Higher Education has had played a very vital role in the history of nation building all over the world. It is amply clear that no rise in general standards of living and culture is possible without strengthening the higher education system in the country. It obviously calls for a multipronged strategy. There is a need to modernize our higher education system, and equally important to continuously attract young and talented students to pursue higher education. It is being increasingly observed that the brighter lot is not pursuing Post-Graduate education in our institutions of higher learning.

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To emerge as a powerful nation, there is an urgent need to bring in talented boys and girls in the field of Post-Graduate education by way of providing them good incentives in the form of scholarships. The UGC, therefore, introduced a Post-Graduate Merit Scholarship Scheme for University undergraduate rank holders.

The scholarship may be tenable for a period of two years to enable the rank holders of each university at undergraduate level to pursue their Master’s Degree. All universities/degree awarding institutions would be required to issue rank certificates to the toppers of the university in B.A., B.Sc., and B.Com.

The purpose of this scheme is to attract talent for pursuing post graduate studies besides strengthening the basic subjects at Undergraduate level. The awardees, under this scheme, can pursue their Postgraduate programme in any area of specialization in any institution of higher learning in the country.


The First and Second Rank holders at undergraduate level and admitted in any Postgraduate Course would be awarded the scholarship. The students will have to submit the proof of their merit position at undergraduate level as well as their admission in postgraduate courses.

The scholarship would, however, be subjected to securing a minimum of sixty percent marks at undergraduate level.

The scheme is applicable to such students who have taken admission in regular, full- time Master’s Degree course in any recognized university, deemed university, private university, autonomous college or a post graduate college. 


The scholarship is available to the student for first PG Degree only. Age limit for the students is 30 years at the time of admission in PG course. 

Distance mode of education will not be considered under the scheme. 

The Undergraduate courses from following streams have been identified for the award of scholarships: 1. Life Sciences 2. Physical Sciences 3. Chemical Sciences 4. Earth Sciences 5. Mathematical Sciences 6. Social Sciences 7. Commerce 8. Languages

Before forwarding applications students/Universities may ensure that application satisfy all norms as per guidelines. 

The first and second rank holders (Not position holders) would be considered from Universities/ Institutions and non-affiliated/ autonomous colleges according to the number of students who have appeared in the examination at undergraduate level as per following table. 

Nature of Institution Number of students who appeared in 

examination at undergraduate level Affiliating Universities (State/ Central) 100 Deemed Universities/ Private Universities / Autonomous Colleges / Non-affiliated colleges 



Slots : 3000

Tenure of scholarship : Two years 


The candidates fulfilling the eligibility conditions are required to apply online through against the advertisement to be published by the UGC once in a year through advertisement in leading newspaper and Employment News after obtaining admission in first year Post Graduate course in a recognized University/Institution/College. 

The results of selection will be declared on UGC website. 

Awardees would be required to download their award letter from the online portal by logging in with the registration id and Date of birth in the event of their selection. 


The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India vide its letter D.O. No. 18-7/2013-U1A dated 10th June, 2016 has instructed the University Grants Commission that from the financial year 2016-17 onwards the Aadhaar will be used as an identifier for disbursement of all Government subsidies/Scholarships/Fellowships which are to be disbursed directly into the beneficiary’s account. Accordingly, Aadhaar will be used as an Identifier for release of grant under the scheme. 


Amount of fellowship: Rs.3.100/- p.m for a period of two years only (10 months in the year) i.e. full duration of a PG course. No other additional grant will be payable in lieu of hostel charges and medical charges etc.