Qualifying Examinations

Are you a parent who is looking for exactly these aspects for your child? But is worried about the certification processes to help secure their future?
Yes! We have a way out !!!
Examination can be taken through the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) for which ESRA will also help its students.

What is Open Schooling?

Open schooling is a system of learning synonymous to the Ancient Gurukul system wherein students were trained to be the master of inherent skill sets rather than being jack of all trades. It thrives on being able to provide quality education without restrictions like geographic location and by removing the necessity of adhering to a strict 9am-4pm school structure. It is a system where one has the chance to choose what they want to learn and develop in-depth knowledge and skills in subjects of their interest under the guidance of a trained set of teachers. In addition to traditional subjects in the field of Science, Arts and Commerce, students have the choice to study subjects like Data Entry Operations, Hindustani Sangeet, Carnatic Sangeet, Veda Adhyan, Sanskrit Vyakaran, Bharatiya Darshan, and Sanskrit Sahitya. Additionally, students also have the chance to enroll for vocational courses like typewriting, welding, carpentry etc., that help them develop employability skills. The scheme of open schooling provides students with a flexibility to set their own study timings while also pursuing extra curricular interests. This system of education is being followed under the banner of National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS).

What is NIOS?

NIOS is an Open Schooling system that caters to the needs of a heterogeneous group of learners up to pre-degree level. It was started as a project with in-built flexibilities by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in 1979 and over the years has been developed to be an independent system with its own curriculum and examination leading to certification. Several amendments were made with the mission to provide relevant continuing education at school stage, up to pre-degree level through Open Learning system and through it to make its share of contribution:

  • To universalisation of education,
  • To greater equity and justice in society, and
  • To the evolution of a learning society.

What does NIOS do?

NIOS provides opportunities to interested learners by making available the following Courses/Programmes of Study through open and distance learning (ODL) mode.

  • Open Basic Education (OBE) Programme for 14+ years age group, adolescents and adults at A, B and C levels that are equivalent to classes III, V and VIII of the formal school system.
  • Secondary Education Course equivalent to class X certification.
  • Senior Secondary Education Course equivalent to class XII certification.
  • Vocational Education Courses/Programmes
  • Life Enrichment Programmes

NIOS envisages schooling by providing a learning continuum based on graded curriculum ensuring quality of education for children, neo-literates, school drop-outs/left-outs and Non-Formal Education (NFE) completers. The NIOS programmes pay special attention towards requirements of the first generation learners, physically, mentally and visually challenged learners and candidates from disadvantaged sections of the society.

How does NIOS function?

NIOS operates through a network of five Departments, 23 Regional Centres, two Sub Regional Centres, two NIOS Cells, and more than 7400 Study Centres (AIs/AVIs) spread all over the country and abroad. NIOS is the largest Open Schooling system in the world with cumulative enrollment of 4.13 million (during the last 5 years).


NIOS takes conscious steps to provide quality education. The Govt. of India has vested in NIOS the authority to conduct Public Examinations and provide the Secondary and the Senior Secondary level certificates, which are equivalent to the certificates provided by any other Board of School Education. This is because all the Boards, whether National or State, are following the National Curriculum Framework brought out by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). The NIOS is one of the three National Boards; the other two Boards being (i) the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and (ii) the Council for Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE).

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