Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Here are the most common questions being asked by students and parents alike about NIOS course and programmes.

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How to take admission in NIOS?

There are four methods.

  1. Direct online admission
  2. Visit NIOS AI (Study Centre)/Facilitation Centre and take help from the Centre.
  3. Visit NIOS Regional Centre take help take help from the Centre.
  4. Common Services Centres of the Govt. of India for Online registration

Can I take direct admission in Class 10 from NIOS?


  • Student must have passed Class 8 and attained 14 years.
  • A self certificate stating that “I have studied and able to pursue the secondary course”.

Can I take direct admission in Class 12 from NIOS?

The student must have passed Class 10. Then only he or she is eligible. And the minimum age is 15 years.

Admission is valid for how many years?

Once a student is registered, it is valid for 5 years.

What is the fee for admission?

Please check the official website for revised rates. It is for Stream 1 learners.

Course General Category Male General Category Female Exempted Category
Secondary Course

(i) for 5 subjects

(ii) for each additional subject

Rs 1485

Rs 600

Rs 1210

Rs 600

Rs 990

Rs 600

Senior Secondary Course

(i) for 5 Subjects

(ii) for each additional subject


Rs 1650

Rs 600

Rs 1375

Rs 600

Rs 1075

Rs 600

When NIOS exams are held?

Basically NIOS conduct two type of exams for students.

  • Public Examinations
  • On Demand Examinations
Public Examinations

It is conducted twice in a year in the months of April-May and October-Novemeber

The public exam is being taken by fresh and unsuccessful learners of previous exams.

On Demand Examinations

Registered students of NIOS both Secondary and Senior Secondary can take up the On Demand Exam subject to availability of the seats in the Examination Centre. It is upto ones wish and preparation.

It is conducted at NIOS Gautam Budh Nagar (Uttar Pradesh), Regional Centres, 44 Kendriya Vidyalayas across the country.