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The Delhi government has also notified a detailed order titled Delhi School Education (Free seats for Students belonging to Economically weaker Sections and Disadvantaged Group) Order, 2011 which specifies:

Weaker section:
  • Parents whose annual income is less than one lakh rupees from all sources
  • Who have been staying in Delhi for the last three years

Disadvantaged group:
  • Scheduled castes (S.C.)
  • Schedule tribes (S.T.)
  • Other Backward classes (O.B.C.) not falling in the creamy layer,
  • Child with special needs and suffering from disability as defined in the PwD Act,1996
Admission Process

Instructions - English/Hindi Brochure  
Instructions- English/Hindi Video 

In addition, any one of the following documents is necessary as proof in each category:
I. Date of Birth
  • Birth certificate under the Births, Deaths and Marriage Certification Act, 1986
  • Hospital Auxiliary Nurse and Midwife (ANM) register record
  • Anganwadi Record
  • Declaration of the age of the child by the parent or guardian
II. Present Residential Address
  • Ration card Issued in the name of parents (mother/father having name of the child)
  • Domicile certificate of child or of his/her parents
  • Voter I-card of any of the parents
  • Electricity bill/ mtnl telephone bill / water bill.
  • Unique Identity Card of mother/ father/child issued by Government of India
  • Passport in the name of any of the parents or child
III. Proof of Income (only for Economically Weaker Section)
  • Income certificate issued by a Revenue Officer not below the rank of tehsildar
  • BPL Ration card (Yellow Coloured)
  • AAY Ration card (Pink Coloured)

IV. Proof of Disadvantaged Group (only for Disadvantaged Group)
  • Certificate Issued by a Revenue Officer not below the rank of Tehsildar or any other competent authority
  • Caste Certificate issued by DC Office
  • Medical Certificate from Govt. Hospital, In case of children what special needs/disabilities
  • A certificate issued in accordance with instruction issued by the department of Woman and Child Development, GNCT of Delhi, vide order dated 11.12.12 in case of orphan child

Aage Limit

For Nursery/Pre-School:- Between 3-4 years
For KG/Pre-Primary:- Between 4-5 years
For Class I: - Between 5-6 years


For expert assistance in submitting applications, please contact

South Delhi

Contact: Tarun Cherukuri
Helpline (Missed call): 011 - 39 59 59 25
 (across Delhi)
Posters: English | Hindi

East Delhi
F-185-186, New Seemapuri, Delhi-110095
Contact: Ritu Mehra 
Phone: +91 11-22356476
Mobile: +91 9899358835

Central Delhi
Social Jurist
483, Lawyers Chambers, Block II,
Delhi High Court, New Delhi - 110003
Contact: Ashok Agarwal
Phone: +91-11-23384000, +91 9811101923, +91 9868529459


Minister (Education)
Secretary (Education)
Education Officer (Each Zone)

Member of Parliament - Lok Sabha | Rajya Sabha

[Source: Indus Action]


 2500 7 2,500 EWS seats go vacant each year in Delhi schools (Times of India, 19 March 2013)




On the mess that is RTE - Part 1 (Times of India, 22 April 2014)
On the mess that is RTE – Part II (Times of India, 22 April 2014)
Some nursery admissions completed (Times of India  9 Apr 2014)

Nursery rules tweaked again to plug loopholes (S.N.Vijeta, The Hindu, December 31, 2013)
RTE Act not meant to subsidise education for the rich: Delhi High Court (The Hindu, 15 December 2013)
EWS kids don’t get free books, uniform in many schools (Times of India, 7 December 2013)
Delhi high court quashes 3-year residency rule for admission of poor children in private schools (Abhinav Garg, Times of India, 9 Oct 2013) 

Five-judge bench to scan education law (The Telegraph, 24 August 2013)
Nursery admission: SC to hear RTE plea (Hindustan Times, 13 July 2013)
Supreme Court to hear plea against HC verdict on nursery admissions (TNN, 12 July 2013)
Centre's RTE in itsy bitsy pieces (Ritika Chopra, DNA, 15 June 2013)
HC frowns at govt circular denying RTE to migrants (Times of India, 11 June 2013)
Delhi govt asked why EWS not given free textbooks (Times of India, 30 May 2013)
Right to Education: Delhi HC verdict on nursery admission challenged in SC (Daily Bhaskar, 16 May 2013)
Delhi HC ruling on nursery admissions under RTE challenged in SC (, 16 May 2013)
Delhi: High Court verdict on nursery admissions challenged in SC (CNN-IBN, 16 May 2013)
Delhi HC upholds CIC order on seats in unaided schools (, 2 May 2013)
School poor quota sent to larger bench (R. Balaji, The Telegraph, 5 April 2013)
25% RTE quota: Government stares at inflated bill (P.K.Nanda, Live Mint, 4 April 2013)
2,500 EWS seats go vacant each year in Delhi schools (Times of India, 19 March 2013)
Right to Education Act does not apply to nursery admission: HC (DNA, 19 Feb 2013)
Delhi: No change in nursery admission criteria, rules High Court (CNN-IBN, 19 Feb 2013)
The great seat chase (S.N.Vijetha, 17 February 2013)
East Mayor orders adherence to RTE (Deccan Herald, 7 February 2013)
RTE deadline: How the Delhi government has failed parents (Pallavi Polanki, 14 Mar 2013)
How DU, IIT students found out that RTE is just a trophy act (Pallavi Polanki, 22 Jan 2013)
HC makes up mind, no changes for Delhi nursery admissions this year (Pallavi Polanki,, 19 Feb 2013)
Delhi school admissions: RTE Act doesn’t apply to nursery, Centre tells HC (Pallavi Polanki,, 13 Feb 2013)
Reserve 25% seats for EWS in nursery: govt (The Indian Express, 7 February 2012)



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