NIOS Admission 2020: Application form, Exam date, Eligibility

Admission will be given to the candidates in NIOS through online mode under various streams. Interested candidates can apply online directly or by approaching a nearby Study Centre/ Authorized NIOS Facilitation Centre/ Common Service Centre. There are four streams of online admission (stream 1, 2, 3 & 4) catering to the learners with different needs. Admissions are given into Secondary and Senior Secondary courses depending on the eligibility of the candidates. Details of NIOS 2020 admission process through the different ways are provided in this article below.

Streams for Admission

  • Stream 1: This stream is open for all the learners who fulfill the eligibility criteria for the Secondary and the Senior Secondary courses.
  • Stream 2: This stream for is open for such learners who had appeared but could not clear or who were eligible but could not appear in the Public Examination of the Secondary/ Senior Secondary level from any recognized board.
  • Stream 3: This stream is open for such learners who have already passed the Secondary exam and wish to take part admission in any subject (up to 4 subjects) for updating their qualification. Learners who had appeared but could not clear, or who were eligible but could not appear in the public exam of the Secondary level from any recognized board and want to appear through On Demand Examination System of NIOS for the can also apply under this stream.
  • Stream 4: This stream is open for such learners who have already passed the Senior Secondary exam and wish to take part admission in any subject (up to 4 subjects) for updating their qualification. Learners who had appeared but could not clear, or who were eligible but could not appear in the public exam of the Senior Secondary level from any recognized board and want to appear through On Demand Examination System of NIOS for the can also apply under this stream.

NIOS 2020 Main Highlights

  • The admissions in the four streams are mutually exclusive i.e., learner can opt for one of them only.
  • The admission once registered is valid for a period of 5 years from the date of admission.
  • Female learners of Ladakh are exempted from payment of Registration Fee and Cost of Course material. However, TOC fee, if applicable, will have to be paid.
  • The NIOS offers the Secondary course in English, Hindi, Urdu, Marathi, Odia, Telugu, Gujarati, Tamil, Malayalam and Punjabi mediums; and the Senior Secondary course in English, Hindi, Odia, Bengali, Gujarati and Urdu mediums.
  • A learner has the option to change one or more subjects, provided the total number of subjects does not exceed seven.

NIOS Important Dates 2020

Below are given the tentative dates of NIOS Admission 2020 and the exam for which the candidates are eligible to appear:

For stream 1 admission

Block Tentative Dates of AdmissionLate FeeDate of NIOS examination
Block 116th March 2020- 31st July 2020Not applicableApril 2021/ May 2021
1st August 2020- 15th August 2020Rs. 200/-
16th August 2020- 31st August 2020Rs. 400/-
1st September 2020- 15th September, 2020Rs. 700/-
Block 216th September 2020- 31st January 2021Not applicableOctober 2021/ November 2021
1st February 2021- 15th February 2021Rs. 200/-
16th February 2021- 28th February 2021Rs. 400/-
1st March 2021- 15th March 2021Rs. 700/-

For stream 2 admission

Tentative Dates of AdmissionDate of NIOS examination
1st May 2020- 30th June 2020October/November, 2020

*For stream 3 & 4, admissions are open all round the year.

NIOS Eligibility Requirements 2020

Below given are the eligibility criteria for NIOS Admission 2020:

For secondary course:

StreamsAge limitEducation criteria
Stream 1 (Block I), Stream 2, 3 & 4Age of the candidates should be 14 years as on 31st July 2020.The applicants should have studied class 8 in order to be eligible for admission into secondary course.
Stream 1 (Block II)Age of the candidates should be 14 years as on 31st January 2021.

 For senior secondary course:

StreamsAge limitEducation criteria
Stream 1 (Block I), Stream 2, 3 & 4Age of the candidates should be 15 years as on 31st July 2020.Candidates should have passed secondary course exam from a recognized board.
Stream 1 (Block II)Age of the candidates should be 15 years as on 31st January 2021.

* There is no upper age limit for admission.

Application Process

The online application form for admission to all streams in NIOS can be obtained from the official website www.nios.ac.in. The students must read all the important instructions before proceeding towards the application process. Step-by-step application filling process is given below:

  • First, select the state/ UT that you belong to. Also, select the identity type and provide the identity document number and upload scanned copy of original identity supporting document.
  • Next, select the course (Secondary or Senior Secondary) in which you wish to take admission.
  • Now, the identity of the candidates will be verified after which they will be able to fill the application form.
  • In the application form, the candidates will have to provide basic details such as name, father’s name, mother’s name, date of birth, gender, Aadhaar number, etc.
  • Scanned copies of important documents in color should also be uploaded in to the application form, details of which are given later.
  • Candidates will then have to generate an OTP to authenticate their email address and mobile number.
  • After successful authentication, the candidates can fill up other details like address, category, medium of study, family income, qualification of father and mother, details of previous qualification (for Senior Secondary course), etc.
  • Once all the details are entered into the form, it can be submitted along with the prescribed application fee.
  • The fee can be deposited online through credit card/ debit card/ net banking. In case admission is done through Common Services Centers, fee can be paid via Electronic Wallet of CSCs.

Important Documents to be uploaded

The following documents should be uploaded in the application form in scanned format:

  • Recent passport size color photograph
  • Signature of learner (preferably in black ink)
  • Valid Identity Proof (Aadhaar Number, Aadhaar Enrolment number, Passport number, Ration Card number, Bank Account number or any other valid government identity card etc.)
  • Proof of Date of Birth in case of the Secondary Course (Birth Certificate/ Passport/ Transfer Certificate/ School Leaving Certificate/ Aadhaar Card with date of birth printed on it)
  • Valid proof of Residence (Ration Card, Aadhaar Card, Appointment Letter from the Employer on Letter Head, Water/ Telephone/ Electricity Bill, Running Bank Account Statement, Income Tax Assessment Order, Election Commission’s Voter Id, Parents Passport in case of minor)
  • Copy of proof of Permanent Address along with present Rent Agreement, if living in rented accommodation
  • Class 8th mark sheet or Self Certificate (in case of secondary course)
  • Class 10th mark sheet/ Certificate (in case of Senior Secondary Course)
  • Self attested true copy of Caste Certificate (in case the learner belongs to SC/ ST/ OBC category)
  • Ex-serviceman Certificate (in case candidate is an Ex-Serviceman)
  • Disability Certificate (in case candidate is having any kind of disability)
  • Original scan copy of failed mark sheet issued by the Parent Board of the School Education in case learner registers in NIOS for Stream 2, 3 or 4

Admission Process

Normal Admission

  • The documents and other information provided by the candidates during registration process will be verified.
  • After successful verification, an enrolment number of the candidates will be generated.
  • Appropriate communication will be sent to the selected candidates through email and SMS after the admission is confirmed by the NIOS Management.

Re-admission of Ex-NIOS Learners

  • Candidates who have completed five years of admission period in NIOS but were not able to complete the course are eligible for re-admission.
  • The credit of the subjects passed (up to 4 subjects) during the previous admission will be transferred on submission of original mark sheet.
  • However, these subjects must be passed not before the period of last 10 years.

Dual Enrolment and Part Admission

  • Candidates studying in a regular school or have passed the Secondary/ Senior Secondary exam from a recognized board who wish to upgrade their knowledge and qualification can apply for part admission.
  • Such candidates on passing the NIOS exam will only be given mark sheet and no other certificate.

Foreign Board Candidates

The candidates who have passed their HSC/ SSC exam from any foreign board who wish to take admission in the Senior Secondary course of NIOS will have to attach a certificate form from the concerned Embassy and Association of Indian Universities (AIU) to the effect that the exam passed by the candidate is equivalent to the HSC/ SSC exam of recognized Indian board.

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, Sindhi, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Science, Economics, Business Studies, Home Science; Psychology, Indian Culture and Heritage, Painting, Data Entry Operations, Accountancy, Hindustan Music, Carnatic Music, Veda Adhyan, Sanskrit Vyakaran, Bharatiya Darshan, Sanskrit Sahitya

Subjects available for the Senior Secondary Course (Class XII)

Hindi, English, Bengali, Odia, Tamil, Urdu, Sanskrit, Gujarati, Punjabi, Parsian, Arabic, Malyalam, 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, Veda Adhyan, Sanskrit Vyakaran, Bharatiya Darshan, Sanskrit Sahitya, Physical Education and Yog, Military Studies, and Military History

NIOS 2020 Fee Structure

Admission fee payable for the Secondary/ Senior Secondary courses includes charges for registration, cost of study materials, Personal Contact Programmes (PCPs), Identity Card, evaluation of Assignments, etc.

For stream 1:

CourseFees for general categoryFees for SC/ ST/ PWD/ Ex-servicemen
MaleFemale 
Secondary course
For 5 subjectsRs. 1800/-Rs. 1450/-Rs. 1200/-
For each additional subjectRs. 720/-Rs. 720/-Rs. 720/-
Senior Secondary course
For 5 subjectsRs. 2000/-Rs. 1650/-Rs. 1300/-
For each additional subjectRs. 720/-Rs. 720/-Rs. 720/-

For Dual Enrolment/ Part Admission/ TOC (Stream 1):

CourseRegistration feeCost of Course Material for each SubjectFee for Transfer of Credit (TOC)
SecondaryRs. 480/- (per subject)Rs. 360/- (Mandatory)Rs. 180/- Per Subject
Senior SecondaryRs. 480/- (per subject)Rs. 400/- (Mandatory)Rs. 180/- Per Subject

For stream 2, 3 & 4:

CourseRegistration feeExam FeeFee for Transfer of Credit (TOC)Change fee/ Additional Subject Fee
Secondary/ Senior Secondary (Stream 2)Rs. 480/- (per subject)Rs. 250/- per subject for Theory

Rs. 120/- for per practical subject

Rs. 180/- (per subject)Rs. 720/- (per subject)
Secondary (Stream 3)Rs. 480/- (per subject)Rs. 500/- per subject for Theory

Rs. 200/- for per practical subject

Rs. 180/- (per subject)Rs. 720/- (per subject)
Senior Secondary (Stream 4)Rs. 480/- (per subject)Rs. 500/- per subject for Theory

Rs. 200/- for per practical subject

Rs. 180/- (per subject)Rs. 720/- (per subject)

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