New Delhi: Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti has invited applications for the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Selection Test-2018, for admission to Class 6, in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs), spread over 28 States and 7 Union Territories. JNVs are co-educational residential schools fully financed and administered by Government of India.

Medium of instruction is the mother tongue or regional language up to Class VIII and English thereafter for Mathematics 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 these schools including boarding, lodging, uniforms and textbooks, is free, 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.

At present, there are 660 Vidyalayas sanctioned in 28 States and 7 Union Territories, of which, 626 are functioning. The State-wise distribution of JNVs sanctioned and the objective of the Scheme is given in the Prospectus issued for the admission test available at

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 may reduce the seats to forty or withhold result and/or withhold admission and/or conduct of JNVST in case adequate accommodation is not available.

Eligibility for all candidates: Only those 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 person seeking admission including those belonging to SC/ST must not have been born before 1.5.2005 and after 30.4.2009.

Applicant must be studying in Class-V for the whole of the academic session 2017-18 (promoted and admitted to Class-V before 15th September, 2017) in a Government/Government aided or other recognized schools or should be studying in ‘B’ certificate competency course of National Institute of Open Schooling in the same district where he/she is seeking admission. Schools where students have obtained ‘B’ certificate under National Institute of Open Schooling should have accreditation of NIOS.

Applicant 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 person 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. Those 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.

No person is eligible to appear in the selection test second time.

Date of Test: JNV Selection Test for admission to Class-VI in JNVs for the academic session 2018-19 will be held as per following schedule.

States of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh (except Dibang Valley & Tawang Districts), Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh (except Chamba, Kinnaur, Mandi, Sirmour, Kullu, Lahaul & Spiti and Shimla Districts), Jharkhand, Kerala, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tripura, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, & West Bengal (except Darjeeling), Union Territories of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Dadar & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, Delhi, Lakshadweep and Pudducherry: 11.30 am on 10th February, 2018 (Saturday)

States of Jammu and Kashmir (except Leh, Kargil & Doda), Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Uttrakhand and in the Districts of Dibang Valley and Tawang of Arunachal Pradesh, in the Districts of Chamba, Kullu, Mandi, Sirmour of Himachal Pradesh, in the District of Darjeeling of West Bengal: 11.30 a.m on 8th April, 2018 (Sunday)

Districts of Leh, Kargil & Doda of J&K State and in the District of Kinnaur, Shimla and Lahaul & Spiti of Himachal Pradesh State: 11.30 a.m on 9th June, 2018 (Saturday).

Test Structure: The selection test will be of two-hour duration and will have 100 questions for a total of 100 marks. Each question carries one mark. It will have 3 sections in a single test booklet, with only objective type questions. The Type of Test, Number of Questions, Marks and Duration are as follows:

  • Mental ability Test, 50 questions, 50 marks, 60 minutes
  • Arithmetic Test, 25, 25, 30 minutes
  • Language Test, 25, 25, 30 minutes

For each question, there will be four probable answers, out of which only one will be correct. The candidate is required to select correct answer and indicate the correct number (1, 2, 3, 4) in the answer sheet. There are no negative marks for wrong answers. The nature of the Test with examples is described in the Prospectus.

Answer sheet will be of Intelligence Character Recognition (ICR)/Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Sheet. A copy of specimen Answer Sheet is given in the Prospectus. 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.

Selection Test will have question booklet in 21 languages, Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, English, Garo, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Khasi, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Mizo, Oriya, Punjabi, Sindhi (Arabic), Sindhi (Devnagri), Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and Nepali. A candidate will be given a test booklet in the language he/she has mentioned in the application form.

Each candidate shall appear for the selection test at the examination centre allotted to him/her as indicated on the Admit Card. Admit card may be downloaded through the office of Common Service Centre.

Application: The application for JNV Selection Test 2018 will be processed through Common Service Centre of Ministry of IT, Govt. of India. Applicants may see the link, to locate the CSCs.

The eligible candidates along with his /her parent/guardians may approach Common Service Centre along with duly filled in certificate from the Head Master of School where the candidate is studying in Class V. The format of certificate may be downloaded from Samiti website Applicants from NIOS should obtain `B’ certificate and residence should be in the same district where he/she is seeking admission. Common Service Centre will be charging Rs.35/-, to be paid by the parent/candidate towards service charge to upload the application form per candidate.

The last date for uploading online application in the office of Common Service Centre is 25th November 2017.

Admit Card: Applicants can download their Admit Card from the office of Common Service Centre on payment of a charge of Rs.10/-per candidate, to be paid by the parent/candidate.

For Exam to be Conducted on 10th February, 2018 for Summer Bound JNVs, 8th April, 2018 for Winter Bound JNVs and 9th June, 2018 for Extreme Winter Bound JNVs, admit card will be available from 15th January, 2018 (Monday), 23rd March, 2018 (Friday) and 23rd March, 2018 (Friday) respectively.

Result: The result of JNV Selection Test 2018 is expected to be announced by 1st week of April/May 2018 for Summer Bound, the last week of May 2018 for Winter Bound & 1st week of July 2018 for Extreme Winter Bound JNVs. The result will be displayed in the offices of the concerned (i) Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (ii) District Education Officer (iii) District Magistrate (iv) Deputy Commissioner, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti of the Region. The Principal, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya concerned, will also inform the selected candidates through registered post.

The result will also be displayed at Marks obtained by candidates (both selected and unselected) in the test are not communicated.

Under the scheme of JNVs, students of a JNV located in Hindi speaking State may have to be migrated to another JNV in Non-Hindi Speaking State and vice-versa for one academic year when the students are promoted to Class IX. In case of refusal from the students selected for migration, continuation of such students in JNV will not be allowed. Children selected on the basis of the Test will be admitted only in the JNV located in the district from where they are appearing at the JNVST. Under no circumstances, the selected candidate will be given admission to any other JNV. No request for shifting of students on account of medium of instruction in the JNV concerned, shifting of parents/guardians to other district(s) State(s) etc. will be entertained.

Reservation of Seats: Reservation of seats in favour of children belonging to SC and ST, 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. There is a provision for reservation of 3% seats for Divyang children (Orthopedically Handicapped, Hearing Impaired and Visually Handicapped).

At least 75% of the seats in a district are filled by candidates selected from rural areas and remaining seats are filled from urban areas of the district. A candidate seeking admission under the rural quota must have studied in Classes-III, IV and V completing full academic session from the Government/Government Aided/Government recognized school(s) located in rural areas. However, the candidate should study full academic session in Class-V from the same district where admission is sought. Candidates studying under the schemes of National Institute of Open Schooling should produce their rural status certificate issued by District Magistrate / Tehsildar / Block Development Officer. A Candidate who has studied in a school located in an urban area even for a single day of session in Class-III, IV and V will be considered as an urban candidate. Urban areas are those which are so defined in 2011 census or through a subsequent Government Notification. All other areas will be considered as rural. Urban areas are those which are so defined in 2011 census or through a subsequent Government Notification. All other areas will be considered as rural.

One third of the total seats are filled up by girls.

There is no separate reservation for transgender candidates. They will be included in boys category for reservation purpose, under various sub-categories (Rural, Urban, SC, ST and Divyang).

Documents to be submitted: Parents of children who qualify the Selection Test will have to submit the following documents at the time of admission for verification:

  • Residence Certificate in prescribed Performa
  • Proof for date of birth
  • 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
  • Any other documents required

Those belonging to SC/ST will have to produce a certificate of the Caste/Tribe at the time of seeking admission, if selected, from the competent authority before 15th July, 2018 and submitted to the Principal of concerned JNV at the time of admission.

Candidates belonging to the divyang category (Orthopedically Handicapped, Hearing Impaired and Visually Handicapped) and selected will have to produce a medical certificate signed by Chief Medical Officer of the District concerned at the time of admission. They can seek admission in the district in which they are studying in Class V on regular basis at the time of applying for JNVST or their native district where his/her parents is residing.

Candidates belonging to transgender category can seek admission in the district in which they are studying in Class V on regular basis at the time of applying for JNVST. They will have to submit a certificate from the competent authority prescribed by the concerned State Govt. with regard to their gender. No reservation is made for this category.

For more details, the Admission Prospectus that can be downloaded from may be seen.