How to appear for J&K Class 10, Class 12 exams through Jammu & Kashmir State Open School admissions


Did you miss out on completing Class 10 or Class 12 in a J&K school? What to appear for the Class 10 or Class 12 State Board exam through open schooling? You can apply for admission to the self-learning lessons for Class 10 and Class 12 of the Jammu & Kashmir State Open School (JKOS). This article explains in detail how to apply for the 2023 academic session of JKOS for Class 10 and Class 12. Details of the study centres, eligibility criteria, application fee, etc have been provided.

The Academic Division, Jammu division, of the Curriculum Development & Research Wing (CDRW) of the J&K Board of School Education has issued the admission notification to Class 10 and Class 12 through its unit, the Jammu & Kashmir State Open School (JKOS) for the academic session of 2023-24 for the UTs of J&K and Ladakh. Admission is open on a first-come-first-serve basis, and students have to submit the admission form and fee at the nearest JKOS study centre so that they can get the study material and appear for the Secondary School Examination (Class 10th) and HSP-II (Class 12th) as applicable.

JKOS Class 10 and Class 12 Admission Banner
[Image source: created from the print advt. in Daily Excelsior paper + official prospectus]

Features of JKOS

JKOS has set up Accredited Study Centres at more than 30 Government High Schools and Higher Secondary Schools in the Districts of Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh. Anyone can apply for admission, including school dropouts, unemployed individuals, those who were unable to complete their formal school education, those who failed, etc. Study materials in English will be provided through the study centres, and 30 contact sessions, known as Personal Contact Programs (PCPs) will be scheduled at the various study centres. If the subject has practicals, then there will be 25 classes for theory and 5 classes for practicals.

Note that the contact sessions are not teaching classes and there will not be any classes online. You will be studying the subjects entirely through a self-learning process through the study material provided. The contact sessions are only for general guidance and mentoring and for submission of assignments. It is mandatory to attend 5 practical sessions.



Flexibility is provided, to allow you to appear in any one or more subjects in any exam and earn credits that will be accumulated till all the 5 subjects that are required for certification are successfully completed. However, you must successfully complete the 5 subjects within five years of the date of registration. That is, you will get a pass certificate only on passing a minimum of five subjects. You can even apply for, and appear in, an improvement exam for a particular subject, but only once for each subject. Keep in mind, though, that the syllabus of a specific subject may change from one year to another.

You will be given three Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs) for each subject, and you must submit at least one for each subject as per the schedule given, otherwise, you will not be allowed to appear for the Class 10/Class 12 public exams. The TMA will be returned to you once it is evaluated by the study centre's tutor.

The scheme of studies for Academic Courses for Class 10 is shown in the Table below-
JKOS Class 10 Scheme of Studies
[Image source: official prospectus]

The scheme of studies for Academic Courses for Class 12 is shown in the Table below-
JKOS Class 12 Scheme of Studies
[Image source: official prospectus]

In case you are not able to complete the requirement of 5 subjects within five years, then you will be allowed to apply again for admission after the expiry of five years. For this re-admission process, you have to register again and up to a maximum of three credits can be re-validated, so then you just need to pass in a minimum of two credits to pass the course.

Eligibility requirements

For Class 10 admissions

Age criterion: You should be a minimum of 14 years of age as on 1st May 2023. There is no maximum age limit.

Educational Qualification: You should have passed the Class 8 exam with a gap of a minimum of two years at the time of seeking admission to Class 10.



For Class 12 admissions

Age criterion: You should be a minimum of 16 years of age as on 1st May 2023. There is no maximum age limit.

Educational Qualification: You should have passed the Class 10 exam from a recognized Board with a gap of a minimum of two years at the time of seeking admission to Class 12.

JKOS Class 10 and Class 12 Application procedure

The application form, as well as the payment receipt form, the exam form, etc is available on the official website- https://jkbose.nic.in/Pdf/JKSOS2023-24Forms.pdf

When filling in the admission form, ensure that the date of birth is filled in correctly and also that you submit the required supporting document, otherwise, the application will be rejected and the fee will not be refunded. You have to submit the completed admission form at the nearest Accredited Study Centre (the list of centres is available on the official website) along with the application fee. The fee is- (i) For Class 10: Rs. 3500/-; (ii) For Class 12: Rs. 4000/-. This fee includes-
  • Admission fee

  • Registration fee

  • The cost of the study material

  • Exam fee

  • The cost of the contact classes at the study centre

You can deposit the above application fee at the study centre in the form of a pay-in slip in the bank account of JKOS (refer to the prospectus for the bank account details) in favour of Chairman JKSOS payable at Srinagar/Jammu. Along with the admission form, you need to submit an attested copy of the birth certificate that has been issued by the Municipal Authority or District office of the Registrar of Births and Deaths.

In case you do not have a copy of the birth certificate, you can submit the Transfer Certificate/School Leaving Certificate issued by the last school attended, and this should clearly show the date of birth. In the case of Govt. Schools, the Transfer Certificate/School Leaving Certificate should be signed by the Principal. In the case of a private school, the School Leaving Certificate should also be counter-signed by the competent education authority of the State or the Chief Education Officer.

Note- Later, if you apply for re-evaluation or request a photocopy of the answer sheets, there will be a fee for that as per the norms of JKBOSE that are in force at that time.

On submitting the admission form and fee, you will receive a provisional admission letter-cum-receipt from the study centre, and you must keep this safely for future reference. After due scrutiny by JKBOSE, your application will be approved/cancelled as the case may be. However, there will be no refund of the fee if your application is cancelled. The admission is confirmed once you get a registration number from JKBOSE.

Closing date to submit applications: 7th August 2023.

For the exam: You can register for the Class 10 or the Class 12 public exam as applicable only in those subjects which you selected at the time of admission. You have to appear for the exam at the centre that is allotted to you by JKOS. If you appear at any other centre, your exam result will not be declared.



On declaration of the result, you will receive a mark sheet, and those who have passed will get a migration certificate. You need to pass at least five subjects to get the JKOS secondary/higher secondary certificate. The pass criteria for both, the Class 10 public exam, and the Class 12 public exam, is at least 33% marks in the aggregate (theory plus practical wherever applicable).

Contact information

CDRW Academic Division, J&K Board of School Education
Rehari Colony, Jammu-Tawi, Jammu & Kashmir
Ph: 0191-2955660
Email: dydirectoracad_jd@jkbose.co.in
Website: http://www.jkbose.nic.in/
For the list of Accredited Study Centres refer- https://www.jkbose.nic.in/pdf/JKSOSAccreditedStudyCentres2023-24.pdf

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