New Sainik Schools (NSS) Eligibility, Application, Counseling Process, and Admission Process

The Government of India, in collaboration with private schools and state governments, has approved the formation of New Sainik Schools. Under this provision, existing reputed schools, both government and private, will be shortlisted and allowed to run as Sainik Schools. 18 new schools have been given permission to run as Sainik School along with the existing 33 schools. The idea is to establish 100 approved New Sainik Schools (NSSs) so that more and more academically strong and highly skilled individuals are produced who can put the needs of their nation first. These NSSs will work under the Sainik Schools Society and follow the rules for Approved New Sainik Schools. Find more about these New Sainik Schools eligibility, application, counseling, and admission process, here from this article.

Difference between Sainik Schools & New Sainik Schools

Here are a few differences between the existing Sainik schools and the new Sainik schools that you may want to know.

  1. For existing Sainik schools, admissions are open to class VI and class IX but for the new one’s admission is applicable in grade VI only.
  2. No domicile criteria or category reservation is applicable to the New Sainik Schools.

Eligibility Criteria for New Sainik Schools

Check out the basic eligibility criteria for New Sainik Schools:

  • Admission to New Sainik Schools is open to both boys and girls. However, applicants are advised to check with the school beforehand to make sure about this.
  • Candidates of age between 10 to 12 years as of 31st March of the year of admission are eligible for admission to class VI.
  • Must have passed or appearing in Class V as of 31st March of the year of admission.

New Sainik Schools’ Application Process

Interested candidates can apply online for admission to new Sainik schools through the website

Students will have to provide their personal, academic, contact, and other details to fill out the application form.

Important documents such as photographs, signatures, thumb impressions, birth certificates,  etc should be uploaded in the form.

After providing all the details in the form, the students can submit it with the prescribed application fee.

Candidates can apply for SS, or approved NSS, or both, as per the following options, the details of which should be mentioned in the application form:

  • Sainik Schools (SS) only
  • SS + NSS 40% route
  • SS+ NSS 40% route + NSS-60% route
  • SS+ NSS 60% route
  • NSS 40% route + NSS-60% route
  • NSS 60% route only
  • NSS 40% route only

Note: 40% of the seats in NSSs will be filled by the students from all over the country (40% route) and 60% will be filled by those currently studying in the approved NSS (60% route).

Counseling & Admission for New Sainik Schools

Admission to the candidates in the New Sainik Schools is given on the basis of the All India Sainik School Entrance Examination (AISSEE). Candidates who clear the entrance test will have to appear for the counseling and medical test rounds.

For the 40% route, selection will be done on the basis of candidates’ rank in the all-India merit list. The candidates can opt for any approved NSS in India, the choice for which should be provided at the time of counseling.

For the 60% route, selection will be done on the basis of candidates’ rank in the school-wise merit list. The candidates are eligible for the approved NSS where they are studying at the time of filling out the application form.

Final enrollment will be offered to the candidates based on the rank secured in AISSEE, given that they clear the medical exam and their eligibility and documents are verified successfully.

List of New Sainik Schools

This is the list of 18 approved New Sainik Schools established all over India:

  1. The Vikasa School Servaikaramadam, Tamil Nadu
  2. Padmashree Dr. Vitthalrao Vikhe Patil Sainik School, Maharashtra
  3. Shri Brahmanand Vidya Mandir Chaparada, Gujarat
  4. Raj Luxmi Samvid Gurukulam Himachal Pradesh
  5. Sangolli Rayanna Sainik School, Karnataka
  6. Sundari Devi Saraswati Vidya Mandir, Bihar
  7. Saraswati Vidhya Mandir Higher Secondary School, Madhya Pradesh
  8. Dayanand Public School, Punjab
  9. Tawang Public School, Arunachal Pradesh
  10. Royal International Residential School, Haryana
  11. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Military Academy, Dadra And Nagar Haveli
  12. Shri Baba Mastnath Residential Public School, Haryana
  13. Adani World School, Andhra Pradesh
  14. SK International School, Maharashtra
  15. Shri. Motibhai. R. Chaudhari Sagar Sainik School, Gujarat
  16. Keshav Saraswati Vidya Mandir, Patna Bihar
  17. Viveka School of Excellence, Karnataka
  18. Vedvayasa Vidyalaya Senior Secondary School, Kerala

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it compulsory to appear for the AISSEE for admission to the New Sainik Schools?

Yes, it is mandatory to appear for and clear AISSEE for admission to the New Sainik Schools

Do I have to choose the Sainik School while applying or at the time of counseling?

For the 40% route, the option for Sainik Schools can be given at the time of counseling whereas for the 60% route, there is no need to provide the option as the admission will be given in the current school only. If you also wish to appear for existing Sainik Schools, the option should be made at the time of application.

What are the passing requirements for the exam?

The candidates should score a minimum of 25% marks in each section and a minimum of 40% in the aggregate (no category reservation is applicable in NSS) in the AISSEE.

Where will I get more information about approved NSSs?

For details on NSS, you can visit the website of the approved NSS or the SSs at

Is the application fee different for Sainik School and New Sainik School?

Whether you apply for Sainik School or New Sainik School or both, the exam fee is the same.

In case of any query whom should I contact?

You can reach out to the NTA help desk at the number 011 4075 9000, 011 6922 7700, or email at

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