The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), which was set up as an autonomous body by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, proudly stands as the popular education board in India and sits only behind CBSE and ICSE. This is one amongst the largest open schooling systems in the world with over 3.62 million learners already certified in the secondary, senior secondary and the vocational education courses since 1991. This is a platform for students to complete their education in private mode.
NIOS was established with an aim to provide education to those sections in the society who could not attend regular schools. The most important objective of NIOS is to help students who failed in class 10 and class 12 to complete their education in the same year with the On-Demand Examination facility.
NIOS Eligibility Criteria
Students have to meet the eligibility criteria in order to gain admission to the courses. The eligibility criteria include both age limit and academic qualification. Students who are looking for the secondary course at NIOS need to be 14 years at the time of admission and should have passed class 8. If you are looking for the senior secondary course, one must have completed 15 years of age at the time of admission besides passing class 10/secondary level of education from any recognised board.
The secondary course is equivalent to the class 10th standard. One has to choose a minimum of five subjects, which is compulsory for certification.
Senior Secondary Course
This is only for the candidates who passed class 10 or the equivalent examination from a recognised board and would like to continue their education equivalent to class 12 standard. Candidates are required to complete a minimum of five subjects, which is compulsory for certification.
NIOS Admission Procedure
NIOS has introduced online admissions along with offline admissions. Students can register themselves online directly or visit the nearest study centre/facilitation centre for registration. Candidates' application form will be rejected if they fail to meet the minimum educational qualification. One should attach the supporting documents and should pay the exam fee which will not be refunded.
NIOS On-Demand Examination (ODE)
It was introduced in 2003 and acclaimed for the flexibility and distance learning program. This is a concept which facilitates students to appear for the examination when they are prepared. And there will not be any time or exam schedule to take the exam. This is available for the secondary and senior secondary level. However, the examination will be conducted only at the NIOS headquarters in Delhi and its regional centres spread across the country.