National Institute of Open Schooling

For other uses of "NIOS", see Nios (disambiguation).

National Institute of Open Schooling
Abbreviation NIOS
Formation 3 November 1989 (1989-11-03)
Type Governmental Board of School Education
Headquarters Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • A-24/25, Institutional Area, Sector - 62, NOIDA Distt. Gautam Budh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh - 201 309
Official language
Hindi and English
Mohit Agarwal
Parent organisation
Ministry of Human Resource Development

The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS; राष्ट्रीय मुक्त विद्यालयी शिक्षा संस्थान), 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[1] to provide education to remote areas 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 of open schools similar to the CBSE and the CISCE to increase literacy and provide education to rural areas. It also offers vocational courses after the high school. Despite being established for distance education, NIOS provides a formal and regular secondary and Senior Secondary program equivalent to CBSE.

It 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.[2]

International collaboration and overseas centers

The NIOS collaborates with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and UNESCO.[3] It also has study centers for Indian expatriates in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Nepal, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore and the United States of America.[4]

Courses offered

NIOS offer the following courses:


The public examinations are held twice a year in April–May and October–November on dates fixed by the NIOS. However, one is also eligible to appear through the On Demand Examinations at Secondary Level and Senior Secondary level in those subjects only in which candidates have taken admission in NIOS for subject wise learning.[5][6] Results of the public examinations are announced usually six weeks after the last date of examinations.

Regional offices of the board

Regional offices Jurisdiction/States covered
Delhi IEast Delhi, North Delhi, North East Delhi, North West Delhi, Jhajjar, Gautam Budh Nagar and Ghaziabad
Delhi IISouth Delhi, West Delhi, South West Delhi, Central Delhi, New Delhi, Gurgaon and Faridabad
HyderabadAndhra Pradesh and Karnataka
PuneMaharashtra and Goa, Daman and Diu
ChandigarhHaryana (excluding Faridabad, Gurgaon and Jhajjar), Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh
KolkataSikkim, West Bengal and Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Subcentre Bhubaneswar
ChennaiTamil Nadu and Pondicherry
PatnaBihar and Jharkhand
JaipurRajasthan and Gujarat
BhopalMadhya Pradesh

See also


  1. "National Institute Of Open Schooling". 2012-02-19. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  2. "pub_PS_OpenSchooling_web" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-07-03.
  3. "International Centre for Training in Open Schooling". 1945-11-16. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  4. Majumdar Sahil, Pallavi (October 15, 2002). "Open school for UAE expats". Times of India. Retrieved 2013-07-09.
  5. "Evaluation System". NIOS. Retrieved 2013-07-09.
  6. NIOS 10th Class Result

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