How To Join The Sainik Schools In 2022 [Complete Details]

About Sainik Schools

Sainik Schools are English medium residential schools affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE). Sainik Schools prepare Cadets to join the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla (Pune), Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala and other Training Academies for officers. At present there are a total of 33 Sainik Schools  under the  Sainik School Society . Capt Manoj Pandey Sainik School doesn’t fall under the ambit of Sainik Schools Society thus it conducts its own entrance examinations for admissions to classes VI, VII and IX across the country spread across 23 states.

Admission Process

Candidates need to apply through the exam conducting authority NTA’s website . After registration that there will be an All India Entrance Exam conducted by NTA

Candidates who qualify the written exam will be called for medicals by respective Sainik Schools they gave their preference for . Then medicals will be conducted at the nearby military hospital where if the candidate is declared fit then his final selection will be done on basis of  marks secured in Entrance Exam.

Application Forms

Filling of forms and payments will all be done online.

Candidates are advised to first go through the Admission Bulletin uploaded on AISSEE NTA website

Following are to be ensured before filling forms

  • An e-mail id for candidate
  • Scanned Copies of photographs, signature, left hand thumb impression, birth certificate, domicile certificate, caste certificates if applicable, service certificate in case of wards of defence personnel, ID proof, Source of online payments

Candidates will have to first register using their credentials and then they can fill their examination form . Following are some of the points to be kept in mind

  • Candidates can select only one Sainik School as their preference.
  • Candidates can select four examination centres out of which one will be allotted to them as per the preference order given and the seats available. There are around 180 exam centres all over India.
  • As the Question Paper would be bilingual , so candidates need to mention their preferred languages. If the candidate chooses English or Hindi in the application form the paper would be in both the mediums but if he chooses one amongst the following then questions would be in English and the language chosen
  • Assamese
  • Bengali
  • Gujarati
  • Kannada
  • Malayalam
  • Marathi
  • Odiya
  • Punjabi
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Urdu

Reservations :

67% of the seats are reserved for candidates domiciled in the State/ UT where the Sainik School is located.

33% of the seats are reserved for candidates from Other States and Union Territories(UT).

Within each Category of Home State/ UT and Other States/ UT quota, seats will be reserved on the following lines:

 a) 15% of the seats are reserved for the category Scheduled Caste (SC)

b) 7.5% for the category Scheduled Tribe (ST)

c) 27% for the category Other Backward Classes belonging to the Non Creamy layer (OBC-NCL) as per the central list.

 Thus, 49.50% of the seats in Sainik School are reserved on the above mentioned lines.

Out of the balance 50.50% of the seats in the Home State/ UT and Other States/ UT quota, 25% of the seats are reserved for the wards of defence personnel and ex-servicemen.

In “Other States/ UT” quota, seats will be allotted in each category as per merit, subject to a maximum limit of 25% of vacancies in the category for any State or Union Territory.

Detailed information will be available in the Admission Bulletin.

Written Exam

Candidates need to report at least 45 minutes prior for the exam and need to carry their Admit Card, an identity proof(Aadhar card) and any other document as per the admit card .

The examination will be conducted offline and candidates have to mark their responses on OMR Sheet .

Sections       Number of Questions          Marks

Maths                                     50               125                 

Intelligence                             25                50                     

Language                               25                50                   

General knowledge                25                50                     

Total                                     125              300

Total Time Allotted :  150 minutes (two and a half hours)

No negative marking meaning candidates will not lose marks if they give wrong answers

Syllabus :

  1. Mathematics

There will be 50 questions of 3 marks each . Totalling to 150 marks or half of the total marks signifies the huge importance of the subject .

  1. Natural Numbers
  2. Conversion of Units
  3. LCM and HCF
  4. Roman Numerals
  5. Unitary Method
  6. Types of Angles
  7. Fractions
  8. Circle
  9. Ratio and Proportion
  10. Volume of Cube and Cuboids
  11. Profit and Loss
  12. Prime and Composite Numbers
  13. Simplification
  14. Plane
  15. Figures
  16. Average
  17. Decimal Numbers
  18. Percentage
  19. Speed and Time
  20. Area and Perimeter
  21. Operation on Numbers
  22. Simple Interest
  23. Complementary and Supplementary Angles
  24. Lines and Angles
  25. Arranging of Fractions
  26. Temperature
  • Intelligence

There will be 25 questions of 2 marks each thus totalling the section to 50 marks

  1. Analogies (mathematical & verbal)
  2. Pattern (spatial and mathematical)
  3. Classification
  4. Visual Reasoning
  5. Logical Reasoning
  • General Knowledge

There will be 25 questions of 2 marks each thus totalling the section to 50 marks

  1. Different Types of Scientific Devices Used   in Daily Life.
  2. Concepts on Mountain Terrain and Lifestyle
  3. Icons and Symbols of India: National Insignia, National Emblem, Sports, Animal etc. (Elementary awareness of such symbols)
  4. Historical Monuments
  5. Major Religions of India (Elementary awareness about founder, place of origin, religious books and important ideas)
  6. Shape of Earth and Gravitation (Basic concepts)
  7. Art and Culture (Music, Classical and Folk Dance); Renowned Personalities, Instrumental and Vocal Music, Major Dance Forms
  8. Non-Renewable Energy Sources (Fossil Fuels)
  9. Defence (Equivalent Ranks in three services, Weapons, Aircraft, Missiles &Warships (Elementary awareness)
  10. Food, Culture, Habitat, Languages etc of various regions (Basic concepts)
  11. Sports personalities, major competitions and trophies associated with various games
  12. Names of young ones of different animals
  13. Super Senses
  14. Functions of Body Parts of Plants and Animals 8 Relationship between Animals and Human Beings
  15. International Organizations: Basic knowledge about structure, functioning and objectives of United Nations, World Bank etc.
  16. Taste and Digestion
  17. Indian Literary and Cultural Personalities: Names and fields of achievements
  18. Cooking and Preserving Techniques
  19. Names of notable awards and recent recipients
  20. Germination and Seed Dispersal
  21. Natural Calamities (Flood and Earthquake)
  22. Traditional Water Harvesting Techniques
  23. Evaporation, Condensation and Water Cycle (Basic concepts)
  24. Experiment with Water on Everyday Life
  25. Farming techniques
  26. Water Pollution and Microbial Diseases
  27. Tribal Communities and Forest Produce

This may seem gigantic to the candidates but almost all of these topics except thee current affairs part, are in the NCERT Books till classes VI

  • Languages

There will be 25 questions of two marks each. For the syllabus candidates need to refer to NCERT books of that language till class V. Syllabus of one of the available languages is given below


There will be 25 questions of 2 marks each thus totalling the section to 50 marks

  1.       Comprehension Passage
  2.       Sentence Formation
  3.       Preposition
  4.       Antonyms
  5.       Article
  6.       Synonyms
  7.       Vocabulary
  8.       Adjectives
  9.       Verbs and Type
  10. Interjection
  11. Confusing Words
  12. Idiom and Phrases
  13. Question Tags
  14. Collective Nouns
  15. Types of sentence
  16. Numbering Sentences
  17. Tense forms
  18. Gender
  19. Kinds of Nouns
  20. Adverbs
  21. Kinds of Pronouns
  22. Rhyming Words
  23. Correct Spelling
  24. Singular/Plural
  25. Ordering of words in sentence

Tips for Written Examination

  • First focus on studying NCERT books of class V of Maths, English/Hindi/Language you have opted for, and Environmental Studies
  • For maths make a list of all formulas and glue them to your study table .
  • After (a) is completed you should buy a      SS Entrance Exam book which suits you as there are many available in the market
  • Focus on increasing your speed. As the paper is objective one your methods don’t matter what matters is the result so make a notebook of all tricks and shortcuts.
  • For GK part you should buy a current affairs magazine’s student edition and read the static part through authentic sources only.
  • As the paper pattern is now totally new, candidates can refer to RMS Entrance Exam Question Papers as it matches the new exam pattern
  • For maths you can refer to previous year papers.


School-wise and Category-wise Merit lists will be prepared by NTA and uploaded on the website .

Qualified candidates will then be called for medicals

Respective Sainik School will intimate the candidates  for medical and document verification through their websites and e-mails.

Case of Tie in marks

Minimum of 25% marks in each section in each section and 40% aggregate is required to qualify the written examination.

In case of a tie in written scores following priority will be followed to determine the  rank

  • Mathematics
  • Intelligence
  • English
  • Language
  • Lower Age

Medicals and Document Verification

While medicals are conducted , candidates need to find their own shelter , which will easily be available, as no accommodation will be provided by either school or hospital.

The medical tests will be done as per the  required standards.

Candidates can get the list of tests and the desirable results on website of Sainik School

Document Verification of the candidates declared medically ‘fit’ will take place.

Only those candidates who are declared medically fit and also get through the document verification will be considered for the Final-Merit Lists.

Note: It is advised for the candidates to go through the list and get themselves checked prior to filling application form because in case they do not meet he criteria then all efforts will be wasted

Final Merit Lists

The respective Sainik Schools will release their respective merit lists and selected candidates will be issued joining letters .

There will also be candidates under reserved status in each category meaning if the selected candidate does not join the school he will get a chance.

Also Read: How To Join The RIMC In 2022

Ashish Tiwari

    Intern at SSBCrackExams. Maths Undergrad and Defence Aspirant, been to SSB 4 times for NDA Entry. Enjoy reading novels and playing cricket

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