How to apply for admissions at Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey U.P. Sainik School

Want your child to join the armed forces? Desirous of making your child an Officer in the defence services? Want him/her to imbibe the values and discipline that are the hallmark of every soldier? Learn here in this article, the eligibility criteria and procedure for 2021 admissions to Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey U.P. Sainik School, Lucknow.

Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey UP Sainik School, Lucknow is one among the many Sainik Schools in India. Established in 1960, it holds the distinction of being the first Sainik School in the country and the only one to be administered by a state government. The school is a residential one and co-ed. A CBSE affiliated English medium school, apart from academics, the school imparts military training to its students. Over the years, many students from this school have taken up a distinguished career in the armed forces, mostly as defence officers. Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey was one among them. In fact, it was after this brave officer of the Indian Army that the school was renamed to its current name. Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey was decorated with Param Veer Chakra posthumously for his exceptional courage and valour during the Kargil War in 1999.

Currently, the school is inviting applications from parents of eligible students for admission to the 2021-22 academic session. The admission details have been published in a notification dated 30 September 2020 at the school website. Find here in this article the necessary details regarding the eligibility criteria, last dates and the admission procedure.

Admissions 2021-22

Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey U.P. Sainik School is seeking applications from both boys and girls for admission to its 2021-22 session. Admissions are available for class 7 and 9 only.
  • For class 7, only male candidates are eligible to apply.
  • For class 9, both male and female candidates are eligible.
  • An entrance exam will be held on 10th January 2021 for admission to both the classes.

Eligibility criteria

The detailed eligibility criteria are given as below.
  1. First and foremost, the candidate's father must be a domicile of Uttar Pradesh.
  2. The date of birth of the candidates for admission to class 7 should be within 02 July 2008 to 01 January 2011 (both dates inclusive). For admission to class 9, the date of birth should lie within 02 July 2006 to 01 January 2009 (again, both dates inclusive). In general, for admission to class 7, the age of the candidate should be within 10.5 to 13 years and for class 9 the age should lie within 12.5 to 15 years.
  3. The candidates should have passed class 6 and class 8 by May 2021, for admission to class 7 and 9 respectively.

Reservation of seats

Seats are reserved based on the Government of India guidelines on reservation for the socially and economically backward classes. 27% of the total seats are reserved for the OBC category students, 21% for the SC, 2% for the ST and 10% for the EWS category. For reservation purposes, the Vimukt caste will not be considered among the ST category.

Selection procedure

Candidates are selected based on a written test. There will be one single test paper which will have questions on Mathematics, Intelligence, English and General Knowledge. The test will be objective type with OMR sheets to mark the right answers. Based on the marks obtained by the candidates, they will be called for an interview followed by a medical examination. The number of candidates called for the interview will be three times that of the vacant seats. Admissions are granted based on the performance of the candidates in the interview and successfully clearing the medical exam. The results will be displayed on the school website. The scheme of the exam may change, depending upon the situation prevalent then due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

For class 9 male candidates, only self-finance seats (payment seats) are available. The fee for the payment seats is double that of the normal seats. For details regarding the selection procedure and eligibility criteria, the parents should read the instructions and guidelines that are available on the school website.

Exam centres

The entrance test will be held in the following cities in Uttar Pradesh. The candidates will get the opportunity to opt for three centres based on the order of their preference.
  1. Agra
  2. Ayodhya
  3. Bareilly
  4. Gorakhpur
  5. Jhansi
  6. Meerut
  7. Prayagraj
  8. Varanasi
  9. Lucknow

The number of test centres can be increased or decreased by the school management, depending upon the number of candidates appearing from a particular centre. At times, the candidate may be allotted with a centre different from what he/she has chosen.

School fee

As of today, the normal school fee is Rs 35,000 per annum. Miscellaneous charges would be extra. The self-finance or the payment seats, as mentioned earlier, are double that of the normal fee. There is a likelihood of the school fee to be increased. Meritorious students will be awarded scholarships.

How to apply

To apply for admissions, the parents of the eligible candidates have to apply online by visiting the official website of Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey UP Sainik School. Once at the site, click on the link that says 'Online Applications for Admissions 2021-22 is now open'. You will be directed to the page, where you will have to first register with the site and generate a login ID and password. Once the login credentials are generated, login to the site and fill up the online application form. The candidate's recent passport photo and signature are to be uploaded, the file size of which should be between 20 – 100kb. On submission of the form, you will be taken to the payment portal, where the application fee is to be paid online. After final submission, take a printout of the application form for future reference.

Once the fee is paid, there will be no opportunity to amend or edit the application form. Fee once paid is not refundable.

Application fee: Rs 1,000

Documents to be produced during the interview

Candidates selected for the interview will have to bring with them the following documents for verification. The documents are to be brought in original as well as one photocopy for each.
  1. Birth certificate of the candidate issued by a competent authority such as Nagar Nikam, Nagar Palika or Zila Panchayat Adhikari.
  2. Caste certificate of the candidate (for SC/ST/OBC/EWS candidates only) issued by a competent authority.
  3. A valid domicile certificate of the candidate's father.

Documents to be submitted during admission

In addition to the original and a self-attested copy of the above three documents, the following documents are to be submitted at the time of admission.
  1. Original mark sheets of class 6 and 8 for admission to class 7 and 9 respectively.
  2. Transfer Certificate issued by the last school attended and countersigned by the District Inspector of School.
  3. Aadhaar Card, self attested copy (if available).
  4. Affidavit on Rs 10 Non-judicial Stamp Paper with respect to anti-ragging and domicile.
  5. Agreement bond on a Rs 100 Non-judicial Stamp Paper.

About the agreement bond

Through this agreement bond, the parents/guardians have to certify that there child/ward will appear for the NDA entrance exam conducted by the UPSC and will join the NDA if selected. Failing in any of the above two criteria will result in the parents/guardians paying for the entire cost of education incurred by the school for their education and training. The clause is also applicable if the student leaves the school mid-session or any other intermediate stage.

Important Instructions

Following points are to be kept in mind by the candidate and the parents while appearing for the exam and attending the interview.
  • No hard copies are to be sent while applying for the entrance test.
  • The candidate should have a valid mobile number and address for future correspondence.
  • While appearing for the entrance exam, along with the admit card, the candidates need to bring his/her Student Identity Card or a Bonafide Certificate with photograph signed by the school Head of the Institution, where the student is studying. The documents will be crosschecked at the time of appearing for the entrance test.
  • Sample papers for the entrance exam are available at the school website.
  • While attending the interview and the medical exam, the parents, as well as candidates, will have to make their own arrangements for lodging and food.

Important dates

The important dates regarding the application and entrance exam are as follows:
  • Registration opens on: 01st October 2020
  • Registration closes on (without late fee): 31st October 2020
  • Registration, last date (with late fee):15th December 2020 (Till 1700 hrs)
  • Downloading of admit card: After 15th December 2020
  • Date of entrance test: 10th January 2021 (Sunday)
  • Date of interview and medical exam: 05th to 10th February 2021 (tentative)
  • Results: 15th to 20th March 2021 (tentative)

Queries, if any

For any queries regarding the admission process, parents to contact the school office at the mobile number given below.
Mobile Number: 7052777795 (between 0900 hrs to 1300 hrs)

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Author: Umesh20 Oct 2020 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 3

Making a career in defence services is a dream of many students. At the same time getting selected in the officer's category like IMA or NDA is tough test and requires a lot of hard work and preparation. Joining a Sainik school can help in that aspiration much as the students are prepared for that goal right from their early education like class VII or IX. I feel that this is a good opportunity for the eligible students and those who want to serve their motherland by joining these prestigious careers must apply in this. Today we have a very good pay package also in this sector and this is the only service where after retirement there is pension facility also. Considering all these factors one must try to get educated in this Sainik school.

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