Bihar has witnessed 70 per cent increase in the number students qualifying in the national scholarship examination, state education minister P K Shahi said on Thursday.
A total of 4231 students from Bihar have cleared the national scholarship test conducted across the country on November 17, Shahi told reporters.
Out of the 4231 students qualifying in the test, 3334 are boys and 897 girls with 320 of them hailing from Patna district, followed by 236 from East Champaran and 234 from Madhubani, the minister accompanied by principal secretary (education) Amarjeet Sinha, said.
A total of 70,716 students of standard eight had participated in the examination from Bihar, he said, adding in 2012 a total of 2808 students had cleared the test.
Students qualifying in the test will get a scholarship of Rs 500 every month from class IX to class XII which would be deposited in their bank accounts, Shahi said.
To continue getting the financial assistance, a student has to secure at least 55 per cent marks during the period.