National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS)

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National Institute of Open Schooling

In 1989, the government of India established the National Institute of Open Schooling for students who wish to complete their higher education and study vocational and community-oriented courses at senior secondary and secondary level. Candidates who wish to complete their elementary education can do so through Open Basic Education Programmes (OBE) offered by the institute. Throughout this blog, we shall look at all the important perspectives of this board to help students with their future. 

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Latest News Updates

  • The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) cancelled the Senior Secondary or Class 12 public examinations 2021 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
  • The institute will announce new criteria for assessment as the exam scheduled for June 2021 is cancelled.  

National Institute of Open Schooling

National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), (formerly known as National Open School, changed in the year 2002) was established as a Board of Education in the year of 1989, under the guidance of the Ministry of Human Resource Development. It is a national board which provides secondary and senior secondary education along with some vocational courses for the students. The education of this board is the same as the other national boards such CBSE and ICSE. 

The National Institute of Open Schooling has its headquarters in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India, under the chairmanship of Pro. Saroj Sharma.

The cumulative enrollment of NIOS was about 1.5 million students from 2004 to 2009 at secondary and senior secondary levels and enrols about 350,000 students annually which concludes NIOS as the largest open schooling system in the world.

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International Collaboration of NIOS

The National Institute of Open Schooling collaborates with UNESCO and the Commonwealth of Learning (COL). Furthermore, it has its educational facilities and migrants in Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Nepal, Canada, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore and the United States of America.

National Institute of Open Schooling: Courses

National Institute of Open Schooling provides for the courses namely-

  • Open Basic Education Programme, which includes following three levels courses mentioned below:-
    • OBE ‘A’ Level course—Equivalent to class III
    • OBE ‘B’ Level course—Equivalent to class V
    • OBE ‘C’ Level course—Equivalent to class VIII
  • Secondary Course which is equivalent to class X CBSE and ICSE.
  • Senior Secondary Course which is equivalent to class XII CBSE and ICSE.
  • Vocational Education Courses
  • Life enrichment programmes
  • D.EL.ED. course

Examinations in National Institute of Open Schooling

As per relevant data, the National Institute of Open Schooling holds public examinations are held in the month of April-May and October-November on an annual basis. Further dates are fixed by the institution only. However, one will also have to be eligible to appear through the On-Demand Examinations at Secondary Level and Senior Secondary level in those subjects only in which candidates have taken admission in the National Institute of Open Schooling for subject wise learning.

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NIOS Results

Results of the public examinations are announced usually six weeks after the last date of examinations and students can check their result from the official website of the National Institute of Open Schooling.

Eligibility Criteria and Documents Required for enrollment in NIOS

Following are the essentials you should know before taking admission to the National Institute of Open Schooling Board:-

Class 10th Examination

  • Applicants should complete at least 14 years of age before taking admission to the institution for their secondary examination.
  • Class 8th or 9th pass certificate or school leaving certificate is mandatory and should be positively signed by the Principal and also the Gazette officer of the mentioned educational institution.
  • Address proof and supporting documents like aadhar card (self or parent’s), electricity bill, or rent contract (parents’).
  • Caste certificate, if applicable (SC, ST, OBC)
  • Certification from a government hospital if physically handicapped.
  • Original documents of failure or compartment in class 10th examination for Transfer of Credit (TOC)
  • Latest passport photograph (2 nos.)

Class 12th Examination

  • Candidate age should be complete 16 years for taking admission in NIOS for  Class 12th that is Senior Secondary Course
  • Scanned copy/Photocopy of 10th class or Secondary Education passed Mark sheet
  • Address proof and supporting documents like aadhar card (self or parent’s), electricity bill, or rent contract (parents’).
  • Cast Certificate (if belongs to OBC, SC, ST)
  • Certificate from a Government Hospital for a handicapped person
  • Original Failure/ Compartment Without Laminated Mark sheet of class 12th for TOC (Transfer of credit)
  • Two Latest Coloured Photographs (Passport Size)

Students should note that the NIOS board is the same as CBSE. After the NIOS board examination, you’ll get the same job and opportunities as a CBSE student, all you have to do is match the marks and eligibility criteria.

Subjects

Secondary Examination

The National Institute of Open Schooling offers subjects for Secondary Education is divided into two groups, i.e. Group I and Group II

  • Group I (Language):- Hindi, English, Urdu, Sanskrit, Bengali, Marathi, Telugu, Gujarati, Kannada, Punjabi, Arabic, Odia, Persian, Tamil, Nepali, Malayalam, Assamese.
  • Group II (Other subjects):- Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Science, Economics, Business Studies, Home Science, Psychology, Indian Culture and Heritage, Accountancy, Painting, Ved Adhyayan, Sanskrit Vyakaran, Sanskrit Sahitya, Bhartiya Darshan.

Senior Secondary Examination

  • Group A:- Hindi, English, Urdu, Sanskrit, Gujarati, Bengali, Tamil, Punjabi, Arabic, Persian.
  • Group B:- Mathematics, Home Science, Psychology, Geography, Economics, Business Studies, Painting, Data Entry Operations, Tourism, Ved Adhyayan, Sanskrit Vyakaran, Sanskrit Sahitya, Bhartiya Darshan.
  • Group C:- Physics, History, Library and Information Science.
  • Group D:- Chemistry, Political Science, Mass Communication.
  • Group E:- Biology, Accountancy, Introduction to Law.
  • Group F:– Computer Science, Sociology, Environmental Science.

Check out: Subject-Wise CBSE Guide and Syllabus for Classes

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