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5 Things to Know About Delhi NCR Nursery School Admissions

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Created by Nitin
Updated on Dec 31, 2018

5 Things to Know About Delhi NCR Nursery School Admissions
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“I want to get my girl a good school, never had I thought that it’s going to be so tough. This is turning out to be more difficult than any exam I ever took in my lifetime. These have been the only times when I have been really demanding of my little girls help. This isn’t fair?”

Shivani lives in South Delhi and has been on phone calls like these with her family and friends over the last few days. Shivani got in touch with me and had numerous questions to ask around Delhi nursery schools admission process. During the interaction, she suggested that I write this article for all proparents looking for that elusive nursery seat for their child.


Before Starting Child's Nursery Admission in Delhi NCR

Why are Nursery admissions in the current state as they are in Delhi NCR? Is this not going to change? What do i do as a parent in such a case? Read this

#1. Why is the Nursery Admission state the way it is in Delhi NCR?

This is a case of Need v/s Availability equation. Delhi NCR has close to 1,250 private unaided schools with around 1.42 lac nursery seats. On the other hand, there are more than 1.70 lac children waiting to get a nursery seat. Over the last few years, a Point System for the screening of applications came into being based on the recommendation from the Ganguly committee. This point system at best is a guiding mechanism and has been tweaked by schools from time to time. Clearly, a non-uniform implementation and lack of enforcement directive of this system has led to further chaos and confusion. [Explore Video on FAQs on Nursery School Admissions 2019-20]

#2. Is this situation going to change anytime soon?

More seats and more upcoming schools can definitely change this current situation. But, it doesn't look like, it's happening soon. It will take some years for that to happen. In a recent ruling, Private unaided schools can now run a second shift after regular school hours. This is potentially a good step to take care of the impending worry. This shift, however, would have to be run as a separate entity with no common teachers from the first shift. There will be no transfer of first shift students to the second shift. The admission criteria in the second shift will be same as that of the first shift with 25% reservation for EWS category under the RTE Act. The big question is, "Are schools implementing it?"...the small answer is "hardly; yet to be seen". I hope, they do, at least this year onwards.

Check ThisForm Filling Guidelines Delhi Nursery Schools Admission 2019

#3. What's the minimum age for admission into the nursery? Is there an upper age limit too?

Delhi School Education Advisory Board (DSEAB) has taken some clear decisions, as announced on 19th Dec’12, followed by the high court ruling on the upper age limit for admissions. For admission into the nursery, the minimum age has to be of 3 years by or before March 30 of the academic year in which admission is sought. And as per the recent Delhi high court ruling, there is now no upper age limit for nursery admissions. 


#4. Would the points system be followed this year?

Schools, which will be following the point system in the new admission season starting in the academic year 2014, have been asked to give maximum weightage to the distance from school (neighborhood criteria). Though all schools have been mandated in Delhi to follow this system, 

schools have carried on to twist, tweak, change this to suit their own convenience. The other criteria for points are alumni, sibling, and single parent (includes widows as well under the same head). There may be a separate pointer for orphans this year. The point system has been criticized in the past by the parents for a lack of fairness.

Read  - 10 tips to Prepare Child for Admission Test Interaction

#5. When will the nursery forms be available? How does it work?

The nursery forms will be made an available beginning now. Some of the schools have come out with the nursery forms already. You may keep a track of these on the nursery admissions section on parentune as well. Schools will get a clear period to apply these, and then a time to process the forms and meet the parents. Schools would then come out with the first shortlist, followed by a second list. 


In a recent poll on, 95% proparents felt that the nursery admissions process in Delhi NCR is unfair and lacks transparency. I would suggest you to perhaps start reaching out to fellow parents on the site, especially the ones with their children in the schools of your choice; seek their feedback, opinions.

Refer the parent-only-ranking of schools in Delhi NCR. You may keep a close tab if you follow the site, check the daily round-ups and updates. Moreover, reach out to the parentune education expert panel through the admission corner with all your queries and we shall try our best to address them in quick time. Signing off with best wishes.


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| Dec 24, 2012

This blog very much sums up critical information one would otherwise have to scout for all over the internet. Thank you for the information Nitin, will pass it on to a fellow parent who has been at their wits end on this one..

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| Aug 30, 2013

does anyone has similar information about Thane Nursery admission. list of schools which are good, in an around ghodbunder areaa.

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| Jan 30, 2019

Delhi Nursery Admission 2019: Application Process Begins; 5 Important Points Parents Should Know • Khaitan Public School is affiliated to CBSE • Age bar for Pre-Nursery is 2 years, 3 years for LKG, and +1 the last number for every succeeding class. • The age of the child must be above the mentioned age as on 31st March of the same session in which the child is applying for the admission. • Khaitan Public School proudly boasts of its state-of-the-art infrastructure • Major Focus Programs are part of the school co-curricular activities to boost communication, leadership, creativity, and critical thinking skills in the students KPS is one of the best schools in the National Capital Region, for more detail visit our website:

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| Jun 19, 2020

This blog especially summarizes basic data one would some way or another need to scout for everywhere throughout the web. Thankyou for sharing such a nice blog on nursery admission in delhi . If someone is looking for a playschool in delhi mus consider Kidzee. For details can visit

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