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CBSE Schools Admission Process for NRIS Moving to India


Are you an NRI planning to return home with your family for good? If you have young children, then one thing that is certainly going to be a key focus is your children’s education. I know because I have agonized over which schools would be best for my little ones too. With the vast number of schools in the country, the first step is to understand the education system, which is likely to have gone through some changes since you were in school in India.

One of the largest educational boards in India is the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which has more than 17,000 schools affiliated to it. The most important benefit of sending your children to a school affiliated to this board is that schools across the nation follow the same syllabus and structure. This means that even if you wish to relocate within India at a later point, it won’t really affect your child’s education.

However, the first step is to get admission for your children in a good CBSE school, which is no cakewalk, given India’s population. However, it does help to understand the rules of admission.

Common Admission Rules

Here are some of the general rules that CBSE has put in place for admissions.

  1. To be eligible for admission, the student should have passed the qualifying course from any state or government recognized board. International qualifying exams might not be recognized and might require special permission.
  2. The student should be compatible with the age of the class they are applying for.
  3. They should clear the qualifying exam with the required minimum marks.
  4. Students who are migrating from a foreign country will not be eligible for admission unless their previous school was affiliated with CBSE. In such cases, the student will need to obtain an eligibility certificate from the board. The request for this certificate will be sent by the principal of the school to which admission is being applied for.
  5. The eligibility certificate in case of foreign students will only be issued after the CBSE is convinced that the exam passed, and the studies completed by the student overseas is equivalent to the corresponding class of the CBSE.

Class Specific Admission Rules

  • Up to Class 8, admissions will be conducted on the basis of rules framed by the government of the specific state or union territory the city in which the school is situated falls under.
  • For class 9, the student should have completed regular Class 8 studies.
  • For class 10, the same condition as that of Class 9 apply. You will also need to provide a valid transfer certificate, migration certificate, etc., from the previous school.
  • For classes 11, the student should have completed Class 10 from a recognized board. Also, a minimum score is required for choosing the desired stream, such as science, commerce or humanities.
  • For Class 12, there are no direct admissions. Only in special cases, admissions can be granted.

The best course of action is to shortlist the schools that you prefer and then ask them what needs to be done to complete the process successfully. Most schools are happy to help with information.


I'm an Entrepreneur, Blogger & Mentor. Having lived in the USA for almost 7 years, I got bored and returned back to India. While doing so, created this website as a way to curate and journal my experiences. Today, it's a movement with a large community behind it. I hope this website helps NRIs planning to move back to India, make their transition smooth and easy. Feel free to ask any questions you may have. Happy to help!

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