NIOS Admission Process 2024

The complete process for NIOS 2024 admission will be online.  The admission process will be conducted in different streams and the candidates can apply in any stream as per their needs. However, only one stream can be chosen by a candidate. The details of the different streams and the procedure to apply for admission through different streams are discussed further.

  1. Stream 1: The candidates can apply for secondary or senior secondary course from NIOS throughout the year via stream 1. Those who apply for admission through stream 1 will be assigned an AI (study center) as per their choice given at the time of admission.
  1. Stream 2*: The applicants who appeared but were not able to clear the exam or the eligible candidates who didn’t appear in the Public Examination of Secondary/Senior Secondary level from any recognized Examination Board can appear in the stream 2 admission process.
  1. Stream 3* (for appearing in the on demand examination system for secondary level): The candidates who were not able to appear for or clear the Public Examination of the Secondary level from any recognized Board and want to appear through On Demand Examination System of NIOS for the Secondary level can apply through this stream. In addition to this, the passed candidates who wish to upgrade their qualification can apply too (maximum 4 subjects).

The candidates can appear for these subjects under this stream:

Subject (Code) Subject (Code)
Hindi (201) English (202)
Sanskrit (209) Mathematics (211)
Science & Technology (212) Social Science (213)
Economics (214) Business Studies (215)
Home Science (216) Psychology (222)
Indian Culture & Heritage (223) Painting (225)
Data Entry Operations (229)
  1. Stream 4* (for appearing in the on demand examination system for senior secondary level): The candidates who were not able to appear for or clear the Public Examination of the senior Secondary level from any recognized Board and want to appear through On Demand Examination System of NIOS for the Senior Secondary level can apply through this stream. In addition to this, the passed candidates who wish to upgrade their qualification can apply too (maximum 4 subjects).
Subject (Code) Subject (Code)
Hindi (301) English (302)
Sanskrit (309) Mathematics (311)
Physics (312) Chemistry (313)
Biology (314) History (315)
Geography (316) Political Science (317)
Economics (318) Business Studies (319)
Accountancy (320) Home Science (321)
Psychology (328) Sociology (331)
Painting (332) Environmental Science (333)
Mass Communication (335) Data Entry Operations (336)
Introduction to Law (338)

* The candidates can upload their failed mark sheet or admit card along with the application form and other relevant documents. However, the original failed mark sheet needs to be submitted (to the regional center of NIOS for stream 2) by those who had applied for Transfer of Credit (TOC). Reference number must be mentioned at the back of the mark sheet.

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Address for sending the documents for TOC under stream 3 & 4:

Online Cell, NIOS, Room No. 408, A-24-25, Institutional Area, Sector-62, NOIDA-201309, Uttar Pradesh


  • The candidates under stream 3 & 4 can only appear in the Examination only through On Demand Examination mode and not the one conducted in October/November and April/May.
  • TOC facility is available for every stream.
  • The applicants under stream 2, 3 & 4 can opt for different or additional subjects from their parent board by paying an amount of Rs. 600/- per subject in addition to the admission/registration and exam fee.
  • Scanned copy of document containing any of the Aadhaar Number/Aadhaar Enrolment number/Passport number/Ration Card number/Bank Account Number or any other valid government identity must be uploaded as a proof of authentication.

Procedure for NIOS Admission 2024 (By Learners)

The admission form for NIOS is available on the official website Using a valid email id and password, the candidate will have to register themselves. After successful registration, the candidate will fill the application form providing all the required details and uploading scanned copies of important documents. Postal address is also required during the form filling and I-card, self-leaning material, etc. may be sent to this address. The examination fee will submitted through debit card/credit card/net banking. A bank draft drawn in favor of Secretary, NIOS payable at respective Regional Centres of NIOS is also acceptable (only for stream 1).

Those who wish to make payment via draft needs to send the hard copy of the filled-in application form along with the draft and other important documents to the NIOS Regional Center. Applicants’ name and reference number must be written at the back of the draft. To ensure timely delivery, the candidates are advised to send the application form through Speed Post services of the Postal Department and keep the original receipt issued by Post Office for future reference.

After final submission of form, printout of application form, acknowledgement receipt, instruction for learner and address slip of the addressee should be printed.

Procedure for NIOS Admission 2024 (By AI (study center)/Common Service Center/ Authorised Facilitation Centre)

The candidates who find any difficulty in filling the application form by themselves can take help from the AI (study center). They will also help you to understand pre-admission counselling, choice of Study Centres/Course, Medium of Instruction, Transfer of Credit, Credit Accumulation and other features of NIOS. The procedure followed by them will be the same as the above. There are numerous CSCs NIOS Facilitation Centres also that will provide online services to the learners at pre-fixed charges.

In case the admission is done through Common Services Centres (CSC), the fee could be paid via Electronic Wallet of CSCs.

Entry Requirements

Age Limit

Streams Secondary course Senior secondary course
For Stream-1 (Block-I), Streams 2,3 & 4 14 years 15 years
For Stream-1 (Block-II) 14 years 15 years

Supporting Documents for Date of Birth

Secondary course Senior secondary course
Attested copy of Birth Certificate issued by the Municipal Authority or District Office of the Registrar of Birth and Deaths for those born on or after 26.01.1989.


Attested copy of Passport Issued by Govt. of India.


Original Transfer Certificate/School Leaving Certificate showing applicant’s date of birth, issued by the school last attended. In case of Govt. schools, the certificate should be signed by the Principal while in the case of Private schools, it should also be countersigned by the competent education authority of the State/or District Education Officer.


Attested copy of Aadhaar Card issued by the Agency of Govt. of India.

Attested copy of the Certificate of Matriculation/ Secondary Examination having a record of the Date of Birth.


Note: In case of Orphan/Juvenile/Street Children, the Medical Legal Certificate along with affidavit issued by the 1st class Magistrate/Aadhaar Card copy has to be provided as proof of Date of Birth.

Educational Qualification

Secondary course Senior secondary course
Certificate of Class VIII pass, or Self Certificate (as mentioned at the back of Admission Form) Copy of the Certificate of the Secondary Examination passed from a recognized Board, duly attested by a Gazetted Officer

Proof of Residence

  1. Ration Card/Aadhaar Card/Appointment Letter from the Employer on Letter Head, or water/telephone/electricity bill/statement of running bank account/income tax assessment order/Voter Identity Card or Parents Passport in case of minor
  2. For rented accommodation, any proof of permanent address along with any proof of present rented accommodation
  3. For applicant belonging to the category of street children/destitute/migrants/slum dwellers/orphans who do not have residential address of their own will have to provide a self certificate stating their category (mentioned above) and certify that they do not have own residential address. However a contact address will be required for NIOS communication. The self certificate has to be countersigned by the sponsoring Guardian including NGO/Orphan Home and attested by a Govt. Servant/Panchayat level Official/Nagar Nigam Officer/Block level Officer/District level Officer or higher level Officer. Complete name, designation and address with their official stamp of both the sponsoring and the attesting authorities are required.

Re-admission of Ex-NIOS Learners

The NIOS candidates who have completed their five years of admission period but were not able to complete the course may take re-admission. The credit of the subject passed will be transferred on submission of original mark sheet. However, these subjects must be passed during the last 10 years and not before that.

Transfer of Credit (TOC)

Students who have passed in at least one subject at their secondary/senior secondary exam (from any of the below-listed boards), but have not qualified the course and seek TOC can apply in NIOS in the respective course.

Code Name of the Board
0103 Andhra Pradesh Open School Society, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
0201 Assam Higher Secondary Education Council, Guwahati, Assam
0301 Bihar Intermediate Education Council, Patna, Bihar
0302 Bihar School Examination Board, Patna, Bihar
0401 Gujarat Secondary & Higher Secondary Education Board, Gandhinagar, Gujarat
0502 Haryana Open School, Bhiwani, Haryana
0601 Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education, Dharmasala
0702 J&K State Open School, Srinagar
0801 Department of Pre-University Education, Government of Karnataka
0803 Karnataka Open School, Mysore, Karnataka
0903 Kerala State Open School, Thiruvananthapuram
1001 Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
1002 M.P. State Open School, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
1101 Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, Pune
1301 Meghalaya Board of School Education, Meghalaya
1601 Punjab School Education Board, Mohali, Punjab
1602 Punjab Open School, Punjab
1701 Madhyamik Shiksha Board, Ajmer, Rajasthan
1702 Rajasthan State Open School, Jaipur, Rajasthan
2001 Tripura Board of Secondary Education, Agartala, Tripura West
2101 UP Board of Secondary Education, Allahabad, U.P.
2201 W.B. Board of Secondary Education, Kolkata, West Bengal
2202 West Bengal Council of higher Secondary Education, Kolkata, West Bengal
2203 West Bengal Council for Ravindra Open Schooling
2601 Jharkhand Academic Council, Ranchi, Jharkhand
2801 Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, Goa
2901 Chhattisgarh Madhyamik Shiksha Mandal, Raipur, Chhattisgarh
2902 Chhattisgarh State Open School, Raipur
3401 Uttarakhand Board of Examination, Nainital, Uttarakhand
9809 International Baccalaureate – Asia Pacific
9901 National Institute of Open Schooling
9902 Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Delhi
9903 Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), Delhi
  • The candidate can get their credit transferred from their parent board in the maximum of 2 subjects. However, these subjects must be passed with at least 33% and within the last five year only.
  • If the candidate has passed from any recognized board within 2 years (other than the 33 mentioned above) will granted TOC only if their result data is available on the board website. Else, the candidate will have to get his/her result data verified by the concerned board and submit it with the application form.
  • Complete details of TOC subjects, marks obtained, roll number etc., should be mentioned in the Admission Form. The original mark sheet (should not be laminated) issued by the parent board along with requisite fee will also be required. The credits will only be transferred in the subjects included in NIOS Scheme of Studies and the Scheme of Examination.

Dual Enrolment and Part Admission

This admission provision is for the applicants who are studying in a regular school or have passed the secondary/senior secondary exam, but wish to upgrade their knowledge and qualification. Only mark sheet and no other certificate will be provided to such candidates.

Foreign Board Candidates

Those with HSC/SSC from any foreign board will have to attach a certificate form from the concerned Embassy and Association of Indian Universities (AIU) as a proof that the exam passed by the candidate is equivalent to the Indian HSC/SSC examination.

Important Notes

  • Admission form received incomplete will be rejected and no refund of the application fee will be entertained.
  • Candidates debarred from their board for following UFM (unfair means) are not eligible.
  • Those who have passed their secondary level exam from an unrecognized board are not eligible.
  • Those who provide any kind of information about them that is found to be not true, their admission can be cancelled at any stage.
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