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Best Scholarships for Class 12th Students 2020

Simran Saini
Simran SainiUpdated On: August 07, 2023 02:14 pm IST

A variety of merit-based and non-merit based scholarships after 12th class are up for grabs every year. Check the list of top 10 scholarships after class 12th, eligibility and application details, selection process etc. in the article below.

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As soon as a student finishes class 12th studies, the pressure of getting admission in the right course and college starts to build up at a fast pace. While opting for the right course and college is very important, one must also understand that it forms the basis of your career ahead. It is true that the colleges charge a hefty fee these days, but one should consider it as an investment that can fetch you greater returns once you enter the professional world. On the other hand, an alternative is to look for scholarships after 12th class that can reduce the mental pressure of paying a large sum of money in your pursuit of higher education.

The available scholarships after class 12th can be of great help to freshers and especially those who are caught in financial constraints. Although taking up education loans is an option, scholarship options after class 12th are more secure and stable as students are not required to pay back the amount awarded in scholarships.

Scholarship opportunities after class 12th are not much advertised as the case may be with education loans and financial assistance, however, if aware, meritorious students can make the most of them and pursue their team higher education. We have compiled a list of different student scholarships available after class 12th in India, its eligibility criteria, entrance exam, and selection procedure to help you get a detailed understanding of the same. With the announcement of most of the board exams such as CBSE class 12 result 2020, ISC class 12 result 2020, and other state board results on their way, students can have a look at Scholarships after class 12th to plan their career in a better way!

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Scholarships after Class 12th

Following are the top 10 scholarships available for students who have completed their 12th class-

  • College Admission Scholarship Application (CASA)
  • Schindler Igniting Minds Scholarships
  • INSPIRE Scholarship
  • AICTE Pragati Scholarship for Girls
  • Foundation For Excellence (FFE) Scholarship
  • Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Ignite Awards
  • National Scholarship Test (NST)
  • PM Narendra Modi Scholarship for 12th Pass Students
  • Combined Counselling Board (CCB) Scholarship
  • Indian Oil Academics Scholarship

Mentioned below is the detailed information on each scholarship. Also, mentioned in the eligibility criteria and the entire information on how to apply for the top 10 scholarships.

College Admission Scholarship Application (CASA)

College Admission Scholarship Admission (CASA) is a popular scholarship for 12th pass students that can help maximize the benefits of quality higher education for the candidate. It can get you a 100% tuition fee waiver. The CASA application process usually starts in the month of June and there is no application fee for this scholarship.

Eligibility for CASA

  • Students who have completed the Class12th examination from CBSE, ICSE or any other recognized state board can apply.

  • Students who have completed graduation can also fill the form for post-graduation courses.

NOTE CASA form is mainly recommended for students who have completed their class 12th and are looking for higher education.

Steps to Apply for CASA

  • Register with CASA through the official website.

  • Follow the instructions provided and fill out the application form.

  • Upload the essential documents.

After the submission of the application, you will receive SMS and email alerts regarding your candidature and scholarships that are suitable for you.

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Ignite Awards

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Ignite Awards is organized by the National Innovation Foundation. This scholarship provides young minds with a platform to showcase their innovations and thoughts. Students up to class 12th can participate in the same. All that one is required to do is to write their ideas in a simple text and email it to the official website. The final date for registration is usually in the last week of August every year.

Ignite Awards is an annual national competition aimed to harness the creative and innovative spirit of children. While inviting the ideas, the National Innovation Foundation is looking for original and creative technological ideas to solve everyday problems. The idea can be about household problems to labourers to the environment to pollution - anything.

Eligibility for Ignite Awards

  • Students up to Class 12th can send their ideas for the Ignite Awards.

  • The maximum age of the candidate should be between 17-18 years. If you have freshly passed out of school, then also you are eligible to apply.

There is no particular format in which the candidate is expected to send the write-ups. However, while submitting the write-ups candidates should clearly mention their name, age, school name, address and contact number.

Schindler Igniting Minds Scholarship

Schindler Igniting Minds Scholarship is a great opportunity for students belonging to rural areas and backward classes. The scholarship is specifically for class 12th pass students who are planning to pursue diploma engineering courses such as civil, electronics, telecommunication, mechanical, and electronics.

The primary objective of the Schindler scholarship is to provide financial assistance to meritorious students. Every year, around 75 students are awarded this scholarship which is worth Rs. 20,000.

Eligibility for Schindler Igniting Minds Scholarship

  • Students who have passed class 12th in science stream with a minimum of 65% aggregate.

  • The family income of the student should not be more than Rs. 2 lakh per annum.

  • Candidates planning to pursue a diploma in engineering streams such as Electrical, Civil, Electronics, Mechanical, Electronics and Electronics and Telecommunication are eligible to apply.

  • Candidates who are already pursuing diploma courses can also apply for the scholarship.

  • The age of the candidate should not be more than 20 years.

Steps to Apply for Schindler Igniting Minds Scholarship

  • Visit the official website.

  • Login/Register using Facebook, Google Plus or Email account.

  • Once signed in, click on the link 'Start Application'

  • Fill in all the details and upload the documents required.

  • Click on 'Submit'

After the submission of application, you will receive SMS and email alerts regarding your candidature and scholarship acceptance.

National Scholarship Test (NST)

National Scholarship Test (NST) is the most popular scholarship test conducted by the Shiksha Education Trust. This exam is conducted every year both in the online and offline mode to support meritorious students financially. Students could apply for the National Scholarship Test latest by 31st May every year.

Eligibility for NST

  • Students in class 5th to 12th are eligible for NST.

National Scholarship test provides students with a national and state-level scholarship. The top 3 national level scholars are awarded Rs.75,000 each and the state scholars are awarded Rs.28,000 each.

Listed below is the National Scholarship Test online and offline exam schedule:

NST 2020 Event

Online Exam Schedule NST 2020Offline Exam Schedule NST 2020

NST Exam Date


Admit Card Release Date


Declaration of Result


PM Narendra Modi Scholarship for 12th Pass Students

PM Narendra Modi launched a scholarship for 12th pass students who are seeking admission in a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. This scheme provides financial assistance to the wards of ex-servicemen. It offers a total of 5,500 scholarships for courses such as B.Tech/B.E., B.A, BBA, BCA, M.A, M.Com, M.Sc, Ph.D., pharmacy, and medical courses.

Eligibility for PM Narendra Modi Scholarship

  • Candidates should have passed class 12th with a minimum of 75% to apply for the scholarship.

  • Students should between the age group of 18-25 years.

  • Students whose family income is below Rs. 6 lakhs per annum are eligible to apply.

The last date to apply for PM Scholarship is usually in the 2nd week of November. Candidates who are selected for the scholarship will be awarded Rs. 2,000 per month (boys) and Rs. 2,250 (girls). One can apply through the Kendriya Sainik Board website.

INSPIRE Scholarship

INSPIRE Scholarship is also known as Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE). This scholarship is a Government of India initiative and is offered to students who fall in the top 1% rank in 12th board exams. Further, if a student gets attains the rank of up to 10,000 in NEET or JEE Advanced, then also they are eligible for it. The scholarship is offered to 10,000 students and Rs. 80,000 is awarded every year through this scholarship.

INSPIRE Scholarship has three components that are categorized into the following:

1. Scheme for Early Attraction of Talent (SEAT): The main aim of SEAT is to attract young minds to study science. Under this, the recipients are given an INSPIRE Award of Rs. 5,000 each. This award is given to about one million science enthusiasts between the age group of 10 to 15 years (Class 6th to Class 10th). This scheme also arranges summer camps for over 50,000 science students of Class 11th who can exchange ideas and experience new innovations through the INSPIRE Internship.

2. Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE): This aims to attract creative minds to undertake higher education in science-intensive programmes. Along with the scholarship, selected candidates are also provided in-depth guidance and mentorship. The scheme covers 10,000 scholarships for the age group of 17 to 22 years to take up B.Sc and M.Sc courses. The scholarship is worth Rs. 80,000 per annum.

3. Assured Opportunity for Research Careers (AORC): This scholarship is for candidates between the age group of 22 to 27 years with an aim to strengthen the R&D foundation. It is sub-divided into two components. The first one is the INSPIRE Fellowship which offers 1000 fellowships every year to carry out research in the field of applied sciences. The second component is the INSPIRE Faculty Scheme which is offered to 1000 post-doctoral researchers in the age group of 27 to 32 years through a contractual basis.

AICTE Pragati Scholarship for Girls

To promote girl education in the country, AICTE offers a scholarship to female studentswho want to pursue higher education in the technical field. AICTE awards Rs. 30,000 per annum each to 4,000 girls every year.

Applications for the AICTE Pragati scholarships start in the month of August/September every year and AICTE does not conduct any entrance test for the scholarship.

Eligibility for AICTE Pragati Scholarships for Girls

  • Female students who are in their 1st year of the diploma or degree courses from any of the AICTE approved colleges are eligible for the scholarship.

In case the candidate is selected for the tuition fee waiver, the amount of Rs. 30,000/- maybe reimbursed to the candidates through reimbursement for the purchase of books, vehicles, laptops, and desktops.

    Combined Counselling Board (CCB) Scholarship

    CCB Scholarship provides financially weak background students with a platform to pursue higher education. CCB is associated with many leading educational institutes across the country where the students can get scholarship opportunities.

    Eligibility for CCB Scholarship

    • Students of both class 10th & 12th can apply for this scholarship.

    • They should have passed the last exam with a minimum aggregate of 33% to 50%.

    Steps to Apply for CCB Scholarship

    • While applying online, candidates will have to select their native state and proceed with the respective application.

    • Read all the instructions carefully and start filling the application form and submit.

    • Take a print out of the application receipt and counselling letter.

    Selected students will be awarded a scholarship of Rs.60,000 - Rs.70,000 for higher education.

    Foundation for Excellence (FFE) Scholarship

    FFE provides scholarships to students who have exceptionally brilliant minds but have financial constraints. It enables them to pursue higher education in the science stream (engineers/doctors). FFE funds these students and helps them pursue their career in the field of their choice.

    Eligibility for FFE

    • Candidates who wish to study professional degree courses such as BE./B.Tech, Integrated 5-Year Dual-Degree M.Tech, and MBBS are eligible.

    • The score of the candidates should not be less than 70% in the qualifying examination.

    • Candidate's admissions to the courses should be on the basis of merit to be eligible for the scholarship.

    Indian Oil Academics Scholarship

    Every year Indian Oil Corporation Limited awards scholarships to meritorious students from all over the country, under the Indian Oil Scholarships Scheme. The selection of the candidates is done on the basis of merit. Indian Oil Academic Scholarships are awarded to first-year students of engineering and MBBS courses.

    300 scholarships are offered to engineering students while the remaining 200 scholarships are offered to MBBS students. The part of the scheme also offers special encouragement to girl students who wish to pursue higher education, physically challenged students, and students from Jammu and Kashmir and other Northeast states.

    Eligibility for Indian Oil Academics Scholarship

    • Students who have taken admission in class 11th (10+)/ first year of the current academic year in ITI (2 years programme) in school/ institutions recognized by the central/state government are eligible.

    • Students in the first year of full-time engineering degree courses and MBBS courses can also apply.

    • 11th class and those in the 1st year of 2 year ITI course are also eligible to apply.

    We hope that the above information is useful to you. Do write to us in the comments section if you have any queries.

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