- The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), formerly known
as the National Open School (NOS), was set up in 1979 as a
pioneering project titled "Open School" under the Central Board of
Secondary Education, New Delhi. The Open School was amalgamated
into National Open School which was set up in November, 1989. The
NOS was vested with the authority to examine and certify students
registered with it upto pre-degree level courses through a
Resolution dated 14 September 1990 of the Government of India. The
National Open School (NOS) was rechristened as the National
Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) by the Government of India in
July 2002 in order to extend its scope and functioning.
- NIOS is an autonomous organization registered under Societies'
Registration Act, 1860. The Headquarters of NIOS is located at
A-24/25, Institutional Area, Sector-62 NOIDA (U.P.). Policies of
NIOS are framed through its General Body headed by the Union
Minister of Human Resources Development. NIOS administers its
schemes through its partner institutions known as Accredited
Institutions (AIs) which are placed under the jurisdiction of 17
Regional Centres and Sub Regional Centres.
- Chairman, NIOS is the executive head of the organization. NIOS
functions through five departments- Academic, Vocational Education,
Student Support Services, Evaluation and Administration.
- To provide "Sustainable inclusive learning with universal and
flexible access to quality school education and skill
- 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.
- To reach out to learners in different parts of India, NIOS
accredits recognized schools, colleges and registered societies as
well as technical institutes and NGOs.
- These Accredited Institutions provide an human interface for
the learners. The AIs are also called study centres.
- These Institutions can apply online for Accreditation and can
also track the status of their application forms from the NIOS
- The accreditation can be granted to run academic courses of
Secondary and Sr. Secondary level, Vocational Education and Open
- The Study Centres are known as Accredited Institution (AIs) for
Academic Courses, Accredited Vocational Institutions (AVIs) for
Vocational Education Courses and Accredited Agencies (AAs) for Open
Basic Education (OBE) courses.
Integration of Academic and Vocational Courses
NIOS provides the facility to combine academic and vocational
courses thus equipping learners for work and life. A list of the
vocational courses that can be offered in combination with academic
courses is included in the academic prospectus.
To cater to the needs of diverse group of learners, NIOS has
four streams of Admission courses. The admissions to these four
streams are mutually exclusive.
- Admission in Stream 1 is open for all learners on-line (24 x 7)
throughout the year.
First Block: 1st March to 31st August
Second Block: 1st September to 28th
The learners of Block-I are eligible to appear in the examination
in April next year and learners of Block-II are eligible for
examination in October next year.
- Admission in Stream 2 for learners who had appeared but could
not clear the Public Examination of Secondary/Senior Secondary
level from any recognized Board for the same subjects combination
in which they had appeared. This stream is offered between May and
July and the eligible learners are allowed to appear in
October-November examination of the same year.
- Admission in Stream 3 is open throughout the year for those
learners who has appeared but could not clear the Public
Examination of Secondary level from any recognized Board and want
to appear through the On Demand Examination System (ODES) of NIOS
for the Secondary level only.
- Admission in Stream 4 is open for those learners who has
appeared but could not clear the Public Examination of the Senior
Secondary level from any recognized Board for the same subjects
combination in which they has appeared or for those learners who
have already passed the Senior Secondary or above examinations from
recognized Boards/Universities and want to take part admission in
one subject or upto four subjects for updating their qualifications
and want to appear through the On Demand Examination System of NIOS
for Senior Secondary level only.
Details of syllabi in different subjects are available in the
- Vocational Education is a national concern and the RMSA
framework reiterates and need for vocational education and
- Case studies show that distance education is a valuable means
of delivering vocational education. It can provide learners with
both transferable and highly specific knowledge and skills.
- The NIOS is committed to a well planned and rigorously
implemented vocational education programme through the open
channel. But the success of these programmes depends on its
capability to anticipate the potential demand and to respond to the
emerging needs and markets.
Scheme for Providing Quality Education in Madrasas (SPQEM)
The SPQEM is a demand driven scheme. The objective of the scheme
is to encourage traditional institutes likes Madrasas and Maktabs
to introduce Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, Hindi and
English in their curriculum (by giving them financial assistance).
However, the process of modernization of traditional madrasas and
maktabs will be voluntary. Maktabs/madrasas/Dar-ul-ulooms can opt
to become accredited study centres with the National Institute of
Open Schooling for offering the Senior Secondary level programmes
as well. The scheme also seeks to provide opportunities for
vocational training to children studying in madrasas opting to
enter the job market and encourage entrepreneurship.
NIOS is endeavouring for promotion of school education for
minority communities under the Project HUNAR, free of cost skill
training/upgradation is provided to girl students through
socio-religious organizations. The HUNAR project was launched in
2008-09 in collaboration with the Bihar Education Project Council
(BPEC). The project HUNAR was launched in Delhi during the year
Opportunity to Jail Inmates
- Apart from affiliated schools, NIOS is presently having Study
Centres (AA's, AI's & AVI's) in Jails also. It was observed
that more number of jail inmates wanted to join NIOS courses but
because of their poor financial condition, they were unable to do
- It is in this context that NIOS appropriately thought to take
proactive action to facilitate the mission of the jail inmates.
Thus decision to provide following facilities to jail inmates was
- NIOS will not charge the registration free and examination fees
for both academic and vocational courses.
- No accreditation fee will be charged from the jails to become
the study centres of NIOS.
- No Transfer of Credit fees would be charged.
- All Jail inmates would be supplied study material free of
- 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.
- Examination will be conducted in Jails only.
Regional language mediums like Marathi, Telugu, Gujarati,
Malayalam and Odia are also available at the secondary level in
addition to the three national languages - Hindi, English,
Affordable Quality Education for All
- NIOS provides "affordable quality education to all". NIOS
charges Rs.1000/- for Secondary learners of general category and
Rs.1150/- for general category learners at Senior Secondary level.
The institute provides substantial fee concessions to women and
other economically and socially disadvantaged learners.
- The one time registration fee, valid for five years, cover the
cost of self learning materials and Personal Contact Programmes
provided to the learners.
- Self learning instructional material is sent to the learner in
packets through EPP (Express Parcel Post).
- The Examination fees of Rs. 150/- per subject can be deposited
when the learners is ready to take an examination in a particular
- Openness and flexibilities are interwoven in NIOS policies.
While the minimum age of entry at secondary level courses remain
14years, there is no upper age limit.
- The open choice of subject allows learners to choose any
combination with the proviso of a single language.
- 27 subjects are offered at the Secondary level and 23 subjects
are offered at the Senior Secondary level.
- The Senior Secondary Certificate of NIOS is recognized for
admission to higher studies by the Association of Indian
Universities and various Universities.
- The NIOS Certificate is recognized by employers, both Govt. and
Private, for purposes of employment.
From the year 2010-11, NIOS has introduced 100% on-line
admission in scheme to facilitate learners to register them with
it. A candidate can register on-line directly or visit nearest A.i.
or Regional Centre for this purpose.
The public-examinations are held twice a year in the month
April-May and October-November on the dates fixed by the NIOS. A
candidate is eligible to appear through On Demand Examination in
those subjects only in which he has taken admission in NIOS.
On Demand Examination (ODES)
- Besides two public examinations in a year, NIOS conducts On
Demand Examinations at Secondary and Sr. Secondary level from NIOS
Head quarters and all Regional Centres. A learner can register
online and seek a date to appear in the examination in the
- On Demand Examinations take the stress off the learners as they
can appear whenever they are ready and get unlimited chances to
appear and clear a subject.
The scheme of examinations being conducted by NIOS is flexible
to the extent that a student, after registration, gets nine chances
within a period of five years from the time of recognition. A
student can choose to appear in one or more subjects in an
examination and earn credits till he/she completes all five
subjects for final certification within a stipulated period of five
Transfer of Credits (TOC)
NIOS provides to the students transfer of credit (TOC) facility
in two subjects from some Boards of School Education.
Improvement of Performance
- NIOS allows a candidate to apply again in a subject which he /
she has already passed for improvement of performance but only once
in Public Examination.
- For subjects involving practical the candidate is required to
appear in both theory and practical examinations.
- Better of the two results in considered and indicated in the
marksheet issued by NIOS.
- In case of ODES a learner can appear for improvement of
performance till his/her satisfaction. However, the learner cannot
appear in the ODE in a particular subject twice in the same
Rechecking / Re-evaluation of Results
- There is a provision of re-checking of results (i.e., scrutiny
of marks) with the prescribed fee of Rs. 200/- (Rupees two hundred
only) per subject. Under this, the answers are not re-evaluated but
the re-totaling of marks is done and it is also ensured that no
question is left unevaluated.
- From the April/May, 2010 examination, re-evaluation at the
Senior Secondary level only has been introduced with the prescribed
fee of Rs. 500/- (Rupees Five hundred only) per subject. The
re-evaluation fees per subject for On Demand Examination cases is
- The process of re-evaluation is completed within a period of 45
days of the last date of receipt of application.
NIOS also conducts examinations in other countries like UAE,
Kuwait and Nepal.
State Open Schools
In order to promote the Open Schooling Programme in the country,
NIOS has been persuading the states to set up State Open Schools
(SOSs). For promotion of Open Schooling and for exchange of ideas
and experience among NIOS and SOSs, the National Consortium for
Open Schooling (NCOS) has been set up with its Secretariat in NIOS.
Seventeen states have already set up State Open School (SOS)s. NIOS
organizes advocacy and consultancy programmes and national and
regional level meetings for setting up new SOSs and for upscaling
of the open schooling programme of existing new SOSs.
- In the era of globalization, collaborations play a very
important role. For the last many years NIOS has been collaborating
with various like minded national and international organizations
for achieving its goal and objectives. Commonwealth of Learning
(COL), UNDP and UNESCO are some of the collaborators with whom NIOS
is continuously working.
- The COMOSA is a non-profit, democratic, collaborative and
futuristic organization based on mutual respect and committed to
support the efforts of open schooling institutions. The basic
objective of the association is to cooperate and collaborate in
development, promotion and introduction of innovative, high
quality, relevant, equitable, gender-sensitive and cost-effective
programmes of school education for sustainable development in
commonwealth countries through Open and Distance Learning Mode, and
thereby targeting to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG)
of the United Nations.
Diploma in Elementary Education (D. El. Ed.)
NIOS has launched the D. El. Ed. Programme for training of
untrained teachers at the Elementary Education level to support the
commitment under the Right to Education Act.
The Mukta Vidya Vani
The Mukta Vidya Vani, an internet or web based platform where
audio service from NIOS audio studio is streamed 24x7 via the
internet, was launched by Shri Kapil Sibal, Hon'ble Minister of
Human Resource Development on 19th July, 2012. The audio service /
programmes can be easily accessed by listeners. All one needs is a
computer with external speakers and a broadband internet connection
to log on and follow the link-Mukt Vidya Vani, given on the Home
page on NIOS website. Currently Live Interactive Personal Contact
programmes (from 2.30 p.m. to 5.00p.m.) are also being conducted
through the Mukt Vidya Vani. A detailed programme schedule is
displayed on the Mukta Vidya Vani web page.
Delivery of Audio-Video Programmes of NIOS
A modern Standard High Definition Recording Studio has been set
up in the Media Unit of NIOS for inhouse production of audio-video
material. The video programmes of NIOS are being telecast on the
National Channel of Doordarshan (DD-I) every Friday from 5.02 a.m.
to 5.25 a.m. and on the Educational Channel Gyandarshan everyday
from 6.30 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. The audio programme are being broadcase
on Gyan Vani (FM) Channel at 106.5 MHz every Friday. Saturday and
Sunday from 8.30 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. there is a repeat broadcast from
4.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Mobile Technology (M-Support)
- NIOS uses the mobile technology for dissemination of various
information to the learners. The information is sent through SMS.
SMS facility is also used for promotion of various advocacy
- Automated Information through SMS : Under this system, a
learner gets automatic information through SMS regarding his/her
- Submission of online admissions
- Confirmation and allotment of enrolment number and study
- The NIOS learners have been provided with M-support facility.
The information about the examination centre, examination date
sheet and results of all individual learners were provided on
mobile phones through SMS. The students are required to send a SMS
in the following format.
NIOS10 < Enrolment Number > for
NIOS12 < Enrolment Number > for Sr.
and send it to 567650, 52424, 58888, 55454, 56300,51234
Grievances Redressal Mechanism
National Institute of Open Schooling has grievance redressal
mechanism in place headed by an officer of the level of Joint
Director in Headquarter designated as Chief Grievance Officer and
Regional Head as Grievance Officer in the Regional Centre.
Stakeholders may contact the designated officer for redressal of
grievance by providing full details of the grievance. Stakeholders
can also meet the Chief Grievance Officer / Grievance Officer for
redressing their grievances on Monday Wednesday and Friday between
1600hrs to 1700 hrs. All efforts shall be made to redress the
grievance within sixty days. However, if the grievance petition is
anticipated to take longer than sixty days, an interim reply would
invariably be sent.
The contact details of the Chief Grievance Officer is:
Sh. Sunil Kaura
Joint Director (Admin.)
Room No. 107
Gautam Budh Nagar-Distt.
NIOS has endeavoured to redress grievances and queries related
to the entire functioning of NIOS on-line by Learner-Support Centre
(LSC). The LSC functions on the pattern of a call centre.
LSC is user friendly, simple, convenient and efficient just with a
toll free call at 18001809393 by learner./
Access to Information
NIOS is covered under the Right To Information Act, 2005 and has
allowed access to information under provision of the said Act The
details of P.I.O. and Appellate Authorities at NIOS Headquarter are
given here below
||Sh. B.L. Bhatla
|Sh. Sunil Kaura
Joint Director (Admn.)
|2. Finance & Accounts
||Smt. Neelam Gautam
|3. Material Production & Distribution
||Shri. Manoj JainDeputy Director
||Dr. Rachna Bhatia
|Dr. Kuldeep Agarwal
||Sh. S.P. Selvan
|Shri. C. Dharuman
|6. Vocational Education
||Dr.(Mrs.) Mamta Srivastava
|Dr. K.P. Wasnik
|7. Student Support Services
||Smt. Anita Nair
|Dr. Sanyam Bhardwaj
|8. Computer Unit
||Sh. Pramod Srivastava
|Sh. S.K. Prasad
|9. Media Unit
||Sh. Vinod Kumar Upadhyay
|Sh. Sunil Kaura
At Regional Centres, the Regional Director of the concerned
region shall act as CPIO and Dr. Sanyam Bharadwaj, Director (SSS),
NIOS shall act as Appellate Authority.
List of Stakeholders
- Learners at large.
- Accrediated Institutions viz. A.I.s, AVI's, A.As, SAIEDs
- Examination Centres
- State Open Schools.
List of Responsibility Centres
- Study Centres (AIs, AVIs, AAs and
The study centres provide the human interface for the learners.
The accrediated institutions are responsible for ensuring quality,
credibility and substance in conducting the learning
- Examination Centres
Mostly the study centres are fixed as venues of examination.
However, NIOS has to fix examination centres in some other
institutions also. All the schools fixed as examination centres are
fully responsible for ensuring the credibility of examination with
all fairness decorum.
- Regional Centres
The Regional Centres and Sub-Regional Centres of NIOS are located
in different parts of the country. These centres are responsible
for operationalising the Vision and Mission of NIOS. The programmes
and activities of research, training of ODL functionaries and
monitoring of implementation of the open schooling programmes in
the study centres are within the purview of responsibilities of
Indicative Expectations from Service
- Submit the grievance application duly completed in all
- NIOS rules and regulations to be followed as per norms.
- Please show courtesy to the grievance officer's office and any
office superior to CGO/GO office.
- Always keep proper records of your communication with
- If you have an appointment with CGO/GO, please arrive 15
minutes prior to appointment.
- If you want to cancel an appointment, please give a written
notice via fax or e-mail one day in advance.