NEC Merit Scholarship 2023-24, Apply Online, Merit List, Renewal, Eligibility, Amount

NEC Merit Scholarship 2023-24 is open to student undertaking Courses like diploma, degree, postgraduate, Ph.D, or M.Phil courses. Every year North Eastern Council (NEC), Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region awards 1600 fresh scholarship to the students of North Eastern States. Students are selected for this scholarship based on a merit list. This merit list will be prepared by NEC based on the marks obtained by the candidate in the qualifying examination.

For the academic year 2023-24, North Eastern Council has invited online application for the NEC Merit Scholarship. To apply online students need to visit the NSP portal and submit their application online. The application began on 3rd October 2023 and last date for submission of applications for academic year 2023-24 is 31st January 2024. To fill the scholarship form, applicant should go to along with the documents we have mentioned below and submit the online form before the deadline.

NEC Merit Scholarship 2023-24

Northeast students are among the most talented and ambitious students in the entire nation. But on the other side, the northern part of India still needs to be developed acutely. They are financially weak, forcing the children to give up on education. So, the government often launches several schemes and programmes to aid these needy students. One of these schemes is the NEC Merit Scholarship, which is forwarded by the government and will help students pay their fees.

The North Eastern Council launched it. Each student will be given up to INR 30,000 depending on their courses or willingness to study. They must pass their previous exams from a recognized university with 60% marks (general category) and 60% marks (STs and SCs). This scheme focuses only on North Eastern States, also known as Seven Sisters State. You can apply for this scholarship online; there is no offline provision. In the following article we’ll be discussing how a Candidate shall apply for this scheme. What are its eligibility criteria? And all other stuffs.

Overview of NSP NEC Merit Scholarship

Name of ScholarshipNEC Merit Scholarship
Scholarship byNorth Eastern Council (NEC)
Academic Year2023-24
Scholarship AmountUp to INR 30,000/P.a
Total No. of Scholarship1600
BeneficiaryStudents of North East Region
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Scholarship deadline31st January 2024 (extended)
Last date for verification7th March 2024

Eligibility Criteria for NEC Merit Scholarship 2023-24

To secure the benefits of this scholarship, one must fulfil the criteria below.

NEC Merit Scholarship 2023
  • Applicant should be a permanent resident of North East and should belong to any of the following states:
    • Arunachal Pradesh
    • Mizoram
    • Manipur
    • Assam
    • Meghalaya
    • Nagaland
    • Tripura
    • Sikkim
  • Applicant must be students pursuing a diploma, degree, postgraduate degree, Ph.D, or M.Phil from any government-registered college/university.
  • Students enrolled in the 1st year of diploma, degree, postgraduate degree, Ph.D, or M.Phil courses are eligible.
  • Must have scored at least 60% marks in their previous qualification from a recognized university.
  • For Diploma Programme, applicant must have passed HSLC/HSSLC/Secondary School Leaving/Senior Secondary Leaving Certificate Examination from a recognized State/Central Board.
  • For degree course, applicant must have passed HSSLC/Senior Secondary Living Certificate Board Examination at a Schools/Colleges recognized by State/Central Board.
  • Applicants registered to M.Phil or Ph.D. programme should possess PG degree qualification.
  • Applicant’s family’s annual income should be equal to or less than INR 8.00 lakh from all sources.

Steps to Apply Online for NEC Merit Scholarship 2023

To apply for the NEC Merit Scholarship 2023, the online application portal is open till 3rd Oct to 31st Dec 2023. Applicants are required to apply online before the deadline. Applicants must go through the following steps to complete the application process.

  • New Registration
  • Login & Fill Application
  • Provide
    • General Information
    • Academic information
    • Other details
    • Contact details
  • Select Scheme
  • Upload documents
  • Submit Application

NEC Merit Scholarship 2023: Registration

Steps to follow:

  • Step 1

    First of all go to National Scholarship Portal (NSP) else access

  • Step 2

    Click on New Registration from the homepage.

  • Step 3

    Read the guidelines carefully; put a ‘Tick ‘ mark on the checkbox and click on Continue button.

  • Step 4

    Select I have Aadhaar, type mobile number, enter OTP, fill captcha code then click on verify button.

  • Step 5

    Wait for the Aadhaar card information to be fetched, then select Scholarship Type, Scholarship Category, enter Father/Mother’s name, State of Domicile, Mobile Number, etc.

  • Step 6

    Enter the captcha code as shown and click on the register button.

Login and fill Application Form

  • After successful registration, note down the application id then press on Click here to login and fill your application form.
  • Enter Application Number, Password (Date of Birth) and Captcha; Then click on login button.
  • Verify the OTP, update current password and then click on the submit button.
  • On the dashboard, select Application form.
  • Select Institute State, Institute District, and click on Get Institution List, choose your Institution Name.
  • Provide the following information in Academic Details section;
    • Admission/Enrollment No, Admission year, Roll no, Section.
    • Present Class/Course, Class/Course year.
    • Mode of Study, Present Class start date, Previous Board/University Name.
    • Previous Course, Previous Passing year, Percentage.
    • 10th/12th Roll No, Board Name, Year of passing, Marks, etc.
  • Provide other details like, Guardian Name, UDID, Marital Status, Parent Profession, then click on Save & Continue button.
  • Provide contact details like home district, locality, house number, pin code etc.
  • Upload necessary documents like PRC, income certificate, type of Research /Synopsis, scan copy of last educational qualification mark sheet, bank passbook, scan copy of 10th mark sheet, Bonafide student of institute etc.
  • Re-verify all details then click on final submit button.

Renewal of Application

  • Only a candidate who is availing of this scholarship can renew it till the tenure of the course.
  • They must fill out the renewal form on NSP every year during their course period.
  • If the student is not promoted to the next year or has a backlog of more than one year will be rejected from the scholarship programme.
  • If students discontinue their education amidst the scholarship programme, they will be considered non-eligible. They will not be able to renew the application.
  • To complete the renewal procedure, they must pass the current semester and be promoted to the subsequent semester.

NEC Merit Scholarship 2023 Merit List

NEC scholarship merit list is issued on the basis of previous qualifying examination marks obtained by the students. This merit list is published on national scholarship portal. If your name appears in the merit list, it means you are entitled to receive the scholarship amount under NEC Merit scholarship. But if your name is not present in this list then wait for next selection list to come out.


NEC Merit Scholarship Amount

NEC Merit Scholarship is awarded to students for the duration of the entire course. That is why the amount of scholarship depends on the course pursued by the students. Refer the table below to know more about the scholarship amount.

Level of CourseTotal Amount
DiplomaINR 20,000/- per annum
Graduation (Degree)INR 22,000/- per annum
Post-GraduateINR 25,000/- per annum
M.Phil/Ph.DINR 30,000/- per annum

Selection Process for NEC Merit Scholarship

  • The student who has obtained good marks and belongs to the lower section of society or has a weaker financial background will be given more preference.
  • The selection for M.Phil and Ph.D pursuing candidates is based on their topic of research/synopsis, which is relevant to North Eastern issues and problems.
  • The candidate will be selected entirely based on marks obtained in their previous academic qualifications.
  • The authorities will conduct two levels of verification. The first level of validation is at the institute level, and the second level of verification will be done by the Nodal Officer nominated for this scholarship by the respective NE State Governments.

Documents required for NEC Merit Scholarship

During the online application process the applicant must upload the following documents.

  • Permanent Residential Certificate (PRC) issued by Deputy Commissioner/Addl. Deputy Commissioner/Sub-divisional officer of civil sub-divisions in North Eastern State (except Sikkim).
  • Income Certificate (Issued by Competent Authority)
  • Applicant saving bank account passbook
  • Scanned copy of Mark sheet of last academic qualification
  • Bonafide student of institute
  • Synopsis signed by the Project Director/Guide (Research) or any officer authorized by the Institute/University in case of M.Phil/PhD candidates.

Apart from these documents applicants must have a valid Mobile number and Email ID.

Last Date for NEC Merit Scholarship 2023-24

  • Starting Date of Scholarship: 3rd October 2023.
  • Deadline for Online Application: 31st January 2024.
  • Last date of Institute verification: 5th March 2024.
  • For DNO/SNO/MNO Verification: 7th March 2024.

Links for Scholarship

Official websiteNSP Portal
RegistrationNew Registration
Online ApplicationFresh | Renewal

FAQs related to NEC Merit Scholarship

What is the last date for NEC Merit Scholarship?

31st January 2024.

How To Check Application Status?

Log in to the NSP portal and on dashboard you’ll be able to check application status.

How to Apply Online For NEC Merit Scholarship?

Visit,, portal, first register then login and fill application form.

What is the amount of NEC merit scholarship?

Up to INR 30,000/per annum.

Where can check NEC Scholarship merit list 2023?

Visit National Scholarship Portal (NSP).

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