Age criteria and procedure for admissions to Kendriya Vidyalayas in India


Are you looking for details of the eligibility criteria to get admission to a Kendriya Vidyalaya? This article gives complete information on the age criteria and other eligibility requirements to apply for admission to KVs in India. You will also get details on how the admission process is done.

A Kendriya Vidyalaya is a school established by the Central Government of India with children given admission from Class 1 onward. All the Kendriya Vidyalayas follow the CBSE curriculum. These schools aim to provide education to children of government employees and those serving in the Armed Forces. The management of the schools is monitored by the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), which is based in New Delhi. With regard to reservations, for all new admissions, 15% of seats in the KVs are reserved for children of scheduled caste, 7.5% for children of scheduled tribes, and 27% for Other Backward Classes (OBC-NCL) for differently abled children. In addition, 3% of the total available seats for fresh admissions will be horizontally reserved for differently-abled children.

Who can apply

It should be noted at the outset that since the last nine years, automatic admission to Class 1 is no longer the norm. Parents must seek fresh admission to Class 1. The age of the child is the primary criterion that will determine to which class he/she can be admitted. The minimum and maximum age as of 31st March of the year in which admission is sought is as mentioned below-
  1. For Class 1: 6 years to 8 years

  2. For Class 2: 6 years to 8 years

  3. For Class 3: 7 years to 9 years

  4. For Class 4: 8 to 10 years

  5. For Class 5: 9 to 11 years

  6. For Class 6: 10 to 12 years

  7. For Class 7: 11 to 13 years

  8. For Class 8: 12 to 14 years

  9. For Class 9: 13 to 15 years

  10. For Class 10: 14 to 16 years

  11. For Class 11: There is no age restriction for admission to Class XI provided the student is seeking admission in the year of passing Class X examination.

  12. For Class 12: There is no upper age limit and no lower age limit for admission to Class XII provided there has been no break in the continuous study of the student after passing Class XI.

Additional notes: As per the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, the entry age for Class 1 has been revised to 6+ years (earlier it was 5 years) effective from the academic year 2022-23. A child born on 1st April will also be considered for admission. The maximum age limit can be relaxed by two years in case of differently-abled children by the KV Principal.

For those who are not KV students and seek admission to Class 10 and 12, admission can be applied for as per the number of seats that are available at the time, with the provision that the number of students in Class 10/Class 12 is below 40. The student must also meet these eligibility criteria:
  1. The student should have been in a recognized CBSE-affiliated school, and not in a school of any other course of studies (that is, only CBSE).

  2. For Class 10 admission, the student should have scored not less than 55% marks in Class 9.

  3. For admission to Class 12, the student must have scored not less than 55% marks in the Class 11 exams.

  4. The student should fulfil other requisite criteria as per the official KVS admission guidelines.

  5. The combination of subject options taken up by the student should be available in Kendriya Vidyalayas.

  6. It is possible that a student in a Kendriya Vidyalaya in India has to go abroad with his/her parent when the parent is deputed to another country. In this case, the student can seek admission to a corresponding class on returning to India to continue studies in a Kendriya Vidyalaya in India.

Special provision has been made to grant admission to children over & above the class strength (unless stated otherwise by KVS) in certain cases, such as children of MPs, those of KV employees (retired & serving), those of individuals who won gallantry / Bravery awards, those whose parent has won a National Award for teaching, those who are meritorious sports children, etc.

Children of Armed Forces personnel can get automatic admission in a Kendriya Vidyalaya on the basis of a transfer certificate issued by the CBSE affiliated schools run by Armed Forces, Para Military forces, CISF, the Indian Coast Guard and may extend to AEES (Atomic Energy Education Society) also. However, the admission will be given on the basis of the following cases: (i) the parent being transferred to that place or (ii) the parent has decided to settle at the place after retirement or (iii) the parent has been transferred to an area which he considers unsafe for his family & hence decided to keep the family at another location.



The admission process

Each year in February, the regional office of KVS will release an admission notification in leading national dailies, the local newspapers of the regions where KVs are located, and at the official website. Know the key dates for Kendriya Vidyalayas school admissions 2022-23

The registration form at a KV is available free of cost. The registration form complete in all respects and accompanied by all required documents must be submitted/sent to the Kendriya Vidyalaya concerned within the prescribed date as per notification of KVS. It is necessary to submit self-attested copies of the prescribed documents along with the application form for registration.

The Kendriya Vidyalaya then has a draw of lots for admission to Class 1. For other classes from Class 2 to 8, admission will be on the basis of the number of seats available and there is no admission test. The admission test will be scheduled for those seeking admission to Class 9, and a merit list is prepared for each category of priority separately. This test is for three hours for a total of 100 marks, with 20 marks each for Hindi, English, Maths, Social Science, and Science. The student must score minimum 33% marks in aggregate to qualify. Students belonging to SC/ST/ PH category will be eligible for admission on securing 25% in aggregate.

For admission to Class 11, admission to the various streams is based on merit, with the streams allotted on the basis of marks obtained in the Class 10 CBSE exam, namely Science or Humaities or Commerce stream. Concessions will be allowed for admission for Class 11, such as for sports, NCC, adventure activities, etc. Parents can check the admission notification released by KVC when admission are opened for an academic session.

For admission to Class 10 and 12, refer to the information provided in this article under the heading of 'Who can apply'.

List of requisite documents

  1. For admission to Class 1, a certificate of proof of age in the form of a birth certificate issued by the official authority of registration of births, such as the Notified Area Council or Municipality or Municipal Corporation. An extract about the date of birth from records of the village Panchayat, Military Hospital and service records of Defence personnel is also acceptable. Misplaced the birth certificate? Learn how to apply for a duplicate birth certificate.

  2. For other classes, the date of birth recorded in the transfer certificate issued by a school recognized by the State Education Department would be accepted. The original certificate of date of birth will be returned to the parents after verification.

  3. Admissions up to Class 8 may be granted without a school transfer certificate, but in this case, the child must be otherwise eligible and the birth certificate should have been issued by a Government authority.

  4. Requisite proofs of relationship should be produced in the case of grandchildren of MPs, PSU employees, and KVS employees.

  5. The requisite documentary proof of belonging to SC/ST/EWS/OBC (non-creamy Layer)/BPL/PWD wherever applicable, should have been issued by the competent authority in concerned State Government/Union Government.

  6. In the case of transfer of the KVS employee, he/she should have a service certificate that indicates the number of transfers in the last seven years. This certificate should be duly signed and stamped by the head of office bearing the name, designation and other relevant particulars in block letters.

  7. A certificate of retirement for uniformed Defence employees.

  8. Proof of Residence.




The Fee system

  1. For those given admission under the 25% quota prescribed under RTE Act, there is no fee.

  2. A set of NCERT textbooks is provided to each child and other expenses for general stationery, uniform, notebooks and transport will be reimbursed on production of proper bills in respect of 25% of the children admitted under the Act
    subject to the ceiling prescribed.

  3. The child who has got admission in Class I under RTE Act, will continue to enjoy exemptions and concessions till Class 8 either in the same Kendriya Vidyalaya or any other K.V. moving on transfer.

Note: KV employees who have the facility of fee reimbursement in their departments cannot claim RTE concessions.

Contact information

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan,
18, Institutional Area,
Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg,
New Delhi - 110 016.


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