Jawahar Navodya Vidyalaya
Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) are a system of alternate schools for gifted students in India. JNVs exist all over India, with the exception of Tamil Nadu. They are run by Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, New Delhi, an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Education, 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, irrespective of the child’s family’s socio-economic condition.
Admission to the JNVs requires qualifying in an entrance exam held annually, called the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Selection Test (JNVST), designed, developed and conducted by NCERT earlier and now by the CBSE, except lateral admissions in class IX and XI. It is administered by the respective Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya regional center.
The test encompasses reasoning/mental ability skills, Maths, and Regional language. The school provides reservation as per mandate of Govt. of India. Atleast 75% selection of students from rural areas, maximum 25% from urban areas and fixed 33% to girl students. Applications to appear in the test are made freely available at the Vidyalayas and District Education Offices. Every year, every JNV selects about 80 most meritorious students. There is no admission fee and no re-admission fee, however the non below the poverty line and general category male students of Class IX to XII are charged Rs.200 per month in welfare of Vidyalayas called Vidyalaya Vikas Nidhi.