NIOS is a Recognised Board – Started by CBSE in 1979


NIOS is a Recognised Board: National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) is “Open School” to cater to the needs of a heterogeneous group of learners up to pre-degree level. It was started as a project with in-built flexibilities by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in 1979. NIOS offers schooling education through ODL- Open and Distance Learning Mode. It is the largest opening school in the world with the largest number of courses available. NIOS Board offers a flexible and unique education system to students who want to complete their studies at different levels i.e. secondary, senior secondary or vocational courses. Moreover, students who want to appear in competitive exams can opt for NIOS boards after class 10th to prepare well to crack the competitive exams.

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The NIOS is a national board that administers examinations for Secondary and Senior Secondary examinations similar to the CBSE and the CISCE. It also offers vocational courses after the high school.

NIOS Examination

NIOS Admission to the secondary and senior secondary levels are conducted twice a year. Students can take admission under various streams or through Study Centre, Facilitation Centre, Regional Centre for the Secondary and the Senior Secondary Education Courses. The first cycle (Block-I) usually happens around April/May while the second cycle (Block-II) of admission is during October/November.

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NIOS Admissions: Related Dates

The dates of the NIOS Admission is given below in the table.

Block for Online Admission Dates of Online Admission
Block-I (April/May 2020) 16 Mar 2020 to 31 Jul 2020 Normal Fee
01 Aug 2020 to 15 Aug 2020 with late fee of Rs 200
16 Aug 2020 to 31 Aug 2020 with late fee of Rs 400
01 Sep 2020 to 15 Sep 2020 with late fee of Rs 700
Block-II (October/November 2020) 16 Sep 2020 to 31 Jan 2020 Normal Fee
01 Feb 2020 to 15 Feb 2020 with late fee of Rs 200
16 Feb 2020 to 28 Feb 2020 with late fee of Rs 400
01 Mar 2020 to 15 Mar 2020 with late fee of Rs 700

NOTE: NIOS Exam has been postponed due to COVID 19 and lockdown of India. Click here to read about NIOS 12th.

Is NIOS a Recognised Board?

Yes, the NIOS board is recognized by all universities and education institution in India. It is the most authentic open school in the world.

  • National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) was formely known as National Open School(NOS) and was established in 1989 by the Govt. of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).
  • Formally in 1990, the Government of India through a Gazette notification vested NOS with the authority to examine and certify learners registered with it up to Pre-Degree level Courses.
  • Candidate can clear more doubts concerning to NIOS board by visiting the official website i.e.
  • Re-christened as the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) in July 2002.

How does NIOS Function?

NIOS operates through a network of five Departments, 23 Regional Centres, two Sub Regional Centres, two NIOS Cells, and more than 7400 Study Centres (AIs/AVIs) spread all over the country and abroad.NIOS is the largest Open Schooling system in the world with cumulative enrolment of 4.13 million (during last 5 years).


National Institute of Open Schooling Statistical Date
Year Secondary (Class X) Sr. Secondary (Class XII) Vocational OBE
2008-09 103410 95213 13784 30547
2009-10 120739 114893 13438 52414
2010-11 137993 137129 14210 32784
2011-12 127023 133316 12154 20623
2012-13 139647 155647 16981 16792
2013-14 164192 160309 16090 15289

Source: NIOS Website.

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