Delhi Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules 2013


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

Online Application

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

Age 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

Indus Action

Contact: Tarun Cherukuri

Helpline (Missed call): 011 - 39 59 59 25 (across Delhi)


Posters: English | Hindi


Guide: How you can help an eligible child

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)

Director (Education)

Education Officer (Each Zone)

Member of Parliament - Lok Sabha | Rajya Sabha


[Source: Indus Action]



Delhi Information Commission


Names of children admitted in each private school

List of private schools allotted land by government agencies

Vacant seats available in each school (2013-4)

District-wise enrolment and vacancies

Find the nearest school

List of schools allotted land by government agencies


Register Online Complaints/Grievances (and check status)

Delhi Commission for the Protection of Child Rights

National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights


Only 4% EWS parents aware of reservation under RTE Act: Study (Indian Express-25-Apr-2014)

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)

dna edit: The disadvantaged minority (DNA, 8 May 2014)

Supreme Court upholds constitutional validity of RTE Act (Economic Times, 6 May 2014)

SC asks States, UTs to reply on plea alleging violation of RTE (PTI, 11 April 2014)

Nursery classes to begin on April 15 (Indian Express 04 Apr 2014)

Clubbing disabled kids with EWS category in nursery admissions (India TV 03 Apr 2014)

Court to govt: Implement 3 per cent nursery quota for special kids, (Press Trust of India, 20 March 2014)

Court to govt: Implement 3 per cent nursery quota for special kids (Indian Express 19 March 2014)

Parents pay for fake EWS certificates to get kids intoschool on quota meant for poor (Kumar Vikram, India Today, January 23, 2014)

AAP to have volunteers help with EWS admissions (Shikha Sharma, Indian Express, 26 January 2014)

Nursery admissions: Anxious parents want AAP’s helpline to improve (Pallavi Polanki,, 26 January 2014)

Delhi's private schools deserve government support (Daily Mail, 22 January 2014)

Nursery admissions: AAP’s first big test on education reform (Pallavi Polanki,, 15 January 2014)

Kendriya Vidyalayas to reserve 25% seats for economicallyweaker section (India Today, 10 January 2014)

St. Columba’s under no compulsion to reserve quota forweaker sections: HC (The Hindu, 9 January 2014)

Delhi Nursery admissions: Private schools move court against new rules (Shruti Dhapola,, 3 January 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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