Land requirement to start a CBSE/ICSE school in India ? What is the minimum land requirement for starting new CBSE School in India?

Provided that the school may be graded as Category A+, Category A & Category B School as per the following criteria: 


Category A + School - Permanently affiliated school 


Category A School - Provisionally affiliated school with land of at least 2 acres or of such measurement as has been permitted under Rule 3(ii) (b),(c), (d) & (e) below. 


Category B School - Provisionally affiliated school with following criterion: 


a) recognized by the Education Department or whose application has been forwarded by it. 


b) does not possess land as per Category ‘A’ but has not less than 6000 sqm of land also satisfies the following: • 250 sq. mtr. of area + 1 for every student on the rolls (for a middle school). • 500 of area +1 for every student on the rolls (for a Secondary school). • 750 of area +1 for every student on the rolls (for a Senior Secondary school). 


c) pays salaries as per State Govt./U.T. scales of pay 


d) satisfies all the other conditions of Affiliation Bye-Laws (



b) In cities with a population exceeding 15 lacs, the land should not be less than 4000 sqm with adequate building & arrangement with other institution/organization for imparting Physical & Health Education and for conducting games, to the satisfaction of the Board. In case of lease, it will be accepted if, it is for atleast 30 years. Provided further that in case of any portion, which is leased out below 30 years, such case may be. In case of lease, it will be accepted if considered provided that land has been allotted by the Govt. or Govt. Agencies and it is as per the Law of the land. 


In all such cases school should have at least one acre of land by ownership or by lease for 30 years and in all case the total land area should not be less than about 2 acres. 


c) In hilly areas, the land should not be less than one acre. The norms as prescribed by the Planning Commission shall be applicable for determining the hilly areas


(d) The land area for the schools seeking affiliation in NCT, Delhi should not be less than the following: 

1 Senior Secondary School Classes from pre-primary to Class XII All the 4 Streams 4000 sq. mt. 

2 Senior Secondary School Classes from pre-primary to Class XII Maximum 2 Streams 3000 sq. mt. 

3 Secondary School Classes from pre-primary to Class X 2000 sq. mt



(e) * All classified cities notified by the Governing of India under A -1 category within their limits of Municipal Corporation and the entire state of Arunanchal Pradesh be at par with the relaxation in land requirement as has already been prescribed for Delhi under Sub-Clause (d) above.


(f) The schools which were granted affiliation upto Secondary level on or before the year 1996 under the (relaxed condition of land requirement under category “B” or “C” may be considered for Upgradation to +2 stage provided. that they should have atleast one acre of land.


Provided further that such school will have only two sections at +2 level preferably one for non-vocational stream and one for vocational stream with the provision that the number of candidates shall not exceed 40 in each section.


Provided further also that if the school is found to have opened more than two sections it will attract violation of provisions of Affiliation Bye-Laws of the Board. 


(g) **The minimum land requirement under category B in respect of schools located in Ghaziabad, Noida, Faridabad and Gurgaon of National Capital Region (NCR) as well as in Panchkula (Haryana) and Mohali (Old SAS Nagar‐ Punjab) satellite cities of Chandigarh within the limits of their respective Municipal Corporation/Development Authority has been fixed as 1 acre.


(h) ## Schools located within the Municipal limit of the Capital Cities, Islands, North‐Eastern States and Jammu & Kashmir, the minimum land requirement shall be 1 acre. Provided that the affiliation to such schools under category (g) & (h) would be subject to restriction of maximum 1250 students with 40 students per section up to Senior Secondary Level.


(i) $$ The schools situated in the approved heritage zones of various cities and hill stations. 


i) The location of the school be declared as heritage zone by the competent authority of the State/Central Government. 

ii) Construction of the school’s building should be of pre-independent era and there is a ban on new construction. Also, no land is available nearby for allotment. 

iii) The institution must have a minimum of 2000 sqmtr campus area of its own. 

iv) The institution should have an arrangement for sports and extra curricular activities with the nearby schools/colleges or any other institution for a minimum period of 30 years. 

v) In case the arrangement in respect of (iv) above is with a private institution, a copy of the resolution passed by the management of the institution at its managing committee meeting may also to be attached with the letter of permission submitted to the Board. 

vi) The number of students should be restricted in such institutions on the basis of constructed covered area of school building by following the norms of 1 sqmtr floor area per child as laid down in the Affiliation Bye-Laws.



 (iii) The Trust or Society or # Company registered under Section 25 of the companies Act, 1956 Management running the school should be of non-proprietary character. The list of members with their addresses, occupations, qualifications and an affidavit from the Chairman/Secretary stating how the members are related to each other or they are not related to each other duly attested by first class magistrate should be submitted. 


(iv) The school should have well qualified staff as per the norms of the Board given in Chapter IX. 


(v) The school in India must pay salaries and admissible allowances to the staff not less than the corresponding categories of employees in the State Government schools or as per scales etc. prescribed by the Government of India $ or as per the conditions laid down by the State Government. The schools outside India should pay salaries not lower than those of the teachers in government schools in that country or not less than the salaries and foreign allowances payable to KVS teachers if officially posted to that country. A certificate to this effect should be obtained from the Indian Diplomatic Mission. 


(vi) $$$ “Every school should organize at least one week training programme for teachers every year in association with any teachers training institute recognized by the State or Central Government or by any agency identified by the Board”. 


(vii) $$$ “Every institution will provide adequate facilities for potable drinking water and clean healthy and hygienic toilets with washing facilities for boys and girls separately in proportion to the number of students.”

What is the minimum land requirement for starting new ICSE School in India?

The school should have a minimum of 2000 sq.metres of land, suitable buildings constructed on a part of the land and proper playgrounds on the remaining land with adequate facilities as prescribed from time to time by the Council


In whose name the land should be registered? Is there any provision of lease instead of a purchase?

The land acquired for the school should be owned and registered in the name of the Trust / Society. In case of leased land, the lease deed should be registered in the name of the Trust/ Society for a minimum period of 30 years.

How much land is required for a residential school?

The residential schools were established in the pre-independence era during the British rule, primarily to cater to the educational needs of the elite section of the society and developed over vast expanse of land from 50 to 150 Acres. However, in the present scenario it is considered that availability of land in the range of 10-30 acres will be essential for creating multifarious infrastructure needed for multi-faceted development of children in such schools. Additional 5 to 10 Acres of land may also be acquired in case a Mini-Golf Course, Race Course, etc is also planned.


What is the time frame for setting up and starting a new CBSE/ICSE school project in India?

 The tentative time frame for setting up new CBSE/ICSE school project in India could be segregated as per activity and as following. In general, the ideal time taken to set up a school project should be 12-18 months. However as per project requirements and market dynamics and as per client’s interest a timeline of 8-10 months could be considered if work is accelerated.


  1. Project Planning Work: 30 days

  2. Conceptual Architecture Design Work: 30 days

  3. Preparation of Detailed drawings and finalization of contractors: 30 days

  4. Initiating Execution Work on site for Civil and Structure : 180-200 days

  5. Branding and Marketing Work: 100 days

  6. Recruitment Work: 100 days

  7. Administration Framework set up:50 days

  8. Academic Planning: 30 days

  9. External Development Work : 60-90 days

  10. Admission Work: 150 days

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