Enrolment Policy
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नवोदय विद्यालय समिति

Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti

( An Autonomous Body Under Ministry of Education ) Government Of India

Enrollment Policy

Admission in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya is made on the basis of a Selection Test, designed and conducted by the CBSE. The test is called the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Selection Test (JNVST). It is of non-verbal nature, class-neutral and designed so as to ensure that talented children from rural areas are able to compete without facing any disadvantage. Special care is taken to ensure that children from far flung areas get admission forms free of cost, without any difficulty. Sufficient publicity is done through Doordarshan, All India Radio, local newspapers, pamphlets, Vidyalaya websites and through visits of Principals and teachers of Navodaya Vidyalayas to the local schools of the district.

Eligibility Conditions and Composition of the Test

Eligibility Conditions

For All Candidates

  1.   (a) Only the bonafide resident candidates from the district concerned where the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya has been located are eligible to apply for admission. The valid residential proof as notified by Govt. of India of the parent of the same district where the candidate has studied class V and appeared for the JNVST is to be submitted by the provisionally selected candidate at the time of admission. However, if the district where JNV is opened is bifurcated at a later date, the old boundaries of the district are considered for the purpose of eligibility for admission into JNVST, in case a new Vidyalaya is not started in the newly bifurcated district as yet. (b) Candidate has to reside in the district where he/she is seeking admission in the JNV located in the same District. Bonafide residence certificate of the parent is to be submitted at the time of verification of documents after the provisional selection. (c) Candidate has to study class V in any of the Govt. or Govt. recognized schools located in the same District. (d) Candidates who have passed class V before the session in which he/she has applied for selection test or repeated candidates are not allowed.
  2.  A candidate seeking admission must be within the age group of 10 to 12 years. This is applicable to candidates of all categories, including those who belong to the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs). The provisionally selected candidate has to produce a copy of the birth certificate issued by Government authority concerned at the time of admission. This will apply to candidates of all categories, including those who belong to the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Other Backward Class (OBC). In case of doubtful cases of overage in comparison to the age recorded in the certificate, they may be referred to the Medical Board for confirmation of the age. The decision of the medical board will be treated as final.
  3.  A candidate appearing for the selection test must be studying in Class-V for the whole of the academic session in a Government/Government aided or other recognized schools or ‘B’ certificate competency course of National Institute of Open Schooling in the same district where he/she is seeking admission. The candidate who has not been promoted and admitted to class V before 31st July of the session in which he/she is applying for selection test is not eligible to apply. The candidate who has already passed/studied class V in all previous academic sessions is not eligible to appear in the selection test. A school will be deemed recognized if it is declared so by the Government or by any other agency authorized on behalf of Government. Schools where students have obtained ‘B’ certificate under National Institute of Open Schooling should have accreditation of NIOS. A candidate must successfully complete Class-V in the session in which he/she is applying for selection test. Actual admission in Class-VI will be subject to the mentioned condition.
  4.   A candidate seeking admission to class VI must have studied and passed classes III, IV and V from a Govt. /Govt. aided/ recognized school spending one full academic session in each class.
  5.   Candidates passing ‘B’ certificate competency course of National Institute of Open Schooling on or before15thSeptember of the year in which he/she is applying for selection test are also eligible to write admission test provided, they are in the prescribed age group. The students studying under the above scheme and residing in Urban and notified area are not eligible for obtaining seat in rural quota. The Rural/Urban status in r/o NIOS candidates will be decided on the basis of location of residence of the parent/candidate.
  6.   No candidate is eligible to appear in the selection test for the second time, under any circumstances. Particulars filled by the candidate in the application form will be validated & if the candidate is found repeater, he/she will not be allowed to appear in the selection test. Admit card for such candidates will not be released. An SMS in this regard will be sent to the registered mobile number of the candidate.
  7.   Under purview of section 4(4)(b)(ii) of Aadhaar act for which Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) has notified the Aadhaar Authentication for Good Governance (Social Welfare, Innovation, Knowledge) Rules, 2020 on 05-08-2020 and in pursuance of section 7 of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 (18 of 2016), a child desires of availing the benefits under the scheme shall be required to furnish proof of possession of the Aadhaar number or undergo Aadhaar authentication. Necessary notifications in respect of Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti have already been released by the respective Ministry. Any child desires of availing the benefit under the scheme, who does not possess the Aadhaar Number or has not yet enrolled for Aadhaar, shall be required to make application for Aadhaar Enrolment subject to the consent of his/her parents or guardians before registering for the scheme, provided that he/she is entitled to obtain Aadhaar as per section 3 of the said Act and such children shall visit any Aadhaar Enrolment centre (list available at UIDAI website: www.uidai.gov.in) to get enrolled for Aadhaar. The JNVs are also having facility to register for Aadhaar Enrolment. This facility may be used for Aadhaar enrolment with necessary documents by the candidates. Data of the candidate/Parent will be validated using Aadhaar number with the Government portal. All personal details submitted by the candidate/ parents should match with particulars of Aadhaar and if required, the candidates should get details updated in Aadhaar. Till the time Aadhaar number is assigned to the child, he/she may register himself/herself after uploading the residence Certificate of parent issued by the competent Government Authority concerned. However, his/her registration will be treated as provisional and he/she has to submit the copy of Aadhaar Card at the time of admission, if provisionally selected.

Reservation for Rural, SC/ST, OBC, Girls & Disabled Children


  1. 1. At least 75% of the seats in a district will be filled by candidates provisionally selected from rural areas of the district. The remaining seats are open which will be filled on merit from both Urban and Rural Area candidates of the district as per reservation criteria.
  2. 2. A candidate seeking admission under the rural quota must have studied in Classes-III, IV and V completing full academic session from the Government/ Government Aided/Government recognized schools located in rural areas. However, the candidate should study full academic session under rural area in Class-V from the same district where admission is sought.
  3. 3. Candidates studying under the schemes of National Institute of Open Schooling should produce their rural status certificate issued by District Magistrate/Tehsildar/Block Development Officer indicating that the child has been residing & studied in rural areas for the last three years.


  • A candidate who has studied in a school located in an urban area even for a single day of session in Class-III, IV and V will be considered as an urban candidate. Urban areas are those which are so defined by any Government notification as on the last date of submission of application for JNVST registration. All other areas will be considered as rural.


  • No separate reservation for transgender category candidates is provided and they will be included in Boys category for reservation purpose, under various sub-categories viz Rural, Urban, OBC, SC, ST and Divyang.


  1. (a) At least 75% of the seats in a district are filled by candidates provisionally selected from rural areas of the district. The remaining seats are open which will be filled from Urban and Rural Area candidates of the districts on the basis of merit.
  2. (b) Reservation of seats in favour of children belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes is provided in proportion to their population in the district concerned provided that in no district, such reservation will be less than the national average (15% for SC and 7.5% for ST) but subject to maximum of 50% for both the categories (SC & ST) taken together. These reservations are interchangeable and over and above the candidates provisionally selected under open merit.
  3. (c) 27% reservation shall be provided to the OBC students as per central list over and above reservation of SCs and STs. The reservations to the OBC students shall be implemented as per Central List, as applicable from time to time. The OBC candidates not included in Central list would apply as General Candidate.
  4. (d) Minimum One third of the total seats are filled by girls. In order to ensure 1/3rd selection of girls, girls may be preferred than boys as per NVS selection criteria, wherever necessary.
  5. (e) Rural-open seats are allocated block wise on the basis of Rural population of the concerned block as per NVS selection criteria.
  6. (f) There is a provision for reservation for ** Divyang children (i.e. Orthopedically Handicapped, Hearing Impaired and Visually Handicapped) as per GOI norms.
  • **“Blindness” refers to a condition where a person suffers from any of the following conditions namely: -
  • (i). Total absence of sight; or
  • (ii). Visual acuity not exceeding 6/60 or 20/200 (snellen) in the better eye with correcting lenses or
  • (iii). Limitation of the field of vision subtending an angle of 20 degree or worse.
  • **“Hearing Impairment” means loss of sixty decibels or more in the better ear in the conversational range of frequencies.
  • **“Locomotors disability” means disability of the bones joints or muscles leading to substantial restriction of the movement of the limbs or any form of cerebral palsy.
  • **“Person with disability” means a person suffering from not less than forty percent (40%)of any disability as certified by a medical authority.

Composition of the test

Exam. Papers of JNVST  Class-VI
Subject Number of Question Weightage Time
Mental Ability          40 50 60 Minutes
Arithmetic 20 25 30 Minutes
Language 20 25 30 Minutes
Total 80 100 2 Hour

Medium of the examination

Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Selection Test is conducted in various languages state wise as given below:

Name of the State/UT Languages
ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS Hindi, English, Tamil, Urdu, Bengali
ANDHRA PRADESH Hindi, English, Telugu, Marathi, Urdu, Oriya, Kannada
ASSAM English, Hindi, Assamese, Bodo, Garo, Bengali, Manipuri(Bangla Script), Manipuri (Meitei Mayek)
BIHAR English, Hindi, Urdu
CHANDIGARH English, Hindi, Punjabi
DELHI English, Hindi
GOA English, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada
GUJARAT English, Hindi, Gujrati, Marathi
HARYANA English, Hindi
JAMMU AND KASHMIR English, Hindi, Urdu
JHARKHAND English, Hindi, Urdu, Oriya
KARNATAKA Hindi, English, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi, Urdu, Malayalam, Tamil
KERALA Hindi, English, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada
LAKSHADWEEP Hindi, English, Malayalam
MADHYA PRADESH English, Hindi, Urdu, Marathi, Gujarati
MAHARASHTRA English, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Urdu, Telugu, Gujrati, Bengali
MANIPUR English, Hindi, Manipuri (Meitei Mayek)
MEGHALAYA English, Hindi, Khasi, Garo, Bengali, Assamese
MIZORAM English, Hindi, Mizo
NAGALAND English, Hindi
ODISHA English, Hindi, Telugu, Oriya, Urdu
PUDUCHERRY English, Tamil, Telugu, Malyalam, Hindi
PUNJAB English, Hindi, Punjabi
RAJASTHAN English, Hindi
SIKKIM English, Hindi, Nepali
TELANGANA Hindi, English, Telugu, Kannada, Marati, Urdu
TRIPURA English, Hindi, Bengali
UT Ladakh English, Hindi, Urdu
UT OF DADAR & NAGAR HAVELI and Daman and Diu English, Hindi, Gujrati, Marathi
UTTAR PRADESH English, Hindi, Urdu
UTTARAKHAND English, Hindi, Urdu
WEST BENGAL English, Hindi, Bengali, Nepali, Urdu


Date of Conduct of JNVST & No. of JNVs covered
 Date JNVs Covered
29.04.2023                  649
30.04.2022                  650
11.08.2021                     646
11.01.2020 (Summer Bound JNVs)                     561
07.11.2020 (Winter Bound JNVs)                       75
06.04.2019                    634
21.04.2018                    623

In order to optimally utilise the infrastructure and staff facilities available in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, vacant seats in Class-IX are filled up through Lateral Entry Test.

Eligibility Conditions

  • • Only those candidates who are bonafide residents and studying Class VIII during the Academic Session 2022-23 in one of the Govt./Govt. recognized schools of the district where the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya is functioning and where admission is sought, are eligible for LEST 2023.
  • • A candidate seeking admission must be between the age group 13-15 years on 1st May of the year of admission for which the Selection Test is conducted. This is applicable to all categories of candidates including those who belong to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
  • • The medium of Language for the Examination is English/Hindi.


Composition of Test for Class-IX

Lateral Entry Admission Test consists of questions of Class-VIII standard in the following subjects.

Sl. No. Subject                Total Marks
1.       English        15
2. Hindi 15
3. Maths          35
4. Science        35
Total Marks 100

The test is conducted in objective of type 2.5 hours duration without any break.

Centre for JNVST Class-IX

The Centre for the JNVST Class-IX Examination is Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya of the respective district or outside center on need basis.


The existing vacant seats in the SC/ST/OBC category, as notified, are reserved for the students of concerned category.


Issue of Notification for Admission in Class-XI

Online applications are invited from eligible students for admission to Class XI, only against the vacant seats, likely to be available in JNVs during the academic year. Admission will be made on the basis of selection test, which will be conducted by an external agency as per the policy of NVS.

Eligibility to apply for academic session 2023-24

  • Date of Birth of the candidate is to be between 1st June 2006 to 31stJuly 2008 (both days inclusive).This is applicable to all categories of candidates including those who belong to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Candidates who have passed class X prior to the session 2022-23 are not eligible.
  • The candidate must have studied Class X from a Govt./ Govt. recognized school (affiliated to CBSE or any other State Education Board/ other Govt. recognized Board) of the District where the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya is located during the academic session2022-23 (April 2022 to March 2023 session) / 2022 (January to December 2022 session).
  • Only Indian Nationals, who studied Class-X in India are eligible to apply.

Composition of the Test

The selection test will be of two- and half-hour duration from 11:00 am to 01:30 pm and will have 5 sections with, only objective type questions. There are 100 questions in all for 100 marks.

Subject Number of Questions Marks Approximate Time
Mental Ability   20 20 30 Minutes
English 20 20 30 Minutes
Science 20 20 30 Minutes
Social Science 20 20 30 Minutes
Mathematics 20 20 30 Minutes
Total 100 100 2 hr. 30 min

A single test booklet comprising of all the five sections will be given to each candidate. Additional time of 50 minutes will be allowed for “Divyang students” (differently-abled students) as per Govt. norms.