The Academic department at the NIOS attempts to bring new programs/subjects for students from time to time and then in accordance with their needs and requirements.
NIOS fosters its own curriculum; self-learning material (SLM) and media support programs using the aptitude of personnel from various reputed academic and vocational education institutions/ organizations. Currently, NIOS offers 35 subjects (including 18 languages) at the secondary stage in ten Regional languages (Hindi, English, Urdu, Gujarati, Marathi, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Punjabi, and Odia) and students pick subjects as per their interest, need and vision of career path.
National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) creates and updates Curricula/Courses consistently by looking for feedback from the field, consulting educationists, and keeping up the parity of the subject with that in different Boards. It is the biggest open schooling system in the world with the largest number of courses available, upheld by print and electronic material.
It has been vested with the power to enroll, examine and certify students up to pre-degree level. The open schooling courses of study of NIOS have similar norms and comparability as the courses of the study of other national/state level boards of school education.
NIOS fosters its own curriculum; self-learning material and media support programs using the expertise of the personnel from various reputed academic and vocational education institutions/ organizations which covers the whole school education continuum from primary to pre-degree level.
The Academic Department is occupied in the development of curriculum and self-learning materials, revision of learning materials based on research, and furthermore, provide support in the area of evaluation of students. The curriculum and self-learning material created by NIOS are focused, need-based, relevant, utilitarian and according to the need of the time. Besides, the inclusion of new technologies is imparting totally new methods of thinking about the delivery of the curriculum.
NIOS has fostered many methods and strategies to help the students to learn well and be successful. TMA is one such tool that plays a vital role in the learning process through the Open and Distance Learning system. Keeping in this mind, Internal Assessment (IA) in secondary and senior secondary level carry 20% weightage of theory as continuous and comprehensive evaluation. These marks are shown in the mark-sheet alongside the marks of external examination. The 35 subjects offered by NIOS in class 10th are as follows: