National Skill Development Agency
Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
Government of India

About NSQF

The National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) organizes qualifications according to a series of levels of knowledge, skills and aptitude. These levels are defined in terms of learning outcomes which the learner must possess regardless of whether they were acquired through formal, non-formal or informal learning. In that sense, the NSQF is a quality assurance framework. It is, therefore, a nationally integrated education and competency based skill framework that will provide for multiple pathways, horizontal as well as vertical, both within vocational education and vocational training and among vocational education, vocational training, general education and technical education, thus linking one level of learning to another higher level. This will enable a person to acquire desired competency levels, transit to the job market and, at an opportune time, return for acquiring additional skills to further upgrade their competencies..

The key elements of the NSQF provide:
  • national principles for recognising skill proficiency and competencies at different levels leading to international equivalency
  • multiple entry and exit between vocational education, skill training, general education, technical education and job markets
  • progression pathways defined within skill qualification framework
  • opportunities to promote lifelong learning and skill development
  • partnership with industry/employers
  • a transparent, accountable and credible mechanism for skill development across various sectors
  • increased potential for recognition of prior learning
The objectives of the NSQF are to provide a framework that:
  • Accommodates the diversity of the Indian education and training systems
  • Allows the development of a set of qualifications for each level, based on outcomes which are accepted across the nation
  • Provides structure for development and maintenance of progression pathways which provide access to qualifications and assist people to move easily and readily between different education and training sectors and between those sectors and the labour market
  • Gives individuals an option to progress through education and training and gain recognition for their prior learning and experiences
  • Gives individuals an option to progress through education and training and gain recognition for their prior learning and experiences
  • Supports and enhances the national and international mobility of persons with NSQF-compliant qualifications through increased recognition of the value and comparability of Indian qualifications
Gazzete Notification

NSQF Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)

The National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) was introduced in 2013 through a Cabinet notification, as a single unified framework for all qualifications. It is a nationally integrated education and competency based framework that enables persons to acquire desired competency levels, transit to the job market and, at an opportune time, return for acquiring additional skills to further upgrade their competencies. It is operationalised through the National Skills Qualification Committee (NSQC), chaired by Chairman, NSDA.

National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) which anchors the NSQF, has been receiving proposals for alignment of qualifications to the NSQF, from various awarding bodies, scrutinizing and presenting them for NSQC approval. In an effort to formalise this process NSDA proposes to introduce a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), laying down timelines for the various steps involved in the same. Going forward the SOP will be adhered to for scrutinising all qualifications summited for alignment to the NSQF.


Qualification File

A Qualification File is a template designed to capture necessary information of a Qualification from the perspective of NSQF compliance. The Qualification File will be normally submitted by the awarding body for the qualification.

Qualification File Template


National Skills Qualfication Committee (NSQC)

The NSQF would be anchored in National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) and will be implemented through the National Skills Qualfication Committee.

NSQC Minutes

National Qualifications Register (NQR)

The National Qualifications Register is the official national public record of all qualifications aligned to NSQF levels, qualification pathways and accrediting authorities. It gives learners and other users of qualifications access to all the qualifications registered and currently on offer. The NSQF Register will be available on this web portal and regularly updated and the NSQF Notification proposes for an extension of the Register which allows every institution offering an NSQF-aligned qualification to enter details of its training programs and keep them updated on the portal.

The Register is designed to be of use to learners, employers, awarding bodies, training providers, schools, colleges, government agencies and their partners. It will facilitate access to and retrieval of information on all qualifications in the NSQF through a full search facility.

The process for including a qualification in the NSQF will involve the qualification development body submitting a completed Qualification File to NSDA for evaluation and approval by the NSQC.


The information about qualifications which is brought together in the Qualification File and recorded in the National Qualifications Register will allow learners and employers to understand the detail of the qualification, especially the outcomes which are assessed, how they are assessed and how this is quality assured, and the opportunities for employment, advancement or access to further stages of education and training which the qualifications offer.Bodies awarding qualifications in the NSQF will publish further information of this kind to ensure transparency.

The Register will allow searches, for example, search for:

  • Qualifications (by title, type, occupation/sector, job role, level)
  • Component of qualification (by title, type, occupation, job role, level)
  • Occupational sector/Discipline
Maintaining the Register

The National Qualifications Register will have different kinds and levels of access.  Access for the public will be read-only access to the information about the qualifications.

Qualifications for Comment

Agriculture Skill Council of India: ASCI


Gem and Jewellery Skill Council of India


Textile Sector Skill Council (TSC)


Commments on Qualification Files are invited by November 30, 2018 at Request you to please mention the Awarding Body Name (Ministry/DGT/State/SSC) in Subject Line.