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  • What's your opinion on studying through NIOS

    The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) is offering various courses of schools and colleges. It is online educational portal that helps many to pursue their aiming education curriculum. I would like to know about it more. What's your opinion on studying through NIOS for higher education? Is fee structure okay?
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  • National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) is instituted in the year 1986. It is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Education, Government of India. This is an open schooling system which provides continuing education up to pre-degree level. This school is having its own curriculum, examination system and certification system and it is independent. The certificates given by this institute are recognised as valid for all practical purposes.
    This institute provides opportunities for people who wanted to continue their education. The following are the courses that are being taught by this institute.
    1. Open Basic Education (OBE) Programme for 14+ years persons
    2.Secondary Education Course
    3.Senior Secondary Education Course
    4. Vocational Education Courses/Programmes
    5. Life Enrichment Programmes
    All the courses are useful for people and will get a good education. NIOS is having its centres all over the country. You will get all the details about this institute by going through their website You can contact the nearest study centre for all the details including fee structure etc.

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  • NIOS is the abbreviation of The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) which was established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development of the Government of India in 1989. Its aim is to provide education to all segments of society under the motive to increase literacy. It provides number of Vocational, Life Enrichment and community oriented courses. It also offers Elementary level Courses through its Open Basic Education Programmes (OBE).Government of India. It is a national board that administers examinations for Secondary and Senior Secondary examinations similar to the CBSE. Its headquarters is in noida, uttarpradesh. It's centre is spread all over india. It is considered more useful for those students who have failed in class 10 and class 12 so they can complete their education in the same year with the On-Demand Examination (ODE) facility, which was introduced in 2003. Apart from these, class 10 and 12 students, who meet the eligibility criteria set by the board can apply for the courses to complete their education in private mode. Though there are many other options to complete the education in private mode. Here,individual can choose the subjects of their choice from the list. One can also register for the course through various ways, such as online, through a study centre, through NIOS provide the certificates which are equivalent to state board. For more information you can visit

  • National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) is a recognised board by the HRD Ministry, Government of India for secondary and higher secondary education. It offers education to the students up to 12th class. It offers education from home or in distant mode. NIOS is estimated as having less value than the regular CBSE/ICSE or Other State Boards because of its private education mode. However, certificates issued by NIOS are having equal value as that of the other regular Boards. And if any student, who will study through NIOS education system, will not face any issue in his/her future and will get a job like others.

    Advantages of NIOS education system:
    1. On-Demand Exam facility helps students to completed their course in the same years in they failed in class 10th or 12th.
    2. Main exams are conducted twice a year so failed students can take exam within three month of their results and save a year of the student.
    3. Carry forwarding of passed subjects marks of the failed students so that they can appear in the failed subject.
    4. Transfer of credit facility
    5. No upper age limit for admission

    Main drawbacks of this education system:
    1. Study from home hence, lack of classroom environment
    2. Lack of group study hence, lack of team skills
    3. Lack of competition
    4. Low quality of books as compared to other boards.
    5. Self study which is difficult for 10th, 11th & 12th class students.
    6. Lack of personal development

    Usually students do their from this board who can not continue their study regular or are failed from other boards. But be assured after completing any course from NIOS one can apply for any government job and/or appear in any entrance exam like IIT, NEET, UPSC etc.

    As far as, fee structure of NIOS is concerned it is very nominal as compared to other boards.

  • National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS): The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) an autonomous ISO 9001:2008 Certified institution under the Ministry of Education, Govt. of India. It was started by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in 1979 which with its own independent system i.e. curriculum and examination gained certification as a learning facility for people that wanted to complete their education up to 12th/pre-degree or higher secondary level from all over the country strengthened the open school system through the National Policy on Education in 1986. Thus in November 1989, the Ministry of Education (MOE) through a Resolution (No. F.5-24/90 Sch.3 dated 14 September 1990 published in the Gazette of India on 20 October 1990), gave the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) formerly known as National Open School (NOS) the authority to register, examine and certify students registered with it up to pre-degree level courses.

    Courses/Programs provided by National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS): With the mission of providing education to interested children or people(school drop-outs/left-outs) up to pre-degree level through Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode, Some of the Courses/Programs available are: For 14+ years age group-Open Basic Education (OBE) Program that are equivalent to the formal school system, Secondary Education Course, Senior Secondary Education Course, Vocational Education Courses/Programs and Life Enrichment Programs. For this purpose, the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) supply study printed self-instructional material (available in English, Hindi, and Urdu mediums), audio, and video programs, provides flexibility in the choice of subjects/courses, the pace of learning (gets 5 years or 9 chances to appear in public examination), On-Demand Examination System (ODES) for Secondary and Senior Secondary level, provides 28 subjects in eight mediums (Hindi, English, Urdu, Marathi, Telugu, Gujarati, Malayalam, and Odia) for Secondary Examinations and Senior Secondary Examinations along with 20 vocational subjects combination for Senior Secondary level. National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) also has programs for physically, mentally, and visually challenged learners and candidates.

    Functioning of the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS): It is known that to date, more than 4.1 million students have enrolled in NIOS which has its network throughout India and abroad. It functions through 5 departments, having 23 Regional Centers, 2 Sub Regional Centers, 2 NIOS Cells, and more than 7400 Study Centers. If you want more information, you can visit their website, email them or call them on the toll-free no provided below:
    Phone: 1800 180 9393(Toll-Free)

    Recognition of National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS): As NIOS is run by MHRD of the central government of INDIA, it is a recognized board and has equal value as other boards. There are some schools/colleges/institutes that may ask or require an authentication letter/certificate from your board (where you studied) to join higher studies stating your NIOS board eligibility which can be easily applied through the application. NIOS students can also appear or apply for competitive, scholarship, and government exams.

    National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) Admission Process: The admission process for 10th & 12th std. of NIOS is different. Below are the details for students who wish to take admission in the appropriate classes:-
    a) The Student who wants to apply for 10th Std. Admission: Even though no formal education is required to get admission to 10th STD. The eligibility criteria and essential documents required for Admission to NIOS Secondary Education Course are as follows:
    1. At the time of applying for admission, the candidate must have attained the age of 14 years.
    2. The candidate must have the date of birth certificate with his/her name issued by the local municipal authority, or An Aadhaar, or A valid passport showing the candidate's complete date of birth.
    3. If the candidate has attended any school, then the school Leaving Certificate (LC) duly countersigned by the education officer.
    4. A valid Address proof (current address) of the candidate.
    5. Latest Passport size photo of the candidate.
    6. Certificate from the competent authority (If the candidate is physically disabled or belongs to SC, ST, or OBC categories).

    b) The Student who wants to apply for 12th Std. Admission: Students applying for 12th std. should have the following documents while filling the admission form:
    1. The candidate must have passed his/her 10th Std. from any recognized board in India.
    2. The candidate must have a scanned copy of their 10th Std. mark sheet.
    3. The school Leaving Certificate (LC) from the school.
    4. A valid Address proof (current address) of the candidate.
    5. Latest Passport size photo of the candidate.
    6. Certificate from the competent authority (If the candidate is physically disabled or belongs to SC, ST, or OBC categories).

    Admission Process: Admission to the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) is completely done online on NIOS's official website ( The interested candidate needs to register themselves on their official website and then fill the online admission form and submit the mentioned documents. Once the online admission form is filled, you can get complete details of the fee structure (the fees depend on the number of subjects applied by the candidate). The admissions are done in 2 blocks i.e. Block 1 for candidates willing to appear for their public exam in March/April and Block 2 for candidates willingly to for their public exam in September/October.

    Advantages of joining NIOS: The following are the advantages of completing schooling through the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS):
    a) Those who are not able to complete their former education due to various reasons can finish their education through distance mode.
    b) Candidate can complete their education at their desired pace.
    c) Candidates can join further studies or appear for a competitive exam.
    d) The certification has equal weightage as other boards.
    e) Those working can complete their graduation and get a promotion in their respective field or office/organization.

    Disadvantages of joining NIOS: The following are the disadvantages of completing schooling through the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS):
    a) Even though it is believed to have equal weightage as other boards, many institutions/universities do prefer other boards over NIOS candidates.
    b) Candidates having passed from NIOS are often question about their choice of completing schooling through NIOS.
    c) There are some complaints that certain universities or colleges do not consider or admit candidates passed out from NIOS and having equal or more marks/percentage.
    d) There is news/reports that there is corruption in the NIOS board for getting admission to passing the exams.
    e) Some private companies prefer candidates having completed their former education via regular mode than distance hence have less chance of getting a good job.

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  • NIOS is an open board for education and provides education through open and distance learning. It is a convenient and good medium for self-study of education. The system proves more useful for students who want to complete their education through distance education or private education. It was established in 1989, whose main purpose is to give a chance to study even while sitting at home. Sometimes some people cannot go to school due to any particular reason, in such a situation it is the best solution. This is a national institution through which you can complete your education by giving exams.
    In this, you have to register before the exam, for which some documents are required -
    identity card
    Birth certificate
    Board class marks list
    caste certificate
    Aadhar card
    domicile certificate
    As far as the value of education is concerned, if any person is able to go to school and learn, then he should go to school only because the environment and the level of education that we get under the protection of teachers in school is not at home. Can find But if you have a strong reason why you cannot go to school for education then NIOS is a good option.

  • NIOS is the alternative way of acquiring education of both secondary and senior secondary school certificate examination and other vocational programming and is ideal for those aspirants who could not persue such studies because of financial constraints or otherwise.
    It can provide you the following advantages-
    1) There is no maximum age limit to be followed for NIOS admission.
    2) Flexibility in respect of timing of your studies. You need to follow self studies to understand the basics of the curriculum.
    3) Examination Pattern is not very tough.
    4) The courses have the approval of Ministry of Human Resources of India.
    5) The course coverage of NIOS is of satisfactory standard.
    6) There is the scope of receiving education for the disadvantages especially those having no time to attend schools due to various reasons such single earner, extreme poverty etc.
    Though it may attract many aspirants due to the inherent advantages of the courses as mentioned above, it has several disadvantages indicated below-
    1) Lack of guidance from the teachers.
    2) Evaluation pattern of the examinations is pathetic. Marks obtained may be less or higher as expected by the candidates.
    3) In case, you need a help from the NIOS centre, the concerned officials may not lift your phone to resolve your doubts.
    4) For a minor doubt, you have to visit the Regional Centre and you may not get enough help from them because of their erratic behaviours.
    5) You may not get hall ticket in time and for that you need to approach the Regional Centre for confirmation.

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