All you Need to Know about NDLM

Since the last decade or so, India has emerged as one of the most after country as a business hub in the global markets. But it still remains a fact that more than 70 % of India’s population comprise of the rural population of the country.  Many Citizens of this great country still continue to live in remote villages where even basic amenities like food, shelter and water are lagging. As such, India’s villages are far off the map to benefit from the country’s digital revolution and stupendous economic development. To bridge this gap, improve literacy rate and get all Indian citizens ready for the future technologies, the Government of India has initiated the NDLM (National Digital Literacy Mission Programme) to empower at least one member from every family with the required digital skills by the year 2020. The National Digital Literacy Mission is also referred to as Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (DISHA).

Over the next few years, the National Literacy Mission is expected to benefit over 300 million Indians and take Digital education in India to the next level. Also, NDLM scheme is one of the major contributors to the Prime Minister’s “Digital India” vision.

Individuals can now register and get certified under NDLM/DISHA directly. The test for certification can be taken in Hindi, English, Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Malayalam, Oriya and Urdu. The NDLM registration process is as follows;


  • Go on the official web link of NDLM,
  • Click on the tab ‘Apply for NDLM Exam – Direct candidates’.
  • Click on ‘Register’
  • Step 4: Feed in your Aadhaar number.
  • Click on the any of the three for Aadhaar Authentication i.e. OTP, Finger Print & Iris scan.
  • Click on the check box
  • Fill in the necessary details and proceed.
  • After the registration the individual will be able to take the test for certification.


The National Literacy Mission program has laid out certain eligibility criteria;

For level 1 examination, the individual must be a non-IT literate or illiterate and must have passed up to 7th standard. For level 2 module and examination, the person must be a non-IT literate and at least 8th standard pass.


The required support documentation to enrol in level 1 and level 2 modules for NDLM is as follows.

For Anganwadi workers, ration dealers and ASHA workers


  • Official ID is mandatory.
  • Aadhar card at the time of registration.


For General Candidates


  • BPL card for families below poverty line
  • For reserved categories, caste certificate is mandatory
  • At the time of registration, Aadhaar card is mandatory.


The National Digital Literacy Program will work under these main objectives; these objectives are aimed to improve Literacy rate amongst the rural population through Digital Education.


  • Impart quality training to make rural communities more competent and digitally literate
  • To create economic, cultural and social advantages for rural communities in India with content and information gateway.
  • To enable deployment of citizens in rural areas via digital means.
  • To develop a digital data house at all rural communities to enable them to be economically viable.


NDLM – Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I access the NDLM digital literacy courses?
  2.  The e-content for NDLM is available on YouTube in Hindi, English, Bengali, Assamese and Oriya. It is also being curated in other popular regional languages like Tamil, Telugu and Punjabi. The handbook for NDLM is also based on course content and has been developed English and Hindi in addition to other major regional languages. These course materials are available on the NDLM website.
  3. What infrastructure do I need to register as a NDLM centre?
  4. You will need the following infrastructure to register as NDLM centre.
    • At least 3 to 5 computers with webcam.
    • Internet connection
    • Power backup
    • Biometric finger print scanner or an iris scanner
  1. How many members from a family can participate in NDLM training?

A This training is available to only one member from a household and also only that member will be eligible to take the examination. The households which have one digitally literate family member will not be eligible to participate in the NDLM Scheme.


  1.  Can a person directly apply for training under the NDLM project?

A Yes, general candidates can apply directly and get a certification under NDLM. The individual has to just log in the site and complete Aadhaar authentication after which he can directly attend the exam. In such cases, no training is provided to the candidates.

  1. How much fees is offered to a VLE or a training partner under the NDLM scheme?
  2. For every SC, ST and BPL student who clears the level 1 and level 2 examination. VLE and training partners get Rs. 500. For each ASHA worker, Anganwadi worker and authorized ration dealer who clears the examination, the training partner and VLE will get Rs. 500. For OBC and general candidates who clear the exam, the training partner and VLE will get Rs. 375 each.