The education board of NIOS is an autonomous body under the control of Ministry of Human Resource Development of the Government of India. It provides education for all kind of rural and urban people of the country and increases the literacy through open schooling. It is a National Board of Secondary and Senior Secondary level of distance learning education system to provide formal and regular education like CBSE and CISCE board. The Open Basic Education Programme of NIOS include courses like – Class III equivalent – A level, Class V equivalent – B level, Class VIII equivalent – C level, Class XI equivalent – Secondary Course, Class XII equivalent – Senior Secondary Course. It also provides vocational education courses and life enrichment programme of learning.
Students can get on-demand admission easily by filling the online application form without the help of any middleman. They can visit NIOS Accredited Institution or Study Centre / Common Service Centre / Facilitation centre or NIOS regional centre also for online registration of admission at free of cost. In On-Demand Admission System (ODES) student can register themselves under any stream according to their choice for Secondary and Senior Secondary level (Stream 1 Block 1). A student who has passed class VIII and attaining 14 years of age will be eligible for admission of secondary level. For senior secondary level, students will be eligible after attaining 15 years of age and passing secondary level or secondary course from any recognized institute. It is a continuous round-the-year admission process. After registration study material will be provided to the student by the NIOS at their address within 15 working days after the payment of registration fees.
In the case of examination, NIOS has a unique examination system which is free from the time frame and helps the student to take up the examinations as per their preparation and wish. NIOS Student can walk into the examination centre as and when they feel ready for the examination. The medium of question papers will be in Hindi and English languages though there is a provision to provide question paper for regional medium candidates in their respective regional language.
The main advantage of ODE system is though it depends on the readiness of the student; they can appear examination as per their choice of time and schedule for all subjects or one subject which ultimately removes their stress of appearing examination. Threat of failure in examination, frustration, and hopelessness also eliminate because one can reappear in the examination as many times until satisfied in respect of degree and level of their performance.