An affiliated school is an educational institution which is in a formal collaboration with a larger institution/government body which may have partial or full control over its academic policies and assessment standards. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), one of the prominent boards of education in India grants affiliation to schools.

CBSE affiliated schools run as per the CBSE guidelines. The affiliated schools follow a 10+2 system and a curriculum suggested by CBSE.

Schools seeking a CBSE affiliation must visit CBSE’s affiliation website at

CBSE’s affiliation process is divided in three steps:

Step 1 Read Instructions and procedure thoroughly

Step 2 Register and get your login id and password

Step 3 Apply Online

Once your id and password are generated, click on the “Apply Now” Button and you’ll be redirected on an instruction page containing the procedure for filling and submission of your online application.

  1. An electronic Application Form will be generated. Before filling the form, read the instructions carefully.

  2. Please read the Affiliation Bye Laws carefully before applying. You can download detailed document comprehending the Affiliation Bye Laws from: . The Affiliation Bye Laws prescribed by CBSE comprise of the norms for affiliation, land requirement, physical infrastructure, staff requirement etc. Bye laws for affiliation mentions the pre-requisites for schools to become CBSE affiliated.

  3. Categories of Affiliation are stated clearly in the Bye Laws. Applicants may submit the application for the following: Approval of Middle School Syllabus, Upgradation/Affiliation from Middle School to Secondary/Senior Secondary School, Upgradation/Affiliation from Secondary to Senior Secondary School, General Affiliation of a Secondary/Senior Secondary School and switch over of schools up to Secondary/ Senior Secondary level(Schools affiliated with other boards of schools or Secondary Schools affiliated with CBSE).

  4. The Affiliation Bye Laws state the code of conduct that must be followed by the schools, post affiliation. Before starting classes on CBSE pattern, schools must follow the curriculum and syllabus prescribed by CBSE/NCERT.

  5. CBSE does not allow a dual affiliation that means, a school with the same infrastructure and land is affiliated with two boards. In case the affiliation is granted under the switch over category, schools must withdraw its students from the classes of the board to which it was affiliated with earlier. Withdrawal process can be conducted in a phased manner.

  6. As per the CBSE Affiliation Bye Laws, CBSE will grant the affiliation for an initial period of three years.

  7. Types of schools which are eligible for affiliation with Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE):

    • Government or Government aided schools

    • Schools run by independent Government organisations like Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS), Central Tibetan Schools Organization (CTSO), Sainik Schools Society etc.

    • Schools run by Government Departments directly like Defence, Railways etc.

    • Schools managed directly by Public Sector Undertakings or by reputed societies of Public Sector Undertakings under the financial control of such Public Sector Undertakings or by Societies formed by such Undertakings

    • Private, unaided schools.

  1. Schools will be required to deposit the Affiliation fee (as mentioned in the Bye Laws) by Demand Draft drawn in favour of Secretary, Central Board of Secondary Education, Delhi.

  2. Schools must ensure that the documentation required for affiliation must be complete to avoid rejection.

  • A ‘NOC’/Recognition Letter/ Letter forwarding the request of the school from the State Government or Recommendation Letter from the concerned Embassy for schools located outside India.

  • Note: NOC/Recognition is not required in cases of schools run by Government Departments/Government Undertakings/managed by Societies for Govt. Undertakings and financed and controlled by the Undertakings.

  • Land Ownership or lease of requisite land in the name of the school or society/trust running the school. (30 years is the acceptable lease period).

  • An affidavit stating the non-proprietary character of the trust running the school.

  1. Salaries of teaching/non-teaching staff must not be less than the corresponding categories of employees working for the state/central government.


  1. Staff qualifications must adhere to the Affiliation Bye Laws. The number of teachers under PRT, TGT and PGT category must be sufficient to teach the students under respective subject streams.


  1. Private Unaided Schools must be established under the Societies Registration Act 1860 of the Government of India or as educational/charitable/religious societies of non-proprietary or by Trusts under Acts of the State Governments.


  1. For Extension of Provisional Affiliation, schools are required to attach the scanned copies of the following documents:


  • Reserve Fund maintained as per norms

  • EPF code No. allotted by the EPF department

  • An Affidavit mentioning that the school is not sponsoring candidates for Board’s Examination of any other Branch/School which is not affiliated to the Board.

Procedure for CBSE affiliation mentioned above are given on the CBSE’s Website in detail. Kindly go through the Affiliation Bye Laws before proceeding.

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