MOMA Scholarships

MOMA scholarships – The Ministry of Minority Affairs (MOMA), Government of India offers a variety of scholarships for students belonging to minority communities, commonly known as MOMA scholarship schemes. The students from minority communities like Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist, Jain and Zoroastrian (Parsi) can avail variable benefits under different scholarship schemes. The MOMA scholarships are broadly categorised into Pre-matric scholarships, Post-matric scholarships and Merit-cum-Means Scholarship for Professional and Technical Courses. 

When can a student apply for these scholarships? Which eligibility conditions need to be fulfilled? How to apply for them? What are the benefits offered under these scholarships? The answers to all these questions are covered in this article. 

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MOMA Scholarships – Important Dates

The students who wish to avail benefits under any of the three MOMA scholarships need to keep track of their application timeline. The applications for these scholarships are generally announced in the month of August and continue till October/November. The table given below highlights the key dates of MOMA scholarship for the academic year 2020-21.

Name of Scholarships Application Deadline*
Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme for Minorities 31 October 2020
Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme for Minorities 31 October 2020
Merit-cum-Means Scholarship for Professional and Technical Courses CS 31 October 2020

The application deadline mentioned above is applicable for the current academic session. It may vary every year on the discretion of the scholarship provider. 

MOMA Scholarships – Eligibility Criteria

Before heading on to apply for these national minority scholarships, the students need to make sure that they fulfil the eligibility criteria prescribed in scholarship guidelines. The key eligibility criteria for all three MOMA scholarships is that they are open ONLY for minority community students. These students must be studying in a government or private institution in India. The table below provides a detailed overview of eligibility criteria for each minority scholarship. 

Detailed Eligibility of MOMA Scholarships

Scholarship Name Eligibility Criteria
Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme for Minorities
  • Open for students studying in Class 1 to 10. 
  • They must have scored at least 50% marks in the previous final exam. 
  • The annual income of the family must be less than INR 1 lakh.
Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme for Minorities
  • Open for students studying in Class 11 to postdoctoral level. 
  • They must have scored at least 50% marks in the previous final exam. 
  • The annual income of the family must be less than INR 2 lakh. 
Merit-cum-Means Scholarship for Professional and Technical Courses CS
  • Open for students who have taken admission in a technical/professional course at graduate or postgraduate level.
  • They must have secured at least 50% marks in the previous final exam. 
  • The annual income of the family should be less than INR 2.5 lakh from all sources. 

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MOMA Scholarships – Rewards

What is the amount of financial assistance given under each MOMA scholarship? How do the students receive the scholarship amount? The answers to all these questions are covered in this section. The scholarship amount depends on a student’s current academic qualification. It majorly comprises financial assistance for the entire course in the form of admission, course/tuition fee and maintenance allowance. Furthermore, the amount of scholarship is directly transferred to the beneficiary’s bank account through DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer). The details of the scholarship amount given under each MOMA scholarship is highlighted in the table below. 

Scholarship Amount of MOMA Scholarships

Scholarship Name Rewards
Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme for Minorities
  • Monthly maintenance allowance of INR 100 for day scholars of Class 1 to 5
  • Monthly maintenance allowance of INR 600 (for hostellers) and INR 100 (for day scholars) for students of Class 6 to 10
  • Tuition fee of INR 350 per month for students of Class 6 to 10 
  • Admission fee of INR 500 per annum for students of Class 6 to 10
Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme for Minorities
  • Admission and tuition fee up to INR 10,000 per annum
  • Maintenance allowance up to INR 1,200 per month for hostellers and INR 550 per month for day scholars
Merit-cum-Means Scholarship for Professional and Technical Courses CS
  • Course fee of INR 20,000 per annum
  • Maintenance allowance of INR 1,000 per month (for hostellers) and INR 500 per month (for day scholars)

MOMA Scholarships – Application Process

The applications for all MOMA scholarships can be made online through the National Scholarship Portal. It is important to note that all applications should be made within the stipulated time duration. Thus, the students should apply well in advance before the last date of application. Also, the students should make sure that their institution/college is registered on the NSP portal before starting an application. Follow the steps given below to apply for MOMA scholarship – 

Step 1: Visit the official website of National Scholarship Portal

Step 2: Click on the ‘New Registration’ button and read all the guidelines carefully. 

Step 3: Proceed with the registration process and fill in all required details. 

Step 4: Once registered, the students will receive an application ID and password on their registered mobile number and email ID. 

Step 5: Log in to the portal using the application ID and password. The candidates will be asked to change their password (mandatory step). Create a new password for login that you can easily remember and login. 

Step 6: Start the scholarship application and fill all required details. 

Step 7: Upload all relevant documents and submit the application. 

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MOMA Scholarships – Documents Required

While making an application for any of the MOMA scholarships, the students need to upload certain documents in support of information that they have filled. While these documents may vary from scholarship to scholarship, the common documents that one must keep handy at the time of application are –

  • Applicant’s photograph (passport sized)
  • Income certificate of the parents/guardian
  • Community certificate
  • Mark sheet of previous qualifying examination
  • Residential/Domicile certificate
  • Aadhaar card of Aadhaar enrolment number
  • Fee receipt of current course
  • Bank account details

MOMA Scholarships – FAQs

Q. What is the last date of MOMA Scholarship 2020? 

For the academic year 2020-21, the last date to apply for a MOMA scholarship is 31st October 2020. The students who find themselves eligible can apply for it before the deadline passes away. 

Q. Which documents are required for minority scholarships? 

The key documents required to apply for a minority scholarship have been described in the ‘Documents Required’ section above. Furthermore, the candidates are required to go through the official guideline of the scholarship to get a better understanding of everything. 

Q. How can a student check his/her minority scholarship status? 

The students who have applied for a minority scholarship can check their application status online through the National Scholarship Portal. They need to make a login to the user dashboard using the application ID and password. After successful login, the students need to click on the ‘Check your status’ tab to get the update about their scholarship application.