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The school in 2013
The school in 2006

Sainik School Kapurthala is one of 24 Sainik Schools across India. The school was inaugurated in July 1961 by the then Defence Minister V.K.Krishna Menon, with the objective of preparing boys for entry into National Defence Academy in Khadakwasla. Its motto is "Knowledge, Humility and Discipline". It is a fully residential school for boys only, providing public school education. It has produced more than 1150 officers for the Indian armed forces through National Defence Academy. It is the only school among the twenty Sainik Schools which has held the Defence Minister’s trophy continuously for nine years.[1] [2] [3]

It is situated in the Kapurthala city of Punjab state, in Jagatjit palace which was formerly the palace of the Maharajah of princely state of Kapurthala, HRH Maharajah Jagatjit Singh Bahadur. Jagatjit palace (location: 31.374 N, 75.392 E) was completed in 1908.

The scheme to establish Sainik Schools was introduced in 1961 with the primary aim of preparing boys academically, physically and mentally for entry into the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla.


The school is for students of 6 to 12 grade. It is a boys only school but daughters of the staff of the school can be admitted. The admission to the school is to grade 6 and 9 only.

The admission process is through an entrance exam held on the first Sunday of January. Approximately 2000 students participate in the entrance exam. The selected students are then called up for interview and a medical check up in February-March. The final list of students is declared by the end of March which comprises about 80-120 students.


The admission is open to boys for Class VI and Class IX only. At the time of admission, the candidate should have passed Class V for entry into Class VI and Class VIII for entry into Class IX.


For Class VI, the candidate should be more than ten years and less than eleven years of age on First of July of the year of admission. For Class IX, the candidate should be more than thirteen years and less than fourteen years of age on the first of July of the year of admission.


67% of the seats are reserved for domiciles of the Punjab. Short-fall and remaining seats are thrown open to boys from other States/Union Territories. The distribution of the seats available is:

  • Defence personnel and Ex-servicemen: 25%
  • Scheduled Caste: 15%
  • Scheduled Tribes: 7.5%


The school has four serving National Awardees.

  • Mr GS Dhaliwal, Master English
  • Mr SK Gautam, Master English
  • Mr MS Bajwa, Asstt Master Mathematics
  • Mr Mriginder Singh, Asstt Master English (First ICT National awardee for any school under Ministry of Defence)


The 12 houses are named after personalities of India:

  • Subhash
  • Lajpat
  • Motilal
  • Chittranjan
  • Tagore
  • Sarojini
  • Tilak
  • Bhagat
  • Patel
  • Azad
  • Nalwa
  • Ranjit

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.sainikschoolkapurthala.com Official website
  2. ^ sskapurthala.com
  3. ^ http://www.saikapiansabroad.com Home of Saikapians (Old students of Sainik School Kapurthala) living abroad

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40 news items

Times of India
Sat, 12 Sep 2015 20:33:45 -0700

Justice G S Sandhawalia passed these orders recently while dismissing a petition filed by Paramveer Chawla, who had applied for admission in Sainik School, Kapurthala, for 2015-16 academic session. The petitioner had qualified the written examination ...
Chandigarh Tribune
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 12:30:00 -0700

Students of Sainik School, Kapurthala, also participated in the cleanliness drive on the campus. The school staff encouraged the students to distribute unused and undersised clothes lying at their homes. They also participated in tree plantation activity.
Business Standard
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 04:26:15 -0700

He said that series of events have been planned to make the event informative like showing a short movie on the training and infrastructure of National Defence Academy at Khadakwasla and Sainik school Kapurthala will be screened in the school auditorium.
Kashmir Times
Thu, 11 Jun 2015 02:56:15 -0700

However their Basketball team bulldozed Sainik School Kapurthala by 82-48. The morning matches of 10 June 2015 went mostly in favour of Sainik School Kunjpura as they won Hockey 2-0 and Sub-junior Football 2-0 against Sainik School Sujanpur Tira ...


Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:07:30 -0700

Report by Odisha Diary bureau, Bhubaneswar: In All India Sainik School Hockey Tournament held at Sainik School Kapurthala, Punjab from 24 Aug to 30 Aug 2015, The cadets of Sainik School Bhubaneswar emerged as champions and directly qualified for ...

The Indian Express

The Indian Express
Sun, 28 Jun 2015 15:11:17 -0700

He had taught us at Sainik School, Kapurthala, when we were only 10-year-olds. The bonding was such that we used to meet him often,” said Colonel Ravinder Singh. Another student, Parvinder Takkar, said that Shiv Singh was out of the world. “He never ...
Times of India
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:00:00 -0700

He taught art at Sainik School, Kapurthala, from 1963 to 1968. He retired as professor of arts in 1996 from Government Home Science College, Chandigarh. His works are displayed in different parts of Chandigarh, including Punjab Kala Bhawan in Sector 16 ...

India Today

India Today
Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:31:15 -0700

Nearly 1500 ex-servicemen from PESCO, 1000 girl NCC cadets, 200 students from the Sainik School Kapurthala, 350 trainees from C-PYTE besides the officers from the top brass of the Armed Forces and decorated Army personnel have already confirmed ...

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