Child’s education is one of the major concerns for NRIs returning to India for good. The shift in curriculum from an abroad based education system to the Indian education system isn’t easy. Being parents, you need to assure a proper education for your children and the CBSE School Admission process for NRIs moving to India needs to be understood thoroughly in order to ensure that. Admissions aren’t easy. Especially in a country with approximately 1.33 billion people.
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is one of the largest educational boards in India having more than 17,000 schools affiliated to it. The most important benefit of sending your child to a school affiliated to CBSE is that all of these schools follow the same syllabus and structure. So, even if you wish to relocate within India at a later point, it won’t really affect your child’s education. In this article, we will explore the aspect of the process of admission and the associated rules and guidelines of these CBSE affiliated schools.
Common Admission Rules of CBSE
Let’s explore the set of general rules and guidelines set up by CBSE for admission in any of its affiliated schools in India:
- To be eligible for admission, the student must pass the qualifying course from any state/government recognized board. The schools might not recognize International qualifying exams and special permission might be required.
- Admission of the student will rely on the compatibility with the age of the class they are applying for.
- Students must clear the qualifying exam obtaining the required minimum marks.
- Students coming from a foreign country will not be eligible for admission unless their previous school was CBSE affiliated. In such cases, An eligibility certificate from the board is required to be obtained by the student in such cases. The request for this certificate will be sent by the principal of the school to which admission is being applied for.
- CBSE needs to be convinced that the exam passed, and the studies completed by the student overseas is equivalent to the corresponding class of the CBSE. Only then the eligibility certificate will be issued.
Class specific admission rules of CBSE
- Class 8th: Admissions in class 8th will be conducted on the basis of rules set by the government of the specific state/union territory of the city in which the school is situated falls under.
- Class 9th: Completion of class 8th studies is necessary to get admission in class 9th. The registration of the CBSE Class 10th board exam is done in class 9th.
- Class 10th: Since the students undergo registration for class 10th boards in class 9th. It becomes essential that both these classes are taken in the same school. However, for direct admission in class 10th, you need to provide the valid transfer certificate, migration certificate, etc., from the previous school.
- Class 11th: The higher secondary education begins here. Firstly, students need to pass their 10th from a recognized board in India. After that a minimum score is required for admission in each of the streams (Science, Commerce and Arts). The registration for class 12th CBSE board exam is done in class 11th.
- Class 12th: There are rarely any direct admissions in class 12th except for some special cases. It is the final year of education in school and ends with the CBSE Board Exam.
Choosing the best school for your child in India
Having understood the basic rules and guidelines for admission of students in India, we also need to explore the factors that will help you decide the best school for your child after returning to India:
- Decide the board: Although CBSE is the most preferable board for your child’s education in India. You can choose from other boards as well such as ICSE, SSC, IB, IGCSE, etc.
- Sort your requirements: There are certain factors such as fees, infrastructure, proximity from home, teaching methods, student-teacher ratio, transportation, medical facilities, etc., which you need to be satisfied with before enrolling your child in the school.
- Prioritize: Make a list of your priorities and then select the best school that matches your needs and requirements.
- Finalize: Once you have made sure which school is the best for your children, you can either call the school’s admission cell or visit the school personally to get any extra information if you want along with checking out the campus. After everything is done, get the admission for your children keeping in mind the rules and regulations we have mentioned above.
Being an NRI and returning to India is complex and exerting in itself. You need to sort out so many things and we know that your child’s education isn’t something you will compromise on. Make sure to follow the step by step process for the least inconvenience. For any other doubt or query, you can directly get in touch with our experts using the button below who will guide you through the process of admission in the schools in India. Also, visit our blog and youtube channel for any doubt regarding NRI Banking, Remittance and Investments.
The fees are the same for all students in a school. However, the fee structure changes school to school. The schools with better amenities and campus charge a higher fee.
If the Indian parents flaunt their NRI status and seek admission in elite “International” schools, they will have to pay the going rate. Some of these elite-schools cater to international expatriates, Diplomats and others, and charge the equivalent of the fee in Dollars.
No. OCIs are Overseas Citizens of India and they have foreign citizenship whereas NRIs or Non-Resident Indians only live abroad but have an Indian citizenship.
As per the Supreme Court order, the eligibility criteria for NRI seat aspirants are: One of the parents of the student should be an NRI and shall ordinarily be residing abroad as an NRI. The person who sponsors the student should be a first-degree relation and should be residing abroad as an NRI.
There is no such concept called NRI Exam. However, there are some exams that have an NRI quota which means that some of the seats are reserved for NRIs.