Sainik School Entrance Exam- Complete Guide

Are you a student studying in class 5th or class 8th and willing to take admission in the prestigious Sainik School for class 6th or 9th? Are you looking for the Sainik School Entrance Exam – Complete Guide? If yes, then you are at the right place. In this blog, we have provided all the information about the Sainik School entrance exam.

What is AISSEE?

AISSEE or All India Sainik School Entrance Exam is conducted by the Sainik School Society for the candidates aspiring to pursue education, which would help them join National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla, Pune, Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, and other Officer Training Academies.

Each year, more than 25% of the candidates who join the National Defence Academy are from Sainik Schools. Under the supervision of the Ministry of Defence, Sainik School Society has set up Sainik Schools around the country with the intention to educate the students in a proper military environment.

Eligibility of Sainik School Entrance Exam 2022

If you are aspiring to attempt AISSEE 2022, you must be aware of the eligibility criteria decided by the authorities which are as follows:

  • The exam will be held for admission to class 6th and 9th. Boys between the ages 10-12 years (Class 6) and 13-15 years (Class 9) respectively on March 31 of the year in which the admission is sought, are allowed to take the entrance examination.
  • Admission will be made in order of merit only in classes 6th and 9th.
  • The candidates should be studying in Class 5th or 8th in a recognized school.
  • Both boys and girls are eligible to take admission in Sainik School all over India.

Exam Date of Sainik School Entrance Exam 2022

The AISSEE 2022 is scheduled for Jan 9, 2022. Other important dates are:

1 Online Registration of Application Sep 27, 2021
2 Last Date of Online Registration of Application Nov 5, 2021
3 Issue of Admit Card To be Announced
4 Date of Entrance Exam Jan 9, 2022
5 Release of Answer Key To be Announced
6 Objections Raised Against the Answer Key To be Announced
7 Result To be Announced

Application Form of Sainik School Entrance Exam 2022

The candidates need to apply by entering their personal information like the phone, email id, locality, basic education, etc. They need to upload their scanned photo and signature too. The exam center will be given based on the choice given by the candidate. The next step is to pay the application form fee via online mode. You can check out the detailed notification on

Exam Pattern of Sainik School Entrance Exam 2022

You must understand the exam pattern for AISSEE 2022 to avoid unnecessary mistakes. The exam consists of 2 different sections called Paper I and Paper-II.

  • Paper I is held on the 1st day where the Language ability test is conducted for 100 marks and the Mathematical knowledge test is conducted for 100 marks.
  • Paper-II consists of an Intelligence test for 100 marks.
  • Paper I is held in 2 hours and Paper II is held in 50 minutes.

Mode of Exam – Offline

Types of Questions Objective type or Multiple-type

Negative Marking No

Language Medium

Class 6 English
Class 9 English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odiya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu

Exam Pattern for Class 6th

Subject Number of Questions and Marks Total Marks
Maths 50 Questions, 3 Marks each 150
GK 25 Questions, 2 Marks each 50
Language 25 Questions, 2 Marks each 50
Intelligence 25 Questions, 2 Marks each 50
Total 300

Exam Pattern for Class 9th

Subject Number of Questions and Marks Total Marks
Maths 50 Questions, 4 Marks each 200
Social Studies 25 Questions, 2 Marks each 50


English 25 Questions, 2 Marks each 50
Intelligence 25 Questions, 2 Marks each 50
General Science 25 Questions, 2 Marks each 50
Total 25 Questions, 2 Marks each 400

Syllabus of Sainik School Entrance Exam 2022

Syllabus for Class 6th

Subjects Topics Covered
GK (Science) ●     Living things and non-living things and their Interdependence

●     Plants & Animals

●     Human body

●     Food & Nutrition

●     Diseases

●     Rocks and Minerals

●     Air-water and weather

●     Natural satellite

●     Environment

●     Natural calamities, etc.


English ●     Tenses,

●     Sentences -Negative, Affirmative, and Interrogative

●     Prepositions

●     Articles

●     One Word answers/fill in the blanks

●     Singular & Plural forms,

●     Homonyms

●     Synonyms & Antonyms

●     Spelling

●     Jumbled words


GK (Social Studies) ●     Freedom Fighters and Reformers

●     Our Freedom struggle.

●     Maps

●     Solar System

●     Planets and Satellites

●     Continents and Oceans

●     The motion of the earth

●     Latitudes and Longitudes

●     Climate

●     Structure of Government

●     Fundamental Rights and duties

●     United Nation and its functions


Mathematics ●     Addition

●     Subtraction

●     Multiplication

●     fractions and decimals,

●     BODMAS Rule

●     LCM and HCF

●     Average

●     Percentage

●     Profit and loss

●     Ratio and Proportion

●     Simple Interest

●     Square root

●     Area and Perimeter

●     Geometry

●     Triangle

●     Circle

●     Algebraic expressions


Syllabus for Class 9

Subjects Topics
English ●     Spotting Errors

●     Clauses

●     Active and Passive Voice

●     Reported Speech

●     Prepositions

●     Tenses

●     Articles

●     Antonyms and Synonyms

●     Rearrange jumbled words into sentences

●     Adjective

●     Adverb

●     Comparative and Superlative Degrees

●     Question Tags and Framing sentences

Refer to NCERT Class 8th English for this section.


Civics ●     Indian constitution

●     Parliament

●     Criminal Justice System

●     law and Social justice

●     Secularism

●     Secularism

●     Development issues

●     Globalization

●     India and the United Nations

●     United Nations- International agencies

●     Foreign Policy of India

●     India and its neighbors


Mathematics ●     Squares and Square Roots

●     Cubes and Cube Roots

●     Rational Exponents and Radicals

●     Profit, Loss, and Discount

●     Compound Interest

●     Algebraic Identities

●     Polynomials

●     The equation in one variable

●     Parallel lines

●     Quadrilaterals and special types of Quadrilaterals

●     Triangle, Quadrilaterals,

●     Circle

●     Surface Areas and Volumes

●     Cylinder, Cone, Sphere & Solids

●     Statistics

●     Frequency Table

Refer to NCERT Class 8 Maths book.


Science ●     The Universe

●     Soil & Air

●     Structure of Atom

●     Metals and non-metals

●     Carbon

●     Cell structure and its functions

●     Microorganisms

●     Refraction of light

●     Electricity and Magnetism

●     Sources of Energy

●     Common Diseases

●     Food production and management

Refer to NCERT Class 8 Science Book.


Geography ●     Natural Disasters – Earthquake, Cyclone, Volcanoes, Floods

●     Environmental degradation

●     Natural resources – Land, Soil, Energy, Water, Minerals

●     Plants and Wildlife

●     Agriculture

●     Manufacturing Industries

●     Human Resources

Refer to NCERT Class 8 Social Science Text Book (Part 1 and Part 2).

History ●     India and the Modern world

●     India in the 18th century

●     The British Rule in India,

●     Policies and impact of British rule

●     Revolt against British rule

●     British administration in India after 1857

●     Changes in Economic life

●     Religion and Social reform movement

●     Cultural awakening

●     Struggle for Swaraj

●     Nationalist Movement

●     Achievements of Independence.

AISSEE 2022 Results

The results are yet to be announced for the year 2022. After the publication of the merit list, the qualified candidates will be invited via call letters for the next process – the interview round and the medical exam. The candidates can check the written exam results on the official website by logging in to their portals.

Selection Process of Sainik School Entrance Exam 2022

The minimum qualifying marks for General Category students and children of Ex-servicemen or Defence Personnel is 25% in each subject with 40% aggregate unless amended or revised.

In the case of ST or SC candidates, the minimum qualifying marks are not required and they will be admitted based on the basis of inter se merit. If an SC/ST candidate comes in the general merit, he will be admitted against the general seat and won’t be adjusted against the reserved share of SC/ST seats.

Interview Process

Merit-qualified candidates are required to appear for the interview round via official call letters sent by the admission department. The interview is like the SSB pattern where the candidate will be assessed on a number of grounds from knowledge and aptitude to communication skills.

Medical Exam

Before the admissions, the candidates will have to go through a medical examination by the military hospitals. They will be screened for any physical ailments that may affect their performance in the academy.

The final list (with names and roll numbers) will be out soon after the medical exam is conducted. The list will also have the names of waitlisted candidates.

AISSEE Reservations

  • 15% of the total seats will be reserved for SC and 7.5% seats for ST.
  • 67% of the seats will be reserved for the children from the states where the Sainik Schools are located.
  • The remaining 33% of seats will be open for children from other Union Territories and States.
  • Any unutilized seats in this category will be merged with home state seats.
  • 25% of the seats are reserved for children of Defence Service personnel (including Ex-Servicemen).

Sainik School Entrance Exam 2022 Preparation Tips

  • Be thorough with the exam syllabus and pattern.
  • Collect authentic study material.
  • Create a proper study schedule.
  • Clear your basic concepts first.
  • Analyze your weak areas and work on them.
  • Prepare exam notes for future reference.
  • Manage your time effectively.
  • Attempt previous year’s question papers and mock tests.
  • Revise all the topics on a regular interval to retain what you have learned so far.
  • Read newspapers regularly and stay updated with current affairs.
  • Join a good coaching institute if you need someone to guide you in each step of preparation.
  • Stay away from social media and other distractions.
  • Maintain a positive attitude and stay confident throughout your preparation.
  • Maintain your physical fitness and get sound sleep for better concentration.

Top 10 Tips to Crack SSB Interview


Each year, thousands of candidates appear for written exams like CDS (Combined Defence Services) and NDA (National Defence Academy) to join the Indian Army, Airforce, or Navy. The officials conduct the selection process in 2 stages – Written Exams ( Pre and Mains) and interviews. The candidates are required to clear the written exam to appear for the SSB  or Service Selection Board Interview.

The SSB interview process is conducted to shortlist the best from the pool of candidates for the Indian Army, Airforce, and Navy. The SSB interview schedule is as follows:

  • Day 1: Screening Test
  • Day 2: Psychological Test
  • Day 3 & Day 4: The Group Testing Officers (GTO) Activities
  • Day 5: Conference
  • A Personal Interview or PI can be conducted on any day between the 2nd and 4th day.

If you wish to join the Indian Defence Forces, you must know the following top 10 tips to crack the SSB interview.

1.   Be Aware of the SSB Tests and Procedures

Most of the SSB candidates make this mistake. They appear for the interview without any knowledge of the SSB selection process. Aspirants who are aware of the procedure are likely to be well prepared and perform well in the exam. SSB interview is not a 1-day affair. There will be a series of tests conducted across 5-6 days.

Initially, there will be a screening test and only the ones clearing the screening round will be allowed to stay at the SSB center for the next 5-6 days. Over the next few days, many tests and interviews will be conducted by the selection board. Some of the tests are – Progressive Group Task, Situation Reaction Test (SRT), Word Association Test (WAT), Final Group Task, Command Task, Physical Test, and Conference Round. Along with these tests, a Personal Interview Round will also be conducted.

These tests will be conducted one after another. Though you will be informed about the dates and timings regarding the tests, it is always better to do one’s homework and be prepared to face them anytime.

  1. Form Test-Wise Preparation Habits and Keep Practising

Knowing the tests is not enough in the SSB selection process. You will have to practice to score well in the exam. Each test has its significance in the entire selection procedure. Forming test-wise preparation habits will help you clear the SSB exam in the first attempt itself.

Situation Reaction Test (SRT), Word Association Test (WAT), and similar written tests can be dealt with by practicing from the study material available online and offline.

The physical test stage will require you to be agile and physically fit. There is a set of fixed obstacles in this round and knowing about them along with proper training will help you perform well in the test.

In PI or Personal Interview round, the interviewer will look for key traits like OLQs or Officers like Qualities, decision-making skills, general awareness, analytical skills, confidence, and aptitude. Other attributes like appearance, dressing, physical gestures, sitting posture, and eye contact will also play an important role here. Try to stay calm and answer all the questions confidently.

The SSB study material is available in abundance. You can buy SSB preparation books or get the entire study material online. Whichever option you choose, make sure you practice well. Keep in mind that study material may not help in preparing for Group Tasks, Personal Interviews, Physical Test rounds, and Conference rounds.

  1. Brush Up Your Technical or Academic Knowledge

Many times, the interviewer may ask you about your academic or technical knowledge in the pursued field. For example – the aspirants appearing for the interview after Class 12th are likely to be asked questions related to their studies. If you are an Engineering graduate, you should prepare for questions related to your branch.

  1. Know Your Native State or Town Better

Before the personal interview round, the candidates are asked to fill a PIQ (Personal Information Questionnaire). You have to fill in the details like your town, state, etc. The interviewer may pose questions related to town or state during the personal interview. Collect information related to the current affairs, population, language, historical significance, government organizations, notable personalities, etc of your state or town.

  1. Be Aware of the Climate and Practice Time Management

The interview may be held at a time when the climate is extreme. For example, the SSB can be held at Allahabad in January. At that time, the place would be too cold and you won’t be able to write fast due to ‘cold and frozen hands’. It is essential to know the climatic conditions early on and prepare accordingly.

  1. Maintain Good Physical Fitness

There is an ‘Obstacle Round’ in the SSB interview where your physical prowess will be put to test. You must maintain a good level of fitness to perform well in the physical test. Exercise regularly, eat well, and maintain a balanced diet.

  1. Enhance your Oratory Skills

This is something you should work on. Having good oratory skills will help you perform better in personal interviews, group discussions, group tasks, etc. Invest some time daily in cultivating these qualities in yourself. You will be amazed at the results.

  1. Detailed Knowledge of Certain Topics

SSB Interviews emphasize some common topics like Indian Politics, History of India, Current Affairs of India, and Armed Forces of India. Questions related to these topics are always asked during the group discussion and personal interview rounds. Ensure that you study these topics extensively. Preparing your notes will also help.

  1. Be Honest

You must be honest while filling out the PIQ or personal information questionnaire. The interviewer will ask questions based on the information you provide in PIQ. Stop bragging about the things you never achieved. The interviews can see through you and lying will lead to your rejection in the interview. Stay true to yourself and give your best in the interview. Focus on your strengths and qualities and don’t copy others.

  1. Keep a Positive Approach

A positive approach will help you get through the SSB interview easily. Be it your psychology test, personal interview, group tasks, or physical test, a positive mindset will help you stay calm and perform to your fullest potential.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is an SSB interview difficult to crack?
  • The SSB interview process has been designed to test whether a candidate is apt for the Armed Forces or not. It is not an easy exam to crack. However, with the right mindset and preparation, you will be able to crack it.
  1. Should I join a Coaching institute to clear the SSB interview?
  • If you are clueless about the SSB selection procedure, you should join a good coaching institute. However, if you have somebody to guide you through the full interview process, you can avoid joining an institute and prepare at your own pace.
  1. What are the important stages involved in the SSB interview process? 
  • The SSB interview selection process is held for 5 days. The candidates are required to qualify for Stage I and Stage II of the interview round.

Stage I consists of OIR ( Officer Intelligence Rating) Test and PP & DT (Picture Perception and Description) Test. After qualifying Stage I, the candidates are required to undergo Stage II testing.

Stage II includes VACHA (Personal Interview), MANSA (Psychology), KARMA (GTO or Group Testing Officer Tasks), and Conference. Only the candidates with the right attitude, knowledge, and confidence are shortlisted.

  1. Is English important in SSB interviews?
  • English is primarily used during the SSB interview. But it isn’t compulsory. If you get stuck while speaking in English, you may use Hindi to complete your sentence. SSB Interview is a test of your personality and not your English speaking skills. However, if you are fluent in English, it is an advantage.