Boys are admitted to Class Six only from the age of ten to eleven. An All India Sainik Schools Entrance Examination is held annually, usually in February. There is a 25% quota for defence candidates, and 15% and 7.5% respectively to SC and ST candidates. The rest of the boys come from General category. The school terms are from 1 April to 31 March.
Since 1993, a small number of candidates are also admitted in Class IX.
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