In NIOS examination, learners with disabilities are provided
general relaxations and also the facility of amanuensis according
to their disabilities. A learner who wishes to avail the concession
in the Examination is required to submit an application to the
concerned Regional Director or Director(Evaluation), NIOS, A 24/25,
(U.P.) alongwith medical certificate of a Govt. Hospital/Medical
Institution indicating the nature of his/her disability and the
extent of the disability. While appearing in the Examination, the
learner will write his/her disability on the top of the answer
book, which will also be authenticated by his/her Centre
Superintendent. The Centre Superintendent will make arrangements to
sit a maximum of four students in a separate Examination Room with
a separate Invigilator for supervision.
6.1 Different Types of Relaxations
- The visually impaired or differently-abled or spastic learners
shall have the facility of having an additional one-hour for each
of the subject.
- A visually impaired or differently abled or spastic learner
alone will be provided services of amanuensis free of charge. Other
learners will have to meet the fee of the amanuensis.
- Learners with poor hand function but having speech disorders
will have scribes who can understand the sign language(other than
the subject teacher, parents or siblings).
- Learners who have minimum hand function but having speech
disorders will be allowed to use the computer for the
- Wheel chair bound learners will be given facility to write the
examination in the ground floor, especially where there are no lift
- Learners with special needs registered under the SAIED AIs will
have the same Centre with disable friendly infrastructure and
professionals who can help them in case of need. During examination
the invigilators deputed by NIOS will monitor the examination
6.2. Provision of Amanuensis
6.2.1 Cases of Providing Amanuensis
- In case of blind, differently abled, spastic learners.
- In the case of sudden illness rendering the learner unable to
write the examinations.
This illness should be duly certified by a Medical Officer of the
rank not lower than an Assistant Surgeon of Government/Municipal
- In case of accident involving injury rendering the learner
unable to write, the nature of accident and the inability of the
learner to write should be duly certified by a Medial Officer of
the rank not lower than an Assistant Surgeon of Government/
Municipal Hospital or Dispensary.
6.2.2 Eligibility to be an Amanuensis
- The amanuensis may be a student of a class lower than that of
the learner with disability taking the examination.
- The amanuensis should not be related to the examinee.
- The Centre Superintendent will ensure the above at i) & ii)
and obtain a certificate to this effect.
- The Centre Superintendent of Examination Centre concerned will
choose a suitable person from the school as far as possible and
forward his/her name immediately to the concerned Regional
Director/Director (Eval.) NIOS with a report giving full
particulars of the learner and of the amanuensis for consideration
- Services of Amanuensis can be availed for theory papers
6.2.3 Fee for Amanuensis
- A fee of Rs. 100/- per session of examination will be given to
the amanuensis by the Superintendent of the Examination
6.3. Disability-wise Relaxations
6.3.1 Locomotor/Orthopedic Disabilities
- Learners with Locomotor/Orthopedic Disabilities are to be
considered as nondisabled learner and they will not require any
special provision during the Examination.
- Polio affected learners and those in case of hand injury may be
provided with the facility of amanuensis/scribe.
6.3.2 Visually Impaired Learners
- Visually Impaired Learners may be allowed to use amanuensis,
take examination using Brailler typewriter, or computer. When the
student takes examination using Brailler, NIOS will seek the
assistance of an organization for the Blind to transcribe the
papers into print and the regular examiners will evaluate the
papers along with other papers. The student should arrange to bring
Brailler's, Typewriter, Computer, etc., for examination
- Equipment such as talking calculator, abacus, Taylor frame and
geometry drawing kit may be allowed in the Examination Hall.
- Skill based project may be given to blind learners as an
alternative for practical.
- For course requiring computer skills, the equipment needs to be
provided by the Centre conducting Examination.
6.3.3 Hearing Impaired Learners
- Interpreter (sign language person) may be allowed in the
Examination Room to help the deaf student to understand the
- The norms of payment for the interpreter will be similar to
that of a scribe.
- One interpreter may be adequate for each Examination Centre.
The Centre Superintendent may take decision regarding appointment
of an Interpreter.
6.3.4 Multiple Disability/Cerebral Palsy
- Computers with adapted hardware like trackball instead of
mouse, augmentative communication boards may be allowed. Use of
Calculator may also be allowed for learner with Dyscalculia.
Learners will have to arrange for their own tools and
- Adapted chair, table, bed, etc., may be allowed in the
Examination room in the case of severely disabled children who need
- Provision may also be made for reading out the questions
6.3.5 Mentally Retarded Children
- Computers with adapted hardware like trackball instead of
mouse, augmentative communication boards and calculators may be
- Adapted chair, table, bed may be allowed in Examination Room
depending on the needs. Provision may also be made by reading out
the question to the student. Project work may be allowed instead of
all practical subjects.
6.3.6 Leprosy-Cured Learners
- General relaxation will be applicable for leprosy cured
Note : If any learner with a disability not
covered above approaches the Centre Superintendent of the
Examination Centre for any relaxation, the case may be referred to
the concerned Regional Director or Director (Evaluation), NIOS,
A-24/25, Sector-62, Noida-201309 (U.P.).