Sainik Schools, as we know it, are purely meant for young men who wish to serve the nation. My knowledge was limited to this single statement. However, there is a lot more as we shall see in this article. Sainik when translated means ‘Soldier’; these are a system of schools in India established and managed by the Sainik Schools Society under the Ministry of Defence. They were conceived in 1961 by V. K. Krishna Menon, the then Defence Minister of India, to rectify the imbalance caused by religion, class, and creed among the Officer cadre of the Indian Military and to prepare students for entry into the National Defence Academy (NDA) and the Indian Naval Academy (INA). Today there are 25 such schools across India. These schools come under the purview of the respective state governments and Ministry of Defence. These schools admit only boys and as the name suggests, they are groomed into little soldiers who will, later on, grow to serve the Nation.
Admission to all Sainik Schools is only meant for boys and the entrance examination is organized for admission to class VI & IX. Students who are between the age of 10-11 years and 13-14 years respectively on 1st July of the year in which they wish to take the admission are entitled to take the examination. For getting admission into class IX, boys need to be studying in class VIII in a recognized school. Please note that admissions are done strictly on the basis of merit only in classes VI and IX.
Sainik Schools are fully residential schools run on public school lines. All the schools are members of All India Public Schools Conference. They offer a common curriculum and are affiliated to the CBSE, New Delhi. Each school has extensive infrastructure and land to cater to needs of comprehensive training so that boys are brought up in a conducive environment.
15% of the available seats are reserved for Schedule Caste candidates and 7.5% for Schedule Tribe candidates. 25% of the remaining seats are specifically reserved for the children of serving and retired defense personnel. The balance seats are occupied by open category candidates based on the order of their merit.
Generally, the application form, sample question papers, and prospectus are made available by Sainik Schools in the months of October and November.
i. Mathematical Knowledge Test & Language Ability Test (2 hr)
ii. Intelligence Test (1 hr)
The test can be taken in English, Malayalam or Hindi.
i. Mathematics and Science (2 hr)
ii. English and Social Studies (2 hr)
The Question papers for class IX will be in English only.
The syllabus and question pattern is subject to changes from time to time.
All the candidates who get selected as per merit from the qualified candidates need to appear before an Interview Board at school and a Medical Board for various tests in the Government Civil Hospital. The final merit list is announced on the basis of the marks acquired by the candidates in the written test and interview. Admissions are given on the basis of the final merit list and reservation form.
Common Entrance Test for admission to class VI and IX In December and is automated OMR based in subjects mentioned under the head “ADMISSION TEST”. Admission to Class XI will be based on Class x board exam results. No written exam will be held for admission to class XI. For admission to class VI a candidate should not be less than 10 years and more than 11 years of age on 01 Jul of the year of admission. . For admission to class IX a candidate should not be less than 13 years and more than 14 years of age on 01 Jul of the year of admission. . For admission to class XI a candidate should not be less than 15 years and more than 16 years of age on 01 Jul of the year of admission. Admission into Classes IX and XI is on the basis of available vacancies. Parents/students should also note that all admissions are in the category of Boarders only. No day scholars are allowed. Admissions are exclusively for boys.
1. Rashtriya Military Schools located at Bangalore, Belgaum (Karnataka) Ajmer, Dholpur ( Rajasthan) and Chail ( Himachal Pradesh ) Invite applications for admission to Class VI.
2. Rashtriya Military Schools are CBSE affiliated, fully residential public schools, which function under the aegis of Ministry of Defence.
3. Entrance Exam :Class VI: The Common Entrance Test (CET) for admission to Class VI will be held in december ) The Exam will be automated OMR based in subjects of Intelligence, General Knowledge, Mathematics and English of Class V Standard.
4. Interview and Results. Candidates who clear the CET and are figuring in the merit list will be required to appear for Interview at respective Rashtriya Military Schools. Final merit list will be prepared after the Interview. Results will be hosted on Army Intranet Home Page under the heading ‘ What is new on MT Directorate Home page under the heading ‘Result’ and also on www.indianarmy.nic.in,www.rashtriyamilitaryschools.in
5. Applications Forms. Prospectus and Application forms can be obtained from any of the Rashtriya Military Schools by paying Rs 550/-( Rs 275/- in case of SC/ST , copy of the Caste certificate to be submitted).Application form can also be obtained through by post forwarding self addressed slip and Rs 600/-(Rs 325/-for SC/ST including Rs 50/- Postage Charge) Applicants to forward self address for Prospectus and application form along with Demand Draft for the amount payable at respective Rashtriya Military School ( in favour of ” Principal , Rashtriya Military School”) ALL APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY ROUTED THROUGH RASHTRIYA MILITARY SCHOOLS. All details pertaining to list of Exam Centers etc are given in the Application form. L
(a) Age. Only boys between 10 to 11 years of age for Class VI and Boys between 13 to 14 years of age for class IX of age as on 01 Jul othe academic year are eligible for admission. Six months relaxation in upper age limit is permissible for the wars of personnel killed in action.
(b) Education. Candidates should have passed Class V for Cass VI from a govt/recognized school before the date of admission to a Rashtriya military school. However, a student studying in Class V is eligible to appear in the respective Entrance Test.
(c) Medical Selected Candidates will have to undergo medical exam at the Command/Zonal and other Military Hospitals as nominated by the Director General of Medical Services prior to admission and only those found medically fit will be offered admission.
7. Reservation of Vacancies (a) 70% for wards of JCOs/OR of Army , Navy and AF ( including Exservicemen) (b) 30% for wards of Officers of Army, Navy and AF (including retired Officers) and wards of civilians.
(c) 50 seats are reserved for wards of service personnel Killed in Action. Note: 15% and 7.5% seats are reserved for SC and ST in all categories.
8. Important Instructions:-
(a) The parents/ candidates should exercise due care while filling up the application form. If on verification or otherwise at any subsequent stage, incorrect entries or some variations are found, then the candidature will be liable to be rejected.
(b) Verification of Eligibility conditions with reference to original documents is taken up only after the candidate has qualified for Interview/Admission Test.
(c) Candidates should also note that once a Date of Birth has been claimed by them and entered in the records of the form for the purpose of admission, no change will be allowed subsequently on any ground whatsoever.