Whether Secondary Senior Secondary School degrees received from NIOS carry the same importance as other boards?
The NIOS being a (recognized board) is in no way inferior to any other board such as ICSE or CBSE board. N.I.O.S Passed students can seek admission in all India as well as state Medical, Engineering and other various competitive exams like IIT-JEE, AIEEE, PMT (NEET) and also other professional and acedemic courses in all universities, technical institutes across the country and abroad. They can also seek the government jobs whether central / state government. However other eligibility criteria like age, particular subjects, qualifying percentage and other criteria must be fulfilled by the students.
Students who pass senior secondary examination from NIOS can take admission in any university in India as The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) has also intimated the Registrars of all Indian Universities vide their Notification No. E V/11 (354)91/dated 25.7.1991 of its decision to grant equivalence to N.I.O.S. courses with those of other examinations of recognized Boards for purposes of admission to higher courses of study at Indian Universities.
The main motive behind this board coming into existence is education for that sector of the society who cannot attend regular classes due to person or professional reasons and want to continue their studies .The exams for secondary and senior secondary courses are held twice every year in the months of March–April and October-November respectively. The Identity proof is main requirement for a student to fill the registration form and get registered with the NIOS board to appear in the exams.
- The list of subjects in which a student can appear in secondary level are given below and is divided in two groups
Hindi(201), English(202), Bengali(203), Marathi(204), Telugu(205), Urdu(206), Gujarati(207), Kannada(208), Sanskrit(209), Punjabi(210), Assamese (228),Nepali(231), Malayalam(232), Oriya(233), Arabic (235),Persian (236), Tamil (237)
*Mathematics(211),*Science and Technology(212), Social Science(213), Economics(214), Business Studies(215), *Home Science(216),*Data Entry Operation(E)(229), Psychology (222), Indian Culture & Heritage (223), *Painting (225).
Similarly The list of subjects in which a student can appear in Senior secondary level are given below and is also divided into two groups
Hindi(301), English(302), Urdu(306), Sanskrit (309), Bangla (303), Tamil (304)
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), *Data entry Operation (E)(336), Psychology(328), *Computer Science(330), Sociology(331), *Painting (332), *Mass Communication (336), *Environmental Science (336)
The Student has to appear in a minimum of five subjects which are compulsory for the student but if he wishes he can appear in two more subjects. It is a compulsion for the student to choose a minimum of one subject to a maximum of two subjects from the Group-A and the rest of the three subject’s students has to choose from Group-B. The students can appear in two more subjects if he wants to but this is optional and totally dependent on the will of the student. These rules are same for both secondary and senior secondary level in NIOS.
The NIOS major advantage over other state and national level boards is that it introduced a new course by the name of ODE (On Demand Examination. The student by enrolling in this program can appear in the board examination either for secondary or senior secondary level after (45 days) of (registration) using this (facility). The basic concept of On Demand Examination is that NIOS Student can walk into the examination center as and when he/she feels ready for the examination. NIOS re-introduced the ODES at Secondary level in 2005. NIOS board authorities on seeing the success of ODE in secondary level introduced the same concept for Senior Secondary in October 2007.ODE is being conducted at the regional Head Quarter at Noida and its regional centers/sub centers for both secondary and senior secondary level.
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