Inspire Scholarship 2016

Welcome to Inspire Scholarship 2016 Section. In this section you will find here Application for the “SCHOLARSHIP FOR HIGHER EDUCATION (SHE)” eligibility criteria, selection procedure, value of scholarship, how to apply for Inspire Scholarship 2016 and various State-Boards percentage cut-off marks online.

Applications are invited from eligible candidates for `Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE)’, a component of INSPIRE. Total of 10,000 scholarships are available annually under SHE. The scholarships are limited only to the candidates studying courses in natural/ basic sciences at B.Sc., B.Sc (Hons), integrated M.Sc./MS programs in any one of the recognized institutions in India. The scheme in its current format does not include courses in engineering, medicine, technology and other professional / applied science courses.

Who can Apply?

The selection of candidates will be based on a) performance in Board Examinations within the cut-off threshold (of top 1%) for each State or Central Board Examination at Class XII level as listed in Table 1 and/or b) performance in any of the specified Competitive Examinations within stipulated cut off ranks (Table 2) and recipient of various scholarships and medals (Table 3). Student who passed Class XII Board Examination in 2016 and are in receipt of Eligibility Certificate/ Note issued by the respective Board are also eligible to apply, subject to evaluation as per respective Boards actual cut-off which will be finalized later. The eligible candidate must be already enrolled into degree level education in natural / basic sciences in any recognized College or University in India.

Selection Procedure

This scheme offers 10,000 scholarships every year @ Rs.80,000/- each for undertaking Bachelor and Masters level education in the Natural & Basic sciences, possessing any of the following criteria:

  • Students who happen to be among the top 1% in 12th standard at their respective Board Examinations and are pursuing courses in Natural and Basic sciences at the B.Sc. or Integrated M.Sc. levels. Courses are not included other than Natural and Basic sciences in the current scheme in view of the focus on research in Basic sciences.
  • Students who have secured in the Joint Entrance Examination of IIT top 10,000 ranks, AIEEE (top 10,000 ranks) plus those clearing AIPMT (top 10,000 ranks), and who also opt to study Natural and Basic sciences in any academic institute or university leading to graduate and post-graduate degree, would be eligible for scholarship.
  • Students admitted to Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Basic Sciences (DAE-CBS) at the University of Mumbai or happen to be Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY), National Talent Search Examination (NTSE), Jagadish Bose National Science Talent Search (JBNSTS) scholars and Science Olympiad Medalists, opting to undertake courses in the Natural & Basic sciences leading to B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees are eligible for SHE scholarship.

How to apply for SME 2016

Before filling up this 'Online Application Form', please scan and store the following documents as separate files that can be uploaded as required, during the 'On-line Application' process.

[1] Passport size photograph along with signature of the applicant

[2] 12th class Marksheet

[3] 10th class Certificate

[4] 12th Board Eligibility Note

[5] Rank certificate of Competitive exams, if any

[6] Endorsement Form

[7] Other supportive documents

After submitting their form, on-line applicants, need to mandatorily send a hardcopy print-out of their application (along with attested documents) by ordinary post to Director NISTADS.

Amount of SME Scholarship:

Eligible candidates will receive annually scholarship @ total value Rs.80,000 per candidate. The cash value payable to the SHE scholarship holder is Rs.60,000 per annum along with a summer time attachment fee of Rs.20,000 which will be paid to the mentoring institution for undertaking summer time project.

Duration of Support:

Selected candidates will be supported for a maximum period of five years starting from 1st year course in B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons) and integrated course leading to M.S. or M.Sc. or till completion of the course, which ever is earlier. Continuation of the scholarship for selected candidates is based on performance of the examinations conducted and certified by the institution imparting education.

Percentage Cut-off Marks# of Various State-Boards Result in class XII:
Sr. Name of the % - Cut-off Marks #
No. Boards XII for 2011

XII for 2012

1 Andhra Pradesh


2 Assam


3 Bihar


4 Chhattisgarh


5 Goa


6 Gujarat


7 Haryana


8 Himachal Pradesh


9 Jammu & Kashmir


10 Jharkhand


To be

11 Karnataka



12 Kerala


later after

13 Madhya Pradesh



actual Data

14 Maharashtra



15 Manipur



16 Meghalaya



17 Mizoram


18 Nagaland


19 Orissa


20 Punjab


21 Rajasthan


22 Tamil Nadu


23 Tripura


24 Uttar Pradesh


25 Uttarakhand


26 West Bengal






29. Viswa-Bharathi


30. AMU Board


31. IB Diploma @


Student’s Need to do 

Interested and eligible candidates (as per Table 1 for Board examination based eligibility or as per Table 2 or Table 3 for Competitive Examination based eligibility or passed Class XII Board Examination in 2016 having Eligibility Certificate/ Note issued by the respective Board) must apply in the prescribed format written preferable in English & Hindi only. Attach attested copy of i) Certificate of Class X Board Examination for verification of Date of Birth, ii) Mark sheets of Class XII Board Examination, iii) Copy of the Eligibility Certificate/ Note for students passed in 2016, iv) Copy of the Rank Certificate for IIT-JEE/ AIEEE/ AIPMT examination, and v) Endorsement Certificate from Principal of the College/ Director or Registrar of the Institute or University where the applicant is presently enrolled/ admitted.

Application Format with all Tables is available at the website: for online ( and off-line submission. However, submission of application along with all other documents through On-line would be preferred. After On-line submission of application, the Applicant must send the Hardcopy of the submitted application along with all necessary documents to the Director, National Institute of Science, Technology & Development Studies (NISTADS), Dr K S Krishnan Marg , New Delhi - 110012 by Ordinary Post only within 90 days from the date of this advertisement in Newspaper.

The envelope should mention on top “Application for INSPIRE Scholarship for 2016” program.

Students who have passed +2 examination before 2012, need not to apply now and application from these students would not be considered any more.


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