Any learner, who is interested in pursuing a Vocational Education programme can register as per the
entry requirements in terms of minimum qualifications, as given at Table I on page 25 onwards. Minimum
age for admission varies from 14 years to 18 years depending upon the programme selected. There is no
upper age limit for the Vocational Courses.
The NIOS does not take any responsibility with regard to employment or the provisions of the Child
Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986.
You may appear for examination as per your convenience after completing the requisite study period.
Examinations are conducted twice a year, in April–May and then in October–November. You can avail as
many as nine chances to clear your course in five years of the registration period.
The Government of India has vested NIOS with the authority to examine and certify students
registered with it in vocational, technical and academic courses upto pre-degree level through Resolution
No. F-5-24/90 dated 14th September 1990 published in Gazette of India dated 20 October 1990. A copy
of this is available at Appendix-C.