Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Selection Test


Guidelines for orientation programme

        In order to provide accessibility to quality education for the talented children predominantly from rural areas, National Policy on Education, 1986 envisaged setting up  of pace setting institutions, one in each two Vidyalayas on experimental basis in 1985. Now the scheme is presently extended to 576 districts covering 34 States and UTs of the country excluding the state of Tamil Nadu.

With reference to fast changing school education scenario in the country, the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas have established a reputation for their academic performance and other activities related to the holistic development of the personality of the children.

Admission to these Schools is held through a Common Entrance Test, i.e. Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Selection Test, conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education.

        JNVST is conducted in about 5000 centres located in about 576 districts situated in 34 States and U.T.s. For successful administration of the test, different functionaries at different levels are involved, of course, the role of Deputy Commissioner of the region, Principals of JNVs and D.E.O./DIOS is very is very crucial. CBSE, NVS and State Education Deptt. have to coordinate with each other through established rapport.


Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Selection Test for Admission in Class VI


        Admission to Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas is made through National Level Competitive Examination conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education and the children are admitted at class VI level.  Children are also being admitted against the vacant seats in class IX and in class XI also through Regional Level Examination/Marks in the previous qualifying examination.  Education in Navodaya Vidyalayas is free of cost.  A total of 75% of seats are reserved for rural children and a minimum of 33% of seats are reserved for girls.  SCs/STs also have due reservations of 15% & 7˝% respectively.  The Scheme envisages establishment of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, one in each district of the country.

The medium of the test is in 21 Indian languages and is largely non-verbal and objective in nature and is so designed that talented children from rural areas are able to compete without suffering a disadvantage. All the children who have studied in and passed from Class V from any recognized school of that district and are between 9 to 13 years of age are eligible to appear JNVST for Class VI.

        As per the Scheme, a maximum of 80 students can be admitted in Class VI per year in a JNV. However, in view of shortage of accommodation in some Vidyalaya, it is restricted to 40 only.


Procedure For Admission

        Admissions to Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas take place on the basis of a selection test designed and conducted by the CBSE. The test, called the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas Selection Test (JNVST) is of non-verbal nature, class neutral and so designed as to ensure that talented children from the rural areas are able to compete without facing any disadvantages. Because of the poor communication facilities in rural areas special care is taken to ensure that children from far flung rural areas get admission forms free of cost without any problem. Sufficient publicity is done through Doordarshan, All India Radio, local newspapers, pamphlets, visits of Principals and teachers of Navodaya Vidyalayas to the local schools of the district. As a result rural areas are becoming aware of the Navodaya Vidyalaya Scheme. 

Eligibility Conditions

To appear at the Selection Test, a candidate has to fulfill the following eligibility conditions:

A candidate appearing for the Selection Test must be studying in Class V in a Government/Government-Aided or other recognized school or schools under Schemes of "Sarav Shiksa Abhiyan" or 'B' certificate competency course of National Institute of Open Schooling in the same district where he/she is seeking admission in the just preceding academic session for which Selection Test is conducted. Actual admission in Class VI in the session is, however, subject to the condition of having passed Class V before admission.


A candidate seeking admission must be between the age group 9-13 years on 1st May of the year of admission for which the Selection Test is conducted. This applies to all categories of candidates including those who belong to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.


A candidate claiming admission from rural quota must have studied and passed class III, IV & V from Government/Government Aided/recognized schools spending one full academic session each year in a school located in Rural area. Such conditions, however, are not application on those candidates who apply from urban quota.


A candidate who is not promoted to Class V before November of the preceding academic year for which, the test is conducted is not eligible to apply.


No candidate is allowed to appear in the selection test, for the second time under any circumstances.

The parents of the children who qualify the Selection Test will have to submit following documents at the time of admission:


i)        Affidavit/Residence Certificate in prescribed proforma in addition to other documents demanded by the concerned Vidyalaya.

ii)       For candidates seeking admission under rural quota, the parents will also have to submit an affidavit to the effect that the child is studying in an Institute located in a notified rural area and that they are residing in a notified rural area.

The above conditions are applicable to all the candidates irrespective to their caste or gender.

        At least candidates selected from rural areas fill 75% of the seats in a district and remaining seats are filled from the urban areas of the district. A candidate who has studied in a school located in an urban area, even for a part of session in any of the classes III, IV, and V or passes any one or more of these classes from such a school as above are considered as an urban candidate. Urban areas are those, which are so defined in the 2001 census or in subsequent Government notification. All other areas are considered rural.

Reservation of seats in favour of children belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes is provided in proportion to their population in the concerned district provided that 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 selected under open merit.

Efforts are made to ensure that one-third of the total seats are filled up by girls.   

Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Selection Test for Lateral Admission to Class IX


In accordance with the National Policy of Education (1986), Government of India started Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) all over the country except Tamil Nadu. These Vidyalayas are co-educational, residential in nature which are fully financed by Government of India and run by an autonomous organization, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti under the Ministry of Human Resource Development.  Though admission to these Vidyalayas is at Class VI level, but in order to make optimum use of infrastructure facilities available in the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, the vacant seats at Class IX level are also proposed to be filled up through a Selection Test.  While education in these Vidyalayas is free with the board, lodging, uniforms and textbooks upto Class-VIII, a nominal fee of Rs.200/- per month is collected from the children from IX to XII Class.  However, children belonging to SC/ST, Girls and those from the families of below poverty line, are exempted from payment of fees.



2.1    To provide a good quality modern education including a strong component of culture, inculcation of values, awareness of the environment, adventure activities and physical education to the talented children from rural areas without regard to their family’s socio-economic condition.

2.2    To ensure that students attain a reasonable level of competency in three languages as envisaged in Three Language Formula and 

2.3    To serve in each district as focal point for improvement of quality of school education in general through sharing of experiences and facilities. 


In view of the need for optimum utilization of the infrastructure and facilities available in the Vidyalayas, it has been decided by the Samiti to fill up the vacant seats in IX class through an All India level Selection Test.  The district-wise vacant seats in the Vidyalayas have been separately notified in the local newspapers.


Vidyalaya wise vacant seats in class IX have already been notified.  The eligible candidates may apply for their admission to class IX in the prescribed application form, which is attached with this Prospectus, and can be obtained free of cost from the office of the Principal of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya of the concerned district.  The Application Form can also be downloaded from the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti website, http://www. navodaya.nic.in 


Application Form duly completed in all respect must reach the office of the Principal, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya of the concerned district on or before stipulated date through registered post A/D.  If the candidate prefers to submit Application Form in person, he/she is required to get the acknowledgement receipt from the office of the Principal of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya. 


Selection Test for admission to class IX will be conducted  in the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya of the concerned district.


Result of the Selection Test will be notified on the Vidyalaya Notice Board as well as published in selected local newspapers. Selected candidates will also be intimated by post. 


10.1  Only those candidates are eligible for the selection test who have studied or studying in Class VIII in 2007-08 in one of the Govt./Govt. recognized schools of the district where the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya is located. 

10.2 Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti reserves the right to refer any candidate to MEDICAL BOARD for confirmation of the age in case of any doubt on age certificate produced by the candidate before the admission is given. 


The existing vacant seats in the SC/ST category are reserved for the SC/ST students as notified by the Regional Office/concerned Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya. 


12.1  Mere qualifying in the selection test will not vest any right to secure admission in the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya till the candidate produces all the relevant documents such as date of birth certificate, pass certificate of class VIII with mark sheet, SC/ST certificate etc. as prescribed by the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti. 

12.2   Details of the marks obtained in the test  will not be  communicated and there is no provision for their re-checking/re-totaling etc. 

12.3   Candidates will be considered for the admission only for that Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya for which he/she has appeared for the Selection Test. 

12.4   At the time of admission, candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) categories will have to produce the required Scheduled Caste/Tribe Certificate issued by the competent authority. 

12.5   In case of any dispute, the decision of NVS will be final and binding on the candidates. 



Selection Test will consist of subject of Mathematics, General Science, Hindi and English.  The level of the test paper shall be at par with Class VIII. 

Lateral Admission to Class XI  

Applications are invited from eligible students for admission to Class XI against the vacant seats likely to be available in JNVs during the academic year . Admission will be made on the basis of performance of students in Class X Board Examinations certificate by CBSE / State Education Board.  

1.0    Objectives  

The main objectives of Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti as set forth in the Memorandum of Association are: 

1.1    To provide good quality modern education including a strong component of culture, inculcation of values, awareness of the environment, adventure activities and physical education to the talented children predominantly from the rural areas, without regard to their family’s socio-economic condition. 

1.2     To ensure that all students of Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti attain a reasonable level of competence in three languages as envisaged in Three Language Formula; and  

1.3     To serve, in each district, as focal point for improvement in the quality of school education in general, through sharing of experiences and facilities. 

2.0     Salient Features 

2.1     Good quality modern education for talented children predominantly from rural areas. 

2.2     Candidates – Rural, at least 75% Urban, utmost 25%. 

2.3     Reservation of seats for students from SC/ST categories in proportion to their population in the district 

          subject to the national minimum.           

2.4     Reservation of seats for girls – 33%. 

2.5     Co-educational and fully residential, up to Class-XII. 

2.6     Location – usually in rural areas.  One the basis of offer of cost free land and rent free temporary buildings 

          by State/UT Governments.

2.7     Free education including boarding and lodging as well as expenses on Uniforms, Text Books, and Stationery etc. 

2.8     Affiliated to CBSE. 

2.9    Admission in only Class-VI only through objective type test designed and conducted by CBSE in the concerned district. 

2.10   Implementation of Three-Language Formula. 

2.11   Regional languages as medium of instruction for first three years.  Hindi/English afterwards. 

2.12   30% of students in Class-IX from a Vidyalaya located in one linguistic area spend one academic year in a Vidyalaya in a different linguistic region to promote national integration through understanding of the diversity and plurality of country’s cultures and people. 

3.0     Criteria for Admission of Students to Class-XI against vacant seats

3.1      Admission of students will be made against available vacancies in Class-XI on the basis of marks secured by students in Class-X Board Exam during academic session 2006-07. 

3.2      Candidates are required to submit their applications in the prescribed proforma alongwith photocopies (duly attested by the Head of the Institution last attended) in support of their qualification, caste etc.  The Principal of the concerned JNV will verify these information furnished by the candidates from original certificates at the time of admission. 

3.3     The selected students will be informed by the Principal of the concerned JNV by registered post. 

3.4     Newly admitted students have to undergo medical check up by the Vidyalaya Doctor.  Students suffering from infectious disease/serious ailments shall not be admitted.

3.5     Ten days orientation programme will be arranged for newly admitted students to bridge the learning gaps and to adapt them for new environment. 

4.0     Scheme of Studies  

Streams available in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas will be allotted to students as per the following criteria: 

(A)       Science with Mathematics

i)                 50 % marks in Mathematics, and

ii)                50 % marks in Science, and

iii)               55 % marks in Mathematics and Science taken together ,  and

iv)                50 % marks in aggregate of all subjects 

(B)    Science without Mathematics 

i)                  55 % marks in Science, and

ii)                 50 % marks in aggregate of all subjects


5.0       Relaxation of marks for admission to Science/Commerce Streams in Class-XI 

It may be ensured that weightage is given to the eligible Sports/NCC/Scout/Guide students for admission to various streams in Class-XI in accordance with the following norms: 

Games & Sports


Scouting & Guiding



Relaxation of Marks for admission to Science / Commerce streams

Participation at SGFI equivalent level

‘A’ Certificate and participation in Republic Day Parade

President’s Badge Holder with 6 proficiency Badges/ P.M. Rally


Participation in National Level Exhibitions organized by NCERT

7 Marks

Participation at National / State level

‘A’ Certificate and best Cadet in District – State level camp

Ist Class with 7 (seven) Proficiency Badges


Participation in National Level Exhibitions organized by NVS

5 Marks

Participation at regional level

‘A’ Certificate

Ist Class Scout / Guide

Participation in atleast one, 10 days adventure activity organized by recognized adventure institute.

Participation in Regional Level Exhibitions organized by NVS

2 Marks

 *Relaxation may be given at any one level only.

6.0   Reservation 

6.1   Reservation of total seats in Class-XI for various categories will be stipulated as per the following criteria :        



Urban candidate




Rural candidate


Girl Child





6.2       3% seats will be kept reserved for physically handicapped students.


7.0     How to apply for admission in Class-XI in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya


7.1     JNV shall work out vacancies in various streams of Class-XI immediately on receipt of CBSE result in respect of this Vidyalaya.


7.2     The vacant seats available in  JNV will be notified in local newspaper .


7.3     The Prospectus-cum-Application form containing detailed instructions can be obtained free of cost from the office of Principal, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya and office of District and Block Education Officers of the District.  Application forms can also be downloaded from our office website http://www.navodaya.nic.in.  Neatly typed and Xeroxed copy of the application can also be used for applying.


7.4     Application forms filled in all respect are to be submitted to the office of Principal, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya of the concerned District either through Registered post or in person latest by ______________________ (to be decided by RO).