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Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) by INSPIRE

Scholarship for Higher Education

Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, has invited applications for the ‘Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE)’, a component of the ‘Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE)’ being implemented by the Department.

Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) is a Programme launched by the Government of India and being implemented by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), to strengthen the National Science and Technology base. The INSPIRE Programme includes three components namely Scheme for Early Attraction of Talents for Science (SEATS), Scholarships for Higher Education (SHE) and Assured Opportunity for Research Careers (AORC).

The Scheme SHE is focused on attraction of talent to study of Natural/Basic Sciences at the Bachelor and Master’s level. SHE is currently limited to support for educational programmes at B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. and Integrated Master’s level courses in Sciences, leading to MSc in any branch of Natural and Basic Sciences namely Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Chemistry, Earth Sciences and Life Sciences.

A total of 10,000 scholarships are available annually under SHE starting April 2008. The scholarships are limited to those studying courses in Natural/Basic Sciences (B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), Integrated M.Sc.) in any one of the recognized institutions in India.

Eligibility criterion for the scholarships are (i) performance in Board examinations within the cut-off threshold (of top 1%) for each State or Central Board examination at the class X and class XII level and/or (ii) performance in any of the specified competitive examinations within stipulated cut off ranks. The eligible applicant must be already enrolled into Degree level education in Natural/Basic Sciences in any of the recognized institutions in India.

(i) Based on Performance in Board Examinations: Applicant should have obtained aggregate marks in the top 1% in the Board Examination at both class X and XII levels. For example, those applying for INSPIRE Scholarship 2008 should have secured marks within the top 1% in Class X in 2006 and Class XII in 2008 in the respective Board Examinations and should have joined a Degree course leading to B.Sc. or B.Sc. (Hons) or Integrated M.Sc. in Natural/Basic Sciences in any institution in India in the year 2008 and returned to study of second year in the academic year 2009-10. Cut-off marks for various board examinations conducted in the years 2006, 2007 and 2008 for class X and corresponding year of 2008, 2009 and 2010 for class XII are listed in Table 1. Candidate securing top 1% marks only in Class XII Board Examination can also submit the application form.

(ii) Based on Performance in Competitive Examinations (specified in Table 2): Performance within the top 10,000 ranks in Joint Entrance Examination of IIT, AIEEE (Engineering) and CBSE Medical and joining Degree level courses in Natural/Basic Sciences in any recognized Indian institution. The candidate may apply with a valid document of these examinations. The scheme in its current format does not include courses in Engineering, Medicine, Technology and other Professional courses.

(iii) Based on Performance in Competitive Examinations (specified in Table 3): Clearance of competitive examinations conducted by institutions listed in Table 3 and all candidates securing admissions and joining Integrated M.Sc/ MS courses in Natural/Basic Sciences conducted by Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER), National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Indian Institutes of Technology, Department of Atomic Energy – Centre for Basic Science (DAE-CBS) and University from the academic years 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 are eligible. Institutional coverage is being done for this category. Students in this category need not apply.

Value and Type of Support: 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. All the SHE scholars are to undertake summer time attachment to an active researcher in recognized research centers in the country. A summer time attachment fee of Rs.20,000/- will be paid to the mentoring institution for undertaking summer time project.

Duration of the 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 the completion of the course, whichever is earlier. Continuation of the scholarship for the selected candidates for subsequent years is based on satisfactory performance of the examinations conducted and certified by the institution imparting education.

Format for Application: Application may be submitted in the prescribed format available at www., written preferably in English & Hindi only along with attested copy of (i) Mark sheets of Class X and Class XII and (ii) Endorsement Certificate from Principal of the College/ Director or Registrar of the Institute or University where the applicant is presently enrolled.

Applications should be sent by Ordinary Post only within 90 days from the date of this advertisement (Notified on 17.01.2011), and shall be addressed to the Director, National Institute of Science, Technology & Development Studies (NISTADS), Dr K S Krishnan Marg , New Delhi – 110012 with the envelope containing the application super scribed ‘Application for INSPIRE Scholarship – 2008, 2009 and 2010’ program.

Application can also be submitted online at The online applicants should also submit a hardcopy of the applications with all attested documents.

For more details advertisement including all Tables & Format of Application to download etc., visit

Those who have already applied in response to the previous Advertisements need not to apply now.

Percentage Cut‐off Marks: In the Order, X for 2006, XII for 2008, X for 2007, XII for 2009, X for 2008 and XII for 2010

(i) Andhra Pradesh: 90.8; 81.2; 91.1; 82.3; 91.1*; 95.2
(ii) Assam: 88.3; 75.2; 77.6; 73.4; 81.1; 73.4
(iii) Bihar: 73.4; 66.7; 73.2; 73.4; 73.4; 74
(iv) Chhattisgarh: 82.0; 81.0; 82.5; 85.0; 81.5; 87
(v) Goa: 85.6; 76.3; 85.8; 81.8; 85.1; 81.6
(vi) Gujarat: 89.3; 83.0; 86.4; 77.8; 87.2; 84.1
(vii) Haryana: 84.0; 82.6; 87.0; 82.6; 89; 84.2
(viii) Himachal Pradesh: 78.9; 78.2; 76.3; 79.4; 82.2; 80
(ix) Jammu & Kashmir 77.0 79.4 84.4 79.2 87.2 NA
(x) Jharkhand 75.4 67.8 78.4 67.2 78.2 61.4
(xi) Karnataka 72.2 85.5 89.6 88.0 88 88.8
(xii) Kerala 77.0 91.7 93.9 91.8 94.6 92.5
(xiii) Madhya Pradesh 84.8 82.8 85.8 82.6 85.6 83.4
(xiv) Maharashtra 86.9 89.0 80.1 83.8 80.1* 83.5
(xv) Manipur 73.0 75.2 77.0 75.8 77.1 77.4
(xvi) Meghalaya 69.0 73.2 70.5 70.6 77.5 70.2
(xvii) Mizoram 93.4 71.8 86.6 68.2 78.4 71.2
(xviii) Nagaland 71.5 71.7 68.1 73.0 71.3 74.6
(xix) Orissa 81.3 71.0 81.3* 76.1 81.3* 76.8
(xx) Punjab 76.2 79.6 81.3 76.7 82.3 78.6
(xxi) Rajasthan 81.5 78.3 79.1 82.4 80.6 81.2
(xxii) Tamil Nadu 91.0 94.0 90.4 94.5 94.4 94.9
(xxiii) Tripura 82.6 70.0 68.8 68.8 68.8* 68.4
(xxiv) Uttar Pradesh 71.2 69.2 72.5 72.6 66.6 77
(xxv) Uttarakhand 68.3 75.2 70.4 68.2 74.5 67.5
(xxvi) West Bengal 84.6 80.6 86.6 82.2 86.7 81.8
(xxvii) CBSE 93.0 91.0 93.6 92.4 93.3 91.8
(xxviii) ICSE 94.0 93.0 95.6 93.3 94.8 93.2
(xxix) Viswa-Bharathi 92.1 91.0 93.4 95.8 90.7 96.1
(xxx) AMU Board 86.4 86 84.8 85.2 86.8 86.7

* Due to non-availability of Data, previous year’s value has been used now as cut-off for eligibility. # % Marks = [Total Marks Obtained X 100 ] / Maximum Possible Marks

National Level Competitive Examination

(i) IIT – JEE : Top 10,000 Rank
(ii) AIEEE (Engineering): Top 10,000 Rank
(iii) CBSE Medical Board : Top 10,000 Rank
(iv) All Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojna (KVPY) Fellows, National Talent Search Examination
(v) (NTSE) Scholars, Olympiad Medalists and Jagadis Bose National Science Talent Search (JBNSTS) Fellows.

Other National Level Competitive Examinations for Admission to

(i) 5 years Integrated M.Sc. programs in Basic & Natural Sciences at all Indian Institute of Technology (IITs)
(ii) All Indian Institute of Science Educations & Research (IISERs)
(iii) National Institute of Science Education & Research (NISER)
(iv) Department of Atomic Energy – Centre for Basic Science (DAE – CBS)
(v) University at Under-graduate or Integrated M. Sc. program in Natural Sciences and Basic Sciences following National Level Competitive Examinations indicated at Table 2.

  • akshitachitla

    sir, can u please inform when will the list of selected candidates for she scholarship be released?cause for applying for internship to different universities december 31st is the last date……so i kindly request you to inform me at the earliest..
    thank u sir.

  • Respected sir,
    i have applied for the inspire scholarship this year and i have posted the application form on 5th of september and yet i didnt get any information regarding whether it has reached or not. so please inform me about that at your earliest convenience.

  • i will be grateful if u do this to me sir

  • sir i apply for inspire scholorship programme for 2011 . iam student of first year in uttarakhand .my roll no is — 143944 please tell me when i got my scholorship.

  • rajender singh

    sir i am 2 yr student i filled application form for inspire scholarship in october last i have 85.17% in 10th and 83.23% in 12th in rajasthan board can i get scholarship ..,,,,,, please reply sir,,,

  • Ssp2763

    Which are the institutes where the INSPIRE Scholars should do the summer projects.

  • Guhasrijita

    I have not yet received the entitle scholarship according to registration no.-1494/2011. please let me know th efate. My e-mail address is [email protected]

  • sukanya mishra

    sir i have received my e-z card.I sent my performance report already.Shall i send my performance report again?

  • Diptisahoo157

    how many percentage required for a bsc (hons) student i.e either 60% in aggregate or 60% only in hons subject

  • Manraj271993

    i did not apply last yr ,bcause i dropped this yr,now i want to apply,..can i apply this yr?

  • Deepak Gawari

          I have recieved the advisory note and what to do to receive the scolorship

  • Pawan Shishupal

    i got 90% in 10th class(2010) and 77.60% in 12th class(2012) from rajasthan board.can i got this scolarship….

  • harsimrat kaur

    I have got 84 percent in X class(2009) and 64 percent in X11 class.(2011).am i eligible for the scholarship?


     I have got 86.5% in X class(2007) and 81.8% in XII class(2009)from WEST BENGAL board.Am eligible for the scholarship?

    • Josimuddin320

      My rank in IIT-JAM is 31.Am i eligible for the inspire scholarship?

  • Aarti Chhabra1994

    i have got 88.1% in 10(2010) from pseb and 86% in 12 in cbse. m i eligible 4 scholarship 

  • Harrybora77

    i have got schlorship in 2011 but i dont take schlorship because i have some problem this year.
    sir , kya meri schlorship contiuous rah skati hai 2012 mai

  • akarshan kumar

    i have 75.6% in class X and 80% in class XII in 2010-2012. Am I eligible for scholarship?

  • suneel garg

    Sir maine ek year dropped ki h kya mai inspire ke liye apply kar sakta hu




    sir i have studied in bsc 1year.i got 87.6% in 12TH
    exam 2012 can iget she schlorship

  • adarsh

    sir maine inter 89% se pass kia h in u.p board mai scholarship ka form kese bharu

  • yogita

    is eligibility not which is sent by you, necessary in the documents of scholarship form