Admission Procedure

Secondary Course

This Course is equivalent to the Xth standard. You can choose subjects from the Scheme of Studies given in Table-. However, you will be required to successfully complete a minimum of five subjects, which is compulsory for certification.

Senior Secondary Course

This Course is designed for those who have passed the Xth standard or equivalent examination from a recognised Board and would like to continue their education towards a Senior Secondary Certification, equivalent to XII standard.
You can choose subjects from the Scheme of Studies given in Table. However, you will be required to successfully complete a minimum of five subjects, which is compulsory for Certification.

Scheme of Studies

For different courses, the scheme of studies is shown in the Table below.

Course Subject Offered Scheme of Studies


Hindi(201), English(202), Bengali(203), Marathi(204), Telugu(205), Urdu(206), Gujarati(207), Kannada(208), Sanskrit(209), Punjabi(210), Assamese (228),Nepali(231), Malayalam(232), Oriya(233), Arabic (235)

Mathematics(211), * Science(212), Social Science(213), Economics(214), Business Studies(215), Home Science(216),, Psychology (222), Bhartiya Culture & Heritage (223), * Painting (225), * Data Entry Operations (229)

  • Five Subjects with either one or two languages
  • Minimum of five subjects.
  • Two additional subject can also be taken
  • The Learners are however advised to select the subjects as per their future plan of study and work
Senior Secondary

Hindi(301), English(302), Urdu(306), Bengali (303), Sanskrit (309), Mathematics(311), * Physics(312), Chemistry(313),* Biology(314),History(315), * Geography(316), Political Science(317), Economics(318), Commerce(319), Accountancy(320), * Home Science(321),
* Stenography(H)(324), * Stenography(E)(325),
* Stenography(Urdu) (329), * Secretarial Practice(326), Psycology(328), * Computer Science(330), Sociology(331), * Painting (332), * Mass Communication (335), Environmental science (333), * Data entry Operations (333)

  • Subjects with * have theory as well as practical works.


From the year 2010-11, NIOS has introduced 100% On-line admission in order to facilitate learners in registering themselves with it. Off-line admission quota has been dispensed with. Under this scheme learners have the options to

  1. register themselves One-line directly
  2. may visit their nearest AI (study centre)/Facilitation Centre and take their help for On-line registration.
  3. may visit their Regional Centre for on line-registration.

In order to facilitate admission, provision of on-line admission throughout the year 24x7 has been made.

Incomplete application forms will be rejected.

  • Requirement: Minimum Educational Qualification
  • Secondary Course: Certificate of Class VIII passed, or Self Certificate (as mentioned atThe back of Admission Form)
  • Senior Secondary Course: Copy of the Certificate of the Secondary Examination passed from a recognized Board of Secondary Education duly attested by a Gazetted Officer
  • Admission forms received without supporting documents will be rejected and fee will not be refunded.
  • If the secondary level examination is not passed from a recognised board, admission at secondary level will not be considered. List of recognised Boards
  • If you possess a High School/Secondary Certificate from any foreign Board/University and want to take admission to Senior Secondary course of NIOS, you will be required to attach a certificate from the concerned ambessy to the effect that the examination passed by you is equivalent to the Indian High School/Secondary Examination.

Re-admission for Ex-NIOS students

The students of NIOS at SECONDARY/senior Secondary level who have completed their validity period of five years of admission, but could not complete the Course, are eligible to take Re-admission with NIOS. The credit of subject passed (maximum of four subjects) in the previous admission will be transferred to the fresh admission, if these subjects are passed during the last ten years .

  • Code No: 9901
  • Name of the Board: National Institute of Open Schooling (National Open School)

Transfer of Credits (TOC) Facilities

Ex-Secondary/Senior Secondary students of the following Boards of School Education who have passed in at least one subject, but have not qualified in the course, may seek admission in the respective course at NIOS and avail facility of TOC.

  1. You will have the option to get the credit transferred to a maximum of two subjects, provided these subjects are passed in the last five years
  2. The credits will be given only in those subjects which are included in NIOS scheme of studies and the scheme of examination. TOC in the subjects having practicals at Sr. Secondary level will be allowed only when you are pass in theory and practical separately.
  3. You will have to give full details of the TOC subjects and marks obtained on the Admission Form.
  4. You will have to attach the original mark sheet issued by the respective Board.
  5. You will have to pay requisite fee of an amount Rs. 75/- per subject for transfer of credit for the number of subjects in which TOC is required.

Dual Enrolment and part Credit

Under this scheme if you are a learner who

  1. is studying in a regular school, or
  2. has already passed Secondary Sr. Secondary or any other higher course from any Board/University, you can opt any subjects of your choice, to update knowledge and educational qualifications

However, on passing, only the statement of grades will be issued, No other certificate will be issued in this case.


Fee payable for various courses is given in table. Read it carefully. Admission fee payable for different courses include charges for registration, study materials, personal contact programmes , Identity Card etc.

To earn part credit, a learner can also take one or two subjects only. In such case, please pay fees as per the fee structure is given in the Table

Fee once paid is not refundable, or adjustable in future

  • Fee once paid is not refundable, or adjustable in future.
  • Don't pay any extra amount apart from the requisite fee.

Fee Structure

General Category (Fee include PCP*, Registration Fee and cost of material) Exempted from PCP* fee Male (Without Late Fee) Female (Without Late Fee) SC/ST, Ex-Service Men/Handicapped (Without Late Fee)
Secondary Course
(i) for 5 subjects
Rs.1350 Rs.1100 Rs.900
(ii) for an additional Subject Rs.200 Rs.200 Rs.200
Senior Secondary Course
(i) for 5 subjects
Rs. 1500 Rs.1250 Rs.975
(ii) for an additional Subject Rs.230 Rs.230 Rs.230

Fee Structure for Part Admission/Part Credit/TOC

Course level Registration Fee Cost of Course Material for each subject Fee for Transfer of Credit(TOC) (per subject)
Secondary Rs.350 Rs.200 Rs. 100/-
Sr. Secondary Rs. 350 Rs. 230 Rs. 100/-

Cancellation of Admission

You admission will be cancelled and fee paid will not be refunded on the following grounds:

  • if the admission form is incomplete,
  • if the supporting documents are not complete,
  • if the fee paid is short,
  • if false documents have been submitted,
  • if required educational qualifications are not fulfilled,
  • if the minimum are criteria is not fulfilled,
  • if incorrect or wrong information is given,
  • if the secondary examination is not passed from a recognised board.

Note: Admission once cancelled, will not be re-considered and fee paid will not be refunded under any circumstance.

NIOS will not be responsible if the request for admission is not considered on account of short payment deposited with the AI or if no seats are available with AI.

Confirmation of Admission and Issue of Identity Card

Your admission to a particular course will be confirmed by NIOS by issuing an Identity Card and a confirmation letter giving your admission particulars as per the record available in NIOS computers. Do check the particulars given in the confirmation letter. Discrepancies, if any, may be brought to the notice of the AI immediately. The Identity Card will be issued only once and no modified Identity Card will be issued on subsequent changes/corrections of admission particulars. You should retain your Identity Card carefully till you complete your study in NIOS.

Other Facilities after Admission

  1. Issue of Duplicate Identity Card
    In case of loss of Identity Card, a duplicate Identity Card can be issued. For obtaining Duplicate Identity Card, first lodge an FIR with the concerned Police Station. Then apply on a plain paper to the concerned Regional Centre of NIOS as listed in Appendix-'D' along with (i) the copy of FIR, (ii) Bank Draft of Rs. 100/-drawn in favour of the Secretary, National Institute of Open Schooling, payable at the concerned Regional Centre, and (iii) a photograph along with specimen signatures duly attested by the Coordinator of AI.
  2. Change of Subject/Additional Subject
    During the admission period of five years, you can change one or more subject(s), provided the total number of subjects does not exceed seven. However, such a change is permissible within your registration, so that you can appear in Public Examinations with the validity period of admission. No change/addition of subjects will be allowed or the first examination i.e., April-May 2007 examination. Subject(s) passed cannot be changed.
    For change of subject/additional subject, you are required to submit your application on plain paper to the Concerned Regional Centre of the NIOS through your AI along with the prescribed fee.
    The fee should be paid though a Bank Draft drawn in favour of 'Secretary, National Institute of Open Schooling' payable at the concerned regional Centre. No application in this regard will be accepted in the NIOS Headquarters. The concerned Regional Centre of NIOS will confirm such change or Addition of subjects at your mailing address under intimation to your AI. Do keep in contact with your AI and ensure that the described changes have been made.

About your A.I.

The Accredited Institute (i.e. the Study center) chosen by you at the time of admission will provide the following services fee of cost to you:

  • Holding Personal Contact Programmes (PCPs) and practical classes a prescribed by NIOS.
  • Evaluating Tutor Marked Assignments TMAs.
  • Counselling to solve your problems/queries related to the course.

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