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Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) are a group of boarding schools providing top quality education at low fees. They are run by Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, New Delhi, an autonomous organization under the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. JNVs are fully residential and co-educational schools affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), New Delhi, with classes from VI to XII standard. JNVs are specifically tasked with finding talented children in rural areas of India and providing them with an education equivalent to the best residential school system, without regard to their family’s socio-economic condition.

Find out all you need to know about JNVs, here.

History of Navodaya Vidyalaya

The Navodaya Vidyalaya Scheme was started during the year 1985-86 and is managed by Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, an autonomous organization under the Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development.

As part of the programme of action of the new education policy, 1986, Govt. of India launched the scheme under the pioneer of Shri. Rajiv Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India to set up Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas in all the districts of the country in order to provide opportunities to the children with special talents to proceed at a faster pace by making quality education available to them irrespective of their capacity to pay for it.

As per policy of the Government of India, one JNV was to be established in each district of the country. To start with, two Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas were established during 1985–86, at Jhajjar (Haryana) and Amravati (Maharashtra). As of 2015-16 academic session, JNVs have been sanctioned for 576 districts. In addition, 10 JNVs have been sanctioned in districts having a large population of ST population and 10 JNVs in districts having large a concentration of SC population and 2 special JNVs in Manipur bringing a total number of sanctioned JNVs to 598.


  • Admission to Class VI of the JNVs requires qualification in the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Selection Test(JNVST), an entrance exam designed, developed and conducted by the CBSE. JNVST for Class VI has conducted annually throughout the country to select 80 most meritorious students for each JNV.
  • It is conducted in three phases in a year depending upon session structure in specific State or Union Territory.Candidates can apply for the test only once during their Class V.
  • The test encompasses Mental ability skills, Mathematics, and Regional language.
  • The schools provide reservation as per NVS Policy which encompasses reservation for ST and SC (but not OBC), at least 75% selection of students from rural areas, maximum 25% from urban areas, fixed 33% to girl students and 3% for disabled candidates.
  • To compensate attrition and optimally utilize seats, JNVST, developed by CBSE, is also conducted for admission to Class IX and lateral admissions, based on merit in Class X, are made for Class XI.

Competition in entrance exam can be gauged from the fact that in JNVST 2015, total 1,878.15 thousand students appeared and 41.48 thousand students were selected(i.e. approx 2% pass percentage).

Application Form

Steps to apply for the online application form for Navodaya admission 2017:

  • Firstly, visit the main web Portal of Navodaya Vidyalaya
  • Click on the Application form Link.
  • Fill the suitable Application form for Class 6, Class 7, Class 8 and Class 9.
  • Ensure all the entered details are correct.
  • Pay the application form fee.
  • Then click on the Submit button for the Navodaya admission 2017-18

Please note that the last day to fill the application form is April- May 2017.

Admit Card

NVS Exam will be held on 1st June 2017. Initially, it was scheduled to take place on 7th June 2017, but due to some delays, it will be organized in the 1st week of June 2017. The JNVST Hall Ticket would be made available at official website in the month of May 2017. It is important to download the admit card before the exam. Here are the steps to download the admit card.

Online Admit Cards Downloading Procedure:

  1. Visit the official website of the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya at
  2. Look for the online Admit Card link from the website.
  3. Click on the Latest Circulars /JNVST Admissions section so that you can find their online links for the concerned entrance exams.
  4. Open the Admit Card Window and enter your roll number as per the exam form submitted.
  5. Click on the ‘Submit’ button to produce your online Admit Card for the JNVST Exam.
  6. Take a printout and download the Admit Cards for future reference.
  7. Candidates need to check all the details of exam mentioned on the admit card like the date, time and venue of exam.

Eligibility Criteria

  • It is meant for children studying in class V.
  • The students should have passed class III, IV and V in preceding years without a gap/break.
  • The age criterion is between 9 and 13 years.
  • Students are not allowed to appear for the selection test for the second time irrespective of the circumstances.
  • The rural quota is only considered when the candidates have studied class III, IV and V in a rural area school.


  • Area wise: Rural: Urban –75%: 25%
  • Gender wise: Boys: Girls –67%: 33%
  • Category wise: SC and ST –Minimum 15% and & 7%; Maximum 50% for both the categories taken together.
  • Physically Handicapped: 3%

Method of Recording Answers

  • A separate answer sheet is always provided. Students need to mention their answers in the given space on the test booklet itself. The Answer sheet has the intelligence Character Recognition (ICR)/Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Sheet. While you write, a copy of the specimen Answer Sheet gets enclosed automatically.
  • You can use only blue/black Ballpoint Pen on this answer sheet. It is important to bring your own ballpoint pens and pencils are strictly forbidden.
  • For every question, there are four possible answers, and only one is correct out of them. The students need to select the correct answer and encircle the Corresponding number (1, 2, 3, 4) mentioned against the probable answers on the test booklet. If any kind of annual mode is included such as marking (), it will not be accepted as an answer.
  • No form of changes is accepted once an answer is written. Overwriting, erasing, cutting on the Answer Sheet is also not allowed.
  • One mark is given for every correct answer.
  • There is no negative marking.
  • If a candidate has encircled two or more answers, it will be considered as incorrect. Even if the circle encloses more than one serial number, it will be treated as incorrect.

Candidates need to carefully go through all the instructions given on the main page of the test booklet as well as each test/sections before getting started with the exam. Students also need to check if the received test booklet is as per their selected language preference.

JNVST 2018 Syllabus

 Mental Ability Section (Type of Questions):  
PART 01: Odd-Man Out
PART 02: Figure Matching
PART 03: Pattern Completion
PART 04: Figure Series Completion
PART 05: Analogy
PART 06:{ Geometrical Figure Completion (Triangle, Square, Circle) }
PART 07: Mirror Imaging
PART 08: (PUNCHED HOLD PATTERN – Folding/Unfolding)
PART 09: Space Visualization
PART 10: Embedded Visualization
Arithmethic Section 
1.Number and numeric system.
2.Four fundamental operations on the whole number.
3.Fractional number and four fundamental operations on them.
4.Factors and multiple including their properties.
5.LCM and HCF of numbers.
6.Decimals and fundamental operations on them.
7.Conversion of fractions to decimals and vice-versa.
8.Applications of number in measure length, mass, capacity, time, money etc
9.Distance, time and speed.
10.Approximation of expressions.
11. Simplification of Numerical Expressions,
12.Percentage and its applications.
13.Profit and loss.
14.Simple interest.
15.Perimeter, area and volume.
Language Section: 
Reading Comprehension

Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Selection Test (JNVST) 2018 Date 

Here are the dates for the selection test:

i. 10th February, 2018, Saturday, at 11.30 A.M. in the State 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.
ii. 8th April, 2018, Sunday, at 11.30 A.M. in the 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.
iii. 9th June, 2018, Saturday, at 11.30 A.M. in the Districts of Leh, Kargil & Doda of J&K State and in the District of Kinnaur, Shimla and Lahaul & Spiti of Himachal Pradesh State.

Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Entrance Test Quick Link

The entrance test for Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya is held ever year. For more information on the JNVST 2018 exam and to get an idea about the nature of the test, click here.

Academics and Quality of Education

A particular Navodaya Vidyalaya usually provides two streams among Science, Arts and Commerce for Class XI and XII. JNVs are known for their academic excellence, which can be contributed to their merit-based entrance test and unique climate provided to otherwise disadvantaged children, and which is further proved by their performance at board examinations.

Three Language Formula

To facilitate migration every JNV teaches three languages in class VI to Class IX. These languages are grouped into A Level and B-I and B-II Level. The pattern followed in different categories of states is as shown in the table below. However, CBSE mandates for children to study two languages only. Therefore students of each category of states appear for A Level and B-I level languages at CBSE examinations.

Three Language Formula at JNVs
Category of State A Level language B-I Level language B-II Level language
Hindi Speaking Hindi English Regional language
Non-Hindi Speaking (excluding NE states) Regional language English Hindi
North-East States English Hindi Regional language

Board Results

Navodaya Vidyalaya has consistently produced best results in CBSE Board Examinations over the years. In 2015-16 results, JNVs had a pass percentage of, 98.87% in Class X board exams and 96.73% in Class XII board exams. The pass percentage for JNVs has been higher than independent private schools, government schools and even Kendriya Vidyalayas.

Smart Classes

Navodaya Vidyalaya in collaboration with Samsung India has setup smart classes in 373 JNVs since 2013 upto 2016 end. Typically a Smart Class is equipped with an interactive Smartboard, laptops/tablets, Wi-Fi connectivity and power backup. Smart Class supplements regular lessons in mathematics, science and social science to explain concepts in an engaging and interactive manner. Teachers are trained to use the equipment effectively and impart computer education.


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Academic Block of JNV Jaipur

These campuses are usually located in hinterlands possibly to provide a serene environment and due to unavailability of land near urban centers. Normally a school has an academic block, residential blocks, playgrounds and Rajiv Smriti Van. Academic block consisting of classrooms, library, laboratories, computer center and convention halls. Residential buildings are provided for students(usually separate hostels for boys and girls), faculty, and staff.

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Hostel at JNV Jaipur


The school provides separate hostel facilities for both boys and girls and provides necessary cots, pillows, mattresses, blankets etc. The hostels are facilitated with 24 hours electricity and water supply with the help of 15 KV generator. No hostel fees applicable for a different class of students. Hostels are divided into four houses:

  • Arawali (Senior/Junior/Girls).
  • Nilgiri (Senior/Junior/Girls).
  • Shivalik (Senior/Junior/Girls).
  • Udaygiri (Senior/Junior/Girls)

There is constant supervision and monitoring of the students’ activities and an emphasis is laid on the safety of the students, movement outside both the hostels requires a written permission from the respective wardens.


The social milieu of JNVs is defined by the mingling of various sections of society from various regions of India since these schools follow affirmative action policy and have a policy for migration from different linguistic regions. Teachers, chosen from across the country, live in the same campus and interact with students on 24X7 basis leading to familial feeling. The life of a Navodiyan is enriched by extracurricular activity like sports, cultural activities and activities of youth organizations.

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Playground at JNV Jaipur

Cultural activities are part of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya framework. Every school is provided with a Music room and Arts room. Inter-school competitions for dance, drama, debates, literature, etc are yearly held at the cluster, regional and national level. JNVs give great emphasis to sports. The daily schedule allots at least two hours a day toward sports and other play activities. Each JNV provides facilities for handball, football, volleyball, basketball, kho-kho, badminton, kabaddi, hockey, and cricket. The campuses also provide a gymnasium and multi-purpose halls for indoor games like table tennis, chess etc.


The vision dictates to enable Navodayas to continually churn out young and aspirant citizens possessing not just the requisite knowledge to succeed in various spheres, but also to develop a responsible, compassionate, dedicated and devoted attitude towards the society. Navodaya citizens aim to be the ones most suited to lead the country in future since they are mentally alert, physically fit, psychologically balanced, emotionally matured and spiritually sound. They are prepared to inculcate and be multi-tasking, creative, innovative and eco-friendly individuals.

State-wise Distribution of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas

According to the Navodaya Vidyalaya Scheme, each district has one Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in a phased manner. As of today, there are 588 (576+12**) Vidyalayas which are spread across 27 States and 7 Union Territories. Take a look at the State-wise distribution of JNVs:

Andhra Pradesh 22+2 Kerala 14
Assam 27+1 Lakshadweep 01
Arunachal Pradesh 16 Madhya Pradesh 48+2
Andaman & Nicobar Islands 02 Maharashtra 32+1
Bihar 38 Manipur 09
Chandigarh 01 Meghalaya 07+1
Chattisgarh 16 Mizoram 08
Delhi 02 Nagaland 11
Daman & Diu 02 Orissa 30
Dadra & Nagar Haveli 01 Punjab 20+1
Goa 02 Pondicherry 04
Gujarat 25+1 Rajasthan 32+1
Haryana 20 Sikkim 04
Himachal Pradesh 12 Tripura 04
Jammu & Kashmir 17 Uttar Pradesh 70
Jharkhand 22+1 Uttaranchal 13
Karnataka 27+1 West Bengal 17
TOTAL 576+12**=588

Also, many additional JNVs have been sanctioned for the districts that have a large concentration of SC/ST population. A maximum of total 80 students can be admitted in Class VI in each Vidyalaya, through a comprehensive Selection Test, which is subject to availability of suitable candidates. The Samiti has the right to decrease the total seats to forty or withhold result and/or withhold admission and/or conduct of JNVST in case sufficient accommodation unavailable.

Migration of Students

The JNVs have a scheme where they shift students from one region to another region. This is to make sure that the students are comfortable with all the languages and do not face a linguistic barrier in the future. 30% of class 11 students are shifted to another JNV for one year.


Regional Offices of NVS

There are eight Regional Offices of the NVS which are present at Bhopal, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Patna, Pune & Shillong with jurisdiction across different States and UTs. Here are the details below:

S. No. Regions No. of NVS States & Respective No. Of NVS
1. Bhopal 98 Madhya Pradesh (50), Chhattisgarh (17), Orissa (31)
2. Chandigarh 52 Punjab (21), Himachal Pradesh (12), J&K (18) & Chandigarh U.T. (1)
3. Hyderabad 73 Andhra Pradesh (24), Karnataka (28), Kerala (14), Pondicherry (4), A.&N. Islands (2) & Lakshadweep (1)
4. Jaipur 56 Rajasthan (34), Haryana (20), Delhi(2)
5. Lucknow 84 Uttar Pradesh (71), Uttaranchal (13)
6. Patna 81 Bihar (39), Jharkhand (24), West Bengal (18)
7. Pune 64 Maharashtra (33), Gujarat (26), Goa (2), Daman & Diu (2), Dadra & Nagar Haveli (1)
8. Shillong 90 Meghalaya (8), Manipur (11), Mizoram (8), Arunachal Pradesh (16), Nagaland (11), Tripura (4

Sainik School is another group of schools set up by the government with a specific purpose in mind.

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