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Admissions to Sainik Schools In India

Admission to Sainik Schools in India is through a national level entrance exam called the All India Sainik Schools Entrance Examination (AISSEE). The National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts the AISSEE exam every year for admissions to Classes 6 and 9.

Here's a step-by-step process on how to get admission into Sainik School in India:


  • Class 6: Boys and girls between the age of 10-12 years as of 31st March of the year of admission.

  • Class 9: Boys and girls between the age of 13-15 years as of 31st March of the year of admission.

Steps involved:

  1. Apply online: The application process for AISSEE is usually conducted online in the month of October or November every year. You can find the application form and prospectus on the official AISSEE website

  2. Take the AISSEE exam: The AISSEE exam is generally held in January. The exam pattern and syllabus for Class 6 and 9 are different.

  • Class 6: The AISSEE for Class 6 comprises Mathematics, General Knowledge (Science & Social Science), Language (Hindi or English), and Intelligence Test.

  • Class 9: The AISSEE for Class 9 comprises Mathematics, Science, Social Science, English, and Intelligence Test.

  1. Appear for interview and medical test: After the written exam, shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview and a medical test.

  2. E-counselling: Based on the merit list prepared after the AISSEE exam, interview, and medical test, a counseling session will be conducted online for seat allotment.

Here are some additional points to remember:

  • There is a minimum qualifying mark requirement for passing the AISSEE exam. However, the cut-off marks vary depending on the category and the number of available seats.

  • Sainik Schools offer reservation for Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), Other Backward Classes (OBC), Persons with Disabilities (PWD), and wards of defense personnel.

  • The Sainik Schools website also has a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section that can answer many of your queries about the admission process

Sainik Schools are a great option for students who want a disciplined and academically rigorous education with a focus on developing leadership qualities and preparing for a career in the defense forces.

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