Delhi School Admission Child Age

Delhi School Admission Child Age

If the Directorate Of Education (DOE) has a strict policy around a particular admission criterion then it has to be the child’s age & there is a relaxation of not even a day. The Delhi School Admission Child Age criterion has been framed by the government to stop the long-lasting legacy of children of different age groups studying in the same class. According to the DOE, all the children studying in a particular standard should have the same level of brain development & no child shall feel inferior to others because of an age gap.

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Q1) What is the lower & upper age limit for all entry-level classes in Delhi School Admissions?

A1) For admission to the Private Unaided schools of Delhi, the age of the applicant is calculated as on 31 March of the year in which admission is sought.

General Category:

  • For Nursery/Pre-School: Between 3Yrs-4Yrs
  • For KG/Pre-Primary: Between 4Yrs-5Yrs
  • For Class 1:  Between 5Yrs-6Yrs
Old rule:
The child should be exactly between 3 years and 4 years as on 31 March 2021 to qualify for nursery admissions.
There are few children who are born on eg 5 April 2018 (child will be less than 3 years of age as on 31 March 2021) or 25 March 2017 (child will be more than 4 years as on 31 March 2021); till last year the schools would have rejected such applications and would not have accepted even a day’s difference.
 
New rule (Introduced in Admission year 2020-21):
As per the new rule there is a relaxation of 30 days, both of lower and upper age limit. Parents need to drop a manual application in the school.
Similarly for KG and 1st class admissions.
But the Schools are flouting this rule. We don’t have any exhaustive list of schools accepting April born children. You need to make that manual effort of reaching out to schools.

EWS/DG Category:

The DOE provides a relaxation of one year in the Upper Age limit for Children with Special Needs/Disabled Children Category. The mentally challenged applicants can further have a relaxation in the upper age limit post approval by the Principal on submission of the requisite documents. See below:

  • For Nursery/Preschool:
    Physically Challenged –> Less than 5 years as on 31 March of the year in which the admission is sought
    Mentally Challenged –> Less than 5 years as on 31 March of the year in which the admission is sought which can be further relaxed only by the Principal/HOS subject on submission of the requisite documents.
  • For KG/Pre-Primary:
    Physically Challenged –> Less than 6 years as on 31 March of the year in which the admission is sought
    Mentally Challenged –> Less than 6 years as on 31 March of the year in which the admission is sought which can be further relaxed only by the Principal/HOS subject on submission of the requisite documents.
  • Class 1:
    Physically Challenged –> Less than 7 years as on 31 March of the year in which the admission is sought
    Mentally Challenged –> Less than 7 years as on 31 March of the year in which the admission is sought which can be further relaxed only by the Principal/HOS subject on submission of the requisite documents.

The rejection of an application for relaxation in upper age limits (in case of a student with mental disabilities) should be based on valid grounds & a speaking order shall be passed by the Principal of the school. The parent/ child should have the right to appeal before the Director (Education) & before the principal secretary (Education) in the second appeal. The decision of the principal secretary shall be final & binding on all concerned.

Q2) My kid is 4Yrs + as on 31 March of the admission year. Is he eligible for the nursery admissions in Delhi?

A2) No, as per DOE’s guidelines which stated that from 2019-20 onwards, the child must be between 3Yrs and 4Yrs as on 31 March of the admission year. Not even a day’s relaxation is given to the parents. Though you can apply in KG for your kid. The applicants belonging to EWS/DG category might get relations (See the above answer).

Old rule:

The child should be exactly between 3 years and 4 years as on 31 March 2021 to qualify for nursery admissions.
There are few children who are born on eg 5 April 2018 (child will be less than 3 years of age as on 31 March 2021) or 25 March 2017 (child will be more than 4 years as on 31 March 2021); till last year the schools would have rejected such applications and would not have accepted even a day’s difference.
 
New rule (Introduced in Admission year 2020-21):
As per the new rule there is a relaxation of 30 days, both of lower and upper age limit. Parents need to drop a manual application in the school.
Similarly for KG and 1st class admissions.
But the Schools are flouting this rule. We don’t have any exhaustive list of schools accepting April born children. You need to make that manual effort of reaching out to schools.

Q3) My kid is just a few days short of 3 Yrs as on 31 March of the admission year (2 Yrs 11 Months 25 Days). Is he eligible for the nursery admissions in Delhi?

A3) Even if the kid is one day short of 3 years as, on 31 March of the admission, he/she is not eligible for the nursery admissions in private unaided schools of Delhi. The applicants belonging to EWS/DG category might get relations (See the first answer).

Old rule:

The child should be exactly between 3 years and 4 years as on 31 March 2021 to qualify for nursery admissions.
There are few children who are born on eg 5 April 2018 (child will be less than 3 years of age as on 31 March 2021) or 25 March 2017 (child will be more than 4 years as on 31 March 2021); till last year the schools would have rejected such applications and would not have accepted even a day’s difference.
 
New rule (Introduced in Admission year 2020-21):
As per the new rule there is a relaxation of 30 days, both of lower and upper age limit. Parents need to drop a manual application in the school.
Similarly for KG and 1st class admissions.
But the Schools are flouting this rule. We don’t have any exhaustive list of schools accepting April born children. You need to make that manual effort of reaching out to schools.

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24 Replies to “Delhi School Admission Child Age”

    1. Mr. Om Prakash Singh,
      As per the Directorate of Education’s policy, your child would be eligible for KG (Pre-Primary) Class & not 1st Standard. He is falling short by just 10 Days.

      As on 31 March 2019:
      For Nursery/Pre-School: Between 3Yrs-4Yrs
      For KG/Pre-Primary: Between 4Yrs-5Yrs
      For Class 1: Between 5Yrs-6Yrs

  1. Hi,
    My daughter is going to be of 3 years on 4th April,2021.
    So,is she eligible for admission in nursery for 21-22 session…?

    1. Hi Charul, For admission to the Private schools of Delhi, the age of the applicant is calculated as on 31 March of the year in which admission is sought.
      General Category:
      • For Nursery/Pre-School: Between 3Yrs-4Yrs
      • For KG/Pre-Primary: Between 4Yrs-5Yrs
      • For Class 1: Between 5Yrs-6Yrs
      Old rule:
      The child should be exactly between 3 years and 4 years as on 31 March (Of the admission year) to qualify for nursery admissions.
      Eg: For Admission 2021-22, There are few children who are born on eg 5 April 2018 (child will be less than 3 years of age as on 31 March 2021) or 25 March 2017 (child will be more than 4 years as on 31 March 2021); till last year the schools would have rejected such applications and would not have accepted even a day’s difference.

      New rule (Introduced in Admission year 2020-21):
      As per the new rule there is a relaxation of 30 days, both of lower and upper age limit. Although some schools accepted admission form of children of this age classification but at the same time, a lot of schools denied admissions as well. Parents were also asked to drop a manual application in few schools.
      Similarly, for KG and 1st class admissions.
      But the Schools are flouting this rule. I don’t have any exhaustive list of schools accepting April born children. You need to make that manual effort of reaching out to schools.

  2. My sons date of birth is 5 April 2016. is he eligible for admission in class 1 for the academic session 2021-22.

    1. Hi Nitin, For admission to the Private schools of Delhi, the age of the applicant is calculated as on 31 March of the year in which admission is sought.
      General Category:
      • For Nursery/Pre-School: Between 3Yrs-4Yrs
      • For KG/Pre-Primary: Between 4Yrs-5Yrs
      • For Class 1: Between 5Yrs-6Yrs
      Old rule:
      The child should be exactly between 3 years and 4 years as on 31 March (Of the admission year) to qualify for nursery admissions.
      Eg: For Admission 2021-22, There are few children who are born on eg 5 April 2018 (child will be less than 3 years of age as on 31 March 2021) or 25 March 2017 (child will be more than 4 years as on 31 March 2021); till last year the schools would have rejected such applications and would not have accepted even a day’s difference.

      New rule (Introduced in Admission year 2020-21):
      As per the new rule there is a relaxation of 30 days, both of lower and upper age limit. Although some schools accepted admission form of children of this age classification but at the same time, a lot of schools denied admissions as well. Parents were also asked to drop a manual application in few schools.
      Similarly, for KG and 1st class admissions.
      But the Schools are flouting this rule. I don’t have any exhaustive list of schools accepting April born children. You need to make that manual effort of reaching out to schools.

  3. my twins DOB is 2Jan 2018..So as of today, 18 feb, 2021, they are 3 yeras one and half monthe of age..Are the eligible for nursery admission 2021

  4. My son is 3 yrs as on 29 Nov-2020, I don’t want let him to go to school in present Covid situation.
    Will he be eligible to get admission in next session i.e. 2022-23 ? If yes then in which class ?
    Will there be any problem to get the admission in next session i.e. 2022-23 ?

    1. Hi Arpit,
      Yes, I can understand your concern as a parent that you want to work more on your child at home/ play school and send her to a formal school only when you feel she would be safe, but admissions in Delhi work a bit differently. The government is very strict about granting admissions as per the child’s age. If you miss out on Nursery admissions in the coming year, then your child will be eligible for KG admissions, the next year, and admission to schools in Delhi for KG standard is comparatively tougher compared to Nursery due to a smaller number of seats and schools taking fewer admission for KG. So, enrol your child in Nursery with full efforts and do not worry whether your child would be able to cope up. She will eventually adjust herself.

  5. My grand daughter ‘s date of birth is 14.11.2014. Is she entitle to get admission in 1st Class in Delhi /NCR?
    Regards,

    1. Hi Jagdish, since your grand daughter was 6+ as on 31 March 2021, she was eligible for 2nd grade admission this year and not 1st grade.

  6. Actually I am so tense in these days, due to admission issue. I want to add my childin class 2. She is 8 years old, but the school principle told me that she is not qualified for class 2 as per age limit. They told me that her age is qualified for class 4. Which is totally rediculous. Kindly help that I able to promoted my child in class 2.

    1. Hi Vivek, Yes, I can understand your concern as a parent but admissions in Delhi work a bit differently. The government is very strict about granting admissions as per the child’s age.

  7. My son is 5 yrs 2 months and 24 days as on 31.03.2021(DOB 06.01.2016). after getting 1 month leverage from doe now the gap is 1 month and 24 days i want his admission in class pre-primary . his growth is slow . all schools denied for the same. so is there any remedy to do the same as he is not able to studying in class 1st. please help

    1. Hi Nitin, Yes, I can understand your concern as a parent that you want to work more on your child at home/ play school and send her to a formal school only when you feel he would be able to cope up, but admissions in Delhi work a bit differently. The government is very strict about granting admissions as per the child’s age. There is a maximum relaxation of just 1 month.

      Old rule:
      The child should be exactly between 3 years and 4 years as on 31 March (Of the admission year) to qualify for nursery admissions.
      Eg: For Admission 2021-22, There are few children who are born on eg 5 April 2018 (child will be less than 3 years of age as on 31 March 2021) or 25 March 2017 (child will be more than 4 years as on 31 March 2021); till last year the schools would have rejected such applications and would not have accepted even a day’s difference.

      New rule (Introduced in Admission year 2020-21):
      As per the new rule there is a relaxation of 30 days, both of lower and upper age limit. Although some schools accepted admission form of children of this age classification but at the same time, a lot of schools denied admissions as well. Parents were also asked to drop a manual application in few schools.
      Similarly, for KG and 1st class admissions.
      But the Schools are flouting this rule. I don’t have any exhaustive list of schools accepting April born children. You need to make that manual effort of reaching out to schools.

  8. My daughter DOB is 04-03-2018 as on 31 March 2021 completed 3 year . Pls tell me admission possible and Admission date close in 2021 year or not .

    1. Hi Ajit, Your child was eligible for Delhi Nursery Admissions 2021-22 this year (The last date to apply to schools was in March 2021). If you have filled the forms but did not get through any school, you can contact us at +91-9811131531 or +91-9811831531 for free admission guidance.

    1. Hi Parent, On 31st March 2022, your child will be 4 years 3 Months old (Schools calculate age on 31st march of the admission year).
      Eligibility depends on the location: Delhi/ Gurgaon/ Noida etc.
      For Delhi schools your child will be eligible for KG. In Gurgaon, Noida and other NCR region, some schools will accept you in Nursery and some in KG (School specific age criteria). You can read about age classification in Gurgaon here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/delhinurseryadmissions/posts/838851450092460/

  9. My son is pursuing class 3 in delhi and he is 6+ now. I want his addmission in class 4 even he is not 8+ according to rule. What is the rule for the children who already s
    Under age but already pursuing in high class . Please solve my problem.

  10. Sir/ medam, My child born on 07/10/2016 and want to know that in which class he is entitle for addmission .

    1. Mr Dharmendra, Since your child will be around 5 Years 5 months old, he is eligible for grade 1 admission in Delhi NCR school admission 2022-23. Feel free to contact us at +91-9811131531 for any concerns.

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