Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, located in various parts of the country, are schools that are centers of learning for the children of rural India. 80 percent of seats in this school are reserved for students hailing from rural parts of the country. Today, there are over 500 branches of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in India, with every state other than Tamil Nadu having at least one centre.
Though the socio economic status of a rural family is not taken into consideration for admission to this school, an admission test called the All India Entrance Exam is held every year to select the most deserving candidates. A student should be at least nine years of age to sit for this examination. The male students belonging to general category have to pay a nominal fee of Rs. 200 from class IX whereas for the girl students, it is free. Besides studies, the government of India also provides food and accommodation facilities to needy students of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas.