National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS): Important Frequently Asked Questions and their Answers

National Institute of Open Schooling popularly known as NIOS is a platform for students who want to complete their education in private mode. It is mainly about completing secondary and senior secondary education through correspondence.

NIOS offers flexibility for students for their choice of subjects and courses, learning pace, and credits transfer from CBSE, other national/state Board of School Education as well as State Open Schools.

Students often come with a few queries regarding the authenticity, learning system, admission and courses offered at NIOS. Here we are discussing some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and giving the best possible answers/suggestions for the same.

What is NIOS?

1. For whom NIOS comes as the best option to complete their school studies?


NIOS is the best option for those candidates who could not complete their schooling due to some unavoidable reasons like financial crunch, inaccessibility to schools providing higher education; those who could not cope up with regular studies due to different reasons or others who want to give more time and attention to sports or some performing arts.

2. What is the difference between open schooling and regular schooling?

Ans. Some most significant differences between open schooling and regular schooling are:

  • Regular Schooling is based on learning through a student-teacher interaction following a rigid time-table. On the other hand, open schooling is a flexible system of education that provides self learning and its evaluation to a learner according to his/her own schedule.
  • Regular schooling is more based on instruction and education services that does not focus primarily on special education, vocational/technical education whereas the open learning system is very helpful to those who want to continue their study while working in some gainful activity/programme.

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3. What is the difference between open schooling and distance learning?
Ans. Though the terms are often used interchangeably, there is an important difference between both. Open learning is a broader term used for any scheme of education or training that removes barriers to learning whether they are concerned with age, time or place. Distance learning, on the other hand, is one particular form of open learning in which tutors and learners are separated by geographical distance. This is sometimes called a home study or correspondence course.

4. Why is NIOS considered as the flexible system of learning?

Ans. NIOS provides its students some exceptional facilities that a regular school does not have. These are as follows:

  • Flexibility of choosing the course/program independent of your age
  • Flexibility of not attending classes
  • Flexibility of on demand exam, i.e., it allows you to take the exam when you are ready
  • Flexibility of time frame which allows you to complete a 1 year program even in 4-6 years.

5. How is NIOS different from other Boards?

Ans. Besides, the curriculum/syllabus of secondary or senior secondary education at NIOS is almost similar to CBSE, ICSE or other prevailing boards in India. Like other school boards, it is also recognised by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).

NIOS just provides a route for completing education to those who have not been able to complete it through the regular school. The Seconday and Sr. Secondary certificate obtained from NIOS have the same recognition as certificates issued by other boards. To know some other differences which come to be the benefits of opting NIOS, click here.

6. What are the Courses offered by NIOS?

Ans. NIOS offers the following courses:-

(a)Open Basic Education (OBE) Programme, which includes following three levels courses

  • OBE 'A' Level Course -Equivalent to class III
  • OBE 'B' Level Course -Equivalent to class V
  • OBE 'C' Level Course -Equivalent to class VIII

(b) Academic Courses

  • Secondary Course-Equivalent to class X
  • Senior Secondary Course-Equivalent to class XII

(c) Vocational Education Courses

(d) Life Enrichment Programmes

7. Can a student change the subjects after taking adm