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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 1100 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 09 years.  
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 objectives of the scheme are:
1. To remove regional imbalance in the officers cader of the Defence Forces. 2. To develop qualities of body, mind and character which will enable the young boys of today to become good and useful citizens of tomorrow. 3. To bring public school education within the reach of the common man. 4. To prepare those who fail to make the grade for the NDA for responsible positions in various other walks of life.
Sainik School Kapurthala, is a school 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 normally held in first Sunday of January everyyear. Approximately 2000 students participate in the entrance exam. The selected students are then called up for interview and a medical check up in Feb-Mar. The final list of students is declared by the end of Mar which comprises about 80-120 students.
Eligibility 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.
Age For Class VI, the candidate should be more than ten (10) years and less than eleven (11) years of age on First of July of the year of admission. For Class IX, the candidate should be more than thirteen (13) years and less than fourteen (14) years of age on First of July of the year of admission.
Reservation 67% of the seats are reserved for domiciles of Punjab. Short-fall if any, and remaining seats will be thrown open to boys from other States/Union Territories. The distribution of the seats available is as under:-
Defence personnel and Ex-servicemen: 25%
Scheduled Caste: 15% Scheduled Tribes: 7.5%
There are 12 houses named after great personalities of India:
- Indian Naval Academy
- Indian Military Academy
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