National Institute of Open Schooling

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National institute of Open Schooling
National Institute of Open Schooling.png
NIOS logo
Formation1989; 33 years ago (1989)
TypeGovernmental Board of Education
HeadquartersNoida, Uttar Pradesh, India
Official language
Pro. Sharoj Sharma[1]
Parent organisation
Ministry of Education

The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), formerly National Open School (name changed in 2002), is the board of education under the Union Government of India. It was established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development of the Government of India in 1989[2] to provide education to all segments of society under the motive to increase literacy and aimed forward for flexible learning. The NIOS is a national board that administers examinations for Secondary and Senior Secondary examinations similar to the CBSE and the CISCE. It also offers vocational courses after the high school.

NIOS had a cumulative enrollment of about 1.5 million students from 2004 to 2009 at secondary and senior secondary levels and enrolls about 350,000 students annually which makes it the largest open schooling system in the world.[3]

International collaboration and overseas centres[edit]

The NIOS collaborates with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and UNESCO.[4] It also has study centres for Indian expatriates in the Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Nepal, Canada, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore and the United States of America.[5]

Courses offered[edit]

NIOS offer the following courses:[citation needed][6]

  • Open Basic Education (OBE) Programme for 14+ years age group, adolescents and adults at A, B and C levels that are equivalent to classes III, V and VIII of the formal school system
  • Secondary Course—Equivalent to class X
  • Senior Secondary Course—Equivalent to class XII
  • Vocational Education Courses
  • Life enrichment programmes
  • D.EL.ED. course


The public examinations are held twice a year in April–May and October–November on dates fixed by the NIOS. However, one also eligible to appear through the On-Demand Examinations at Level and Senior Secondary level in those subjects only in which candidates have taken admission in NIOS for subject wise learning.[7] Results of the public examinations are announced usually six weeks after the last date of examinations.

Past Years' Result Statistics[edit]

Exam Session 10th Class Stats 12th Class Stats
Students Appeared Passed Students Appeared Passed
April 2019 Around 1.7 lakh 34.42% Around 1.8 lakh -
October 2018 118805 39.25% 174352 31.78
April 2018 174365 34.42% 181696 38.54
October 2017 105729 31.86% 127791 36.37
April 2017 135234 38.89% 175528 39.61
October 2016 116162 38.04% 146902 31.27

Regional offices of the board[edit]

Regional offices Jurisdiction/States covered
Delhi I East Delhi, North Delhi, North East Delhi, North West Delhi, Jhajjar, Gautam Budh Nagar and Ghaziabad
Delhi II South Delhi, West Delhi, South West Delhi, Central Delhi, New Delhi, Gurgaon and Faridabad
Bengaluru Karnataka
Hyderabad Telangana
Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh
Pune Maharashtra and Goa, Daman and Diu
Chandigarh Haryana (excluding Faridabad, Gurgaon and Jhajjar), Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh
Kolkata Sikkim, West Bengal and Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Subcentre Bhubaneswar
Bhubaneswar Odisha
Kochi Kerala
Chennai Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry
Patna Bihar
Jaipur Rajasthan
Gandhinagar Gujarat
Bhopal Madhya Pradesh
Raipur Chhattisgarh
Guwahati Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur
Ranchi Jharkhand

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Institute of Open Schooling gets new chairman". Retrieved 28 June 2022.
  2. ^ "National Institute Of Open Schooling". 19 February 2012. Archived from the original on 7 March 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  3. ^ "pub_PS_OpenSchooling_web" (PDF). Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  4. ^ "International Centre for Training in Open Schooling". 16 November 1945. Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  5. ^ Majumdar Sahil, Pallavi (15 October 2002). "Open school for UAE expats". Times of India. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  6. ^ "About Us".
  7. ^ "Evaluation System". NIOS. Retrieved 9 July 2013.

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