23 FAQ About NIOS and its Programmes

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#1. What is the procedure for taking admission in NIOS?

NIOS has introduced 100% On-line admission at the Secondary and the Senior Secondary level in order to facilitate learners have to register themselves with it.

Under this scheme, learners have three options:
(i) He/She can register on-line directly by visiting the website of NIOS i.e., www.nios.ac.in
(ii) He/She may visit his/her nearest AI (Study Centre)/Facilitation Centre and take help for on-line registration.
(iii) He/She may visit the concerned Regional Centre and take help for on line registration.
(iv) He/She can use the services of the Common Services Centres of the Govt. of India for Online registration throughout the Country.

#2. What is the eligibility criteria for admission to the NIOS Secondary Course?


  1. Learner who has passed class VIII and has valid proof of attaining 14 years of age can apply for registration to the Secondary Course.
  2. A learner giving a self certificate “I have studied enough to be able to pursue secondary course” is also eligible for admission to the Secondary Course.
  3. The learner who had studied at the secondary level can also seek admission in NIOS either to complete his course or to improve his performance.
  4. A residential proof of the learner.

#3. What is the valid proof of date of birth for NIOS?

The certificate of date of birth issued by a Municipal Corporation, a Municipal Body, a Village Panchayat or any other body authorised by the Registrar, Birth and Death, Government of India, is a valid proof and Aadhaar Card issued by Govt. Agency. However, in case of orphans, street children etc., a medical certificate in respect of age issued by a Government Hospital is also acceptable as a valid proof.

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#4. What is the validity period of admission?

Admission (once registered) is valid for a period of 5 years from the date of admission.


#5. Does NIOS allow any fees concession?

Fee concession is provided to females, SC/ST/Ex-Servicemen and differently abled/Divyang candidates as per NIOS norms.


#6. Can any learner take direct admission in the NIOS Senior Secondary courses?

No. In order to take admission in the Senior Secondary course, the learner must have passed the Secondary course from a recognised Board.

#7. What is the Minimum age to take admission in the Senior Secondary Course?

The minimum age to take admission in the Senior Secondary Course is 15 years.


#8. What are the mediums of studies available in NIOS?

The NIOS offers the Secondary courses in English, Hindi, Urdu, Marathi, Odia, Telugu, Gujarati, Tamil and Malayalam mediums; and the Senior Secondary courses in English, Hindi, Odia, Bengali, Gujarati and Urdu mediums.

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#9. What are the subjects available for the Secondary Course (Class-X)?

Hindi, English, Urdu, Sanskrit, Bengali, Odia, Marathi, Telugu, Gujarati, Kannada, Punjabi, Assamese, Nepali, Malayalam, Arabic, Persian, Tamil, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Science, Economics, Business Studies, Home Science; Psychology, Indian Culture and Heritage, Painting, Data Entry Operations & Accountancy.

(28 subjects including 17 languages).


#10. What are the subjects available for the Senior Secondary Course (Class-XII)?

Hindi, English, Bengali, Odia, Tamil, Urdu, Sanskrit, Gujarati, Punjabi, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Geography, Political Science, Economics, Business Studies, Accountancy, Home Science, Psychology, Computer Science, Sociology, Painting, Environmental Science, Mass Communication, Data Entry Operations, Introduction to Law, Library and Information Science.

(29 subjects including 09 languages).


#11. Can I change my subjects during the validity period of my admission?

Yes. A learner can change one or more subjects, provided the total number of subjects does not exceed seven.

However, such a change is permissible within four years of registration, so that learner can appear in the Public Examination within the validity period of admission. No change/addition of subjects will be allowed in the first examination. Subjects already passed cannot be changed.


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#12. How many subjects are required to be taken for obtaining the pass certificate ?

For obtaining a pass certificate at the Secondary level, a learner is required to pass in minimum five subjects including one or maximum two languages.


#13. Can I seek admission in additional subjects also?

Yes. A learner can opt upto two additional subjects. Thus, in all, one can choose maximum of seven subjects.


#14. What is the admission fee for registration and the examination fee?

The latest fee structure for registration and examination is given on NIOS website and in the Prospectus.


#15. Can a learner take admission in Secondary/Senior Secondary Course of NIOS after passing the Secondary/ Senior Secondary course from a formal Board of School Education?

Yes. if a learner has completed the Secondary/ Senior Secondary Course from any  National/ State Board of School Education and want to take admission in NIOS for the same course, he/she will be allowed to take admission in the National Institute of Open Schooling in upto four subjects.

On successful completion, learner will get only the mark sheet. No certificate is issued under the Dual/Part Admission Scheme.


#16. How do I get confirmation of my admission in NIOS?

Admission to a particular course is normally confirmed by NIOS by issuing an Identity Card having his/her admission particulars as per the records available with NIOS. On confirmation of admission, enrolment number is also informed to the candidate.


#17. How do I get the self-instructional material?

National Institute of Open Schooling will provide the specially designed printed Self Instructional Material for different subjects alongwith other support material to learner through post at his/her home address.

A learner is, therefore, expected to give his/her correct and complete home address.

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#18. How can I procure my study material in case my parcel is not delivered?

In case of undelivered parcel of study material, learner shall be required to pay Rs. 100/- (Rupees one hundred only) by way of Demand Draft in favour of Secretary, NIOS, payable at Delhi to the following address for re-despatch of study material at his/ her residence –

Deputy Director,
Material Distribution Unit,
C/o CWC,
G T Karnal Road,
Rana Pratap Bagh,

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#19. Is there any provision for correction in admission record?

Since the admission is 100% online, the learners are requested to be careful in making entries in the application forms. However, the correction will be done as per Guidelines hosted on NIOS website.


#20. Do NIOS issue duplicate Identity Card?

Yes, In case of loss of Identity card, a duplicate Identity Card can be issued after lodging an FIR with the concerned police station by the learner. One should apply on plain paper to the concerned Regional Centre of the National Institute of Open Schooling along with the original copy of FIR, the bank draft of Rs. 100/- and two photographs. Detailed guidelines can be seen on NIOS website in this regard.


#21. Can a learner choose any subject combination?

A learner can choose subjects of his/her choice from the list provided at NIOS.AC.IN website and prospectus keeping in view the Passing criteria and Certification criteria, as also the requirement of other Boards/Universities for further education.


#22. Can a learner take vocational subjects along with academic courses at the Secondary and the Senior Secondary levels?

Yes, in order to make NIOS courses more meaningful, The National Institute of Open Schooling has offered Vocational courses independently or in combination with academic subjects at the Secondary and the Senior Secondary levels.


#23. Are the Common Services Centres of the Government of India authorised to act as NIOS Facilitation Centres?

Yes, the National Institute of Open Schooling has entered into an MOU with CSC e-Governance India Ltd., Ministry of Information and Technology, Government of India. Under this MOU, all the Common Services Centres throughout the country will be acting as Facilitation Centres of NIOS where any prospective candidates can avail various online facilities of NIOS at the prescribed rates.

They have given these rates at pages 15 to 16 of the Handbook. The list of the CSCs at Appendix-C.

The candidates should pay the amount as per these rates and will be in addition to the registration fee of NIOS.

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