CBSE class-wise age eligibility criteria for 2022-23

Looking for CBSE age rules? Unable to understand your child's appropriate age for admission in a CBSE private school? Learn through this article the class-wise CBSE age limit criteria along with updated rules for school admission.

Want to know the right age for admission of your child in Class 1? Do you have confusion about the correct age for KG admission in CBSE schools? The Directorate of Education (DoE) follows a strict policy for admission of students into affiliated schools. For admission to a private school in India, you need to calculate the age of your child as on 31st March of the year in which admission is sought.

The rule of age criterion helps in eliminating major differences between the age of students studying in the same class. These rules also make sure that there is the same level of brain development of all the students studying in the same standard.

CBSE Age Criteria 2022-23: Updated Rules for School Admission Age Limit

CBSE has introduced a new rule for the age limit. According to this new rule, relaxation of 30 days is provided to the child in the lower age limit as well as upper age limit. Thus, if a child who is seeking admission in Nursery class and is born on 7th April (age being less than 3 years as on 31 March) or born on 27 March (age being more than 3 years as on 31 March), then he is eligible to apply for age relaxation. To get a CBSE age relaxation of 30 days, parents of the child have to drop a manual application along with the birth certificate.

CBSE Age Limit for General Category

  • Pre- Nursery: 2-3 years (born between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020)
  • Nursery: 3-4 years (born between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019)
  • KG: 4-5 years (born between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018)
  • Class 1: 5-6 years (born between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017)
  • Class 2: 6-7 years (born between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016)
  • Class 3: 7-8 years (born between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015)
  • Class 4: 8-9 years (born between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014)
  • Class 5: 9-10 years (born between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2013)
  • Class 6: 10-11 years (born between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012)
  • Class 7: 11-12 years (born between 1 April 2010 and 31 March 2011)
  • Class 8: 12-13 years (born between 1 April 2009 and 31 March 2010)
  • Class 9: 13-14 years (born between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2009)
  • Class 10: 14-15 years (born between 1 April 2007 and 31 March 2008)
  • Class 11: 15-16 years (born between 1 April 2006 and 31 March 2007)
  • Class 12: 16-17 years (born between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2006)

Physically challenged and mentally challenged students get an age relaxation of 1-2 years in each class which can be further relaxed by the Principal of the school if required.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the age criteria for Kendriya Vidyalaya or Central Schools?
As Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV) are all affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, they follow the same rules as laid by the Board.

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Author: DR.N.V. Srinivasa Rao09 Oct 2021 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 2

I think there is a typographical mistake in the calculation of the age limit for admission to pre-nursery classes. The age should be between 2 to 3 years for admission to pre-nursery as mentioned in the article. So a kid born between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020 should be eligible for admission. But the figures shown within brackets are different in the article. Since the figures are very important here, I am mentioning this here.

Author: Nidhi09 Oct 2021 Member Level: Gold   Points : 0

Thanks for pointing the error sir. I will fix it.

Author: Rajnish Shettigar14 Oct 2021 Member Level: Bronze   Points : 1

Hello Author,
As per the article, it states "Class 1: 5-6 years (born between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017)"

My son is born on 5-Jan-2017, so as per the article's info. he should be eligible for 1st standard. We reside in Pune Maharashtra and we checked a few CBSE board schools and they are saying NO for admission FY 2022-23. Could you please confirm the same and is there any document to prove the same so I can submit it during admission. Any help would be appreciable.

Guest Author: b j bhatt06 Dec 2021

My son was born on 16th April 2019. So can he get admission to Nursery on 1st April 2022? Please tell me about that grace period and any helpful related govt. article.

Guest Author: cost of zithromax13 Dec 2021

Can you please share the source/material/amendment declaration by the Board about this 30 days age relaxation criteria? It will be really helpful.

Guest Author: Acougqltf16 Dec 2021

I have a similar issue with Rajnish. My daughter was born on 7th Jan 2017 and schools in Pune are not allowing her admission. The irony is that she is eligible if I stay back in Bengaluru [my current location]. Please help in clarifying this situation.

Guest Author: Ismail zabiullah22 Feb 2022

My son and daughter were born on 15th April 2016. So can they get admission to 1st class on 1st April 2022? Please tell me about that grace period and any helpful related govt. article.

Guest Author: Jay28 Feb 2022

Article states Class 1: 5-6 years (born between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017) and also says same apply for KVS. However, as per KVS site child must be 6+ years as of 1st Mar to be admitted to class 1. Please clarify.

Guest Author: Ramya24 Mar 2022

My daughter's DOB is Nov 9, 2017. In which class should she be in for this academic year 2022-2023?
She had already completed KG but now, in Assam, they are asking us to repeat KG again quoting her age. Can you please clarify?

Guest Author: Shankha Subhra Nag22 Nov 2022

Can you please provide link to the new rule given by CBSE?

Guest Author: Mahesh M30 Nov 2022

Can you please provide link to the new rule given by CBSE and clarify the doubts raised above?

Guest Author: Swati24 Mar 2023

Will request you to please share the link from CBSE site which says about the 30 days age relaxation criteria.

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