Pre Secondary Scholarship Examination Std 8th (PSS) is a state level scholarship exam conducted by Maharashtra State Council of Education (MSCE) in India to identify students having academic talent at secondary schooling and to encourage deserving students and provide them with financial support. These exams are conducted since the year 1954. These exams are held for students pursuing 7th Standard Class in Secondary or High Schools in Maharashtra. Earlier only few selected students from each school were able to appear for these tests but from the year 2008 any student from a Government recognized school is eligible to appear for the exam. The exams are conducted every year in the month of February or March and over 7 lakh (0.7 million) students appear for this exam. The exam can be given in both English and Marathi mediums.


Maharashtra State Council of Examination conducts Middle School Scholarship Examination with the following objectives

  1. To undertake talent search at the end of Pre- Secondary Schooling i.e. at the end of 7th Standard.
    2. To nurture and encourage talented and deserving students by recognising and providing them financial support.

Eligibility Criteria:-

Regular students studying in government recognized schools in 7th standard and 8th standard  are eligible for this scholarship.

Age limit:- 14 to 18 years (Category based),

General – 14 Years

Mode of Applications:- Application in prescribed format must be submitted to the concern Education Officer of the district or  Education Officer of BMC Greater Mumbai.

For (General / non backward):-
Application form Fee – Rs.20/-
Examination Fee – Rs.60/-

For BC:-
Application form Fee:- Rs.20/-
Examination Fee – Nil

Late Fee: Rs.50/- per student (for open and BC category also)

Additional Late Fee: Government Resolution no S.C.H. 2005 /236/05/ SC-1 Dated 3/4/2006 Additional Late Fee will be charged as mentioned below.

* SC, ST, VJNT candidates are exempted from Examination fee. (Rs.60/-)

Examination Date:- 

25 February

Exam Pattern:-


PaperSubjectNo. of QuestionsMarks
1First Language2550
2Third Language2550
Intelligence Test50100

Scholarship Amount:

Rs 1000 per year for 3 years.

Syllabus for Pre Secondary Scholarship Examination Std 8th (PSS)

English-First Language


Marathi-Third Language

Intelligence Test

Note: All questions are MCQ with 4 options in answer but 20% question are with 5 options in answer, you have to mark 2 options if both options are looking right


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