Click HereBackground Note of "Ease of Schooling" session by DoSE&L.    Click HereList of Fake Websites resembling NIOS (एनआईओएस जैसी दिखने वाली नकली वेबसाइटों की सूची)    Click HereFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Vocational Education Programmes:2023-24 (अक्सर पूछे जाने वाले प्रश्न (एफएक्यू) व्यावसायिक शिक्षा कार्यक्रम - 2023-24) Newgood   Click HereNIOS presents Virtual Open School (VOS) Newgood    Click HereResult of D.El.Ed (2017-19) session NC cases has been declared on the official portal of NIOS i.e    Click HereNotification 02/2022 dt. 03/10/2022 regarding Issuance of Marksheet/Certificate for Diploma in Elementary Education (D.EL.ED)Newgood


National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS): Precise Information

Setting up of NIOS

  • Started as a project on "Open Schooling" under the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in 1979.
  • Established in 1989 as the National Open School (NOS) by the Govt. of India, Ministry of Education (MOE). In 1990, the Govt. of India through a Gazette notification vested NOS with the authority to examine and certify learners registered with it up to Pre-Degree level Courses.
  • Re-christened as the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) in July 2002.

Regional Centres

Allahabad, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Kochi, Patna, Pune, Dehradun, Bhubaneswar, Bengaluru, Gandhinagar, Raipur, Chennai, Ranchi, Dhramshala, Vishakapatnam, Sikkim (Gangtok), Amethi (Sub Regional Centre as Darbhanga,Kota)

Number of Study Centres 

  1. Academic (AIs) : 3530 including 26 AI in U.A.E, Nepal, Kuwait, Qatar,Muscat and Kingdom of Bahrain
  2. Vocational (AVIs) : 1379
  3. Open Basic Education (OBE) (AAs) : 1313

The Study Centres are known as Accredited Institutions (AIs) for Academic Courses, Accredited Vocational Institutions (AVIs) for Vocational Education Courses and Accredited Agencies (AAs) for Open Basic Education (OBE) courses.


Cumulative Enrolment :  2.71 Million
  • Secondary - 46%
    Senior Seconadry - 49%
    Vocational - 5%
  • NIOS is the largest Open Schooling System in the world.
  • Admission in NIOS is 100% Online for Sec. (10th), Sr.Sec. (12th), Round the year with cut off Dates

Courses Offered

  • Open Basic Education (OBE) (A level, B level, C level equivalent to Class III, V, VIII respectively of formal Education) courses are offered through Accredited Agencies (AAs).
  • Secondary - leading to Secondary School Certificate.
  • Sr. Secondary - leading to Senior Secondary School Certificate.
  • Open Vocational Education.
  • Life Enrichment Programmes.

Highlights and flexibilities

  • Freedom to choose subjects; continuous assessment through Tutor Marked Assignments (TMA).
  • Facility of On Line Registration for Admission and Examination Credit accumulation facility;
  • 9 chances in 5 Years to complete a course;
  • Provision of Re-admission after 5 years.
  • Learning support through Personal Contact Programme (PCP);
  • Transfer of credits (up to 2 subject) from some other Boards.
  • Media Programmes are telecast and broadcast.

Study Materials

  • Printed Self Instructional study materials supported by Audio- Video programmes. A half yearly Magazine "Open Learning" is also provided to the learners.

Mediums of Instruction

  • Hindi, English, Urdu, Marathi, Telugu, Gujarati and Malayalam mediums at Secondary stage.
  • Hindi, English, Urdu mediums at Sr. Secondary stage.
  • Freedom to write reply in any schedule language.

Sanctioned Staff strength: 394

Budget (2013-2014)

  • Plan NIL
  • Non-Plan Rs. 135.14 Crore


Year Secondary (Class X) Sr. Secondary (Class XII) Vocational OBE
2008-09 103410 95213 13784 30547
2009-10 120739 114893 13438 52414
2010-11 137993 137129 14210 32784
2011-12 127023 133316 12154 20623
2012-13 139647 155647 16981 16792
2013-14 164192 160309 16090 15289

Total No. of learners certified since 1991(Sec.+ Sr.Sec. +Voc)= 3324797

Total No. of learners certified under OBE = 487717

  • Conducts examination twice a year in Apr-May and Oct-Nov.
  • On-Demand Examination at Secondary & Sr. Secondary level at the NIOS, Headquarter and its Regional Centre

National Consortium for Open Schooling

  • NIOS provides Professional support to States to set up and develop State Open Schools particularly with Regional Mediums. The secretariat of NCOS in located in NIOS.
  • State Open Schools (SOSs) have been set up in 17 states viz., Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala,Jammu &Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat and Bihar.

Click here to know more about NCOS

Commonwealth Open Schooling Association (COMOSA)

Contact us

Learner Support Centre: All Information at one call - User friendly Learner Support Centre JUST DIAL 1800 180 9393 (Toll Free) for the following:

  1. From 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM - Supported by Executives
  2. From 05:30 PM to 9:30 AM - Supported by IVRS

Important Links