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 Regional Centre Delhi
(The oldest & largest Regional Centre of NIOS)

Chairman's Message

The National institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) has entered into its adulthood and is just going to complete two decades of its existence in the field of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in the school education sector. This journey of the Institute has been quite successful.


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.

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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.
Facilities Provided:

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.

Staff List

Regional Director

Assistant Director



Executive Officer

Executive Assistant

Office Assistant


Online Cell

Any queries regarding Admission, TOC, TMA,I_Card, Study Centres can be asked here . All the staffs always ready to help students.


Any queries regarding submission of exam forms, results of examination (Public Examination), re-checking, re-evaluation can be asked here.

Vocational Education

Different courses are available for admission for Vocational Admission.

Accounts Branch

In Accounts section, the accounting system of whole RCD is maintained.

Maintenance Branch

Maintenance department maintains all the stationaries required for RCD, so many works are maintained by the maintenance department.

Student Support Service(Counter 1)

The student support centre is the counters of RCD. At counters studdents can ask any queries regarding admission, examination etc. Here students submit Admission Forms, Exam Forms.


Jaspal Singh

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.

Ms. Sudha

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.

On Line Admission - Different Streams

 Stream-1: Online Admission for all learners 2012-13 Block-II for October 2013 Examination (Admission Open from 02.10.2012 till 28.02.2013)

 Stream-3: Online Admission for Secondary through On Demand Examination System (ODES)

 Stream-4: Online Admission for Sr.Secondary through On-Demand Examination System (ODES)

The below links are only for knowing the status/information

 Stream-1: Online Admission for all learners 2012-13 Block-I for April 2013 Examination (Admission Closed)

 Stream-2: Online Admissions for October- November, 2012 Examinations (Admission Closed)

 Public Examination(Sec., Sr.Sec., Voc.)

 On-Demand Examination
National Institute of Open Schooling

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.

International collaboration

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.

Courses offered by NIOS

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.

The National institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) has entered into its adulthood and completed two decades of its existence in the field of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in the school education sector. This journey of the Institute has been quite successful. With about 2.71 million students on its roll, NIOS is credited to be the largest open school in the world with significant popularity in the Commonwealth countries and in certain other developing and developed countries. NIOS has been offering Secondary and Senior Secondary and Vocational Education & training (VET) courses through its study centers and Open Basic Education Programme through Accredited Agencies.

NIOS not only offers a wide spectrum of courses of study up to the pre-degree level for all categories of learners, but also works as a nodal institute for carrying forward the open school movement in the country in order to achieve the objective of developing an inclusive learning society. This has been possible due to dedication and unstinting support from all faculty and staff of the institute and other stakeholders. However, there are some tasks and issues that need quick intervention and concerted attention as indicated below :

The success of ODL system largely depends on satisfaction of its learners, not only in terms of what is the quality of academic support they receive but also up to what extent they are empowered during the learning process. NIOS needs to work in this direction by consolidating and strengthening its academic support system.
The National Curriculum Framework (NCF 2005) has posed several challenges of education before all of us, particularly in the school education sector; not only what is to be learnt but also to ensure the effectiveness of the process of learning. It emphasizes giving more freedom and autonomy to the learner. Hence, there is a need to revisit the curriculum of NIOS for making learning more and more learner oriented.
NIOS needs to focus more on those disadvantaged groups of the society, who have been discriminated against getting education for long due to varied socio-economic reasons. We are in the process of developing workable and implementable action plans with due priority for reaching the unreached and uplifting them in the social structure by providing relevant and need based quality education. Besides SCs, STs, Girls and differently abled, NIOS has visualized a programme of education of minorities. The programme for education of minorities has already been started and it is in the process of expansion.
In recent years, the modern technologies have been playing varied roles. Among other things, the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is being used widely by NIOS in the school education arena, particularly at the secondary and senior secondary levels. A comprehensive vision and perspective plan is being developed to harness the benefits of ICT for facilitating teaching-learning and other ODL endeavours. We are taking several steps for empowering the distance learners through our own efforts and by using the public-private partnership (PPP) mode of cooperation and collaboration. Some of the significant ICT based programmes that need focused attentions are:

On-line admission
On-Demand Examination System (ODES)
Interactive Voice Response system (IVRS)
24x7 admission facility.

Capacity building of functionaries is an integral part of the ODL system. It is all the more important in the school education sector keeping in view the fact that a large number of personnel are associated with the system for planning, implementation and monitoring of educational programmes. NIOS has to develop a comprehensive system to ensure that the capacity building activities becomes an integral component at all levels including the functionaries working under the State Open Schools (SOSs). We have to make the open schooling system a vibrant agent to meet this challenge of capacity building of ODL functionaries not only at the national level; but also at the international level with support from international agencies like the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and UNESCO.
In any instructional process, including ODL, research is an integral component not only to strengthen the system internally but also to contribute significantly to meet the national and societal goals. This area needs to be given significant attention for strengthening the instructional process as well as for making education relevant and need based to the learners. These efforts will prove useful in placing the open schooling programme on a sound pedestal.
NIOS is making concerted efforts for development of ODL system, particularly at the school level, by establishing a network of open schools to further strengthen the open schooling movement in country with the support from the Government of India and the State Governments. As envisaged in the XI Plan by the Planning Commission, NIOS, therefore, has to take a lead role in setting up of the State Open Schools in all the states.
There is a need to bring a happy balance between expectations from the institution and the actual contribution made by it to the society. Our endeavor would be to make the student a good human being and a useful member of the society. In this context, providing suitable vocational education and training (VET) to specific target groups who want to enter the world of work is our priority agenda to be implemented mainly through PPP mode. Societal expectations do not have any limits; however one must strive to make concerted efforts to meet these expectations as far as possible. The ODL system, like that of NIOS, therefore, has to work within the parameters of expectations and contributing substantially to the nation's endeavours for universalisation of school education. Let us join hands for providing appropriate responses to the challenges of education.

Objectives Functions

"Sustainable inclusive learning with universal and flexible access to quality school education and skill development."


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.

1. How different is NIOS from any other Institution for providing Education?

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.

2. What are the Courses offered by NIOS?

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

3. Whether Secondary/Sr. Secondary School Certificates obtained from NIOS have the same recognition as other Boards?

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.

4. Whether change of subject is possible after taking admission?

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.

5. What is the choice of medium offered by the NIOS at the Secondary/Sr. Secondary Courses?

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.

6. Whether a learner can write examination in any scheduled Regional Language?

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.

7. Whether subjects already cleared from any other Boars/IOS are allowed tot be transferred and credited at the NIOS Secondary/Sr. Secondary Courses?

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.

8. Can certified learners appear for various Competitive Examinations?

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.

9. Can a learner take Vocation subjects along with Secondary or Sr. Secondary Courses of NIOS?

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.

10. From where should a learner get study materials?

Learners admitted should collect study materials from their respective AIs without any extra payment.

11. How much fee should should be paid for the study materials?

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.

12. What is Tutor Marked Assignments (TMA)?

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.

13. What will happen if TMAs are not submitted?and how many assignments are to be submitted for evaluation?

ABSENT will be marked in the marksheet in the column for grades of TMAs.

14. Where and how many assignments are to be submitted for evaluation?

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.

15. In which month NIOS holds its Secondary/Sr. Secondary Public Examinations?

The Public Examinations are held twice a year in the months of April-May and October-November on dates fixed by NIOS.

16. What should a learner do to perform better in NIOS public Examination?

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.

17. Is it necessary to have a two years gap between passing of Secondary and Sr. Secondary Examination?

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.

18. How do the learners find examination results?

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.

19. How does a learner know about his/her examination centre and schedule of examination?

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.

Information for Public under Right to Information Act, 2005

In terms of Section 4(1)(b) and 4(2) of the Right to information Act, 2005, it is for the information of the general public that the National institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), NOIDA is a society with the name as National open School Society (NOSS) registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and is an autonomous organization under Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

 What is right to information act?

 How to Request for information?

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 Information Published on 11th october 2005 under sub-clause-ii of section 4(1)(b) of the right to Information act, 2005

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National Institute of Open Schooling
(An autonomous organization under MHRD, Govt. of India)

Regional Centre Delhi
A-31, Institutional Area, Sector - 62
Noida - 201309, Uttar Pradesh, India

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National Institute of Open Schooling
(An autonomous organization under MHRD, Govt. of India)

Institutional Area
Sector - 62
Dist - Gautam Budh Nagar
Uttar Pradesh - 201309, India