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Entrance Exam


The school admits boys in January and April every year. In January, it admits into the 8th standard (C form), and in April it admits into the 7th standard (D form).

To be admitted in the 7th standard, a boy must be over 11 years and under 12 years of age in September of the year in which he sits for the entrance test. To be admitted in the 8th standard, he must be over 12 years and under 13 years of age in September of the year in which he appears for the test.


Entrance is held on the 1st Sunday of November every year.




Please click here for the current list of centres for The Doon School Entrance Examination. 



 Recent News:


In conversation with the Headmaster of The Doon School


 The Headmaster, Dr Peter McLaughlin will be delighted to meet prospective parents in the following cities:


Bangalore on Friday 5th September 2014


Chennai on Friday 21st November 2014


and Hyderabad and Kerala in 2015, with dates to be announced shortly.


The event will be titled 'In conversation with the Headmaster of The Doon School.' A presentation and reception afterwards will enable interested parents to hear more about the unique education that The Doon School can provide their sons.


For more details about the event, please do not hesitate to contact The Head of Admissions, Mr Madan Kothari by email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or tel: +91 0135 2526406.


Please note office hours are 9am-5pm Monday - Friday and Saturday morning 9am-1.30pm.


We look forward to hearing from you. 


Revised Entrance Examinations Papers and Information as at May 2014
Prospective parents are encouraged to prepare their sons fully for them to successful gain a place at The Doon School.
The Head of Admissions has all the details of the current papers and other relevant details. Please contact Mr Madan Kothari by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or telephone him : +91 135 2526406.
Latest Entrance Examination news for 2014 candidates

The latest information about the entrance examination papers and curriculum requirements for 2014 candidates are now available from Mr Kothari, the Head of Admissions. He can be contacted by telephone:+91 135 2526406 or by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


All registered candidates for the 2014 examination will automatically receive these details from the school.  



Scholarship Information Update for Prospective Parents

In 2013-2014 The Doon School disbursed 3.34 crores of financial aid.


For further details of how to apply for scholarships and bursaries, please do not  hesitate to contact the Head of Admissions, Mr Madan Kothari by telephone +91 (0) 135 2526404 or email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .




Admissions 2014
Latest reading lists are now available and have been dispatched to all those and only those prospective parents who have registered their sons for the entrance examination this year and for 2015. For all latest updates on all aspects of the admissions process, please contact the Head of Admissions, Mr Madan Kothari. His contact details are by telephone +91 135 2526406 or email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .




The Doon School aims for boys to become open-minded, knowledgeable and critical thinkers who can express themselves in a variety of ways. The school seeks to develop principled, reflective, and balanced risk-takers. Each boy is expected to aspire to genuine intellectual achievement. He is also expected to develop and acquire leadership and entrepreneurial skills in school in preparation for the rest of his professional life. A boy is also taught to be proud of his culture, history and place in the world, and to acquire a refined aesthetic sense.



The school offers a broad-based curriculum culminating with the ISC and ICSE board examinations and  the IB Diploma Programme. The curriculum at The Doon School seeks to prepare a boy to understand his unique abilities, to define goals which are both idealistic and obtainable, and to achieve them.



Boys are admitted regardless of caste, colour or religion from all over India. In recent years, boys have also come from overseas and are known as NRIs (Non-Resident Indians). Countries represented in the present student population include the USA, the UK, Singapore, Dubai, Nepal, Uganda, Nigeria, Russia, Canada and Abu Dhabi and Australia. The NRI pupils add an international dimension to the school, without its core ethos being weakened in any way.







The current scholarship programme offered by The Doon School is based upon the candidate’s performance at the entrance examination and subsequent interview. Prospective parents are most welcome to contact the school and request that they wish their son to be considered for such an award subject to his performance at the entrance examination. If prospective parents would like to also indicate their wish to be considered for financial aid (a means tested award) they are most welcome to do so before their son’s entrance examination by informing the Head of Admissions, Mr Madan Kothari.


However, the school only processes applications for bursaries and scholarships once the candidate has been successful in the entrance examination and interview.  




Q. What is the process of making an application for financial aid and demonstrating a parent’s need?


A. The Doon School has a scholarship committee which meets to decide on how financial aid awards are allocated. The Headmaster sits on this committee.


Prospective parents, (whose sons have successfully passed the entrance examination and interview and are offered a place) are required to complete a form which is available from the Head of Admissions. The form requires parents to submit a detailed report of their financial affairs, including joint family income, in order for the school to ascertain whether they are justified in providing financial support to the parents. The form is comprehensive and has been designed to ensure that the school is able to allocate its resources wisely and effectively, so that they reach the most needy parents and does not provide financial support in the form of discounts to parents who do not need it.


Financial Aid (means tested awards), ranges from limited financial support to awards worth 100%+ to support parents who would not be able to afford to send their son to The Doon School. The system also applies to scholars whose parents require further financial support in order to enable their son to attend The Doon School.


Please note: Financial Aid is reviewed annually on application for the full period of a boy’s career at The Doon School, provided that his conduct and industry remain, in the Headmaster’s view, satisfactory, and in accord with the school’s eligibility terms and conditions. However, the Headmaster is entitled, at his sole discretion, to remove the financial award with due notice from any boy who is not working properly, or who otherwise brings disgrace on The Doon School or his own person.


Financial aid will only be awarded if candidates of sufficient financial need present themselves.




Q. Who do I need to contact at The Doon School to acquire the necessary application forms?


A. Please email Mr Madan Kothari, The Head of Admissions 

e: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone: +91-135-2526-406











Mr Kothari will then pass a prospective parent’s application form to the scholarship committee who will then decide, and the school will contact the parent to confirm the outcome.


Current available financial aid (means tested awards):


The following means tested awards are also available:


The Doon School Scholarships: These are numerous need-based scholarships disbursed by the Scholarship Committee and based on the income of the parent. The financial aid amount varies from 25 % to 70 % of the school fee, depending upon the income level of the parent.


The Society of Aerospace Studies: This scholarship is awarded to a Class VIII boy who has an Air Force background, and continues to be awarded to him for the next 6 years.


Rohit Jayal Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to a boy from an Air Force background.


Tarawati Ram Gopal Mehra Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded on a merit and means tested basis to one boy.


Gagan Mathur Trust: This scholarship is awarded on a merit and means tested basis to one boy.


Asha Sharma (née Sarin) Scholarship Fund: This fund provides up to 50% of the tuition fee assistance to deserving boys in The Doon School. The scholarship will be awarded to boys from the armed forces background. In the event that no boy qualifies from an armed forces background in a given year, the aid may be awarded at the discretion of the school authorities.



Full financial aid awards


The Jean & Eric Simeon Scholarship: This is financial aid worth full fees and which is awarded to a boy from an impoverished background.


The Kumaon Scholarship: This is full financial aid which will be awarded to a one boy who belongs to an economically weaker background, preferably with a household income of less than Rs. 2 lakhs per annum.



Current Parents


If a candidate fails to gain an award, there are various other opportunities in his/her school career to achieve the status of scholar. Further examples are laid out below.



Existing scholarships on offer are:


K.C. Mahindra Education Trust: This scholarship is awarded to the boys who are ‘toppers’ in their academics in each form.



Nikhil Gupta Charitable Trust: This scholarship is awarded to the boy who has scored the highest marks in English, Mathematics and Science, both in ISC and ICSE.



Rai Amitabh Chandra Tennis Award: This consists of two scholarships to be awarded to:


The winner of the Sardar Mohammad Senior Tennis Championship.


The winner of the Dr  S.R. Vohra Junior Championship.


Superama Charitable Trust: This is awarded to a boy who has given excellent performances in Drama.


Anubha Bishnoi Foundation Scholarship: This is a combined merit and financial aid scholarship which is awarded to a boy who has an outstanding performance in co-curricular activities. It covers up to 50% of the school fees.


Mehra Family Award: This scholarship is based on the ICSE performance of a boy. It covers up to the full tuition fee of the awardee for the last two years in school.


Dr E.S. Krishnamoorthy Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded for encouraging scientific study, advancement and dissemination by a school boy. 


The Doon School is not connected in any way with any other school that has Doon in its name.

The Doon School does not have any other branches.


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