The Central Board of Secondary Education conducts the National Level Competitive Examination for getting admission to the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas where the children get admission to class sixth level. Children who are qualified can also gain admission to class ninth and eleventh through regional level examination which is also conducted by the board according to the marks obtained in the earlier qualifying examinations. Although the admission procedure is less tedious than the private schools, the school does not charge any fee and the education is provided to the students free of cost. Out of the total students enrolled for admissions, around 75% seats are reserved for children coming from rural areas out of which 33% seats are reserved for girl students. Other reservations include for SC and ST categories of students that account for a total of 15% and 7%. As per the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas scheme of schools, scheme promises the availability of one school per district in the country.The Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas conduct the entrance tests in 21 Indian languages. The pattern of the exam is non-verbal and only includes objective type questions. The questions are prepared keeping in mind the children who are talented and come from the rural areas do not find any difficulty in attempting the papers. Children who have successfully passed Class five from a recognized school from the district between the age of 9 until 13 are considered as eligible for admission to class sixth.The scheme has the provision of giving admission to a maximum of 80 students in a year to class sixth. In some vidyalayas the number is reduced to 40 children due to the shortage of accommodation.Year Registered Appeared Selected1999 5,20,392 4,63,150 26,8502000 5,83,243 5,33,333 27,8132001 6,37,768 5,88,158 30,0362002 7,19,178 6,68,297 30,0662003 8,44,364 7,74,438 31,8832004 9,36,423 8,76,405 31,6642005 9,85,875 8,22,331 32,7732006 11,66,676 10,42,460 35,6052007 13,87,421 12,35,288 36,364Procedure For Admission:CBSE designs and conducts the selection tests for admissions to Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas. The test has been given the name Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas Selection Test (JNVST) consists of non-verbal questions, and is independent of any material from any class and is designed by keeping in mind the talented children from the area that comes under rural population so that these children get equal opportunity in competing in these exams. As the means of communication is weak in far flung areas, it is ensured that the forms are available to the students free of cost. Other means of communications such as Doordarshan, All India Radio, newspapers, visit of school principles, distribution of pamphlets etc to the local schools. These activities helps in spreading awareness of the Navodaya Vidyalaya schemes.Eligibility Conditions:There are certain eligibility conditions for appearing for the selection test that the candidate should fulfill, which are as follows:The candidate should be studying in class fifth enrolled in a Government or any other recognized school from the Government that fall under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan schemes or has a B certificate from National Institute of Open Schooling. The admission to class sixth is subject to the candidate having successfully passes the class fifth examinations.The candidate should atleast attain the age of 9 until 13 years on the first May of the year when the admission is sought. This condition also applies for candidates that represent the SC and ST categories.The candidates who claim the rural quota should have cleared all examination pertaining to class 3, 4 and 5 from a Government or Government recognized school. Candidates from Urban quota need not consider this as a requirement.Any candidate who does not get promoted to class fifth before the month of November of the immediately preceding year of the admission is not considered eligible to apply.The selection test is conducted once for each session and the students are not allowed a second attempt.
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