Evaluation and Assessment is an integral component of any teaching-learning system. The Government of India in 1990 vested NIOS with the authority to examine and certify students up to pre-degree level, and thus, NIOS became one of the National Boards of Examination. It is the only Board which conducts two full-fledged examinations every year during April/May and October/Novermber. NIOS has been conducting its public examinations since 1991.
Unique Features of the NIOS Examination System
- NIOS does not have the infrastructure of its own. It shares the infrastructure and human resources of the institutions established by the public sector and private sector to conduct its examinations without disturbing their academic schedule.
- NIOS gives a lot of flexibility to the students in matters related to examination such as (no compulsion of appearing in all the subjects at the same examination) appearing in one or more subjects in the examination as per the convenience, credit accumulation of the passed subjects, nine chances to appear in the public examinations over a period of five years, and transfer of credit of two subjects passed from other selected boards and up to four subjects in the case of ex-NIOS learners.
- A student is allowed to write answers in the examination in any of the scheduled languages of India except language papers even if he/she has not opted for that medium.
- A student can appear in On Demand Examination at Secondary level and Senior Secondary level examination any number of times as per his/her convenience.
The National Institute of Open Schooling has the following features Innovations in its Evaluation System:
The National Institute of Open Schooling has certain features in its evaluation system such as freedom to answer the questions in Public Examinations in any one of the scheduled regional languages, although the Question Papers supplied would generally be in English and Hindi available Regional mediums only. Intimation letter and Certificate have scanned photographs of the learners; and the information about Examination Centres and results are made available online. Besides, NIOS has been doing innovations in the evaluation system to maintain its credibility and standards. The On Demand Examination System at Secondary and Senior Secondary level for the registered canditates is one such innovation.
- Freedom to answer the question in Public Examinations in any one of the scheduled regional Languages, although the Question Papers supplied would generally be in English and Hindi/available Regional medium only.
- Hall tickets with Scanned photograph of the learners.
- Information about examination centres and results are made available online.
The NIOS is a National Board for Secondary and Senior Secondary Examinations similar to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE).
The Public Examinations are held twice a year in the months of April-May and October-November on dates fixed by the NIOS. However, you are also eligible to appear through On Demand Examination at Secondary Level and Senior Secondary level in those subjects only in which you have admission in NIOS. Registration for Public Examination for admission through AIs as well as Online admission under Stream 1 To appear for the NIOS examination, you must register yourself by filling up the Examination Form and paying requisite examination fee as per schedule given.
- For April-May Examination : 21st Nov to 20th December (without late Fee) or as per the notification
- For April-May Examination : 21st Dec to 31st Dec (with late fee of Rs. 100 per subject) or as per the notification
- For April-May Examination : 01st Jan to 10th January (with consolidated Late Fee of Rs. 1500) or as per the notification
- For October-November Examination : 21st May to 20th June (without late Fee)or as per the notification
- For October-November Examination : 21st June to 30th June (with late Fee of Rs. 100 per subject) or as per the notification
- For October-November Examination : 01st July to 10th July (with consolidated late Fee of Rs. 1500) or as per the notification
- Learners admitted to Senior Secondary Course must ensure that for the purpose of obtaining a certificate at the Senior Secondary level, a two-year gap is essential from the year of passing the Secondary examination. If you do not have the requisite gap of two years, you can appear in a maximum of four subjects only in the forthcoming April-May examination and subsequent October-November Examination. You will be eligible to appear in the remaining subjects only on completion of the two years gap. In the absence of the two years gap, your examination fee will be adjusted for the first four opted subjects and the remaining fee, if paid for other subjects, will be forfeited.
- No examination fee will be accepted at NIOS Headquarters.
- In case, your AI stands cancelled/ non functional, you may pay your fee in the prescribed form at the concerned Regional Centre of the area as listed in “Appendix-D” within the prescribed dates in person or by post along with the bank draft. The Bank Draft is to be drawn in favour of “Secretary, National Institute of Open Schooling,” payable at the concerned Regional Centre.
- Contact your AI or log on to NIOS website about two weeks prior to commencement of examination for finding out details regarding your Examination Centre and date sheet.
- Fixation of Examination Centre is the prerogative of NIOS. However, the Examination Centres are normally fixed in District Headquarters, Sub-Divisional Headquarters and other available places nearest to the AIs.
- You have to appear in the Examination Centre allotted to you by NIOS. The decision of NIOS with regard to allotment of Examination Centre will be final. l In case, you appear in an Examination Centre other than allotted by NIOS, your result will not be declared and your case will be treated as having resorted to unfair means.