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Posted on : May 5, 2015

For Class VII

Q. Is there a specific age requirement?

For the Class 7 entrance examination boys should be over 11 years and under 12 years in September of the year the examination is held.

Q. What are the entrance examination centres and what papers do I have to sit?

There are numerous centre’s that parents can choose from:

  • The Doon School
  • Chennai
  • Jaipur
  • Kolkata
  • Lucknow
  • Mumbai
  • Secunderabad
  • Bangalore

The examination will consist of five papers, all of which are counted in the final overall average score: English, Mathematics, Hindi (if taken) and two abstract reasoning tests (Verbal Reasoning and Non-verbal Reasoning).The first three examinations are of one hour’s duration and the last two are 50 minutes and 30 minutes respectively. There will be a refreshment break and lunch. If candidates opt for the entrance examination in The Doon School they will be provided with a substantial refreshment break and lunch. Parents who choose the other examination centre’s may provide their own refreshments.

Q. If I live outside of India what options do I have?

NOTE TO N.R.I. PARENTS:

We would like all candidates abroad to come to The Doon School for the examination. To facilitate them, we shall arrange for their interviews on the following day.However, if it is not possible for them to come to Dehra Dun parents may arrange for the supervision of the examination at their son’s present school in the city concerned. Please contact the Head of School there and send us his/her written consent confirming that he is agreeable to holding the examination under strict examination conditions. In case of more than one candidate from a particular country studying in different schools, The Doon School will decide on one of the schools where the entrance examination could be arranged for all candidates living in or near that country.

However, all boys must attend for an interview in India if they pass the written stage; admission without an interview is not possible.

IMPORTANT: Candidates from the SAARC countries will be required to take the examination at any one of the Indian Centres. If they opt for Dehra Dun centre, the school will arrange for their interview the day following the written examination.

Q. What is the school’s policy on Hindi?

Every candidate will have to appear for the Hindi examination, except for those who have not studied Hindi in the past five years. Parents are required to obtain a certificate from the boy’s present school stating that he has not studied Hindi. If a boy has not had much exposure to learning Hindi, then the school gives boys consideration. Please contact the school about this.

However, Hindi is the national language of India, compulsory in the school, and every boy will be required to appear for it in the Class 10,( ICSE X) examination. The school makes arrangements for special classes in a beginner’s group for boys who do not know Hindi or are below the required standard so that they can catch up with their peers, which they regularly succeed in doing.

PREPARATION FOR THE EXAMINATION:

We encourage all prospective parents to prepare their sons well for the entrance examination. Your son would not sit a board examination or prepare poorly for a university or college application without some preparation. Applying to The Doon School is competitive and boys need to be confident that they will succeed. Careful and thorough preparation is recommended regardless of which school they are in or which part of the country they may reside in. Boys should study hard at school, look at what is required in the examination, read as widely as possible and think about the world around them.

INTERVIEWS:

According to our admission policy, if your son succeeds at the first step, which is successfully passing the written examination, he will be required to appear for an interview. Interviews will be held at The Doon School and in outstation cities which may include Mumbai, Calcutta, and Hyderabad/Chennai/Bangalore.

The interview will play a very important part in our decision to admit your son. While we will give all due credit to a boy’s performance in the written examination, we will look for special qualities and attitudes in the boy through the interview. The interview is conducted by a panel headed by the Headmaster.

SYLLABUS :

The Doon School does not provide any formal examination syllabus. This is because the examination tests the subjects already being taught in comparable schools. The papers are designed to be accessible to boys from a variety of education backgrounds, from CBSE to ICSE to IGCSE and state boards. However, guidelines for the mathematics examination have been prepared and are sent to all prospective parents. A complimentary copy of sample papers is also dispatched to familiarize the candidate and their parents with the pattern of the papers. These sample papers are also available from Mr Kothari.

READING LIST:

This has been revised and contains about 50 novels which are rated in terms of difficulty. Boys are not expected to have read all of these, but they should read a decent selection in the unabridged versions. The aim of the list is to indicate to prospective parents the reading standard the school expects from its successful candidates and which they will need to build on in order to gain admission to top universities in India and abroad while they are at Doon. Of course, we encourage boys to read books of their own, but this list is designed to help parents who are seeking guidance on valuable reading. The reading list is updated regularly but for issues of copyright is available directly from Mr Madan Kothari.

For Class VIII

Q. Is there a specific age requirement?

Class 8 entrance examination: over 12 years and under 13 years in September of the year the examination is held.

Q. What are the entrance examination centre’s and what papers do I have to sit?

There are numerous centre’s that parents can choose from:

  • The Doon School
  • Chennai
  • Jaipur
  • Kolkata
  • Lucknow
  • Mumbai
  • Secunderabad
  • Bangalore

The examination will consist of five papers, all of which are counted in the final overall average score: English, Mathematics, Hindi (if taken) and two abstract reasoning tests (Verbal Reasoning and Non-verbal Reasoning).The first three examinations are of one hour’s duration and the last two are 50 minutes and 30 minutes respectively. There will be a refreshment break and lunch. If candidates opt for the entrance examination in The Doon School they will be provided with a substantial refreshment break and lunch. Parents who choose the other examination centre’s may provide their own refreshments.

Q. If I live outside of India what options do I have?

NOTE TO N.R.I. PARENTS:

We would like all candidates abroad to come to The Doon School for the examination. To facilitate them, we shall arrange for their interviews on the following day.However, if it is not possible for them to come to Dehra Dun parents may arrange for the supervision of the examination at their son’s present school in the city concerned. Please contact the Head of School there and send us his/her written consent confirming that he is agreeable to holding the examination under strict examination conditions. In case of more than one candidate from a particular country studying in different schools, The Doon School will decide on one of the schools where the entrance examination could be arranged for all candidates living in or near that country.

However, all boys must attend for an interview in India if they pass the written stage; admission without an interview is not possible.

IMPORTANT: Candidates from the SAARC countries will be required to take the examination at any one of the Indian Centres. If they opt for Dehra Dun centre, the school will arrange for their interview the day following the written examination.

Q. What is the school’s policy on Hindi?

Every candidate will have to appear for the Hindi examination, except for those who have not studied Hindi in the past five years. Parents are required to obtain a certificate from the boy’s present school stating that he has not studied Hindi. If a boy has not had much exposure to learning Hindi, then the school gives boys consideration. Please contact the school about this.

The school makes arrangements for special classes in a beginner’s group for boys who do not know Hindi or are below the required standard so that they can catch up with their peers, which they regularly succeed in doing.

PREPARATION FOR THE EXAMINATION:

We encourage all prospective parents to prepare their sons well for the entrance examination. Your son would not sit a board examination or prepare poorly for a university or college application without some preparation. Applying to The Doon School is competitive and boys need to be confident that they will succeed. Careful and thorough preparation is recommended regardless of which school they are in or which part of the country they may reside in. Boys should study hard at school, look at what is required in the examination, read as widely as possible and think about the world around them.

INTERVIEWS:

According to our admission policy, if your son succeeds at the first step, which is successfully passing the written examination, he will be required to appear for an interview. Interviews will be held at The Doon School and in outstation cities which may include Mumbai, Calcutta, and Hyderabad/Chennai/Bangalore.

The interview will play a very important part in our decision to admit your son. While we will give all due credit to a boy’s performance in the written examination, we will look for special qualities and attitudes in the boy through the interview. The interview is conducted by a panel headed by the Headmaster.

SYLLABUS :

The Doon School does not provide any formal examination syllabus. This is because the examination tests the subjects already being taught in comparable schools. The papers are designed to be accessible to boys from a variety of education backgrounds, from CBSE to ICSE to IGCSE and state boards. However, guidelines for the mathematics examination have been prepared and are sent to all prospective parents. A complimentary copy of sample papers is also dispatched to familiarize the candidate and their parents with the pattern of the papers. These sample papers are also available from Mr Kothari.

READING LIST:

This has been revised and contains about 50 novels which are rated in terms of difficulty. Boys are not expected to have read all of these, but they should read a decent selection in the unabridged versions. The aim of the list is to indicate to prospective parents the reading standard the school expects from its successful candidates and which they will need to build on in order to gain admission to top universities in India and abroad while they are at Doon. Of course, we encourage boys to read books of their own, but this list is designed to help parents who are seeking guidance on valuable reading. The reading list is updated regularly but for issues of copyright is available directly from Mr Madan Kothari.

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