NCERT Diploma Course in Guidance and Counselling (2015)

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NCERT Diploma Course in Guidance and Counselling (2015)


The course aims to train in-service teachers, teacher educators, school administrators and untrained guidance personnel as counsellors/teacher counsellors to guide and counsel students in school and other related settings.


NCERT, through the Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations of Education (DEPFE), has been training the in-service school teachers, teacher educators, school administrators as well as untrained guidance personnel through its diploma courses for many years. In order to make the course accessible to larger numbers, this course has now been redesigned with components of both distance as well as face-to-face modes. The course is developed and offered by DEPFE, NIE, New Delhi and Regional Institutes of Education of NCERT at Ajmer, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Mysore and Shillong.


Theory: The course consists of core components in guidance and counselling processes and procedures, major theories of human adjustment and career development, and their application in counselling, psychological assessment and appraisal, and use of career information in guidance and counselling practices. The content also includes counselling for special groups of students, crisis situations and other issues arising from multicultural forces, globalisation, industrialisation etc. that have implications for guidance and counselling practices.

Practical Work: The course includes intensive training in practical work integrated with the theory components which is later conducted and supervised in schools. Enrichment lectures,  seminars, workshops, demonstrations, self-study and reflective sessions are also important features of the practical training. Field visits and tours are also arranged to provide candidates with the first-hand experience of working of guidance institutions and professionals.

Internship: Internship or ‘on-the-job experience’ is an important component of this course. Trainees undergo internship in actual work setting to try out and further refine the understanding and skills acquired from theory and practice.


  • In-service teachers - Graduates with teaching degree.
  • Presently not working - Graduates with teaching degree and at least two years of teaching or related experience.
  • Postgraduates in psychology/education/social work/child development/special education. Preference will be given to those with at least one year of teaching or related experience.
  • Candidates from outside India who are not graduates but have teaching degree are required to have three years of work experience in the relevant area. However, admission committee set up for the course will see the academic equivalence of qualifications of these candidates.

Minimum % of marks for all target groups is 50% (5% relaxation for SC/ST).


The course is for a period of one year, spread over three phases* as given below:

  • Phase I Guided Self-learning 6 months (Distance)
  • Phase II Intensive Practicum** 3 months (Face-to-Face)
  • Phase III Internship 3 months (in Home Town)


Evaluation of candidates in the course is based upon a system of continuous and comprehensive evaluation which includes assessment of assignments, practical work, portfolio preparation, internship project and written examination.


Diploma will be awarded on fulfilling requirements for successful completion of each phase and attaining a certain level of proficiency in each aspect of the course.


The course would be open to candidates from India, other SAARC and Afro-Asian countries.


Candidates from different regions of the country will be enrolled on regional basis at NIE, NCERT (DEPFE), New Delhi and Regional Institutes of Education at Ajmer, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Mysore and Shillong


Candidates desirous of seeking admission into the course are required to fill-in the prescribed application form which can be downloaded from NCERT website ( or can be obtained in person from any of the six centres. Shortlisted candidates based on the eligibility and other criteria will be called at the study centre in their regions for selection test which includes essay writing and interview.


Course fee to be paid by different categories of candidates before commencement of the course is:

  • Government Deputed Candidates from Centrally Funded Organisations (Indian) Rs.19,500/-
  • Government Deputed Candidates from State/UT Departments (Indian) Rs. 6,000/-
  • Private Candidates (Indian) Rs.30,000/-
  • Candidates from Outside India $ 600 (USD)

Expenditure for board, lodging and medical aid (if required) during contact programme will be borne by the candidates. Board and lodging facilities are available on request in the PG Hostel, NIE, NCERT Campus, New Delhi for non-local candidates at the following rates (for NCERT (DEPFE), New Delhi centre only). Candidates should indicate their requirement in the application form and pay the entire amount in advance on their arrival in the hostel.

Charges for three months (subject to revision) excluding tax
Accommodation Meals
PG Hostel Rs.7,000/- (approx.) Rs.12,000/- (approx.)

Note: The candidates can, however, make their own arrangement for board and lodging


Candidates can apply for scholarships from international agencies like UNESCO, UNDP, UNICEF, World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB), British Council etc. NCERT has no provision for any scholarship and financial assistance

How to Apply:

Candidates should send their applications through proper channel so as to reach by 20th December, 2014 to the respective study centres. Candidates from outside India will apply to the study centre at NIE, NCERT (DEPFE), New Delhi. They will appear for online test and telephonic interview during the fourth week of December, 2014. However, an advance copy must be sent. Attested copies of marks/grade sheets/degrees/certificates in support of qualifications and work experience mentioned in the application form should be enclosed.

Important Dates:

Candidates should send their applications through proper channel so as to reach by 20th December, 2014

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Courtesy: NCERT