33 Sainik Schools in India
Admission In
Admission in
Class 6 & Class 9
Once a year (January)
Approx Rs. 1,20,000/- a year
State, defence, caste quota applicable.
RIMC Alert
Next Exam
21 January 2024
Admission Cycle
Last Date to Apply
16 December 2023

About the school

There are 33 Sainik Schools in India, at present , broadly one in each state. These are fully residential premier institutions ,  administrated by Sainik School Society , Ministry of Defence.

These schools were established in 1960s , as the initiative of Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the nation’s first prime minister.These are English Medium Schools affiliated to CBSE. Admission to Sainik Schools is on the basis of an All India Written Exam and a medical test.

These schools have excelled in their primary role as a feeder institution to the Armed Forces and have over 15000 officers to her credit as officers in the Armed Forces. A large number of alumni are IAS, IPS officers, Doctors and Engineers serving all over the country and abroad.

It is to be noted that UP Sainik School , Lucknow ( also known as Captain Manoj Pandey Sainik School ) conducts its exam separately and is not a part of the above Sainik School Society.’

Recent updates : 

  1. Now girls can apply to all 33 Sainik Schools in India in class 6 , wef year 2020.
  2. NTA , the reputed government agency now conducts the admission test for Sainik Schools , wef year 2020.

List of Sainik Schools


What is the fees of Sainik School Dehradun?

As an indicative amount , it varies from INR 80,000/- to 1,25,000/- , basis year 2023-24

What is the name of Sainik School in Uttarakhand?

The name of the Sainik School in Uttarakhand is Ghorakhal Sainik School, located near Nainital. It is one of the most prestigious Sainik Schools in India.

How can I get admission in Sainik School?

To get admission to Sainik School, you need to follow a specific admission process. Here are the general steps:
1) Check the eligibility of your child as per the age , gender and class.
2) Fill up the application form online in the month of October (refer APPLY section on our website)
3) Get the admit card online
4) Check the syllabus & the sample paper of Sainik School Exam (refer EXAM section on our website)
5) Prepare for the exam accordingly.
6) On the basis of an All India Written Exam , a merit list shall be prepared.
7) Students on the merit list are called for a medical test.

Which is the best site for Sainik school entrance exam?

For Entrance Exam of Sainik Schools, the official website is https://aissee.nta.nic.in . This is the site for registering for the exam.
For reliable and updated information on application , exam pattern and other related information, https://compassdoon.com/ is a recommened website.

Sainik School form is offline or online ?

It is online only.

How much is the maximum percentage of seat reservation ?

67% seats are reserved for the state quota, hence the student must have the domicile certificate of that particular state from where he/she can apply.

What is the eligibility criteria of Sainik School for the academic session of 2024-25 ?

Sainik School take students for class 6th & 9th. For the upcoming admission cycle in 2024 , following is the criterion
For class 6th, both boys & girls can apply ; student age must be between 10-12 years as on 31st Mar’24 & the student must be in 5th class or have passed 5th.
For class 9th, both boys & girls can apply ; student age must be between 13-15 years as on 31st Mar’24 & the student must be in 8th class or have passed 8th.

What is the last date to fill the application form ?

The online application window is generally open for a month , between Oct 10th to Nov 10th.

What does CompassDoon provides to Sainik School aspirants ?

CompassDoon is a well renowned institution in Dehradun for its results from pan India. It provides comprehensive study material, number of relevant test series, experienced & best faculty members

Can girls apply for class 9th ?

No. Girls can apply for class 6th only.

How many Sainik Schools are there in India

There are total 33 Sainik Schools in India which are fully residential and comes under Ministry of Defence. 18 Private Schools are being added since the year 2023.

What documents are required for the entrance exam ?

Date of birth certificate
Domicile certificate
Caste Certificate
Copy of Aadhar Card

What are the different categories of reservation of seats

State quota, Defence quota, Caste quota like OBC/SC/ST.

How many times Sainik School conducts its entrance examination ?

It conducts its examination once in a year, i.e. January.

Where can I get the actual papers of Sainik School Exam

The papers with solutions can be accessed at https://compassdoon.com/exams/?school=sainik-schools#recent-papers-solutions-sainik-schools

Basis of admission

NTA conducts an All India Exam (AISSEE) held once a year in January. Shortlisted candidates are called for a medical test.

More about the test

Who can apply to the January 2024 Exam?

For Class 6 : Boys and girls between 10 to 12 years of age, as on 31st March 2024. Born between 1st April 2012 to 31st March 2014.

For Class 9 : Boys and girls who are in class 8th or 9th between 13 to 15 years of age, as on 31st March 2024. Born between 1st April 2009 to 31st March 2011.

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How to apply

It is an Online application process where the entire application form and the fee is submitted online. Admit cards are also downloaded online.

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