Nursery Admissions: Living Near Schools May Not Guarantee A Seat

Ahlcon International School in Mayur Vihar awarded 40 points to those applicants who live within the radius of 3 km, however their lottery cut-off was 65 points.

Admission to nursery schools has various criteria and being residing near the schools simply cannot fetch you admission for your ward.
As reported by The Indian express, applicants who have siblings in the intended schools, who is the first child, or applicants whose parents are alumni of the same schools, are some of the admission criterions and the neighbourhood norms alone cannot be guaranteed admission.
It is widely accepted that nursery admission across Delhi's schools is based on points system, according to which the cut-off points are determined.
Point system at DPS Vasant Kunj:
  • Of the 100 points, 40 are awarded to those applicants who reside near the school or within the radius of 1 km
  • As many as 30 points are awarded to those applicants whose siblings read in the same school
  • Around 20 points are awarded to alumni's ward
  • Five points to single child
  • Five points for the single parent, and
  • The lottery cut-off was 55 points.
Other schools follow similar system:
Almost every school follows the same pattern or a similar system. Ahlcon International School in Mayur Vihar awarded 40 points to those applicants who live within the radius of 3 km, however their lottery cut-off was 65 points.
"If parents have points only for distance, they will not make the cut for the lottery," said Ahlcon International School principal Ashok Pandey.
Several other schools such as the Mother's International School, Springdales School, and Vasant Valley School follow a similar system.
Springdales School at Pusa Road reserved 10 seats of every 50 for alumni wards.