How to join NSS (National Service Scheme)?

Have you ever heard about the NSS? The NSS or National Service Scheme is a group of activities offered to 11th and 12th students in India to make students responsible for community service and social work along with their studies. It was started by a well-known educational minister namely Dr V.K.R.V. Rao on 24 September 1969. Besides, the NSS comes under the protection of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India.

Students give their contribution at least for 2 years under the NSS. They must present in at least one camp or programme or social activity programme during the NSS period. In between this period, NSS participate must provide a total of 120 hours of service. Under this scheme, students are familiar with regular activities and special camping programmes.

Headquarters of NSS – this scheme is overlooked by the Programme Adviser, NSS which is located in New Delhi, India.


How can apply for NSS?

If you are interested in doing social works and want to become a socially responsible person, then you can join NSS. Well, there is no specific procedure to join NSS. You just need to be a school student. An 11th or 12th standard student, as well as a college student, can follow few steps to join NSS.

  1. Make sure, your school or college must be a recognized board or university.
  2. The school or college should be a part of NSS.
  3. Students can contact the Programme Officer and join NSS by registering themselves.
  4. Well, the NSS is a charitable scheme, so there is no cost to pay to join NSS.
  5. An applicant can enrol themselves into NSS from the 11th class onwards.
  6. After completing the NSS, students will get a recognized certificate.
  7. Students of NSS will get further benefits and perks at the time of admission for the 11th and 12th.

NSS Administrative Structure:

Generally, the NSS is offered at Higher Secondary Studies. But these days, NSS will start at the college level, regional level, state level and university level. Let’s discuss them:

  1. NSS at school or college level – A total of 100 students are allowed in the NSS school level or college-level programme. The strength of students will be decided by in charge that is responsible for the institution NSS unit and execution of activities.
  2. NSS at university level – The NSS Cell plays a vital role to conduct university-level NSS programmes. The student’s strength for the NSS university level is around 10,000.
  3. NSS at the state level – It is overlooked and run by the state Liaison Officer. It is funded and supported by the Indian Government.
  4. NSS at regional level –Many regional centres are established for effective execution of the NSS programmes and activities associated with the State Governments, Universities and College Councils. NSS at the regional level is managed either by Deputy Programme Advisor or an Assistant Programme Advisor.

Applicants can join any of above-mentioned NSS Cell to perform activities like Plantation, Blood Donation, Adventures Programmes, Immunisation, National Integration Camp, Shramdaan etc.