In accordance with the National Policy of Education (1986)
Government of India started Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs).
Presently the JNVs are spread in 27 States and 7 Union Territories.
These are co-educational residential schools fully financed and
administered by Government of India through an autonomous
organization, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti.
Admissions in JNVs are made through the JAWAHAR NAVODAYA VIDYALAYA
SELECTION TEST (JNVST) at Class VI. The medium of instruction in
JNVs is the mother tongue or regional language up to Class VIII and
English thereafter for Maths and Science and Hindi for Social
Students of the JNVs appear for X and XII class
examinations of the Central Board of Secondary Education. While
education in the schools is free including boarding, lodging,
uniforms and textbooks, a nominal fee of Rs.200/- per month will
have to be paid by the children from IX to XII class.
However, children belonging to SC/ST, Girls and Physically
Handicapped and from the families whose income is below poverty line
are exempted from payment of fees.
Objective Of The Scheme:
To provide good quality modern education
including a strong component of culture, inculcation of values,
awareness of the environment, adventure activities and physical
education to the talented children predominantly from rural areas.
To ensure that students attain a reasonable level of competency in
To promote national integration through migration of students from
Hindi to non-Hindi speaking State and vice-versa.
To serve in each district as focal point for improvement of quality
of school education in general through sharing of experiences and
State-Wise Distribution of Jawahar
According to the Navodaya Vidyalaya Scheme, one Jawahar Navodaya
Vidyalaya is to be set up in each District in a phased manner. At
present, there are 595 (576+19**) Vidyalayas are sanctioned in 27
States and 7 Union Territories. Out of which 583(567+16) are
A maximum of eighty students are admitted in Class VI in each
Vidyalaya, through a Selection Test subject to availability of
suitable candidates. The Samiti reserves the right to reduce the
seats to forty or to withhold result and/or withhold admission
and/or conduct of JNVST in case adequate accommodation is not