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UGC PG Merit Scholarship for University Rank Holders 2018-19

Postgraduate Merit Scholarship Program 2018-19 for University Rank Holders

UGC PG Merit Scholarship 2018: UGC (University Grant Commission) has invited online applications to Post Graduate Merit Scholarship for University Rank Holders 2018-19 session. The last date to apply online is November 30th, 2018. Check out the complete details like dates, application form, eligibility criteria, fees and more about PG Merit Scholarship 2018-19.

Post-Graduate Merit Scholarship Scheme is for non-professional courses only for regular students. The selection will be purely on merit basis. The awardees under this scheme can pursue their Post-Graduate programme in any area of specialization and also in any institution of higher learning in the country recognized by UGC. This scholarship is exclusively for the aforesaid courses only. Professional Courses are not applicable under this scheme.

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The Undergraduate courses from following streams have been identified for the award of scholarships:

1. Life Sciences, 2. Physical Sciences, 3. Chemical Sciences, 4. Earth Sciences, 5. Mathematical Sciences, 6. Social Sciences, 7. Commerce, 8. Languages.

All universities/degree awarding institutions would be required to issue rank certificates to the toppers of the university in B.A., B.Sc., and B.Com.


Higher Education has had played a very vital role in the history of nation building all over the world. It is amply clear that no rise in general standards of living and culture is possible without strengthening the higher education system in the country. It obviously calls for a multipronged strategy. There is a need to modernize our higher education system, and equally important to continuously attract young and talented students to pursue higher education. It is being increasingly observed that the brighter lot is not pursuing a Postgraduate education in our institutions of higher learning.

To emerge as a powerful nation, there is an urgent need to bring in talented boys and girls in the field of Postgraduate education by way of providing them good incentives in the form of scholarships. The UGC, therefore, introduced a Postgraduate Merit Scholarship Scheme for University undergraduate rank holders.

The scholarship may be tenable for a period of two years to enable the rank holders of each university at undergraduate level to pursue their Master’s Degree. All universities/degree awarding institutions would be required to issue rank certificates to the toppers of the university in B.A., B.Sc., and B.Com.

The purpose of this scheme is to attract talent for pursuing post graduate studies besides strengthening the basic subjects at Undergraduate level. The awardees, under this scheme, can pursue their Postgraduate programme in any area of specialization in any institution of higher learning in the country.

Scholarship Value

The total number of scholarships in the first academic year would be 3000. The duration of the scholarship will be 2 years only. The tenure of the scholarship will not be extendable beyond 2years, under any circumstances.

Each awardee, under the scheme, will be provided a scholarship of Rs.3100/- p.m. for a period of two years (i.e. 10 months in a year); no other additional grants will be payable in lieu of hostel charges and medical charges etc.

Eligibility Criteria for UGC PG Merit Scholarship 2018

The First & Second Rank holders at UG level and admitted in any Postgraduate Course would be awarded the scholarship. The students will have to submit the proof of their merit position at the undergraduate level as well as their admission in postgraduate courses.

The scholarship would, however, be subject to securing a minimum of sixty percent (60%) marks at the undergraduate level.

The scheme is applicable to such students who have taken admission in regular, full-time Master’s Degree course in any recognized university, deemed university, private university, autonomous college or a post graduate college.

The scholarship is available to the student for first PG Degree only. Age limit for the students is 30 years at the time of admission in PG course.

Distance mode of education will not be considered under the scheme.

These awardees will have to submit the proofs of their merit position at undergraduate level in University / Institute / Autonomous College as well as their admission in first year of Post-Graduate course.

The rank holders would be considered only from affiliated universities where in at least 100 students and in deemed / private Universities / Autonomous / Nonaffiliated colleges, at least 25 students have appeared in the examination at undergraduate level in the aforesaid programs.

UGC PG Merit Scholarship 2018 Application Form

The applicants fulfilling the eligibility conditions are required to apply online against the advertisement to be published by the UGC every year on the following website i.e. or

Documents to be submitted at the time of application:

(i) The applicant is required to submit an application in the prescribed format, (ii) Attested copy of university undergraduate-degree, (iii) Matriculation certificate, iv) A verification certificate by the institute where, students has taken admission to Ist Year PG Course, (v) Prescribed format of provisional Rank certificate from the university / autonomous college.

Certificate to be submitted by the concerned University/ Institution to the UGC: Every year University / Institution will submit a compiled statement for the following:

  • Statement giving the names of the students selected for the scholarship along with their receipt of scholarship amount.
  • Progress Report to be submitted after the first year of the award giving percentage of marks obtained by the applicants.
  • Utilization certificate.

UGC PG Merit Scholarship 2018 Important Dates

  • Last date to apply online: November 30th, 2018.
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2 thoughts on “UGC PG Merit Scholarship for University Rank Holders 2018-19

  1. If possible please extend the last date of submission because I am from Manipur and now the condition of the state is instable as a result of it, the process of admission in Manipur university will be delayed than the earlier notification. So please be considerate and extend the last date.hope you will obliged.

  2. I know ur problem very well……bcoz I am also suffering like you…..same problem …..but l think no one will help us…….

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