About Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) | Admission Procedure

About Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) | Admission Procedure

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           Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya


The idea of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas was conceived by former Prime Minister of India. The concept of opening a JNV in every district of India was born as a part of the National Policy on Education, 1986 with an aim of providing excellence coupled with social justice. Subsequently, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) was registered as a society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.

As per policy of the government, 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 the 2015-16 academic session, JNVs had been sanctioned for 576 districts. In addition, ten JNVs have been sanctioned in districts having a large population of ST population, ten in districts having a large concentration of SC population and two special JNVs in Manipur, bringing the total number of sanctioned JNVs to 598. Out of these 591 JNVs are functional. In November 2016, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the opening of one JNV in each of the 62 uncovered districts. That will bring the total number of JNVs to 660 once operational.

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Type Public
Motto Pragyanam Brahma
Established 13-04-1986
Founder Government of India
Grades VI-XII
Number of students 11,99,649 as of Dec 31, 2017[1]
Campus type Rural
Affiliation CBSE
Information 660 sanctioned schools; 589 functional schools



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 the 80 most meritorious students for each JNV. It is conducted in three phases per year, depending upon the session structure in the specific state or union territory. Candidates can apply for the test only once during their Class V. Competition in the entrance exam can be gauged from the fact that in JNVST 2015, a total of 1,878.15 thousand students appeared and 41.48 thousand students were selected (i.e. approx 2% pass percentage). 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% for female students and 3% for disabled candidates.

To compensate for 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.


Three-language formula-


To facilitate migration every JNV teaches three languages in class VI to Class IX. These languages are grouped into A Level, B-I Level, 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
The North-East States English Hindi Regional language


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