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Scholarship Exams in India:

Many intelligent students often fail to make their dreams of higher studies a reality as education has indeed become a costly affair. So, today, the need for having scholarships is more important than ever before. There are a lot of public and private organizations which help students in need of financial assistance. In this article, find information on scholarship exams in India which provide financial help to students.

And there are quite a few scholarships available for students in India. Right from junior school, middle, senior and right up to PhD, all categories are available. They are all conducted in various fields and scholarships are given, sometimes to meritorious students of scholarship exams, sometimes to needy students.

In this article, we have compiled an exhaustive list of such scholarship exams for Indian students who want to  study in India or study abroad. Please note that this list consists of popular scholarships that are offered by the state and central government apart from Indian companies and international organizations that pursue academics in India and abroad.

List of Scholarship Exams in India

Scholarship Exams Details
Ajmal NTS Scholarship Exam Students of Higher Secondary classes (XI & XII) are eligible to apply for this scholarship scheme.

An examination is held which seeks to identify the extraordinarily brilliant students and to encourage them with the help of cash awards and other incentives to further improve and hone their talents.

International Medical Scholarship Eligibility Test The IM-SET (International Medical Scholarship Eligibility Test) is considered as India’s Biggest Benchmarking Platform for medical aspirants.

The IM-SET seeks to reach out, spot, reward and nurture talented students and support them in fulfilling their aspirations and live their medical dreams.

All India Engineering Entrance Scholarship Exam The AIEESE (Primary) scholarship examination is conducted annually for all the engineering aspirants on a national level. The scholarship is granted to students to help them to get admitted to the choicest of engineering institute. After JEE (Main) and JEE (Advanced), it is the most sought after examination for engineering students.
J M Sethia Merit Educational Scholarship Scheme This scholarship scheme was introduced in the year 1997. This scholarship scheme is applicable to students who belong to economically weaker sections of the Society and have passed the qualifying examination in the current year (in the first attempt) only.
SEST Shoolini Engineering Scholarship Test Shoolini University invites students who have passed their class 12th examination to apply for the scholarship. It is a one-time scholarship which is applicable to students of science stream. Shoolini University is offering a Scholarship for Engineering aspiring students through the SEST-  Shoolini Engineering Scholarship Test. The scholarship Amount is 50 Lacs. Total 51 Scholarships ranging from Rs30,000/- to 5,00,000/-
International Medical Scholarship Eligibility Test This examination is conducted to provide a scholarship for students to the American University of Barbados (AUB), School of Medicine. It is meant for those candidates who are medical aspirants of Indian origin 2018

§  The IM-SET is conducted for the students of Class 12th who have passed out of Private, Government and Govt.-Aided schools of any medium and any Board within the territory of India, and Schools outside India affiliated to CBSE Board only. The scholarship exam is considered as India’s Biggest Benchmarking Platform for class 12th students who are medical aspirants since it aims to reach out, spot, reward and nurture talented students and support them in fulfilling their aspirations and live their medical dream.

The Modi Foundation  Siksha Abhiyan Scholarship Test Scholarship is provided by the Modi foundation based on the merit of the exam. One is eligible up to 100% scholarship too. Students of class 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th can avail this opportunity.

The amount awarded does not cover full tuition costs. It is awarded to the deserving scholar by way of gift scholarship that is determined on the basis the performance of the candidate in the test.

Saraswati Academy SAST 2018 scholarship test The Saraswati Academy conducts SAST (Saraswati Academy Scholarship Test) 2018 for the students who are studying in  Class X Their Scholarship Amount is Rs.15000/-
MTSE-  Maths Talent Search Examination (MTSE) MTSE is organized by the Indian Institute for studies in Mathematics (IISMA). It is an open exam. Students of  Class III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII or IX  are eligible to appear. They can be enrolled under any educational board and yet be eligible to appear for MTSE. This test is conducted to understand the mathematical concepts of the candidates and prepare them for future competitive exams.
Jagadis Bose National Science Talent Search (JBNSTS) The Jagadish Bose National Science Talent Search Scholarship is considered as one of the most prestigious scholarships in India. This scholarship is awarded in the field of Basic Science (Hons), Engineering and Medicine for the students of West Bengal.

A talent search examination is held by the Jagadish Bose National Science Talent Search (JBNSTS) and thereafter on the basis of the same scholarships are provided.

Those students who have passed their class 12th examination in the science category and are aspiring to study Basic Sciences/Medicine/Engineering in West Bengal are eligible to sit for the test.

Students who have passed their 10th standard examination with minimum 75% marks/ equivalent C.G.P.A. (in aggregate) and currently studying in class XI in science stream (with at least subjects from Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, Statistics, Electronics, Computer Science) in any school in West Bengal are eligible to apply

A scholarship amount of Rs.1000/- per month & book grant of Rs.1000/- per year till the completion of their graduation (for Engineering & Medicine students)

Students of basic science will be eligible for DST-INSPIRE fellowship of Govt. of India and will get Rs. 60000/ as scholarship & Rs.20000/- as research grant per year till completion of their master’s degree.

All India Pre-Medical Scholarship Test (AIPMST)


The objective of the AIPMST is to provide financial assistance to meritorious and deserving students.

There are two scholarship program of AIPMST

A student can either get assistance in getting admission along with a scholarship for study in AIPMST Participating Institutes and

Or the student gets a full scholarship for studying MBBS and BDS.

Students who qualify for the test are given full tuition fees for studying in MBBS & BDS in any reputed institution across the country.

This was a list of scholarship exams in India. But what about those wanting to study abroad?

Scholarships to Study Abroad 

If you an Indian student who wants to make the most of the opportunities to study abroad, then you’ll be happy to know that international scholarships are offered by many governments, organizations and specific universities for Indian students. So, on that note, let’s take a look at the diverse selection of international scholarships on offer to Indian students as per the desired place of study. Good luck with your applications!

A list of scholarships for Indian students planning to study abroad:

Scholarships to study abroad (multiple countries)

  1. JN Tata Endowment Scholarships
  2. Inlaks Study Abroad Scholarships
  3. KC Mahindra Scholarship for PG Studies Abroad
  4. India4EU II (Erasmus Mundus) Scholarships to Study in Europe
  5. British Council IELTS Scholarship 2016
  6. Inlaks Research Travel Grants
  7. TOEFL Scholarship Program in India
  8. Narottam Sekhsaria Foundation PG Scholarship
  9. National Overseas Scholarship for Students with Disabilities
  10. Dr. Ambedkar Scheme of Interest Subsidy on Educational Loan for Overseas Studies for students belonging to OBCs and EBCs
  11. SERB Overseas Doctoral Fellowship Programme

Scholarships to study in the United Kingdom (UK)

  1. Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan 2016
  2. Sheffield Hallam University’s Scholarship for Sport Business Management, UK
  3. Hornby Scholarships 2016 – 14 to Study in UK
  4. University of Oxford’s Rhodes Scholarship 2016 for Indian Students
  5. Oxford and Cambridge Society of India Scholarships 2016
  6. Oxford-Indira Gandhi Graduate Scholarship
  7. Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships
  8. Inlaks Study Abroad Scholarships
  9. Imperial College India Foundation Postgraduate Scholarships 2016
  10. Goa Education Trust Scholarships 2016 (GET)
  11. University of Sheffield’s Scholarships 2016 for Indian Students
  12. Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland Scholarships for Indian Subcontinent Students
  13. University of Sussex Scholarships 2016 for Indians
  14. Charles Wallace India Trust (CWIT) Scholarships
  15. University of Southampton Scholarship
  16. Cambridge India Ramanujan Scholarship
  17. Lady Meherbai Tata Scholarships for Women
  18. Chevening Scholarships
  19. Scotland’s Saltire Scholarship (SSS)
  20. Great Britain Scholarships – India 2017

Scholarships to study in Ireland

  1. UCD Undergraduate Scholarships

Scholarships to study in the United States (US)

  1. USIEF Fulbright-Nehru Fellowships 2016-2016
  2. Tata Scholarships for Cornell University, U.S.
  3. Lady Meherbai Tata Scholarships for Women
  4. Raman Fellowship for Post Doctoral Research in USA for Indian Scholars
  5. TOEFL® Scholarship Program in India
  6. American University Emerging Global Leader Scholarship
  7. Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship
  8. Yale Young Global Scholars, Yale University

Scholarships to study in Australia

  1. International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) by Australian Government
  2. Macquarie University Scholarships for Postgraduate Research
  3. Melbourne – India Postgraduate Scholarship Program 2016
  4. Australia Awards Scholarships
  5. JASON (Joint Academic Scholarships Online Network)
  6. Future of Change Scholarship – University of New South Wales

Scholarships to study in France

  1. Raman-Charpak Fellowship 2016 for Indian and French Ph.D. students

Scholarships to study in China

  1. Chinese Government Scholarship 2017
  2. Huawei Maitree Scholarship for Study in China

Scholarships to study in New Zealand

  1. Commonwealth Scholarship Plan, New Zealand Awards 2017
  2. New Zealand Excellence Award

Scholarships to study in Holland

  1. Holland Scholarships

Scholarships to study in Singapore

  1. A STAR and SIA Youth Scholarship

Hope you found the scholarship exams you were looking for in this article.

To know about the list of competitive exams in India, click here.

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