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1. How different is NIOS from any other Institution for
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
2. What are the Courses offered by NIOS?
NIOS offers the following courses:-
- Open Basic Education Programme, Which includes following three
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-Equivalent to class X
- Sr. Secondary Course-Equivalent to class XII
- Vocational Education Courses
- Life Enrichment Programmes
3. Whether Secondary/Sr. Secondary School Certificates
obtained from NIOS have the same recognition as other
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
4. Whether change of subject is possible after taking
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
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
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
No extra fee is to be paid for the study materials. The
admission fee deposited by a learner includes the cost of the study
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
14. Where and how many assignments are to be submitted
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
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
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 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.