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In accordance with the National Policy of Education (1986) Government of India started Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs). Presently the JNVs are spread in 28 States and 07 Union Territories. These are co-educational residential schools fully financed and administered by Government of India through an autonomous organization, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti. Admissions in JNVs are made through the JAWAHAR NAVODAYA VIDYALAYA SELECTION TEST (JNVST) at Class VI. The medium of instruction in JNVs is the mother tongue or regional language up to Class VIII and English thereafter for Maths and Science and Hindi for Social Science. Students of the JNVs appear for X and XII class examinations of the Central Board of Secondary Education. While education in the schools is free including boarding, lodging, uniforms and textbooks, a nominal fee of Rs. 600/- per month is collected from the students of Classes IX to XII only. In respect of ward of Govt. employees who are eligible for children education allowance, fee @ Rs.1500/- per month has to be paid. However, children belonging to SC/ST, Girls, Divyang and from families whose income is below poverty line (BPL) are exempted from payment of fee.

Latest: Result of JNVST 2018 exam has been released, check it through the link provided below.

JNVST 2018

Objective of the Scheme

  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 rural areas.
  2. To ensure that students attain a reasonable level of competency in three languages.
  3. To promote national integration through migration of students from Hindi to non- Hindi speaking State and vice-versa.
  4. To serve in each district as focal point for improvement of quality of school education in general through sharing of experiences and facilities.

State-wise Distribution of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas

According to the Navodaya Vidyalaya Scheme, one Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya is to be set up in each District in a phased manner. At present, there are 660 Vidyalayas are sanctioned in 28 States and 07 Union Territories. Out of which 626 are functioning. The State-wise distribution of JNVs sanctioned is as under:

Andhra Pradesh 13+02 Himachal Pradesh 12 Punjab 22+01
Assam 27+01 Jammu & Kashmir 22+01 Pondicherry 04
Arunachal Pradesh 18 Jharkhand 24+02 Rajasthan 33+02
Andaman & Nicobar Islands 03 Karnataka 30+01 Sikkim 04
Bihar 38+01 Kerala 14 Tripura 08
Chandigarh 01 Lakshadweep 01 Telangana 09
Chattisgarh 27+01 Madhya Pradesh 51+02 Uttar Pradesh 75+01
Delhi 09 Maharashtra 33+01 Uttarakhand 13
Daman & Diu 02 Manipur 09+02 West Bengal 19+01
Dadra & Nagar Haveli 01 Meghalaya 11+01 Total 682+22**= 660
Goa 02 Mizoram 08
Gujarat 33+01 Nagaland 11
Haryana 20 Orissa 30+01

Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Entrance Test Important Dates

Event Dates
Last date for submission of Application 25 Nov 2017 02 Dec 2017
Issuance of Admit Card 05 Apr 2018
Date of Selection Test
(Summer, Winter and Extreme Winter bound)
21 Apr 2018
15 Jul 2018 – Phase 2
Result 11 Aug 2018

A maximum of eighty students are admitted in Class VI in each Vidyalaya, through a Selection Test subject to availability of suitable candidates. The Samiti reserves the right to reduce the seats to forty or to withhold result and/or withhold admission and/or conduct of JNVST in case adequate accommodation is not available.

Notice regarding conduction of the exam for 6 JNVs

Notice regarding postponed of the exam for 5 JNVs

Notice regarding conduction of JNVST 2018

Notification was issued by Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti regarding the postponement of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Selection Test for admission of students to Class VI for the session 2018-19 due to administrative reasons. It is now notified that Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Selection Test 2018 for Class VI will be conducted on April 21, 2018 (Saturday) for all (Summer, Winter and Extreme Winter bound) Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas in one go. All the candidates are advised to note the same and refer to NVS website for further details including the collection of admit card.

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Notice regarding Postponement of JNVST 2018

The date of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Selection Test for admission of students to class VI for the session 2018-2019 was notified as February 10, 2018, April 08, 2018 and June 09, 2018 in respect of Summer Bound, Winter Bound and Extreme Winter Bound Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas respectively. It is notified that due to administrative reasons, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Selection Test 2018 for Summer Bound JNVs is postpone and JNVST will be conducted together for all Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in one go. All the candidates are advised to note the same. The date of JVNST 2018 will be notified shortly.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Only the candidates from the district concerned where the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya has been opened are eligible to apply for admission. However, the district where JNV is opened and is bifurcated at a later date, the old boundaries of the district are considered for the purpose of eligibility for admission into JNVST, in case a new Vidyalaya has not started in newly bifurcated district as yet.
  • A candidate seeking admission must not have been born before 01-05-2005 and after 30- 04-2009. This will apply to candidates of all categories, including those who belong to the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs). In case of doubt of overage candidate seeking admission, they may be referred to the Medical Board for confirmation of the age. The decision of the Medical Board will be final.
  • A candidate appearing for the selection test must be studying in Class-V for the whole of the academic session 2017-18 in a Government/Government aided or other recognized schools or ‘B’ certificate competency course of National Institute of Open Schooling in the same district where he/she is seeking admission. A school will be deemed recognized if it is declared so by the Government or by any other agency authorized on behalf of Government. Schools where students have obtained ‘B’ certificate under National Institute of Open Schooling should have accreditation of NIOS. A candidate must successfully complete Class-V in the session 2017-18. Actual admission in Class-VI for the session 2018-19 will be subject to this condition.
  • A Candidate claiming admission under rural quota must have studied and passed classes III, IV and V from a Govt. / Govt. aided / recognized school spending one full academic session each year in a school located in rural area.
  • Candidates who will be passing ‘B’ certificate competency course of National Institute of Open Schooling on or before 30th September, 2017 are also eligible to write admission test provided they are in the prescribed age group. The forms of such candidates will be verified by DEO/DIOS. The rural status of a child from National Institute of Open Schooling will be decided on the basis of a certificate to be issued by Tehsildar/District Magistrate of the District indicating that the child has been residing in rural areas for the last three years. Students studying under the above scheme from urban and notified areas are not eligible for obtaining seat in rural quota.
  • A Candidate who has not been promoted and admitted to Class-V before 15th September, 2017 is not eligible to apply.
  • No candidate is eligible to appear in the selection test second time, under any circumstances
  • The parents of the children who qualify the Selection Test will have to submit following at the time of admission:
    • Residence Certificate in prescribed Performa
    • Proof for date of birth. However, if any doubt arises, a medical board will verify it
    • Proofs for eligibility as per the conditions of NVS
    • For candidates seeking admission under rural quota, the parents will also have to submit certificate to the effect that the child had studied in an Institution located in a notified rural area.

Additional provision to register for JNVST 2018

  • Studying in Class V in academic Session 2017-18 in a Govt./Govt. recognized school in the same district, where JNV is functioning and to which they are seeking admission.
  • Studied and passed classes III & IV from Govt./Govt. recognized school.
  • Studied full academic session in each class. Should study for full academic session in Class-V from the same district from where admission is sought.
  • Born between 01-05-2005 and 30-04-2009 (both the days inclusive)

In addition to the provision of online application for admission through Common Service Centres, the parents/candidates can also submit their applications duly verified by the Headmaster of the school where the candidate is studying in class V during 2017-18 to the Principal, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya of the district concerned and obtain acknowledgment.The candidates who have already registered successfully through CSC need not submit another application through offline mode.The application form may be downloaded from the website

Method of Recording Answers

  • A separate Answer sheet will be provided. Candidates are required to indicate their answers at an appropriate place on the answer sheet itself. The Answer sheet will be of intelligence Character Recognition (ICR)/Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Sheet. A copy of specimen Answer Sheet is enclosed.
  • Only Blue/Black Ball Point Pen is to be used to write on the answer sheet. Candidates should bring their own ballpoint pens. Use of pencil is strictly prohibited.
  • For each question, there are four probable answers, out of which only one is correct. The candidate is required to select correct answer and indicate correct corresponding number (1, 2, 3, 4) in the answer sheet. Any other mode such as marking ( ) OR (a, b, c, d) OR (A, B,C, D) OR (BÉE, JÉ, MÉ, PÉ) etc. to indicate the answers on the answer sheet will not be accepted.
  • No change in the answer once written is allowed. Overwriting, cutting and erasing on the Answer Sheet is also not allowed.
  • One mark will be given for every correct answer.
  • No negative marking will be done.

About Instruction and Example

  • The candidate must carefully read the instructions given on the cover page of the test booklet as well as those for each test/section before attempting the questions.
  • Candidates are advised to confirm that the test booklet received by them is of the language opted for the test. In case test booklet of correct language opted for is not provided, the candidate should get it changed before start of the examination. It is the responsibility of the candidate to obtain the test booklet of his choice as opted in the application form. No representation in this regard will be entertained after the examination is over.
  • About one minute may be needed to answer each question. Therefore, the candidate should not spend too much of time on a particular question. If a question is found difficult to answer he/she may leave it and move on to the next one. This will help to save time. Once the candidate completes all the questions in a test, he/she may try those questions, which he/she had left in the first attempt.
  • The total time would be two hours without any break.
  • Securing qualifying marks in each of the three tests is essential. Candidates are advised not to spend more time on each section of test than suggested, although they are free to adjust the total timSecuring qualifying marks in each of the three tests is essential. Candidates are advised not to spend more time on each section of test than suggested, although they are free to adjust the total time, as they like.
  • There will be a bell after every 30 minutes.
    • No candidate will be allowed to appear in the selection test without proper Admit Card.
    • No candidate will be allowed to enter the examination hall/ room after 30 minutes of the commencement of the selection test.
    • No candidate will be allowed to leave the examination hall / room before completion of 60 minutes after commencement of the test.

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