There is no upper age limit for admission. However, the minimum age for enrolment is 14 years for Secondary course and 15 years for Senior Secondary course as per information given in the entry requirements at Table-3.
Choice in Medium of Instructions
Hindi, English, Urdu, Marathi, Telugu, Gujarati, Malayalam and Oriya mediums at Secondary stage. Hindi, English, Urdu mediums at Sr. Secondary stage.
Choice of Subjects:
You can choose any subject combination from a list of subjects offered as per the criteria given in the Scheme of Studies.
If you wish to use NIOS certificate for higher studies, it is in your own interest that you keep in mind the requirements of the Boards/Universities you wish to join after passing Secondary/Senior Secondary course from NIOS. Some Boards / Universities require specific subject combinations for admission to the Institutions affiliated to them as given in the Appendices A & B. For example, for medical course, various institutes will expect you to have passed with a combination of Chemistry, Physics and Biology along with two languages. The learners who wish to join formal school board in class XI after passing NIOS examination of class X may opt for subjects combinations (in 5 or 6 subjects as the case may be) which are acceptable in class XI by such formal school Board,without prejudice to the rights of NIOS.
You can also select one or two additional subject(s) either at the time of admission or during the course of study, if you so desire or if it is required.
Combination of Academic and Vocational Courses
In order to make the NIOS courses more meaningful, a number of Vocational Courses are also offered in combination with academic subjects at the Secondary and Senior Secondary level (Refer Table 2). These Vocational courses have to be taken in Accredited Vocational Institutions (AVIs). For more details please refer to the Prospectus for Vocational Courses.
During your course of study, you will know your progress through Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs).
Flexible Scheme of Admission
You can access NIOS admission through On-line (Ni-On) under various streams directly or approach a near by Study Centre/Facilitation Centre.
Flexible Scheme of Examination
Public examinations are conducted by NIOS twice a year. You get nine chances to appear in the public examinations over a period of five years to complete your courses. However, at Secondary level you can choose any of the following for getting evaluated and certified:
Public examination conducted by NIOS twice a year.
On Demand Examination System (ODES).
Public examination in some subjects and ODES in other subjects.
You can choose to appear in anyone or more subjects in any examination and earn credit which will be accumulated till all five subjects required for certification are successfully completed within a period of 5 years of registration.
Transfer of Credit
You can avail the facility of Transfer of Credit (TOC) to a maximum of two subjects passed from the selected Boards provided these subjects are also available in NIOS scheme of studies. TOC is given as per the conditions.
Validity of Admission
Your admission is valid for five years. For Public Examination at Secondary and Senior Secondary level, you may take nine or fewer chances to successfully complete the course during this period.
Under this scheme, you may take admission in one or more subjects but not more than four subjects. On passing, you will be issued only the Marksheet.
Education of Disadvantaged Group
To cater to the special needs of people who are physically, mentally challenged, socially and geographically isolated marginalised and are from disadvantaged sections such as street children, working children, rural women, the NIOS has special accredited institutions called Special Accredited Institutions for Education of the Disadvantaged (SAIED).