Admission Guidelines

Admission Procedure & Guidelines:

Admissions in the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas take place on the basis of a Selection Test conducted by the CBSE. The test is called the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Selection Test (JNVST) it is of non-verbal nature, class neutral and so designed to ensure that children from rural areas are able to compete without facing any disadvantages due to poor communication facilities in rural areas special care is taken to ensure that children from far flung rural areas get admission form 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.


  • A candidate appearing for the Selection Test must be studying in Class-V in a Govt./Govt. recognized school in that 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 Ist 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 must have studied and passed Class III, IV &V from recognized school/schools in the preceding three continuous academic sessions for which the Selection Test is conducted spending one full academic session in each Class through the formal system of education, without any repetition of Class, gap and/or break in attendance.
  • A candidate who is not promoted to Class-V before November of the preceding academic year of which the test conducted is not eligible to apply.
  • No candidate is allowed to appear in the selection test for the second time under any circumstances.
  • A candidate seeking admission under the rural quota must have studied and passed III, IV & V from recognized school(s) located in the rural areas.
  • The above conditions are applicable to all the candidates irrespective of their category or gender.


At least 75% of the seats in a district are filled by candidates selected from rural areas and remaining seats are filled from the urban areas of the districts. A candidate who has studied in a school located in a urban area, even for a part of a session in any of the Classes III, IV and V or passes any or more of these Classes from such a school as above is considered as an urban candidate. Urban areas are those, which are so defined in the 19991 census or in a subsequent Government notification. All other areas are considered as rural.

Reservation of seats in favour of children belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes is provided in proportion to the population in the concerned district 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 a 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. Three percent of seats are reserved for disabled children also. Efforts are made to ensure that one-third of the total seats are filled up by girls.


The medium of the test (JNVST) is the medium through which the candidate studied and passed Class-V.


Subject                                  Time allowed                           Weightage items
Mental Ability                          60 Minutes                                      60% 
Language                                30 Minutes                                      20%
Arithmetic                               30 Minutes                                      20%


A maximum of eighty students are admitted in Class-VI in each Vidyalaya subject to availability of eligible candidates and infrastructural facilities, to house the candidates. In the absence of adequate physical facilities the number of admissions is restricted to forty in few schools. In case of non-availability of accommodation even to house forty children in a Vidyalaya, the JNVST is not conducted in the district concerned.


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In order to optimally utilize the infrastructure and facilities available in Navodaya Vidyalayas it has been decided by the Samiti to fill up the vacant seats in IX and XI class through an All India level Selection Test. The district-wise vacant seats in the Vidyalayas are separately notified in local newspapers.

Application for admission in IX class can be obtained free of charge from the Principal of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya of the concerned district,

Format of Application Forms can also be downloaded from the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti website