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National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology ‘O’ Level (IT) Course under DOEACC Scheme –Revision V


1.   Course Introduction


A credit system based on the AICTE norms has been introduced for indicating the efforts required to pass a specific level of course under the DOEACC Scheme. Award of credit to a student will facilitate measurement/comparison of study hours including Theory Lectures, Tutorials and Practical Assignments put in a given module/paper/subject under the Scheme with similar course in IT in India and abroad. This will also facilitate other Universities/ Apex Accrediting bodies to consider academic and professional equivalence of NIELIT courses running under DOEACC Scheme.

This will also help students/organizations to transfer credits from NIELIT to other academic bodies and vice-versa for ensuring continuity in education. Following table gives the number of hours of theory lectures, tutorials and practical’s per week to be attended and the credits earned by the student:-


2 Examination Pattern


The theory examination for each module under the fifth revised syllabus would be for a duration of three hours and the total marks for each subject would be 100. One Practical examination of three hours duration and 100 marks would be conducted. The first examination with the revised syllabus will be held in July 2020, for which the teaching will commence from January 2020 session.

Dates for the various activities related with examinations will be announced on NIELIT website, well in advance of the examinations.

Laboratory/ Practical work will be conducted at Institutions / organizations, which are running the course. NIELIT will be responsible for holding the examination for theory and practical both for the students from Accredited Centers and direct candidates.


2.1. Pass Percentage

To qualify a module, a candidate must have obtained at least 50% in each theory and practical examination. A successful project complete certificate is mandatory for student to qualify ‘O’ Level course. Following table shows the marks distribution.

Module Code

Module Maximum


M1-R5 Information Technology Tools and Network Basics


M2-R5 Web Designing & Publishing


M3-R5 Programming and Problem Solving through Python


M4-R5 Internet of Things and its Applications


PR1-R5 Practical based on M1-R5, M2-R5, M3-R5 and M4-R5


PJ1-R5 Project (Certificate only to qualify ‘O’ Level-IT)

Total Maximum Marks 500


The marks will be translated into grades, while communicating results to the candidates.The gradation structure is as below:-

Pass Percentage


Failed (<50)


>= 50% to < 55%


>= 55% to < 65%


>= 65% to < 75%


>= 75% to < 85%





2.2. Award of Certificates

The students would be eligible for the award of ‘O’ Level (IT) certificate on successfully qualifying the Theory Examinations of all modules, Practical Examination and the Project.

The ‘O’ Level (IT) Certificate was recognized as equivalent to Foundation Level Course by the Government of India for the purpose of employment vide Notification No. 43 & 49 dated 1st March, 1995 and 10th April, 1996 issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, Government of India and is currently aligned at NSQF (National Skill Qualifications Framework) level 5.


2.3. Registration

Registration is a pre-requisite for appearing in ‘O’ Level(IT) examinations. A candidate can register at only one level at a time to appear for the examination. Registration is only for candidates and not for institutes. Candidate has to register with NIELIT through online portal.


2.4. Eligibility Criteria


The eligibility criteria for registration at ‘O’ Level is as follows:

10.4.1. Students from Institutes conducting accredited courses:

10+2 or ITI Certificate (One Year) after class 10 followed, in each case, by a NIELIT

accredited ‘O’ Level course.


Successful completion of the second year of a Government recognized polytechnic

engineering diploma course after class 10, followed by an accredited ‘O’ Level course concurrently during the third year of the said polytechnic engineering diploma course. The certificate of ‘O’ level will be awarded only after successful completion of the polytechnic engineering diploma.


2.4.2. Direct Applicants

10+2 or ITI Certificate (One Year) after class 10, followed in each case, by one-year

relevant experience. Relevant experience connotes job experience in IT, including teaching

in a recognized institution as a faculty member, excludes coaching.


A pass in the NCVT-DP&CS (data Preparation & Computer Software) Examination,

conducted by DGE&T(Govt. of India)

For getting registered, a candidate fulfilling the eligibility criteria should apply online

through NIELIT portal. Registration fee is also to be paid online. Registration fee once paid is not reimbursable or adjustable against any other payment. Registration Application can be submitted online throughout the year, however cut off dates are specified for submitting Registration Application for each examinations for the convenience of processing and allotting Registration Numbers.Cut off Dates for Registration January Examination July Examination Preceding 30th June Preceding 31st December Accredited Institutes are allowed to submit the Registration Application Form of their candidates online one month beyond the cut off dates.


2.5. Auto-upgradation:


The candidates successfully completing all papers (Theory, Practical and Project) of a particular Level in a particular Examination and wish to appear in the next Examination for immediate higher Level are exempted from the above cut off dates. Such candidates can fill up examinations Form and Registration Forms for higher Levels subject to following condition.


·        Combined Registration fee and Examination fee is paid online.

·        The facility is available to the candidates appearing through Accredited Institutes and not for direct applicants. However, the facility is available to a candidate who might have completed lower level as a direct candidate and wishing to appear for immediate higher level through Accredited Institutes.

·         The facility is also not available to the those candidates who might be appearing through Accredited institute but have cleared lower level prior to the preceding exam (e.g. if a candidate has passed ‘O’ Level Exam in Jan, 2019, he would be eligible for this facility in case he wishes to appear for ‘A’ Level Examinations in July, 2019 through Accredited Institute. If, however, he had passed ‘O’ Level prior to Jan., 2019 Exams, this facility would not be available to him).

·        This facility would also not be available to the candidate opting for Level jumping (e.g. from ‘O’ to ‘B’ or ‘A’ to ‘C’ Levels).Once registered at a particular level, the registration is valid for ten consecutive examinations for ‘O’ Level, reckoned from the specific examination as indicated in the Registration allocation letter issued to the candidates.




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