Top 10 School Chains in India 2023

Check below top 10 school chains in India 2023. Check full list of top schools in India and their admission process.

India has gone through a lot of positive changes in the last two decades as far as the education sector is concerned. With laws like mandatory education for children and awareness campaigns, the value of education is understood by parents. This gives rise to some great schools in the country. Some of these schools build great reputation and started their own school chains. Thus, becoming household names especially in the middle-class families.

It is very easy to understand why these school chains are getting more and more popular. The reason behind this is that they are providing perfect options for parents who don’t want to enroll their kids in govt. schools due to mediocre infrastructure and facilities. The facilities offered by these schools are top-notch and the quality of education is also fabulous.

The right to education law that reserve seats for students from poor families gives a good opportunity for kids from all financial backgrounds to study in the chains of these elite schools. Let’s take a look at the top chains of schools in India.

List of the Best School Chains in India 2023

  1. Kendriya Vidyalayas, Delhi
  • Year of establishment: 1962
  • Number of Schools: 1248 schools
  • Management Authority: KendriyaVidyalayaSangathan (KVS)
  • Board of Affiliation: CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education)
  • Number of students: 1388899 (Approx)
  • Annual Tuition Fees: Around Rs. 3000/- to Rs. 6000/- (annually)
  • Overview: This chain of schools is managed by the KendriyaVidyalayaSangathan working under the central government. Priorities of admission to these school are given to the children of transferable Central Government employees including Defence and Para-Military personnel. KendriyaVidyalaya schools have branches not only in India but also overseas in countries like Russia, Iran, etc.
  1. Delhi Public School (DPS) Society
  • Year of establishment: 1941
  • Number of schools: 216 (including 11 schools abroad)
  • Management Authority: Delhi Public School Society
  • Board of affiliation: CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education)
  • Overview: Managed by Delhi Public School Society, Delhi Public Schools are considered one of the best private schools in India. This chain has schools not only in India but also in foreign countries. Many alumni of this school are achieving great success in life.
  1. Ryan International Public Schools
  • Year of establishment: 1976
  • Number of Schools: 137 schools
  • Management Authority: Ryan International Group of Institutions, Mumbai
  • Board of Affiliation: CBSE/CISCE/IB/CAIE/state boards
  • Number of students: 270000 (Approx)
  • Annual Tuition Fees: Rs. 20000/- to Rs. 91000/- (Annually)
  • Overview: Started in the year 1976 by Dr. Augustine &Mrs. Grace Pinto,Ryan International is one of the top school brands in India. Having around 137 schools and more than 270000 students, the chain covers over 40 cities worldwide. The school also has branches in smaller towns such as Jaina Maharashtra, Dhamtari Chhattisgarh, and Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh. A lot of alumni from this school have risen to top positions in India and abroad.
  1. Podar Education Network, Mumbai
  • Year of establishment: 1927
  • Number of Schools: 124 schools + 350 pre-primary school
  • Board of Affiliation: CBSE/ CISCE/ IB/ State board/ Cambridge International
  • Management Authority: Podar Education Network (PEN)
  • Number of students: Over 1.5 lakh
  • Overview: The establishment of Podar Education Network took place back in the year 1927. The first president of this school was Mahatma Gandhi. Apart from 124 schools, this network also consists of 350 pre-primary schools.
  1. Shriram Millennium Schools, Delhi – NCR
  • Year of establishment: 2010
  • Number of schools: 3
  • Board of Affiliation: Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
  • Management Authority: Shri Educare Ltd.
  • Number of students: 2307 (approx.)
  • Overview: Although the chain of Shriram Millennium Schools is relatively new it is earned a reputation for itself in a very less amount of time. The first school was founded by educationist Manju Bharat Ram in the year 2010. Currently, there are 3 schools in this chain having more than 2300 students.
  1. Shemford Group of Schools
  • Year of establishment: 1989
  • Number of Schools: 650
  • Board of affiliation: CBSE
  • Management Authority: Shemford Group
  • Number of students: 40000+
  • Annual Fees: Rs. 20000/- to Rs. 70000/- annually
  • Overview: Shemford Group of Schools is a franchise-based chain of schools that has a record of opening the most number of schools in the shortest span of time. This chain of schools was started by educationist Dr. D.R. Arora. Currently, there are more than 650 schools associated with this ground in more than 200 cities across India.
  1. DAV Schools
  • Year of establishment: 1886
  • Number of schools: More than 900 schools
  • Board of Affiliation: CBSE and other state boards
  • Management Authorities:Dayanand Anglo-Vedic Education Society
  • Number of students: 2000000 (Approx)
  • Overview: DAV is one of the oldest chain of schools still operating in India. Based on the ideologies of Swami Dayanand Saraswati, the first school of this chain was founded in Lahore by Mahatma Hansraj. Currently, this is the biggest non-government chain of schools in India. It was awarded as the best school chain in the year 2013 by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).
  1. Billabong High International Schools
  • Year of establishment: 2000
  • Number of schools: 30 schools
  • Board of Affiliation: CBSE/ CISCE/ Cambridge International
  • Management Authorities: BHIS
  • Number of students: Around 20000
  • Tuition Fees: Approx. Rs. 80000/- to Rs. 100000/- annually
  • Overview: Billabong High International School is also a franchise-based chain of schools. Started as pre-schools now these school offer classes up to 12th Currently, there are around 30 schools affiliated with this chain. This school was founded by Ms.Lina Asher. In the year 2016, BHIS was declared as the best school brand in India by Economics times.
  1. VIBGYOR Schools
  • Year of establishment: 2004
  • Number of schools: 33
  • Board of Affiliation: CBSE/ CISCE/ Cambridge International
  • Management Authorities: VIBGYOR Group
  • Number of students: 48000
  • Overview: VIBGYOR schools are also getting more and more famous day by day. Started with the first school in the year 2004 in suburban Mumbai. Currently, there are 33 schools associated with this group. This chain has schools in cities like Pune, Vadodara, Surat, Bangalore and Lucknow.

10.Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, Delhi

  • Year of establishment: 1985
  • Number of schools: 626
  • Board of Affiliation: CBSE
  • Number of students: Around 261000
  • Management Authorities: Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (Central Government of India)
  • Overview: Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas was conceptualized by former prime minister of India Mr. Rajiv Gandhi. These are boarding schools offering great facilities at a very affordable fee. This chain of schools is quite big having more than 600 schools at 28 states and 7 union territories.

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