Sainik Schools were established by Sainik Schools Society and is managed by the same, under the Ministry of Defense. Founded in 1961 by V K Krishna Menon (Defense Minister of India), Sainik Schools were deliberately conceived to eradicate the imbalance created amongst Officer Cadre of Indian Military because of creed, class or religion. Irrespective of their income or social background, deserving students get high-quality of education completely based on their merit.

Students in Sainik Schools are trained and prepared for entry into Indian Naval Academy (INA) and National Defense Academy (NDA). Across India, there are total 25 such schools which run under the authority of Ministry of Defense and respective State Governments. These schools provide a common curriculum and are affiliated to CBSE, New Delhi.

Only boys are eligible for admission into Sainik Schools.

Complete Admission Procedure of Sainik Schools:

The Entrance examination is held for admission of boys into Class 6 and Class 9.

Age Limit:

  • Eligible age for admission into Class 6 is between 10 to 11 years (must be born in the midst of 2 July 2007 to 1 July 2008).
  • Eligible age for admission into Class 9 is between 13 to 14 years (must be born in the midst of 2 July 2004 to 1 July 2005).

Application Form:

Admission form can either be downloaded online or be purchased from respective Sainik School directly.

To get admitted into Class 9, boys must be pursuing studies in class 8 in a renowned school.

Examination Paper:

Admission will be provided on the basis of entrance exam comprising of subjects Mathematics, GK, Intelligence and Language for Class 6; and Mathematics, English, Intelligence, Science and Social Science for Class 9.

A Written exam will be followed by a Personal Interview and medical examination.


67% of seats are reserved for students of the respective State wherever the Sainik School is situated based on the order of their merit.

Remaining 33% seats are reserved for students from other States and Union Territories.

Out of this 33% of a broad category:

  • 25% seats are reserved for sons of service defense personnel (ex-servicemen included)
  • 15% seats are reserved for Schedule Caste candidates
  • 5% seats are reserved for Schedule Tribe candidates

All India Sainik Schools Entrance Examination is conducted every year in the month of January. Most probably, the application form accompanied by prospectus and sample question papers is issued by Sainik Schools in October and November months.

Written Examination Details:

Class 6: Breakdown of Marks

Subjects Number of questions x Marks for each Total Marks
Mathematics 50 x 3 150
GK (Science and Social Studies) 25 x 2 50
Language Ability Test 25 x 2 50
Intelligence Test 25 x 2 50
Total 300

Class 9: Breakdown of Marks

Written exam for Class 6 can be taken in English, Hindi or other languages

Subjects Number of questions x Marks for each Total Marks
Mathematics 50 x 4 200
Intelligence 25 x 2 50
English 25 x 2 50
General Science 25 x 2 50
Social Studies 25 x 2 50
Total 400

Written Exam for Class 9 will be taken in English only


Candidates who qualify the written exam (as per merit) need to appear for Interview before an Interview Board at school.

Additionally, selected candidates need to appear before a Medical Board for medical tests in a specific Government Civil Hospital.

Final merit list will be announced based on the merit of the students acquired in written test and interview, category wise.