Sainik School Entrance Exam

Information about New Sainik Schools

Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved plan for setting up of Approved New Sainik Schools in partnership with NGOs/private schools/State Governments. This scheme leverages Public/private partnership in education sector helping tap into existing infrastructure available with reputed private & Government Schools and open-up new capacities to meet the growing aspirations of children desirous of receiving education in a Sainik School environment. For more details on Sainik School Exam in 2024, visit here.

Recently 23 new Sainik schools have been provisionally approved apart from the 19 new Sainik schools already functional. You can get complete list of new Sainik Schools here.

Sainik School cadets at RD parade 2024

Class of Admission at NSS?

Since academic year 2022-23, new Sainik Schools have been accepting boy & girl cadets in class 6 only. Following the same pattern, for academic year 2024-25 also NSS’s have posted seats only for class 6 admission.

What are the objectives of setting up Approved New Sainik Schools?

The main objective behind the vision of setting up of 100 Approved New Sainik Schools is to create an academically strong, intellectually adept, confident, highly skilled, patriotic self reliant, youth community with leadership qualities focused on providing utmost priority to the nation. People ask, ‘Are new Sainik Schools different?’ So answer to this question is that yes, new Sainik Schools are distinct from the existing 33 Sainik Schools and form a separate vertical under Sainik School Society.

Is the education offered at approved NSS the same as that offered at existing Sainik Schools?

In addition to their regular affiliated Board curriculum, approved NSSs will also impart education of Academic PLUS curriculum to the students of Sainik School pattern. However to join the Sainik school pattern of education in these NSS schools, a candidate must qualify in AISSEE which is conducted once a year. Not all NSS have hostel facility. So every candidate is directed to visit official website of NSS to assess their infrastructure facility.

List of New Sainik Schools accepting admission for 2024-25

Following table contains List of New Sainik Schools accepting admission for academic year 2024-25.

SrName of New Sainik SchoolStateDistrict
1Adani world schoolAndhra PredeshSPSR Nellore
2Tawang Public SchoolArunachal PredeshTawang
3Sundari Devi Saraswati Vidya MandirBiharSamastipur
4Keshav Saraswati Vidya MandirBiharPatna
5Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Military AcademyDadra and Nagar HaveliSilvassa
6Shri. Brahmanand Vidya MandirGujratJunagadh
7Shri. Motibhai R Chaudhary Sagar Sainik SchoolGujratMehsana
8Banas SainikSchoolGujratBanaskantha
9Royal International Residential SchoolHaryanaFatehabad
10Shri Baba Mastnath Residential Public SchoolHaryanaRohtak
11Raj Luxmi Samvid GurukulamHimachal PradeshSolan
12Sangolli Rayanna Sainik SchoolKarnatakaBelagavi
13Viveka School of ExcellenceKarnatakaMysore
14Vedavyasa Vidyalaya Senior Secondary SchoolkeralaKozhikode
15Saraswati Vidya Mandir Higher Secondary SchoolMadhya PradeshMandsaur
16Padmashree Dr.Vitthairai Vikhe Patil Sainik SchoolMaharasthaAhmednagar
17SK International SchoolMaharasthaSangli
18Dayanand Public SchoolPunjabPatiala
19The Vikasa SchoolTamil NaduTuticorin
20Ganpatrai Salarpuria Saraswati Vidya ManirBhagalpurBihar
21Aadharshila Vidya MandirBilaspurChhattisgarh
22The Great India SchoolRaipurChhattisgarh
23Smt. Kesari Devi Lohia Jairam Public SchoolKurukshetraHaryana
24Woods Park SchoolHamirpurHimachal Pradesh
25National English Medium Public SchoolBidarKarnataka
26Vidhyadhiraja Vidyapeetom Central School, MavelikkaraAlapuzhaKerala
27Sree Sarada VidyalayaErnakulamKerala
28Saraswati Gramoday Higher Secondary SchoolHosangabadMadhya Pradesh
29Bhonsala Military School, NagpurNagpurMaharashtra
30Adarsh Public School, Akulgaon (Kurduwadi)SolapurMaharashtra
31Good Day Defence SchoolHanumangarhRajasthan
32Shri Bhawani Niketan Public SchoolJaipurRajasthan
33Shri Hanwant Senior Secondary English Medium School ChopasniJodhpurRajasthan
34Bhartiya Public SchoolSikarRajasthan
35Samvid Gurukulam Senior Secondary SchoolMathuraUttar Pradesh
36Allons Public SchoolBemetaraChhattisgarh
37Delhi Public SchoolRajnandgaonChhattisgarh
38Gokuldas Public SchoolKhargoneMadhya Pradesh
Sainik School Students with teachers

Documents required to apply for New Sainik Schools

Following is the list of documents required to apply for New Sainik Schools:

  1. Photograph of Candidate
  2. Signature of Candidate
  3. Thumb impression of Candidate
  4. Domicile certificate of Candidate
  5. Date of birth certificate of Candidate
  6. Category certificate, if applicable
  7. Service Certificate in case of wards of Defence personnel/ex-servicemen, if applicable.
  8. Certificate from the Approved NSS where the candidate is currently studying certifying that the applicant is studying there, if applicable.

What is the admission process for approved NSSs?

Candidates are required to appear and qualify in the AISSEE 2024. Those who qualify have to apply for counselling after declaration of results. Admission is based on the rank secured in AISSEE 2024. There are two channels of admission to approved NSS:

40% route: Minimum 40% of the seats in approved NSSs will be filled on the basis of the rank secured in the AllIndia Merit List. Domicile/Category are not considered for this Merit List. Candidates can opt for any approved NSS in India at the time of Sainik School e-counselling.

60% route: Upto 60% of the seats in approved NSSs will be filled by those who are currently studying in the approved NSS. They will be filled on the basis of rank secured in School wise Merit List. Domicile/Category are not considered for this Merit List. Candidates are deemed to have opted for the approved NSS where they are currently studying (as indicated in their AISSEE application form) for admission under this route.

Is domicile or category certificate necessary for admission in approved New Sainik School? No. Domicile or Category certificate are not required for admission in new Sainik School. However, it is compulsory to write the AISSEE 2024 for admission to approved NSSs in the Sainik School stream.

Number of Seats in New Sainik Schools for academic year 2024-25

Following table contains Number of Seats in New Sainik Schools for academic year 2024-25 for class 6 boys & girls.

Sr NoStateName of the SchoolDistrictType of SchoolEducationVacanciesTotal
BoysGirlsGender Neutral
1.Andhra PradeshAdani World SchoolKrishnapatnam Port, NelloreDay SchoolCo-Ed8080
2.Arunachal PradeshTawang Public SchoolLemberdung, TawangResidentialCo-Ed202040
3.BiharKeshav Saraswati Vidya MandirKeshavpuram, Ranipurchak, Marcha Marchi Road, PatnaDay SchoolCo-Ed18020200
4.Sundari Devi Saraswati Vidya MandirAt- Bataha PO- Udaypur, SamstipurDay SchoolCo-Ed8020100
5.Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and DiuNetaji Subhash Chandra Bose Military SchoolMota Randha, SilvassaResidentialCo-Ed6040100
6.GujaratShri Motibhai R. Chaudhary Sagar Sainik SchoolMehsanaResidentialCo-Ed10812120
7.Banas Sainik SchoolMoriya, Palanpur, BanaskanthaResidentialCo-Ed701080
8.Shri Brahmanand Vidya MandirTaluka: Visavadar, Post: Juni Chavand, At. Chaparda, JunagarhResidentialCo-Ed180120300
9.HaryanaShri Baba Mastnath Residential Public SchoolAsthal Bohar, RohtakDay SchoolCo-Ed9030120
10.Royal International Residential SchoolKhara Kheri, FatehabadDay School & ResidentialCo-Ed10020120
11.Himachal PradeshRaj Luxmi Samvid GurukulamNalagarh, SolanResidentialBoys Only8080
12.KarnatakaViveka School of ExcellenceSaragur,MysoruDay SchoolCo-Ed502575
13.Sangolli Rayanna Sainik SchoolSangolli, Bailhongal, BelagaviResidentialCo-Ed8040120
14.KeralaVedavyasa Vidyalayam Sainik SchoolMalaparamba, KozhikodeDay SchoolCo-Ed8080
15.Madhya PradeshSaraswati Vidya Mandir Hr. Sec SchoolSanjeet Road, MandsaurDay SchoolCo-Ed955100
16.MaharashtraPadmashri Dr. Vitthalrao Vikhe Patil Sainik SchoolLoni, AhmednagarResidentialBoys Only5050
17.SK International SchoolRethredharan, SangliResidentialCo-Ed10020120
18PunjabDayanand Sainik SchoolSilver City Nabha, PatialaDay SchoolCo-Ed21090300
19.Tamil NaduThe Vikasa SchoolMillerpuram, TuticorinDay School & ResidentialCo-Ed561470

A Candidate who is currently studying in a approved NSS can apply for both Sainik schools and approved New Sainik Schools?

A Candidate who is currently studying in a approved NSS has following seven options for applying:

  • Sainik Schools (SS) only
  • SS + Approved NSS 40% route (in that order of priority)
  • SS+ Approved NSS-40% route+ Approved NSS-60% route ( In that order of priority)
  • SS+ Approved NSS-60% route ( in that order of priority)
  • Approved NSS-40% route +Approved NSS-60% route ( in that order of priority)
  • Approved NSS-60% route only
  • Approved NSS-40% route only

All these choices have to be locked at the time of Sainik School E-counselling & AISSEE 2024.

What are the eligibility requirements for admission to an approved New Sainik School?

Admission in approved NSS for academic year 2024-25 in the Sainik School stream is open only at Class VI level. There are two channels of admission:

40% route:
1. Candidate must be between 10-12 years of age as on 31.03.2024.
2. Candidate must have been between 01 April 2012 and 31 March 2014.

60% route:

1. Candidate must be between 10-12 years of age as on 31.03.2024.
2. Candidate must have been between 01 April 2012 and 31 March 2014.
3. Must be currently studying in the approved NSS where he is seeking admission.
4. Must have passed/appearing in Class V as on 31.03.2024.

What are minimum passing marks for admission in New Sainik Schools?

Following are the minimum passing marks for admission in New Sainik Schools:
For Sainik Schools
Minimum 25% marks in each section and minimum 40% in the aggregate. This does not apply to SC/ST categories.
For Approved NSS – 40% and 60% – both routes
Minimum 25% marks in each section and minimum 40% in the aggregate. This is applicable to all candidates including SC/ST candidates.

How is the Merit List prepared for admission to approved NSS40% & NSS60% ?

For admission in NSS40% route, All India Merit List based on marks secured in AISSEE 2024 is considered. No category or domicile is taken into consideration in the preparation of this Merit List. Again, for NSS60% route also marks scored in AISSEE 2024 is important.

Do I have to apply for counselling even if I want to join SS?

Yes. All candidates seeking admission to SS or approved NSS (40% route or 60% route) are required to apply for counselling after declaration of AISSEE 2024 results.

Also, Students once selected in any one of approved New Sainik School cannot claim admission transfer to any old Sainik School.

Information about New Sainik Schools: FAQ’s

What is the NSS 40%?

Minimum 40% of the seats in approved NSSs will be filled on the basis of the rank secured in the AllIndia Merit List. Domicile/Category are not considered for this Merit List. Candidates can opt for any approved NSS in India at the time of Sainik School e-counselling.

What is NSS 60% route?

Upto 60% of the seats in approved NSSs will be filled by those who are currently studying in the approved NSS. They will be filled on the basis of rank secured in School wise Merit List. Domicile/Category are not considered for this Merit List. Candidates are deemed to have opted for the approved NSS where they are currently studying (as indicated in their AISSEE application form) for admission under this route.

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