Secondary Course

This Course is equivalent to the 10th standard. You can choose subjects from the Scheme of Studies given in Table-. However, you will be required to successfully complete a minimum of five subjects with at least one language or at most two languages, which is compulsory for certification.

Senior Secondary Course

This Course is designed for those who have passed the 10th  standard or equivalent examination from a recognised Board and would like to continue their education towards a Senior Secondary Certification, equivalent to XII standard.

Your can choose subjects from the Scheme of Studies given in Table. However, you will be required to successfully complete a minimum of five subjects with at least one language or at most two languages, which is compulsory for Certification.

Scheme of Studies

The Scheme of Studies for the Secondary and the Senior Secondary Courses is shown in Table-1. For obtaining a Pass Certificate, a learner is required to pass in a minimum of five subjects including one or maximum of two languages from Group ‘A’ and other three or four subjects from Group ‘B’. However, a learner is free to take upto two additional subjects and thus can choose maximum of seven subjects.


NIOS is “Open School” to cater to the needs of a heterogeneous group of learners up to pre-degree level. It was started as a project with in-built flexibilities by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in 1979. In 1986, the National Policy on Education suggested strengthening of Open School System for extending open learning facilities in a phased manner at secondary level all over the country as an independent system with its own curriculum and examination leading to certification.

Consequently, the Ministry of Education (MOE) , Government of India set up the National Open School (NOS) in November 1989. The pilot project of CBSE on Open School was amalgamated with NOS. Through a Resolution (No. F.5-24/90 Sch.3 dated 14 September 1990 published in the Gazette of India on 20 October 1990), the National Open School (NOS) was vested with the authority to register, examine and certify students registered with it up to pre-degree level courses. In July 2002, the Ministry of Education (MOE) amended the nomenclature of the organization from the National Open School (NOS) to the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) with a mission to provide relevant continuing education at school stage, up to pre-degree level through Open Learning system to prioritized client groups as an alternative to formal system, in pursuance of the normative national policy documents and in response to the need assessments of the people, and through it to make its share of contribution:

To universalisation of education,
To greater equity and justice in society, and
To the evolution of a learning society.


Why Choose NIOS BOARD?

NIOS is more useful for the students who failed in class 10 and class 12 as they can complete their education in the same year with the On-Demand Examination (ODE) facility, which was introduced in 2003. This ODE concept is very acclaimed and facilitates students to appear for the examination when they are prepared

Is there any value of NIOS BOARD?

The answer is YES because NIOS BOARD, is constituted under the ministry of HRD, Govt. of India. It is the third largest board after CBSE & ICSE and have an equivalent weightage to that of CBSE & ICSE. … NIOS is founded by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development ( MHRD), Government Of India in 1989.

Is NIOS valid for government job?

NIOS BOARD is valid for any further education in all over india’s state and this board are recognized for all type of government jobs also. So if you are planning to take admission in NIOS BOARD, so there is no problem for your job and education

Is NIOS BOARD admission Available in Hindi or English Medium?

NIOS is available in Hindi and English. Those who want to learn in Hindi they can take the Hindi Language. You can write the exams in English or Hindi.

Can I do 12th without 11th in NIOS?

Yes. It will take 2 years for 12th in NIOS without completing 11th. Yes you can do that but all you need is a minimum 2 year gap from the year when you had passed your class 10th.

Is NIOS degree valid?

Yes, the NIOS BOARD is recognized by all universities and education institution in India. It is the most authentic open school in the world. … The National Open School is a government authorized board.

Can I change my board after failing in 12th?

Yes, you can change your board from CBSE / Other to NIOS. As you failed in 12th class so you have to again take admission in 12th class.

Important Notice *

All those students who failed in their secondary or senior secondary board exams need not to get depressed or disappointed as the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) gives all failed candidates a chance to save their year by appearing and passing the exam in the same year.

Documents Required

  1. Recent Colored Passport Size Photo
  2. Aadhar Card Photocopy
  3. Class 8th marksheet (in case of secondary course) or class 10th marksheet (in case of senior secondary course)
  4. Social category/Caste certificate (in case the learner belongs to SC/ST/OBC social category).o Ex-serviceman certificate (in case he/she is an Ex-serviceman)
  5. Disability certificate (in case he/she is having any kind of disability)
  6. 6.Fail Mark sheet of previous Board, failing which Transfer of Credit (TOC) marks will not be Updated in NIOS result