How to submit applications for Maharashtra RTE online schools admissions Mumbai 2021-22

Are you looking for the 2021 Mumbai RTE 25% quota school admission notification? Looking for the online application form for 2021 Maharashtra schools admissions under RTE quota? This article provides complete information on the RTE Maharashtra 2021-22 school admissions for children in Mumbai and other cities of Maharashtra under the 25% quota of the Right to Education Act.

The State Education Department, Govt. of Maharashtra has released the schedule for admissions under the Right to Education (RTE) quota, through which 25% of seats are reserved for children of low-income families and includes caste-based reservations (refer to the eligibility criteria). Under this quota, parents who get admission for their wards do not have to pay an application fee for the admission and do not have to pay any fees for admission to the school, with free education offered to children between the ages of 6 and 14 in India. The education is offered under all Boards, including CBSE, ICSE, IB, State Board, etc.

So that you don't miss out on getting admission for your ward, know first the schedule of Maharashtra RTE 2021-
Online registration by the schools begins : 21st January 2021.
Online registration by the schools end : 31st January 2021.
Online registration and application by parents begins : 9th February 2021.
Online registration and application by parents end : 26th February 2021.
Submission of documents at the school by parents of selected candidates : 9th March to 26th March 2021.

Eligibility criteria for RTE 2021 Maharashtra schools admissions

The child who is seeking admission under the RTE quota should be from a family whose annual income collectively is less than Rs. 1 lakh. Other criteria are- The child should from a disadvantaged group. This group includes Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and those suffering from 40% or more disability.
The child should be from the Economically Weaker Section. This includes Vimukta Jati Nomadic Tribes (VJNT), Other Backward Classes (OBC), and Special Backward Class (SBC).

RTE 2021 Procedure

The procedure for RTE is a three-stage one, as mentioned below -

Schools' registration process

In the first stage, the schools have to register and obtain the approval of Cluster/URC head for the school to be listed for selection for RTE admissions. The registration includes giving the contact information of the school, the valid age limit for a child's admission, the total strength and the vacancies available for RTE reservation. So that parents can easily know the location of the school, the accurate school location on a Google map would be also given by the school.

This is a screenshot taken from the official website-
2021 Maharashtra RTE School Registraion

The Districts that the schools have to select are-
Washim, and

Dates for registration of schools: 21st to 31st January 2021.

The next stage is for the registration of the child for RTE admission.

Child's registration process

The steps for this are as follows-
Visit The Maharashtra State RTE 2021 admissions website or RTE-25 Admissions website.

The parent has to start with the 'Online Application' button, which will take you to the page to create an application ID through the 'New Registration' button. This is done by entering the child's complete name with the last name first, then the first name, and then the middle name. For example, if the name is Ankita Vasant Salunke, the name should be entered as Salunke Ankita Vasant. Enter the child's date of birth (this cannot be changed later, so must be accurate), the District of your current residence, a valid mobile number and a valid email ID. Once you have double-checked that the details which are entered are correct, then click on the 'Register' button. You will then receive an application number and a password on your registered mobile contact number.

Now you can log in with that application number and password (see the screenshot below, taken from the official website) and fill in the online application form for Maharashtra RTE 2021-22 school admissions.
2021 Maharashtra RTE Student Registration

The information to be filled in first includes the details of the child and the parents and the current address (this includes the name of the building, street and locality). There is also a link provided called 'Check Address Location' which will take you to the screen of a Google Map that will indicate the Latitude and Longitude of your address location.

Then select the school to which you wish to get admission for your child. However, note that you can select a school only which is located within 1km and up to a maximum of 3kms distance from your place of residence. Next, upload any documents if required. Double-check and confirm that all the information has been correctly filled in, then only click on the submit button.

On successful submission, download and take a print out of it and keep photocopies of it as well as a backup. You will be required to submit the print out to the school later.

[Refer to useful links at the end of this article for the user manual's guidance]

Registration dates for the child: 9th February to 26th February 2021.

Important alert: The State Education Dept. is going to be very strict about the registration process. Parents must not give a fake address or an incorrect one to get a favourable school for their child. If this is discovered to be the case at any stage of the admission process, not only will the admission be cancelled, but action may also be taken against the parents.

The Lottery stage

There will be only a single lottery for admission under the RTE quota for schools that are having fewer vacancies than the number of applications. This lottery draw will be conducted by the Education Officer in charge of the Primary Education of the District. The list of children selected through the draw will be displayed at the official website and parents can check it out after login with the same application number and password that was used to fill in the application form.

Note: The schools that have fewer applications than the number of vacancies will allow the seats to all those who applied.

Procedure for getting school admission after selection

Once parents can confirm that their child has been selected for admission to the school, they should download and take a print out of the Admit Card. This Admit card should be taken to the school along with the required documents required for admission. Children who stay closest to the school within 1km. will be given priority, and if there are more vacancies, then those staying within the 2 to 3kms. the radius of the school will be considered.

List of Documents needed for RTE quota admissions

For disadvantaged groups

In the case of children from disadvantaged groups, the documents which are required are:
  1. A recent passport size colour photo of the child (do not submit an unclear photo).

  2. Birth certificate of the child. Misplaced the birth certificate? Learn how to apply for a duplicate birth certificate.

  3. Proof of residence where the child stays, with the document clearly showing the address. This could be any one of these documents- Ration Card; or Gas Book; or Electricity Bill; or Water Bill; or Telephone Bill; or a House Tax Receipt; or Passport; or Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC). Don't have one as yet? Learn how to register as a voter on the Maharashtra Photo Electoral Roll; or a Driving License issued by the competent authority in the name of the parents/guardians; or Bank passbook.

Certificates: If the Caste Certificate is required to be submitted, then it should be one that has been issued by the concerned Sub Divisional Officer (Revenue) or Deputy Collector, in the name of the child or the parent. If the Disability Certificate is required for admission for a disabled child, then it should be issued by a Civil Surgeon/Superintendent of a Government-notified hospital and should indicate the disability as more than 40%.

EWS group

For children applying from the economically weaker sections, the list of documents to be submitted are (I) the child's birth certificate and (ii) a recent passport size clear photo, (iii) proof of residence that has been duly attested by an official authority, (iv) a valid Income Certificate which has been issued by the Revenue Officer who is not below the rank of a Tahsildar, and (v) a Salary slip/Employer's certificate of either of the previous two years, which is a supporting document to indicate that the income is less than Rs.1 lakh.

Note: There are also certain documents to be submitted in the case of a child who is an orphan or a child of a divorced mother or a child of a widow. Check the official website to know which are these documents.

Contact information

Helpdesk E-mail:

Useful links-
User manual –
Mobile app manual -

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