1. To serve the objectives of excellence coupled with equality and social justice.
  2. To promote national integration by providing opportunities to talented children, largely rural, from different part of the country, to live and learn together and develop their full potential.
  3. To provide good quality modern education, including a strong component of culture, inculcation of values, awareness of the environment, adventure activities and physical education.
  4. To ensure that all students of Navodaya Vidyalayas attain a reasonable level of competence in three language as envisaged in the Three Language Formula;
  5. To serve, in each district, as focal point for improvement in quality of school education through sharing of experiences and facilities.


  1. JNVST: Entrance on the basis of Merit
  2. Navodaya Vidyalayas draw their student strength from talented children, selected on the basis of a merit test, called the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Selection Test, designed, developed and conducted by NCERT initially and now, by the CBSE. The test is held annually on All India basis and at block and district levels, It is objective, class neutral and is so designed as to ensure that rural children are not at a disadvantage.

  3. Reservation for Rural, S,C,, S.T. and Girl Students
  4. Admissions in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas are primarily for children from the rural areas, with provision of 75% seats for rural children. Seats are reserved for children from the SC and ST communities in proportion to their population in the district by not less than the national average. 1/3 of the seats are for girl students. 3% of the seats are for disabled children.

  5. Co-edcational Residential Schools with Free Education
  6. Navodaya Vidyalayas offer free education to talented children from Class-VI to XII. Navodaya Vidyalayas are affiliated to the CBSE. Entry to a Navodaya is in Class-Vi along with lateral entry into Class IX & XI. Each Navodaya Vidyalaya is a co-educational residential institution providing free boarding and lodging, expenses on uniforms, text books, stationery, to and fro rail and bus fare. However, a nominal fee @ Rs. 200/- per month is charged from students of Class IX to XII for Vidyalaya Vikas Nidhi. The students belonging to SC, ST categories, girls, disabled students and children of the families below poverty line are exempted from this fee.

  7. Adherence to Three Language Formula
  8. The Regional Language is generally the medium of instruction from Class-VI to VIII. From Class- IX onwards, it is English for Science and Mathematics and Hindi for Humanities subjects.

  9. Promotion of National Integration
  10. Navodaya Vidyalayas aim at inculcating values of national integration through migration scheme. It is an inter-regional exchange of students between Hindi and Non-Hindi speaking States and vice-versa, which takes place for one academic year. Efforts are made to promote better understanding of the unity in diversity and cultural heritage through various activities.

  11. Location of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas
  12. Navodaya Vidyalayas are located in rural areas across the country. The State Govt. is to offer cost free land and rent free temporary buildings for the setting up of a Navodaya Vidyalaya.