Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs)


A system of alternate schools for gifted students in India. They are run by Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, New Delhi, an autonomous organization under the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of 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 Navodaya Vidyalaya system is a unique experiment unparalleled in the annals of school education in India and elsewhere. Its significance lies in the selection of talented rural children as the target group and the attempt to provide them with quality education comparable to the best in a residential school system. Such children are found in all sections of society, and in all areas including the most backward.


Language of the Exam

The exam will be conducted in 21 languages including Assamese,

















Sindhi (Arabic),

Sindhi (Devnagri),




Selection Test

Sl. No.


No. of Questions




Mental Ability Test



60 min


Arithmetic Test



30 min


Language Test



30 min




2 hrs


Mental ability Test : This is a non – verbal test. Questions are based on figures and diagrams only. Questions are meant to assess general mental functioning of the candidates. The section is divided into ten paras having 4 questions each. Given below are some examples:


PART – I (ODD – MAN OUT) :- Check Below Picture-

PART – II (FIGURE MATCHING) :- Check Below Picture-





PART – VI { Geometrical Figure Completion (Triangle, Square, Circle) }













Arithmetic Test :- The  main  purpose of  this  test  is to measure candidate’s basic competencies in Arithmetic.

  1. Number and numeric system.
  2. Four fundamental operations on whole number.
  3. Fractional number and four fundamental operations on them.
  4. Factors and multiple including their properties.
  5. LCM and HCF of numbers.
  6. Decimals and fundamental operations on them.
  7. Conversion of fracti ons to decimals and vice – versa.
  8. Applications of number in measure length, mass, capacity, time, money etc
  9. Distance, time and speed.
  10. Approximation of expressions.
  11. Simplification of Numerical Expressions,
  12. Percentage and its applications.
  13. Profit and loss.
  14. Simple interest.
  15. Perimeter, area and volume


Language Test : The main purpose of this test is to assess reading comprehension of the candidates. The test consists of three passages. Each passage is followed by 5 questions. Candidates shall read each passage carefully and answer the questions that follow. In addition, there will be 10 questions to test grammar and writing skills of candidates.


For Rural Candidates

  1. At least 75% of the seats in a district will be filled by candidates selected from rural areas and remaining seats will be filled from the urban areas of the district.
  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/ Govt. Aided/Govt. recognized school(s) located in rural areas
  3. However, the candidate should study full academic session in Class-V from the same district where admission is sought


For Urban Candidates

  1. 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.
  2. Urban areas are those which are so defined in 2011 census or through a subsequent Govt. notification. All other areas will be considered as rural.


For Transgender Candidates

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



Reservation of Seats

  1. At least 75% of the seats in a district are filled by candidates selected from rural areas and remaining seats are filled from urban areas of the district
  2. Reservation of seats in favour of children belonging to SC/ST is provided in proportion to their population in the district.
  3. Reservation will be less than the national average (15% for SC & 7.5% for ST) but subject to maximum of 50% for both the categories (SC & ST) taken together
  4. These reservations are interchangeable and over and above the candidates selected under open merit
  5. One third of the total seats are filled up by girls


Centre for Exam

  1. Each candidate shall appear for the selection test at the exam.
  2. Center allotted to him/her as indicated on the Admit Card.
  3. No candidate is permitted to appear from any other center.
  4. No request for change of center will be entertained
  5. No candidate can appear in the selection test without proper Admit Card. Admit card may be downloaded from the website of NVS, navodaya.gov.in



Composition of the Test

  1. The selection test will be of two-hour duration from 11:30 am to 01:30 pm
  2. 3 sections with only objective type questions.
  3. There are 80 questions in all for 100 marks. 15 Minutes additional time is allowed for reading the instructions.
  4. Hence, the candidates have to report latest by 11:00 AM
  5. A single test booklet comprising of all the three sections will be given to each candidate.
  6. Additional time of 30 minutes will be allowed for “Divyang students” (differently-abled students)


Application Procedure

The Process for Submission of Application for JNV Selection Test has been simplified through online process. Registration can be done free of cost through the admission portal of NVS linked through www.navodaya.gov.in

Verification of proofs for residence, age, eligibility etc will be done for selected candidates through the laid down procedure after the declaration of results

The eligible candidates have to fill up the online form and upload the certificate issued by the Head Master/Principal where the candidate is studying in class V with the photograph along with signatures of both candidate and his /her parent/guardian. The attachments should be uploaded in jpg format of the size between 10-100 kb only.

In case of candidates from NIOS, candidates should obtain `B‟ certificate and residence should be in the same district where he / she is seeking admission

Online platform is in open source and free of cost. Application may be submitted from any source like desktop, laptop, mobile, tablet etc.