tracking the status of application which can be used for Renewal and tracking the status of application Renewal:
Renewal Students have to apply with their Application Id and Password which they registered previous year. Student can also use Forgot Application ID to retrieve their ID. Only those students would be able to Renew who had actually got the scholarships payments last year from NSP 1.0.
Question 5 : Can I edit the information already saved and up-to what time?
Answer : All the information can be edited till the closure of application form Except few fields which are non-editable. After final submission, your application will be forwarded to the next level and application hereby cannot be edited.
Question 6 : Which fields in the application form are mandatory ?
Answer: Fields provided with red asterisk (*) mark are mandatory fields.
Question 7 : What happens, if I detect mistakes after forwarding the applications to the next level?
Answer : You should separately inform the mistakes detected by you to the Institute /District/Region /State. The software provides facility at the level of the Institute & State to edit & correct limited information.
Question 8 : Which fields Institute/State can edit ?
Answer : The Fields which can be edited are :Gender,Religion,Category,Profession,Annual Income,Aadhar Number,Disability,Day Scholar/Hostlar,Mode of Study,IFSC Code,Account No.,Admission Fees and Tution Fees.However, corrections made by the Institute/State, if any, would be conveyed instantly to the student through SMS/email.
Question 9 : Do I have to fill up the online application in one sitting ?
Answer : No. You can fill up the online application in as many sittings as you wish, until you are satisfied that you have entered all desirable fields correctly. The software provides facility to save your application at every stage.
Question 10 : What is UID number/Aadhaar Number?
Answer : UID number otherwise known as ‘Aadhaar’ number is Unique Identification Number given by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). Aadhaar is unique 12 digit number assigned after de-duplication of biometrics.
Question 11 : Do I need to get my Aadhaar Card to apply for Scholarship ?
Answer : Aadhaar No. is not Mandatory for the Students in order to Register and fill up the application form online. Students can apply for Scholarship without entering the Aadhaar no. but in that case they have to enter Aadhaar Enrollment Id. For the States of Aasam, Meghalya and Mizoram Aadhar Number is not mandatory.
Question 12 : Is there any permanent ID? How will it be communicated to me ?
Answer : Yes. An Application ID (Permanent ID) will be provided to the candidate once his/her Registration is done. It will be conveyed to candidates through SMS and e-mail. Students should memorize their Application ID as it will be required while applying for Fresh/renewal scholarship.
Question 13 : Can I apply as a Fresh if I am a Renewal candidate ?
Answer : No, you cannot apply as a fresh if you are a Renewal candidate. Your application will be rejected in that case.
Question 14 : What should I do, if I do not find my institute name in the drop-down menu ?
Answer : You should immediately approach the institute to contact with the nodal officer of the State where the institute is located. You can also approach the Nodal Officer of that State directly through e-mail under intimation to the Ministry. If your institute is an eligible institution, the State Government concerned would enter it into the database and then you can apply.
Question 15 : How do I know the name and address of Nodal Officer/ State Department of my State ?
Answer : The name and contact details of the Nodal Officer/State Department of all States/UTs are available on NSP portal (https://scholarships.gov.in/) “Services->Know your State Nodal Officer” option.
Question 16 : How to check the status of my application ?
Answer : Student can check the status of Online Application by clicking on “Track Status” service on NSP home Page by providing the following information i.e. Application id, Date Of Birth, Scholarship type(Fresh or Renewal) .
Question 17 : How to view the details of a particular scheme ?
Answer : You may click on Guidelines link of a particular scheme appearing in “Scheme Information” service.
Question 18 : How to know the deadline for verification of application at Institute / District /State level?
Answer : The deadline for verification of application at Institute/District/State Level will displayed on UMANG->NSP->Scheme Information as and when the dates are being closed.
Question 19 : How to overcome the problem of Login even after getting system generated Application ID and DOB as Password ?
Answer : The “Forgot Application Id” option may be used and this problem can be overcome by using Mobile Number and OTP verification.
Question 20 : For Renewal cases, the Login data ie Application ID and DOB of previous year is showing an error “Invalid User Name/ Password”. What is the remedy ?
Answer : The “Forgot Application Id” option may be used and this problem can be overcome by using Mobile Number and OTP verification.
Question 21 : What is the prescribed format available for uploading various type of documents ?
Answer : The format of document which can be uploaded is provided in the Document Upload Screen.
Question 22 : How to handle the issue of length of Bank Account Number being restricted to 15 characters in where the bank provides 16 or 18 characters ?
Answer : The length of the Account Number has been increased sufficiently.
Question 23 : In case applicant is unable to select Block/Taluk, how to overcome this issue ?
Answer : The Block/Taluk has made Optional.
Question 24 : Telephone helpline Number 0120-6619540 given on portal is not functioning properly and lot of calls are being put on hold ?
Answer : The Telephone Helpline is been strengthened. More nodes are been added and working hours are also being increased.
Question 25 : Would the Login credentials be sent by SMS?
Answer : Yes. The Application Id and Password sent by SMS.
Question 26 : How to know the contact details of various Nodal Officers?
Answer : The Scheme wise details of State Nodal Officers is available under the Services Link of the NSP Portal (https://scholarships.gov.in/).
Question 27 : What is the remedy in case some scholarship scheme is not displayed at the time of submitting the Application ?
Answer : As per the inputs provided by the student, if these do not fit into the Guidelines, then Scholarship cannot be provided.
Question 28 : How to track the status of my application ?
Answer : Student can check the status of Online Application by clicking on “Track Status” service on NSP home Page by providing below information Application id, Date Of Birth, Scholarship type(Fresh or Renewal)
Question 29 : How to know about the various Information about Scholarship or NSP ?
Answer : On UMANG Please access Important Document service tile on NSP home page.
Question 30 : What kind of search facility is provided to students for Institute, District during registration process ?
Answer : A comprehensive search facility including partial name search is available at the Institution name Level. A drop down list of districts is also available.
Question 31 : What documents are to be uploaded while applying for the scholarships ?
Answer : Documents are required to be uploaded only for the Scholarship Amount more than ₹50000 per annum . And the list of document which is required will be displayed based on the Selected scholarship on Upload Document screen.
Question 32 : What are the fields which are not editable at all ?
Answer : Aadhaar, Enrolment Id, State of Domicile, Bank Details are not editable at any stage. These should be filled very carefully.
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