Selection 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 nonverbal 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 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 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 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.





As envisaged in National Policy of Education (NEP), 1986, Govt. of India has set up co-educational residential institutions named Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas in 34 States/UTs excluding Tamil Nadu. At present, 596 such Vidyalayas have been sanctioned in the country. The main objective of these Vidyalayas is to provide quality modern education to the children predominantly from rural areas. Though the admission into these Vidyalayas is at VI class, it is intended to fill vacant seats with a lateral entry test at IX Class level.. The medium of test is English/Hindi.


a) Only those candidates who have studied in class VIII during the preceding academic session in one of the Govt./Govt. recognized schools of the district where the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya is functioning and where admission is sought.

b) Candidate appearing for the selection test must pass Class VIII in the preceding academic session from a Govt./Govt. recognized school in the district where he/she is seeking admission.

c) Age limit as described in the prospectus

d) Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti reserves the right to refer any candidate to a MEDICAL BOARD for confirmation of the age of the candidate in case a doubt arises about the age certificate produced by the candidate before the admission is given.

Nature of the Selection Test

Sl.No Subject
01 English
02 Hindi
03 Maths
04 Science

The test will be objective/descriptive type with 03 hours duration without any break.

Centre for the examination will be Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya of the concerned district.

How to Apply

  • 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 &
  • Neatly typed and Xeroxed copy of the applications also can be used for applying.
  • Application forms filled in all respect are to be submitted to the office of Principal, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya of the concerned district by Friday the 30th May 2014 either through Registered Post or in person.