Top CBSE affiliated boarding/residential schools for boys

India has some of the best boarding/residential schools for boys. These schools are spread across the country and offer a complete education package that includes academics and extra-curricular activities. Take a look at some of the finest boarding schools in India.

Vidya Niketan (Birla Public School), Pilani, Rajasthan

The Vidya Niketan - Birla Public School is a residential school for boys situated in the Skekhawati region, in the north eastern part of Rajasthan. The Vidaya Niketan was established in 1944, before Independence, with an aim of providing excellent education to young boys. The school has stood the test of time and continues to offer world-class education. The school was founded under the able guidance of GD Birla and is one of the finest educational institutions the country has.

The school has excellent infrastructure serves wholesome meals and apart from that has a tuck shop and canteen on the campus.

Key highlights of Vidya Niketan :

  • 15 well-appointed hostels with modern amenities to house 1000 boarders
  • A diverse blend of students belonging to varied backgrounds
  • 3 huge verdant campuses, with designated spaces for various sports facilities
  • Trekking expeditions conducted regularly on neighbouring hilly terrains
  • School imparts knowledge, and imbues cultural values in its students
  • Campus has a resident doctor present 24/7 to address medical emergencies

The Doon School, Dehradun, Uttarakhand

The Doon School located on the Mall Road, in Dehradun, is one of the oldest and finest, boys' boarding school there is in the country. Established way back in 1935, the school has the distinction of attracting application from parents of students from every Indian state, as well as from the Indian diaspora, each academic session. Admissions are open to boys in the age group of 12-18 years. Doon School imbues great leadership in its students.

Key highlights of Doon School :

  • Excellent teacher-student ratio of roughly 1:10
  • Campus spread over 70 acres, abounds with greenery and abundant flora and fauna
  • Extracurricular activities are encouraged and students can pursue interests in music, sports dramatics etc
  • Career guidance and counselling available on campus
  • Resident doctor and a hospital with 25 beds on the campus
  • Sports facilities such as squash courts, swimming pool and football and hockey fields for budding sportsmen

Mayo College, Ajmer, Rajasthan

The Mayo College, Ajmer is an educational institution with an impressive history. The school dates back to 1875 and is one of the oldest and highly respected boys' residential school the country has. Mayo College provides not just scholastic education, but also offers ample opportunities for personal development through sports, music, debates and other co-curricular activities. The prestigious institution also participates in exchange programmes with leading schools in the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Australia. Students get to visit schools abroad, as part of the exchange programme, for a maximum duration of 3 months.

Key highlights of Mayo College :

  • School boasts of skilled, experienced and highly qualified faculty
  • Students receive excellent exposure and learn various skills
  • The school has its oen polo grounds and facilities for equestrian training
  • The campus is spread over 186 acres
  • A large museum with precious valuables and antiques is part of the property

Sarala Birla Academy, Bannerghatta, Bangalore, Karnataka

Bengaluru's Sarala Birla Academy is a boys residential school, spread over a 67 acres sprawling campus. Admission is open to boys studying in classes 5 – 12. The school is part of the Aditya Birla Group of Schools that has campuses in 12 states in the country. Advanced teaching techniques are adopted at Sarala Academy to make learning a fun experience. Digital teaching aids are encouraged at the school

Key highlights of Birla Academy

  • The school is totally self-sufficient
  • Running water is available round the clock
  • In case of power outage the backup supply is 100%
  • The school has an eighteen-bed hospice, with a resident doctor and nurse

The Scindia School, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh

Established in 1897 The Scindia School is spread across an estate of over 100 acres, with 14 full-size sports fields. The school emphasizes on complete development of its students and with that being the main focus boys at Scindia receive the best academic education along with coaching in a variety of sports.

Key highlights of Scindia School:

  • Tennis, Cricket, Archery, Squash, Football, Shooting, Baseball, Table Tennis, Skating, Hockey, Basketball, Horse Riding and Swimming and Chess are some of the disciplines students of Scindia School can learn
  • In fact, the school lays such importance to sports that from grade VIII onwards it encourages students to specialize in some sport or the other
  • The school provides residential coaches for every discipline of sport
  • To maintain the team and competitive spirit inter-house tournaments are conducted regularly
  • All students are taught how to swim
  • Students participate in mass fitness programmes such as Yoga
  • Traditional games like Kho-Kho and Kabaddi and kite flying, Pithoo and Gilli danda are also kept alive
  • Those with an adventurous bend can be part of the adventure sports groups that indulge in trekking, white-water rafting mountaineering and rock climbing


Though the above list of boys' residential schools in India is not comprehensive, it covers some of the best and most recognized educational institutions in the country. These schools have produced some of the most elite and influential citizens and continue to do so. Students studying at any one of these schools have an edge over their peers because of the kind of formal and non-formal education they receive. They grow into well-rounded young men, equipped with the right skills to face the world.

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