About NIOS Class 12 2020

National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) conducts Senior Secondary examination twice a year, in March/April and in October/November. The NIOS 12th exams are conducted in Hindi, English, Urdu, Bengali, Tamil, Punjabi, Odiya and Sanskrit medium. The minimum age of the students should be 15 years as on July 31, 2019 i.e. they should be born on or before July 31, 2004. After successful admission, students will receive a confirmation on registered email address and Mobile Number.

NIOS Block 1 (April 2020)

NIOS class 12th admissions are going on for Block 1 April 2020 exams. Eligible candidates can apply for NIOS registration in online mode before July 31 without paying any late fee. However, students have to pay a late fee of Rs 200/- to Rs. 700/- to fill admission form till September 15, 2019. Students are suggested to check the application status after submitting the filled admission forms.

NIOS Block 2 (October 2020)

Block 2 admissions will be commenced from September 16, 2019 and students can submit the forms till March 15, 2020 with a late fee of Rs 700/-. The last date to submit NIOS Class 12 admission form without late fee is January 3, 2020. NIOS 12th Block II exams will be conducted in October/November, 2020 for all students. 

For more details of dates, syllabus, result, read the entire article-

Exam level: Intermediate
Frequency: 2 times a year
Languages Bengali, English +4 More
Conducting Body: National Institute of Open Schooling
Duration 3 Hours

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NIOS Class 12 2020 Important Dates

16 Aug, 2019 - 31 Aug, 2019 Late Fee Application - with late fee of Rs. 400/- (Block-I) | Mode: Online
01 Sep, 2019 - 15 Sep, 2019 Late Fee Application - with late fee of Rs. 700/- (Block-I) | Mode: Online
16 Sep, 2019 - 31 Jan, 2020 Application - Block-II | Mode: Online
01 Feb, 2020 - 15 Feb, 2020 Late Fee Application - With late fee of Rs. 200/- (Block-II) | Mode: Online
16 Feb, 2020 - 28 Feb, 2020 Late Fee Application - With late fee of Rs. 400/- (Block-II) | Mode: Online
01 Mar, 2020 - 15 Mar, 2020 Late Fee Application - With late fee of Rs. 700/- (Block-II) | Mode: Online
01 Aug, 2019 - 15 Aug, 2019 Late Fee Application - with late fee of Rs. 200/- (Block-I) | Mode: Online
16 Mar, 2019 - 31 Jul, 2019 Application - Block-I | Mode: Online

NIOS Class 12 2020 Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for NIOS class 12th Block 2 exam, students had to meet some minimum requirements set by the National Institute of Open Schooling. Read below for NIOS class 12th eligibility criteria:

  1. The student must be passed the 10th class exams successfully.

  2. A student must have attained a minimum of 15 years of age.

  3. The student must produce a class 10th pass certificate from NIOS or a recognized board, an address proof and two latest passport-sized photographs.

  4. The student must be enrolled with NIOS.

NIOS Class 12 2020 Application Process

Mode of Application : Online

Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card

NIOS offers admission in three streams, twice a year. Follow the instructions given below, to apply for NIOS Class 12th exam:

  • Step 1: Visit the official website.
  • Step 2: Click on the 'Register' button and read the instructions given carefully.
  • Step 3: Click on 'Proceed' button.
  • Step 4: Select your state.
  • Step 5: Select the identity type (Aadhar card/Passport/Ration card etc.) and enter the number of selected identity type. 
  • Step 6: Under course, select 'Sr. Secondary'.
  • Step 7: When the application form loads, enter basic and optional information, select your subjects and study centre.
  • Step 8: Upload your scanned photo, identity card and other documents (Caste certificate, class 10th mark sheet etc.).
  • Step 9: Tap on 'generate OTP' and enter the OTP, received on your phone.
  • Step 10: Review NIOS application form before submitting and making payment by choosing a particular payment gateway.

NIOS offers admission to class 12th in the following three streams. Admissions in these following three streams are mutually exclusive and a candidate can choose only one of them.

Stream 1:  NIOS admission is offered in two blocks, Block I or Block II, in a particular academic year. NIOS class 12 exam for this stream is conducted in April/May for Block I applicants and in October/ November for Block II applicants.

Stream 2: For applicants who failed in the exam conducted by recognised boards. Such applicants can appear for NIOS 12th class paper conducted in October/November to clear the exam in the same year.

Stream 3: Also known as 'On-Demand Examination System', this stream conducts exams throughout the year and includes applicants who passed Senior secondary through a recognized board and want to take in one more subject or up to 4 more subjects for updating their qualifications or improving their marks. This stream also for applicants who failed the exam by recognised boards.

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
OBC, General Online Male ₹ 2000
OBC, General Online Female ₹ 1650
OBC, General, ST, SC PWD Online Female, Male ₹ 1300
ST, SC Online Female, Male ₹ 1300

NIOS Class 12 2020 Preparation Tips


NIOS class 12 is one of the most important stages of a student's academic life. Therefore, it is important to prepare for NIOS class 12 exam carefully. Candidates are advised to check out NIOS preparation tips to help them make a strategy to ace the exams. Read NIOS preparation tips below:

Know your syllabus: NIOS students need to know the detailed syllabus for the exam before preparation. Knowing the syllabus enables you to prioritise topics and subjects and gives you a realistic sense of how your preparation is going. Candidates can also learn which topics to prepare for the exam by looking at the detailed NIOS class 12 syllabus.

NIOS class 12 study material: NIOS provides its students with online study material to prepare for the exam. This gives students a way to prepare and get ready for the exam. Students can access the NIOS study material through the link provided on this page. NIOS study material encompasses all topics which are going to come in the exam, thus, it is important for students to study from the study material before going to more advanced books.

Study from reference books: This NIOS preparation tip is strictly for students who have already finished studying from the NIOS study material and have enough time at hand. Such students can go to more advanced books in order to gain an edge over the competition. 

Make a study plan: To give a defined structure to your academic lifestyle, it is important that students should make a study plan. This will help them segregate topics and units according to weightage, which will be beneficial for them. Candidates can also track their preparation this way and make sure they finish the syllabus before exam time. 

Practise from sample papers: NIOS sample papers are available on the link provided on this page. To prepare better for an exam and strengthen a topic, it is required that a candidate should solve NIOS sample papers. This will give them confidence and help them on the exam day.

NIOS exam pattern will help students in tackling the papers easily. Students can get information regarding the marking scheme, types and standard of questions asked, syllabus and much more through NIOS class 12th exam pattern 2019. Subject wise marks distribution for NIOS class 12th exam is given below:

  • English: Being a theoretical subject, students will have to write a lot in the examination. Total marks for the English exam will be 100 marks and students will be given a 3 hours time duration to attempt the question paper.
  • Commerce (Business studies): Business studies exam will have a total score of 100 marks and students are required to attempt the question paper in 3 hours.
  • Home science: This paper will comprise the questions of a total of 100 marks to be solved within 3 hours.
  • Accountancy: Question paper of accountancy is to be solved in 3 hours time. The paper will have a total score of 100 marks.
  • Sociology: Sociology exam has a total score of 100 marks which students have to solve under 3 hours. Sociology exam paper also has optional sections and students can choose the questions they know over the other questions.
  • Chemistry: Chemistry question paper asks varied types of questions of chemical equations, numerical, theory etc. Students are required to solve this question paper within 3 hours. The paper has a total score of 80 marks.
  • Geography: Geography is one of the main subjects of Arts stream. The geography question paper is worth 80 marks and students have to attempt the complete question paper within a time limit of 3 hours.
  • History: History is another core subject of Arts stream contains the questions of 80 marks with a duration of 3 hours. 
  • Mass communication: Mass communication is an elective subject. The theory paper of Mass communication has a total score of 80 marks which students have to solve within 3 hours.
  • Painting: Painting subject has two papers, theory and practical. Students have to solve the theory question paper in 1 hour and 30 minutes and total marks of theory paper is 30.
  • It is important to solve NIOS sample papers while preparing for the exam. 
  • Solving sample papers gives students confidence for the day of the exam and makes them more prepared. 
  • Students can get information like marking scheme, exam pattern, frequent topics, typology of questions and much more while solving NIOS sample papers. 

NIOS class 12th admit card will be provided online in the third week of September and for April Exams in the month of March. NIOS will provide the admit card separately for theory and practical examinations. Students can download NIOS class 12 admit card through the link provided above. Students will have to provide their 12 digit enrollment number assigned to them at the time of NIOS class 12 admission. To download your NIOS class 12th admit card, follow the steps given below:

Step 1: click on the link provided.

Step 2: Enter your 12 digit enrollment number in the login window.

Step 3: Choose practical examination or theory examinations from the select list and click on the 'submit' button.

Step 4: NIOS class 12th admit card  would load on your screen,

Step 5: Check for any discrepancies.

Step 6: Download and save the admit card for further uses. 

Documents Required at Exam

  • Government issued Photo ID/NIOS ID card
  • NIOS Class 12th admit card

NIOS will announce NIOS class 12 result in the first/second week of June and for october exam the result will be announced in November. Students can access their result using the link provided above. To access NIOS class 12th result, students will have to enter their 11/12 digit roll number provided on their admit card. Read the guide below to check how to download your result:

  • Step 1: Go to the link provided on this page.
  • Step 2: Enter your 11/12 digit enrollment number as provided on your admit card.
  • Step 3: Click on Submit.
  • Step 4: NIOS class 12th result will be displayed on the screen.
  • Step 5: Download and save the result for future references.

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Oct 2018 General 35
OBC 35
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