5 Things To Prepare For Delhi School Admissions

5 Things To Prepare For Delhi School Admissions

School Admissions in Delhi happen every year during the winters. They start in between November to January and end by the last week of March. But the preparation for the admission season shall start much before November and it needs a lot of mental and physical involvement from both the parents. Some parents lose out on all the important admission updates, dates, and timelines due to a lack of centralized information on the Internet. In this article, we are going to talk about the 5 things to prepare for before the Delhi School Admissions, which will help you pass this admission season with flying colors. 

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  1. Are You And Your Child Eligible For Admissions?

Parent Eligibility

There used to be a time when the parents were interviewed, they were given preference on the basis of their education, social status, income, and some strange parameters like drinking and eating habits. The Directorate of Education (DoE) has banned all such selection criteria (which we have discussed earlier on in the book) formerly used by schools in Delhi. 

The only thing that affects the parents’ eligibility for admission in Delhi is the availability of valid residential proof of Delhi. Yes, there are few schools that give points to parents’ achievements and few other schools that might call the parents after going through their profile (available in the filled admission form), but we will be speaking about the majority of schools of Delhi. 

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Proof of Residential Address for General Category (Any of the below):

  • Ration Card/Smart Card Issued in the name of parents (Mother/Father having the name of child).
  • Domicile certificate of child or of his/her parents.
  • Voter I-Card (EPIC) of any of the parents.
  • Electricity bill/MTNL telephone bill/Water bill/Passport in the name of any of the parents or child.
  • Aadhar Card (Front & Back) issued in the name of any of the parents.

Note: Some schools accept the rent receipt but most of the schools do not. To be on the safe side, get your address modified on the Aadhar card, which can be amended by showing your rent receipt. The Aadhar updating process takes time, so even if you do not have the updated Aadhar card, you can use the enrolment slip for the application process and later produce the updated Aadhar card at the time of admission.

Note: If you are planning to apply to schools from a different location as well, make sure to have valid ID proof for both your present address and the new address.

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Proof of Present Residential Address for EWS/DG Category (Any of the below):

  • Ration card in the name of Parents along with the name of the child on it.
  • Domicile certificate of the child or his/her parents.
  • Voter ID card of any of the parents.
  • Utility bill such as Electricity/ Landline/ Water bill etc.
  • Unique Identity Card (Aadhar card) of either of the parents or the child as issued by the Govt. of India.
  • Passport in the name of any of the parents or child.
  • In the case of rented accommodation, an affidavit on stamp paper should be submitted along with any valid photo identity for e.g. Aadhar Card, Passport, Voter ID, etc.

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Child Eligibility

If the Directorate of Education (DoE) has a very strict policy about any particular admission criterion, then it has to be the rule about the child’s age (not even a day’s relaxation is given). The ‘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 and no child shall feel inferior to others because of an age gap.

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.

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Old rule (General Category):

The child should be exactly between 3 years and 4 years as on 31 March (Of the admission year) to qualify for nursery admission. 

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. 

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New rule (Introduced in the Admission year 2020-21 for General Category):

As per the new rule, there is a relaxation of 30 days, both of lower and upper age limit. Although some schools accepted admission forms of children of this age classification but at the same time, a lot of schools denied admission as well. Parents were also asked to drop a manual application in few schools.

Similarly, for KG and 1st class admission.

But the Schools are flouting this rule. I don’t have an exhaustive list of schools accepting April/ March-born children. You need to make that manual effort of reaching out to schools.

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EWS/DG Category:

The D.O.E provides relaxation of one year in the Upper Age limit for Children with Special Needs/Disabled Children Category. The mentally/physically impaired applicants can further have a relaxation in the upper age limit if approved by the Principal after the submission of the requisite documents. 

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

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2. Narrow Down the List Of Schools That You Wish To Apply To  

There are around 1,700 private schools and more than 200+ Boarding schools near Delhi. A focus on the below parameters will help you narrow down your search results. 

1) Location: A parent’s list of dream schools should primarily include those schools that are within a radius of a maximum of 10-15 Km from their home.

2) Annual Fee Structure: 

  • Rs. 50,000/Annum – Rs. 70,000/Annum
  • Rs. 70,000/Annum – Rs. 1 Lac/Annum
  • Rs. 1 Lac/Annum – Rs. 1.5 Lac/Annum
  • Rs. 1.5 Lac/Annum – Rs. 2 Lac/Annum
  • > Rs. 2 Lac/Annum
  • School Type:
  • Day Schools
  • Boarding Schools or Residential Schools
  • Day Boarding Schools

4) Gender:

  • Co-Educational
  • Only Boys
  • Only Girls 

5) School Management:

  • Traditional/Unconventional Schools: These are basically all the general private schools of Delhi, whether they follow a traditional approach to education or they belong to the new age unconventional schools.
  • Government Schools: Navodaya Vidyalaya/ Kendriya Vidyalaya/ School Of Excellence etc.
  • Defence Background: Following are some schools that allocate points to parents belonging to the following categories: Martyrs, Ex-servicemen defence person, Defence paramilitary, Serving as doctors in Defence, Army/ Navy/ Air Force, and others.
  • Convent Schools

6) Education Board Affiliation:

  • CBSE: Central Board of Secondary Education
  • CISCE: Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations
  • IB: The International Baccalaureate
  • IGCSE: International General Certificate of Secondary Education Cambridge University
  • State Board

These are primary parameters basis on which a parent shortlists his school. An answer to all the above questions will help you narrow down your search results.

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You may also consider the below secondary parameters for shortlisting schools:

1) Infrastructure: 

2) School Performance: Parents usually evaluate the performance of a school by categorizing it in the following way:

  1. Academic Achievements
  2. Rating & Reviews
  3. Alumni Achievements

3) Extra-Curricular & Co-Curricular Activities

4) Safety, Security, Health & Hygiene

5) Gender, Cultural & Ethnic Diversity

6) School Assessment: We’ll categorize the assessment in the following way:

  • Basic School Assessment
  • Children Assessment
  • Teacher Assessment

7) Focus on Building Child Leadership Values

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3. Study the Whole Admission Process Of Delhi & Connect With Other Parents

Note: Keep yourself updated about the admission timeline, the draw of lots, selection lists, waiting lists, results, etc, try to engage with other parents on our FB group daily so that you are updated about the latest news. Open up the school websites every day once or twice. Keep checking emails and phone regularly during the admission season.

FB Group: All About Delhi NCR School Admissions (By Aayush Aggarwal): 5000+ Parents: https://www.facebook.com/groups/delhinurseryadmissions/

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Q1) What is the point system adopted by the private schools for the selection of applicants?

A1) The admission to private schools in Delhi for the General Category applicants happens through a point system, where every applicant is assigned points on the basis of the selection criteria adopted by the school, with a maximum of 100 points. The applicants with a higher number of points than the cut-off score get selected as per seat availability in the school. If applicants have the same score, then the decision is made through the means of a lucky draw. Some common selection parameters are:

  • Neighborhood
  • Sibling
  • Alumni
  • Girl Child
  • Staff ward
  • Only Child/First-Born Child
  • Delhi Police Personnel
  • Single Parent
  • Transferred from Other City
  • Linguistic & Regional Minority
  • Adopted Child
  • Parents’ Accomplishments

Note: The point system has attained to provide maximum transparency during the admission process with minimum discretion to schools. It is important to note the following:

  • It is completely up to the school to consider parameters (from the above) for admission.
  • Schools can distribute weight to these parameters according to their choice.
  • No school can include the points that have been recently abolished by the government of Delhi (Non-smoking parents, Child Interviews, etc.). Although few schools still flout these rules. 

Check the 2020-21 admission criteria for all the private schools in Delhi here: https://bit.ly/3vPuKXU or Scan Below (Use your mobile camera or Bar Code Scanning Apps to access the below Bar Code):

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Delhi Market: 

In Delhi, I would say that there are primarily 6 parameters on which a child is allocated points in the majority of schools: Distance, Sibling, Alumni, Girl Child/First Child, and Staff Ward.

Assuming that every parent has some or the other school in the vicinity of 10Kms and for >80% of the parents, it is either the first child or the girl child. Therefore, Sibling/ Alumni/ Staff Child Points play a decisive role in the acquisition of a seat in the school. So if you get these points in a school, then your chances are good; otherwise, it is all a game of sheer LUCK. 

Note: I have put less stress on the other rare parameters like a single parent, transfer case, defence personnel, etc. 

P.S: Delhi market is a sellers’ market where the school seats get filled sooner or later, whether the school is a tier-1/tier-2 or tier-3. So admissions will always be tough with the existing point system. 

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4. Prepare Your Documents

Documents are essentially one of the major requirements for the Delhi School Admission process. These documents; originals, certificates, and affidavits form the basis for verifying your identity. The school has the right to reject an application on the basis of the authenticity of an admission document. So, all the parents must make sure that all the documents are up to date, have matching/correct details, and most importantly, are authentic.

Below is an exhaustive list of all the mandatory documents required during Delhi School Admissions as per the rules of the DOE (Directorate of Education), although a lot of private schools demand some additional documents as well. The applicant’s parents are required to submit a self-attested copy of all the documents at the time of registration and need to produce the original documents if they are selected for the admissions.

Below is an exhaustive list of all the mandatory documents required during Delhi School Admissions as per the rules of the DOE (Directorate of Education), although a lot of private schools demand some additional documents as well. The applicant’s parents are required to submit a self-attested copy of all the documents at the time of registration and need to produce the original documents if they are selected for the admissions.

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Mandatory Documents:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Proof of Residential Address: Any of the following: 

1. Ration Card/Smart Card issued in the name of parents (Mother/Father having the same last name as the child).

2. Domicile certificate of child or of his/her parents.

3. Voter I-Card (EPIC) of any of the parents.

4. Electricity bill/MTNL telephone bill/Water bill/Passport in the name of any of the parents or child.

5. Aadhar Card (Front and Back) issued in the name of any of the parents.

  • Aadhar Card of Child
  • Aadhar Card of Father
  • Aadhar Card of Mother

Note: Even though the government has made the Aadhar card a non-mandatory document, a lot of schools still ask for it.


  • Child’s recent passport size photo.
  • Father’s/Guardian recent passport size photo.
  • Mother’s/Guardian recent passport size photo.
  • Family Photo. 
  • Medical Certificate and Immunization Certificate

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Note: The above list is not mandatory for all the schools. Some schools might ask for a certain set of the above documents while the other schools might ask for a different set of documents. But no school will ask for any other mandatory documents apart from the ones mentioned above. 

The Supreme Court has even made the Aadhar Card a non-mandatory document but I have seen a lot of schools still flouting this rule and asking the parents and the child to produce their Aadhar Card. To be on the safe side, we recommend parents to be ready with all the above documents. 

Conditional Documents:

  • Religion Minority Certificate.          
  • Affidavit of ‘Single Parent’ along with Death Certificate/Divorce Decree.
  • Affidavit of ‘Girl Child’.
  • Sibling’s ID card, Fee Receipt, Report Card, etc.
  • Parent’s Mark sheet of class XII/Passing Certificate.
  • Affidavit of First/Single Child.
  • Affidavit of Twin Children.
  • Transfer cases.
  • Staff’s latest ID Card in case the applicant is the staff’s ward.
  • Parents who are national awardees have to produce the National Certificate.
  • Affidavit for inter-community/inter-cast marriage.
  • Affidavit for proof of the distance from the school. 
  • PAN Cards of the parents.

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5. Apply To Multiple Schools

Fight For Every Seat!

An estimated 1000 children are born in Delhi, every day. The number goes up to 30,000 births per month and 3,60,000 births every year. There are roughly 70,000 parents appearing for private school admissions every year. Delhi, with approximately 1700 Private Schools and more than 5 Lac admission applications every year, is home to one of the most complex school admission systems in the world. And with each of these 1700 schools having a unique admission process, it becomes all the more challenging for the parents. The total numbers of admission seats in all the Private schools combined are 1,25,000 (approximately 90,000 seats for the General Category), which makes it roughly 74 seats per school. The total number of applications received by these private schools is approximately 5,50,000 every year (for the past few years). By simple arithmetic calculations, we come to the conclusion that a parent applies to an average of 6 Private Schools during Delhi School Admissions every year. It is vivid that there is a tough competition for every seat, with 1 in 25 parents returning home without a single school in the bag. It has also been speculated that the success rate of getting a seat in a Delhi school is lower than that in a competitive exam like the AIPMT (Medical Entrance).

Also, if you wish to apply to schools through management seats, then having a filled form & school-generated admission registration ID is a must. So, apply to even those schools which might be far from your place but are on your dream school list. 

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Some of the key points to remember:

  • Please avoid the first 3 days and last 3 days for going to school/ filling form on the school website since every parent would be in a rush & chances are that school website might also crash due to high traffic. There is no first come first served criterion. Every admission form submitted before the last submission date would be allocated points. 
  • Whenever visiting a school, carry a folder with all the documents self-attested by parents, glue stick, stapler, extra set of documents.
  • Identify a notary near your place who can make all the affidavits (first child, girl child, distance from school, twins, etc.). The affidavit should be on a Rs. 10 non-Judicial stamp paper attested by a notary. One affidavit will cost you somewhere between Rs. 60-Rs. 100.
  • Apply to all the Tier-1 and Tier-2 schools in a radius of 9-10 KM. Shortlist schools after you get through. Do not shortlist before.
  • Do not miss out on the admission process, even if you feel that your child might not cope up or any other factor. I can understand your concern as a parent that you want to work more on your child at home/ playschool and send her to a formal school only when you feel she 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. 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. He/she will eventually adjust herself. 
  • Make a visit to the photo studio and get the latest passport-size photographs of the family, the child, the father, and the mother printed in bulk! This is one thing you can’t do without! Make sure to print a good number of photos of both the parents, as most schools demand them. Also, scan these passport size photographs or ask the photo studio to mail you a soft copy (For the schools with an online Admission process)
  • Aadhar Card of the child. Even if you don’t have it, apply for it and get a temporary enrolment slip. You must produce the updated Aadhar card at the time of admissions (After securing a seat). 

Note: Even though the government has made Aadhar cards non-mandatory, a lot of schools still ask for them.

  • Be ready with all the other mandatory documents and documents which are valid to you (Alumni, Sibling, Affidavits, Aadhar cards, Residence Proves, etc.). Keep all the original documents also ready since a lot of schools have started calling parents for document verification right after the registration process completes. Click on the link for the consolidated PDF with document specifications required during Delhi School Admissions: https://bit.ly/2XnUxtD or Scan Below (Use your mobile camera or Bar Code Scanning Apps to access the below Bar Code):
  • All documents should have the same details e.g. Address, spelling, etc. If the details are not the same or are incorrect, you have ample time before the start of the admissions to get these documents corrected. 
  • Photocopy sets of documents with your signatures (Attested). Do at least 20 photocopies each.

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