JNVST- Entrance on the basis of merit-
Navodaya vidyalayas draw their students strength from talented children, selected on the basis of a merit test, called JNVST, designed to developed and conducted by NCERT and by now CBSE. The test held anually on All India basis and block and district levels. It is objective, class netural and is so designede as to ensure that the rural children are not at a disadvantage.
Reservation of seats-
Admission in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya is primarily for children from the rural areas, with provision of at least 75% seats for rural children. Seats are reserved for SC, ST communities in proportion to their population in the district but not less than national average. 1/3 if the seats are filled by girl students and 3% of the seats are for disabled children.
Co-educational residential school with free education-
Navodaya vidyalayas are affiliated to CBSE and offer free education to talented children from class-6th to 12th. Entry to a Navodaya vidyalaya is made in class 6th with lateral entry in class 9th and 11th. Each Nsvodaya vidylaya is a co-educational residential institution providing free boarding and lodging, expenses on uniform, text books, stationary, to and fro rail and bus fare to students. However, a nominal fee @ 200/- per month is charged from students of class 9th to 12th as Vidyalaya vikas nidhi. The students belong to SC, ST categories, girls, disabled and children below proverty line (BOL) are exempted from payment of fee.
Adherence to three-language formula-The scheme of Navodaya vidyalayas provides for implementation of three language formula. The third language taught in hindi speaking district is linked with the migration of students. All Navodaya vidyalayas follow the the third language formula i.e. Hindi, English and Regional language.
Medium of instruction-
The medium of instruction will be mother=tongue / regional language upto class 7th or 8th. Thereafter common medium would be Hindi / English in all Navodaya vidyalayas.
Promotion of National Integration-
Navodaya vidyalayas aim at inculcating values of national integration through migration policy. Migration is an inter-regional exchange of students between Hindi and Non-hindi speaking districts, which takes place for one academic year in class 9th. Efforts are made to promote better understanding of the unity in diversity and cultural heritage through various activities.
Location of Navodaya vidyalayas-
Navodaya vidyalayas are located in rural areas across the country. The state Government has to offer cost free land and rent free temporary buildings for setting up of a Navodaya vidyalaya.