State Merit Scholarship for Students 2023-24

West Bengal Higher Secondary Scholarship Program 2024 is an initiative by the Sarojini Damodaran Foundation* for Class 11 and 12 students of the state. The selected students will receive ₹10,000 per annum.

*Sarojini Damodaran Foundation was established in 1999 by SD Shibulal (Co-founder and former CEO, Infosys) and Kumari Shibulal, (Sarojini Damodaran Foundation). The financial support by this organisation helps in transforming the lives of underprivileged students in society by contributing to their higher education.


To be eligible, an applicant must:-

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  • be domiciled in West Bengal
  • have completed the Class 10/SSC examination in the year 2024 from a recognised school/institution of the state
  • have scored 80% marks or obtained a 7.5 CGPA in class 10/SSC examination (Note:– The cut-off mark for students with disability is 65%.)
  • have a family annual income of less than ₹2,00,000 from all sources

The selected candidates will receive ₹10,000 per annum.

  • A recent photograph
  • A scanned copy of Class 10 marksheet*
  • A scanned copy of the income certificate issued by a competent authority; ration card is not accepted


*Note:- Applicants missing their original marksheet can upload a provisional/online version from the SSLC/CBSE/ICSE website.

How can you apply?

Eligible candidates can apply for the scholarship by following the below-mentioned steps:
Step 1:
 Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button.
Step 2: Click the ‘Register’ button and enter the required registration details. (Note:– If already registered, log in using Gmail/Mobile number/Email ID)
Step 3: Navigate the ‘Apply Now’ at the bottom of the page and click on it.
Step 4: Click on ‘Register’ to start the application.
Step 5: Confirm the registration through the email sent by Vidhyadhan.
Step 6: Log in using the registered email ID and password.
Step 7: Click on the ‘Help’ link from the Vidyadhan Account for complete application instructions.
Step 8: Click on the ‘Application’ button to create a new application.
Step 9: Fill in the required details, upload the necessary documents and submit.

Note:- The application will be considered complete only after the applicants upload the mandatory documents and photographs.

Important Dates

Application Deadline: 10th July 2024
Screening Test: 21st July 2024
Interview Date: 9th August to 20th August 2024

Selection Criteria
The candidates will be selected based on a thorough review of their applications, including academic details, scores, and achievements, followed by a personal interview or a written test.

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