Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas

Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) run by Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti  are a system of alternate schools for gifted students in 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 families' socio-economic condition.

The idea of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas was conceived by the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and the concept of opening a JNV in every district was born as a part of the National Policy on Education, 1986. To start with, two Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas were established during 1985–86, at Jhajjar (Haryana) and Amravati (Maharashtra).

In November 2016, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the opening of one JNV in each of the 62 uncovered districts which  the total increased the number of JNVs to 660.

Admission to JNV

One needs to qualify the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Selection Test (JNVST) for admission to Class VI. It is an entrance test developed and conducted by the CBSE. JNVST for Class VI is 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 fact that in JNVST 2015, a total of 1,878.15 thousand students appeared and more than 41,000 students were selected. 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).

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.

Academics at JNVs

JNVs conduct classes from VI to XII. Students can take up Science, Arts and Commerce for Class XI and XII. JNVs are known for their academic excellence, which can be attributed to their merit-based entrance test and unique climate provided for otherwise disadvantaged children. These schools regularly organize science congress and exhibitions to promote a research mindset.

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. 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.

Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas
Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, 
B-15, Institutional Area, 
Sector 62, Noida, Uttar Pradesh 201307
Phone No: 0120 - 2405968, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73 Extn - 2010
Fax: 0120 - 2405922

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