Scholarships After Class 10 in India

Preeti Gupta updated on : 05 Mar 2018

Education is the key to realize dreams in this competitive world. But not every student in India is able to afford the cost of education. Only ray of hope for them to continue education is financial support through scholarships after 10th.

Scholarship After 10th in India

Education is the key to realize dreams in this competitive world. But not every student is lucky enough to bear the expenses of their education. Further, the rising cost of education in India is making it more difficult for the students from underprivileged families to get admission to the courses of their choice.

For the students who belong to the weaker sections of the society and look for financial aid to continue their education, the scholarship is the boon. A scholarship is not just a financial support but also an encouragement for the talented students who have to suppress their dreams due to lack of money. There are a number of scholarships provided by the government, public institutes and private institutes. There are different scholarships like merit-based, need-based, student-specific, college-specific and career-specific.

Scholarships after Class 10

As per a UNESCO report published in 2017, around 47 million students drop out of school by the 10th standard. According to a report published by the New Delhi-based Institute for Policy Research Studies (PRS), enrollment in class 10 is 77 percent while it remains just 52 percent in class 11. One of the reasons in India behind high dropout rate after 10th is school fees.

To encourage students to continue their education to realize their dreams, the government, as well as private organizations, offer different scholarships after 12th and 10th. These organizations support students through different merit and means based scholarships after 10th. All the scholarships have their own eligibility criteria which students need to meet to avail the benefits.

Scholarships after Class 10

Sr. No.



Vidyadhan Scholarship


Siksha Abhiyan Scholarship


CBSE Single Girl Child Scholarship


All India Meritorious Scholarship


Indian Oil Academic Scholarship


Jio Scholarship 2018


Saraswati Academy Scholarship


NCERT Scholarship


Post Matric Scholarship


National Talent Search Examination or NTSE


SHDF Scholarship


National Scholarship Exam (NSE)


Swami Vivekananda Utkrisht Chattervriti Yojana


Indian National Olympiad (INO)

Here are top scholarships after 10th in India.

1. Vidyadhan Scholarship

Run by Sarojini Damodaran Foundation (SDF), this scholarship program offers a scholarship to meritorious students after completion of 10th class. At present, Vidyadhan Scholarship has nearly 1500 students across various states including Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu.

Eligible students are selected through a rigorous selection process and offered a two-year scholarship.

Total scholarship amount

Selected students get a maximum amount of Rs. 6,000 per year for the 11th and 12th grade.


  • Students who score 90% marks or 9 CGPA in class 10th are eligible for the scholarship
  • Students with annual family income of less than Rs. 2 Lakhs
  • Students who completed class 10th from Karnataka

2. Siksha Abhiyan Scholarship

Siksha Abhiyan Scholarship is an initiative by the Modi Foundation to help underprivileged students from class 8 to 12. This scholarship by government helps needy students and their parents with the core philosophy of "No youth should be deprived and left behind from education."

Scholarship Amount

Students need to take Siksha Abhiyan Scholarship Test 2018 to claim the scholarship. The scholarship amount has been divided into various categories based on the ranks achieved by the students in the test.



Total Number of Students

1st Rank

 Rs. 50,000

(25 students)

2nd Rank

 Rs. 40,000

(50 students)

3rd Rank

 Rs. 30,000

(75 students)

4th Rank

 Rs. 15,000

(100 students)

5th Rank

 Rs. 8,000

(250 students)


  • Students studying in class 8 to 12 can apply for the scholarship test
  • Only citizens of India are eligible for the scholarship
  • Students waiting for class 10 board results can also apply for the scholarship

How to apply?

Students need to visit the official website of Siksha Abhiyan Scholarship to apply for the test

3. CBSE Single Girl Child Scholarship

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) runs CBSE Merit Scholarship Scheme for the single girl child. Parents having a single girl child who secured 60% or 6.2 CGPA in CBSE class X can encourage their daughter to apply for the scholarship. The objective of CBSE Single Girl Child Scholarship is to encourage the meritorious girl students to perform well and get a quality education.

Scholarship Amount

Eligible candidates will get a scholarship of Rs. 500 per month for 2 years.


  • The applicant should be a single girl child or the only child of her parents
  • A student who has secured 60% or above marks of 6.2 CGPA in CBSE class 10th
  • Pursuing Class XI and XII from a school affiliated to CBSE

How to apply?

Application for CBSE Single Girl Child Scholarship is made available on the official website of CBSE in the month of August and September. There they need to enter roll number and certificate number mentioned on CBSE Class X mark sheet to apply for the scholarship.

4. All India Meritorious Scholarship

AIMST is an opportunity for the genius minds to showcase their talent and realize their dreams by getting required financial help. This is one of its kind scholarships in India where students can take the test at the comfort of their home. AIMST is offered both on mean and merit basis.

Scholarship Amount


Prize Amount

Total Prize


1st Prize

Rs 25,000


Rs 1,00,000

2nd Prize

Rs 10,000


Rs 4,00,000

3rd Prize

Rs 5,000


Rs 4,00,000


  • Students studying in class 11 and 12 can apply for this scholarship
  • To get Merit-based scholarship, students need to clear AIMST test and personal interview round
  • To offer need cum merit-based scholarship, students' cumulative family income, AIMST score, performance in personal interview and board score will be considered

How to apply?

Application for All India Meritorious Scholarship Test (AIMST) will be available on the official website Students need to visit the website and register there to fill the application form.

5. Indian Oil Academic Scholarship

IndianOil (IOCL) offers 2000 scholarships to the deserving candidates to help them complete class 11 and 12. Qualifying students get a scholarship of Rs. 1000 per month for two years.

Scholarship Amount

With an amount of Rs. 1000 per month for two years, the total value of IOCL scholarship goes Rs. 24,000.


  • Students wishing to get admission in class 11 in schools recognized by State School Education Boards/ State Govt. / ICSE/ ISC/ CBSE/ Central Govt. can only apply for this scholarship
  • Students should have got at least 60 percent marks in 10th board exams to be eligible for this scholarship
  • Cross Joint income of the family of the applicants should not be more than Rs. 1,00,000 per annum


Students can apply for Indian Oil Academic Scholarship for class 10th students on its official website

6. Jio Scholarship 2018

Jio has come forward to help 2,800 deserving students who want to pursue their dreams but are low with the financial background. Jio Scholarship 2018 will offer financial support to the deserving candidates. The scholarship offered by Jio will cover the tuition fees and incidental expenses.


This scholarship will be available to the students from Andhra Pradesh (AP), Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha (Orissa), Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu (TN), Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh  (UP East & UP West), Uttarakhand, West Bengal(WB)

How to Apply?

Interested candidates will be allowed to apply for Jio Scholarship 2018 both in online as well as offline mode. To fill the form offline, candidates can visit any Jio office in their area and collect the scholarship application form.

7. Saraswati Academy Scholarship

With the objective to become a preeminent educational group that understands the importance of education for every student, Saraswati Academy offers the scholarship to the class 10 students. To get the scholarship prize, students need to take SAST (Saraswati Academy Scholarship Test) 2018.

Scholarship Amount

  1. Rank 1-5 = 100% on overall fees
  2. Rank 6-15 = 70% Only on tuition fees
  3. Rank 16-30 = 60% Only on tuition fees
  4. Rank 31-50 = 50% Only on tuition fees
  5. Rank 51-100 = 40% Only on tuition fees
  6. Rank 101-200 = 30% only on tuition fees


All class 10 students from any state board can apply for SAST 2018.

How to apply?

Candidates can apply for SAST online at the official website, which is

8. NCERT Scholarship

NCERT Scholarship for class 10th is to find the talented students and provide them financial assistance to help them with their higher studies. To find deserving candidates for NCERT scholarship, a test is conducted in two stages where the first level test is conducted at state level by the Department of State Education Research and Training while the second level is organized by the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) at National Level.

Scholarship Amount

Selected students will get complete financial assistance for their higher studies.


  • Any regular student of class 10th can apply for the exam
  • Candidates applying for the scholarship test should be between the age group of 8 to 18 years

How to apply?

Candidates can fill the application form for NCERT NTSE Scholarship test by visiting the website.

9. Post Matric Scholarship

Post Matric scholarship for Post Matric Studies in India for general subjects is offered to the students from the weaker sections of the society. The scheme helps students successfully complete their post-secondary education. The Union Territory administration/ State are the governing body to offer this scholarship to the deserving candidates from scheduled caste.

Scholarship Amount

Selected candidates for Post Matric Scholarship get maintenance allowance, reimbursement of non-refundable fees, book allowance for students pursuing distance courses and additional allowance for students with disabilities.


  • Applicants should an Indian citizen
  • The applicant should have passed class X board examination

How to apply?

Candidates need to fill the application form in the prescribed Performa on plain paper. They should submit the duly filled form with a passport size photograph and all the required documents.

10. National Talent Search Examination or NTSE

National Talent Search Scheme is a flagship scholarship program started by the NCERT in 1963. Offered through a National Talent Search Examination or NTSE, the scheme identifies the talented students and nurtures their talent by offering them required financial aid. NTSE Scholarship program is conducted throughout India to find talented students who belong to Class 10th. Through this scheme, NCERT provides around 1000 scholarships every year. Students selected through the exam are offered financial assistance for pursuing courses in Social Science and Science up to doctoral level.

Scholarship Amount

Selected students get Rs. 500 per month for their education from Class XIth onwards except for Ph.D.


  • Only class 10th students can apply for the scholarship
  • Age limit of the applicants should not be more than 18 years

How to apply?

Students should apply for the scholarship on a plain paper with recent passport size photograph in the prescribed format.

11. SHDF Scholarship

SHDF Scholarship is offered by NISHKAM with the help of Relief Committee of Greater New York. Students getting at least 50% marks in annual exams can apply for the scholarship. The program offers financial aid to the students studying in Government and aided schools of Delhi and Shahabad (Haryana). Around 400 students are selected for this scholarship every year.

Scholarship Amount

Deserving candidates get a scholarship of Rs. 1200 to Rs. 2400 per annum.


  • Class 7th to 11th students can apply for the scholarship
  • They need to get at least 50% marks while maintaining model conduct

How to apply?

Applications for SHDF Scholarship are invited in the month of July. NISHKAM has its own list of selected schools from which applications are invited. Selected students need to take a written test and pass the personal interview round.

12. National Scholarship Exam (NSE)

National Scholarship Exam, which is also known as NICE Scholarship Exam is conducted to find the talented students and help them in achieving their goals by getting the quality education. National Scholarship Exam is conducted at the national level for students from class V to XII. Candidates who successfully clear the exam are rewarded with cash prizes.

Scholarship Amount


Prize Money (In Rupees)

Rank 1


Rank 2


Rank 3



  • National Scholarship Exam is open to all the students of India
  • Students studying in CBSE/ ICSE / SSC affiliated schools can only apply for the test

How to Apply?

Candidates who clear Class 10th board exams in 2018 will be allowed to take the test in December 2018. To appear for the exam, they need to fill the application form by visiting the official website of National Scholarship Exam.

Candidates can apply for NSE both in online as well as offline mode.

13. Swami Vivekananda Utkrisht Chattervriti Yojana

Swami Vivekananda Utkrisht Chattervriti Yojana is for the class 10th students of Himachal Pradesh. Himachal Pradesh Government invites applications from 2000 students of class 10th the award them scholarship under Swami Vivekananda Utkrisht Chattervriti Yojana.

Scholarship Amount

Selected students will get Rs. 10,000 scholarship per annum


  • Students studying in schools in Himachal Pradesh can only apply for the scholarship
  • Students should be from general category
  • Candidates should have completed class 10th from H.P Board of School Education
  • Students should not have availed any other scholarship under any scheme of the Govt. of India

How to apply?

Visit the official website, choose the respective scholarship and fill the application form online.

14. Indian National Olympiad (INO)

Indian National Olympiad examination is conducted by the INO for Science and Mathematics subjects. Two different exams are conducted for to find talented students having interest in Science and Mathematics. International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is organized by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) on behalf of the National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM) while the National Science Olympiad (NSO) is conducted by the institute itself.

A total of 25 regions and 3 independent bodies including CBSE, KV, and JNV conduct RMO (Regional Mathematics Olympiad) every year, which is the first stage of the INO.

How to Apply?

INO registrations are done online on its official website. Interested candidates need to visit the site to fill the application form.

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