How Indian Army personnel can complete Class 10 and 12 through NIOS distance education courses

Are you searching for secondary and senior secondary distance education programs for Army jawans? This article provides complete information about the NIOS Education Project for the Indian Army, known as NEPIA. Through contact programs at study centres, jawans and other Indian Army personnel can complete their school and junior college education. Details of the registration process and the role of the study centres have been provided as well.


Indian Army personnel who wish to complete their Secondary (10th) & Senior Secondary (12th) academic studies can do so through the NIOS Education Project for the Indian Army, known as NEPIA. Launched two years ago, NEPIA is a collaboration between National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) and Army Educational Corps (AEC). Registration for admission and payment for NEPIA is done through the online mode. NEPIA Centres, called Study Centres of NIOS, have been set up to assist the Army personnel in the online registration process and also for study contact programs, evaluation of assignments, etc.

What is required to register for NEPIA

You must keep ready the following documents which need to be uploaded during the online admission process:
  1. A recent coloured passport size photo.
  2. A scanned image of your signature.
  3. Proof of date of birth. This can be a copy of the Aadhaar Card, or the birth certificate or original transfer certificate for admission to Class 10. For admission to Class 12, a copy of the Class 10 pass mark sheet/certificate will be required.

How to apply

The online registration process is the same for both, Secondary (10th) and Senior Secondary (12th) courses under NEPIA. Here's what you have to do -
You have to register at the NEPIA online admission website via the tab 'NEPIA (Army only)'.

Once you have registered, proceed to apply for admission. First, you have to enter your home State, course and command where posted. Then fill in the basic information about yourself, such as your name, your date of birth, etc. Enter your email ID and mobile contact number, these being your contact details for the entire admission process and later communications. You will receive a username and password at the registered email ID and mobile number to proceed further.

Next, you have to submit the details of your permanent address as well as of your correspondence address (the two could differ) and select the State and District as APO. Make sure you specify the Pin Code in the address. Then fill up the other information required, such as your previous educational qualification, experience if any, etc.

Next, you have to select the Study Centre where the Personal Contact Program (PCP) is scheduled. Then review the completed application form and proceed to the payment of the fee online itself. The fee amount should be checked in the brochure for the particular academic year, that is available for downloading at the NIOS website. Note that at this point, you can click on the button 'Pay Later' in case you do not wish to make the payment right away. For a payment to be made later, you will need to log in at that time again with your username and password.

At the final stage, you can proceed to upload the requisite documents (refer to the list mentioned earlier) and your photo & signature and pay the fee. Once you make a successful payment, you should log in to your Dashboard page and wait for the confirmation notification of your admission. On seeing the confirmation, you can download your ID card from the Dashboard page. You will require this ID card when you attend the personal contact programs at the NEPIA Study Centre.

Note: No documents should be submitted or sent as hard copies at any of the NIOS centres. However, you may be required to produce the documents later in case some discrepancy is found, and this requirement will be intimated to you through email and SMS.

Contact points and functionaries

The following is the list of Army Command HQ and the NIOS Regional Centres (RCs) which will act as contact points of NEPIA and coordinate the study programs –
At Kolkata: HQ Eastern Command; NIOS RC, Kolkata.
At Chandimandir: HQ Western Command; NIOS RC, Chandigarh.
At Lucknow: HQ Central Command; NIOS RC, Allahabad.
At Pune: HQ Southern Command; NIOS RC, Pune.
At Udhampur: HQ Northern Command; NIOS RC, Chandigarh.
At Jaipur: HQ South-West Command, NIOS RC, Jaipur.

How it works

The HQ Command of a particular region will be the Nodal Centre (NC), playing the role of a resource centre of NIOS in that region. NC has the responsibility to train coordinators, counsellors and other people. It will ensure that NEPIA is implemented efficiently and effectively manner in its command zone. An NC is also required to maintain a database of the study centres and NEPIA-related activities in that particular zone. The NC can also initiate cases for the opening of a new Study Centre and put forward proposals for a list of tutors.

It will be the responsibility of NIOS HQ and Regional Centres (RCs) to introduce three subjects that are relevant to the Army - Military Studies, Military History, Yoga and Physical Education. They must provide the relevant prospectus, application form for admission and the requisite study material. Additional responsibilities include giving accreditation to Study Centres, approving the tutors identified by the Indian Army, setting up exam centres, evaluation of the Army personnel who have enrolled for learning, etc.

A NEPIA Study Centre's responsibility is to help the learners in the online registration process for admission, including the submission of fees. The study centre is the main hub of the learning process for secondary and higher secondary courses. That is, it is at the study centre that there be Personal Contact Programmes (PCPs), evaluation of Tutor Marked Assignments (TMA), conducting of practical exams as per NIOS instructions/guidelines, etc.

Contact information

For any query/clarification Please feel free to write to or
Ph: Call Toll Free 1800 180 9393.
NIOS address:
National Institute of Open Schooling
A-24/25, Institutional Area,

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Author: Umesh21 Oct 2018 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 3

A very good facility and opportunity for the army personnel for acquiring the basic educational qualification through NEPIA.

There are many uneducated people who join the army as a means of livelihood and always yearn to acquire basic education but did not have the opportunity to do so. Now NEPIA is a reliable and effective way to enhance their educational qualifications. An educated person is seen with a different angle and perspective in the society. It also feels honourable and enhances the self prestige if one is educated.

There is no age for learning and one should be ready to acquire it at any stage. I wish and hope that our army men will definitely take advantage of this facility.

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