How To Prepare For Navodaya Vidyalaya & Sanik School Exam?
How To Prepare For Navodaya Vidyalaya & Sanik School Exam?

Preparation of Navodaya Vidyalaya & Sanik School Exam

Over 30 lakh students appeared in the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNV) class 6 selection test for session2020-21.


Out of which 46.19 per cent are female students. The JNVST was conducted for admission in 48,000 seats.


For Navodaya Vidyalaya

At present, 649 Vidyalayas are functional in 27 States and 08 Union Territories. A maximum of eighty students are admitted in Class VI in each  Navodaya Vidyalaya.


Normally two Exam Dates kept for entrance exam such as 04th November, 2023 & 20th January 2024 for 2024-25 session. The last date to submit online application is 10th August, 2023.


Admission of candidate to class VI in a JNV is district specific. A candidate who is studying class V in a district is allowed to apply for admission to JNV in the same district only.


Candidate has to study class V in any of the Govt. or Govt. recognized schools located in the same District.


Candidates who have passed class V before the exam session  or repeated candidates are not allowed.


Date of birth within specified range (01.05.2012 to 31.07.2014 for 2024-25 Session) means in between 10 to 12 years.


At least 75% of the seats in a district will be filled by candidates provisionally selected from rural areas of the district.


The remaining seats are open which will be filled on merit from both Urban and Rural Area candidates of the district as per criteria.


Composition of the Test

The selection test will be of two-hour duration from 11:30 am to 01:30 pm and will have 3 sections with only objective type questions.


There are 80 questions in all for 100 marks. A single test booklet comprising of all the three sections will be given to each candidate.

Navodaya Exam Pattern, Test,Composition of the Test
Navodaya Exam Pattern, Test,Composition of the Test


Nature of the test

Section-1 : Mental Ability Test (MAT)

This is a non – verbal test. Questions are based on figures and diagrams only. Questions are meant to assess general mental functioning of the candidates. The section is divided into ten parts having 4 questions each.

  • Part-I : Odd-Man Out
  • Part- II : Figure Matching
  • Part- III: Pattern Completion
  • Part- IV : Figure Series Completion
  • Part-V : Analogy
  • Part – VI: Geometrical Figure Completion (Triangle, Square, Circle)
  • Part – VII : Mirror Imaging
  • Part – VIII : Punched Hold Pattern – Folding/Unfolding)
  • Part – IX : Space Visualisation
  • Part –X : Embedded Figure


Section 2: Arithmetic Test

The main purpose of this test is to measure candidate’s basic competencies in Arithmetic. All the Twenty questions of this test will be based on the following 12 topics.

  1. Number and numeric system
  2. Four fundamental operations on whole number
  3. Factors and multiples including their properties
  4. Decimals and fundamental operations on them
  5. Conversion of fractions to decimals and vice-versa
  6. Measurement of length, mass, capacity, time, money etc
  7. Simplification of Numerical Expressions
  8. Fractional numbers – addition and subtraction of like fraction and multiplication (unlike fraction and division of fractional numbers not included)
  1. Profit and loss without calculation of percentage (calculation of percentage of profit and loss is exempted from the topic)
  1. Perimeter and area – perimeter of polygon, area of square rectangle and triangle (as a part of rectangle)
  1. Types of angle and its simple applications
  2. Data analysis using bar diagram, graph and line chart.

Note: – Emphasis will be more on testing of understanding and application of the concepts and skills involved.


Section 3: Language Test.

The main purpose of this test is to assess reading comprehension of the candidates. The test consists of four passages. Each passage is followed by 5 questions. Candidates shall read each passage carefully.


For Sainik Schools Entrance

a) For admission to Class VI:

A candidate should be between 10 and 12 years as on 31 March 2023 for admission to Class VI, i.e. he/she should have been born between 01 April 2011 and 31 March 2013 (both days inclusive) for admission to the academic year 2023-24.


b) For admission to Class IX:

A candidate should be between 13 and 15 years as on 31 March 2023, for admission to Class IX, i.e. he should have been born between 01 April 2008 and 31 March 2010 (both days inclusive) for admission to the academic year 2023-23.


c) For 2022-23 Session Exam Dates

AISSEE 2023 will be held on 08 Jan 2023.(Sunday)

(a) For admission to Class VI: From 02:00 pm to 04:30 pm
(b) For admission to Class IX: From 02:00 pm to 5:00 pm



Mode of Examination:

Paper pencil on OMR answer sheets for admission to both Class VI
and Class IX.

Type of Questions: Multiple Choice Questions

SCHEME OF EXAMINATION, Test Pattern, Sanik School,
SCHEME OF EXAMINATION, Test Pattern, Sanik School,


1. Natural Numbers, 2. LCM and HCF , 3. Unitary Method , 4. Fractions, 5. Ratio and Proportion , 6. Profit and Loss , 7. Simplification , 8. Average , 9. Percentage , 10. Area and Perimeter , 11. Simple Interest , 12. Line sand Angles , 13. Temperature, 14. Conversion of Units,15. Roman Numerals,16. Types of Angles, 17. Circle, 18. Volume of Cube and Cuboids,19. Prime and Composite Numbers, 20. Plane Figures, 21. Decimal Numbers, 22. Speed and Time, 23. Operation on Numbers, 24. Complementary and Supplementary Angles, 25. Arranging of Fractions




Questions on Intelligence will be based on analogies (mathematical & verbal), pattern (spatial and mathematical), classification, visual, logical, reasoning etc.



1. Comprehension Passage, 2. Preposition, 3. Article, 4. Vocabulary, 5. Verbs and Type, 6. Confusing Words, 7. Question Tags, 8. Types of sentence, 9. Tense forms, 10. Kinds of Nouns, 11. Kinds of Pronouns, 12. Correct Spelling, 13. Ordering of words in sentence, 14. Sentence Formation, 15. Antonyms, 16. Synonyms, 17. Adjectives, 18. Interjection, 19. Idiom and Phrases, 20. Collective Nouns, 21 Number, 22. Gender, 23. Adverbs, 24. Rhyming Words, 25. Singular/Plural



Sanik School, Hindi Syllabus,
Sanik School, Hindi Syllabus,



Questions in the language (regional) section will be based on topics dealt till Class V;



GK Syllabus, Sanik School,
GK Syllabus, Sanik School,

How to Prepare for both exams

  1. Know the syllabus. The first step to preparing for any exam is to know what will be on it. So students should take some time to familiarize themselves with the topics that will be covered.

  2. Set a study schedule. Once you know what will be on the exam, you need to create a study schedule that will help you cover all of the material. Be realistic about how much time you can commit to studying each day, and make sure to leave some time for practice tests.

  3. Find the right study materials.  There are a number of different study materials available , including textbooks, practice tests, and online resources. Find a set of materials that works for you and stick with it.

  4.  Mock Test & Previous Year  Questions: Try to solve Previous year questions ( Last 5 years minimum) & get admission in mock test series at national level course provider via online.

  5. Practice, practice, practice. The best way to prepare  is to practice as much as possible. Take practice tests, review your answers, and identify your areas of weakness. The more you practice, the more confident you will be on test day.

  6. Stay motivated.  It is important to stay motivated. Set small goals for yourself, and reward yourself for your progress. Remember why you want to attend a Sainik School, and let that be your motivation.


Books  & Youtube channels for guidance

For reference purpose i have mentioned here name of popular Youtube Channel & Books.

  1.  : द्रोण School


  3. Combo Pack of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Practice Sets Class 6 and Sainik School Practice Sets for Entrance Exam



Anybody who has qualified the Sanik School Exam or Navodaya Vidyalaya and studying there, please share their experience with us which is very helpful for others.



All content has been taken from the 2023 Bulletin of All India Sainik Schools Entrance Examination 2023 (2023 SS Bulletin) and Navodaya Broucure ENGLISH . Only for the understanding purpose, the original content has been illustrated. Above shown images are used for illustrative purposes only. No Copyright infringement intended.

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