Advantages....

  1. Advantages of the Online Admissions are as follows:
    • Independent of time and place - Anywhere anytime - Admission Open 24x7: enhancing the access to its fullest term;
    • Faster and Simpler Admission: Direct access to NIOS Admission;
    • Choice of Study Centre: Freedom to select Study Centre of his/her choice;
    • Better support services: Direct interaction of learners with NIOS and faster redressal of all problems;
    • Easy Payment: Payment of fee online through credit card else by Bank Draft.
    • Dispatch of Icard/study materials directly to the learners
    • Hassle free admission procedure at a click of a button
    • Learner's involvement in the process of admission and online monitoring.
    • Confirmation of Admission within 10 days of receipt of the application.

    NIOS-Online Project has won the National Award for e-Governance 2008 in the category of Excellence in Government Process Re-engineering.

  2. Online Admission for Vocational Education - offering about 80-85 vocational courses.
  3. Online Submission of Examination Fees.
  4. Online Payment Gateway through all credit cards (Master/Visa) of fees for various services of NIOS (Admission/ Examination/ Duplicate documents/ requisition for study materials)
  5. Online Registration for On-Demand Examination
  6. Online status of dispatch of Identity cards/study materials
  7. Online availability of NIOS course materials
  8. Online availability of NIOS prospectus
  9. Online availability of Study Centre Information
  10. Support through Learner Support Centre with toll free no. 18001809393, lsc(at)nos[dot]org
  11. On Line Student Information System
    • Admission details
    • Tutor Mark Assignment
    • Online Course Material
    • Syllabus & Sample Question Paper
    • Performance chart
    • Study Centre wise list
  12. On Line Counseling through Ask your Teacher
  13. Online Accreditation of Schools/Institutions/Agencies for becoming the Accredited Institution of NIOS for Academic, Vocational or Open Basic Education Programme.

Admission

Programmes and Courses

The Academic Department and the Vocational Education Department can be said to be the two most important departments of the NIOS. These two departments develop education programmes and/or courses to give opportunity to the learners to pursue the course of learning of their choice. Both the departments collaborate with each other to develop functional and need/based courses to benefit the learners.

The Academic Department takes care of academic courses which encompasses the entire school education continuum from primary to predegree level. The Academic Department is engaged in development of curriculum and self learning materials, revision of learning materials, together with research and development activities and also provides support in the area of evaluation of learners.

The NIOS Academic Department has the following units.

  • Open Basic Education (OBE)
  • Secondary and Senior Secondary Education
  • Capacity Building Cell
  • NCOS Secretariat
  • COMOSA Secretariat
  • Graphic Unit
  • Library and Documentation Services

Examination

  • Evaluation and Assessment is an integral component of any teaching-learning system. The Government of India in 1990 vested NIOS with the authority to examine and certify students up to pre-degree level, and thus, NIOS became one of the National Boards of Examination. It is the only Board which conducts two full-fledged examinations every year during April/May and October/Novermber. NIOS has been conducting its public examinations since 1991.

    Unique Features of the NIOS Examination System

    • NIOS does not have the infrastructure of its own. It shares the infrastructure and human resources of the institutions established by the public sector and private sector to conduct its examinations without disturbing their academic schedule.
    • NIOS gives a lot of flexibility to the students in matters related to examination such as (no compulsion of appearing in all the subjects at the same examination) appearing in one or more subjects in the examination as per the convenience, credit accumulation of the passed subjects, nine chances to appear in the public examinations over a period of five years, and transfer of credit of two subjects passed from other selected boards and up to four subjects in the case of ex-NIOS learners.
    • A student is allowed to write answers in the examination in any of the scheduled languages of India except language papers even if he/she has not opted for that medium.
    • A student can appear in On Demand Examination at Secondary level and Senior Secondary level examination any number of times as per his/her convenience.

    The National Institute of Open Schooling has the following features Innovations in its Evaluation System:

    The National Institute of Open Schooling has certain features in its evaluation system such as freedom to answer the questions in Public Examinations in any one of the scheduled regional languages, although the Question Papers supplied would generally be in English and Hindi available Regional mediums only. Intimation letter and Certificate have scanned photographs of the learners; and the information about Examination Centres and results are made available online. Besides, NIOS has been doing innovations in the evaluation system to maintain its credibility and standards. The On Demand Examination System at Secondary and Senior Secondary level for the registered canditates is one such innovation.

    • Freedom to answer the question in Public Examinations in any one of the scheduled regional Languages, although the Question Papers supplied would generally be in English and Hindi/available Regional medium only.
    • Hall tickets with Scanned photograph of the learners.
    • Information about examination centres and results are made available online.

    The NIOS is a National Board for Secondary and Senior Secondary Examinations similar to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE).

    The Public Examinations are held twice a year in the months of April-May and October-November on dates fixed by the NIOS. However, you are also eligible to appear through On Demand Examination at Secondary Level and Senior Secondary level in those subjects only in which you have admission in NIOS. Registration for Public Examination for admission through AIs as well as Online admission under Stream 1 To appear for the NIOS examination, you must register yourself by filling up the Examination Form and paying requisite examination fee as per schedule given.

    1. For April-May Examination : 21st Nov to 20th December (without late Fee) or as per the notification
    2. For April-May Examination : 21st Dec to 31st Dec (with late fee of Rs. 100 per subject) or as per the notification
    3. For April-May Examination : 01st Jan to 10th January (with consolidated Late Fee of Rs. 1500) or as per the notification
    4. For October-November Examination : 21st May to 20th June (without late Fee)or as per the notification
    5. For October-November Examination : 21st June to 30th June (with late Fee of Rs. 100 per subject) or as per the notification
    6. For October-November Examination : 01st July to 10th July (with consolidated late Fee of Rs. 1500) or as per the notification
    • Learners admitted to Senior Secondary Course must ensure that for the purpose of obtaining a certificate at the Senior Secondary level, a two-year gap is essential from the year of passing the Secondary examination. If you do not have the requisite gap of two years, you can appear in a maximum of four subjects only in the forthcoming April-May examination and subsequent October-November Examination. You will be eligible to appear in the remaining subjects only on completion of the two years gap. In the absence of the two years gap, your examination fee will be adjusted for the first four opted subjects and the remaining fee, if paid for other subjects, will be forfeited.
    • No examination fee will be accepted at NIOS Headquarters.
    • In case, your AI stands cancelled/ non functional, you may pay your fee in the prescribed form at the concerned Regional Centre of the area as listed in "Appendix-D" within the prescribed dates in person or by post along with the bank draft. The Bank Draft is to be drawn in favour of "Secretary, National Institute of Open Schooling," payable at the concerned Regional Centre.
    • Contact your AI or log on to NIOS website about two weeks prior to commencement of examination for finding out details regarding your Examination Centre and date sheet.
    • Fixation of Examination Centre is the prerogative of NIOS. However, the Examination Centres are normally fixed in District Headquarters, Sub-Divisional Headquarters and other available places nearest to the AIs.
    • You have to appear in the Examination Centre allotted to you by NIOS. The decision of NIOS with regard to allotment of Examination Centre will be final. l In case, you appear in an Examination Centre other than allotted by NIOS, your result will not be declared and your case will be treated as having resorted to unfair means.

Student Support System

Under the Open and Distance Learning System, learner support is of paramount importance. The student Support Services (SSS) Department is responsible for providing support to learners in their learning and related issues. The main functions of the Student Support Services (SSS) Department of NIOS are as follows:

  • Formulation of policy and planning related to student enrollment and registration
  • Advocacy and publicity of NIOS programmes
  • Identification and establishment of study centres for accreditation from amongst recognized and reputed academic institutions all over the country, thereby building a network of Accredited Institutions (AIs), Accredited Vocational Institutions (AVIs) and Accredited Agencies (AAs)
  • Enrolment and registration of secondary and senior secondary learners of NIOS
  • Monitoring of the functioning of study centres and conduct of Personal Contact Programmes
  • Development of policy for continuous assessment of the learners through Tutor Marked Assignments (TMA)
  • Coordination with the Regional Centres for timely and effective support to the learners.
  • Redressal of the problems and grievances of the learners
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About PCP

Introduction

Under the Open and Distance Learning System, learner support is of paramount importance. Such support is provided through various services to:

  • Help learners to learn well by providing timely and proper academic support
  • Facilitate learners in solving their problems through the study centres/learning centres
  • Co-ordinate and monitor establishment, working and management of the study centres.

Functions

The main functions of the Student Support Services (SSS) Department of NIOS are as follows:

  • Formulation of policy and planning related to student enrollment and registration
  • Advocacy and publicity of NIOS programmes
  • Identification and establishment of study centres for accreditation from amongst recognized and reputed academic institutions all over the country, thereby building a network of Accredited Institutions (AIs)
  • Enrolment and registration of secondary and senior secondary learners of NIOS
  • Monitoring of the functioning of study centres and conduct of personal contact programmes
  • Development of policy for continuous assessment of the learners through Tutor Marked Assignments (TMA)
  • Coordination with the Regional Centres for timely and effective support to the learners.
  • Redressal of the problems and grievances of the learners

Accreditation of Institutions

NIOS as an open and distance learning institute provides planned human support in different ways from the time a learner joins the system till the end of his/ her successful completion. To provide this support along with the issue of easy access, NIOS considered utilization of existing available resources to provideservices by accrediting institutions as partners. Such partner institutions are called Accredited Institutions (AIs) and are spread all over the country. These AIs which function as Study Centres are usually formal schools that are recognized and affiliated to CBSE, ICSCE and State Broads or reputed agencies involved in social and educational activities of disadvantaged and differently abled learners. The AIs assist NIOS in its various functions to reach out and to reach all. Based on available infrastructure facilities and nature of the existing institutions, the AIs for Academic courses are categorized into three categories.

  • Category-A: having very good infrastructure and can enroll upto 500 students.
  • Category-B: AIs can enroll upto 300 students.
  • Category-C: AIs are allowed toenroll only upto 150 students.

NIOS has Accredited Institutions for Regional mediums also like Marathi, Telugu, Gujarati, Malayalam, Oriya and Urdu. The types of Schools/Institutions that have become partners to function as AIs of NIOS include Government Schools, Government Aided Schools, Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Vidyalayas, Public and Private Schools and Schools for children with special needs.

Accreditation of the Study Centres is done through rigorous process of screening of applications on the basis of prescribed criteria and inspection of the institutions by teams of Experts. The Principal/Vice- Principal of the School acts as the Coordinator of the AI functioning as the Study Centre of NIOS. The core staff and teachers of the AIs work for NIOS programmes at the Study Centres in addition to their normal duties there.

Personal Contact Programme

NIOS students study at their own using self instructional material. However, while learning they do confront certain problems and need various types of help and guidance. For clarification of their doubts, NIOS conducts 30 Personal Contact Programme (PCPs) for theory subjects out of which 15 are compulsory. Five additional PCPs are allotted for subjects having practicals. These are conducted at the Study Centre on Saturdays, Sundays/other holidays or at any convenient time during weekdays.

About Administration

The administration department of NIOS is headed by the Secretary and takes care of all matters related to,

  1. Memorandum of association of NOS Society,
  2. Constitution of various committees of NIOS and organization of Meetings of apex committees,
  3. Matters related to personnel,
  4. Legal matters,
  5. Budgets/accounts,
  6. Production and distribution of Materials,
  7. Purchase and supply of equipment,
  8. Maintenance,
  9. Promotion of Hindi (Raj Bhasha),
  10. Parliament Questions etc.
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ICT of NIOS

Online Facility for NIOS learners under NIOS Online (Ni-On)

  1. Online Admission for Secondary and Sr. Secondary
    • NIOS was one of the first educational institutions at school level to use ICT for bringing about a major structural and functional transformation of its basic operations of Admission, Examination and Accreditation under the project NIOS Online
    • The Project NIOS Online was launched on pilot basis in July 2007 - 30,000 admissions. Upscaled and expanded in July 2008 - 1,63,000 enrolment out of total admission of 3.70 lakh during the 2nd Phase of expanded online admission and from the Year 2010-11 100% online Admission was introduced.
    • Under NIOS Online new streams of admission were opened in order to expand the access to various category of learners.
      • Online Admission - Stream 1 - For all learners.
      • Online Admission - Stream 2 - For unsuccessful/failures of recognised boards to appear in Oct- exam to save precious one year.
      • Online Admission - Stream 3 - For unsuccessful/failures of recognised boards to appear through On-Demand Examination System (ODES) at Secondary Level.
      • Online Admission - Stream 4 - For unsuccessful/failures of recognised boards to appear through On-Demand Examination System (ODES) at Sr. Secondary Level.
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