Navodaya Vidyalaya: The Best Residential Schools in India for Rural Students

Navodaya Vidyalaya: The Best Residential Schools in India for Rural Students
Navodaya Vidyalaya: The Best Residential Schools in India for Rural Students

Navodaya Vidyalayas (NVs) are a group of schools established by the Government of India in 1986. NVs are the Best Residential Schools in India for Rural Students.


The Best Residential Schools in India for Rural Students

NVs provides a holistic Education for Rural India. Navodaya School are the Future of Rural India.

Navodaya Vidyalayas  offer free education to talented children from Class-VI to XII.  However, a nominal fee @ Rs. 600/- per month is charged from students of Classes- IX to XII as Vidyalaya Vikas Nidhi.


The students belonging to SC/ST categories, girls and children of the families Below Poverty Line (BPL) are exempted from payment of this fee.


VVN is collected @ Rs. 1500/- per student per month from the students whose parents are Govt. Employees

  • There are currently over 660 NVs in India, with one in each district.
  • NVs are residential schools that provide free education to talented students from rural areas.
  • The admission process is based on a merit-based selection test.
  • NVs offer a high-quality education that includes academics, sports, and extracurricular activities.
  • NVs have produced many successful alumni, including politicians, scientists, and entrepreneurs.
  • The schools are affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which ensures that students receive a quality education.
  • They are residential schools, which means that students live on campus. This allows the schools to provide a holistic education that includes academics, sports, and extracurricular activities.
  • The schools offer a wide range of extracurricular activities, including sports, music, and art. This allows students to develop their interests and talents.
  • The schools have beautiful campuses located in rural areas. This provides students with a serene and stimulating environment to learn and grow.

Facility for Students

  •   Education
  •  Boarding facilities
  •  Lodging facilities
  •  Uniform
  •  Text books
  •  Stationery (such as pen, pencil, eraser, scale, geometry box, note books, school bag )
  •  Daily use items(Bathing soap, Washing soap, Tooth paste, Tooth brush, Shoe polish, Hair oil, Washing and ironing of cloths, Sanitary napkins for girls)
  • Following expenditure on students in JNVs  also born by NVS

  •  Travel expenditure of students by IIIAC in train/AC bus
  •   Medical expenditure.
  •  CBSE-fee.

Eligibility Conditions for Class VI

For All Candidates

  1. (a) Only the bonafide resident candidates from the district concerned where the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya has been located are eligible to apply for admission. The valid residential proof as notified by Govt. of India of the parent of the same district where the candidate has studied class V and appeared for the JNVST is to be submitted by the provisionally selected candidate at the time of admission. However, if the district where JNV is opened 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 is not started in the newly bifurcated district as yet. (b) Candidate has to reside in the district where he/she is seeking admission in the JNV located in the same District. Bonafide residence certificate of the parent is to be submitted at the time of verification of documents after the provisional selection. (c) Candidate has to study class V in any of the Govt. or Govt. recognized schools located in the same District. (d) Candidates who have passed class V before the session in which he/she has applied for selection test or repeated candidates are not allowed.
  2.  A candidate seeking admission must be within the age group of 10 to 12 years. This is applicable to candidates of all categories, including those who belong to the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs). The provisionally selected candidate has to produce a copy of the birth certificate issued by Government authority concerned at the time of admission. This will apply to candidates of all categories, including those who belong to the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Other Backward Class (OBC). In case of doubtful cases of overage in comparison to the age recorded in the certificate, they may be referred to the Medical Board for confirmation of the age. The decision of the medical board will be treated as final.
  3.  A candidate appearing for the selection test must be studying in Class-V for the whole of the academic session in a Government/Government aided or other recognized schools or ‘B’ certificate competency course of National Institute of Open Schooling in the same district where he/she is seeking admission. The candidate who has not been promoted and admitted to class V before 31st July of the session in which he/she is applying for selection test is not eligible to apply. The candidate who has already passed/studied class V in all previous academic sessions is not eligible to appear in the selection test. A school will be deemed recognized if it is declared so by the Government or by any other agency authorized on behalf of Government. Schools where students have obtained ‘B’ certificate under National Institute of Open Schooling should have accreditation of NIOS. A candidate must successfully complete Class-V in the session in which he/she is applying for selection test. Actual admission in Class-VI will be subject to the mentioned condition.
  4.   A candidate seeking admission to class VI must have studied and passed classes III, IV and V from a Govt. /Govt. aided/ recognized school spending one full academic session in each class.
  5.   Candidates passing ‘B’ certificate competency course of National Institute of Open Schooling on or before15thSeptember of the year in which he/she is applying for selection test are also eligible to write admission test provided, they are in the prescribed age group. The students studying under the above scheme and residing in Urban and notified area are not eligible for obtaining seat in rural quota. The Rural/Urban status in r/o NIOS candidates will be decided on the basis of location of residence of the parent/candidate.
  6.   No candidate is eligible to appear in the selection test for the second time, under any circumstances. Particulars filled by the candidate in the application form will be validated & if the candidate is found repeater, he/she will not be allowed to appear in the selection test. Admit card for such candidates will not be released. An SMS in this regard will be sent to the registered mobile number of the candidate.
  7.   Under purview of section 4(4)(b)(ii) of Aadhaar act for which Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) has notified the Aadhaar Authentication for Good Governance (Social Welfare, Innovation, Knowledge) Rules, 2020 on 05-08-2020 and in pursuance of section 7 of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 (18 of 2016), a child desires of availing the benefits under the scheme shall be required to furnish proof of possession of the Aadhaar number or undergo Aadhaar authentication. Necessary notifications in respect of Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti have already been released by the respective Ministry. Any child desires of availing the benefit under the scheme, who does not possess the Aadhaar Number or has not yet enrolled for Aadhaar, shall be required to make application for Aadhaar Enrolment subject to the consent of his/her parents or guardians before registering for the scheme, provided that he/she is entitled to obtain Aadhaar as per section 3 of the said Act and such children shall visit any Aadhaar Enrolment centre (list available at UIDAI website: to get enrolled for Aadhaar. The JNVs are also having facility to register for Aadhaar Enrolment. This facility may be used for Aadhaar enrolment with necessary documents by the candidates. Data of the candidate/Parent will be validated using Aadhaar number with the Government portal. All personal details submitted by the candidate/ parents should match with particulars of Aadhaar and if required, the candidates should get details updated in Aadhaar. Till the time Aadhaar number is assigned to the child, he/she may register himself/herself after uploading the residence Certificate of parent issued by the competent Government Authority concerned. However, his/her registration will be treated as provisional and he/she has to submit the copy of Aadhaar Card at the time of admission, if provisionally selected.

The Best Residential Schools in India for Rural Students

Reservation for Rural, SC/ST, OBC, Girls & Disabled Children


1. 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 reservation criteria.

2. 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 schools located in rural areas. However, the candidate should study full academic session under rural area in Class-V from the same district where admission is sought.

3. 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 indicating that the child has been residing & studied in rural areas for the last three years.


  • 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 by any Government notification as on the last date of submission of application for JNVST registration. All other areas will be considered as rural.


  • No separate reservation for transgender category candidates is provided and they will be included in Boys category for reservation purpose, under various sub-categories viz Rural, Urban, OBC, SC, ST and Divyang.


(a) At least 75% of the seats in a district are filled by candidates provisionally selected from rural areas of the district. The remaining seats are open which will be filled from Urban and Rural Area candidates of the districts on the basis of merit.

(b) Reservation of seats in favour of children belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes is provided in proportion to their population in the district concerned provided that in 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 provisionally selected under open merit.

(c) 27% reservation shall be provided to the OBC students as per central list over and above reservation of SCs and STs. The reservations to the OBC students shall be implemented as per Central List, as applicable from time to time. The OBC candidates not included in Central list would apply as General Candidate.

(d) Minimum One third of the total seats are filled by girls. In order to ensure 1/3rd selection of girls, girls may be preferred than boys as per NVS selection criteria, wherever necessary.

(e) Rural-open seats are allocated block wise on the basis of Rural population of the concerned block as per NVS selection criteria.

(f) There is a provision for reservation for ** Divyang children (i.e. Orthopedically Handicapped, Hearing Impaired and Visually Handicapped) as per GOI norms.

  • **“Blindness” refers to a condition where a person suffers from any of the following conditions namely: –
  • (i). Total absence of sight; or
  • (ii). Visual acuity not exceeding 6/60 or 20/200 (snellen) in the better eye with correcting lenses or
  • (iii). Limitation of the field of vision subtending an angle of 20 degree or worse.
  • **“Hearing Impairment” means loss of sixty decibels or more in the better ear in the conversational range of frequencies.
  • **“Locomotors disability” means disability of the bones joints or muscles leading to substantial restriction of the movement of the limbs or any form of cerebral palsy.
  • **“Person with disability” means a person suffering from not less than forty percent (40%)of any disability as certified by a medical authority.

The Best Residential Schools in India for Rural Students


Composition of the test

Sl.SubjectNo. of
AMental Ability405060 Min.
BArithmetic202530 Min.
CLanguage202530 Min.
DTotal801002 hour


Medium of the examination

Hindi, English & regional language of state from where candidate is appearing in exam.


Admission Schedule

  • Applications open: 1st Week of January
  • Last date to apply: 2nd or 3rd week of Febuary
  • Selection test: Last week of April.
  • Declaration of results: June
  • Admissions start: July

Please note that the dates are subject to change. You can always check the official website of Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti for the latest updates.


How to apply for  admission

  1. Go to the official website of Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti.
  2. Click on the “Admission” tab.
  3. Click on the “JNVST Class 6 Admission” link.
  4. Create an account and fill out the application form.
  5. Upload the required documents.
  6. Pay the application fee.
  7. Submit the application form.

The application form can be filled out in either English or Hindi. The application fee may be INR 50 for General Category candidates and INR 25 for SC/ST candidates.


Books for preparation of Entrance exam

  1. Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Entrance Exam 
  2. 20 Practice Sets Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya


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



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