The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) formerly known as National Open School (NOS) was established in November,1989 as an autonomous organisation in pursuance of National Policy on Education 1986 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. NIOS is providing a number of Vocational, Life Enrichment and community oriented courses besides General and Academic Courses at Secondary and Senior Secondary level. It also offers Elementary level Courses through its Open Basic Education Programmes (OBE).Government of India through a gazette notification vested NIOS with the authority to examine and certify learners registered with it upto pre degree level courses.
Regional Centre Delhi was established in the year 1994. Regional Centre Delhi is the largest and oldest Regional Centre with annual enrolment of over one lakh students every year which is 20% of the total annual enrolment of NIOS. It consists of two regions viz. Delhi-I and Delhi-II. Delhi-I zone under Delhi Regional Centre covers the areas East Delhi, North Delhi, North East Delhi, North West Delhi, Jhajjar, Gautam Budh Nagar, Ghaziabad and Delhi-II covers South Delhi, West Delhi, South West Delhi, Central Delhi, New Delhi, Gurgaon, Faridabad.
Admission in Prison Centres:
The Regional Centre Delhi has three centres in Jail viz. Tihar Central Jail, Faridabad District Jail, Gurgaon District Jail.
1. NIOS will not charge the registration fee and examination fees for both academic and vocational courses.
2. No accredation fee will be charged from the jails to become the study centres of NIOS.
3. No Transfer of Credit fees would be charged.
4. All Jail inmates would be supplied study material free of cost.
5. Even after the jail inmates are released from jail or their term of punishment is over, similar facilities would be acceded to them as provided during the term in the jail to complete their studies from NIOS.
On-line Admission for all learners (Stream 1):
This stream for On-line Admission is open for all the learners as per the eligibility criteria for Secondary and Senior Secondary level.
On-line Admissions for learners wanting to appear in October-November, 2012 examinations (Stream 2):
This stream for On-line admission is open from 20.05.2012 to 20.07.2012 for all those learners who had appeared but could not clear or who were eligible but could not appear the Public Examination of Secondary/Senior Secondary Levels from any recognized Admission.
On-line Admission for learners wanting to appear in On Demand Examination System ODES) of NIOS for Secondary Level (Stream 3):
This stream for On-line admission is open throughout the year for those learners who have already passed Secondary from recognized Board and want to take part admission in one subject or up to 4 subjects for updating their qualification or learners who had appeared but could not clear or who were eligible but could not appear the Public Examination of Secondary level from any recognised Board and want to appear through On Demand Examination System of NIOS for Secondary level only. The learner has to submit his/her admission form along with the original failed marksheet/admit card (Hall Ticket) issued by the Board for confirmation of the admission.
On-line Admission for learners wanting to appear in On Demand Examination System
(ODES) of NIOS for Senior Secondary level (Stream 4):
This stream for On-line admission is open throughout the year for those learners who have already passed Senior Secondary or above from any recognized Board/University and want to take part admission in one subject or up to 4 subjects for updating their qualification or learners who had appeared but could not clear or who were eligible but could not appear the Public examination of Senior Secondary level from any recognized Board in the same subject combination in which they had appeared and want to appear through On Demand Examination System of NIOS at Senior Secondary level. The learner has to submit his/her admission form along with the original failed marksheet/admit card (Hall Ticket) issued by the Board for confirmation of the admission. This scheme is presently valid for only Thirteen subjects at present i.e. Hindi (301), English (302), Mathematics (311), Sanskrit (309), Physics (312), Chemistry (313), Biology (314), Geography (316), Political Sc. (317), Economics (318), Business Studies (319), Accountancy (320), Home Science (321), Psychology (328) and Painting (332).
The Public Examinations are held twice a year in the months of April-May and October-November on the dates fixed by the NIOS. Candidates are also eligible to appear through On Demand Examination at Secondary Level and Senior Secondary level in those subjects only in which have taken admission in NIOS.On Demand Examination System (ODES)
If the candidate is already a registered learner of NIOS at Secondary or Senior Secondary level, have the option to appear in the Examination through NIOS On-Demand Examination System (ODES). The candidate can appear in the examination through ODES as per wish and preparation as and when he/she feel ready for the examination, subject to availability of the seats in the examination. Subjects available for appearing through ODES at Secondary level are Hindi (201), English (202), Sanskrit (209), Mathematics (211),Science & Technology (212), Social Science (213), Economics (214), Business studies (215), Home Science (216), Psychology (222), and subjects available at the Senior Secondary level are Hindi (301),English (302), Sanskrit (309), Mathematics (311), Physics (312), Chemistry (313), Biology (314), Geography (316), Political Sc. (317), Economics (318), Business Studies (319), Accountancy (320), Home Science(321), Psychology (328) and Painting (332).
The On-Demand Examination (Secondary and Sr. Secondary) for the above said subjects is conducted at NIOS, A-31, Institutional Area, Sector 62, Noida - 201309, Distt. Gautam Budh Nagar (U.P) and Regional Centres of NIOS.
Change of Subject/Additional Subject During the admission period of five years, you can change one or more subject(s), provided the total number of subjects does not exceed seven. However, such a change is permissible within four years of your registration, so that you can appear in Public Examinations within the validity period of admission. No change/addition of subjects will be allowed for the first examination. Subject(s) already passed by you cannot be changed.
For change of subject/additional subject, you are required to submit your application on plain paper to the concerned Regional Centre of the NIOS through your AI along with the prescribed fee as given below for all categories of
For Secondary Course Rs. 90/- per subject
For Senior Secondary Course Rs. 120/- per subject
The fee should be paid through a Bank Draft drawn in favour of "Secretary, NIOS" payable at the concerned Regional Centre.
Enrolment No : 27020212195
Forced to discontinue his tenth class in 1993 in order to earn a livelihood to support his family, when his parents met with an accident, Jaspal Singh resumed his studies in 2003 by enrolling for the Secondary level course in NIOS. The flexibility of the NIOS system enabled him to pursue his studies along with his vocation. He acquired skills in fashion designing while working as a freelancer in garment export houses. Having completed his Senior Secondary course from the NIOS and moved by the desire to continue studies, Jaspal Singh has managed to obtain admission to a three year course in Fashion Management at the University of Thames Valley, London.
Enrolment No : 27029182593
Ms. Sudha was a only housewife until such time that her husband passed away and she was offered the job of a constable in the Delhi Police. She then took up the job to support the family consisting of her two children.
Sudha who had not completed her schooling was motivated by her children to join the NIOS. She then passed the Secondary examination from NIOS in April 2009. A resident of Sant Nagar, Burari, Delhi and posted at the Rohini Court, Delhi, Sudha today feels more confident and empowered by the qualification acquired by her.
The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) (formally National Open School, is the Board of Education for open schools, under the Union Government of India. It was established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development of the Government of India in 1989 to provide education inexpensively to remote areas. The NIOS is a national board that administers examinations for Secondary and Senior Secondary examinations of open schools similar to the CBSE and the CISCE.
It had a cumulative enrollment of about 1.5 million students from 2004-2009 at Secondary and Senior Secondary levels and enrolls about 350,000 students annually which makes it the largest open schooling system in the world.
The Jomtien World Conference on Education for All in 1990, and the E-9 Summit resolution of 1993 called for a massive mobilization of efforts to achieve universal elementary education for all, and subsequently secondary education for all. Simultaneous efforts have been contemplated to provide educational and training access to the disadvantaged and the differently abled, and link education/schooling to social and community development. Open schooling and basic education at a distance have got established, in the last two decades, as strong systemic intervention mechanisms to cater to the quality educational needs of millions of deprived people, with very low cost. Massive developments in information and communications technology have opened up wider possibilities of convergence of methods, media, resources and technologies to wider access and equity in educational provision. The National Policy on Education (NPE 1986) of the Government of India underlines that the future of educational delivery belongs to open and distance learning. Many of the world governments have committed to ODL and open schooling for long-term educational expansion.
With massive expansion of open schooling and open basic education in the world, a strong need has been felt to continuously orient, train and upgrade a variety of functionaries involved in these areas. The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India and the National Institute of Open Schooling, India have, in collaboration with and or the support from the Commonwealth of Learning, Canada, have established an International Center for Training in Open Schooling (ICTOS) at NOS to address to the training needs of the functionaries involved in open schooling and open basic education. The certificate and diploma programmes mentioned below are part of this effort of the ICTOS.
The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and UNESCO are among the main collaborating institutions helping in promotion of Open Schooling in India and several other developing countries. NIOS has been interacting with several developing countries in their endeavors for promotion of open schooling and capacity building besides organizing advocacy programmes which has led to setting up of an International Center for Training in Open Schooling (ICTOS). The ICTOS offers Certificate, Advanced Certificate, and Diploma courses in open schooling.
The Open Schooling Association of the Commonwealth (OSAC), established with financial assistance from the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), and having its Secretariat at NIOS New Delhi, functions as a liaisoning agency for information dissemination, coordination and mutual consultation among member countries. The mandate for OSAC is to organize human resource development programmes for functionaries of Open Schools, promote research and development activities and take steps to ensure quality of standards. Through periodic meetings, the OSAC provides forum for discussion on issues of mutual interest and concerns.
To provide a forum across the world for scholarly discussions on concerns and issues in Open Learning/Open Schooling and for disseminating research, theory and practice, including inter-disciplinary studies, the half yearly OSAC.
NIOS offer the following courses:
The public examinations are held twice a year in the months of April-May and October-November on dates fixed by the NIOS. However, one is also eligible to appear through On Demand Examination at Secondary Level and Senior Secondary level in those subjects only in which a candidate have admission in NIOS.
"Sustainable inclusive learning with universal and flexible access to quality school education and skill development."Mission
Providing relevant, continuing and holistic education up to pre-degree level through Open and Distance Learning System.
Contributing to the Universalisation of School Education.
Catering to the educational needs of the prioritized target groups for equity and social justice.
NIOS follows learner centric approach of teaching through Open and Distance mode. It offers a wide range of subjects in comparision to any other formal school. The learners are free to choose subject combination as per their needs and goals. The learners study at their own pace from specially designed self-instructional materials. This learning is supplemented by audio-video and face to face contact classes which are held at the study centres on holidays and weekends. The learners have freedom to appear in examination in their subjects one by one as per their preparation. There is a provision of credit accumulation. The registration of the learners is valid for the period of five years.
NIOS offers the following courses
a. Open Basic Education Programme, Which includes following three levels courses
OBE 'A' Level Course -Equivalent to class III
OBE 'B' Level Course -Equivalent to class V
OBE 'C' Level Course -Equivalent to class VIII
b. Secondary Course-Equivalent to class X
Sr. Secondary Course-Equivalent to class XII
Vocational Education Courses
Life Enrichment Programmes
c. Sr. Secondary Course-Equivalent to class XII
d. Vocational Education Courses
e. Life Enrichment Programmes
Yes. The Secondary/Sr.Secondary certificate obtained form NIOS have the same recognition as certificates issued by other Boards. NIOS is vested with the authority to conduct Public Examinations at Secondary and Sr. Secondary level vide Govt. Of India's resolution dated 14 September 1990. NIOS thus act as another National Board.
Yes. A learner can change one or more subjects or take one/two additional subjects during the admission period of five years, provided the total number of subjects does not exceed 7.
NIOS offers its courses mainly in English, Hindi and Urdu medium. At the Secondary levels, besides theses mediums, Telugu, Gujarati Malayalam and Marathi mediums are also available.
Yes. A learner can write examination in any scheduled Regional Language though question paper will be bilingual i.e. in English and Hindi or available regional medium.
NIOS provides the facility of "Transfer of Credit" to a maximum of 4 subjects from NIOS(Old Registration), if passed in 1995 or later and to a maximum of 2 subjects for CBSE /CICSE /UP Board of Secondary Education / Uttranchal Board of Examination / State Open Schools, if passed in 2000 orlater, provided these subjects are also available in NIOS programme.
They can. NIOS learners do appear and compete in various competitive examinations. However, the eligibility criteria, such as age, requirements of specific subjects, minimum percentage of marks and so on must be fulfilled by the learners.
Yes, in order to make NIOS courses more meaningful, vocational course are offered independently or in combination with academic subjects at Secondary and Sr. Secondary level.
Learners admitted should collect study materials from their respective AIs without any extra payment.
No extra fee is to be paid for the study materials. The admission fee deposited by a learner includes the cost of the study materials.
Tutor Marked Assignments (TMA) are meant to help you learn and be a successful learner. They provide you practice in writing answers to questions and get feedback. These assignments will therefore help you to monitor your progress in studies. These assignments are available in a separate booklet, which is provided to the learners through their AIs.
ABSENT will be marked in the marksheet in the column for grades of TMAs.
There are three assignments in each subject containing 5 question. In your own interest, you should atrtempt all the asignments and submit to the Subject Teachers at your AI for evaluation. No weightage in the public examination for the TMA will be given. However, grades of TMA will be reflected on the Marksheet separately.
The Public Examinations are held twice a year in the months of April-May and October-November on dates fixed by NIOS.
To perform better in NIOS a learner must appear for examination only when he/she is well prepared in he subject. Learners should also attend Personal Contact Programme (PCP classes) regularly at the AI to solve/clear their doubts and problems that they have faced while studying the material on their own. Also, Tutor Marked Assignment (TMA) should be taken seriously as these help in knowing one's progress and preparation. Time talble for the PCP classes is to be obtained from your AI.
Yes, a two years gap is essential between passing of secondary and Sr. Secondary examination. If a learner does not have the requisite gap of two years, he/she can appear in maximum of four subjects only in the first year. He/she will be eligible to appear in remaining subjects only on completion of two years gap.
Results are made available on our web site and at the AI. On successful completion of the course as per certification criteria, a learner is provided Marksheet, Migration Certificate and Provisional Certificate through AI.
The schedule of examination is made available on the web site about a month before the commencement of examination. The information about the examination centre is made available through the AIs as well as from the NIOS Web site about a week before the commencement of examination. This information is also sent to the learners by post.