Sports Authority of India applications open for Diploma in Sports Coaching admissions 2023-2024

Looking for Government Sports Coaching Diploma programs in India? The Sports Authority of India conducts a Diploma program in Sports Coaching, for which international applications are also accepted. This article provides complete information on the course fees, eligibility requirements, number of seats for each discipline, the online registration and application process, etc.

The Sports Authority of India (SAI), which is under the aegis of the Department of Sports, Govt. of India, has announced admissions open for the Diploma in Sports Coaching program for the academic year 2023-24 that will be conducted at the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports (NSNIS) in Patiala, which is SAI's academic wing. Both national and international sportspersons are welcome to apply.

NSIS conducts professional academic courses in sports coaching, sports sciences, and other related fields, organizes refresher courses to enhance the competence of coaches, and conducts national coaching camps for elite sportspersons to prepare them for international competitions. Note that boarding and lodging facilities for those enrolling for the Diploma course will be subject to the availability of facilities at the discretion of the competent authority.

Sports Disciplines for Diploma in Sports Coaching

  1. Archery - 30 seats

  2. Athletics - 75 seats

  3. Badminton - 20 seats

  4. Basketball - 30 seats

  5. Boxing 50 - seats

  6. Canoeing and Kayaking - 15 seats

  7. Cycling - 30 seats

  8. Fencing - 30 seats

  9. Football - 50 seats

  10. Gymnastics - 20 seats

  11. Handball - 20 seats

  12. Hockey - 50 seats

  13. Judo - 30 seats

  14. Kabaddi - 30 seats

  15. Kho-Kho - 20 seats

  16. Rowing - 10 seats

  17. Shooting - 20 seats

  18. Swimming - 20 seats

  19. Table-Tennis - 20 seats

  20. Taekwondo - 20 seats

  21. Tennis - 20 seats

  22. Volleyball - 30 seats

  23. Weightlifting - 30 seats

  24. Wrestling - 50 seats

  25. Wushu - 25 seats

  26. Yoga - 20 seats

Course fee

The Fees for the Diploma in Sports Coaching are shown in the Table below-
SAI Diploma in Sports Coaching Course Fees
[Image source: Official SAI website]

Eligibility requirements for Diploma in Sports Coaching

Age Criteria: You should be within the age limit of 21- 45 years as of the last date of application. Upper age relaxation of up to 5 years will be given to-
(1) Those who have participated in the Olympic Games/Senior World Championship/Asian Games/Senior Asian Championship/Commonwealth Games/Senior Commonwealth Championship;
(2) Those who belong to SC/ST/OBC category; and
(3) Those in service and who are Ex-service candidates from the Armed Forces of India.

Sports Achievements: Direct admission to the course will be given to eminent sportspersons under Category A (I) who are having a 10+2 educational qualification and who have represented India in the Olympics, or have participated in a Senior World Championship, or who have won any medal in the Asian Games/Commonwealth Games. These candidates do not have to appear for the online admission test, and for the online interview.

Direct admission to the course will be given to international sportspersons under Category A (II) who are having a 10+2 educational qualification and who have participated in either the Olympics or a Senior World Championship or the Asian Games/Senior Asian Championship or the Commonwealth Games/Senior Commonwealth Championship or the Youth Olympics.

Category B admissions will be given to those who are Graduates and have the following sporting achievements-
(1) Participated in a major internationally recognized competition or
(2) Participated in these- (i) A recognized Senior National Championship; (ii) Khelo India University Games; (iii) All-India Inter-University games or
(3) Have two-time participation in any of these- (i) a recognized Junior/Youth National Championship; (ii) Inter-Services/Inter-Railways Championships/All India Police Games; (iii) Khelo India Youth/Khelo India School Games or
(4) Successfully completed SAI, NS NIS six-weeks Certificate Course in Sports Coaching in their respective sports coaching discipline only.

Candidates from the Northeast can apply in Category C. They should be Graduates, and have one of these Sporting Achievements- (1) Won a medal in the North East Games or (2) Have been a two-time participant in the North East Games or (3) Fulfill any of the criteria as mentioned for Category B candidates.

Note- In the case of educational qualifications, candidates those who are awaiting the final year results of graduation level degree courses or are awaiting the result of 10+2 under the 'Pursuing Status' are only considered, on or before 14th May 2023.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted in online mode only at the NSNIS Diploma in Sports Coaching admission portal. The application fee of Rs.1500/- should be paid in online mode only.

Important dates

Online applications open on 10th March 2023.
Online applications close on 13th April 2023 (the earlier closing date was 7th April 2023).
Candidates can make corrections if required only on 14th April 2023.
The tentative date of the written test is 14th May 2023.
Bridge Course Class: This will be conducted for the candidates selected under Category A (I) by the first week of June 2023 (tentatively).

Further processes after application

Based on the details submitted in the application, eligible candidates (other than those who are exempt from it as mentioned in the eligibility requirements earlier) will be called to appear for an online admission test. The test will be held in 29 cities in India, and also in Nepal and Bangladesh.

The Diploma in Sports Coaching online admission test will have Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). The sections are-
Specialized Sports Theory Test (25 marks) - this includes questions related to technical rules, specifics of the playing field, equipment, competition format, etc.
General Knowledge Theory Test (10 marks) - this includes questions related to awareness of sports at the national and international level, rural sports, sports promotion schemes, etc.
Logical Reasoning and Coaching Aptitude (10 marks) - this includes questions to gauge your analytical and problem-solving aptitude and covers numerical reasoning, etc.
Language and Communication (10 marks) – this includes questions based on Std. 10 English, such as synonyms and antonyms, etc.
Basic Computer Knowledge (5 marks) – this is to check your understanding of basic concepts of computers, and knowledge of MS Office and MS Excel.

Merit List: The merit list will be prepared based on marks scored in the test, as well as marks for the educational qualifications (10 marks), and sporting achievements (20 marks).

In the case of educational qualifications, 10 marks will be awarded for M.Phil./Ph.D. in Physical Education/Sports, 5 marks for M.P.Ed./MBA in Sports Management, and 3 marks for B.P.Ed./Postgraduate in any subject other than Physical Education.

The marks for Sports Achievements are as shown in the Table below-
SAI Diploma in Sports Coaching Course Marks for Sports Achievements
[Image source: Official SAI website]

Those who are shortlisted provisionally through the entrance exam and the virtual interview then have to qualify for the physical fitness test and medical fitness test.

The Physical Fitness Tests include what is shown in the Table below-
SAI Diploma in Sports Coaching Fitness Tests
[Image source: Official SAI website]

Successful candidates then must produce all original certificates/credentials and other relevant documents, including the medical certificate, to the academic centre for verification at the time of joining the course. The Provisional Merit list (Sports specific) of the candidates will be displayed on the NSNIS website

Important notes
  • 85% attendance is compulsory to appear for the exam at the end of the course.

  • As part of the course, you have to attend a two-month Internship. The first month will be at an internship center that is nearby to the Academic Centre, while the next month is as per the center allotted to you on a pan-India basis.

Contact information

By email-
(i) In case of any difficulty in filling out the online application, you can send your queries by email to and mention your name and mobile number with the problem.
(ii) For queries related to the course, send them to

On phone-
(i) For academic queries, you may contact the SAI NSNIS Academic Division Ph. 0175-2394261.
(ii) For technical queries only, you may contact at +91-7017474401. For Academic Queries, you may contact Ph. 0175-2394261.

SAI Head Office: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Complex (East Gate) Lodhi road, New Delhi- 110003.

NSIS Address: Old Moti Bagh, Patiala-147001, Punjab.

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