Q. Which schools can an eligible child apply to for admission?

The Act states that all children are eligible for admission in neighbourhood schools. The Model Rules issued by the Ministry clarify that:

"The areas or limits of neighborhood specified in Rule 4 (1) shall apply...

....[i.e. In respect of children in classes I - V, a school ....within a walking distance of ONE KM of the neighbourhood.]

... Provided that the school may, for the purposes of filling up the requisite percentage of seats for children ..., EXTEND THOSE LIMITS with the prior approval of the State Government."

Individual states and union territories have also issued rules some of which specify extended neighbourhood limits in urban and rural areas. For more details, please click on the state names in the left sidebar of this website or see here.

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