After several experts worked on a new format for the state scholarship exam, the revised syllabus and pattern has finally received approval from the state government. Teacher training programmes would begin across the state on the new pattern soon. Confirming the approval, RV Godhane, commissioner, Maharashtra State Council of Examinations (MSCE) said one of the major changes would be instead of a three-paper exam, it would be a two-paper one.

Every year, more than 15 lakh students appear for the Middle School Scholarship (MSS) and High School Scholarship (HSS) exams in the state which till now were held for classes IV and VII students. However, from the next academic year, it would be held for classes V and VIII to suit the requirements of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009.

An 11-member committee headed by Gangadhar Mhamane, director, Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE), was constituted to restructure the new syllabus keeping increase in eligibility criteria as a key factor.
Till now, there used to be three papers for the exams of 100 marks each which included the first and second language in the first paper, Maths in the second paper and History in the third paper. But in the proposed pattern, there would be two exams of 75 marks each. MSCE sources said the first paper would have first language and Maths while the second paper would have other subjects.


Former name of the Exams are as Follow respectively:
1. Middle School Scholarship Exam
2. Higher School Scholarship Exam

New name of the Exams are as Follow respectively:
1. Pre Upper Primary Scholarship Examination Std 5th (PUP)
2. Pre Secondary Scholarship Examination Std 8th (PSS)


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

  • To undertake talent search at the end of Primary Schooling i.e. at the end of 4th Standard.
  • 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 4th standard and 5th standard  are eligible for this scholarship.

Age limit:- 12 to 15 years (Category based),

General – 12 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)

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

Examination Date / Schedule:-

Every year the Examination conducted normally on Third Sunday of February, in around 5500 odd examination centres in all the districts of the state of Maharashtra

Exam Pattern:-


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

Scholarship Amount:

Rs 1000 per year for 3 years.

Syllabus for Pre Upper Primary Scholarship Examination Std 5th (PUP)

English-First Language


Marathi-Third Language

Intelligence Test

Previous year papers



Intelligence Test & General Science-2009