How to get CBSE / ICSE / IB Affiliation for a school


To which Board will the School be affiliated ?

The school would be following which Board ?

Two Central Boards namely CBSE ( Central Board of Secondary Education) and CISCE (Council for Indian school Certificate Examination) formally enroll various schools for following the prescribed/ approved course of studies up to Secondary & Sr Secondary classes for the examinations conducted by the respective Board. Schools can also go for IGCSE or IB boards, if the market research shows the requirement of that kind of school in the area.


i) What are the minimum requirements of affiliation with CBSE?

ii) What are the pre-requisites for affiliation to CBSE?

The detailed information pertaining to pre-requisites and procedure for affiliation of the School with CBSE is given in the booklet “CBSE Affiliation Guidelines”, prepared by Life Educare. However, some of the important conditions required to be fulfilled by the schools are as follows:

a) The school should be run / managed by a Trust or society registered under Indian Trust Act 1882 or Societies Registration Act 1860 or relevant Acts of the respective State Governments. The Trust should be of a non-proprietary character. However, the condition for formation / registration of a Trust is not essential incase of schools at foreign locations.

b) The school should have a minimum of 2 Acres of land at non-metro locations and 1 Acre at metro locations. The land should be either registered in the name of the Trust / Society or on a registered lease for a minimum of 33 years at the time of applying for affiliation. It is however suggested that the Society owns at least 1.5 acres of land and may choose to lease the remaining land area.

c) The school should have prior approval/recognition of the State Government. In addition, the school should obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the State Government to the effect that the State Government has no objection for affiliation of the school with CBSE.

d) The school should have a proper scheme of management with a School Management Committee (SMC) to oversee the day-to-day functioning and management of the school.

e) The school should also have requisite infrastructure comprising classrooms, Laboratories, Activities Rooms, and accommodation for various officers & staff; classroom & office furniture and office & teaching equipment, commensurate with its requirements.

f) The Teaching staff should be paid salaries in accordance with the pay scales prescribed by the Central Government or the State Government.

g) The School should have sufficient financial resources to guarantee its continued existence.



i) How will the school be affiliated to CBSE?

ii) What is the date when anyone can apply for the affiliation with CBSE?

The details of the procedure for affiliation with CBSE are given in the booklet “CBSE Affiliation Guidelines, prepared by Life Educare. As the school, will initially conduct Primary Classes upto standard VI, these schools will not be affiliated to any Board. These Schools will however, follow the curriculum of NCERT. As the Schools grow and commence classes in class VII, an Application will be made for affiliation to CBSE for Middle Class Syllabus (Class VI to VIII). The affiliation with CBSE will have to be effected in 3 stages during the period of vertical growth of the school. The prescribed application forms for affiliation are available with the respective Board. However, effective from June 2006, CBSE have also introduced on-line submission of application forms for affiliation. The detailed information pertaining to highest class in the school and the last date for submission of Application for the three stages of affiliation is 30th June every year.


Q.4 At what stage the Schools will apply for Affiliation with CBSE?

School fulfilling the essential norms, will have to apply ‘On-Line’ to CBSE initially for approval of Middle class Syllabus by 30th June of the year, preceding the year in which Class VII is proposed to be started in the school.

Q.5 i) What is the expenditure involved in affiliation?

  1. ii) What are the prescribed fees for affiliation?

The current rates of the affiliation fee payable to CBSE at the time of submitting the application are as given in the succeeding table. However the affiliation fee is subject to change by CBSE:

Type of Affiliation                         Affiliation fee at the time of Application (Rs)

Approval of Middle Class Syllabus           50,000/-

Provisional Affiliation for Secondary       75,000/-

Up gradation to Sr Secondary                 20,000/-


Q.6 i) How much time it takes to get affiliation from CBSE?

  1. ii) Will the schools be evaluated / inspected by CBSE staff ?

Based on the applications received by CBSE up to 30 June, the (CBSE) Board nominates an independent Inspection Team, generally comprising two eminent educationists. The Inspection Team normally visits the School between the months of October to December for carrying out a comprehensive inspection of all departments of the school and based on the report of the Inspection Team, the Schools will be granted conditional or unconditional affiliation by the Board.


Can the school be affiliated to State Board apart from CBSE/ICSE?

No School can be affiliated to more than one Board simultaneously. The School will apply for affiliation with CBSE in three stages as given below:

  1. a) Approval of Middle class syllabus;
  2. b) Provisional Affiliation upto Secondary Level;
  3. c) Up-gradation to Senior Secondary Level.

38 thoughts on “How to get CBSE / ICSE / IB Affiliation for a school

  • I am an unemployed civil engineer having 39 decimal vacant land at Chakdaha ,Nadia W.B which is one KM away from Chakdaha Rly station and beside a metallic road (14 ft wide) .My father is an retired BSNL Executive wants to start firstly a pre school ,then will be upgraded in steps if feasible. My father is also an electrical engineer .He is also interested for education to the BPL candidates. I need complete guide in rules and regulation, approval from competent authorities as applicable ,financial assistance etc. in this regard.
    Jeet Bhattacharjya

  • My school is up to 3rd class in himachal . I want to upgrade the school to 5th or 8th level . I have applied for NOC too . Which board I should get affiliated too ? Is it compulsory first to get affiliation and then take students for upper classes ?

    • Dear Ms Nagle,
      Which Board will depend upon which board do you want to get affiliated to. Go through the bye laws of CBSE, ICSE, IB and figure out. For Classes IX and upwards, it is essential to have an affiliation.

  • i am running a small pre school .i want to get information from which standard school affiliation is i want to extend my school. kindly guide me.

    • Dear Rekha,
      CBSE/ICSE or IB affiliation is not required to start a Pre School, but off late some of the state Governments have started their state level affiliation for Pre Schools. Please check with your District Education Office for the same.

  • Dear sir.
    My mother is already running a hindi medium school since 1998 affilated by chhattisgarh state board . I want to start CBSE affilated school.. can I start with already running society or I have to form new one.

  • Dear sir,
    What all are the documents required for icse affiliation?
    does State government recognition is necessary for the affiliation along with noc?

    • The ICSE Affiliation is completely online, and the good part is you can apply for it year round. The set of documents are similar to that of CBSE. Yes the State Government recognition and NOC is mandatory for ICSE. We are currently helping couple of schools with their ICSE Affiliation. Please write to us at or call us at 96696 94169 for any consultation.

  • i am running a small pre school in Chennai ra puram. i am interested to start cbse,ib,icse,.tell me the procedure. how may acer of land required in Chennai city limit and outside the site how much acer of land required.please replay soon as possible.

  • my father is running a school which is up to class 8. He is running this school for 10 years. now he wants to take affiliation from CBSE up to class 8. Can he take the affiliation till class 8 from CBSE.

  • I wants to know how can and where be apply for school afflition under CBSE/ICSE board,if i will get alaburet of this metters then i would be happy ,because it is totaly poor is to poor people instution.

  • Hi.
    Can a school get ICSE or CBSE affiliation with only classes 6th to 10th. Is it mandatory to run primary classes to get ICSE affiliation?

  • Hi sir we have started a preschool that run by a trust. What are the land requirement or other requirement to start a middle school..

  • Hi Sir,
    I have want to open a school from playgroup to class V in Jaipur on rented ground floor. Do I need affiliation for classes upto V.

  • Sir, my school is almost 25 yrs old now, we were having about 1200 students strength, reduced to 800 now. we are losing students because we are not affiliated with CBSE. reason being the land requirement.
    actually, our school provides education at a very low monthly fee, and I think it’s the cheapest around in here my town.
    So, Sir is there any way I can get help from any organization/government / any other social working body to help me get minimum land requirement i.e 2 acres of land?
    our school is registered under a society also.
    please do reply us, sir.
    contact number – 7903555207

  • Sir, my parents started school almost 33 yrs old from now and we giving services from class nur to 8 with very economical way and we were having about 1000 students, we are not affiliated with CBSE. reason being the land requirement.
    I want to ask Is there any way I can get help from any organization/government / any other social working body to help me get minimum land requirement i.e 2 acres of land?
    our school is registered under a society also.
    please do reply us, sir.
    contact number – 9627206946

    • Dear Sir,

      Please contact us on 9669694168 to understand this. We usually guide and give personalised suggestions rather than giving a general answer. Need to understand your requirements a bit in detail.

  • Hello sir,I want to know the difference of Trust/Society/Section 8 company? Whats the best one to start CBSE in all 3 category? Please guide me.

    • Dear Sir,

      Please contact us on 9669694168 to understand this. We usually guide and give personalised suggestions rather than giving a general answer. Need to understand your requirements a bit in detail.


  • Sir good evening I have a school up-to 8th standard in saran village Faridabad.School have one acre land but not recognize by state board. The school is in M C F area. Can I apply for cbse affiliation. What is the right way. Please guide me

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